CARQUEST Night at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   The Friday, August 14th, night of racing at the Spartan Speedway was sponsored by CARQUEST, and the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds turned out in a big way, with 25 racers timing in for their 50-lap event. Wayne Haughton and Sonny Coito brought the field down to the green flag and the duo battled side by side for a couple of laps until Coito took the lead, with Haughton, Larry Wallace, Jon McNett, and Bud Perry in hot pursuit. A multi-car pile-up brought out the first caution, and on the restart, Perry dove under McNett for fourth, as Coito pulled away from Haughton in second. Caution waved again with Wallace tapping out for the altercation with Haughton and on the restart, Perry was sitting within striking distance of Coito. He picked off Haughton then went to work reeling in Coito for the lead. The pair ran away from the field, leaving Haughton, McNett, John Mamula, and Travis Eddy to battle amongst themselves. McNett took the high line and got into the marbles, bringing out the next caution. Perry is the master of restarts, and at the green, dove under Coito coming out of turn three to take away the top spot. Caution waved for the final time and after the restart, Perry was able to put some distance between Coito and himself, while back in the pack, Dan Loughan, A J Foote and Earl Miles had a battle shaping up, while Chris Ozanich had quietly worked his way into the top five. Leroy Ellis drove under Haughton to take away the third spot but needed to gain some ground on Coito to challenge for second. At the line, it was Bud Perry of Edgerton, OH, over Coito, Ellis, Ozanich, and Haughton. Ken Buchner, Ozanich, Butler won their heats while Nyle Weiler took the last chance win, transferring into the feature along with Megan Carpenter, Perry Davenport and Buchner.

   The Performance NW Sportsman division was few in numbers but the boys always keep it interesting. Jack Koone Jr. took the early lead while Matt Kirchen made his car pretty wide, putting Jimmy Scavarda and Dane Long to the task of finding a way around him. Scavarda took the second groove and took the spot away from Kirchen. Kirchen then fell prey to Long, and both he and Scavarda got busy trying to run down Koone. Scavarda caught Koone and tacked on to his rear bumper. One last ditch effort on Scavarda’s part, on lap 24, sent Koone spinning and Scavarda to the rear, just the break Long was waiting for, but the caution came out , setting up a one lap shoot-out between Long and Koone. At the line, it was Koone, Long, Scavarda, and Kirchen. Long took the heat win.

   The Spartan Pure Stock division is growing weekly with sixteen cars taking to the track. Shane Fagan and Tyler Hawkins got the ball rolling in fine style, with Hawkins leaning on Fagan all the way down the front stretch coming down for the green. This triggered an altercation between Lonnie Saumier and Jim Gokee, with Gokee retiring to the pit. On the restart, it was Ian Schafer with a charge into the lead over Fagan bringing Rob Newman and Saumier along with him. Newman took the lead, with Saumier diving to the low side of Newman to take the spot away. Saumier proceeded to run away from the field, leaving Newman and Chris Stearns to duke it out for second. Matt Childers ran solo in fourth, while Mark Carson had to hold off Jake Pearson for fifth. At the stripe, it was Saumier, Newman, Stearns, Childers, and Carson. Carson and Saumier scored heat wins for the division.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division saw wild and wooly racing action as drivers put their cars four- and five-wide during the 20-lap feature. Brad Harbenski took the early lead over Rich Roberts, Joe Bates, Lex Jarecki and Jeremy LaFontaine. Harbenski continued to lead as Brian Beckner drove to the front, on the outside, to sit in second just seven laps in. Beckner took first from Harbenski who received a speeding ticket at the halfway point in the feature. Misty Allen put on a driving exhibition at this point, driving up the middle and threading the needle to sit in fourth behind Roberts and Jarecki. Patrick Denison drove around all three, Allen, Roberts and Jarecki, and found himself in the second spot trying to keep Beckner in the crosshairs. Wayne Beckner Jr. worked his way into the top five, sitting third behind Denison. At the checker, it was B. Beckner, Denison, W. Beckner Jr., Jarecki and Allen. Harbenski and B. Beckner took heat wins.

   The GLS Mini Cups were on hand and these little powerhouses didn’t disappoint the fans. Past champion, Tim Phillips jumped out to the early lead but spun, with just two laps in, bringing out the caution and sending him to the rear. Tyler Minnix assumed the lead with Morgan Baird right there to challenge for the lead. A spin ahead of the leaders sent Baird slamming into the front stretch wall. Baird was able to continue but was considerably slower than before the crash. On the restart, Minnix took the lead with John Dewey in hot pursuit. Phillips had worked his way back into the top five and was sitting third when the checkered flag waved, giving Minnix the win. At the line, it was Minnix, Dewey, Phillips, Jesse Thatcher, and Dustin Clark. Phillips and Scott Swem won their heats.

