Thomas Romps At Berlin
MARNE, Mich. – Tom Thomas won Saturday’s super-late-model feature event at Berlin Raceway.
Brian Campbell and Ross Meeuwsen started on the front row of the 75-lap feature and before a lap was complete, the caution was out when Lauren Bush Spun between turns three and four.
Meeuwsen jumped to the lead on the backstretch and took off and the battle for second was on between Jordan Dahlke and Campbell. Tim DeVos looked to try to make it three-wide, but he backed out of it. Dahlke took second and set off after Meeuwsen.
Campbell’s car finally came alive and took second on lap eight and started to reel in Meeuwsen. On lap 25, Campbell was nose to tail with Meeuwsen, then was using the outside to gain momentum, but the leaders to coming in to traffic.
At halfway, Campbell almost made the pass, but a slower car in front of him got in the way. On lap 44, it was a clear track in front of them and Campbell had some time to make his move, though he couldn’t wait too long as Thomas was right behind them.
Thomas was stalking Campbell on lap 52 and their battle let Meeuwsen get a little bit of breathing room. With 15 laps to go, Thomas took second and while the leaders were back in traffic and this was working to Meeuwsen’s favor.
With three to go, Thomas was all over Meeuwsen and there was a lapped car just ahead. Instead of yielding to the leaders, the leaders looked to go three-wide with Lee VanDyk.
Thomas tapped VanDyk and VanDyk spun, as did Thomas. Thomas was given his position back because of the lapped car interference and after two failed restarts, the race was back underway.
Before they could complete the lap, the caution was out again for a multi-car wreck on the backstretch. Thomas took the lead on the restart and drove away while Meeuwsen was under attack from Campbell while Thomas took the win.
Other winners at Berlin Saturday included Randy Veldman (sportsman), Ross Meeuwsen (outlaw late models), Will Olmsted (super stocks), Randy Pierson (vintage racing organization), Bill Krupp (four-cylinder) and Billy Shotko (modifieds).