Berlin Raceway AVSS race report 2001-09-01

Track Record Set At Berlin As Feeney Wins MARNE, MI -- The Auto Value Super Sprints made their second and final visit to the Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI, on Saturday night. The 51-year-old race track near Grand Rapids, MI, has been the home of...

Track Record Set At Berlin As Feeney Wins

MARNE, MI -- The Auto Value Super Sprints made their second and final visit to the Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI, on Saturday night. The 51-year-old race track near Grand Rapids, MI, has been the home of thousands of drivers and hundreds of different types of cars, but Tom Fedewa of Leslie, MI, can claim to be the fastest man in the long history of this 7/16 mile oval. The driver of the Benny Rapp-owned sprint qualified Saturday at a blistering time of 13.080!

This was just the beginning of an incredible night of AVSS racing on the Labor Day weekend race. The driver who celebrated in victory lane was Kevin Feeney of Oxford, MI, who was able to pass mid-race leader JohnBoy Hotchkiss on lap 27 and lead the last three laps to claim his second win of the season.

The day started with 31 AVSS stars taking qualification runs and this is when T.Fedewa was able to make history with his record lap of 13.080. This transfers to a average speed of over 120 miles per hour! The previous track record was held by T.Fedewa which was set two years ago at 13.280. The three heat races were captured by Mike Ling, Tim Angello and Curt Shumaker. The 12-lap B-Main went to Kevin Newton over Ryan Katz, Doug Stepke, Mike Astrauskas and John Batts. The Lane Automotive provisional was awarded to Tracy Rice.

The feature started with Bill Tyler and Ling on the front row and the traditional AVSS three wide salute was started by them to the gigantic holiday weekend crowd. The green was waved and the early leader was Ling the defending ELF rookie of the year. The Canadian driver lead until lap 17 when something went wrong under the hood and Ling coasted to a stop in turn one, his night over. This gave the lead to Hotchkiss who had just passed Tyler for second a few laps earlier. The Charlotte, MI, driver was able to hold the lead for the next 10 laps before Feeney set him up for a brilliant pass going into turn two for the lead. The driver of the Jim and Nancy Hanks-owned sprint was able to hold on to the lead and take his second win of the year after his first win way back on opening night May 5. The crowd loved Feeneys "Polish victory lap" in celebrating his feature win and as he was interviewed in victory circle the lights went down and a huge fireworks display began.

The top 10 finishers were Feeney, Hotchkiss, Tyler, Gary Fedewa, Charlie Schultz, T.Fedewa, Sean Stafford, Tim Cox, Chris Hayes and Jason Blonde. The officials of the AVSS would like to thank the great staff of the Berlin raceway for their hospitality.

The next in event for the AVSS is Sunday, September 2, at Angola Motor Sppedway. The AVSS are then off for two weeks before returning to action on Saturday night September 22 at the high banks of the Salem Speedway. The official web site of the AVSS is (supersprints.com).

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kevin Newton , Sean Stafford , Mike Ling , Chris Hayes