Season Championship Night at Spartan


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Holt’s Hometown Festival hosted Season Championship Night, along with Lipari Foods, and five new champions were crowned in each of the divisions, with no defending champions in the bunch.

   Dewitt’s Jon McNett won the battle in the Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Model division, but Dimondale’s Jimmy Gallagher won the war, coming home as the 2008 SLM champion. McNett led from wire to wire over Lansing’s Doug Finley, Gallagher, Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer, and Jackson’s Evan Barrett. Gallagher had to post a sixth place finish or higher, simply ran in third, keeping himself out of trouble, to clinch the title for his first trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle as SLM champion. Finley and Jackson’s Dale Lewis took heat wins.

   Once again, the point leader took the win for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division, with Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis winning his first ever championship. Coming into the evening, Ellis and Lansing’s Chris Ozanich were separated by merely eight points. Ozanich, by virtue of his heat race finish, gained two points on Ellis, but Ellis took the lead, when the green flag waved, and won, hands down, over Ozanich. Okemos’s Ron Parish, Perry Davenport and Dan Loughan, both of Charlotte, rounded out the top five. Davenport and Mason’s Rob Newman won their heats.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans saw East Lansing’s Jack Koone Jr. bring home the hardware, un-seating 3-time track champion Dane Long, securing his title as 2008 track champion. Koone had Mason’s Scott Sigman glued to his bumper for most of the 25-lap feature, with Long looking high and low for a way around Sigman. At the stripe, it was Koone, Sigman, Long, Holt’s Jimmy Scavarda, and Leslie’s Damon Place. Scavarda tallied the heat win.

   Spencer Drake, of Dimondale, earned his first championship title in 2008 for the Pure Stock division. Charlotte’s Marc Childers had a stellar run, trying to keep Drake in his sights. Dansville’s Mark Carson, Dimondale’s Steve Orta, and Mason’s Joe Sharp rounded out the top five. Carson won the heat for the evening.

   Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks saw Jackson’s Edson Rowley III take the crown as the 2008 champion. It wasn’t exactly a cake walk for Rowley, as Lansing’s Wayne Beckner Jr. challenged Rowley for the lead at the halfway point, while Gregory’s Jeremy LaFontaine and Lansing’s Lex Jarecki were knocking on the door. Jarecki threaded the needle, running three-wide with Beckner Jr. and Rowley, to take the win, earning a trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle. LaFontaine slipped around Rowley as well to come home second, while Rowley, Beckner Jr., and Eaton Rapid’s Patrick Denison rounded out the top five. LaFontaine and Jarecki scored heat wins for the evening.

   Please join us at the Spartan Speedway on Friday, August 29th for a different breed of show, featuring the Wolverine Outlaw Midgets, MCR Dwarfs, Legends, VROA Mods, and the Bandoleros. Sunday, August 31st, is Poor Paul’s Harvest 275, featuring the Andrew’s Chvrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, and Pony Stock Figure 8’s. September 5th is Fun Night, featuring the return of the School Bus Figure 8’s and “Run What You Brung” for the divisions, along with Powderpuff races. Check out the website, www.spartanspeedway.com, for gate times and pricing. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, August 22, 2008
                             
Dash Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 29 Doug Finley 4 13.045 4 10              
2 7 Jon McNett 4 13.148 3 8              
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 4 13.393 4 6              
4 25 Jim Gallagher 4 13.406 4 4              
                           
Heat 1 Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 03 Dale Lewis 8 13.669 4 10                
2 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.419 6 8              
3 T2 Doc Dutton 8 13.860 6 6                
4 34 John Ledwidge 8 13.880 6 0              
5 33 Stan Yee Jr. 8 13.572 8 0              
6 15 Darrel Woolsey 8 14.114 7 0              
7 45 Carl Sodman 8 14.057 7 4              
8 18. Dean Gassert 8 -.--- - 0              
                           
Feature Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 7 Jon McNett 40 13.006 3 200                
2 29 Doug Finley 40 12.966 4 190              
3 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.210 9 185                
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.167 10 180              
5 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.284 16 175              
6 34 John Ledwidge 39 13.567 18 0              
7 33. Stan Yee Jr. 39 13.563 16 0              
8 45 Carl Sodman 36 14.135 7 170              
9 18. Dean Gassert 36 14.026 7 165              
10 T2 Doc Dutton 18 13.763 4 160              
11 15 Darrel Woolsey 18 13.920 7 0              
12 03 Dale Lewis 6 13.641 5 155              
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, August 22, 2008
                             
