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Gerster Captures Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin

MARNE, Mich. – Brian Gerster used a wire-to-wire performance to capture the 30-lap Engine Pro Fast Car Slash at Berlin Raceway Saturday night, starting from the pole and never looking back en route to his third Must See Racing Sprint Car Series win of the season.

Gerster earned the prime starting position after winning the eight-lap Pole Slash earlier in the evening, charging from sixth to win the sprint and saying later on that it was a “turning point” in his team’s night.

“The way I look at it is we came from sixth to win this deal tonight,” Gerster said. “Track position wasn’t everything … but it was a big part of allowing us to do this tonight. We came from the third row and won, it was just that the feature was split into two parts.”

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Gilliland Gets On Gas At Right Time

Bolts To Front Late For K&N Pro East Victory At Berlin


MARNE, Mich. — Todd Gilliland worked the tire conservation game to perfection Saturday night, picking the perfect time to power to the front, en route to his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory of the season.

The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, led the final 31 laps to claim the Stars & Stripes 150 in the series’ first visit to Berlin Raceway.

It is Gilliland’s second career East win and first in 11 starts since winning his debut in the 2016 season opener. He has 11 K&N Pro West wins in 23 starts and leads the West championship race after eight events.

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Purdy to Honor New England Racing Legend Shaw in NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100

MOORESVILLE, NC (Jun. 21, 2017) – David Gilliland Racing and Chase Purdy released today a throwback paint scheme the No. 17 team will run in July’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Thompson Speedway Park in Connecticut. A throwback to the 1994 season, the scheme mimics the one made famous by New England racing legend Dale Shaw who won the series title that year in a Pontiac owned by Quint Boisvert.

The Shaw family has been a mainstay in New England racing circles for decades, most notably in the late model ranks and a strong run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, formerly known by a handful of names including the NASCAR Busch North Series when Shaw won his title in 1994. Until Austin Dillon replicated the feat in the NASCAR Xfinity Series a few years ago, it was the only time in NASCAR history a division champion won the title without visiting victory lane during the championship year.

With 19 wins over his series career, Shaw campaigned as a frequent tour competitor until 2005 when his son, D.J. Shaw, began showing an interest in a racing career of his own. Today, D.J. continues to race a super late model built and maintained in the family business’ shop, aptly named Dale Shaw Race Cars.

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Blonde Storms to First MSR Sprint Win of 2017 at Berlin

MARNE, Mich. – Jason Blonde smoked the field on Saturday night at Berlin Raceway for his first Must See Racing Sprint Car Series win of the season.

Blonde, who started on the outside pole for the night’s 30-lap main event, surged to the top spot in the opening corners and never looked back.

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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Berlin to Welcome NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR’s Top Developmental Series to Make Inaugural Visit

MARNE, Mich. – William Byron won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last Friday. Daniel Suarez took home the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship there Saturday. And Sunday, Chase Elliott captured the Sunoco Rookie of
the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The trio all launched their careers into NASCAR’s national series, along with drivers such as Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Darrell Wallace Jr., with their success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the next batch of drivers following in their footsteps are coming to Berlin in

Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce that NASCAR’s top developmental series will make its inaugural trip to “Where Speed Belongs!” on Saturday, July 1.

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Dalton Sargeant Hoping Second Time Around Translates to Success at Berlin

Concord, North Carolina (August 4, 2016) – ARCA Series rookie of the year challenger Dalton Sargeant will make his eleventh-career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards appearance driving for Venturini Motorsports in this weekend’s ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway.

Despite Sargeant’s rookie status and shortage of first-hand track experience at all but four race tracks (Winchester Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Iowa Speedway and Berlin) making up the ’16 ARCA schedule, Sargeant has adapted, proving to be a threat each and every time out driving for Venturini Motorsports.

This weekend Sargeant will pull from experience when making his return to Berlin Raceway, a track he visited two months ago competing in the ARCA/CRA Super Series’ Battle at Berlin super late model event.
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Pit Box: East Thunders Into Bristol

Whelen Southern Mods Return To Caraway


 • Following a three-week hiatus the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action with the fifth annual PittLite 125 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last year’s winner Kyle Benjamin will look to become the series’ first two-time victor in Thunder Valley. Todd Gilliland also has a chance to sit alone in the K&N Pro Series record books as he will look to become the first driver in East or West history to win his first five career starts. He’s currently tied for the mark with Dan Gurney, who won his first four K&N Pro Series West races (then known as Pacific Coast Late Models) from 1963-66.

• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Caraway Speedway for the second time this season for Saturday’s Dogwood 150. Andy Seuss won this race last year and is still looking for his first checkered flag of the season while George Brunnhoelzl III enters as victor of the past two events. Burt Myers won the season opener at Caraway in March and holds a one-point advantage over Brunnhoelzl in the standings. After the Dogwood 150, the tour will take its annual spring break until July.

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At A Glance: Jason Johnson Reflects On 2015, Prepares for the Future

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on Eldora Speedway for the 4-Crown Nationals and Berlin Raceway for the NAPA Berlin Brawl

CONCORD, N.C. – Sept. 22, 2015 – Jason Johnson entered 2015 ready to take on his first full World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season and while the year has not shaped up like he planned, Johnson remains focused on learning, growing and getting his No. 41 Priority Aviation/Mesilla Valley Transportation/Fischer Body Shop team back to victory lane.

The five-time and reigning American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Tour champion talked to the World of Outlaws about his season so far and what the future looks like for his team.

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JGR Development Driver Cody Coughlin Turns Heads at Berlin


MARNE, MICHIGAN (May 17, 2015) — If you were not at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan on Saturday night, you missed an impressive performance.  Track announcers hailed the run of 19 year-old Cody Coughlin as he marched from a 23rd starting spot and into contention for victory at the closing stages of the Berlin 125 for the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

The Joe Gibbs Development driver proved that you can overcome adversity throughout the day.  Berlin had been a sore-spot to Coughlin in the few times he has raced their in his young career.  After qualifying it did not get any better for Team JEGS.  Coughlin timed in eighth quick, but crew chief Nick Easton pulled the car out of the impounded area to help improve the car for the main event.  By doing so, Coughlin was relegated to start at the rear of the field.

Methodically Coughlin picked his way through the field and under the direction of spotter Scott Wimmer, Coughlin moved his way into the top 15 by lap 21, then top 10 on lap 33 and eventually the top five.  Coughlin did not settle; he was pushing for third when another driver snuck by him in the battle and the Delaware, Ohio native wound up fifth as the checkered flag fell.

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World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Set to Sling Dirt at Berlin Raceway

Paved track’s dirt schedule grows with world’s premier sprint car series on Sept. 27

CONCORD, N.C. – March 18, 2014 – The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is set to invade Berlin Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Marne, Mich.

It marks the first time “The Greatest Show on Dirt” will race at Berlin, a semi-banked asphalt oval near Grand Rapids, Mich., that will be covered in dirt for a series of special events this fall, including the World of Outlaws Late Model Series’ Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend on Sept. 12-13. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars will take their shot at the storied venue two weeks later.

“The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars is something that the fans have wanted to see here ever since the World of Outlaws Late Model Series race was announced two years ago,” stated Mike Bursley, Promoter of Berlin Raceway.

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Lou Cicconi Storms Berlin ISMA Show

Marne, MI — Supermodified veteran Lou Cicconi, has had a somewhat up and down season with his new team and new car. But he is still in the hunt with three others for an ISMA point championship despite some disappointing finishes. Friday night at Sandusky Speedway, a good run was spoiled by an errant rear end bolt leaving him with an 11th place finish instead of a possible top three. He got redemption the next night at Berlin Raceway when he got the ISMA win however. Lou fought his way past Mark Sammut on lap 30 of the 50 lapper and was unchallenged to the end for his second win of the season and his second at Berlin Raceway. The first came in 2001.

Standing in victory lane just after midnight in Michigan Cicconi said of his race, “I really feel that I was pretty fortunate because the car stayed under me all night. I didn’t expect that Mark Sammut to look like he was slowing down after that yellow. But he raced me clean when I went by – everybody races me clean. I think that’s a good respect thing. Not to take anything away from this win, but I hope our pal in the sprint car recovers from all his burns (referring to a horrendous car fire in the Xtreme sprint heat race). I’ll tell you our crew is doing a really good. At least we got to finish one tonight.”

