Fedewa, Hotter than the Weather
By Michelle Sprague
Tom Fedewa is on a hot streak in the Wingless Sprint division at the Spartan
Speedway. On July 22nd, he led the 25-lap feature, wire-to-wire, making this checkered
flag the fourth of the season. Steve Smith, Gary Sherman, Curt Shumaker and Taylor
Ferns rounded out the top five. Fedewa and Shumaker also took heat wins for the
The Modified division turned back the hands of time, all the way to May 13th, to
run their 50-lap make up feature. Dan Loughan was shown as the early leader, but Travis
Eddy clawed his way to the front to challenge Loughan for the lead. A lap 11 caution
and resulting restart gave Eddy the edge he needed. Loughan opted for the inside lane on
the restart and Eddy took advantage from the outside lane. It was all Eddy from there on
out. Chris Hettinger set his sights on Loughan in second, and took the spot away on lap
22. Hettinger reeled in Eddy and made a move to the inside on lap 41 but couldn’t make
it stick. At the stripe, it was Eddy, Hettinger, Leroy Ellis, Loughan, and John Mamula.
Mike Piette makes an occasional visit to the Spartan Speedway and it looked like
he was going to score the regular 35-lap feature win on his first visit of the season.
Travis Eddy was not making it easy for him though, especially on restarts. Piette held
steady, with Leroy Ellis working his way up through the pack. After a lap 23 spin by
Eddy, Ellis found himself in a position to take the lead from Piette. With Ellis on the
high side, “lightning” struck and with 10 laps to go, Ellis took over the lead. At the
checker, it was Ellis, Larry Wallace, Piette, Chris Hettinger and John Mamula as the top
The Lipari Foods Spartan Stocks saw Damon Place make another trip to the
Winner’s Circle for his A feature win. Jordan Harvey was the early leader, with heat
winner, Misty Allen, working her way up to second. Allen and Tom Dumbauld Jr. got
together, both spun and were sent to the rear of the field. Steve Prucnell got around
Harvey on the restart, but Chris Shannon drove under Prucnell for the lead. Mike
Ammerman picked his way up through the pack and tacked on to Shannon’s bumper on
lap nine. Shannon and Ammerman brought out the caution, handing the lead over to
Damon Place on the restart. Place was able to drive away from the field and cam home
the winner. Prucnell, Shannon, Ammerman and Allen capped off the top five.
the top five. Marc
Childers tallied both a heat win and the B feature win for the Spartan Stocks. Scott
Rodgers, Ken Dollarhite and Tim VanTrease did their best to keep Childers in their
sights. Childers cruised to the win while VanTrease beat Dollarhite to the line for
second. Bryan Jenks and Jenn Wilt came home fourth and fifth.
The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks were 16 strong, setting up a drag race for
the A feature. Patrick Denison took the lead in a new Pony car, while Todd Metz Sr.
executed a perfect 10 with his “Dukes of Hazzard” move through the infield. As things
settled down, Tyler Heeney took over the top spot with Wayne Beckner Jr. right on his
tail. Denison, Brian Beckner and Darren Wright often ran three-wide down the
backstretch, with Wright able to slingshot himself into third. At the line, it was first-time
feature winner, Heeney, Beckner Jr., Wright, Aaron Taylor and Metz Sr. Wright scored
the heat win for the A division.
The B feature saw another first time winner, Jerry King.
John Ward and Mike Westphal had a battle royal going on for the lead, while Abby
Looman jumped into the mix. Something broke on one of the leader’s cars, sending to
the top two and Looman into the frontstretch wall, just off turn four. Westphal retired to
the pit, while Looman and Ward were able to continue. This altercation handed the lead
over to King who was able to hold off Looman for the win. Chris Taylor, Ward and RJ
Miller came home third through fifth, respectively.