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My Town: Berlin Raceway president gets back behind the wheel

MARNE, Mich.—The president and general manager of the Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex is returning to the race track Friday night.

Mike Bursley will get back to his racing roots and get behind the wheel during the Battle of Berlin .251.  Bursley was the 2007 Super Stocks champion of Berlin Raceway, but no longer races regularly.  He will be racing Friday in honor of his friend, Kurt Dietrich, who was diagnosed with a golf ball size brain tumor last fall.  Dietrich has had brain surgery and is doing well.  Bursley is going to donate all of his prize money Friday to brain tumor research at Spectrum Health.

“That’s what racing really is that we are one tight group, little family here. And this is just something that I want to do to help out and show that we are one big family here,” says Bursley.

“He’ll do just fine, I mean he’s the guy to beat as far as I’m concerned.  Which is hard for me to say because I’m spotting for one of the competitors so, I hope they finish one-two,” says Dietrich.

The first green flag drops at 6:30 p.m.  Friday.  Tickets are $12.  For additional information, visit the Berlin Raceway’s website here.

Bursley hinted he might race Saturday night as well in the Battle of Berlin .251 and donate his prize money again.  He already won the Battle at Berlin Warmup .251 at Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming Thursday evening.  The competition included WZZM 13 Sports’ Dan Harland.