Berlin Raceway race report

MARNE, MI -- The final night of Berlin Raceway's 51st season ended in dramatic style Saturday night, with a local star winning the national ARCA touring series feature and an unbelievable final lap in the Sportsman feature resulting in a surprise...

MARNE, MI -- The final night of Berlin Raceway's 51st season ended in dramatic style Saturday night, with a local star winning the national ARCA touring series feature and an unbelievable final lap in the Sportsman feature resulting in a surprise series champion.

Coopersville's Tim Steele led all 200 laps Saturday night en route to victory in the ARCA Re/Max Series Pork The Other White Meat 200. It was Steele's second career ARCA victory on his home track. The three-time ARCA champion dominated the 32-car field, starting on the front row and lapping all but five cars. It was career win No. 41 for Steele.

The real fireworks came in the final Sportsman race of the season, one that would determine the points champion. Grand Haven's Billy Shotko entered the race with a 30-point lead over fellow Grand Haven native Cort Corwin and needed a top-eight finish to secure the championship.

Shotko led the first 29 laps and was a turn away from victory. But he was slowed by lapped traffic, and second-place Todd Senneker dove inside him, making contact. Both drivers spun and came to a stop about 20 feet from the finish line. Caution fell, and both drivers were sent to the rear on the restart as track rules dictate for cars that make contact and cause a yellow flag to come out.

Shotko ended up 15th. Corwin won the race, and the victory gave him his first season championship. Shotko had led in the point standings throughout the season ­ until this final race. Shotko finished the season with four victories to Corwin's five. Joe Dochod finished second in the race, followed by Mike Root, Bruce Chase and Phil Greene. For the season, Dave Lake finished third in points, followed by Root and Dochod.

Two weeks earlier, the Late Model and Super Stock championships were determined. Veteran Fred Campbell won his ninth track championship in the Late Model division and rookie Rick Eding won the Super Stock title.

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Sept. 22 Sportsman Feature (30 laps) # Driver Laps Back 1. 7 Cort Corwin 2. 66 Joe Dochod 3. 9 Mike Root 4. 52 Bruce Chase 5. 12 Phil Greene 6. 8 Paul Schaffer 7. 29 Steve Sunde 8. 40 Dave Cutler 9. 10 Jay Gipson 10. 86 Ray Melinn 11. 8 Scott Thomas 12. 15 Scott Root 13. 31 Craig Matthews 14. 16 Jamie Gritter 15. 27 Billy Shotko 16. 13 James Haney 17. 1 Randy Veldman 18. 36 Todd Senneker 19. 7 Ryan Hamm -1 20. 36 Dave Lewis -2 21. 71 Dan Vandermolen -2 22. 99 Todd Root -16 23. 23 Andrew MacIntosh -22 24. 19 Nick Shotko -22

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Sportsman Points (final) Place # Driver Points Chg 1. 7 Cort Corwin (5) 3016 +1 2. 27 Billy Shotko (4) 3004 -1 3. 55 Dave Lake 2729 4. 9 Mike Root (2) 2684 5. 66 Joe Dochod 2550 +1 6. 40 Dave Cutler (1) 2537 -1 7. 36 Todd Senneker (1) 2439 8. 52 Bruce Chase 2206 9. 1 Randy Veldman 2091 10. 10 Jay Gipson 2006 +1 11. 10 Howard Litaker 1918 -1 12. 8 Paul Schaffer (1) 1874 +1 13. 6 Terry Bockheim 1852 -1 14. 29 Steve Sunde 1851 15. 12 Phil Greene (1) 1811 16. 23 Andrew Macintosh 1748 17. 7 Ryan Hamm 1690 18. 86 Ray Melinn 1566 19. 13 James Haney 1525 20. 15 Scott Root 1468 +1 21. 31 Mike Bursley 1400 -1 22. 36 Dave Lewis (1) 1255 23. 19 Nick Shotko (1) 1235 24. 69 Scott Fryman 1080 25. 71 Dan Vandermolen 925 26. 17 Craig Fricke 826 27. 31 Craig Matthews 769 28. 51 Mike Sherrington 615 29. 89 Kirk Meissner 455 30. 8 Al Marcott 356 31. 12 Steve Walters 338 32. 12 Tom Blouw 328 33. 16 Jamie Gritter 274 34. 9 Jeff Sterken 260 35. 51 Sara Moerman 213

(# of wins shown in parenthesis)

-BR-

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Series ARCA , Stock car
Drivers Tim Steele