   Please join us on Friday nights as racing action at the Spartan Speedway is beginning to wind down. Friday, August 28th is season Championship Night for all divisions, while Friday, September 4th, is the “Eve of Destruction” with Push-Pull, Chain Gang and Trailer races, along with Pony Stocks and Pony Stock Figure 8’s. Sunday, September 6th is the Poor Paul 275, with our five regular divisions in action, along with Pure and Pony Stock Figure 8’s. Both of the above events will have special show pricing. For more information, check out the website at www.spartanspeedway.com. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, August 14, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 88 Travis Eddy 13.702 13.761     1 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.213 8  
2 50 Leroy Ellis 13.736 13.762     2 36 Tom Williams 8 14.416 4  
3 10 Bud Perry 13.762 13.885     3 8. Megan Carpenter 8 14.391 7  
4 49 John Mamula 13.807 13.813     4 84Jr Stephen Lopez 8 14.707 8  
5 7 Jon McNett 13.832 13.894     5 20 Clint Haggerty 5 14.496 4  
6 55 Larry Wallace 13.835 13.859     6 6. Perry Davenport 5 14.432 3  
7 8 Sonny Coito 13.841 13.930     7 31. Trei Deubel 3 14.393 3  
8 32 Wayne Haughton 13.848 13.906     8 6 Matthew Schindewolf 3 14.553 2  
9 M1 Bill Butler 13.890 13.924                    
10 31 Ron Parish 13.897 13.968     Heat 2 Results:        
11 47 Tracey Hernley 13.899 14.083                    
12 88.. Dan Loughan 13.929 13.982     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 17 Dusty Carl 13.945 13.962     1 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.815 3  
14 0z Chris Ozanich 13.948 13.987     2 88.. Dan Loughan 8 13.805 4  
15 88. AJ Foote 13.950 13.981     3 27. Nyle Weiler 8 13.831 8  
16 73. Earl Miles 13.957 13.967     4 31 Ron Parish 8 14.000 3  
17 27. Nyle Weiler 14.042 14.084     5 73. Earl Miles 8 14.080 6  
18 8. Megan Carpenter 14.053 14.067     6 47 Tracey Hernley 8 13.991 6  
19 31. Trei Deubel 14.096 14.136     7 88. AJ Foote 8 13.831 7  
20 6. Perry Davenport 14.102 14.162     8 17 Dusty Carl 8 14.047 7  
21 6 Matthew Schindewolf 14.143 14.148                    
22 13 Ken Buchner 14.153 14.175     Heat 3 Results :        
23 36 Tom Williams 14.237 14.240                    
24 20 Clint Haggerty 14.291 14.341   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
25 84Jr Stephen Lopez 14.929 15.047   1 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.926 8  
            2 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.799 7  
Feature Results:       3 8 Sonny Coito 8 13.992 5  
            4 7 Jon McNett 8 13.915 7  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap 5 49 John Mamula 8 13.969 7  
1 10 Bud Perry 50 13.669 12 6 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.994 7  
2 8 Sonny Coito 50 13.767 4 7 88 Travis Eddy 8 13.903 8  
3 50 Leroy Ellis 50 13.740 30 8 10 Bud Perry 8 13.987 3  
4 0z Chris Ozanich 50 13.855 7     9 32 Wayne Haughton 8 14.009 2  
5 32 Wayne Haughton 50 13.863 2                  
6 M1 Bill Butler 50 13.926 9     Consi Results:        
7 73. Earl Miles 50 13.880 7                  
8 88.. Dan Loughan 50 13.879 12   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
9 88. AJ Foote 50 13.866 32     1 27. Nyle Weiler 15 13.877 3  
10 88 Travis Eddy 50 13.910 13     2 8. Megan Carpenter 15 13.904 3  
11 49 John Mamula 50 13.900 35     3 6. Perry Davenport 15 14.207 6  
12 27. Nyle Weiler 50 13.987 7     4 13 Ken Buchner 15 14.182 9  
13 7 Jon McNett 50 13.846 15     5 36 Tom Williams 15 14.228 3  
14 8. Megan Carpenter 50 13.953 6     6 20 Clint Haggerty 15 14.282 6  
15 47 Tracey Hernley 49 13.976 2     7 31. Trei Deubel 6 14.322 5  
16 6. Perry Davenport 38 14.014 6                  
17 55 Larry Wallace 20 13.810 6                  
18 13 Ken Buchner 18 14.297 11                  
19 17 Dusty Carl 9 13.966 6                  
20 31 Ron Parish 7 13.991 5                  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, August 14, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 72 James Scavarda 14.595 14.794     1 7L Dane Long 8 14.755 7  
2 7L Dane Long 14.631 14.693     2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.952 2  
3 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.723 14.751     3 47 Matt Kirchen 8 14.972 6  
4 47 Matt Kirchen 14.929 14.940     4 72 James Scavarda 8 14.794 7  
5 13 Daniel Baschal 16.120 -.---                  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.682 4                  
2 7L Dane Long 25 14.674 6                  
3 72 James Scavarda 25 14.625 8                  
