“Lightning” Strikes at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Sixteen Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds lined up for their MOD 50 on Beacon Sales and Service “Dodge Night” at the Spartan Speedway on June 12th. Chris Ozanich immediately took the lead from his outside pole starting position over Dick Maurer, Bill Butler, Jon Mamula and Dan Logan. Ozanich, Maurer and Logan broke away from the pack with Ozanich and Maurer running door-handle to door-handle for four laps. Maurer took the lead from Ozanich on lap seven, while back in the pack “Lightening” Leroy Ellis had worked his way into the top five sitting in fourth. Maurer opened up a pretty good lead over Ozanich, who had Ellis and Logan breathing down his neck by lap 14. Ellis dove under Ozanich for second on lap 16 and tried to reel in Maurer for the lead. Ellis caught Maurer on lap 20, while Perry Davenport had methodically picked off cars to find himself in fourth behind Butler. Ellis tried both the high and low side for 17 laps, looking for a way around Maurer for the lead. Maurer opened the door on lap 37 giving Ellis the opportunity to slip around him for the lead. The battle for second between Ozanich and Davenport raged side-by-side for 12 laps, and on lap 43, the only caution of the 50-lapper waved, when Maurer and Ozanich got together, ending the evening for both. The caution closed up the field behind Ellis, exactly what Davenport needed to have a shot at the lead. On the restart, Logan went after Davenport for second while Earl Miles, fresh off a heat and Australian Pursuit win, went to work on Butler on the high side for fourth. As laps wound down, Ellis checked out on the field and at the checker it was “Lightening” Leroy Ellis, Davenport, Logan, Butler, and Miles. Ozanich also took a heat win for the evening.

   Ron Heeney made his second appearance at the Spartan Speedway pay off, taking the win in both the Performance Automotive NW Sportsman heat and feature. Jimmy Scavarda and Heeney ran nose to tail for the first 10 laps of the 25-lap feature before Heeney got around Scavarda for the lead. Dane Long reeled in Scavarda catching him on lap 20. Long made his signature move on the outside, went to work on Scavarda and drove around him on lap 23 for second. Matt Kirchen had a rearview mirror full of Scott Sigman, as Damon Place struggled in fifth with an ill-handling race car. At the stripe, it was Heeney, Long, Scavarda, Kirchen and Sigman.

   It looked like Patrick Denison was on the way to his first Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock feature win, but Edson Rowley III snatched it from his grasp by making a pass on the outside, on lap 19, to take the 20-lap feature win. Brian Beckner had a stellar run, briefly taking the lead from Denison on laps 11 and 12 but came home in third just ahead of Todd Metz Jr. and Wayne Beckner Jr. Denison won both a heat and the Australian Pursuit and Rowley took a heat win as well.

   Jordan and Nick Lechota flexed their collective muscle, finishing first and second respectively in the Spartan Speedway Pure Stock 20-lap feature. Matt Childers took the lead on the start, but the Lechotas took over the top two spots on lap four. The duo battled for lap after lap with Nick not able to find a way around his brother for the lead. Ian Schafer held down the third spot, while Dan Lewis and Jake Pearson rounded out the top five. Jordan also took home the heat win.

   Please join us at the Spartan Speedway on Mason Chamber of Commerce Night, Sunday, June 21st, for a special show sponsored by Performance Automotive NW featuring the “Stan Perry Late Model 75” for the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model division, along with a “Slugfest” for Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans. The Spartan Speedway Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks will be running Figure 8’s in both divisions. Special show pricing will apply with racing beginning at 6 PM. Check out the website at www.spartanspeedway.com for more information. Friday, June 26th, is Mid-Season Championship Night for all five regular divisions. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics  
                             
