Already one of the more prestigious races of the summer, the Battle at Berlin is poised to become a legitimate crown jewel this summer with a major purse increase and entitlement sponsor announcement made over the weekend.
First made to racers at the Berlin Raceway championship banquet on Friday night, the August 7 Super Late Model race will now be known as the Tekton 250, Battle at Berlin and is set to pay $40,000-to-win in 2024.
The reveal was part of a larger announcement with Tekton Tools extending its partnership with Berlin Raceway to sponsor the track’s premier Super Late Model division and their shared goals to elevate both the season long division championship and its signature event.
At the banquet, track officials Mike Bursley and Jeff Striegle stated their intent to create a race that would draw all the top short trackers to Marne, Michigan. It’s also a Wednesday night show that has long attracted Cup Series talents like Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Erik Jones and Carson Hocevar.
This announcement will no doubt keep that tradition alive as well.
The race will once again be officiated and sanctioned by the SRL National series and a leadership group comprised of Larry Collins, Brian Olsen and Ricky Brooks.
Bubba Pollard is the defending winner of the event and should once again headline an entry list of national Super Late Model touring stars that has included the likes of Cole Butcher, Gio Rugiero, Derek Griffith and Jacob Gomes.
And both the Cup and Super Late Model touring stars will be challenged by one of the healthiest local rosters in the discipline that features the likes of Brian Campbell, Evan Shotko, Kyle Crump and Joe Bush.