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-
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.”