Berlin Raceway race report 2001-08-04

MARNE, MI -- The cream rose to the top Saturday night at Berlin Raceway, as the current Sportsman and Super Stock points leaders, Billy Shotko and Rick Eding, respectively, won their feature races. In the Late Model feature, 26-year-old Lee...

MARNE, MI -- The cream rose to the top Saturday night at Berlin Raceway, as the current Sportsman and Super Stock points leaders, Billy Shotko and Rick Eding, respectively, won their feature races. In the Late Model feature, 26-year-old Lee Anderson drove to his second straight checkered flag, moving to within one point of third place in the season standings. A crowd of 5,587 was on hand for the evening's racing action.

In the Sportsman division, several early cautions, including a lap 10 multi-car pile-up involving #31 Mike Bursley, #9 Mike Root, #36 Dave Lewis, #7 Ryan Hamm, #52 Bruce Chase and #19 Nick Shotko, kept the field bunched up. But #27 Billy Shotko pulled away from the field mid-race and continued to stretch his lead as the race stayed green-flag the rest of the way. He finished by a 2.55-second margin over second-place #6 Terry Bockheim, followed by #36 Todd Senneker, pole-sitter #1 Randy Veldman and #55 Dave Lake.

Shotko, from Grand Haven, extended his points lead over second-place Cort Corwin, who finished seventh in the race. It was Shotko's fourth win of the season and second straight.

In the Super Stock division, #64 Eding of Dorr and #8 Billy Eppink, the 21-year-old pole-sitter from Grand Rapids, dominated the 30-lap race, finishing first and second. A lap 16 tangle between #9 Jeff Hennip and #26 Ross Meeuwsen, last week's winner, and a lap 27 caution for oil on the track from Meeuwsen's car were the only yellow flags of the race.

The #97 car of Matt Keltner finished in third, followed by #53 Tom Sprague and #42 Matt Piersma. Eding maintained his 84-point lead over Keltner in the season standings.

The Late Model Division was the sloppiest of the evening, with six cautions in the 50-lap race (three cautions were recorded on lap 17 alone). #21 Lee Anderson won his second straight race (and second of the 2001 season), followed by #47 Fred Campbell, #12 Tim DeVos, #98 Bob Curry and #82 Tom Thomas.

Campbell extended his points to 53 lead over Thomas. Anderson closed in on Thomas, now trailing the second-place driver by only one point in the season standings. DeVos and #11 Leroy Magoon round out the top five points leaders.

Racing will continue at Berlin Raceway next Saturday night, August 12. The three regular racing divisions Sportsman, Super Stock and Late Model will take the track. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for pit passes. Children 5-12 are $5 and children 4 and under are free.

A special Chester Mysliwiec Open Invitational Memorial Race (two 50-lap qualifying races and a 100-lap Late Model feature race) will be held on Wednesday, August 15. Winston Cup drivers Johnny Benson and Kenny Schrader will compete in the special event. Tickets for August 15 are $20 for general admission and $25 for pit passes. Children 5-12 are $5 and children 4 and under are free.

-BR-

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