Spartan Speedway Kicks off 2008 Racing Season


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   Spartan Speedway was plagued all day with the threat of clouds and rain, but Mother Nature proved herself to be a tried and true race fan as opening night went off without a hitch. Under partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures, fans were treated to a preview of what is in store for the 2008 season.

   The Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models paid tribute to Stan Perry, with the inaugural running of the Stan Perry Memorial 75-lap feature. As the green waved, Jeff Brunt, of LaGrange, Indiana, jumped out to the lead, with Dansville’s John Dunivon taking command by lap five. Evan Barrett, of Jackson, drove under Dunivon to take away the top spot on lap 15. Dunivon regained the lead, with Jimmy Gallagher, of Dimondale, slipping under him for the lead on lap 25. Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer jumped to the high side to work his way into contention before tangling with Dunivon and the front stretch wall on lap 41. Gallagher opened up a lead over Stehouwer and Dewitt’s Jon McNett, while Lansing’s Doug Finley made his way into the top five and was working his way to the front. McNett made his way under Stehouwer for second on lap 46, as Finley moved into third ahead of Leslie’s Jeff Hackworth and John Ledwidge, of Ann Arbor. McNett reeled in Gallagher, and Finley joined the duo to run nose to tail on lap 58. Finley ducked under McNett on lap 68 and took the lead away from Gallagher on lap 72, while Hackworth and Ledwidge got around McNett for third and fourth, respectively. At the checker, it was Finley, Gallagher, Hackworth, Ledwidge and McNett as the top five finishers. Heat wins went to Barrett and Matt Puskarich, of Belmont.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds saw a familiar car in the lead after the drop of the green, as Larry Wallace, of Corunna, looked as if he picked up right where he left off in the fall. Trei Deubel, of Holt, and Dick LaPratt, of Mason, gave chase, while Ron Parish, of Okemos, made his charge to the front. Edgerton, Ohio’s Bud Perry began his move up through the field using his signature high-line, bringing Charlotte’s Perry Davenport with him. By lap 13, it was Wallace, LaPratt, Perry, Parish, and Chris Ozanich, of Lansing, while Davenport worked the second groove. Perry took the lead on lap 17, and began to pull away from LaPratt and Ozanich. Ozanich moved to the inside of LaPratt, bringing Davenport with him on lap 23. Perry put some real estate between himself and Ozanich, in second, while Davenport got around LaPratt for third. At the line, it was Perry, Ozanich, Davenport, LaPratt, and Battle Creek’s Dusty Carl. Wallace captured the heat win for the evening.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsman division saw Leslie’s Damon Place capture both the heat and feature win for the evening. Nate Moon, of Leslie, took the early lead before handing the lead over to Place on lap four. Place had plenty of company, as Jack Koone Jr., of East Lansing, and Dane Long, of Charlotte, battled it out for second. Scott Sigman, of Mason, jumped into the fray to make it a four-car battle on a lap 6 restart. Place pulled away, as Koone, Long, and Sigman battled for position. Long took away the second spot, bringing Sigman along around Koone on lap 8. Place continued to lead, while Koone went to work on Sigman for third on lap 18, as Moon worked his way back into the top five. Place held off Long for the win, as Koone, Sigman and Moon rounded out the top five.

