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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - Friday April 24

by Duane Turner

Eddy, Monge, Long and Beckner
Take Spartan Opening Night Wins

Spring may be here, but the cold weather has not left just yet. Spartan Speedway fans and race teams would brave the cold, and they would not be disappointed on opening night. Travis Eddy, Dane Long, Tony Monge, and Brian Beckner would claim the feature events to kick off 2015.

The Performance Automotive Northwest Modifieds would start their 35 lap feature with Bill Pennington bringing the field down to the green flag. Jon McNett quickly took the lead from position number two. Travis Eddy made his presence felt as he moved in to third a lap later. 12 laps in, a caution would wave bunching the leaders up for the restart. Megan Carpenter would hang tough on the high side, and would take the lead two laps later. On lap 16, Travis Eddy would take over the point and would set sail for the remainder of the 35 laps. Carpenter would hold on for second with Jim Butler, Jon McNett and Tracey Hernley rounding out the top five.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Superstore Michigan Legends would see Tony Monge take the lead at the drop of the green flag, and set pace for the 20 laps taking the win. Greg Rudzik, Mitchell Huber, Mason Ludwig, and Lyn Hall were the top five.

Lipari Foods Spartan Stocks B-Feature would kick off their 20 lap feature with Rick Gokee Sr leading the field to the green flag. Gokee would take a big early lead, but the caution would fly early on lap two. James Gokee Jr would give chase after the race resumed, keeping the pressure on the race leader until lap seven when Shane Miller would slip by for second. Lap eight, Miller would use the high side of the speedway to take over the lead. On a restart with six laps to go, Gokee Jr would take over second. Two laps later, Bryan Jenks would take over third. At the finish, Miller would take the win followed by James Gokee Jr, Bryan Jenks, David Kelly and Rick Gokee Sr in the top five.

Lipari Foods Spartan Stocks A-feature were up next with Mike Findley taking the early lead from the outside pole position, with Jesse Collinge, and Jordon Harvey in close formation. At the half way point, the top seven cars were still in two by two formation. A restart with 14 laps remaining, Collinge would take the point, but Findley would retake the lead on the next circuit. Two laps later Joey Barnhart would slip by Findley to take the lead, while Dane Long would follow Barnhart to take the runner up position. The final restart with four laps to go, Long would make the high side pass to take the point, and hold on with Robby Johnston, Jordon Harvey, Collinge, and Findley rounding out the top five.

Jarin Larner would start on the pole position of the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock B-feature, but Wayne Parkhurst II would take the lead at the conclusion of lap one, with Cam Garza in tow. Half way through the race, and a couple speeding penalties later, Wayne Parkhurst II would continue to lead the way. Lap 18, Wayne Beckner Jr would take the lead in lapped traffic, then a caution would fly setting up a green white checkered finish. Beckner Jr and Garza would race side by side for the final two laps with Beckner Jr taking the win followed by his wife Laura Beckner. Garza, Jerry King, and Josh Finner would be the top five.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A-feature would have Randy Kretzinger take the early lead. John Ward Jr would settle in to second with Ryan Gordon in third. Lap four, Brian Becker would take over third, and then slip in to second just one lap later. On lap seven, Beckner would catch the race leader, and finally make the pass on the high side two laps later. On lap 13, Tyler Heeney would take over the runner up sport, but a 1/4 lap behind Beckner. At the finish Brian Beckner would take the win with Heeney, Brian Boesel, Kretzinger, and Tyler McGhan in the top five.

Next week on Friday, May 1st, Spartan Speedway will host the Sawyers Chevrolet Spartan Sprint Cars, Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, Lipari Foods Spartan Stocks and Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends. For more information, log on to the official Spartan Speedway website at www.spartanspeedway.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/spartan.speedway


Legend cars

  • $7,900 ... 37 Chevy Sedan - sealed engine
  • $11,500 ... 34 Ford Coupe - championship car, 7 races on sealed motor
  • $15,500 ... 34 Ford Coupe - never been on track, lots of racey options

The following Bandos have 16 races

  • #47 - $4,400
  • #31 - $4,900 SOLD
  • #06 - $4,900
  • #48 - $4,900
Please contact us at spartanspeedway@gmail.com or 517-244-1042.


Consider a 10 lap test drive in a Legend car. We conduct test drives most Fridays during the race season. Another option is a 2015 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.


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.

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Friday May 1

Spartan Speedway Sponsors
Series Sponsors

Sawyers Chevrolet Spartan Sprints

Performance Automotive Northwest Modifieds

Lipari Foods Spartan Stocks

BOSS Snow Plows Pony Stocks

Sawyers Chevrolet Legends Series

NAPA Auto Parts Bandoleros

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