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series  
Friday, June 12, 2009  
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.675 13.687     1 73. Earl Miles 8 13.696 3  
2 6. Perry Davenport 13.716 13.725     2 36 Tom Williams 8 14.219 3  
3 32 Dan Loughan 13.750 13.755     3 27. Nyle Weiler 8 14.223 8  
4 31 Ron Parish 13.763 13.767     4 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 14.268 3  
5 911 Richard Maurer 13.771 13.794     5 98 Rob Newman 8 14.182 4  
6 49 John Mamula 13.793 13.842     6 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.261 5  
7 0z Chris Ozanich 13.831 13.850     7 55 Larry Wallace 4 13.748 2  
8 M1 Bill Butler 13.841 13.948                  
9 55 Larry Wallace 13.860 13.892                    
10 98 Rob Newman 13.864 13.884     Heat 2 Results:        
11 47 Tracey Hernley 13.928 13.965                    
12 27. Nyle Weiler 13.939 13.974     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 13 Ken Buchner 14.017 14.056     1 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.760 5  
14 73. Earl Miles 14.022 14.095     2 911 Richard Maurer 8 13.789 5  
15 6 Matthew Schindewolf 14.094 14.158     3 32 Wayne Haughton 8 13.784 4  
16 36 Tom Williams 14.340 14.374     4 49 John Mamula 8 13.820 5  
17 7 Jon McNett -.--- -.---     5 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.749 8  
18 63 Tim Easey -.--- -.---     6 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.805 5  
19 55 Paul Jamison -.--- -.---     7 31 Ron Parish 6 14.017 5  
              8 50 Leroy Ellis 5 13.918 2  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 50 Leroy Ellis 50 13.712 47                  
2 6. Perry Davenport 50 13.817 48                  
3 32 Dan Loughan 50 13.657 3                  
4 M1 Bill Butler 50 13.881 7                  
5 73. Earl Miles 50 13.884 10                  
6 31 Ron Parish 50 13.782 8                  
7 49 John Mamula 50 13.838 10                  
8 27. Nyle Weiler 50 13.979 41                  
9 47 Tracey Hernley 50 13.961 47                  
10 13 Ken Buchner 50 13.993 6                  
11 36 Tom Williams 49 14.199 7                  
12 911 Richard Maurer 43 13.769 4                  
13 0z Chris Ozanich 43 13.828 2                  
14 55 Paul Jamison 42 14.031 9                  
15 98 Rob Newman 21 13.952 10                  
16 6 Matthew Schindewolf 10 14.192 8                  
17 63 Tim Easey 2 15.968 1                  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series  
Friday, June 12, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 7L Dane Long 14.399 14.487     1 70 Ron Heeney 8 14.586 5  
2 70 Ron Heeney 14.531 14.539     2 24. Damon Place 8 14.725 2  
3 24. Damon Place 14.616 14.825     3 7L Dane Long 8 14.479 6  
4 72 James Scavarda 14.763 14.881     4 88 Scott Sigman 8 14.761 3  
5 88 Scott Sigman 14.807 14.943     5 47 Matt Kirchen 8 14.795 2  
6 47 Matt Kirchen 14.837 14.861     6 13 Daniel Baschal 8 15.474 6  
7 13 Daniel Baschal 15.523 15.636     7 72 James Scavarda 4 14.873 3  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 70 Ron Heeney 25 14.501 4                  
2 7L Dane Long 25 14.543 10                  
3 72 James Scavarda 25 14.572 2                  
4 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.930 4                  
5 88 Scott Sigman 25 14.900 4                  
6 24. Damon Place 25 14.936 3                  
7 13 Daniel Baschal 2 16.622 1                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, June 12, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.311 16.354     1 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.851 2  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.416 16.537     2 31 George Wyers 8 17.105 2  
3 10. Lexus Jarecki 16.467 16.576     3 63 Joe Bates 8 16.861 7  
4 11 Brian Beckner 16.593 16.673     4 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.251 8  
5 55 Edson Rowley III 16.623 16.655     5 7. Michael Rouse 8 17.881 3  
6 82 Misty Allen 16.772 16.818     6 07 Mathew Vainner 8 17.768 5  
7 5 Rich Roberts 16.835 16.941     7 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.406 4  
8 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.868 16.890     8 1 Bryan Jenks 3 19.986 2  
9 63 Joe Bates 16.913 17.493                    
10 31 George Wyers 16.983 17.073     Heat 2 Results:        
11 38 Patrick Denison 16.986 17.107                    
12 10J Marisa Jones 17.078 17.133     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.741 18.020     1 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.466 6  
14 07 Mathew Vainner 17.754 17.793     2 10. Lexus Jarecki 8 16.555 7  
15 1 Bryan Jenks 17.855 17.868     3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.615 8  
16 7. Michael Rouse 17.887 17.922     4 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.635 7  
              5 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.467 7  
              6 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.032 7  
              7 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 16.857 6  
              8 82 Misty Allen 8 16.786 5  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.626 9                  
2 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.780 2                  
3 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.740 6                  
4 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.555 5                  
5 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.559 3                  
6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 17.035 17                  
7 63 Joe Bates 20 17.015 9                  
8 82 Misty Allen 20 17.086 6                  
9 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.099 11                  
10 31 George Wyers 20 17.076 8                  
11 10J Marisa Jones 20 17.474 4                  
12 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 17.802 3                  
13 1 Bryan Jenks 19 18.022 10                  
14 07 Mathew Vainner 19 17.824 10                  
15 7. Michael Rouse 18 18.091 2                  
16 10. Lexus Jarecki 1 18.258 1                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, June 12, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 7 Nick Lechota 15.971 16.056     1 J1 Jordan Lechota 8 16.041 4  
2 J1 Jordan Lechota 16.008 16.078     2 7 Nick Lechota 8 15.937 7  
3 26 Jacob Pearson 16.382 16.597     3 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.770 7  
4 77 Mark Carson 16.597 16.681     4 26 Jacob Pearson 8 16.816 2  
5 30 Ian Schafer 16.633 16.705     5 103 Dan Lewis 8 17.334 1  
6 103 Dan Lewis 16.836 16.885     6 33 Matt Childers 8 16.818 5  
7 33 Matt Childers 17.044 17.130     7 77 Mark Carson 8 17.002 4  
8 87 Tyler Hawkins 17.991 18.065     8 87 Tyler Hawkins 4 18.050 2  
9 22 Jamie Feguer -.--- -.---                    
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 J1 Jordan Lechota 20 16.092 13                  
2 7 Nick Lechota 20 16.078 11                  
3 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.675 11                  
4 103 Dan Lewis 20 16.892 6                  
5 26 Jacob Pearson 20 16.870 18                  
6 77 Mark Carson 9 16.946 8                  
7 33 Matt Childers 8 17.058 6                  
8 87 Tyler Hawkins 2 18.273 1                  


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