Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With a big money Super Late Model race being held at Berlin Raceway (MI) Monday night, we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Money in the Bank 150?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Brian Campbell who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, seven different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Johnny VanDoorn

I think the $20K will be staying in the state of Michigan with John VanDoorn. The multi-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champ is a two-time Battle at Berlin 251 winner, showing that he can win at the Michigan short track against high caliber competition.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Announcer

Pick: Brian Campbell

I almost didn’t even look at the entry list before I made my pick for this race. There are two places I have a real hard time betting against Brian Campbell, Lucas Oil Raceway and Berlin. Campbell is my pick for the Money in the Bank 150.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor

Pick: Harrison Burton

The kid is simply having a breakout year and it would be foolish not to jump aboard the bandwagon here. I’ll take train No. 12 to the victory lane in Berlin.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Brian Campbell

Since I didn’t pick him for the Masters of the Pros, I’ll go with the Wolverine from Michigan to score the Money in the Bank victory. Brian and his dad, Freddie, are among the best ever to run the circle of Berlin.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

As an Editor, I enjoy great storylines.  There would be no better storyline Monday night than Bubba Pollard completing the sweep of three races in four days and winning over $40,000.  He’s the defending winner of the Money in the Bank 150, and he has finished no worse than third in six of his last seven starts at the Marne, Michigan oval.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Harrison Burton

Despite having just two races on this track, it doesn’t seem to take much for Burton to get acclimated to a track. Having an owner/crew chief with Midwest roots can be of help. Plus, Burton has momentum in the Super Late Model ranks, and he’s dangerous when he has momentum.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Carson Hocevar

Looking at the entry list, his name is not a name that jumps out at you. With that being said, he is the defending Super Late Model track champion at the 7/16-mile oval and was in contention to win the inaugural Money in the Bank 150 last year. This is a big chance for Hocevar to turn heads in the racing world and put himself on the map.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Kyle Busch

I picked Kyle Busch to win the 50th Snowball Derby and he delivered the trophy. I am going to stick with “pure talent” to put the “money in the bank.”


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Kyle Busch

He’s good at this track and he’s due after last year. Busch made it a personal mission to master the Berlin track a few years back, and he’s been strong ever since.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Stewart Friesen

I’ve taken Stew twice this year and both races ended with a second-place finish. He’s getting more seat time with the Super Late Model and that will only make him a bigger contender for the victory.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Brian Campbell

Campbell seem to have Berlin Raceway figured out when the CRA visits the 0.438 paved oval. With two CRA victories there in 2017 and a CRA victory already in 2018, Campbell will be tough to beat in his home state. Look for the local driver to defend his home turf and bring home the big check to do his part to help out the local economy.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Kyle Busch

Normally these NASCAR picks have burned me (see Larson at the 51 Open…the Back Row Bonus giveth and taketh), but Kyle Busch has been on fire in Super Late Model races he has entered over the last six months. Oh, and on the big tracks too. I will take Kyle Busch to put the Money in the Bank at Berlin.


Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Stewart Friesen

I’ve been banking on Stewart Friesen to finally pick up both his first asphalt win and a big asphalt win. He is absolutely dominating on dirt, now it’s time to carry over that momentum and become victorious on asphalt too.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Kyle Busch

Although defending winner Bubba Pollard should come into the event riding a huge wave of momentum from the weekend, I expect it to get just a bit “Rowdy” in Marne, Michigan Monday night. Kyle Busch will make up for last year’s disappointment by taking home the big check.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Brian Campbell

When it comes to racing Super Late Models at Berlin Raceway, you don’t bet against Brian Campbell. Some people may not think Campbell is a favorite because he isn’t as big of a name as Pollard, Busch, Burton, etc, but Campbell should be the odds on favorite simply because of past history at this track.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell has been rolling into Berlin Raceway victory lane for more than a decade. He will fend off the big-name invaders – Busch, Pollard, Crafton and Friesen – to do it one more time.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Stewart Friesen

Stewart has been running very well in his No. 112 SLM, and I believe he has it figured out enough to win the big check at Berlin.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Staff Picks for Money in the Bank 150