Ellis Takes “Wild Child” Win


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis took home all the marbles in the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division, leading 99 of 100 laps, to win the Brian Heeney “Wild Child” Memorial 100-lap race at the Spartan Speedway. The highly anticipated 100-lapper was finally run, having been postponed for three weeks in a row due to inclement weather. Harry Parish, of Okemos, led lap number one, but as soon as Ellis made the pass on Parish, it was obvious that Ellis was going to be “strong to the finish.” Caution waved six times, and on each restart, Ellis was able to pull away from the field. H. Parish, Eaton Rapid’s Jason Parish (yes, there was some sibling rivalry), Lansing’s Chris Ozanich, and Charlotte’s Perry Davenport ran nose to tail, each one trying to find a way around the other to advance their position. A competition yellow flew at the halfway point to allow drivers to re-fuel, with some drivers opting to take their cars into the pit for adjustments. Those drivers tacked on to the rear of the field to complete the remaining fifty laps. Caution at lap eighty saw second place, H. Parish, coast to a stop on the frontstretch, ending his bid for the win. On the restart, J. Parish, Ozanich, Davenport, and Okemos’ John Mamula tried to chase down Ellis, but at the checker, it was Ellis, J. Parish, Ozanich, Davenport, and Mamula.

   The mods hit the track again at the end of the racing program to run their regular 35-lap feature. Yet another Parish, Ron, the father of the racing family, and everyone’s favorite senior citizen, led from green to checker. Mamula held down the second spot, first having to contend with Davenport, who reeled in Mamula, with Davenport, Ozanich, and Corunna’s Larry Wallace breathing down his neck. Ozanich and Davenport tangled, sending both to the rear with 10 laps to go. Wallace tried to find a way around Mamula, to take a shot at Parish, but ran out of laps. At the line, it was R. Parish, Mamula, Wallace, Charlotte’s Bill Butler, and Ellis.

   The Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Models were kind of hard on their equipment, as caution waved several times during the 40-lap feature. At the drop of the green, three cars got together, going into turn one, prompting a complete restart, and setting the tone for the 40-lap event. With Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer in the lead, Jackson’s Evan Barrett and Lansing’s Chad Finley duked it out, with Finley taking away the spot, but getting into Stehouwer. Barrett got around Stehouwer after the restart, while Leslie’s Jeff Hackworth had Dewitt’s Jon McNett to contend with on the high side. Caution waved, with McNett slipping under Hackworth for third. McNett got around Stehouwer just before caution waved again. McNett and Barrett got together just fourteen laps in, with Lansing’s Doug Finley taking over, as the duo was sent to the rear. Finley, Hackworth, and Dimondale’s Jimmy Gallagher broke away from the field, and with 10 laps to go, Finley made the left turn into the infield with mechanical problems, relinquishing the lead to Hackworth. With three laps to go, Gallagher stuck a nose under Hackworth, going into turn one, broke loose, and slid up to the turn one wall. Barrett found himself back in contention but couldn’t catch Hackworth for the win. At the stripe, it was Hackworth, Barrett, Lansing’s Gary Sherman, C. Finley, and Jackson’s Dale Lewis.

   The MCR Dwarfs made another stop at the Spartan Speedway, with Eric Hoffman and Craig Curtis making it a battle right down to the wire. Kevin Ayers jumped out to the early lead, with Hoffman and Curtis quickly making their way up through the field. Hoffman opened up some real estate between himself and Curtis, but Curtis quickly closed the gap. Junior Gould began reeling in the duo, with Jon Wylie, and Mike McManman Jr. trying to keep them in their sights. Hoffman and Curtis broke away from the pack, and were running side by side with two laps to go. Coming down to the checker, going into turn four, Curtis shoved Hoffman up behind a lapped car, made the pass and took the win. At the finish, it was Curtis, Hoffman, Gould, Wylie, and McManman Jr.. K. Ayers and Hoffman took the heat wins.

   It was father and son, one and two, in the Super Mini-Cup division, as Kalamazoo’s Tim Phillips took the “cup” win, with son Scott coming home second. Scott was just returning to the driver’s seat after a nasty crash at the Spartan Speedway. Jackson’s Morgan Baird came home third, followed by Charlotte’s Maurice Randall and Dave Harrison of Munith. Vermontville’s Trent Jenson and S. Phillips took heat wins.