Mark Sammut too has experienced a season on the roller coaster. He took the lead from Sondi Eden on lap 22, but a lap 28 yellow closed the field up, allowing Cicconi a shot at Sammut and Eden for the front spot. Said the veteran London, Ontario driver, “It was a decent run. We’ve been struggling most of the season so it was good to get back into the top three. We were just a touch too loose. Louie was hooked up better than we were. We struggled all day so to end up second is good. I have to thank Art Currie Ltd. He’s been my biggest sponsor for the last 25 years, and Mobile Striping and Sweeping and Wells Foundry – they all kick in and if it wasn’t for those guys we wouldn’t be here.”

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Tenative 2012 ISMA Schedule Released

Date Track Laps
5/26/2012 Waterford Speedbowl(CT) 50
6/30/2012 Stafford (CT) 50
7/7/2012 Oswego Spdwy.(NY) 50
7/27 & 7/28/2012 Sandusky (Ohio) 40/100
8/3 & 8/4/2012 Delaware(CA) 30/50
8/10/2012 TBA
8/11/2012 Waterford Speedbowl (CT) 50
8/25/2012 Berlin (MI) 50
9/2/2012 Oswego Speedway(NY) 50
9/8/2012 Star Classic(NH) 150
9/29/2012 Seekonk Speedway (MA) 100
10/13 & 10/14/2012 Thompson (CT) 50

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Ted Christopher Amazes with ISMA Win at Berlin

Marne, MI – In 1999, modified ace Ted Christopher climbed aboard a Paul Dunigan –owned supermodified for the first time ever. It was at Thompson Speedway. He started dead last. He won. Saturday at Berlin Raceway in Michigan, Ted climbed into the Clyde Booth 61 for the first time, at a track he’d never seen before, started dead last and won! As Ted put it in victory lane, he was two for two in his supermodified competition. Not a bad record to say the least. But put the Plainville, CT driver in a good car – in any division – and he’ll race it to the max, even the tough, ultra fast, winged supermodifieds. Although new to the Midwest crowd, those who had seen the ultra-talented shoe race from modifieds to full-bodied NASCAR cars and anything in between, were not surprised.

Christopher was overjoyed after his second career ISMA supermodified win in as many outings. “This is a great track. It was fun racing. This is the second time I’ve run a supermodified for somebody for the first time, started dead last and have won.

His expectations, after a dnf in his heat were tenuous. “I was hoping we’d get a couple yellows because we had a problem in the heat race and started at the end of the field. I thought if I got a couple yellows, it would bunch the field up and I’d see what happened. These cars are really different. When I got up close to another car it would take the air out and just make the car push. So I tried a couple ways to pass people with it and finally caught up and passed Mike. I’d like to thank Clyde and Susan Booth for the ride. They really do a good job with this car. I’d also like to thank CorrPak for putting up some extra money for this race and for the crowd for coming out despite the cold.”

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Berlin Raceway September 25-26 ISMA Show is Cancelled

Oswego, NY — Word has been received from Berlin Raceway management that the upcoming ISMA doubleheader will not take place on the 25th and 26th of September as printed on the 2009 schedule. Citing excessive rainouts and the rescheduling of events because of that weather, plus financial constraints, ISMA was contacted as to the possibility of putting off the 2009 weekend until 2010. According to ISMA president Howie Lane, a 2010 date has already been confirmed.

The following explanation appears on the Berlin Raceway website: “Attention Berlin Drivers, Crews, and Fans: Due to the excessive number of rain-outs this season, the schedule has been changed. There will be a driver mailer sent out to the drivers with these details and more in the next couple days and it will also be posted on the website after it has been mailed.
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Perley Claims Fifth Staight Berlin ISMA Win

Marne, MI — Chris Perley drove to his fifth straight ISMA win at the Berlin Raceway Saturday night but it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Rowley Rocket. Mark Sammut jumped into the lead after a lengthy race stoppage which saw Johnny Benson Jr. pretty much destroy his new 21 super after a hard hit into the wall bringing out a red flag situation. John’s car erupted into flames and Benson was taken to an area hospital for treatment. When the race resumed with one lap down, Mark Sammut moved quickly into the lead. It took Perley until lap 37 to get by the Canadian driver who is looking for his ISMA first. The win was Perley’s first of the young season making him the third different winner in three outings.

