June 7, race wrap up

June 7, 2014 RA 97L Modified on the restart.
June 7, 2014
RA 97L Modified on the restart.

After a full day of racing yesterday the RA team finished a good night and starts a short turnaround for the 97L Modified and racing this Wednesday, while the Super Lates take the next three full weeks off in preparation for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Night on Saturday June 28.

The 97L Modified and driver Ben Welch, had a strong run in the feature and finished second for the second week in a row. Modified top 5 were; Billy Shotko, Welch, Billy Eppink, Ryan Gruppen, and Ryan Hamm. Welch and the 97L will be in action this Wednesday, June 11, when the Top Speed Modified Series rolls into Berlin Raceway.

The RA Super Lates had good practice and qualifying sessions with the 101L posting a 2nd place qualifying time and the 55L a 6th place time. Both cars were strong going into the 60 lap feature where they settled into the top 10 throughout the majority of the race. The 101L worked its way to the fourth position before being caught up a lap 32 crash on the front stretch with the 24 of Lee VanDyk, the 99 of Ross Meeuwsen and the 1 of Barry Hartwell. The race was red flagged for the clean up, after which, the RA 55L continued to finish the feature in the 7th spot. SLM top 5; Tom Thomas, Andrew Nylaan, Tim DeVos, Nate Watson, and Brandon Hermiller.

RA Super Late Models prepare to qualify
RA Super Late Models prepare to qualify

The RA SLM cars will return to the track for HDVCH Night on Saturday June 28. For the June 28 event, each RA SLM will carry a one of a kind autographed hood dedicated to the patients and families of HDVCH. Hoods were autographed at the Michigan International Auto Show in February by hundreds of race fans and will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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