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Spartan Speedway Was a Wreck

By Michelle Sprague
Yes, you read the title right, Spartan Speedway was a big wreck on their Friday, July 8th, night of destruction. A full house was treated to a night of smashing, crashing, grinding metal and trading paint with School Bus Figure 8’s, Push Car, Flag Pole, Skid Plate and Trailer Races.
First up was the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division with Wayne Beckner Jr. making a sweep of both the A heat and feature. Darren Wright took home bragging rights for his win in the Four Lap Dash, featuring the four fastest qualifiers. Speaking of qualifying, the track record for qualifying was set by Todd Metz Sr. a couple of weeks ago. Friday night, Kyle Crump set a new track record with a time of 15.972.
Brandon Moody took the B heat win, while Patrick Denison took the B feature win.
The School Busses took to the track for their Figure 8 heat races, with two veteran school bus drivers, Cyndi Tripp and Christy Baughman at the wheel. Veteran Figure 8’ers, Steve Utley, Dane Long, Chris Taylor and Trevor Leasure jumped back into the driver seats, while one senior citizen, Ron Parish and one greenhorn, Chris Hettinger, rounded out the field. Trevor Leasure and Chris Taylor took heat wins, while Chris Taylor, sans wheelie bar and parachute, survived to take the 15-lap feature win.

The team of Mark Carson (pusher) and Jordan Harvey (push-ee) took the push Car feature win. Steve Utley ground his way to the A Skid Plate feature win, while Todd Metz Sr. crossed the stripe in a shower of sparks (and much honking from his son, Todd Jr.) to take the B Skid Plate feature win. Metz Sr. also won the B feature for the Flag Pole races, setting a dizzying pace (get it? The cars go around the flag poles in tiny circles!) Steve Utley tallied the A feature Skid Plate win in his “grocery getter” mini- van.

Wayne Parkhurst Sr. took the win in the Trailer race portion of the evening. He and his trailer, carrying a Jet Ski, took the checkered flag, with both trailer and cargo intact, bringing to a close the first evening of “wrecking stuff.”


Statistics
                             
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 62 Todd Metz Sr 15.955 16.023     1 23 Darren Wright 4 16.226 4  
2 7. Kyle Crump 15.972 16.052     2 79 Todd Metz Jr. 4 16.168 2  
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 15.978 15.993     3 62 Todd Metz Sr 4 16.203 4  
4 23 Darren Wright 16.069 16.094     4 7. Kyle Crump 4 16.318 2  
5 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.166 16.171                  
6 19 Tyler Heeney 16.246 16.340     Heat 2 Results:        
7 22. Aaron Taylor 16.534 16.537                  
8 16 Scott Sparagowski 16.657 16.666     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
9 11 Brian Beckner 16.703 16.704       1 288 Branden Moody 8 17.068 4  
10 77 Jared Lyzenga 16.800 16.846     2 20 Patrick Denison 8 17.108 6  
11 5. Mike Westphal 16.936 16.962       3 9 Bryan Jenks 8 17.283 3  
12 43 Abby Looman 17.034 17.230     4 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.246 5  
13 20 Patrick Denison 17.166 17.233     5 15 Jerry King 8 17.687 4  
14 9 Bryan Jenks 17.237 17.276     6 6 Brad Robison 8 18.346 8  
15 5 Rich Roberts 17.451 17.540     7 T17 Trina Wurmnest 6 17.784 2  
16 288 Branden Moody 17.508 17.550     8 5x Jim Davis 3 18.144 3  
17 15 Jerry King 17.636 17.723                  
18 T17 Trina Wurmnest 17.785 17.831     Heat 3 Results :        
19 5x Jim Davis 18.094 18.186                  
20 6 Brad Robison 18.363 18.426     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
                1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.326 6  
              2 22. Aaron Taylor 8 16.477 5  
                3 19 Tyler Heeney 8 16.302 8  
            4 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.681 6  
            5 77 Jared Lyzenga 8 16.544 8  
            6 16 Scott Sparagowski 8 17.052 7  
            7 43 Abby Looman 8 17.106 7  
            8 5. Mike Westphal 8 17.160 5  
                             
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 16.262 9     1 20 Patrick Denison 20 17.065 11  
2 7. Kyle Crump 20 16.193 9     2 5 Rich Roberts 20 16.900 19  
3 23 Darren Wright 20 16.267 10     3 9 Bryan Jenks 20 17.279 14  
4 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 16.052 13     4 5. Mike Westphal 20 17.282 3  
5 19 Tyler Heeney 20 16.323 8     5 288 Branden Moody 20 17.390 18  
6 22. Aaron Taylor 20 16.566 15     6 15 Jerry King 20 17.716 1  
7 77 Jared Lyzenga 20 16.599 6     7 6 Brad Robison 19 18.476 9  
8 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.780 2     8 T17 Trina Wurmnest 3 18.718 2  
9 16 Scott Sparagowski 20 16.723 7                  
10 43 Abby Looman 20 16.982 15                  
11 79 Todd Metz Jr. 19 16.646 4