Fans “Flip” Over School Busses


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Eight retired school busses took to the Figure 8 track on Dodge Night, sponsored by Beacon Sales. Spartan Speedway has hosted many Figure 8 events in the years that it has been in operation, but very few compare to the big ol’ busses lumbering down through the X. The Beacon Sales Military Transport, driven by Perry Davenport, won the “Best Looking Bus” award with a camo paint job and flags representing each branch of the military. The best looking part could not be said following the 25-lap feature, but Davenport did put his bus into the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle by getting around the Wisner Electric bus with one and three-quarters of a lap to go in the feature. “Hey Culligan Man”, Chris Hoffman, driver of the Culligan Soft Water bus, drove his bus to a second place finish behind Davenport, simply by keeping himself out of trouble and keeping the leader in sight. The Wisner Electric bus, driven by Steve Utley sported headers and a spoiler, was dubbed, for the second year in a row, the “Bus of Tomorrow”, finished third after a collision with an overturned bus effectively destroyed his radiator. The wounded bus soldiered on, finally giving up with less than two laps to go. The Kitsmiller RV bus was manned by the “Disturbed One”, Dane Long. He comes by his name naturally, as his was the first bus to come out of turn two, get sideways, catch the wheels in the dirt, and flip onto its side. Once on its side, Utley and Mason mayor, Leon Clark, piled into the undercarriage of the Long’s bus, putting an abrupt end to his evening (and Clark’s as well). Edson Rowley III drove an un-sponsored bus and proved that he can drive most any vehicle to the front and keep it there, until mechanical difficulties side lined him, almost taking Davenport out with him. Ron Parish drove the “church” bus, but didn’t have a prayer, as keeping the bus running was an issue for him. The Valvoline Instant Oil Change bus sported a neat paint job, with Jacob “The Hulkster” Newman behind the wheel. Newman kept his bus running and on all fours to come home unscathed at the checker. The busses return to action before the end of the 2008 season.

   Brian Beckner, of Lansing made it two Figure 8 wins in a row in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock Figure 8’s. Coincidentally, Beckner is sponsored by Beacon Sales. As the dust settled, Charlotte’s Todd Metz Jr. came home second, followed by Lansing’s Jim Harbenski, Mason’s Ken Dollarhite, and Randy Kretzinger, of Holt.

   Another Beacon Sales sponsored car took the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock feature win, as Wayne Beckner Jr. earned a trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle, holding off Dan Gokee, of Lansing, Charlotte’s Todd Metz Jr., Eaton Rapids’ Patrick Denison, and Haslett’s Scott Rogers. Point leader, Edson Rowley III, of Jackson, had a meeting with the turn one wall, after Jackson’s George Wyers got turned sideways on the frontstretch, shot up the track and into Rowley. Fast qualifier, Lex Jarecki, of Lansing, retired to the pits early in the feature. Jarecki and B. Beckner scored heat wins, while Gokee took the Australian Pursuit win.

   It looked as if another Beacon Sales sponsored driver, Dan Loughan of Charlotte, was going to show just how dominant his Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified was, but a last lap pass by Lansing’s Chris Ozanich, put a damper on the festivities. Loughan took the lead at the drop of the green, with Vermontville’s Nyle Weiler in hot pursuit. Leroy Ellis, of Vermontville, jumped up into his familiar outside groove to run lap after lap, side by side, with Weiler. Something had to give, as Ellis went hurtling into the turn one wall, ending both his and Weiler’s night. Okemos’ Ron Parish, sitting in third on the restart, watched the battle between Loughan and Ozanich unfold, waiting for one or the other to make a mistake. As laps wound down, Ozanich looked high and low for a way around Loughan, found that opening, and drove to the win after 35 laps. Corunna’s Larry Wallace and Holt’s Gary Sherman rounded out the top five behind Ozanich, Loughan, and Parish. Loughan and Mason’s Rob Newman won their heats, while Charlotte’s Wayne Haughton won the Australian Pursuit.

