Top Mods Roll Into Berlin Raceway

The Top Speed ICAR Modified Tour is set for their first of two return visits to Marne this Friday night for a huge three-in-one show. The traveling series will bring with them, the Top Modified drivers from around the tri-state area. The

Ben Welch - Victory Lane 2014, Berlin Raceway
Ben Welch – Victory Lane 2014, Berlin Raceway

tour boasts a 22 race schedule in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The series is also scheduled to run the Berlin Raceway on July 30th.

Familiar names are expected to join the Berlin Modified drivers for a scheduled 40 lap main event. Point leader Chad Poole, from Springfield Oh, fresh off his win last weekend at Auto City, is expected to be in the field and a true contender for the win. The remaining top five in points are also expected to be on hand including former winner at Berlin and fan favorite Travis Eddy, Jordan Pruitt, Mark Bott and Dan Loughan.

A season high, 35 cars were on hand at Auto City last weekend and Dave Muzzillo, the tour’s owner/promoter, believes the car count should be good this weekend also, “I expect 25 to 30 cars for sure,

Billy Shotko - Victory Lane 2014, Berlin Raceway
Billy Shotko – Victory Lane 2014, Berlin Raceway

everybody likes coming to Berlin”. Dave also said that he expects the Top Speed ICAR Modified Tour drivers to holdtheir own against the Berlin regulars, “I see our Top Speed guys giving the Berlin drivers a run for their money this Friday night”.

The tour drivers will have no easy task going head-to-head with the Berlin regulars. Series champion, and three-time winner in 2014, Billy Shotko, comes into Friday night’s race as the driver to beat. Sixteen year old Ben Welch, veteran drivers Billy Eppink and Ryan Hamm will also be ready to face the challenge from the out-of-towners.

Welch, who will be driving the Racing Awareness 97L Modified, comes into Friday nights race with one feature win and high hopes. “This is going to be exciting” Welch said, “The tour drivers have a lot of

Chad Poole - Auto City Speedway, July 2014
Chad Poole – Auto City Speedway, July 2014

talent and a lot of experience. This will be the toughest race of the year for all of us”.


The Coopersville High School junior took over the seat of the RA modified in 2014 and has been strong since
the season began. Ben’s victory came on the first night of racing and his first time in the seat. Since that point, Welch has finished runner-up on three different occasions and sits second in points behind Shotko.

Friday night’s racing kicks off a big double header weekend at the track. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, will also be running under the lights on Friday along with the

Travis Eddy - Auto City Speedway, July 2014
Travis Eddy – Auto City Speedway, July 2014

Budweiser Outlaw Late Models. On Saturday, the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will be running the Berlin 251. A field of 40 cars is expected to be on hand and competing for the 30 starting spots. The Enterprise Iron and Metal Sportsman division will also be on hand. For official event schedule and ticket information, go to www.berlinraceway.com

 

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