Perley replayed his night. “We guessed tonight that the track was going to chew up tires so we were going to have to be really, really tight or really lucky. Sammut looked like he was perfect. As the race went on he was getting a little too snug and he couldn’t turn it. He left me the bottom. I was having trouble clearing lap cars because I was really loose and then my brakes fell off or something. I couldn’t really crowd a lap car because I had no brakes and I’d run into him. I finally cleared lap cars and went after Mark. But every time I got close to him, I’d get really loose. I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Then he slowed up just a little and gave me the bottom and I got lucky. This one probably should have been Mark’s. Thanks to my crew who never give up and to all the fans who came out to watch.”
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ISMA Heads West for Doubleheader at Toledo and Berlin

Oswego, NY — After a couple weeks off, the ISMA supers gear up for a two-day, two racetrack shows at Toledo Speedway in Ohio and Berlin Raceway in Michigan. These are the second and third events on the young 2009-race season for the traveling organization. Last year’s Toledo event met with heavy downpours and an eventual cancellation. The June Berlin show is a new entity, which will be in addition to their September two-day event.

The Toledo ISMA show has always been a popular one with fans and competitors alike as it brings in one of the top short track open-wheel shows in the Midwest. Friday, June 12 is the All American Coach/Qualite Sports Lighting “Fastest Short Track Show in the World”, featuring the ISMA Super Modifieds and Auto Value Super Sprints (AVSS). Past events have brought out a spirited speed fest between the two groups. The two groups will again be looking for bragging rights of which car is the fastest! With the fastest lap times hovering in the low 13-second bracket and below, the speeds are incredible and have made time trials an event in itself. Cameron Dodson owns the ultimate track record at 12:902 in an AVSS machine. ISMA’s Chris Perley holds their lap record at Toledo’s half mile at 13:116.

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Berlin Raceway Adds Another ISMA Race to 2009 Calendar

Jenison MI — Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce another very exciting weekend of racing. One week following the crowning of Champions for Berlin Raceway’s weekly divisions, race fans and teams will invade the seven-sixteenths mile speedway from all over the country.

Friday night September 25 will see Dirt Late Model teams from around the country to try their hand on the asphalt of Berlin. The Integra 50, a $3,000-to-win event is expected to bring in some of the best dirt talent and this will be the first time Dirt Late Models will race at the Marne speed-plant.

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Chris Perley Beats Bug at Berlin

Marne, MI — Saturday was a perfect fall day for racing in Michigan, but Chris Perley’s day started with a stomach virus. He spent most of the day trying to rest and recover in the confines of a busy pit, but despite the ailment he was able to muster up just enough energy to bring home his fourth straight Berlin Raceway win. Three-time Berlin winner Russ Wood was the man to beat for Perley on the track. Wood took over the lead on lap 8 and looked to be a sure winner, but even Wood knew Perley was out there somewhere. By lap 30, the 11 was right on the tail of the 29. In two laps, the lead switched and never switched back despite trepidations from both the winner and the pursuer.
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“I thought for sure Russ would be back because we kept getting tighter and tighter,” said Chris in victory lane. “I thought I was going to lose it at the end. I didn’t know how close he was. I really laid low today. I tried to get a little bit of rest. I certainly don’t feel good but these guys give me an awesome car so I can’t give up on them at any time. I just gave it everything I had and we were lucky enough to come out on top tonight.
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ISMA Hits the Road for an International Doubleheader

Oswego, NY –- The ISMA contingent is on the road again for a two-day-two race stint in Canada and Michigan. First up is the Friday night, Sept. 26 North of the Border event at Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Then it’s across Michigan the next day for another 50 lapper at Berlin Raceway in Marne. This series wraps up the last two races on the 2008 schedule before the finale at Thompson, CT in October.

Delaware Speedway has a storied history of supermodifieds and some of the greats in the ranks from that division came graced the track over the years. ISMA winners over the years since 1976 include Steve Gioia Jr., Bentley Warren, Mike McLaughlin, Gary Allbritain, Chris Perley and now finally, a Canadian. Last year Dave McKnight stopped his roller coaster season on top with a win before a very partial Canadian crowd. McKnight was followed by ISMA champ Chris Perley and in third, by Ryan Litt, another Canadian favorite. To boot, Canadians prevailed in the top five with a great run by London, Ontario’s Mark Sammut for fourth and Innerkip, Ontario’s Mike Lichty in fifth. Michael Barnes, Craftsman Truck star Johnny Benson Jr., Mike Ordway Jr., Dave Trytek and Robbie Summers completed the top ten.

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