Season Ends at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Friday, September 11th, was the last hurrah for the 2009 racing season at the Spartan Speedway and “Fun Night” lived up to its name, as a near capacity crowd enjoyed an evening of racing sans rulebook and the fans weren’t disappointed. The evening was capped off with smashing and crashing as the School Bus Figure 8’s lumbered around the ¼-mile and were wheeled through the intersection. Exhibitions featuring Chain Races, Trailer Figure 8 and wingless Sprints proved to be crowd-pleasers as well. Fan response for possible appearances of the exhibition divisions in 2010 was a resounding yes!

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks saw Todd Metz Jr. and 2009 Pony Stock Champion, Wayne Beckner Jr., duke it out for the win during the last 12 laps of the 25-lap feature. Metz, whose car sported a huge wing, was able to hold off Beckner, while Misty Allen finished third after a stellar run with a unique sideboard and racing tires.

   The Spartan Pure Stock division saw Lonnie Saumier continue his dominance in the division by taking the win, but Rob Patrick showed he’s still got it, finishing second, after jumping back behind the wheel of a race car after a short hiatus. Patrick was able to hold off Andrew Burton, who finished third.

   Many of the Valvoline Instant Oil Change drivers pulled out all the stops, adding sideboards the size of a small billboards and racing slicks to enhance their driving experience. Rob Newman looked to be the man to beat as he led 22 of the 40-lap feature, but Wayne Haughton had other plans, taking the lead from Newman with nine laps to go for the win. Newman had to settle for second, while Jim Kennedy finished third, having led the first seven laps.

   The Performance Automotive Sportsman division saw Ron Heeney and Ian Sprague battle for the top spot, with Sprague trying to find a way around Heeney. Darrell Taylor took the second spot away on lap 13 and dove under Heeney, spinning both. On the restart, Sprague went back to work on Heeney, but ignition trouble saw him retire to the pit, relinquishing the second spot to Matt Kirchen. Heeney took the win over Kirchen and Steve Allen.

   The GLS Mini Cups paid their last visit of 2009 and the little powerhouses put on a whale of a show. Morgan Baird led 13 of the first 14 laps, but Tim Phillips made a daring move, shooting around Baird out of turn four to take the lead on lap 15. Phillips went on to take the win over Baird and Tyler Minnix.

   A couple of drivers dusted off their wingless sprints and ran some exhibition laps in the hopes of possibly bringing them back to the Spartan Speedway in 2010. Jim Heeney and John Boy Hotchkiss brought their cars to the track and neither were strangers to the Spartan Speedway as each had turned many laps there in the past. It was great to see these cars and drivers back in action.

   The moment everyone had been waiting for arrived as eight huge school busses made their way onto the track. Bob Cantine, in the Valvoline Instant Oil Change- sponsored bus, led the first two laps, but Chris Hoffman drove the Culligan H20 bus into the lead on lap three and never looked back. Action in the intersection heated up in a hurry, with Ron Heeney and Bob Cantine tangling coming out of turn three. Cantine escaped disaster (namely the turn three wall), but after meeting up with Heeney, the radiator sprung a leak, effectively ending his bid for the win. Leave it to the racing senior citizen, Ron Parish, to supply the fans with exactly what they came to see, an over-turned bus. Ron laid the big vehemoth over onto its side going through turn one and the crowd went wild and much to their pleasure, the bus re-fired after being righted on all six-wheels. After all the smashing, crashing and close calls in the intersection, Chris Hoffman, came home the victor with Bill Lackey finishing second.

   Two teams of Chain Race competitors put on a bit of a show as a preview as to what may be in store for special shows in the upcoming season. Two cars were chained together with the front car being powered, while the rear car is just along for the ride. As the cars built up some speed, the rear car experienced a “crack the whip” effect. The winning team was the team that stayed chained together or crossed the finish line first. Beacon Sales/Team Dodge took the win.

   The exhibition that brought the most hilarity was the Trailer Race, as three vehicles towing a variety of trailered items were on hand to run and things got messy. Joe Bates towed a speedboat with his Pony Stock, Edson Rowley III towed a trailer with garage door panels attached behind a pink Beacon Sales Dodge and Dave Thorburn drove a Chevy S-10 pickup pulling a sailboat, complete with sail, rudder, and a captain. The results were hysterical. Bates dumped his boat and trailer first thing coming out of turn two, ending his evening, but the debris remained in the center of the track. Rowley and Thorburn repeatedly smashed through the debris trying to catch each other. Rowley caught Thorburn and knocked the sailboat off the trailer, flipped the trailer, but it righted itself and Thorburn continued on in his quest to wreck Rowley’s stuff! The duo ran lap after lap until Thorburn slowed to negotiate a turn coming off the X and Rowley rammed the little trailer, ripping it off the hitch, ending the race in smashing fashion. The crowd absolutely loved it!!!

   As the last race of the season has been run, we at the Spartan Speedway wish all of you a safe and happy off-season and as always, we’ll see you at the races in 2010!