   Please join us each and every Friday night, as our 2008 season winds down, for exciting racing action. Friday, August 8th, will feature all five regular divisions, the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. August 15th is Motorcycle Night, sponsored by Scotts Lawn Care of Holt. Those spectators riding a motorcycle to the races that evening will receive half-off the general admission price. A full show will be on tap. For more info, check us out at www.spartanspeedway.com. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, August 01, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 12x Mike Stenberg 13.571 13.669 20   1 6L Dan Loughan 8 13.683 2 10
2 55 Larry Wallace 13.581 13.602 15   2 27. Nyle Weiler 8 13.672 3 8
3 0z Chris Ozanich 13.595 13.623 14   3 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.680 3 6
4 31. Gary Sherman 13.603 13.606 0   4 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.729 4 4
5 50 Leroy Ellis 13.610 13.616 13   5 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.645 5 0
6 6. Perry Davenport 13.648 13.650 12   6 12x Mike Stenberg 8 13.807 6 0
7 27. Nyle Weiler 13.680 13.697 11   7 31. Gary Sherman 7 13.640 6 0
8 31 Ron Parish 13.688 13.713 10   8 6. Perry Davenport 5 14.020 1 0
9 6L Dan Loughan 13.716 13.730 9     9 31 Ron Parish 3 14.038 2 0
10 32 Wayne Haughton 13.758 13.759 8                
11 7 Jon McNett 13.766 13.784 0     Heat 2 Results:        
12 88. Richard LaPratt 13.770 13.771 7                
13 29 Jason Parish 13.836 13.842 6   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
14 98 Rob Newman 13.843 13.875 5   1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.944 8 10
15 6 Matthew Schindewolf 13.849 13.860 4   2 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.986 7 8
16 13 Ken Buchner 13.887 13.944 3   3 29 Jason Parish 8 13.747 5 6
17 971 Wade Lankton 14.272 14.301 2   4 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.851 5 4
              5 7 Jon McNett 8 14.213 7 0
Feature Results:         6 32 Wayne Haughton 8 14.132 5 0
              7 971 Wade Lankton 8 14.280 5 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.   8 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 14.269 7 0
1 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.714 27 200              
2 6L Dan Loughan 35 13.658 2 190                
3 31 Ron Parish 35 13.731 7 185              
4 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.707 3 180              
5 31. Gary Sherman 35 13.820 9 0              
6 29 Jason Parish 35 13.833 28 175              
7 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.804 9 170              
8 98 Rob Newman 35 13.794 10 165              
9 12x Mike Stenberg 35 13.822 7 160              
10 88. Richard LaPratt 35 13.966 21 155              
11 32 Wayne Haughton 35 13.993 11 150              
12 7 Jon McNett 35 13.771 4 0                
13 6 Matthew Schindewolf 35 13.959 3 145                
14 13 Ken Buchner 35 14.023 6 140                
15 971 Wade Lankton 33 14.161 12 135                
16 27. Nyle Weiler 24 13.643 4 130                
17 50 Leroy Ellis 24 13.693 7 125                
                             
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, August 01, 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 16.542 16.646 40   1 10 Lexus Jarecki 8 16.556 8 10
2 55 Edson Rowley III 16.878 16.889 40   2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.914 8 9
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.950 17.176 40   3 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.951 8 8
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.958 16.963 40   4 31 George Wyers 8 17.172 6 7
5 31 George Wyers 17.137 17.160 40   5 55. Daniel Gokee 8 17.220 6 6
6 97 Scott Rodgers 17.260 17.262 40   6 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.379 6 5
7 55. Daniel Gokee 17.299 17.377 40   7 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 17.208 5 5
8 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.356 17.370 40   8 97 Scott Rodgers 8 17.354 6 5
9 63 Joe Bates 17.368 17.370 40     9 63 Joe Bates 1 20.104 1 5
10 12. Marq Eaton 17.423 18.006 40                
11 11 Brian Beckner 17.454 17.527 40     Heat 2 Results:        
12 38 Patrick Denison 17.481 17.505 40                
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.773 17.923 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
14 8 Ken Dollarhite 17.805 17.830 40   1 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.526 3 10
15 32 James Harbenski 18.211 18.246 40   2 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.437 7 9
16 58 Joshua Mosher 18.541 18.613 40   3 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 17.781 3 8
17 12 Robert Brown 18.922 18.982 40   4 12. Marq Eaton 8 17.683 3 7
18 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr -.--- -.--- 40   5 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 17.753 7 6
19 12 Wayne Parkhurst II -.--- -.--- 40   6 58 Joshua Mosher 8 18.365 5 5
              7 32 Bradley Harbenski 6 18.077 2 5
Feature Results:                        
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.776 6 30              
2 55. Daniel Gokee 20 16.942 6 29              
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.886 13 28              
4 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.932 6 27              
5 97 Scott Rodgers 20 17.270 7 26              
6 8 Ken Dollarhite 20 17.837 14 25              
7 32 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.687 9 25              
8 11 Brian Beckner 19 17.392 7 24              
9 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 19 17.593 6 24              
10 12 Wayne Parkhurst II 19 18.109 17 24                
11 58 Joshua Mosher 19 17.902 12 24                
12 55 Edson Rowley III 10 17.291 4 15                
13 31 George Wyers 5 17.248 3 10                
14 10 Lexus Jarecki 5 17.280 4 10                
15 63 Joe Bates 3 18.804 2 8                
16 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 0 -.--- - 5              
                             
Pony Stock Figure 8
Friday, August 01, 2008
                             
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver                      
1 11 Brian Beckner                        
2 79 Todd Metz Jr.                        
3 32 James Harbenski                        
4 8 Ken Dollarhite                        
5 31 Randy Kretzinger Jr                        
6 97 Jacob Newman                        
7 12 Robert Brown                        
8 63 Joe Bates                        
9 55. Daniel Gokee                        


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