Travis Braden dominates CRA JEGS All Stars
-Terry Senneker and Jeremy Munniksma also victorious-
Marne, MI -- Day one of the Battle at Berlin is in the books. The CRA JEGS All Stars Tour was in action along with the Port City Racecars Outlaw Late Models and the Engine Pro Super Stocks.
Getting things started was the Engine Pro Super Stocks for a 30-lap feature, #31 Brett DeKraker and #76 Brian Tillema started on the front row. Just as the field took the green flag, the caution was out when the leaders made contact barreling in to turn 1, Tillema made contact with the call and DeKraker spun to the inside of the track. After clean up, the race was restarted with #55 Dave Lake and #20J Jeremy Munniksma on the front row. Lake took off with the lead and left Munniksma to hold off #66 Nate Walton and #78 Will Olmsted who were right on his tail. Walton and Olmsted started to battle for third and this let Munniksma to make up some ground on Lake. On lap 10, Munniksma pulled down to Lake’s inside and they raced side by side for 2 laps until Munniksma was able to clear him. With Walton close behind challenging Lake, Munniksma was driving away. Walton took second on lap 15 and had 15 laps to reel in Munniksma. During the final stretch of the race, the cars were quite spread out and single file, Munniksma took the win and the rest of the top ten were Walton, Lake, #48 Seth Moody, Olmsted, #77 Andrew Nylaan, #21 Tyler Rycenga, #67 Ben Welch, #20 Dave Hull, #54 Justin Regnerus and #76 Warren Speet.
The Port City Racecars Outlaw Late Models were up next for 60 laps with #32 Ross Meeuwsen and #21 Terry VanHaitsma leading the field to green. Meeuwsen maintained the first position and just as the field was coming around to complete lap 2, the caution was out for an incident involving the #10 of Johnny Benson, #16 Kris Fewless and #1 Barry Hartwell. The race was restarted and Meeuwsen again took off. VanHaitsma was in second, but being challenged by #28 Scott Thomas. Thomas scooted past VanHaitsma and was looking to take the lead. Thomas was there on lap 11 and while he was working on Meeuwsen, the #14 of Steve Needles entered the battle, taking third from VanHaitsma. At 27 laps in, the leaders caught the tail of the field, but the caution came out for debris and that would reset the field. Just as the field took the green to restart, the caution was back out; this caution involved #4 Adam Terry and #5 Ray Clay. The field got restarted and Meeuwsen and Thomas picked up where they left off. Thomas pulled even with Meeuwsen on lap 31 and cleared him for the lead the next time by and Meeuwsen fell into the clutches of Needles. Needles, however, ended up spinning on the backstretch on lap 35 bringing out the fourth caution. Thomas got a great restart and while Meeuwsen fell back to third, #37 Terry Senneker was up to second. While racing hard for the lead, Senneker and Thomas made contact and Thomas scuffed the wall, Thomas retired from the race and Senneker assumed the lead. With ten laps to go, Senneker was in traffic, but he was having no problem maneuvering through the field. Lap 52 saw the fifth caution of the race that involved the #82 of Tom Thomas. Senneker held on for the final laps to get the win, the rest of the top ten were Meeuwsen, VanHaitsma, Needles, Benson, #61 Tim DeVos, #83 Andy Bozell, Clay, #33 Monte Tolan and #15 Brian Maxim.
The CRA JEGS All Stars Tour was the final event of the night, #23 Chris Koslek and #48 Seth Moody were on the front row of the 100 lap race. Moody was quick to grab the lead on lap 2, taking #01 Travis Braden with him, the pair was able to pull away from the field, leaving Koslek and #7 Kyle Crump to battle for third. On lap 6, Braden drew even with Moody on the backstretch and he was scored as the leader on lap 7. Braden wasted no time putting a second and a half between himself and Moody. While Braden was cruising around the track, the rest of the field had settled in to the groove as the still had well over 80 laps to go. Braden was closing in on the tail of the field on lap 20 and just three laps later, the first caution of the race came out. The #13 of Hunter Baize, #5 Dominique Van Wieringen and #1 Cody Coughlin had crashed coming in to turn 1. Braden got a good restart and continued to lead, but just 5 laps later, the race was slowed again when #101 Lauren Bush spun coming out of turn 4. Braden again maintained the lead after the restart and again drove away from the field and a few laps later the caution was out again. Lap 35 saw the third yellow when #77 Josh Hobson spun coming out of turn 4. Moody was trying to hang with Braden on the restart, but that would have to wait as the #151 of Justin Ryan went off of the backstretch resulting in a red flag so safety officials could clear the scene. It was still Braden at the top of the board after the restart. On lap 55, Braden was in heavy traffic, but he was still maintaining his hefty lead. It was Moody that was being pressured form Koslek after battling with lapped cars and Koslek took second on lap 65. The sixth caution came out on lap 69 when Van Wieringen spin on the frontstretch. Just as the field was coming up to speed, the caution was out again, this time for Moody who spun while running third. On the restart, Koslek gave Braden run for his money, but just a few laps later, he was driving away from the field again. Behind the leaders, Crump and #14 Corey Deuser had a spirited battle doing on for third and with 20 laps to go, #99 Brian Bergakker was mixing it up with them. Bergakker overtook Deuser on the outside for fourth and continued his march onward looking for third. With 10 laps to go, Braden was again in traffic, but he made quick work of them as Bergakker was working over Crump. No one had anything for Braden this time, he took the checkers and the rest of the top ten were Koslek, Bergakker, Crump, Deuser, #12 Dan Leeck, #04 Jerrod Foley, #72 Thomas Woodin, #08 Jake Griffin and #77 Josh Hobson.
Tomorrow, June 15 is the Battle at Berlin 251! The CRA Super Series will be doing battle for 251 laps and they will be joined by the Enterprise Iron & Metal Sportsman. NASCAR star Kasey Kahne will also be on hand as the Grand Marshall and will be signing autographs on the concourse from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; also quite possibly the biggest announcement in Berlin Raceway history will be made during this event. Tickets are $25 for adults 18+, $15 for students 12-17, $5 for kids 8-11 and children 7 and under are free; racing begins at 7:00 p.m.
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