Berlin Raceway report 2004-09-18

DeVos, Speet, Meissner win features; final races next week Wiersma clinches Engine Pro Super Stock Championship MARNE, MI -- Kirk Meissner won his first feature race in 19 years driving in the Standale Lumber Sportsman division at Berlin...

DeVos, Speet, Meissner win features; final races next week
Wiersma clinches Engine Pro Super Stock Championship

MARNE, MI -- Kirk Meissner won his first feature race in 19 years driving in the Standale Lumber Sportsman division at Berlin Raceway, while Brian Wiersma clinched the Engine Pro Super Stock championship with a third place finish in that division. Warren Speet was the Super Stock winner, while Tim Devos won both legs of the Twin 40-lap Coors Light Late Model feature. The Berlin Raceway season winds down next Saturday with the season finale, which will see the crowning of the final two division champions.

In the 25-lap Standale Lumber Sportsman feature, #89 Meissner started on the front row and led every lap of the race. Early in the race, #1 Randy Veldman and #15 Casey Berenbrock were in second and third, respectively. But five rows back, a battle developed between division heavyweights #21 Terry Van Haitsma, #15 Scott Root, #55 Dave Lake and #24 Lee VanDyk. Lake and VanDyk got around the pack and moved into third and fourth. Meanwhile, Meissner was checking out at the half way point, but Berenbrock got around Veldman and was quickly gaining on Meissner until a lap 17 crash involving #20 Dave Hull and #49 Dave D'Avignon. Under caution, Berenbrock was forced to pit with a fluid leak and what turned out to be a broken motor. Back under green, Lake dove inside Meissner to challenge for the lead but Meissner held him off. On lap 20 D'Avignon and Hull spun together again on the frontstretch to bring out the final caution of the race. Meissner held on for his first-ever Powerflex Trophy presented by Hastings Manufacturing Co. sponsored by Engine Pro of his 19-year Berlin Raceway career. Lake came home second, followed by Root, Veldman and #77 Andrew Nylaan. Lake cut into Van Haitsma's points led by 47 points; Van Haitsma now leads by just 57 points and must turn in a decent performance next week to hold on to the points championship.

The 30-lap Engine Pro Super Stock feature went caution-free for the first 28 laps as #76 Warren Speet led wire to wire for his second Clevite Trophy presented by The Dana Corp. sponsored by Engine Pro of the 2004 season. The only caution of the race was a lap 28 incident in which #16 Andrew Conklin hit the turn 4 wall. #1 Brian Wiersma advanced five positions to finish fifth and win the Valvoline Hard Charger award; he now holds a 266-point advantage over second place #5 Ray VanAllsburg and has clinched the division points championship, the third of his career, a week early. #9 Nick Shotko finished second in the race, followed by Wiersma, VanAllsburg and #8 Billy Eppink.

In the first of two Coors Light Late Model twin-40 features, #12 Tim Devos started in eighth position and quickly powered through the field, taking third on lap 9 and then claiming the lead from #28 Scott Thomas on lap 15. DeVos was in the lead after the first race, and the second started with the cars lining up in the finishing order of the first race. A lap 2 caution took out several cars as #55 Joe Mazie spun on the frontstretch in heavy traffic; also involved were #16 Steele, #55 Chris Anthony, #222 Caleb Bisacky and #94 Greg Usher. Then on lap 17, #21 Johnny VanDoorn spun alone. Meanwhile, DeVos had almost a straightaway lead over #101 Joe Bush, who had another straightaway lead over #22 Brian Campbell through the middle part of the second 40-lapper. DeVos slowed a bit as he made his way through lapped traffic but maintained his lead and claimed his fourth Fel-Pro Trophy presented by The Federal Mogul Group sponsored by Engine Pro of the season by a 3.576 second margin over Bush. Campbell finished third, followed by #33 Dave Stehouwer and Thomas. Bush's second place finish upped his points lead over #18 Lee Anderson to 85 points, and with a little bit of work next Saturday Bush should clinch the Coors Light Late Model points championship.

Racing action resumes for the final time this season next Saturday night, September 25, for a weekly points race. Coors Light Late Model (60 laps), Engine Pro Super Stock (40 laps) and Standale Lumber Sportsman (30 laps) divisions will compete. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 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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