Berlin Raceway results 2004-08-21

Senneker, Wiersma, Lake claim feature wins MARNE, MI -- Terry Senneker won his first Coors Light Late Model feature of the season, while Brian Wiersma and Dave Lake continued their winning ways with their sixth and fourth wins, respectively....

Senneker, Wiersma, Lake claim feature wins

MARNE, MI -- Terry Senneker won his first Coors Light Late Model feature of the season, while Brian Wiersma and Dave Lake continued their winning ways with their sixth and fourth wins, respectively. Just nine caution flags combined to slow the three feature races. With five races remaining in the 2004 season, none of the points championships are yet decided.

In the 25-lap Standale Lumber Sportsman feature, #77 Andrew Nylaan stretched out to a big lead in the first half of the race, but a lap 13 caution for a spin by #25 Dave Willet on the frontstretch allowed the field to bunch back up. #55 Dave Lake, who started seventh and gradually worked his way up to a distant third before the caution, took advantage of the tightened field, passing points leader #21 Terry Van Haitsma on lap 15 and taking the lead from Nylaan on lap 16. A late caution on lap 22 as #49 Dave D'Avignon spun in turn 4, collecting #71 Kyle Ballard, didn't change the running order at the top of the field, and Lake held on to win his fourth Powerflex Trophy presented by Hastings Manufacturing Co. sponsored by Engine Pro of the season. Van Haitsma finished second, followed by Nylaan, Bockheim and #20 Dave Hull. #40 Dave Cutler won the Valvoline Hard Charger award by advancing eight positions to finish 11th. Van Haitsma still holds the points lead, but Lake, of Howard City, is gradually chipping away at the lead, which now stands at 143 points difference.

In the Coors Light Late Model feature, #37 Terry Senneker started on the front row and led every lap of the 50-lap race, claiming the Fel-Pro Trophy presented by The Federal Mogul Group sponsored by Engine Pro for the first time in 2004 and second in the 24-year-old from Wayland's four-year Late Model career. #12 Tim DeVos, who had been making a charge in the point standings in recent races, fell out early, blowing an engine on lap 7. Just two cautions marred the race, as Senneker took the checkers in just 22 minutes 36 seconds. Points leader #101 Joe Bush challenged for the lead the last several laps but couldn't catch Senneker, finishing .145 seconds back in second. #18 Lee Anderson finished third, #47 Fred Campbell finished fourth and #88 Tim Yonker rounded out the top five. #55 Chris Anthony won the Valvoline Hard Charger award by advancing nine positions to finish 20th. Bush, of Hastings, maintains his points lead but T.A.G. Racing teammate Anderson closed to within 47 points of Bush on the strength of his fast qualifier time.

In the 30-lap Engine Pro Super Stock feature, #29 Steve Sunde, in his first Super Stock race of the season after starting the season in the Late Model division, spun on lap 5 to bring out the first of four caution flags. #3 Ross Eppink led through the first 13 laps of the race, but points leader #1 Brian Wiersma took over the lead on lap 14. On the next lap, #33 Jerry Groeneveld went three wide at the bottom of the track, but the move resulted in a spin involving Groeneveld and #12 Phil Greene. More trouble came for Greene on lap 26 as he hit the turn four pit entrance gate. With one lap to go, #13 James Haney spun on the backstretch. #35 Kyle Anderson, who, like Wiersma, returned to the Super Stock division after spending the last several years in the Late Model division, challenged Wiersma on the final lap shootout, but Wiersma, of Coopersville, held him off to win his fifth Clevite Trophy presented by The Dana Corp. sponsored by Engine Pro in the last six races and sixth of the season. Anderson finished second, his first career top 10. #98 Bob Bliss finished third, followed by #41 Fred Brinker and Eppink. Wiersma's points lead now stands at 218 points over Bliss with just five races left in the 2004 season, although the championship is not yet clinched.

Racing action resumes Saturday night, August 28, for a weekly points show presented by Woodland Trucking, with the Coors Light Late Model , Engine Pro Super Stock and Standale Lumber Sportsman divisions competing. 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.

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