Old Timer’s Night at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Spartan Speedway welcomed race car drivers from years past, honoring and recognizing them for their contribution in making the speedway “The Track the Stars Call Home.” Their love of stock car racing helped shape the future of short track racing at the ¼-mile bullring in Mason, Michigan. The Vintage American Race Cars made a stop, displayed their race cars on the concourse so everyone could get a taste of the history of racing, along with a look at what the race cars have evolved into. The group also put on a racing exhibition with Spartan Speedway veteran, Gary Hollis, taking both the heat and 15-lap feature win.

   Jimmy McCune, of Toledo, Ohio, took the Sawyer’s Superstore Wingless Sprint 25-lap feature win over Tom Fedewa and Taylor Ferns. Scott Hampton took the early lead and put some daylight between himself and second place, as McCune, Fedewa and Ferns duked it out for second. McCune broke away from the tight little pack and ran down Hampton for first. Fedewa and Ferns battled for third, with both able to get around Hampton for second and third, respectively. Fedewa was not able to reel in McCune before the checkered waved. Ferns had to settle for third, while Hampton and Steve Irwin rounded out the top five.

   How fitting, that one of Spartan’s own racing senior citizens, Ron Parish, would lead 15 laps of the 35-lap feature for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division. Parish had company though, as Larry Wallace and Travis Eddy were breathing down his back, while Wayne Haughton, Bill Butler and A.J. Foote were dicing it up over the fourth spot. Wallace took the lead on lap 16, as Eddy went to work on Parish for second. Parish put up quite a fight, but Eddy took the spot away on lap 24. Back in the pack, Bill Butler and Foote ran side-by-side for lap after lap, allowing Haughton to put some distance between them and him in fourth. Foote made the pass, cleared Butler on lap 30, but couldn’t reel in Haughton. At the line, it was Wallace, Eddy, Parish, Haughton and Foote. Nate Moon and Haughton took home heat wins.

   Tyler Heeney jumped out to the early lead, when the green flag waved, for the start of the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A-feature. Heeney led eight laps, with first, Patrick Denison, then Wayne Beckner Jr. jumping into the mix. Beckner took the lead, as fast qualifier, Darren Wright drove around the outside of the pack to sit second, behind Beckner, by lap 12. Heeney was running strong in third, but Todd Metz Jr. got around him, on the outside, for the third position. After 20 laps, it was Beckner Jr. to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle. Wright, Metz Jr., Heeney and Denison rounded out the top five. Denison also took the heat win.

   Joe Bates took the B-Feature win for the Pony Stocks, but he had some stiff competition from veteran driver, Darrell Taylor. The duo ran door handle-to-door handle, swapping the lead, with the transponder having to decide the leader at the stripe, lap after lap. Rich Roberts worked his way into third, from the back of the pack. Laps ran out for Roberts to challenge for second, and at the line, it was Bates, Taylor, Roberts, Brad Harbenski and Jim Harbenski. Bates scored the heat win for the division.

   Landon Hidy took the Pure Stock victory, while the Childer brother, Matt and Mark, battled it out for second. Mark challenged Hidy for the lead for a better portion of the 20-lap feature, but Hidy pulled away, with four laps to go to win handily. The second place finish was a battle royal between Mark and Matt Childers, along with Kenny Clark. Mark was able to hold off Matt until Matt dove under Mark on lap 19 and nipped mark at the line for second. Clark had to settle for a fourth place finish and Mark Carson rounded out the top five. Hidy also won the Pure Stock heat.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action at the Spartan Speedway. Save the date, Friday, July 30th, as it is the first round of School Bus Figure 8, Figure 8 Trailer Races and Flag Pole Races. Special show pricing will apply. Gates open at 5 pm, racing begins at 7:30 pm. As always, we’ll see you at the races.

