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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - Friday May 15

by Duane Turner

McCune, Monge, Barnhart, and Beckner
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Mason, MI: With five classes on the card at Spartan Speedway, some new faces would emerge in Victory lane. Jimmy McCune from Toledo, OH would lead that group of new winners with his victory in the Sawyers Chevrolet Spartan Sprint car division. Zach Parish and Trey Chmielewski would win the Bandolero events, while Tony Monge took the Michigan legends checkers. Laura Beckner would see her first pony stock A-feature victory, with Jerry King winning the B-feature. Joey Barnhart claimed the spartan stock A-feature, and James Gokee Jr took the B-feature.

The Parts Place Napa Bandolero Bandit feature would see Zach Parish lead the field for most of the event until the final stages when Nate Jenkins would challenge, and take the lead on the final lap. A caution with half a lap to go would give Parish the lead back where he would pull away with Jenkins, and Faith Schuch in the top three.

The Junior Bandits feature event would see Jon Parish lead most of the race, with Trey Chmielewski, Danika LaPoint and Kylie Beckner close behind. On the final lap, Parish would spin with the checkered flag in sight setting up a one-lap shoot out for the win. On the restart, Chmielewski would lead the field until turn four when LaPoint would make a bid for the lead, but make contact with leader Chmielewski sending both in to a spin in turn four. With nowhere to go, the top five cars would all be collected. After scoring was settled, Chmielewski would take the win, with Beckner, and Parish in the top three.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Spartan Sprints began their 25 lap feature with Gary Sherman leading the field on the opening lap followed by Doug Dietsch and Jimmy McCune. Jimmy McCune would move to the high side, while Anthony McCune would stay low, making it a four car battle for the lead. On lap six, Anthony McCune goes to the high side to take over third, but would make contact with his uncle Jimmy a half lap later resulting in Anthony hard in to the turn one wall ending his evening. After the restart, Sherman would hold the point with Dietsch on his outside. At the half way point, Jimmy McCune would slip under Dietsch to take over second and set his sights on race leader Sherman. Two laps later, McCune would take the point using the high side of the speedway. Dietsch would take over second just a few laps later as the leaders entered lapped traffic. Over the final 10 laps, Dietsch would put pressure on McCune, but in the end, McCune would take the win followed by Dietsch, Sherman, John Turnbull and Jim Heeney in the top five.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends would start their 25-lap feature with Greg Rudzik on the pole. When the green waved, Rudzik would set the early pace until contact from behind would send the top three cars spinning in turn four. Rick Kilbourn would set the pace after the restart, but Tony Monge would use the high side to take the lead on the second lap. A spin at the half way mark would bring out the caution and bunch the field back up. On the restart, Josh Dietz and Rudzik would slip in to second and third. With ten laps to go, the top three would be nose to tail. The trio would race nose to tail, and would finish that way with Monge taking the win. Dietz, Rudzik, Rick Kilbourn, and Mason Ludwig in the top five.

Wayne Parkhurst would take the early lead in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A feature, with Laura Beckner and DJ Marciniak in tow. At lap 12, Beckner would use the high side to take the point. Behind her, cars were three wide racing for position. When the dust settled a bit, Lex Jarecki would be second, with Wayne Beckner in third. A couple laps later, Wayne Beckner would move in to second, and would find himself chasing his wife. With laps winding down, the top four would race side by side, and at the finish Laura Beckner would take the win, with Jarecki, and Wayne Beckner in the top three.

The Boss Snow Equipment B Feature early leader Shelby Gokee would have ten cars in tow. Jerry King would take the point on lap three. On lap seven, Bob Pierce would take over second while King extended his lead. RJ Miller would sneak in to third at the half way mark. A caution on lap 13 would move Pierce to the tail for running under his qualification time. With two laps to go, RJ Miller would pull side by side with the leader, but King would hold on for the win. Miller would be second, with Troy Andrews third.

The Lipari Foods Spartan Stock A-feature would have Mike Findlay take the early lead with Dale Spenser and Shane Miller close behind. A lap three restart, Pat Dent would make a move and take over second, then take the lead one lap later. Under caution, Dent would come to a stop, and hand the lead back to Findlay. With eight laps in, Spenser would take the point, but Joey Barnhart would take it from him one lap later. Dane Long would follow in to second, and John Kennedy in third. With ten laps to go, Long would spin coming out of turn two, ending his evening. The restart would see Barnhart lead Kennedy and Jordan Harvey. The remaining laps would see Barnhart and Kennedy pull away with Barnhart taking the win. Kennedy, Harvey, Spenser and Findlay in the top five.

LT Harper would jump out to the early lead in the Lipari Foods Spartan Stock B-feature. Darrell Taylor, James Gokee, Rick Gokee, and Tyler Hawkins would stay close. With the top six all running two by two, James Gokee Jr would move in to second, and quickly challenge for the lead. On lap ten, Gokee would take the point. On a restart, Hawkins would take the lead from Gokee Jr, with the top two pulling away. Five laps later, Gokee Jr would take the lead back. With just a few laps to go, Hawkins would close back in on Gokee Jr, but would be unable to mount a challenge for the win. Hawkins would settle for second, with Mark Carson, Brian Boesel, and Mike Westphal in the top five.


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 22

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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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