Dash Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 6. Perry Davenport 4 13.670 3 10              
2 0z Chris Ozanich 4 13.695 3 8              
3 50 Leroy Ellis 4 13.680 3 6              
4 31 Ron Parish 4 13.927 3 4              
                           
Heat 1 Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.820 3 10                
2 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 13.839 5 8              
3 88. Richard LaPratt 8 14.042 6 6                
4 17 Dusty Carl 8 14.054 6 4              
5 6L Dan Loughan 8 13.737 5 0              
6 1H Tracey Hernley 8 14.139 7 0              
7 2B Bill Byrd 4 15.488 2 0              
                             
Feature Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.461 4 200              
2 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.642 8 190                
3 31 Ron Parish 35 13.734 5 185              
4 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.688 4 180                
5 6L Dan Loughan 35 13.737 4 175              
6 17 Dusty Carl 35 13.756 5 170              
7 98 Rob Newman 35 13.858 11 165              
8 1h Bill Heeney 34 13.814 11 160              
9 13 Ken Buchner 34 13.953 10 155              
10 6 Matthew Schindewolf 33 14.143 5 150              
11 1H Tracey Hernley 33 14.111 11 145              
12 88. Richard LaPratt 21 14.159 5 140              
13 2B Bill Byrd 4 14.727 1 0              
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, August 22, 2008
                             
Heat 1 Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 72 James Scavarda 8 14.419 7 10              
2 7L Dane Long 8 14.320 6 8              
3 69 Allan Williams 8 14.975 6 6              
4 2 Jamie Feguer 8 15.100 8 4              
5 24. Damon Place 8 15.019 6 0              
6 M74 Nate Moon 8 15.174 7 0              
7 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.838 5 0              
8 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.865 5 0              
9 56 Josh McConnell 7 16.883 5 0                
10 61 Chuck Ammerman 3 15.355 3 0              
                             
Feature Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.595 6 200              
2 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.601 5 190              
3 7L Dane Long 25 14.581 8 185              
4 72 James Scavarda 25 14.595 4 180              
5 24. Damon Place 25 14.678 6 175              
6 61 Chuck Ammerman 25 14.753 10 170              
7 2 Jamie Feguer 25 15.068 4 165                
8 M74 Nate Moon 25 15.272 10 160              
9 69 Allan Williams 24 15.168 9 155                
10 56 Josh McConnell 13 17.218 2 150              
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, August 22, 2008
                             
Heat 1 Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 16.568 5 10              
2 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.535 7 9              
3 97 Scott Rodgers 8 17.122 3 8              
4 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.959 3 7              
5 55. Daniel Gokee 8 17.091 8 6              
6 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.331 4 5              
7 32 Bradley Harbenski 8 18.246 5 5              
                           
Heat 2 Results:                        
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 10 Lexus Jarecki 8 16.429 7 10              
2 63 Joe Bates 8 16.846 5 9              
3 12. Marq Eaton 8 17.115 6 8              
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.769 7 7              
5 3 George Wyers 8 17.314 5 6              
6 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.323 5 5              
7 82 Scott Rumsey 8 17.915 2 5              
8 8 Ken Dollarhite 3 18.065 2 5              
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 10 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.585 5 70                
2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.695 7 69                
3 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.956 1 68                
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.998 4 67                
5 38 Patrick Denison 20 17.014 1 66                
6 63 Joe Bates 20 17.131 13 65                
7 55. Daniel Gokee 20 17.073 19 65                
8 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.347 18 65                
9 11 Brian Beckner 20 17.479 5 65                
10 3 George Wyers 20 17.481 2 65                
11 97 Scott Rodgers 20 17.340 1 65                
12 82 Scott Rumsey 19 18.151 3 64                
13 32 Bradley Harbenski 18 18.327 13 63                
14 8 Ken Dollarhite 3 19.381 1 48                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, August 22, 2008
                             
Heat 1 Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 77 Mark Carson 8 16.586 3 10              
2 32 Steve Orta 8 16.703 5 8              
3 12 Wayne Parkhurst II 8 17.066 6 6              
4 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.091 6 4              
5 103 Joseph Sharp 8 16.942 3 0              
6 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.803 6 0              
7 23 Darren Wright 7 19.589 2 0              
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 28 Spencer Drake 15 16.294 7 DQ                
2 88 Marc Childers 15 16.495 6 200                
3 77 Mark Carson 15 16.831 12 190                
4 32 Steve Orta 15 16.973 11 185                
5 103 Joseph Sharp 15 16.845 12 180                
6 13x Wayne Parkhurst II 15 17.138 7 175                
7 30 Ian Schafer 15 17.000 5 170                
8 23 Darren Wright 6 19.548 5 165                


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