Preston Peltier has been racing Late Models for a long time. In that time, Peltier has scored plenty of big ones at a variety of race tracks. But on Monday, Peltier is heading to a race track that is completely new to him. That track is Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Money in the Bank 150.
So why is Peltier headed to Berlin? His reasoning is simple: $20,000.
That’s right. $20,000 will be on the line on Monday at the tricky oval during the second edition of the Money in the Bank 150, and Peltier said he wants that money.
To prepare himself to go for the money, Peltier was at Berlin Raceway on Wednesday doing some testing.
Another way Peltier is preparing to race at Berlin is by talking to one of his fellow competitors, Bubba Pollard.
“I talked to Bubba a little bit before I came here. He said I’d be working on myself more than the car and he was 100-percent right with that,” Peltier said with a laugh.
The .4375-mile race track is one of the most unique short tracks across the country. Peltier said after making some laps in testing that part of what makes the track so different is how often a driver is in and out of the throttle.
“This place is pretty unique with the fact that you’re out of the throttle and on the brake, then back in the throttle, then out of the throttle, then back in the throttle, then out of the throttle, then back in the throttle. You’re constantly driving the car and working the steering and the throttle, moreso than any place I’ve been before.”
Monday’s race at Berlin isn’t the only time Peltier will hit the track this weekend. Peltier is flying from Michigan at the completion of his team’s test to head down to South Carolina for Saturday’s Southern Super Series/CARS Tour Border War 150 at Anderson Motor Speedway where another $10,000 are on the line.
After Saturday’s race he’ll then be on a plane back up to Michigan for Monday’s at Berlin.
Having a shot at the win in both races would make it a successful weekend, according to Peltier.
“It would be a big deal. That’s what we’re here for now. We’re just in it for the wins. We don’t race anywhere for points. It’s important, not necessarily to win, but to run well. One of the worst things for a team and driver is to be mediocre. Then you start questioning yourself like, ‘Hey can I do this?’ So being competitive at these big shows is a big deal to me.”
Fans can follow Peltier’s weekend on Speed51.com via our Trackside Now coverage at Anderson Motor Speedway, and via our live pay-per-view broadcast of Monday’s Money in the Bank 150 which can be purchased here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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