Tom Thomas, Jeremy Munniksma, Billy Shotko, Don Deyman and Bill Krupp all visit Victory Lane
Marne, MI – It was Ladies Night at Berlin Raceway and the stands were packed with fans who witnessed a thrilling night of racing. From a last-lap, three wide finish in Super Stocks to pure domination in the Modifieds, the racing action was second to none.
The Engine Pro Super Stocks were up first for a 25-lap feature, #20 Dave Hull and #44 Brian VanZalen started on the front row. It was Hull who led the first lap, though VanZalen bested him the next time by and cleared him. Behind them, the battle was on for third between #54 Justin Regnerus, #20J Jeremy Munniksma and #48 Seth Moody. All the while, VanZalen had stretched his lead out to just over 1.5 seconds. Lap 11, Munniksma was up to second and reeling in VanZalen. With 4 to go, VanZalen, Munniksma and Moody were in a tight bunch, it was going to come down to the last lap. Going in to turn 3 on the last lap, they were three-wide. As they were approaching the start/finish line, they all touched and it was Munniksma with the advantage by .041 seconds. VanZalen got second and the rest of the top ten were Moody, #66 Nate Walton, #77 Andrew Nylaan, #76 Brian Tillema, #67 Ben Welch, Hull, Regnerus and #28 John Norder.
The Mike Becker Memorial Napa Filters Racing VROA 42-lap feature was next; #30 Todd Cowan and #74 Steve Fuller led the field to the green flag. Fuller took off with the lead from the drop of the flag and the field was stacked two by two behind them, all jockeying for position. The first caution of the race came out on lap 7 when the #43 of Terry Byrne spun on the frontstretch. After the restart, Fuller again took off with the lead, but this time, the #21 of Tom Boorsma and #3 Lou Caposey weren’t letting him get too far ahead. Caposey took the lead on lap 12, leaving Boorsma and Fuller to fight it out for second. Lap 14 saw the second caution of the race when #4x Arnie Snyder spun coming out of turn 3. Caposey retained the lead through the restart and Boorsma was still in second. Directly behind them, the #2 of Randy Pierson was holding off a hard-charging pack comprised of #20 Don Deyman, #82 Rob Parker and #80 Billy Eppink. At lap 21, the yellow was out for the half-way break. Once the cars had a chance to refuel, they were sent back on to the track to complete the final 21 laps. Caposey continued to lead, Boorsma was in second, being challenged by Deyman. The yellow was out on lap 26 for Snyder who made contact with the outside wall. Boorsma grabbed the lead on the restart, but Caposey was quick to take it back and they were both under fire from Deyman. Deyman was up to second with 10 to go and just a few laps later, he was all over Caposey for the lead. With 1 to go, Deyman made contact with Caposey, but Caposey was able to hold on to it. Deyman gave it all he could, but to no avail. Caposey took the checkers and the rest of the top ten were Deyman, Boorsma, Eppink, #59 John Evans, #42 Terry Byrne, Pierson, Parker, Peterson and Cowan.
The #2 of Ryan Holtzlander and #10 Dave Duyst were on the front row of the 15-lap Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinder feature. Duyst was the leader on lap 1, followed closely by #11X Jason Essex and they were about to be joined by #14 Bill Krupp. On lap 4, Krupp took the lead with a bold move coming in to turn 4, going three wide with Duyst and #27 Rikki VanHorssen. Lap 6 saw the first caution of the race when #89 Sierra Lantz spun with some help from Essex in turn 3. With the time limit approaching, the next flag would end the race; the restart was single-file. Krupp was off like a shot, being chased by #17 Seth VanHorssen. There was just no catching Krupp tonight, he went on to get the win and the rest of the top ten were VanHorssen,
The 75-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature was next with #48 Seth Moody on the pole and #37 Jordan Dahlke on his outside. Dahlke quickly established himself at the leader, but he would soon be challenged by #55 Chris Anthony. While Anthony was trying every lane on the track to gain an advantage, the #99 of Ross Meeuwsen showed up on his tail. The battle for the lead got very interesting on lap 14 when the leaders were all involved in a caution. This handed the lead to Moody who would start side by side with #82 Tom Thomas. Thomas was immediately under fire from #12 Tim DeVos and this let gave Moody some breathing room. DeVos made it around Thomas and was using the outside to gain steam for an advantage over Moody. DeVos took the lead on lap 21 and that’s when the next caution came out. The #00 of Cole Glasson and #50 Justin Regnerus spun in turn 4. DeVos was back in the lead after the restart. With Thomas and Moody battling for second, DeVos was able to skate away from the field. Thomas was able to get by Moody and left him to reel in DeVos while Moody was also passed by #6 Brandon Hermiller. A change for the lead happened on lap 40 when Thomas drove around DeVos; Hermiller was also able to pass DeVos for the second position. With 30 laps to go, Thomas was in traffic, but he was able to maneuver it expertly. The car on the move was Meeuwsen who was up to fifth on lap 51 after being sent to the tail for being a part of the first caution. He zipped past Moody and DeVos in a single lap bringing him up to third. With 15 laps to go, Thomas was back in traffic, but he had almost a 3-second lead over Hermiller. That lead was erased on lap 64 when DeVos lost an engine and collected #77 Josh Hobson and #55 Dave Lake. The field was restarted after a red flag for clean-up, Thomas continued to lead and Meeuwsen was up to second. The caution was back out on lap 69 when the #24 of Lee VanDyk spun in turn 1. As the field tried to get restarted, the #23 of Chris Koslek spun on the frontstretch bringing out the caution again. With just a handful of laps remaining, Thomas and Meeuwsen were giving it all they had. Thomas got the win and the rest of the top ten were Meeuwsen, Hermiller, Anthony, Moody, Koslek, Dahlke, #51 Justin Ryan, #$ Jon Beach and #101 Lauren Bush.
The final race of the night was the Model Coverall Modifieds with #68 Randy DeBoer and #88 Tony Davis on the front row of the 25-lap feature. Davis took the lead, but the pace of the race was halted on lap 2 when the caution came out for the #76 of Ryan Gruppen. Davis got a good restart, but DeBoer did not as he was shuffled back to sixth. The #22 of Billy Shotko was on the move, he passed Hamm for second and then got around Davis for the lead on lap 8. Once he was out front, Shotko checked out. Davis was holding off Hamm for second and just behind them were the cars for #8 Billy Eppink and #97 Kevin DeGood. On lap 14, DeGood found himself in second with 3.3 seconds to make up in just 11 laps. While he was definitely cutting in to Shotko’s lead, but as the laps wound down, there wasn’t enough time to catch him. Shotko scored the win and the rest of the top ten were DeGood, Eppink, Hamm, Davis, DeBoer, #16 Kris Fewless, #7 Dennis Mann, #29 Rob Shoemaker and Gruppen.
Next week is the 158th Annual Berlin Fair. Tuesday, July 16 is the 4-Cylinder Invitational / Fire & Police Recognition Night; Wednesday, July 17 is tractor pulls; Friday, July 19 is the Faster Pastor Challenge; Saturday, July 20 is the West Michigan Off-Road Derby.
Racing action resumes Saturday, July 27 for 63rd Anniversary Night featuring the Budweiser Super Late Models, Engine Pro Super Stocks, Model Coverall Modifieds, Enterprise Iron & Metal Sportsman and Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinders. Tickets will be just $8 for adults 18+, $5 for students 12-17 and kids 11-under get in for free; racing begins at 7:00 p.m. More information about the racing schedule can be found at www.berlinraceway.com.
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