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 8 Sonny Coito 13.772 13.894     1 M74 Nathan Moon 8 13.883 6  
2 49 John Mamula 13.801 13.853     2 8. Megan Carpenter 8 14.148 2  
3 M1 Bill Butler 13.872 13.898     3 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.230 5  
4 78 Travis Eddy 13.880 13.886     4 0z Chris Ozanich 8 14.219 8  
5 88. AJ Foote 13.885 13.898     5 47 Tracey Hernley 8 14.168 4  
6 55 Larry Wallace 13.899 13.913     6 31. Trei Deubel 8 14.089 2  
7 32 Wayne Haughton 13.929 13.966     7 81 Bill Heeney 8 14.382 8  
8 31 Ron Parish 13.943 13.964     8 971 Wade Lankton 8 14.281 4  
9 17 Brad Lamberson 13.955 13.995       9 98 Rob Newman 6 14.235 4  
10 0z Chris Ozanich 13.963 14.009                  
11 81 Bill Heeney 13.970 13.997       Heat 2 Results:        
12 98 Rob Newman 14.035 14.036                  
13 M74 Nathan Moon 14.036 14.063     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
14 47 Tracey Hernley 14.086 14.100     1 32 Wayne Haughton 8 13.895 4  
15 31. Trei Deubel 14.099 14.285     2 17 Brad Lamberson 8 13.909 4  
16 13 Ken Buchner 14.104 14.167     3 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.856 6  
17 8. Megan Carpenter 14.112 14.170     4 78 Travis Eddy 8 13.898 7  
18 971 Wade Lankton 14.386 14.389     5 8 Sonny Coito 8 14.090 2  
              6 88. AJ Foote 8 14.002 7  
Feature Results:         7 M1 Bill Butler 8 14.067 7  
                8 49 John Mamula 7 14.075 3  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   9 31 Ron Parish 6 14.075 2  
1 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.787 18                  
2 78 Travis Eddy 35 13.853 8                  
3 31 Ron Parish 35 13.896 7                  
4 32 Wayne Haughton 35 13.966 20                
5 88. AJ Foote 35 14.023 5                  
6 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.889 5                  
7 0z Chris Ozanich 35 14.033 18                  
8 8 Sonny Coito 35 14.031 13                  
9 17 Brad Lamberson 35 14.032 6                  
10 47 Tracey Hernley 35 14.037 6                  
11 M74 Nathan Moon 35 14.019 18                  
12 98 Rob Newman 35 14.100 12                  
13 8. Megan Carpenter 35 14.154 19                  
14 81 Bill Heeney 35 14.114 18                  
15 13 Ken Buchner 34 14.289 10                  
16 971 Wade Lankton 34 14.210 13                  
17 31. Trei Deubel 19 14.107 8                  
18 49 John Mamula 15 13.955 9                  
                             