   The Pure Stock division saw rookie, Zack MacIntosh, of Dimondale, take a heat win, while Ian Schafer, of Lansing, led the Pure Stock 15-lap feature from start to finish. MacIntosh ran second until lap 12, when Wayne Parkhurst II, of Holt, made it three-wide with MacIntosh and Rob Patrick, of Stockbridge, to take away second. At the finish, it was Schafer, Parkhurst II, Dimondale’s Spencer Drake, Charlotte’s Marc Childers, and MacIntosh.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division saw Edson Rowley III, of Jackson, dominate the 20-lap feature, taking the win by a 7.8 second margin of victory. Brad Harbenski, of Portland, jumped out to the early lead when the green fell, but Rowley charged to the front in the second groove, and never looked back. Dan Gokee, of Dimondale, held down the second spot, until Wayne Beckner Jr., of Lansing, took the spot away. Laingsburg’s Joe Bates worked his way into the fourth spot, with Rich Roberts, of Lansing, holding down fifth. After 20 laps, it was Rowley III, W. Beckner Jr., B. Beckner, Bates, and Roberts. Gokee and Scott Rogers took heat wins.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action. May 2nd features a full racing program, while May 9th is M.A.R.F.C. and Kid’s Night, with a bike give away, along with a full racing program. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, April 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Da$h for Ca$h Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
1 7 Jon McNett 12.735 12.778 20   1 94 Evan Barrett 6 12.986 6 10
2 33 Dave Stehouwer 12.778 12.806 15   2 29 Doug Finley 6 12.944 5 8
3 29 Doug Finley 12.810 12.844 14   3 44 Jeff Hackworth 6 13.025 6 6
4 25 Jim Gallagher 12.854 12.881 13   4 25 Jim Gallagher 6 12.980 6 4
5 44 Jeff Hackworth 12.891 12.899 12   5 33 Dave Stehouwer 6 13.049 5 0
6 94 Evan Barrett 12.917 12.939 11   6 7 Jon McNett 6 13.143 5 0
7 34 John Ledwidge 12.952 12.965 NR                
8 3 John Dunivon 12.957 12.978 10                
9 007 Dale Lewis 13.149 13.157 9                  
10 1 Jeff Brunt 13.219 13.285 8   Heat 2 Results:        
11 63. Matt Puskarich 13.306 13.332 7                  
12 10 Bud Perry -.--- -.--- 0   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
13 63 Tim Ryan -.--- -.--- NR   1 63. Matt Puskarich 8 13.384 5 10
              2 007 Dale Lewis 8 13.376 7 8
              3 3 John Dunivon 8 13.295 8 6
Feature Results:         4 34 John Ledwidge 8 13.385 4 NR
              5 1 Jeff Brunt 8 13.321 5 4
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts              
1 29 Doug Finley 75 12.974 10 200              
2 25 Jim Gallagher 75 13.018 17 190              
3 44 Jeff Hackworth 75 13.057 12 185                
4 34 John Ledwidge 75 13.235 28 NR              
5 7 Jon McNett 75 13.014 10 180                
6 94 Evan Barrett 75 13.174 9 175              
7 007 Dale Lewis 75 13.256 27 170              
8 33 Dave Stehouwer 50 13.013 10 165              
9 3 John Dunivon 41 13.091 7 160              
10 63. Matt Puskarich 41 13.167 31 155              
11 1 Jeff Brunt 40 13.388 11 150              
               
               
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, April 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.326 13.361 20   1 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.700 8 10
2 10 Bud Perry 13.377 13.411 15   2 12x Gavin Hunyady 8 13.755 2 8
3 31 Ron Parish 13.413 13.513 14   3 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.589 6 6
4 6. Perry Davenport 13.420 13.561 13   4 17 Dusty Carl 8 13.727 4 4
5 88. Richard LaPratt 13.433 13.463 12   5 31. Trei Deubel 8 13.777 4 0
6 0z Chris Ozanich 13.554 13.560 11   6 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.747 8 0
7 31. Trei Deubel 13.592 13.664 10   7 31 Ron Parish 8 13.817 6 0
8 17 Dusty Carl 13.616 13.623 9   8 10 Bud Perry 8 13.727 7 0
9 55 Larry Wallace 13.722 13.733 8   9 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.608 5 0
10 12x Gavin Hunyady 13.750 13.765 7   10 6. Perry Davenport 7 13.609 6 0
                             
                           
Feature Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts              
1 10 Bud Perry 35 13.462 21 200              
2 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.514 4 190              
3 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.444 5 185              
4 88. Richard LaPratt 35 13.621 3 180              
5 17 Dusty Carl 35 13.634 8 175              
6 31 Ron Parish 35 13.629 8 170                
7 12x Gavin Hunyady 35 13.769 8 165              
8 55 Larry Wallace 17 13.706 12 160                
9 50 Leroy Ellis 9 13.459 5 155              
10 31. Trei Deubel 6 13.716 2 150              
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, April 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
1 7L Dane Long 14.202 14.203 20   1 24. Damon Place 8 14.441 6 10
2 47 Scott Sigman 14.390 14.425 15   2 7L Dane Long 8 14.421 7 8
3 24. Damon Place 14.464 14.477 14   3 01 Jack Koone 8 14.392 7 6
4 01 Jack Koone 14.544 14.604 13   4 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.492 2 4
5 M74 Nate Moon 15.114 15.158 12   5 M74 Nate Moon 8 14.676 3 0
6 2 Jamie Feguer 15.271 15.293 11   6 70 Jordon Harvey 8 15.227 2 0
7 97 Jacob Newman 15.942 16.192 10   7 2 Jamie Feguer 8 15.258 6 0
8 70 Jordon Harvey -.--- -.--- 0   8 97 Jacob Newman 8 16.141 4 0
                             
