The Battle at Berlin 251 was canceled due to a low car count back in August, sending Berlin Raceway and CRA Super Series officials back to the figurative drawing board.
They returned with a pretty ambitious plan to reinvent the traditional big money Super Late Model classic.
The 2019 Battle at Berlin 251 will take place on Saturday, August 17 and will feature the ARCA CRA Super Series Super Late Models, the Berlin Raceway weekly division Super Late Models and the JEGS CRA All-Stars Pro Late Models … at the same time.
The race will count as a points race towards the track’s weekly championship standings and will also be the first race of the CRA Super Series and JEGS All-Star Pro Series Chase for the Championship.
The unique shape of Berlin Raceway makes it an ideal place to run open motors alongside crate motors — especially given the success of Brian Campbell at the track with a crate motor in Super Late Model competition.
The exact rules for the race will be announced at a later date.
Given the cancellation of the race last fall, track president Mike Bursley had to try something and found a willing partner in the CRA’s RJ Scott and Glenn Luckett.
“We are really excited to be the first track to feature this type of an event with CRA,” Bursley said in a press release. “We talked about doing something different for the Battle at Berlin 251 in 2019, and this was one of the ideas we felt would work to help bring that race back to one of the major late model events in the country.
“By bringing both of the top CRA series, our Super Late Models and some of the top late model drivers from around the country, the 251 is going to be a great race for the fans to come out and watch.”
“In this day and age with asphalt racing, sometimes you just have to think out of the box to make an event successful,” Scott said. “We are excited to be a part of this great event at Berlin Raceway and to make it part of CRA history. This scenario wouldn’t work at a lot of tracks, but it will at Berlin Raceway, were crate motors are just as competitive as the bigger Super Late Model engines.”
The addition of the Battle at Berlin creates a shift in the CRA Super Series and JEGS Tour schedules.
The JEGS Tour points event originally scheduled to be at Berlin Raceway on August 10 is now rescheduled for the Battle at Berlin 251 on August 17. The JEGS Tour event originally scheduled for August 24 at Owosso Speedway has now been tentatively moved to August 10.
The Battle at Berlin 251 will be 251 laps with controlled cautions and a 10-tire option race. It will pay $20,000 to win and $1,200 to start, with at least a 34 car starting field. The event will feature extra bonus money for the top finishing JEGS Tour cars.