4 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.905 11                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, August 14, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.317 16.320     1 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.236 6  
2 11 Brian Beckner 16.331 16.343     2 63 Joe Bates 8 17.280 7  
3 86 Todd Metz Jr. 16.415 16.497     3 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.167 3  
4 38 Patrick Denison 16.520 16.529     4 31 George Wyers 8 17.173 7  
5 55 Edson Rowley III 16.542 16.572     5 7 Lexus Jarecki 8 17.081 5  
6 23. Darren Wright 16.642 16.682     6 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.280 4  
7 82 Misty Allen 16.742 16.762     7 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.279 8  
8 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.776 16.776                  
9 31 George Wyers 16.904 16.955                    
10 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.980 17.019     Heat 2 Results:        
11 10J Marisa Jones 17.020 17.132                    
12 63 Joe Bates 17.083 17.144     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 5 Rich Roberts 17.114 17.217     1 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.557 7  
14 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.418 17.453     2 82 Misty Allen 8 16.839 2  
              3 86 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.739 3  
Feature Results:         4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.790 3  
              5 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.869 4  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   6 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.862 2  
1 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.350 14   7 23. Darren Wright 8 16.751 4  
2 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.520 18                  
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.369 18                  
4 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 17.068 18                  
5 82 Misty Allen 20 17.068 20                
6 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.302 9                  
7 55 Edson Rowley III 20 17.086 14                  
8 31 George Wyers 20 17.189 10                  
9 10J Marisa Jones 20 17.282 14                  
10 22 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.161 7                  
11 23. Darren Wright 20 16.880 9                  
12 63 Joe Bates 18 17.234 17                  
13 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 11 17.160 8                  
14 86 Todd Metz Jr. 6 17.033 5                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, August 14, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 15.827 15.850     1 77 Mark Carson 8 16.621 5  
2 33 Matt Childers 16.217 16.309     2 23 Jason Luce 8 17.291 5  
3 96 Rob Newman 16.269 16.388     3 2 Shane Fagan 8 17.342 5  
4 M5 Chris Stearns 16.365 16.409     4 58 Gary Dabnay 8 17.043 6  
5 30 Ian Schafer 16.383 16.459     5 87 Tyler Hawkins 8 17.636 6  
6 26 Jacob Pearson 16.643 16.841                  
7 31 Rick Gokee Sr 16.687 16.766     Heat 2 Results:        
8 57 Josh Sevenski 16.749 16.750                  
9 77 Mark Carson 16.819 17.137       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
10 87 Tyler Hawkins 17.329 17.350     1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 15.895 3  
11 23 Jason Luce 17.396 18.012       2 M5 Chris Stearns 8 16.159 3  
12 2 Shane Fagan 17.468 17.481     3 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.295 7  
13 58 Gary Dabnay 17.661 17.709     4 26 Jacob Pearson 8 16.497 5  
14 14 Michael Olsen 18.672 -.---     5 96 Rob Newman 8 16.606 8  
15 103 Justin Lewis 20.457 -.---     6 33 Matt Childers 8 16.448 3  
              7 57 Josh Sevenski 8 16.615 7  
Feature Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 15.913 19                  
2 96 Rob Newman 20 16.368 14                  
3 M5 Chris Stearns 20 16.262 4                  
4 33 Matt Childers 20 16.408 8                
5 77 Mark Carson 20 16.713 8                  
6 26 Jacob Pearson 20 16.519 5                  
7 58 Gary Dabnay 19 16.986 8                  
8 2 Shane Fagan 19 17.611 8                  
9 87 Tyler Hawkins 16 17.792 7                  
10 30 Ian Schafer 15 16.414 9                  
11 57 Josh Sevenski 12 16.875 8                  
12 23 Jason Luce 5 17.810 2                  
13 31 Rick Gokee Sr 1 18.898 1                  
14 28 Spencer Drake 1 17.642 1                  


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