Spartan in Action on the Fourth


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Jeff Hackworth, of Leslie, scored his second win of 2008 in the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late division at the Spartan Speedway. Jim Heeney, of Stockbridge, and Jeff Brunt, of LaGrange, IN, started on the pole with Heeney to the lead on lap number one. Hackworth worked the outside lane, took the lead away on lap two and led the remaining 38 laps. Heeney held on to second until a hard-charging Jimmy Gallagher, of Dimondale, ducked under him and into second. Dewitt’s Jon McNett and Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer were on the move, getting around Heeney as well. Caution waved when a car, laps down, and Gallagher got together, sending Gallagher to the rear. On the restart, it was McNett, trying to find a way to keep Hackworth in his sights. Stehouwer was fighting to keep Lansing’s Doug Finley at bay for third. Finley got around Stehouwer, then went after McNett. McNett retired to the infield, relinquishing the second spot to Finley who couldn’t catch the leader, Hackworth. At the line, it was Hackworth, Finley, Stehouwer, Jackson’s Evan Barrett, and Heeney. Stehouwer and Heeney each made a stop at the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle for their heat wins.

    Eaton Rapid’s Jason Parish made a stop in the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle as well for his wire-to-wire win in the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division. Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis and Charlotte’s Dan Loughan tried to run Parish down, but Parish was just too much for them. The trio ran nose to tail, after caution for Battle Creek’s Dusty Carl (whose bad luck streak is up to number five now), closed the field up on Parish’s bumper. Charlotte’s Bill Butler ran in third, while Mason’s Dick LaPratt and Corunna’s Larry Wallace vied for the fifth position. Wallace and LaPratt got together, with Wallace getting his spot back. After 35-laps, it was Parish, Ellis, Loughan, Butler, and Wallace. Vermontville’s Tom Williams and Parish each tallied a heat win.

    Williamston’s Jordan Harvey swept the Performance NW Sportsman division, capturing both the heat and feature win. This win was his first in thirteen years of competition. On the start of the 25-lap feature, Leslie’s Nate Moon took the early lead, with Harvey right on his bumper. Moon led for 10 laps until retiring to the pit. Harvey took over the top spot, with Leslie’s Damon Place in hot pursuit. Back in the pack, East Lansing’s Jack Koone Jr. was making his way to the front, battling Mason’s Scott Sigman, side by side, for a number of laps, eventually picking off both Sigman and St. John’s Andrew Clark on the same lap. Koone went after Place and Harvey, with Koone taking his familiar route on the outside. Koone got around Place on lap 24 but didn’t have enough to get around Harvey. At the checker, it was Harvey, Koone, Place, Sigman, and Clark.

    The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks were sixteen strong on this holiday weekend, with a pair of 55’s going at it for the lead after the green flag waved. Portland’s Jim Harbenski led the first couple of laps, with Lansing’s Dan Gokee trying to find a way around him. Gokee charged to the front, up the middle from his eighth starting position, with Jackson’s Edson Rowley III following suite from fourteenth on the grid. Gokee took the lead, with Rowley breathing down his neck for first. Rowley jumped to the high line and powered around Gokee for the lead. Lansing’s Lex Jarecki was working his way through the field as well, sitting in second by lap 12. Jarecki looked to the inside of Rowley for the lead, but couldn’t make it stick. Wayne Beckner Jr. and Bill McBride, both of Lansing, had a battle royal going on between themselves, with Beckner Jr. winning the war. After 20 laps, it was Rowley to the Winner’s Circle, followed by Jarecki, Gokee, Beckner Jr., and McBride. Jarecki and Lansing’s Rich Roberts took the heat wins for the evening.

    Leslie’s Justin Lewis made his return to the familiar #103 Pure Stock, flexing his muscle by leading eleven of fifteen laps in the Pure Stock feature. Dimondale’s Spencer Drake battled Charlotte’s Mark Childers for second, taking away the position, as Lewis ran away from the field. Slowly but surely, Drake reeled him in and took away the top spot on lap twelve. Dansville’s Mark Carson won a hard-fought battle with Childers for third, while Dimondale’s Ian Schafer, sporting a new ride, retired early, but rounded out the top five. At the line, it was Drake, Lewis, Carson, Childers and Schafer. Drake scored the heat win for the division.

    Randy Kretzinger Jr., one of Spartan’s Pony Stock drivers, captured his second Spectator Drag title for 2008. Kretzinger took home the money and the trophy at the Springport Motor Speedway, making this win two in a row for Randy.