   Please join us each and every Friday night, at the Spartan Speedway, for exciting racing action. Friday, June 27th, will be Mid-Season Championship Night for all divisions and a Burn-Out Contest, sponsored by Northside Towing & Service. Wednesday, July 2nd, will feature the Lipari Foods Superpro 75, along with Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds and the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. Friday, July 4th, will be the Spectator Drags, plus Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. Check out www.spartanspeedway.com for gate times and prices. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, June 20, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7 Jon McNett 12.761 12.762 20   1 44 Jeff Hackworth 40 12.952 26 200
2 44 Jeff Hackworth 12.814 12.847 15   2 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.182 22 190
3 25 Jim Gallagher 12.849 12.870 14   3 31 Gary Sherman 40 13.219 21 185
4 29 Doug Finley 12.882 12.904 13   4 42 Chad Finley 40 13.110 27 180
5 42 Chad Finley 12.947 13.012 12   5 007 Dale Lewis 40 13.364 20 175
6 31 Gary Sherman 12.961 13.039 11   6 25 Jim Gallagher 40 12.995 17 170
7 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.007 13.059 10   7 7 Jon McNett 40 12.986 16 165
8 94 Evan Barrett 13.097 13.100 9   8 1 Jeff Brunt 40 13.348 30 160
9 7. Dane Long 13.226 13.279 8     9 12 John Kennedy 39 13.690 19 155
10 15 James Johnson 13.346 13.368 7   10 29 Doug Finley 30 12.887 18 150
11 1 Jeff Brunt 13.509 13.529 6     11 33 Dave Stehouwer 14 13.335 13 145
12 12 John Kennedy 13.562 13.646 5   12 7. Dane Long 10 13.508 10 140
13 007 Dale Lewis 13.635 13.665 4   13 15 James Johnson 0 -.--- - 135
                           
                           
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, June 20, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.235 13.297 20   1 31 Ron Parish 35 13.506 6 200
2 55 Larry Wallace 13.394 13.504 15   2 49 John Mamula 35 13.624 5 190
3 M1 Bill Butler 13.453 13.485 14   3 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.660 8 185
4 31.. Harry Parish 13.497 13.511 13   4 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.630 7 180
5 0z Chris Ozanich 13.498 13.568 12   5 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.618 5 175
6 49 John Mamula 13.522 13.597 11   6 31.. Harry Parish 35 13.747 18 0
7 6. Perry Davenport 13.540 13.600 10   7 96 Justin Kazmar 35 13.681 8 170
8 1h. Bill Heeney 13.545 13.603 0   8 29 Jason Parish 35 13.563 7 165
9 31 Ron Parish 13.564 13.570 9     9 88. Richard LaPratt 35 13.708 15 160
10 27. Nyle Weiler 13.568 13.577 8   10 6L Dan Loughan 35 13.790 30 155
11 89 Anthony Pastorino 13.574 13.920 0     11 31. Trei Deubel 35 13.663 20 150
12 12x Mike Stenberg 13.583 13.616 7   12 81 Tracey Hernley 35 13.971 16 145
13 96 Justin Kazmar 13.583 13.609 6   13 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.656 16 140
14 29 Jason Parish 13.592 13.639 5   14 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.628 5 135
15 31. Trei Deubel 13.631 13.633 4   15 911 Richard Maurer 35 14.005 7 0
16 88. Richard LaPratt 13.639 13.642 3   16 13 Ken Buchner 35 14.019 16 130
17 6 Matthew Schindewolf 13.757 13.773 2   17 971 Wade Lankton 32 14.541 17 125
18 36 Tom Williams 13.773 13.821 1   18 89 Anthony Pastorino 25 14.078 17 0
19 17H Jim Heeney 13.869 13.979 1   19 27. Nyle Weiler 18 13.613 6 120
20 911 Richard Maurer 13.905 13.975 1   20 36 Tom Williams 7 13.911 7 115
21 13 Ken Buchner 13.978 14.012 1     21 1h. Bill Heeney 2 14.240 1 0
22 81 Tracey Hernley 13.979 14.018 1                
23 971 Wade Lankton 14.487 14.616 1                  
24 1H Tom Hernley -.--- -.--- 1              
25 6L Dan Loughan -.--- -.--- 1              
26 32 Wayne Haughton -.--- -.--- 1              
27 45 Jim Kennedy -.--- -.--- 1              
                             
