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May 2 results

Postby Ron Verash » Tue May 05, 2015 10:27 am

A Supersized Night of Racing for the Cinco De Mayo Celebration

It was the second event of the year with an extra full 5-in-1 show Saturday at Berlin Raceway adding the Boyne Machine Super Late Models to the race lineup. The Super Late Models, Modifieds, and Vintage Modifieds all made their debut for the season. They were joined by the 4-Cylinder division along with the first of two scheduled visits of the Must See Racing Sprint Cars for the Tom Bigelow Classic. The fans were treated to great weather and a huge night of racing for the Cinco De Mayo celebration under a full moon.

Track President Don DeWitt and Tom Bigelow - Tom Devette Photo
The Kalamazoo Vapor 4-Cylinders were more than ready for their 2nd time to the track for the year. Another solid field of 20 cars took the green flag and the field spread out quickly. There were several great battles on the track not only up front, but for 2nd position all the way back to 15th. Jason Devos would lead early, eventually taken over by Ryan Holtzlander who would finally get the monkey off his back after many attempts and take home the checkered flag. An emotional Holtzlander in victory lane thanked his family, friends and sponsors and got loud cheers and applause from the Berlin fans.

After much hard luck, Ryan gets one! - Tom Devette Photo

The Napa Filters Racing Vintage Modifieds also made their debut at Berlin for the 2015 Season. Trouble in the heat races would sideline Steve Fuller and Jeff Barsen. Great battles up front ensued although the race was slowed by several caution flags, officials were forced to end the race at lap 24, giving the win to Tom Boorsma who was out front in his retro-style #21 Wood Brothers throwback paint scheme.

Boorsma in victory lane with the retro 21 ride - Tom Devette Photo

The Model Coverall Modifieds were among 3 divisions to make their 2015 debut May 2nd, and featured a strong field of cars, including a few new names to the division for 2015. Heat race wins would go to Ed Castle and Ryan Hamm. The feature started 14 cars, but Saturday night it would be Billy Eppink taking home the hardware. Sophomore modified driver Ben Welch made a late charge, but Eppink was able to stay out front and lead that all important final lap. He was rewarded with the trip to Great Clips victory lane.

Billy Eppink gets his victory photo with daughter Kenzie - Tom Devette Photo

The Boyne Machine Super Late Models made their debut for the 2015 season with 24 hot looking racecars ready to do battle. The first heat race went off without incident, however the second heat resulted in a crash in turn one involving several cars. The 20J of Jeremy Munniksma ended up sideways against the wall, thankfully Munniksma and all other drivers were okay. For the feature - defending track champion Tom Thomas would start on the outside of the front row along side Brian Campbell, sporting the #47. A very hard crash in turn 3 with Scott Root after just a handful of laps to go would put the field under red flag conditions while the safety crew attended to the #15 of Root. The field would re-fire with some great racing up front and mid pack, but Thomas was never able to get by the #47 as Campbell took the win from his front row starting position. Ross Meeuwsen, Justin Ryan and Jordan Dahlke rounded out the top 5.

A place the #47 knows well - victory lane - Tom Devette Photo

The Must See Racing Sprint Cars made their first of 2 visits to Berlin Raceway and once again, thrilled fans with their incredible speeds. With many cars in qualifying coming close to the 13 second mark, the track was in prime condition for fast speeds. Bobby Santos would set fast time at just over 13 seconds. Many familiar names to the series and Berlin including Jason Blonde, Dustin Dagget, Jeff Bloom and Ryan Litt made up the 16 car field. The feature race went to JoJo Helberg after he shot past several cars including the zero-hero of Brad Wyatt. Helberg would hold off fast qualifier Santos and win by a 4 second margin.
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