July 7, 2001 Thomas, Eding win third features; Todd Senneker takes first Sportsman feature MARNE, MI Â Tom Thomas and Rick Eding won their third feature races of the 2001 season in the Late Model and Super Stock classes,...
July 7, 2001
Thomas, Eding win third features; Todd Senneker takes first Sportsman feature
MARNE, MI Tom Thomas and Rick Eding won their third feature races of the 2001 season in the Late Model and Super Stock classes, respectively, Saturday night in front of 3,155 fans at Berlin Raceway.
The Senneker family continued their success at Berlin, as 19-year-old rookie Todd Senneker won his first-ever Sportsman feature, one week after 20-year-old brother Terry won his first-ever Late Model feature.
Senneker, of Wayland, led the Sportsman feature wire-to-wire from his pole position, beating Howard City's Dave Lake to the stripe by 1.669 seconds to take the checkered flag in the 25-lap event. Dave Cutler, Billy Shotko and Cort Corwin rounded out the top 5. Just two cautions, a lap 2 spin between turns 3 and 4 by Randy Veldman and a lap 6 tangle between Scott Root and Phil Greene on the frontstretch, slowed the event.
Grand Haven's Corwin was the fastest qualifier and remains second in points behind Shotko. Senneker moved up three spots to 10th place in the point standings.
In the Late Model feature, Lee Anderson of Walker held a big lead through most of the 50-lap event but was held up in traffic with just two laps to go and was overtaken by Thomas, who has finished either first or third in his last six features and has three wins on the season. Anderson finished second, followed by Tim Yonker, Scott Thomas (Tom's brother), and Adam Chase, who turned in his first career top-5 finish in the Late Model division.
A four-car pile-up in turn 1 of lap 1 brought out the first caution of the Late Model race. Involved were #8 Troy Marciniak, #18 Keith Herp, #88 Tim Sweeney and #17 Greg Zimmerman. A second caution came out on lap 20 as last week's winner, Terry Senneker, spun into the turn 3 wall.
Terry Senneker was the fastest qualifier, turning in a time of 101.814 mph. Late Model qualifying was slowed by several short rain/track drying delays.
In the Super Stock feature, Eding won his second straight race and third of the season to extend his points lead over Newaygo's Matt Keltner, who was the fastest qualifier. Chris Muyskins of West Olive finished second, followed by Jeff Hennip, John Smith Sr. and Ray Clay. A lap 1 caution for Tommie Roth's spin in turn 3 turned out to be the only caution, as the 30-lap feature was completed in under 10 minutes.
The ASA circuit will make a celebrated return to Berlin Raceway next weekend, with qualifying on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. and the Tires.com 300 ASA race on Saturday, July 14 at 9 p.m. (broadcast live on TNN). Berlin's Sportsman class will round out Friday's racing schedule with a special 50-lap feature race.
Gates open at 11 a.m. on both days. Tickets for Friday's race are $10 for general admission and $20 for pit passes, while tickets for Saturday's Tires.com 300 are $20 for general admission and $25 for pit passes. Children 12 and under are free for the ASA events.