Berlin Raceway season finale "rain" preview

Mysliwiec Memorial Race to try again Saturday, Oct. 4 MARNE, MI -- Berlin Raceway's season finale, the Chet Mysliwiec Open Invitational Memorial 100 presented by Engine Pro and Late Model Digest ("The Chet"), will be held this Saturday, October...

Mysliwiec Memorial Race to try again Saturday, Oct. 4

MARNE, MI -- Berlin Raceway's season finale, the Chet Mysliwiec Open Invitational Memorial 100 presented by Engine Pro and Late Model Digest ("The Chet"), will be held this Saturday, October 4. It was originally scheduled to run last Saturday but was postponed due to rain. Ticket holders with tickets dated September 27 may use those tickets for entrance on Oct. 4.

The invitational will pay out more than $120,000 in money and prizes, including a Berlin Raceway event record $88,000 in prize money. That rich a payout promises to attract a huge field of cars including Berlin's Coors Light Late Model division regulars as well as the best Late Model talent from around the region. Last saturday, a total of 45 Late Model cars showed up to compete despite a horrible weather forecast for the day. The event was postponed at 3:45 p.m. after the first of what turned out to be several downpours at the track.

Saturday's events also include a combined Hitches By George Sportsman/Engine Pro Super Stock 50-lap feature presented by The Screen Print Department. Twenty-nine cars in the combined divisions attended last Saturday and ran qualifying laps before the rain came, and those cars will be locked into their starting positions for this weekend. The event pays $1,000 to win and $150 to start.

In addition to the record $88,000 in prize money to be awarded, all 28 starters in the 100-lap feature will receive prizes courtesy of Engine Pro worth a total value of more than $30,000. A partnership with national industry publication Late Model Digest has helped grow widespread exposure for the awards, while the culmination of a season-long contingency partnership with Engine Pro, a regional engine parts supplier based in Grand Rapids, will provide the feature drivers with prizes from Comp Cams, Clevite 77 Bearings, PowerFlex Performance Rings and Fel-Pro Gaskets.

The event, in memory of the late founder of the track, Chester Mysliwiec, includes two 50-lap qualifying races followed by a 100-lap feature race which pays $10,000 to win. The race payout is spread more evenly throughout the entire field than ever before, with beefed-up prize money through the middle of the field and a minimum of $1,125 going to the last place feature finisher (including qualifier money), instead of using a top-heavy payout system where the winner walks away with the majority of the prize money.

A complete prize money and prizes schedule is available online at www.berlinraceway.com.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $16 on the day of race. Children 3-12 are half price and 2 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race begins at 7 p.m.

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