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Steve Needles notches second Outlaw Late Model win

Postby Carl Smith » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:07 am

-Jeremy Munniksma, Kevin DeGood and Jared Lyzenga add to win totals-

Marne, MI -- The heat was in full effect on this first weekend of the summer, but it didn't stop the race fans from coming out and having a blast on Kids Night.

The Model Coverall Modifieds were first up for a 25-lap feature with #76 Ryan Gruppen and #7 Ryan Hamm on the front row. Hamm took off with the lead as #8 Billy Eppink was on Gruppen's outside trying to take second. Not having luck, Eppink dropped to the inside and cleared Gruppen for position. Laps 5 and 6 saw some three-wide action and just a few laps later, the yellow was waving after contact between Eppink and #66 Adam Chase in turn 2. Hamm was still leading and DeGood would restart in second with 14 laps to go. It was #22 Billy Shotko on the move after the restart, he made quick work of DeGood and then went after Hamm for the lead. DeGood was battling back and on lap 14, it was DeGood with the lead as the second caution came out for Hamm who spun between turns 1 and 2 after contact with Shotko. DeGood took off after the restart and it was #88 Tony Davis in second holding off Gruppen and #68 Randy DeBoer. Just as the field completed a lap, the caution was out again, this time for #16 Kris Fewless spinning across the frontstretch. Before they could get restarted, caution 4 was out when DeBoer spun on the backstretch. DeGood was showing the way around after the restart, he pulled away to over a second lead and the race was on behind him. Davis was still in second and a hard-charging Chase was weaving through the field. Chase made it around Davis, who fell back to sixth after getting loose coming out of turn 4 with 2 laps to go. While this was going on, DeGood was able to run away with the win. Chase finished second and the rest of the top ten were Gruppen, Eppink, Shotko, Davis, DeBoer, Hamm, Fewless and #29 Rob Shoemaker.

The Engine Pro Super Stocks were up next and it was #21 Tyler Rycenga and #66 Nate Walton leading the field to the green flag for the 25-lap feature. The field raced side by side for the first lap before Walton established himself as the leader. He was immediately being challenged by #20J Jeremy Munniksma who cleared him for the lead on lap 4. Behind them, the #77 of Andrew Nylaan and #78 Will Olmsted were fighting hard for third, it was Olmsted who took the position, but just as he had the position, he spun in turn 2 bringing out the yellow; the #67 of Ben Welch tried to avoid the incident by going high, but he went too high and ended up off of the backstretch in turn 2. Munniksma took off with the lead and it was Walton, Nylaan and #44 Brian VanZalen battling for second. As the field was completing lap 12, the caution was out again when #48 Seth Moody and Rycenga made contact and half of the field was involved including Olmsted, #54 Justin Regnerus, #20 Dave Hull and #28 John Norder. With the time limit approaching, the race was then shortened to the 20 laps or the next caution. The restart was single file and Munniksma continued to lead and VanZalen was showing in second, holding off Walton. Munniksma got his third win of the season and the rest of the top ten were VanZalen, Walton, Olmsted, Nylaan, Moody, Hull, Rycenga, Norder and Regnerus.

The Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinders rolled out next for a 15-lap feature, #10 Dave Duyst and #17 Ryan Hamm started on the front row, but neither of them would lead the first lap. It was #77 Jared Lyzenga in first followed by #17 Seth VanHorssen. Lap 4 saw the first caution of the race when #75 Dan Ream spun on the backstretch. VanHorssen was able to hang with Lyzenga on the restart, however Lyzenga was just gaining steam as he again started to pull away from the field. The next battle for position was for fourth between Duyst and #9 Zach Clark with #89 Sierra Lantz waiting to see who to follow. Clark was trying everything he had to get around Duyst, first on the inside, then on the outside. Once he gave up the inside line, Lantz was there and passed them both with 3 laps to go. Back up from Lyzenga was well over 2 second ahead and that resulted in him getting the win. VanHorssen came in second and the rest of the top ten were Lantz, Hamm, Duyst, Clark, #14 Jason Essex, #2 Ryan Holtzlander, #27 Rikki VanHorssen and #72 Steven Holtzlander.

The Port City Racecars Outlaw Late Model 60-lap feature was the final event of the night; #5 Ray Clay started on the pole with #32 Ross Meeuwsen on his outside. Meeuwsen took off with the lead and Clay fell back to fourth after being passed by both #82 Tom Thomas and #14 Steve Needles. Needles and Thomas were racing hard for second. By lap 15, the leaders were in traffic and Thomas was able to cut in to Meeuwsen's lead. Lap 30 saw the first caution of the race and it was for Meeuwsen. He suddenly slowed on the backstretch and Thomas got around him and as they were coming out of turn 4, Meeuwsen spun. Needles took the lead on the restart and it was #10 Johnny Benson running in second. The battle for third was heating up between #24 Lee VanDyk and Clay with #83 Andy Bozell and #8 Phil Bozell just behind them. Clay and VanDyk raced side by side for a few laps before Clay overtook VanDyk, all the while Needles had stretched his lead to 1.7 seconds over Benson. There was just no catching Needles who got his second win of the season. The rest of the top ten were Benson, Clay, VanDyk, A. Bozell, P. Bozell, #15 Brian Maxim, #61 Tim DeVos, #11 Leroy Magoon and #40 Jamison Russell.

Next Saturday, June 29 is Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Night. The Budweiser Super Late Models will be in action along with the Model Coverall Modifieds, Enterprise Iron & Metal Sportsman and Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinders. Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, $8 for students 12-17, $5 for students 8-11 and children 7-under are free; the first race begins at 7:00 p.m.

Camping is available on site all season long as well as the Battle at Berlin race weekend. There are limited spaces for electrical and water so act fast as camping spots are first come, first served.

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