By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague
Lansingís Wayne Beckner Jr. found himself in the Corrigan Oil Winnerís Circle, after starting from the tail of the field, as fast qualifier, for the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division. Friday, June 11th, was Beacon Sales Night at the Spartan Speedway, and 11 pony stocks lined up for their 20-lap A feature. Rich Roberts took the early lead, with rookie Aaron Taylor battling on the outside, as Darren Wright made his way to the front. Wright took over the lead but Beckner Jr. sliced and diced his way up through the middle of the field to sit in first at the halfway point. Beckner ran away from the field, while Todd Metz Jr. and Wright duked it out for second. Wright got together with Patrick Denison with five laps to go, ending his bid for a second place finish. On the restart, Metz went to work on Beckner for the lead, while Lex Jarecki took over the third spot. Todd Metz Sr., Roberts, and Edson Rowley III vied for the fourth position, with Metz Sr. coming out on top, but at the checker, it was Beckner Jr., Metz Jr., Metz Sr., Jarecki and Rowley as the top five. Brad Harbenski jumped out to the early lead after the start of the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock B-feature, with heat winner, Brandon Moody in hot pursuit. Moody took the lead with Harbenski, Kyle Everson and Scott Sparagowski left behind to battle for the second position. Steve Wrenn had other plans though, as he worked his way through traffic and tacked on to the leaderís bumper with five laps to go. Wrenn jumped to the outside of Moody and took the top spot away, just two laps from the finish. At the line, it was Wrenn, Moody, Harbenski, Sparagowski and Amanda Blanchard. Heat winners besides Moody were Wright and newcomer, Austin Pinell.
Ken Dollarhite got behind the wheel of a Pure Stock to play with the bigger boys, as his regular ride is a pony stock. Dollarhite was able to hold onto the lead for two laps aftr the green flag waved, but Ben Hidy had other plans. On the first restart of the race, Hidy took over the lead, bringing Lonnie Saumier and Matt Childers with him. Hidy was able to open up a bit of a lead over Saumier, while Childers, Kyle Drake and Dollarhite ran in the top five. Caution waved, late in the race, as a lapped car got into Saumier, closing the field up behind Hidy. The action heated up on the restart as Landon Hidy had worked his way back into contention, after bringing out a caution early in the race. At the stripe, it was B. Hidy, Saumier, Drake, L. Hidy and Matt Childers. Hidy and Jordan Harvey tallied heat wins for the Pure Stock division.
The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds ran the first of two, back-to-back, MOD 50ís, with the second being run, Friday, June 18th. On the start, John Mamula jumped out to the early lead, with Jordan Pruitt, fresh off his run at Angola, on his bumper. Wayne Haughton Jr. and Travis Eddy ran side by side, taking turns running in the third position. Caution on lap eight made things interesting, as three of the cars running up front had to retire to the pit for repairs, turning the third spot over to Sonny Coito. On the restart, Eddy took lead from Mamula, while Wallace went to work on Coito, for third. Coito had Eddy in his sights, but Wallace drove around the outside of Coito for second. Behind the leaders, Mamula had his hands full trying to hold off Chris Ozanich and Nate Moon. Mamula and Coito were battling for third, as Wallace got around Eddy for the lead. Rob Newman had a stellar run, finding himself in the top five with five laps to go. Late cautions gave Eddy the chance for a number of runs at Wallace for the lead, but Wallace was able to outrun him for the win. After 50 laps, it was Wallace, Eddy, Newman, Coito and Mamula. Newman and Ozanich won their heats.
Tom Fedewa made it three out of four, taking the feature win for the Sawyers Super Store Wingless Sprint division. Chris Hettinger led the opening laps, but Fedewa dove under Hettinger to take the lead on lap eight and ran away from the field. Jim Heeney was able to hold down third, with Tyler Underwood and Doug Dietsch all vying for the same spot. At the checker, it was Fedewa, Hettinger, Heeney, Underwood and Dietsch. Fedewa and Dietsch were heat winners for the evening.
Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action at the Sartan Speedway. Friday, June 18th, is the MOD 50 for Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, along with Pure Stocks, Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks and the Racestatus.com MCR Dwarfs. Sunday, June 20th, is the Stan Perry Memorial Late Model 75 for Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models and Sunday Slugfest #2 for Sportsmans, Pure Stocks and Pony Stocks, sponsored by Performance Automotive NW. The Pure Stocks and Pony Stocks will be running on the Figure 8 as well. Special show pricing will apply for the Sunday show. Friday, June 25th, is the Sportsmans 50 and Burn-out Contest. The Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models will be in action, along with the Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. As always, weíll see you at the races!