Ross Meeuwsen, Steve Needles, Seth Moody and Billy Shotko win championships
Ross Meeuwsen, Terry Senneker, Brian Tillema and Billy Shokto win final races
Marne, MI – It was the final night of asphalt racing at Berlin Raceway and that meant final points races for the Model Coverall Modifieds, Engine Pro Super Stocks, Budweiser Super Late Models and Port City Racecars Outlaw Late Models.
The Budweiser Super Late Models were the first to hit the track, #55 Dave Lake and #20 Brian Campbell started on the front row of the 75-lap feature. Campbell was quick to establish himself as the leader and behind him, the #99 Ross Meeuwsen had zipped through the field and was up to second, challenging for the lead. Meeuwsen did just that on lap 6 and was able to pull away from the field. Campbell wasn’t giving up that easily, he was working on gaining momentum to chase down Meeuwsen. The first caution of the night came out on lap 11 when #32 Gabe Ensing spun off of the backstretch. Just as the field came around to take the green flag, the #55 of Chris Anthony didn’t get a good restart and the cars behind him started to stack up; the #77 of Andrew Nylaan spun and the cars of #27 Ken Wobma and #18 Keith Herp were also involved in the yellow. Just two laps later, after the field was restarted, the caution was back out when Ensing came to a stop on the backstretch. Both of the leaders got great restarts and they pulled away from the field. The battle to watch was for fourth between #37 Jordan Dahlke, #222 Caleb Bisacky and #12 Tim DeVos and it was DeVos who emerged with the position. Lap 21 saw the fourth caution of the race when #23 Chris Koslek spun in turn 2. Meeuwsen got an excellent restart and Campbell fell back to fourth, giving was for #82 Tom Thomas and DeVos to get around him. On lap 32, DeVos was using the outside to gain some ground on Thomas. DeVos took the position and tried to gain on Meeuwsen. With 25-laps to go, Meeuwsen was coming up on the tail end of the field and he started putting cars a lap down. Meeuwsen had just over a 1-second lead over DeVos was the cars crossed the line with 10 laps to go and with the race going green until the end, no one could catch him. Meeuwsen got the win and the Championship in the Budweiser Super Late Model Division. The rest of the top ten were DeVos, Thomas, Campbell, Bisacky, #6 Brandon Hermiller, #37 Jordan Dahlke, #55 Dave Lake, #84 Jay Niewiek and #48 Seth Moody.
Up next was the 40-lap Model Coverall Modified feature, #29 Rob Shoemaker would start on the pole with #66 Adam Chase just to his outside. Chase took off with the lead and #88 Tony Davis shot up to second with #22 Billy Shotko making his way through the field. Shotko took the lead from Chase on lap 12 and flat drove away from the field. Davis made it around Chase for second and behind him, #76 Ryan Gruppen and #8 Billy Eppink were both battling with chase for third. Lap 19 saw the first caution of the race when #45 Ed Castle spun on the frontstretch. Shotko jumped out to a big lead after the restart and the only battle for position was between Chase and Gruppen for third. It was lap 24 when the second caution came out when Shoemaker spun in turn 3. After a quick track check, the race was restarted and it was more of the same with Shotko pulling away from the field. With just 3 laps to go, Chase and #68 Randy DeBoer made contact on the backstretch, causing Chase to take a ride off of the backstretch. Shotko completed the final three laps and not only won the race, but also the Championship. Davis came in second and the rest of the top ten were Eppink, Gruppen, #7 Ryan Hamm, #97 Dave Lake, #16 Kris Fewless, #21 Cal Castle, #9 Zach Clark and Chase.
The 45-lap Engine Pro Super Stocks were next with #54 Justin Regnerus and #20J Jeremy Munniksma leading the field to the green flag. Before a lap was complete, the caution was out for an accident on the frontstretch involving #67 Ben Welch and #54 Justin Regnerus. It was #76 Brian Tillema taking the early lead with Munniksma running in second. The field settled in to single file racing early on as they had a longer than normal race ahead of them. It appeared that Munniksma was just biding his time as he was all over Tillema’s bumper on lap 15 and next time by, the caution was out when the #78 of Will Olmsted spun with help from the #77 of Andrew Nylaan. Munniksma took the lead on the restart with Tillema challenging him on the inside. The battle for third brought out the next caution when #48 Seth Moody spun coming out of turn 4 with help from #44 Brian VanZalen on lap 22. Once the race was restarted, it was Tillema grabbing the lead while Munniksma was under fire from #66 Nate Walton for second. They were pretty evenly matched, running side by side with 12 laps to go. Tillema captured his third win of the season with Walton, Munniksma, Moody, Nylaan, VanZalen, Olmsted, Welch, #31 Brett DeKraker and #024 Cole Roelofs completing the top ten. Moody was crowned Super Stock Champion.
The Port City Racecars Outlaw Late Model 60-lap feature, The Chet, was the final race of the night and it was #83 Phil Bozell and #5 Ray Clay leading the field to the stripe. Clay jumped out with the lead, followed closely by Bozell, #37 Terry Senneker and #32 Ross Meeuwsen. Lap 13 saw a change for the lead when Senneker drove past Clay and then the caution came out; #11 Leroy Magoon came to a stop in turn 1. It was a quick caution and as soon as the green flag was out, Senneker was back in the lead. The #82 of Tom Thomas was making his way through the field, he was battling Clay for third on lap 21. Thomas made quick work of Clay and set his sights on second place and Bozell. At halfway, the battle was on between the championship leaders when Meeuwsen passed Needles for seventh. With 20 laps to go, Senneker was in traffic, putting cars a lap down just as #10 Johnny Benson caught Thomas to try to take second away from him; he did just that on lap 45. Benson was slowly gaining on Senneker, but his progress came to a halt when lapped cars got in the way. With no more yellow flags, Senneker went on to get the win and the rest of the top ten were Benson, Thomas, #28 Scott Thomas, Meeuwsen, Needles, Clay, #24 Lee VanDyk, Bozell and #15 Brian Maxim. Steve Needles won the Port City Racecars Outlaw Late Model Championship by just 16 points.
Be sure to join us in September when the track turns to dirt for the Keyser Manufacturing Dirt Fall Classic! Racing will resume on Saturday, September 14 with the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Model Championship Night. They will be joined by the Keyser’s Manufacturing Support Divisions of Modifieds and Street Stocks; Bombers will also be on the schedule. Tickets will be $15 for adults 18+, $9 for students 12-17, $5 for kids 8-11 and children 7-under are free; racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.berlinraceway.com.
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