With More than $100,000 on the line in just one race, the Battle at Berlin 251 Weekend at Berlin Raceway Entertainment Complex saw first time winners, repeat winners and some new and many familiar faces on the race track and on pit road and in the stands. Friday and Saturday Night thrilled fans – and the pits were filled to capacity with race cars and teams!
|Starting Field for the Battle at Berlin 251 – Tom Devette Photo|
Friday Night Features kicked off the the Top Speed Modifieds, featuring an almost 20 car field. Many side-by-side races between the Berlin Raceway Model Coverall Modified regulars and the visiting Top Speed Modifieds. Once the field got spread out, Top Speed Mod driver Dan Loughan bested the Berlin hometown boys and grabbed the checkered flag.
|Dan gets the win – Tom Devette Photo|
The Budweiser Outlaw Late Models also ran a 50 lap feature with a solid field of cars. A few yellow flags would eliminate more contenders including Ross Meeuwsen with overheating, Dave Zagaiski and Phil Bozell would crash hard in a heat race. Monte Tolan and Todd Daugherty would also find themselves involved in a turn one crash. On Friday night, it was all Terry Senneker, after jumping to the lead early and a few restarts, Terry was able to win another feature and hold on to the points lead in the Budweiser Outlaw Late Model Division.
|Terry and family in victory lane – Tom Devette Photo|
Next up was the big ARCA/CRA powered by JEGS All Stars 100 Lap Feature! Many of these cars would also be racing 251 laps the next day, and the field, much like the modifieds featured many drivers from a far south as Georgia along with many West Michigan natives! After many battles and lead changes, Georgia driver Bubba Pollard was able to beat out the locals and the rest of the hard Charging CRA field for his first win north of the Mason-Dixon Line!
|“Bubba” wins in the #26 – Tom Devette Photo|
The Battle at Berlin weekend continued into Saturday with the Sportsman kicking off the nights races. After two great heat races, a full field battled side by side for the feature, and after a 15 minute red flag for a nasty crash in turn 4 with Bill Funk and Terry Bockheim (both drivers were okay) the race resumed, and this time it was Garrison Jewett piloting the #51 to the Great Clips Victory Lane!
|The #51 back in victory lane again – Tom Devette Photo|
The Battle at Berlin 251 was the final race of the evening. 37 cars would attempt to make the 30 car field, and after a last chance race, the event was set with John Van Doorn on the Pole with 29 other drivers ready to take a crack at the $10,000 to win payday! After running almost 100 laps caution free, crews were preparing for live green flag pit stops, but the caution flew just before lap 140 and all lead lap cars would pit. Different pit strategy would play out throughout the evening, and after a relatively caution free first half, the 2nd half could contain several more for spins and altercations. Bubba Pollard, Terry Senneker Daniel Hemrick would all take turns at the lead, but after the final restart with 10 laps to go, Van Doorn from just down the street in Coopersville, MI would take home the big payday – a $10,000 purse and a heck of a trophy!
|What a night for Johnny Van Doorn! – Tom Devette Photo|
JULY 26 – It’s Christmas in July and kids Night. All kids 11 and under are free!! They’ll be special activities for the kids and Santa will be there too! The Budweiser Outlaw Late Models, Enterprise Iron and Metal Sportsman, the Kalamazoo Vapor 4-Cyls and Napa Filters Vintage Racing Modifieds will be in action! Show starts at 6 and green flag at 6:30!
JULY 30 – Special Mid-Week Race – The Money in the Bank 125 Outlaw Late Model race featuring another $10,000 to win payout – WGRD’s Free Beer and Hot Wings on the party deck and grand marshaling the race and also featuring the Top Speed Modifieds and the Boyne Machine Super Late Models!
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