The original Day One of the 2nd annual Michigan Doubles Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene was rained out last night (Friday August 18, 2006) at the near-by Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway.
As for the U.A.W./United Auto Workers 100, Grand Rapids, Michigan fan favorite, Brian Campbell took the lead from Jason Setser on lap 31 and from their, the overwhelming crowd favorite would go on to win his second overall ASALMS Feature and first ASALMS Northern Division victory of the 2006 season.
The first of only three cautions flew on lap 36 when Appleton Rack and Pinions Rookie contender, Danny Ouderkirk spun coming down the front stretch and in the process, erasing what was building up to be a huge lead by Campbell.
After another caution a lap later due to debris from Mike Osgar’s machine after he slapped the front stretch wall, Campbell would again jump out to a big lead once the green flag came back out.
The final caution flew on lap 64 when more debris came from Osgar’s Ford Fusion. On what would be the final restart, Campbell would pull away from the now second place car and fellow Grand Rapids, Michigan pilot, Chris Anthony, a regular in the Berlin Super Late Models weekly shows.
Brian Campbell won at Berlin for a second time this year. (Bob Milner Photos)
Anthony would battle Columbus, Ohio veteran, Robbie Pyle side by side for several laps before Pyle finally got by with less than 20 laps to go and tried in vain to reel in race long leader, Campbell, who was busy lapping cars at a rapid rate.
Campbell would sail away from the rest of the field and was never seriously challenge en route to sweeping both scheduled ASALMS Events at the historic Marne, Michigan fairgrounds for the 2006 season!
The reigning 2005 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year would take the checkered flag in his Port City Race
Butch Miller (#52) finished fourth at Berlin.
With Campbell’s win two months ago during the televised ASALMS Challenge Division’s fifth race of the 2006 season, the Safety Kleen 200 back on June 14, 2006, Campbell would go on to sweep both Berlin ASALMS events for the 2006 season!
Peter Cozzolino and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame and 10-time Berlin Raceway Super Late Models Track Champion, Fred Campbell led the start studded 26-car field to the green flag to begin the 100-lap Feature around the historic 7/16s mile progressively banked paved oval.
Cozzolino beat out the legendary Berlin star to the first corner to take the early lead while the rest of the field settled in behind him. Jason Setser started methodically working his way up from his fourth starting spot and was immediately into second spot trying to chase down Cozzolino.
On lap 20, Setser dove underneath the fellow Hoosier State driver to grab the lead away. However, Setser also brought Port City Race Cars Fast Qualifier, Brian Campbell, who started sixth, with him and the two pulled away from the pack to battle.
It didn’t take long for Campbell to make his move as on lap 30 Campbell drove by Setser to the roar of the huge and boisterous hometown crowd on hand.
Cars/Lane Automotive/Automotive Promotions Incorporated Chevrolet Monte Carlo and go on to win his first ASALMS Northern Division Feature and second overall ASALMS victory of the 2006 season!
Campbell’s first victory also came at Berlin during the televised ASALMS Challenge Division’s fifth race of the season; The Safety Kleen 200 back on June 14, 2006!
Pyle would bring home a second place showing ahead of Anthony who would finish a career high third over Coopersville, Michigan’s Butch Miller, from the rear of the field after pitting early, and Setser, the Top Five.
Campbell (#29) was fast all day long.
Brian’s Father, Fred Campbell would finish sixth ahead of Ryan Carlson, Current ASALMS Northern Division Points Leader, Jesse Smith, Cozzolino, and Current Appleton Rack and Pinions Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Derek Neville completed the Top 10.
Earlier in the evening, Campbell win his first Fast Qualifier Award of the season as he would start his sweep of the evening by tripping the clocks at a 16.211, which equals out to an impressive 97.267 MPH.
Also earlier in the evening, Dowagiac, Michigan driver,
Doug True won his second GM Performance Parts Shootout of the season over current GMPPSO Points Leader, Alison Quick. Danny Ouderkirk, Dave Gentile Jr., and Bill Tomlinson completed the Top Five.
In regards to the Kalamazoo event that was rained out last evening, both series and track officials worked diligently to get the Lane Automotive 100 Presented by Tough Coat Powder Coatings in and almost succeeded with practice sessions, Qualifying, and the GM Performance Parts Shootout all completed before Mother Nature intervened.
As for the original Day One of the 2nd annual Michigan Doubles Weekend Presented by the Michigan Racing Scene, ASALMS North and Kalamazoo Track Officials are working on a make-up date for the Lane Automotive 100 Presented by Tough Coat Powder Coatings and that will be announced within the week.