                           
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts              
1 24. Damon Place 25 14.621 5 200                
2 7L Dane Long 25 14.505 3 190                
3 01 Jack Koone 25 14.524 6 185                
4 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.471 7 180                
5 M74 Nate Moon 25 14.756 2 175                
6 70 Jordon Harvey 25 14.935 21 170                
7 2 Jamie Feguer 24 15.369 17 165                
8 97 Jacob Newman 21 15.740 4 160                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, April 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
1 55 Edson Rowley III 16.594 16.710 40   1 55. Dan Gokee 8 17.249 6 10
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.759 16.802 40   2 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.901 6 9
3 7. Lexus Jarecki 17.023 17.026 40   3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.976 6 8
4 11 Brian Beckner 17.126 17.229 40   4 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.923 6 7
5 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.135 17.184 40   5 5 Richard Roberts 8 17.225 4 6
6 5 Richard Roberts 17.247 17.454 40   6 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 17.306 8 5
7 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 17.328 17.652 40   7 31 George Wyers 8 17.775 4 5
8 55. Dan Gokee 17.335 17.521 40   8 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 5 17.184 4 5
9 38 Patrick Denison 17.527 17.576 40                  
10 12 Marq Eaton 17.639 17.644 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 22 Brad Harbenski 17.724 17.897 40                  
12 63 Joe Bates 17.836 17.927 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
13 97 Scott Rogers 18.024 18.208 40   1 97 Scott Rogers 8 17.562 6 10
14 80. Bill McBride 19.151 19.658 40   2 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.245 6 9
15 58 Joshua Mosher 21.233 21.271 40   3 22 Brad Harbenski 8 17.765 5 8
16 31 George Wyers -.--- -.--- 40   4 12 Marq Eaton 8 17.309 3 7
              5 80. Bill McBride 8 18.754 1 6
              6 58 Joshua Mosher 8 19.628 6 5
Feature Results:         7 63 Joe Bates 8 17.362 5 5
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts                
1 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.666 8 30              
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.915 17 29                
3 11 Brian Beckner 20 17.130 4 28              
4 63 Joe Bates 19 17.502 10 26              
5 5 Richard Roberts 19 17.691 11 25              
6 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 19 17.460 9 24              
7 22 Brad Harbenski 19 17.846 7 24              
8 31 George Wyers 19 18.064 2 24              
9 80. Bill McBride 18 18.802 7 23              
10 12 Marq Eaton 17 17.282 9 22              
11 58 Joshua Mosher 16 20.924 4 21              
12 55. Dan Gokee 7 17.620 3 12                
13 97 Scott Rogers 6 19.409 5 11                
14 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 3 17.724 3 8                
15 38 Patrick Denison 0 -.--- - 5                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, April 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts
1 28 Kyle Drake 16.827 16.856 20   1 13x Zack McIntosh 8 17.054 6 10
2 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 16.859 16.946 15   2 999 Mike Higbee 8 17.333 7 8
3 77 Mark Carson 16.949 16.955 14   3 28 Spencer Drake 8 17.178 7 6
4 88 Marc Childers 17.208 17.306 13   4 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.144 7 4
5 999 Mike Higbee 17.241 17.313 12   5 25 Rob Patrick 8 17.683 3 0
6 30 Ian Schafer 17.410 17.488 11   6 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 8 17.180 7 0
7 13x Zack McIntosh 17.521 17.545 10                
                           
Feature Results:                        
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts                
1 30 Ian Schafer 15 17.093 3 200              
2 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 15 17.195 7 190              
3 28 Spencer Drake 15 17.047 8 185              
4 88 Marc Childers 15 17.423 13 180              
5 13x Zack McIntosh 15 17.466 10 175              
6 25 Rob Patrick 14 17.326 12 170              
7 999 Mike Higbee 9 17.500 5 165              
8 77 Mark Carson 5 17.163 1 160              
                           


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