CRA: Berlin Raceway review 2004-06-19

Sunoco Super Series, USA Modifieds spice up the show Fred and Brian Campbell, Tom Thomas finish 1-2-3 in SSS feature MARNE, MI -- Berlin Raceway hosted the travelling Sunoco Super Series Saturday night, but it was the local drivers who stole the...

Sunoco Super Series, USA Modifieds spice up the show
Fred and Brian Campbell, Tom Thomas finish 1-2-3 in SSS feature

MARNE, MI -- Berlin Raceway hosted the travelling Sunoco Super Series Saturday night, but it was the local drivers who stole the show.

#47 Fred Campbell of Battle Creek, a 10-time Berlin Raceway champion, proved his talent yet again by winning the 150-lap Sunoco Super Series feature, while his son Brian, #22, finished right behind him in second. Grandville's Tom Thomas, driving the #00 car, finished third, making it a top three sweep for Berlin Raceway Coors Light Late Model regulars. Campbell claimed the checkers after finishing second in this race a year ago. The Sunoco Super Series is a Midwestern touring series for stock-appearing Late Model cars that is similar to the ASA Series.

Also adding a new flavor to the racing show at Berlin was the USA Modified Series, making its first-ever visit to the .428-mile oval. Berlin's weekly Standale Lumber Sportsman division rounded out the evening, with Dave Lake of Howard City picking up his second win of the season.

In the 25-lap Standale Lumber Sportsman feature, points leader #21 Terry Van Haitsma spun on lap 3 to bring out the first of eight cautions in the race as Lake, #55, led from the pole position. Several cautions later, two for debris on the track, it was #77 Andrew Nylaan, running in the sixth position, who brought out the yellow flag with a spin. Two other front-runners, #24 Lee VanDyk and #4 Nick Gebben, running in fourth and fifth, respectively, spun on lap 17 after getting together in turn 4, taking more of the contenders out of contention.

On lap 20, #6 Terry Bockheim spun, bunching up several cars in the field on the frontstretch as they all tried to avoid the backwards car of Bockheim in the groove. On lap 21 Van Haitsma, who had worked his way back to ninth place after being sent to the back of the 22-car field earlier for bringing out the caution, pancaked the frontstretch outside wall and ended his night. That was the final caution of the evening.

Through all those cautions, the top three positions never changed, with Lake managing to stay out front, followed by #15 Casey Berenbrock in second and #52 Bruce Chase in third. The three cars ended the race in that order, with Lake picking up his second Powerflex Trophy presented by Hastings Manufacturing Co. sponsored by Engine Pro trophy of the season. #1 Randy Veldman won the Valvoline Hard Charger award and 5 bonus points by advancing the most laps (10) from start to finish. Lake continues to trail Van Haitsma in the points, but cut into his lead by 36 points and now trails by 62 points in the championship chase.

The #72 car driven by Dan Logan won the 50-lap feature in the USA Modified Series, an Indiana-based open-wheel series that races in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Berlin Raceway will be back in action next Saturday, June 26, for a 4-in-1 show as the Auto Value Super Sprints come to town. Berlin's weekly divisions of Coors Light Late Model, Engine Pro Super Stock and Standale Lumber Sportsman will also compete. Tickets are $21 in advance and $22 at the gate for general admission and $25 for pit passes. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race begins at 7 p.m.

Complete race results and point standings can be found online at www.berlinraceway.com.

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