    Please join us each and every Friday night, at the Spartan Speedway, for exciting, family-friendly racing action. July 11th features the Chargin’ Charlie Ryan Jr. Memorial race for Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, sponsored by B & L Truck Caps of Potterville. It is also Old Timers Night featuring the Vintage Racers group. The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, VROA and the Legends round out the program. Sunday, July 13th, is Auto Value Bumper to Bumper and UAW Night, featuring the Auto Value Super Sprints, along with the Street Stock Slugfest, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, plus a Pony Stock Figure 8. Special show pricing will apply for this Sunday show. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, July 04, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7 Jon McNett 12.833 12.836 20   1 33 Dave Stehouwer 4 13.035 3 10
2 29 Doug Finley 12.865 12.913 15   2 29 Doug Finley 4 13.143 4 8
3 25 Jim Gallagher 12.929 12.973 14   3 7 Jon McNett 4 13.112 4 6
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 12.968 12.968 13   4 25 Jim Gallagher 4 13.346 4 4
5 94 Evan Barrett 13.072 13.093 12                
6 44 Jeff Hackworth 13.103 13.111 11   Heat 1 Results:        
7 88 Geoge Jr. Rangle 13.257 13.289 10                
8 17h Jim Heeney 13.353 13.415 0   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 1 Jeff Brunt 13.509 13.661 9     1 17h Jim Heeney 8 13.233 7 0
10 45 Carl Sodman 13.653 13.665 8   2 88 Geoge Jr. Rangle 8 13.146 5 10
11 18. Dean Gassert -.--- -.--- 0     3 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.014 7 8
              4 1 Jeff Brunt 8 13.311 8 6
Feature Results:         5 45 Carl Sodman 8 13.556 8 4
              6 44 Jeff Hackworth 3 13.186 2 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 7 18. Dean Gassert 1 17.114 1 0
1 44 Jeff Hackworth 40 12.870 5 200                
2 29 Doug Finley 40 12.968 6 190                
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.054 10 185                
4 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.057 8 180              
5 17h Jim Heeney 40 13.205 8 0                
6 88 Geoge Jr. Rangle 40 13.231 14 175                
7 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.032 10 170                
8 1 Jeff Brunt 39 13.314 7 165                
9 7 Jon McNett 34 12.895 27 160                
10 45 Carl Sodman 21 13.471 16 155                
11 18. Dean Gassert 2 15.716 2 150                
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, July 04, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 M1 Bill Butler 13.528 13.569 20   1 29 Jason Parish 8 13.477 4 10
2 1h Bill Heeney 13.565 13.578 0   2 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.563 4 8
3 6L Dan Loughan 13.598 13.618 15   3 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.612 2 6
4 17 Dusty Carl 13.625 13.636 14   4 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.772 8 4
5 50 Leroy Ellis 13.643 13.661 13   5 6L Dan Loughan 8 13.712 8 0
6 98 Robby Newman 13.649 13.671 12   6 1h Bill Heeney 8 13.691 5 0
7 29 Jason Parish 13.652 13.672 11   7 98 Robby Newman 8 13.758 3 0
8 88. Richard LaPratt 13.670 13.685 10   8 17 Dusty Carl 5 13.933 3 0
9 6. Perry Davenport 13.674 13.694 9                  
10 55 Larry Wallace 13.687 13.687 8   Heat 2 Results:        
11 31 Ron Parish 13.708 13.715 7                  
12 0z Chris Ozanich 13.718 13.745 6   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 49 John Mamula 13.727 13.745 5   1 36 Tom Williams 8 13.766 4 10
14 12x Gavin Hunyady 13.847 13.858 4   2 49 John Mamula 8 13.692 6 8
15 36 Tom Williams 13.882 13.921 3   3 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.692 6 6
16 13 Ken Buchner 13.926 14.019 2   4 31 Ron Parish 8 13.639 5 4
              5 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.867 5 0
Feature Results:         6 12x Gavin Hunyady 8 13.672 7 0
              7 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.604 4 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 8 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.511 5 0
1 29 Jason Parish 35 13.582 17 200                
2 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.556 13 190                
3 6L Dan Loughan 35 13.547 14 185                
4 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.700 32 180              
5 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.667 10 175                
6 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.684 11 170                
7 31 Ron Parish 35 13.606 14 165                
8 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.689 19 160                
9 49 John Mamula 35 13.755 17 155                
10 36 Tom Williams 35 13.760 16 150                
11 12x Gavin Hunyady 35 13.745 31 145                
12 13 Ken Buchner 35 13.991 15 140                
13 88. Richard LaPratt 33 13.723 17 135                