Dwarf Series
Friday, June 20, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 74 Craig Curtis 13.420 13.443     1 13 Kevin Ayers 8 15.031 7  
2 65 Junior Gould 13.539 13.550     2 19 Joe McManman 8 14.635 7  
3 97 Eric Hoffman 13.614 13.616     3 12 Mike Arnott 8 14.764 7  
4 17 Mike McManman Jr 13.631 13.765     4 07 Pat Bobek 8 14.777 7  
5 28 Dave Wylie 13.666 13.743     5 18 Rick Ayers 8 14.984 7  
6 16 Mike McManman Sr 13.697 13.835     6 43 Brian Insley 8 15.058 7  
7 27 Jon Wylie 13.749 13.775     7 46 Dane Ayers 8 16.017 7  
8 07 Pat Bobek 14.007 14.059     8 34 Mark Ayers 7 15.064 6  
9 27 Nick Shanks 14.145 14.220                    
10 19 Joe McManman 14.346 14.486     Heat 2 Results:        
11 18 Rick Ayers 14.470 14.503                    
12 12 Mike Arnott 14.610 14.638     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 13 Kevin Ayers 14.883 14.897     1 97 Eric Hoffman 8 13.488 6  
14 34 Mark Ayers 14.918 15.034     2 74 Craig Curtis 8 13.448 8  
15 46 Dane Ayers 15.622 15.640     3 27 Jon Wylie 8 13.797 4  
              4 65 Junior Gould 8 13.617 6  
Feature Results:         5 10 Nick Shanks 8 13.912 5  
              6 28 Dave Wylie 8 13.707 6  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 7 17 Mike McManman Jr 8 14.222 5  
1 74 Craig Curtis 25 13.459 9   8 16 Mike McManman Sr 8 14.063 7  
2 97 Eric Hoffman 25 13.552 12                  
3 65 Junior Gould 25 13.634 11                
4 27 Jon Wylie 25 13.846 7                  
5 17 Mike McManman Jr 25 14.044 12                
6 10 Nick Shanks 24 14.111 14                
7 16 Mike McManman Sr 24 13.923 13                
8 19 Joe McManman 24 14.297 22                
9 18 Rick Ayers 23 14.576 8                
10 13 Kevin Ayers 23 14.894 7                
11 28 Dave Wylie 23 13.747 18                
12 46 Dane Ayers 22 16.278 3                
13 43 Brian Insley 3 15.128 3                
14 07 Pat Bobek 3 14.934 3                  
15 12 Mike Arnott 3 15.163 3                  
                             
Mini Cup Series
Friday, June 20, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 72 Jim DeBaecke 15.641 16.041     1 44 Trent Jenson 8 15.984 5  
2 93 Maurice Randall 15.686 15.801     2 8 Tim Phillips 8 15.766 4  
3 8 Tim Phillips 15.741 15.918     3 72 Jim DeBaecke 8 15.613 6  
4 7 Scott Phillips 15.982 16.083     4 24. Dave Taylor 8 15.988 8  
5 44 Trent Jenson 16.045 16.348     5 38 Teresa DeBaeke 8 15.986 7  
6 99 Morgan Baird 16.066 16.215     6 28 Jessie Thatcher 8 16.144 7  
7 28 Jessie Thatcher 16.218 16.242     7 9 Brent Lubhan 0 -.--- -  
8 01 Chris Targgart 16.315 16.566                  
9 24. Dave Taylor 16.390 16.722       Heat 2 Results:        
10 21 Edward Welch 16.410 16.552                  
11 38 Teresa DeBaeke 16.717 17.208       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
12 34 Dave Harrison 16.781 22.743     1 7 Scott Phillips 8 15.683 7  
13 9 Brent Lubhan 20.302 25.520     2 99 Morgan Baird 8 16.077 5  
              3 93 Maurice Randall 8 15.950 5  
Feature Results:         4 34 Dave Harrison 8 16.009 5  
              5 01 Chris Targgart 8 16.051 3  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 6 21 Edward Welch 0 -.--- -  
1 8 Tim Phillips 20 15.811 18                  
2 7 Scott Phillips 20 15.859 20                  
3 99 Morgan Baird 20 15.952 8                  
4 93 Maurice Randall 20 15.743 20                
5 34 Dave Harrison 20 16.067 9                  
6 28 Jessie Thatcher 20 15.919 19                  
7 24. Dave Taylor 20 16.321 8                  
8 44 Trent Jenson 20 16.069 8                  
9 1 Chris Targgart 20 16.114 9                  
10 38 Teresa DeBaeke 11 16.193 8                  
11 72 Jim DeBaecke 9 15.942 8                  
12 9 Brent Lubhan 2 21.195 2                  


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