Berlin report 2001-06-09

MARNE, MI The ISMA Super Modifieds thundered into Marne, Michigan Saturday night, putting on a wild show for the fans at Berlin Raceway with lightning-quick speed. Late Models and fireworks capped off a clear and pleasant evening after two weeks...

MARNE, MI The ISMA Super Modifieds thundered into Marne, Michigan Saturday night, putting on a wild show for the fans at Berlin Raceway with lightning-quick speed. Late Models and fireworks capped off a clear and pleasant evening after two weeks off due to rain.

The 50-lap ISMA feature lasted only 19 minutes, slowed by only one caution. On lap 39, #14 Scott Martel of Bradford, MA, rear-ended #78 Mark Sammut of London, Ont., on the frontstretch. The action was exciting as fans watched three-wide and sometimes four-wide racing with speeds reaching 135 m.p.h. on the straightaways. ISMA is billed as the fastest short track racing in the world.

Defending ISMA series champion and current points leader Lou Cicconi of Aston, PA, took the checkered flag (his second win in two nights) in front of a Berlin Raceway crowd of 5,024. Finishing second was #26 Joe Gozek of Oswego, NY, followed by #29 Russ Wood of Pelham, NH, #94 Dave McNight of Brampton, Ont. and #7 Tim Jedrezejek of Independence, OH.

Kalamazoo's Randy Sweet, defending Late Model Champion at Berlin Raceway, pulled a Tony Stewart-style double dip, finishing eighth in the Super Modified race then making the quick switch to the larger, heavier stock car for the Late Model feature, where he finished fifth.

In the Late Model division, Grandville's Tom Thomas, #82, won his first Late Model feature, finishing .616 seconds ahead of points leader #47 Fred Campbell of Battle Creek. Rounding out the top 5 were #3 Lee Anderson, #12 Tim DeVos and #1 Sweet.

Single-car incidents brought out the first two cautions a lap 18 spin between turns 1 and 2 by #7 Alan Fricke and a lap 22 backstretch spin by #1 Brian Wiersma. On lap 36 the yellow flag came out as #74 Paul Namey and #11 Leroy Magoon tangled on the frontstretch. The final caution of the night waved on lap 46 as #28 Scott Thomas spun in turn 4.

The top three positions in the points remained unchanged, with Campbell, DeVos and Lee Anderson sitting atop the standings. Thomas's win moved him up two spots to fourth in the points, followed by Sweet.

The Super Stock and Sportsman divisions had the night off. Next week, a combination of special events will take place to make up for the rainouts. The three regular divisions (Sportsman, Super Stock and Late Model) will compete in the Spring Championships and the Super Stock division will run a special 50-lap feature for Super Stock Night.

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ISMA (International Super Modified Association) is a 28-year-old touring open-wheel series based in the New York-Canada-New England area. Berlin has been part of the ISMA schedule since 1990. The winged super modified car weighs only 1850 pounds and is powered by a 700+ horsepower engine, giving the car the speed of an Indy car and the quickness of a midget.

-IMSA

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tony Stewart , Alan Frick