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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - Friday, April 28

by Duane Turner

Spartan Speedway Checkers for
Barnhart, Alblas, Beckner and Sturgill

Week number two for Spartan Speedway greeted fans with cold, and cloudy weather. The fans, and cars did brave the weather, and were treated to some intense racing action. Gordon Alblas claimed his first career modified feature victory with a dominating performance. Joey Barnhart won his second late model feature in two tries, while Tanner Tallarico equaled that second win in the Spartan Stock “B” division. Brian Beckner grabbed the pony stock “A” feature win, while Jacob Newman remains undefeated in the “B” division. Adam Sturgill claimed a hard fought victory in the season opener for the Michigan legends.

The Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stocks began their 35-lap feature with Cody Eglon taking the early lead. Pat Dent takes over on lap five, with Joey Barnhart and Jim Gallagher in tow. Barnhart would use the high side to take the lead on lap eight, with Gallagher following in to second. At the midway point, Dent and Dane Long make contact out of turn four, with Long taking third two laps later. Barnhart leads the distance in the non-stop event in just 8 minutes and 35 seconds. Gallagher, Long, Dent and John Trudell were the top five.

Father and Son duo of Ed and Zach Hiser made up the front row of the Spartan Stock B-feature. Zach claimed the lead at the drop of the green, with David Kelley and Brian Boesel in tow. On lap five, Boesel made a bold move to move to the lead, while dragging Jordan Harvey in to second. Lap 11, Mike Havans would move past Harvey for second, and quickly closed in on Boesel for the lead. With ten laps to go, Havans slid under Boesel for the lead in turns one and two. On a restart with five laps to go, Tanner Tallarico made a huge move to go from third to first, but Havans would keep pace. The duo raced side by side over the final two laps, but Tallarico would take the win. Havans, Tim Lahar, Boesel, and Zach Hiser are the top five.

Dan Loughan jumped out to the point in the Sawyers Chevrolet Modified A-main. Just three laps in, Aaron Taylor slipped past Loughan to take the lead. Gordon Alblas made his presence felt on lap seven by moving past Loughan to take second. On a lap eight restart, Alblas used the high side to take the lead. Taylor held on to second, as Jim Butler slipped in to third. Alblas would pull away over the second half of the race taking his first ever Spartan Speedway checkers. Taylor, Butler, Walt Obrinske Jr and Loughan finished in the top five.

Ben Fidone would show the way early in the Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends feature event. On lap six, Adam Sturgill moved past to take the lead, as Greg Rudzik moved in to third. On a lap nine restart, Rudzik moved in to second, and challenged for the lead. Lap 14, Rudzik passes for the lead in turn one, only to see Sturgill retake the lead one lap later. Sturgill held on for the win over Rudzik with Fidone, Lyn Hall and Rich Michalak the top five.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A-main had Brian Beckner take the lead on the opening lap, with Randy Kretzinger and Troy Andrews the top three. Beckner pulled away to take the win, with Kretzinger in second. John Ward made a last lap pass over Andrews to take third. The B-feature would see Mike Miller take the early lead, but would be penalized just three laps in for racing under his qualifying time. Jacob Newman would inherit the lead, with Kylie Beckner in tow. As the race wound down, several new racers would race under their qualifying time, resulting in several black flags. Newman would hold on for the win, followed by Wayne Parkhurst II, and Brad Robinson.

Up next at “The Track The Stars Call Home” on Friday, May 6, a three division night featuring the Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds, Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stocks, and the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. Gates open at 5:00 pm, with the green flag waving at 7:30.


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


May 6, 2016

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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