September 10 Chris Bradley Memorial Race purse offers $20,000 to winner. MARNE, MI -- A $20,000 prize is up for grabs on September 10 at Berlin Raceway's Open Invitational Memorial 100 Tribute to Chris Bradley presented by Meijer and Tony's...
September 10 Chris Bradley Memorial Race purse offers $20,000 to winner.
MARNE, MI -- A $20,000 prize is up for grabs on September 10 at Berlin Raceway's Open Invitational Memorial 100 Tribute to Chris Bradley presented by Meijer and Tony's Pizza. The winner of the race will walk away with the $20,000 prize, the largest winner payout in Berlin Raceway history.
The $20,000 is twice as high as the previous highest pay to a winner of a Berlin Late Model race. Berlin hosts two $10,000 to win races each season. The huge payout is expected to attract top regional talent in addition to a full field of local Coors Light Late Model drivers. Winston Cup driver Johnny Benson is slated to participate in the event. The invitational is open to all Late Model drivers, but drivers must register for the race in order to compete. Complete details are on the Berlin Raceway web site at http://www.berlinraceway.com.
The event schedule includes two 50-lap qualifiers and a 100-lap Coors Light Late Model race. The Chris Bradley Memorial Race was originally scheduled for May 8 but was rescheduled for Tuesday, September 10.
Berlin Raceway President Scott Lane said the track is always looking for ways to make events more exciting, both for competitors and for fans.
"This is an idea we've been kicking around since we purchased the track last year," Lane said. "Because we had to reschedule this race from May 8, it made sense to try it now. Dirt tracks have always seemed to pay a lot to win and we've wondered why asphalt tracks don't pay more to win. This is our first shot at raising the stakes, and I think it's great to be able to have the large payout in conjunction with the Chris Bradley Memorial."
Ticket prices for the race are $21 in advance or $22 on the day of the race, or $25 for pit passes. Children 3 to 12 are half price and 2 and under are free.
The late Chris Bradley, a Coopersville native, was killed in a pit road accident while working as the crew chief for Adam Petty's ASA car in 1998. He began his ASA career as Benson's crew chief. The memorial race serves as a fundraiser for the Chris Bradley Memorial Scholarship fund, a sub-fund of the Coopersville Area Community Foundation, which awards one scholarship per year to a Coopersville High School student who plans to pursue a career in the automotive industry. One dollar from every ticket sold for the race will be donated to the fund. In addition, Tony's Pizza and Meijer stores will donate three cents for every frozen Tony's Pizza sold during the week of the race to the foundation.