Meeuwsen Tops Berlin Winners
MARNE, Mich. – It was Stars and Stripes Night at Berlin Raceway and the fans packed the stands to watch a thrilling night of action, which featured a pair of first-time winners and two racers who were no stranger to victory lane.
The Napa Filters Racing VROA Modifieds were first up with a 25-lap feature. Steve Fuller and Jeff Barsen led the field to the green flag. Fuller led the first few laps before being over taken by Barsen and just behind them was the No. 1 of Tony Davis. The rest of the field was stacked up behind them two and sometimes three wide.
This tight racing caused the first caution of the race on lap 7 when the No. 2 of Randy Pierson spun between turns one and two, the No. 7 of Jimmy Lawson and No. 4 of Don Smith were also involved. As the field was coming around to complete the lap, the caution was back out when the No. 4x of Arnie Snyder spun between turns three and four. The field got would back up and Barsen and Fuller continued to show the way. Just three laps later, the caution was back out, this time for Bartoszek who spun on the front stretch.
On the restart, it was Parker who took off with the lead, behind him Barsen was trying to hold off Don Deyman for second. Deyman made the pass and began to reel in Parker; on lap 16 Deyman was the new leader. With five to go, John Evans was in second and giving it his all to catch up with Deyman, but there wasn’t enough time to get side by side with him. Deyman took the win and the rest of the top ten were Evans, Bartoszek, Parker, Barsen, Lou Caposey, Fuller, Pierson, Billy Eppink and Loren Peterson.
Up next was the 20-lap Engine Pro Super Stock feature, Andrew Nylaan started on the pole with Brian Tillema on his outside. It was Tillema who took off with the lead as Nylaan got shuffled back to fifth. The battle for second was heating up between Ben Welch and Jeremy Munniskma, behind them Will Olmsted and Nate Walton were racing hard for fourth.
The first caution of the race happened on lap six when Nylaan spun in turn four. Tillema continued to lead after the restart and Munniksma was up to second, cutting in to Tillema’s lead. As they were coming to the final flag, Munniksma gave it a shot, but Tillema scored his first win of the season. Munniksma came in second and the rest of the top ten were Welch, Walton, Olmsted, Seth Moody, Tyler Rycenga, Brian VanZalen, Dave Hull and Nylaan.