By Tadd Haislop
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The only thing better than a crown jewel race at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway is a trio of crown jewel races at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway.
In 2023, the 7/16-mile paved oval race track in Marne, Michigan once again will deliver three headlining events — the Icebreaker on April 15, the Money in the Bank on June 7 and the Battle at Berlin on Aug. 9 — to compliment its season-long slate of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racing.
All three of Berlin’s marquee races will be available to watch live on FloRacing, the official streaming home of all NASCAR Roots properties.
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The 2023 Icebreaker marks the beginning of Berlin’s 73rd race season. All four of the track’s divisions (Super Late Model, Limited Late Model, Sportsman, 4 Cylinder) will be in action on opening night. The main event is a 75-lap, $5,000-to-win Super Late Model race.
Racing from the 2023 Icebreaker is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET on April 15 with a live stream available on FloRacing.
As for the Money in the Bank, despite being relatively new to Berlin’s calendar with the first running taking place in 2017, the event has attracted many of the best short-track competitors in the country while bringing in stars from NASCAR’s top divisions like Kyle Busch, Stewart Friesen, Erik Jones and 2022 winner William Byron.
Berlin has not yet announced the 2023 Money in the Bank purse or event schedule, but for reference, Byron took home $10,000 when he won the Super Late Model feature last year. This year, the Sportsman division will be in action alongside the Super Late Models.
FloRacing will have live coverage of the 2023 Money in the Bank on Wednesday, June 7.
Berlin’s third marquee event in 2023 — and the most lucrative — is the annual Battle at Berlin. Last year in the 12th Battle at Berlin, Evan Shotko took home a whopping $30,000 with his victory.
The Battle at Berlin traditionally features a Last Chance Race within its qualifying format. The complete race-day schedule and more information will be released at a later date.
FloRacing will deliver live coverage of the 2023 Battle at Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 9. In addition to the Super Late Model division, Berlin’s Limited Late Model class also will be in action that night.
Of course, great racing at Berlin can be witnessed all season, beyond the track’s trio of crown jewels. At first glance, Berlin appears to be your typical short track, a paved oval slightly less than a half-mile in length. In reality, for drivers, it’s 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.
The action can be seen on Saturday nights starting with the Icebreaker on April 15 all the way through the track’s Championship Night on Sept. 9. That’s 24 opportunities in 2023 to witness some of the best short-track racing the country has to offer.
Below is Berlin Raceway’s complete race schedule for 2023. (Schedule subject to change.)