Back to News

April 13, 2022

Track profile: Berlin Raceway

Berlin Raceway at first glance appears to be your typical short track, a paved oval slightly less than a half-mile in length.

In reality, for drivers, the 7/16-mile track in Marne, Michigan, is one of the toughest short tracks in the nation.

Berlin is classified as an oval even though its rounded straightaways give drivers the feel of a circle. There is no time for rest on the nine-degree banked straights before diving into the 13-degree corners.

Oh, and the backstretch wall? It does not exist. Which can be convenient as it relates to the damage cars could sustain hitting a wall, but the lack of a barrier often leads to drivers losing position as they slide into the grass.

Below is everything to know about Berlin Raceway, which begins its 72nd season of racing this Saturday with the annual running of the Icebreaker.

Berlin Raceway

Track Profile

Berlinlogo 4

Berlin Raceway

Track Berlin Raceway
Location Marne, Michigan
Opened 1951
Layout Oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 7/16 mile
Banking 13 degrees in turns; nine degrees in straightaways

Chester Mysliwiec and his family opened Berlin Raceway, located within the Berlin Fairgrounds, as a dirt track in 1951. In 1966, track was paved and configured as the 7/16-mile oval we recognize today. It was repaved in 1990.

Berlin had been hosting successful grass roots racing for 50 years when the West Michigan Whitecaps purchased the track in 2001 and invested in the infrastructure. The improvements included new restrooms, a sound system, private party areas, a catch fence and other amenities to ensure Berlin would remain the premier track in the Midwest and become the most fan-friendly.

The West Michigan Whitecaps in 2008 sold the the track to businessman Michael Blackmer, who after making even more structural improvements sold it to DBD Ventures in 2011.

In 2014, Berlin Raceway became Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex with a multi-million dollar facility upgrade and additional events like concerts and monster truck shows. Berlin became a NASCAR-sanctioned Home Track in 2016.

These days, Berlin hosts racing every Saturday night from April through September. The divisions include Super Late Models, Outlaw Late Models, Limited Late Models, Sportsman, 4 Cylinders, Vintage Racing and Mini Wedges.

The track has also hosted the ARCA Menards Series multiple times dating back to 1958, with Daniel Dye winning the most recent visit by the series to the track in 2021. The series is slated to return to Berlin in 2022 on June 18.

In addition, the track hosts a number of major late model races each season. It starts this Saturday with the annual running of the Icebreaker featuring the Super Late Model, Limited Late Model, Sportsman and 4 Cylinder divisions.

Other big events every year at Berlin include the Money in the Bank 150 on June 8 as well as the Battle at Berlin on Aug. 10.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Carson Hocevar has won the last two Money in the Bank 150s while Kyle Crump is the defending winner of the Battle at Berlin.

FOLLOW BERLIN: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

ARCA Menards Series races at Berlin Raceway

Year Date Series Winner Complete Results
2021 07-17-2021 ARCA Menards Series Daniel Dye Results
2018 08-25-2018 ARCA Menards Series Joe Graf Jr. Results
2017 07-01-2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (Now ARCA Menards Series East) Todd Gilliland Results
2016 08-06-2016 ARCA Menards Series Dalton Sargeant Results
2015 08-08-2015 ARCA Menards Series Grant Enfinger Results
2014 08-09-2014 ARCA Menards Series Grant Enfinger Results
2013 08-10-2013 ARCA Menards Series Erik Jones Results
2012 08-11-2012 ARCA Menards Series Chris Buescher Results
2011 07-09-2011 ARCA Menards Series Matt Merrell Results
2010 08-07-2010 ARCA Menards Series Joey Coulter Results
2009 07-25-2009 ARCA Menards Series Justin Lofton Results
2008 07-26-2008 ARCA Menards Series Scott Speed Results
2007 07-07-2007 ARCA Menards Series Brian Keselowski Results
2006 07-15-2006 ARCA Menards Series Brian Keselowski Results
2005 07-16-2005 ARCA Menards Series Joey Miller Results
2004 07-03-2004 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2003 05-24-2003 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
2002 07-20-2002 ARCA Menards Series Fred Campbell Results
2001 09-22-2001 ARCA Menards Series Tim Steele Results
2000 07-15-2000 ARCA Menards Series Tim Steele Results
1999 07-10-1999 ARCA Menards Series Frank Kimmel Results
1986 08-02-1986 ARCA Menards Series Bob Keselowski Results
1973 08-17-1973 ARCA Menards Series Bob Senneker N/A
1970 07-03-1970 ARCA Menards Series Ramo Scott N/A
1968 05-29-1968 ARCA Menards Series Andy Hampton N/A
1964 09-04-1964 ARCA Menards Series Iggy Katona N/A
1962 06-29-1962 ARCA Menards Series Harold Smith N/A
1960 06-24-1960 ARCA Menards Series Don White N/A
1959 06-12-1959 ARCA Menards Series Bob James N/A
1959 05-15-1959 ARCA Menards Series Bob James N/A
1958 09-12-1958 ARCA Menards Series Nelson Stacey N/A
1958 07-25-1958 ARCA Menards Series Les Snow N/A