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Big purse, one-day Money in the Bank 150 returns to Berlin Raceway in Michigan

Berlin Raceway

The richest single-day event in asphalt Super Late Model racing just got a significant shot in the arm.

Berlin Raceway in Michigan recently announced the addition of a presenting sponsor for the second running of the Money in the Bank 150. Primera Plastics has signed up to support the $20,000-to-win event on Monday, August 13.

The race was hugely successfully last season, attracting the likes of Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Steven Wallace and Bubba Pollard. It was ultimately won in somewhat controversial fashion by Pollard, who took Carson Hocevar and Kyle Jones three-wide in a late restart.

Drivers appreciated a single-day, big-money purse that didn’t require them to stay all weekend or compete on more than six tires.

And now it’s coming back with a title sponsor.

“There really is no reason why there can’t be more decent big money, one-day events like this in the asphalt racing world,” Berlin Raceway president Mike Bursley said. “There are a number of things that we all can pinpoint as to what will make asphalt racing better, but we believe a lot of it has to do with lengthy asphalt race weekends which could be why dirt racing seems to be growing.

“Some of the biggest expenses for a team is travel lodging and the help of people. The more time you and your team have to spend out of town, the pricer things get with hotels and such and we understand that, which is why we are really trying to make these big one day events successful for both the tracks and the teams. West Michigan is a great area with a lot to see and we are proud to be here, but I don’t see very many hotel chains that sponsor any of these teams so I don’t see the need to fatten any of their pockets by keeping the out of towers here any longer than they need and or want to be.  If they want to come early or stay later and have a good time that’s great, I’m just not going to require them to be here.”

The 2018 event already has several all-stars pre-entered, including Kyle Busch, Harrison Burton, Donnie Wilson, Brian Campbell and Johnny Vandoorn. Bursley says the track and Primera have already taken several additional steps to make the second event even more financially viable.

READ MORE: The 2017 Money in the Bank 150 established a new asphalt standard

“After last year’s inaugural try of this one-day, $20,000 to win Money in the Bank event, with support of the teams that participated, we just had to do it again,” he said. “Our goal was to create a big money show without a huge expense to the racer. And with the help of long-time sponsor Primera Plastics, we have been able to make it even better.

The Money in the Bank will again be a 150-lap, six-tire race. However, teams that register online by May 25 will have the opportunity to save money on their tire bill as four tires are included at a heavily discounted rate with each early entry fee.

“We know that tires are another big expense for teams so this was another way we thought may help entice some guys that aren’t quite sure about the event to keep an open mind and give it a try. If we can continue to grow the support of teams participating and continue to get the national exposure from our media outlets, there is no doubt we can make this event bigger every year.”

Money in the Bank race purse: $20,000 TO WIN 2)$10,000: 3)$6,000: 4)$5,000: 5)$3,000: 6)$2,500: 7)$2,300: 8)$2,200: 9)$2,100: 10)$2,000: 11)$1,900: 12)$1,800: 13)$1,700: 14)$1,600: 15)$1,500: 16)$1,400: 17)$1,300: 18)$1,200: 19)$1,100: 20-28) $1,000 TO START

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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