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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - Friday July 31

by Duane Turner

Heeney Jr, Kennedy, Jarecki, Monge, Parish,
and Jenkins Take Spartan Checkers

Bill Heeney Jr from Stockbridge, MI took his first victory in over eight years by taking the Performance Automotive Northwest Modified 35 lap feature event. The last time Heeney saw victory lane at Spartan Speedway was in 2007, driving a super late model. “I am not real sure when the last win was.” Stated Heeney after the race. “I just know it was a long time ago, and we are going to have fun with this one.” Driving the Woodward Lane, Shaheen Chevrolet, Polar Insulation, Winds of Change #1H, Heeney retook the lead on lap 12, then held off a hard charging Jason Parish over the final 10 laps. Laura Beckner and Lex Jarecki took the Pony Stock “B” and “A” features, while Marc Long and John Kennedy won the Spartan Stock “B” and “A” features. Tony Monge brought home another win in the Michigan Legends feature, while Jon Parish and Nate Jenkins claimed the Bandolero features.

The first feature of the evening would be the Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends. Mason Ludwig, and Mitchell Huber lead the field to the green flag, with Ludwig taking the early lead. Tony Monge would quickly take over second with Huber in third. On the third lap, Monge would take the lead with a low side pass over Ludwig. As the laps wound down, Monge increased his lead, and took the win with a 4.5 second lead over Ludwig in second. Huber finished third with Rich Michalak and Lori Hall in the top five.

John Ledwidge would lead the Performance Automotive Northwest Modifieds to the start of their 35-lap feature. Bill Heeney Jr led the opening lap with Ledwidge and Dan Loughan in the top three. Ledwidge would take over the point on lap two, as Heeney settled in to second. On lap 12, Heeney dove to the inside of Ledwidge to take the lead in turn three. Lap 15, Jason Parish would move to the outside of Loughan to take over third, then take second one lap later. With ten laps remaining, the leaders entered heavy lapped traffic. With the leaders stuck on the outside of the lapped cars, Parish would not be able to make a run for the lead, as Heeney would take the win by half a car length over Parish. Ledwidge, Jon McNett and Loughan rounded out the top five.

The Parts Place Napa Junior Bandit Feature would see Cody Hall take the early lead over Trey Chmielewski and Jon Parish. Parish took over second on a lap three restart, as Kylie Beckner would slide in to third. One lap later, Parish took the lead from Hall, but Hall would stay close. At the checkers, Parish would take the win with Hall, and Chmielewski in the top three. Mike Findlay Jr would lead the field to the green in the Bandit feature, and take the early lead with Zach Parish in tow. At lap three, Parish took command, as Faith Schuch would join the battle for the lead as she slipped in to second. Lap six, Nate Jenkins would move in to the front battle and would move through the group and take the lead on lap eight. Schuch would move in to second a lap later. At the line, Jenkins held on to take the win, with Parish taking second by a nose over Schuch.

LT Harper took command at the drop of the green in the Lipari Foods Spartan Stock B-feature, with Tim Lahar close behind. Lap three would see Lahar use the high side to take the point, as James Gokee Jr moved in to second. On lap nine, caution for Lahar, as he would be caught running under his qualifying time. Gokee would inherit the lead, with Marc Long in second. With ten laps in, Long would move to the high side and take the lead. Mike Findlay moved in to second just two laps later, but Long would hold on for the win, with Findlay and Gokee in the top three. The A feature would have Dane Long take the early point, with John Kennedy and Bryan Jenks in tow. On lap 10, Kennedy would pull even with Long, and take over the lead. With two laps to go, Long would make a bid for the lead, but spun in turn four, and would be unable to restart. At the finish, Kennedy would take the win, with Bryan Jenks in second.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock B-feature had Shelby Gokee take the early lead with Jerry King and Laura Beckner close behind. Lap three, Beckner would move in to second, and Carter Trudgeon moved in to third. Beckner would take the lead on lap eight, as Trudgeon challenged for second, taking the position on lap ten. Five laps to go, Ryan Hollister would make a move to take over second. At the finish, Beckner would hold on for the win with Hollister and Trudgeon the top three. Brian Boesel and Troy Andrews raced side by side for the early lead in the A-feature, with Boesel taking the top position on lap four. On lap eight, Brian Beckner snuck in to third, and moved to the outside to challenge for second. Lex Jarecki moved from sixth to third in one corner on lap 11, as Boesel and Beckner raced side by side for the lead. With five laps to go, three wide for the lead with Boesel, Brian Beckner, and Jarecki, but Wayne Beckner took advantage and took over third. With two laps to go, Jarecki would take command, as Wayne Beckner took over second. At the checkers, Jarecki held on for the win with Wayne Beckner, and Boesel in the top three.

Up next at Spartan Speedway, the return of the Sawyers Chevrolet Spartan Sprint cars on Friday, August 7. This autograph night will also feature the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, The Parts Place Napa Bandoleros, dwarf cars, and mini cups. Also, do not forget Slugfest #4 on Sunday, August 9th, featuring enduro figure 8’s, Spartan Stocks, Pony Stocks, and Michigan Legends. For more information on “The track The Stars Call Home”, log on to the official website at, or the facebook page at


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 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 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


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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August 7 & 9

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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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