Rain Threatens at the Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Mother Nature was intent on spoiling the show at Spartan the evening of August 7th. Sprinkles of rain throughout the entire program didn’t stop the drivers, or the die-hard fans, as the decision was made to qualify, run heat races for the Legends only, and then go directly into the features for the four regular divisions and two traveling series.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division saw rookie driver, Marisa Jones, jump out to the early lead when the green flag waved. Jones was able to hold down the top spot until the halfway point, when Patrick Denison got around her after starting near the rear of the field. Wayne Beckner Jr. caught Jones as well and made the pass for second on the high side and went to work reeling in Denison. Rich Roberts and Todd Metz Sr. ran nose to tail until Brian Beckner jumped into the mix and took away the fifth position as laps wound down. W. Beckner Jr. worked the high side of Denison for the lead but ran out of laps. At the line, it was Denison, W. Beckner Jr., Jones, Roberts, and B. Beckner.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans saw Jimmy Scavarda take the early lead over Dave Elliott, Dane Long, Matt Kirchen and Scott Newson. Scavarda was able to hold off Long for a number of laps until Long took the high road and they made slight contact, with Long able to drive into the lead. Scavarda and Long battled lap after lap for first with Scavarda unable to get the job done. Kirchen came home in third, while Newson and Elliot rounded out the top five.

   Lonnie Saumier continued his reign in the Spartan Pure Stock division, tallying another win over 25 year veteran, Rich Kinch, Ian Schafer, Chris Stearns and Matt Childers. Rob Newman grabbed the lead on the start with Schafer battling Kinch for the second spot. Saumier drove around the outside of the pack, picking off cars, one by one, to take the lead from Newman. Saumier pulled away from Kinch, leaving Schafer, Childers and Stearns to duke it out for third. Stearns was able to get around Childers for fourth behind Schafer.

   With the sprinkles of rain getting closer together, 23 Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds hit the track for their 50-lap feature. Newcomer, Jacob Mann, and Wayne Haughton brought the field down for the start with Chris Ozanich diving under the front row to take the lead on lap one. Ozanich never looked back but did have company as Travis Eddy got under Haughton for second, then began reeling in Ozanich to challenge for the lead. In third, Haughton had a rearview mirror full of Leroy Ellis but was able to outrun Ellis who, in turn, was being chased down by Larry Wallace. Ozanich and Eddy ran up on slower traffic and got bogged down a bit with three laps to go. At the stripe, it was Ozanich, Eddy, Haughton, Ellis and Wallace.

   Tyler Rysinga and Tony Monge brought the field of MI Legends down for the green, with Monge driving into the lead, as Brandon Mahoney and Bryan Nuckles made their way to the front as well. Mahoney took the lead, sticking Monge on the outside to, allowing Rysinga to drive under Monge as well. Rysinga made the pass on Mahoney, as Nuckles was closing in from the third spot, with Matt Todd and Levi Rouster moving up into the top five. Caution waved for Nuckles who was putting fluid down on the track. Todd moved up into te third spot as Monge worked his way back into fourth ahead of Rouster. At the line, it was Rysinga, Mahoney, Todd, Monge and Rouster.

