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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - July 8, 2016

by Duane Turner

Foul weather was the main story early in the afternoon at Spartan Speedway. With thunderstorms in the area, several race tracks in the Michigan area would cancel their Friday night races. Spartan Speedway would see a little luck on their side and was able to race as planned. In the pony stocks, two drivers continued their 2016 dominance with Jacob Newman winning the “B” feature, and Brian Beckner winning the “A”. Violet Townsend won the Junior Bandit main event, with Cody Hall winning the senior Bandit version. In the destruction events, Maverick Morrow won the trailer figure eight race. John Ward Jr won the 4cylinder flagpole event, while Tim Hurrell won the 8 cylinder portion of the flagpole races. The main event school bus figure eight was won by Robert Johnson.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks would lead off the night with randy Kretzinger Jr leading the field to the green flag. Art Pitchford led the first lap, with Brian Beckner close behind. Two laps later, Beckner takes the point as John Ward Jr moves in to third. ON lap eight, Ward Jr slips in to second, while Troy Andrews moves in to third. With the laps winding down, Ward Jr would catch Beckner, but it would not be enough as Beckner takes the win. Ward Jr and Andrews are the top three. In the B-feature, Jacob Newman took the lead on lap five, then held off challenges from Trina Newman on the last few laps to for the win. Trina Newman was second, with Jesse Nobach-Gehringer in third.

The Parts Place Napa Junior Bandit feature saw Violet Townsend lead every lap to take the win followed by Bella Chan. In the bandit feature, Joe Morrissey took the early lead and Zach and Jon Parish battle for second. After three laps, Jon Parish takes over second, as Logan Haughton moves in to third. Lap seven, Haughton takes over second, while Cody Hall moves in to third, quickly putting pressure on Haughton for the runner up position. Two laps later Hall takes over second as the caution comes out. On the restart, Hall takes over the lead, as Morrissey challenges back on the inside. At the end, Hall proved to be too strong picking up the feature win. Morrissey held on for second, Mike Findlay Jr taking third on the final lap.

In the flagpole event, Tim Hurrell takes the early lead with Jim Burchett and Mike Gauthier the top three. Kelly Hollister takes over third on lap three in heavy lapped traffic. At the finish, Burchett would catch Hurrell, but was unable to make the pass. Burchett takes the win, with Burchett and Hollister the top three. In the 4-cylinders, Wayne Parkhurst II took the early lead, but Ken Dollarhite Jr would spin Parkhurst to take the lead, but the duo would continue their battle, as John Ward Jr would slip by to take the lead. With two laps left, Brian Beckner, driving his daughters #47 moves in to third. At the end, Ward Jr takes advantage of the carnage behind him taking the win. Dollarhite Jr and Beckner are the top three.

In the trailer figure eight event, Maverick Morrow led the field to the green flag, and takes off to the early lead. Russ Grandy keeps pace in second, with Kelley Hollister a close third. But, three laps in, Grandy would lose his trailer sending him pit side. Lap five, Hollister takes the lead, but would also lose his trailer also disqualifying him for the remainder of the event. Wayne Parkhurst Jr takes the top spot, but an intersection collision would cost him the lead, giving the lead to Hugh Brayton. Just as Brayton takes the lead, he also loses his trailer ending his night. At this point, only two cars remain, with Maverick Morrow in the lead. Just nine laps in, TJ Hurrell in second place would lose a right front tiring, handing the win to Maverick Morrow.

The school bus figure eight began with the near capacity crowd on their feet. The action would have to be stopped twice, once for debris blocking the intersection, and a second time for two busses being stuck together. After all the carnage, and dust settled, Robert Johnson driving the Beacon Sales and Service sponsored bus, took the win.

Next Friday night on July 15, Spartan Speedway will host country music entertainer DeWayne Spaw for a pre-race concert. Modifieds, late models, spartan stocks, pony stocks, and bandolero’s will take to the ¼ mile oval. edway will host school bus figure eights. Also on hand for destruction events will be flag pole racing, and trailer figures eights. Pony Stocks and Bandoleros will highlight the oval track events.


Consider a 10 lap test drive in a Legend car. We conduct test drives most Fridays during the race season. Another option is a 2016 season pass. You can send a check or use a credit card. We are happy to answer questions if you email spartanspeedway@gmail.com or call the office at 517-244-1042.


Legend cars

  • $6,500 ... 37 Chevy Sedan - sealed engine
  • $10,500 ... 34 Ford Coupe - championship car, 7 races on sealed motor
  • $13,500 ... 34 Ford Coupe - never been on track, lots of racey options

The following Bandos have 16 races

  • #11 - $3,900
  • #14 - $4,200
  • #18 - $4,200
  • #48 - $4,300
Please contact us at spartanspeedway@gmail.com or 517-244-1042.


Spartan Speedway is pleased to announce our most recent youth program that will start up immediately. The program will be known as the Spartan Youth Race Development Program or SYRDP. More info


Spartan Speedway will be opening our schedule for 50/50 fund raisers to entities with non-profit status. If you are one of these entities you will know exactly what I am talking about.

You will need to have a permit from the lottery bureau before any dates are scheduled.

This is a very good opportunity. We will be rotating non-profit groups during the season.

If you have any questions please email spartanspeedway@gmail.com.


Does your school or youth group, church group, boy scouts, girl scouts, or most any other organization need a nice profitable fundraiser? Spartan Speedway has fundraising programs which can help most any local group pay for its own extra curricular activities.

For more info, see the fundraising page.

Lipari Foods


Friday July 29

Spartan Speedway Sponsors Beacon Sales and Service
Series Sponsors

Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds

Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stocks

Spartan Sprints

BOSS Snow Plows Pony Stocks

Sawyers Chevrolet Legends Series

NAPA Auto Parts Bandoleros

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