Ugly Day Turns Out Beautiful for Fedewa

By Mike Strevel

MARNE, Mich. (June 28, 2003) –
The Berlin Raceway in Marne MI was host to the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints Saturday evening. It was a day better made for fish as it rained on and off for nearly three hours before track drying began at 4:30. In an amazing weather change the sun came out, everything dried up and no one could be happier about that than Tom Fedewa. The Leslie MI driver took his fifth AVSS feature Saturday night over Kevin Newton and Jeff Bloom.

The day started as I mentioned by at least two severe thundershowers passing over the 7/16-mile oval. The weather cleared in time for each of the four classes that was racing to have one 20 minute hotlap session and AVSS heat races were set by a driver draw as all qualifying was cancelled to get the races started on time. The 22 AVSS stars were set into three heats and the winner of the United Trailer heat was Jeff Bloom of Bangor MI. The Dowker Engines heat went to Tim Cox of Park City IL and Tom Fedewa took the Wolverine Steel heat.

The 30-lap feature started all 22 cars and it was Kevin Newton and Kevin Feeney leading the field to the green. The drivers did there AVSS three wide salute to what turned out to be a huge Berlin Raceway crowd. The pole sitter Newton took off from the pack, but a spin by Mike Astrauskas on the first lap caused the race to be completely restarted. The restart once again had Newton setting the pace and Feeney right behind him. The third starting T.Fedewa was on the move and passed Feeney on lap seven and made his move around Newton on lap 11. The race was slowed on more time for the blown motor of Dorman Snyder on lap 19 and then it was clear sailing for the Leslie MI driver.

The driver in the Vos Glass Winners Circle thanked his hard working Katz Racing crew and considered it a real honor to be in victory lane at the legendary oval. The top ten finishers were Tom Fedewa, Newton, Jeff Bloom, Feeney, Jason Blonde, Bill Tyler, Tim Cox, Ryan Katz, Bill Jacoby and Chris Hayes. The Suspension Spring Specialist Inc. driver of the race was Bloom. There was no Hamilton Trucking qualifying winner.

The entire staff of AVSS would like to thank Berlin Raceway for all their hard work in getting in a race that virtually no one thought would happen at four o’clock. The stars and cars of the AVSS will head next this Thursday July 3 to the New Dixie Speedway in Birch Run MI. The track owner Mike Kern has expanded the old 1/3-mile flat oval into a high-banked 4/10-mile track with beautiful new lighting. The action begins at Dixie with gates opening at 3, hot laps at 4, qualifying at 5:45 and racing at 7. The AVSS official website is for more information.


United Trailers Heat 1- Jeff Bloom 2. Ryan Katz 3. Dorman Snyder 4. Kevin Feeney 5. Troy Underwood 6. Mike Astrauskas 7. Marv Carman 8. Rick Toncray

Dowker Engines Heat 2- 1. Tim Cox 2. Curt Shumaker 3. Bill Tyler 4. Kevin Newton 5. Brian Lay 6. Dennis Craft 7. Johnboy Hotchkiss

Wolverine Steel Heat 3- 1. Tom Fedewa 2. Bill Jacoby 3. Chris Hettinger 4. Jason Blonde 5. Gary Fedewa 6. Chris Hayes 7. Doug Stepke

30 lap feature- 1. T.Fedewa 2. Newton 3. Bloom 4. Feeney 5. Blonde 6. Tyler 7. Cox 8. Katz 9. Jacoby 10. Hayes 11. Shumaker 12. Lay 13. G.Fedewa 14. Stepke 15. Hotchkiss 16. Underwood 17. Snyder 18. Toncray 19. Hettinger 20. Carman 21. Craft 22. Astrauskas