By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague
Spartan Speedway ended its 2010 season in a big way on Friday, September 10th. First on the docket was Boss Snow Equipment “A” and “B” features. These features were run with no rules so many of the drivers threw the rulebook out the window for a little more horsepower. Todd Metz Jr., of Charlotte, set fast time for the A division, as well as taking the win. Lansing’s Darrell Taylor took the B feature win. Sheila Taylor took the Pony Stock Powderpuff win over Jessica Haughton and Melissa Davis. Charlotte’s Todd Metz Sr. took the Flag Pole race win by setting a dizzying pace around all the “flagpoles.”
2010 Pure Stock champion, Mark Carson, continued in his winning ways, taking the “no rules” Pure Stock win over Jordan Harvey and Jason Luce. Steve Utley put his Pure Stock through the paces on the Flag Pole race course and took the popular win.
Nyle Weiler took the open Modified feature win with many of the drivers adding sideboards, wings and racing slicks, or simply went topless (the cars, not the drivers.) The modifications made to the race cars significantly improved the qualifying times, with Weiler setting a blistering pace at 13 seconds flat.
The moment that everyone had been anticipating finally arrived, the running og the School Bus Figure 8’s on the tight 1/4-mile. This final race of the season is never run without its share of rubbing, intersection collisions and much jockeying for position. Friday’s race didn’t disappoint the fans, as the evening’s excitement also included a meeting with the concrete barriers! Dane Long came home victorious followed by Steve Utley, who pulled triple duty, and Trevor Leasure.
Nine competitors brought out some very imaginative trailers for the Figure 8 trailer races, ranging from a speedboat to a bin of “toxic waste.” Tom Husby came home the winner with his tow vehicle and speedboat fairly intact until after the checkered flag when Wayne Parkhurst and Steve Utley, running second and third (Utley had driven up onto Parkhurst’s trailer to hitch a ride) decided to take the speedboat out at snail’s pace ramming speed. This event proves to be very entertaining and was the perfect way to close out the evening, as well as the 2010 season at the Spartan Speedway. We’ll see you at the races in 2010!