   Twenty-one MCR Dwarfs timed in and their feature proved to be fast and furious. Mike McManman Jr. and Todd Getz brought the field down to the green. Craig Curtis charged to the front from his mid-field starting position and took the lead with just four laps in. Eric Hoffman was able to keep Curtis in his sights, but Hoffman had his hands full holding off Landon Hidy. Hidy could dive under Hoffman in the turns, but Hoffman could pull away coming off the corners. This battle went on for lap after lap, with Craig Campbell watching the action unfold ahead of him. Jon Wylie moved in on Campbell for the fourth spot but ran out of laps to challenge Hidy for third. At the checker, it was Curtis, Hoffman, Hidy, Wylie and Campbell.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting, family-friendly racing action at the Spartan Speedway. August 21st will feature Spectator Drags, sponsored by Andrew’s Chevrolet, along with the Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Lates, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Spartan Pure Stocks and the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. August 28th is Season Championship Night for all divisions. Pencil in Friday, Sept. 4th, for the “Eve of Destruction I”, featuring Push-Pull, Chain Gang, Trailer, Pony Stock and Pony Stock Figure-8 races, as well as Sunday, Sept. 6th, for the “Poor Paul 275”, sponsored by Lipari Foods. Plan to tailgate from Noon-2 pm on Sunday, as the “Basement Dawgs” (featuring Spartan’s own Matt Shindewolf, the “Racing Hippie’) will be on hand. Special show pricing applies for both of these events. Please check out the website at www.spartanspeedway.com for more details. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, August 07, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 88 Travis Eddy 13.503 13.534     1 0z Chris Ozanich 50 13.778 9  
2 5 Bobby Heyink 13.602 13.645     2 88 Travis Eddy 50 13.755 5  
3 50 Leroy Ellis 13.640 13.649     3 32 Wayne Haughton 50 13.807 4  
4 0z Chris Ozanich 13.691 13.744     4 50 Leroy Ellis 50 13.734 5  
5 32 Wayne Haughton 13.778 13.869     5 55 Larry Wallace 50 13.890 18  
6 14 Jacob Mann 13.795 13.796     6 7 Jon McNett 50 13.862 5  
7 55 Larry Wallace 13.801 13.897     7 73. Earl Miles 50 13.960 13  
8 17 Dusty Carl 13.803 13.805     8 49 John Mamula 50 13.881 9  
9 49 John Mamula 13.818 13.831       9 M1 Bill Butler 50 13.937 19  
10 7 Jon McNett 13.818 13.843     10 5 Bobby Heyink 50 13.824 10  
11 81 Tom Hernley 13.829 13.842       11 27. Nyle Weiler 50 14.038 18  
12 M1 Bill Butler 13.859 13.897     12 6. Perry Davenport 50 14.118 33  
13 73. Earl Miles 13.886 13.901     13 31 Ron Parish 49 14.092 31  
14 6. Perry Davenport 13.910 13.912     14 88. Dan Loughan 49 14.059 7  
15 27. Nyle Weiler 13.930 13.969     15 14 Jacob Mann 49 14.074 5  
16 31 Ron Parish 13.968 14.141     16 8. Megan Carpenter 49 14.149 10  
17 13 Ken Buchner 14.016 14.059     17 36 Tom Williams 48 14.350 11  
18 47 Tracey Hernley 14.019 14.025     18 13 Ken Buchner 48 14.230 10  
19 8. Megan Carpenter 14.064 14.238     19 47 Tracey Hernley 42 14.001 12  
20 31. Trei Deubel 14.072 14.181     20 20 Lindsay Katz 10 14.629 2  
21 88. Dan Loughan 14.112 14.149       21 81 Tom Hernley 6 13.968 3  
22 20 Lindsay Katz 14.182 14.351     22 31. Trei Deubel 2 14.743 1  
23 36 Tom Williams 14.334 14.339       23 17 Dusty Carl 1 15.540 1  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, August 07, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 7L Dane Long 14.421 14.441     1 7L Dane Long 25 14.619 10  
2 72 James Scavarda 14.525 14.554     2 72 James Scavarda 25 14.647 11  
3 47 Matt Kirchen 14.835 14.844     3 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.927 8  
4 71 David Elliott 14.863 14.943     4 21 Scott Newson 24 15.332 8  
5 21 Scott Newson 15.208 15.223     5 71 David Elliott 24 15.130 4  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, August 07, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.172 16.251     1 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.493 13  
2 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.349 16.419     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.509 15  
3 38 Patrick Denison 16.402 16.453     3 10J Marisa Jones 20 16.994 9  
4 55 Edson Rowley III 16.404 16.407     4 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.184 20  
5 11 Brian Beckner 16.411 16.476     5 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.739 16  
6 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.610 16.633     6 86 Todd Metz Sr 20 17.152 12  
7 82 Misty Allen 16.705 16.733     7 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.954 18  
8 23. Darren Wright 16.729 16.819     8 82 Misty Allen 20 16.994 12  
9 86 Todd Metz Sr 16.861 16.890       9 63 Joe Bates 20 17.291 15  
10 31 George Wyers 16.871 16.909     10 23. Darren Wright 20 17.210 4  
11 10J Marisa Jones 16.890 16.894       11 22 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.223 3  
12 5 Rich Roberts 16.908 16.974     12 31 George Wyers 20 17.290 13  
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.395 17.411     13 55 Edson Rowley III 20 17.303 15  
14 63 Joe Bates 17.528 -.---     14 79 Todd Metz Jr. 1 17.511 1  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, August 07, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 15.762 15.826     1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 15.797 9  
2 M5 Chris Stearns 16.137 16.237     2 63 Rich Kinch 20 16.327 8  
3 30 Ian Schafer 16.151 16.289     3 M5 Chris Stearns 20 16.197 12  
4 88 Marc Childers 16.260 16.304     4 33 Matt Childers 20 16.362 9  
5 33 Matt Childers 16.317 16.357     5 26 Jacob Pearson 20 16.635 5  
6 96 Rob Newman 16.379 16.420     6 57 Josh Sevenski 19 16.874 3  
7 26 Jacob Pearson 16.510 16.525     7 30 Ian Schafer 19 16.384 5  
8 63 Rich Kinch 16.598 16.749     8 2 Shane Fagan 19 17.635 4  
9 57 Josh Sevenski 16.832 16.854       9 44 Eric Wagner 19 17.016 18  
10 22 Jamie Feguer 16.836 16.908     10 96 Rob Newman 7 16.419 3  
11 44 Eric Wagner 17.380 17.497       11 88 Marc Childers 2 17.552 1  
                12 22 Jamie Feguer 0 -.--- -  


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