14 17 Dusty Carl 11 13.577 8 130                
15 1h Bill Heeney 11 13.766 7 0                
16 98 Robby Newman 9 13.962 5 125                
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, July 04, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.325 14.350 20   1 07 Jordon Harvey 8 14.726 7 10
2 47 Scott Sigman 14.388 14.475 15   2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.581 5 8
3 92 Andrew Clark 14.587 14.589 14   3 24. Damon Place 8 14.678 4 6
4 24. Damon Place 14.622 14.656 13   4 M74 Nate Moon 8 14.732 5 4
5 18 Bubber Patrick 14.640 14.676 12   5 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.749 5 0
6 07 Jordon Harvey 14.665 14.667 11   6 18 Bubber Patrick 8 14.914 5 0
7 M74 Nate Moon 14.695 14.700 10   7 92 Andrew Clark 8 15.032 8 0
8 69 Allan Williams 15.011 15.162 9   8 69 Allan Williams 8 14.888 5 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 07 Jordon Harvey 25 14.646 9 200                
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.516 17 190                
3 24. Damon Place 25 14.655 11 185                
4 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.657 8 180                
5 92 Andrew Clark 25 14.694 5 175                
6 18 Bubber Patrick 25 14.680 4 170                
7 M74 Nate Moon 12 14.623 7 165                
8 69 Allan Williams 10 14.951 6 160                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, July 04, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 10 Lexus Jarecki 16.539 16.615 40   1 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.455 2 10
2 55. Edson Rowley III 16.827 16.858 40   2 55 Daniel Gokee 8 17.300 2 9
3 12 Marq Eaton 16.858 17.382 40   3 3 George Wyers 8 17.485 8 8
4 80. Bill McBride 16.877 16.938 40   4 32 James Harbenski 8 18.335 5 7
5 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.978 17.049 40   5 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 18.266 1 6
6 11 Brian Beckner 17.263 17.281 40   6 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 18.567 8 5
7 63 Joe Bates 17.286 17.314 40   7 38 Patrick Denison 4 17.629 2 5
8 55 Daniel Gokee 17.301 17.446 40   8 97 Scott Rogers 0 -.--- - 5
9 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.303 17.338 40                  
10 97 Scott Rogers 17.313 17.548 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 3 George Wyers 17.538 17.543 40                  
12 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 17.910 18.334 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 38 Patrick Denison 18.091 18.102 40   1 10 Lexus Jarecki 8 16.738 7 10
14 32 James Harbenski 18.526 18.778 40   2 80. Bill McBride 8 16.829 8 9
15 22 Bradley Harbenski 18.608 18.671 40   3 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.124 2 8
16 12.. Robert Brown -.--- -.--- 40   4 55. Edson Rowley III 8 17.060 5 7
              5 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 17.327 5 6
Feature Results:         6 63 Joe Bates 8 17.401 5 5
              7 12 Marq Eaton 8 17.321 5 5
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 8 12.. Robert Brown 7 18.913 4 5
1 55. Edson Rowley III 20 16.550 15 30                
2 10 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.622 16 29              
3 55 Daniel Gokee 20 16.941 17 28                
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 17.072 17 27              
5 80. Bill McBride 20 16.818 18 26              
6 63 Joe Bates 20 17.247 15 25              
7 11 Brian Beckner 20 17.376 7 25              
8 3 George Wyers 20 17.567 16 25              
9 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.401 9 25              
10 97 Scott Rogers 19 17.669 8 24              
11 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 18.339 1 24              
12 32 James Harbenski 19 18.205 2 24              
13 12 Marq Eaton 19 17.835 5 24                
14 12.. Robert Brown 18 18.380 7 23                
15 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 9 18.253 4 14                
16 38 Patrick Denison 4 18.382 2 9                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, July 04, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 28 Spencer Drake 16.260 16.319 20   1 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.142 8 10
2 103 Justin Lewis 16.612 16.662 15   2 77 Mark Carson 8 16.513 6 8
3 77 Mark Carson 16.767 16.792 14   3 88 Marc Childers 8 17.100 6 6
4 88 Marc Childers 17.323 17.345 13   4 103 Justin Lewis 8 16.569 5 4
5 25 Rob Patrick -.--- -.--- 0   5 30 Ian Schafer 3 17.845 2 0
6 30 Ian Schafer -.--- -.--- 0                
                 
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 28 Spencer Drake 15 16.182 10 200                
2 103 Justin Lewis 15 16.484 7 190                
3 77 Mark Carson 15 16.860 13 185                
4 88 Marc Childers 15 17.079 8 180                
5 30 Ian Schafer 4 17.437 2 175                


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