Sawyers Chevrolet Sprint Series
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 0 Doug Dietsch -.--- -.---     1 55 Taylor Ferns 8 12.501 5  
2 0 Steven Erwin -.--- -.---     2 17 Jim Heeney 8 13.040 6  
3 3A Mike Astraukas -.--- -.---     3 59 Scott Hamptton 8 13.165 8  
4 4 Tyler Underwood -.--- -.---     4 0 Steven Erwin 8 13.403 6  
5 17 Jim Heeney -.--- -.---     5 23 Matt Kinzinger 8 13.393 7  
6 23 Matt Kinzinger -.--- -.---     6 59. Stephen Smith 7 14.153 3  
7 35 Chris Hettinger -.--- -.---                  
8 41 Troy Underwood -.--- -.---     Heat 2 Results:        
9 42 Tom Fedewa -.--- -.---                    
10 55 Taylor Ferns -.--- -.---     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
11 59 Scott Hamptton -.--- -.---       1 42 Tom Fedewa 8 12.682 7  
12 59. Stephen Smith -.--- -.---     2 70 Jimmy McCune 8 12.808 7  
13 70 Jimmy McCune -.--- -.---     3 4 Tyler Underwood 8 12.927 7  
              4 3A Mike Astraukas 8 13.358 6  
Feature Results:         5 0 Doug Dietsch 8 13.404 5  
              6 41 Troy Underwood 8 13.292 4  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                  
1 70 Jimmy McCune 25 12.790 14                  
2 42 Tom Fedewa 25 12.790 17                  
3 55 Taylor Ferns 25 12.744 16                
4 59 Scott Hamptton 25 13.028 19                  
5 0. Steven Erwin 25 13.018 24                  
6 17 Jim Heeney 25 13.119 17                  
7 41 Troy Underwood 25 12.964 11                  
8 3A Mike Astraukas 24 13.406 3                  
9 0 Doug Dietsch 24 13.412 7                  
10 23 Matt Kinzinger 24 13.319 10                  
11 59. Stephen Smith 23 13.695 8                  
12 35 Chris Hettinger 2 15.501 2                  
13 4 Tyler Underwood 1 16.900 1                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 23. Darren Wright 16.419 16.456     1 63 Joe Bates 8 17.570 4  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.423 16.566     2 38. Darrell Taylor 8 17.153 4  
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.428 16.452     3 14 George Garza 8 17.526 4  
4 22. Aaron Taylor 16.521 16.524     4 288 Brandon Moody 8 17.633 4  
5 55 Edson Rowley III 16.649 16.654     5 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.078 6  
6 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.709 16.719     6 32 James Harbenski 8 18.091 5  
7 16 Scott Sparagowski 16.778 16.820     7 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.784 5  
8 38 Patrick Denison 16.792 16.796     8 12 Brittany Toth 8 18.573 5  
9 19 Tyler Heeney 16.897 16.919                    
10 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.911 17.162     Heat 2 Results:        
11 38. Darrell Taylor 16.970 16.973                    
12 5 Rich Roberts 17.124 17.172     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.225 17.258     1 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.861 1  
14 63 Joe Bates 17.259 17.309     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.748 8  
15 14 George Garza 17.317 17.377     3 19 Tyler Heeney 8 16.997 4  
16 288 Brandon Moody 17.549 17.635     4 7 Lexus Jarecki 8 17.029 8  
17 32 James Harbenski 17.941 18.180     5 16 Scott Sparagowski 8 17.028 4  
18 12 Brittany Toth 18.304 18.357     6 22. Aaron Taylor 8 16.990 5  
              7 23. Darren Wright 8 16.856 7  
              8 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.803 5  
                9 55 Edson Rowley III 8 17.080 6  
              10 62 Todd Metz Sr 8 16.890 8  
                             
A Feature Results:           B Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.501 6     1 63 Joe Bates 20 17.258 7  
2 23. Darren Wright 20 16.525 7     2 38. Darrell Taylor 20 17.286 7  
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.619 8     3 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.135 8  
4 19 Tyler Heeney 20 16.849 5     4 22 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.270 6  
5 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.772 4     5 32 James Harbenski 20 18.084 17  
6 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.779 13     6 14 George Garza 20 17.464 8  
7 22. Aaron Taylor 20 16.731 6     7 12 Brittany Toth 20 18.316 8  
8 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.767 9     8 288 Brandon Moody 10 18.302 2  
9 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 17.017 12                  
10 16 Scott Sparagowski 20 16.921 14                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 87 Landon Hidy 15.727 17.019     1 87 Landon Hidy 8 15.864 1  
2 47 Kenny Clark 16.094 16.116     2 11 Bryan Passick II 8 16.043 1  
3 33 Matt Childers 16.116 16.118     3 33 Matt Childers 8 16.040 8  
4 88 Marc Childers 16.216 16.306     4 77 Mark Carson 8 16.482 2  
5 77 Mark Carson 16.433 16.473     5 47 Kenny Clark 8 16.514 4  
6 11 Bryan Passick II 16.439 17.885     6 88 Marc Childers 8 16.560 2  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 87 Landon Hidy 20 15.870 2                  
2 33 Matt Childers 20 16.343 6                  
3 88 Marc Childers 20 16.396 1                  
4 47 Kenny Clark 20 16.255 6                  
5 77 Mark Carson 20 16.442 1                  
6 11 Bryan Passick II 11 15.971 1                  


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