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, September 11, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 31 Ron Parish 13.060 13.089     1 32 Wayne Haughton 40 13.136 37  
2 27. Nyle Weiler 13.147 13.157     2 98 Rob Newman 40 13.394 27  
3 32 Wayne Haughton 13.198 13.224     3 45 Jim Kennedy 40 13.624 36  
4 49 John Mamula 13.365 13.415     4 55 Larry Wallace 40 13.557 27  
5 88 Dan Loughan 13.382 13.394     5 M74 Nathan Moon 40 14.000 20  
6 98 Rob Newman 13.487 13.522     6 49 John Mamula 40 13.645 13  
7 55 Larry Wallace 13.527 13.538     7 13 Ken Buchner 39 13.864 19  
8 45 Jim Kennedy 13.610 13.662     8 W0 Wade Lankton 38 14.403 11  
9 13 Ken Buchner 13.665 13.689       9 36 Israel Wood 37 14.470 27  
10 M74 Nathan Moon 14.139 14.152     10 54 Rodger Kellogg 33 15.642 3  
11 36 Israel Wood 14.228 14.325       11 31 Ron Parish 27 13.038 19  
12 W0 Wade Lankton 14.241 14.325     12 27. Nyle Weiler 23 13.275 10  
13 54 Rodger Kellogg 15.198 15.447     13 88 Dan Loughan 23 13.268 17  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, September 11, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 16 Wayne Clark 14.122 14.205     1 70 Ron Heeney 25 14.552 3  
2 20 Darrell Taylor 14.271 14.401     2 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.452 23  
3 47 Matt Kirchen 14.312 14.578     3 72 Steve Allen 25 14.573 19  
4 6 Ian Sprague 14.410 14.418     4 71 David Elliott 25 15.115 10  
5 72 Steve Allen 14.523 14.550     5 T98 Steven Kulp 23 15.347 6  
6 70 Ron Heeney 14.599 14.618     6 6 Ian Sprague 22 14.489 3  
7 71 David Elliott 15.130 15.313     7 20 Darrell Taylor 18 14.350 8  
8 T98 Steven Kulp 15.162 15.226     8 16 Wayne Clark 8 14.365 4  
9 13 Daniel Baschal -.--- -.---                    
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, September 11, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 15.828 15.848     1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 25 15.746 17  
2 23. Darren Wright 15.858 16.005     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 25 15.824 21  
3 86 Todd Metz Sr 15.912 15.965     3 82 Misty Allen 25 15.875 23  
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 15.958 15.959     4 86 Todd Metz Sr 25 16.081 15  
5 82 Misty Allen 15.972 15.993     5 23. Darren Wright 25 15.853 21  
6 38 Patrick Denison 16.472 16.501     6 38 Patrick Denison 25 16.386 8  
7 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.550 16.577     7 7 Lexus Jarecki 25 16.541 24  
8 10J Marisa Jones 16.843 16.932     8 10J Marisa Jones 25 16.842 21  
9 55 Paladin Rowley 16.885 16.974       9 55 Paladin Rowley 25 16.666 8  
10 5 Rich Roberts 17.044 17.075     10 5 Rich Roberts 25 16.708 22  
11 63 Joe Bates 17.456 17.467       11 63 Joe Bates 24 17.537 11  
12 07 Jerry Carpenter 17.640 17.663     12 07 Jerry Carpenter 23 17.744 5  
13 38. Steve Cadwell 18.543 19.074     13 38. Steve Cadwell 21 17.365 6  
14 1 Bryan Jenks 18.953 19.311     14 1 Bryan Jenks 5 19.403 1  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, September 11, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 88 Marc Childers 15.595 15.690     1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 25 15.807 7  
2 33 Matt Childers 15.637 15.678     2 38B Rob Patrick 25 15.994 7  
3 50 Chuck Ewing Sr 15.767 15.830     3 05 Andrew Burton 25 16.061 13  
4 M15 Lonnie Saumier 15.818 15.841     4 88 Marc Childers 25 15.595 9  
5 38B Rob Patrick 15.878 15.888     5 25 Matt Patrick 25 16.165 22  
6 44 Eric Wagner 15.925 16.052     6 28 Spencer Drake 24 16.370 4  
7 77 Mark Carson 16.075 16.107     7 57 Anthony Sevenski III 24 16.511 3  
8 25 Matt Patrick 16.130 16.133     8 14 Kyle Drake 24 16.629 6  
9 05 Andrew Burton 16.187 16.215       9 19 David Geer 23 16.695 10  
10 28 Spencer Drake 16.447 16.469     10 23 Jason Luce 23 17.088 6  
11 87 Tyler Hawkins 16.459 16.545       11 50 Chuck Ewing Sr 14 16.034 10  
12 57 Anthony Sevenski III 16.460 16.475     12 87 Tyler Hawkins 13 16.811 9  
13 23 Jason Luce 16.667 16.725     13 77 Mark Carson 8 16.507 6  
14 19 David Geer 16.670 16.783     14 44 Eric Wagner 2 17.496 2  
15 14 Kyle Drake -.--- -.---     15 33 Matt Childers 1 17.238 1  


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