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Ammerman Back in Winner’s Circle

By Michelle Sprague
Mike Ammerman’s #16 found its way back into the Winner’s Circle, at the Spartan Speedway, on Friday, August 13th, taking the Lipari Spartan Stock A feature win. The trip wasn’t an easy one though, as Steve Prucnell jumped out to the early lead, pursued by heat winner, Misty Allen. Damon Place and Ammerman worked their way up through the pack to take over first and second, on lap eight, with Dane Long in tow. Ammerman went to work on Place for the top spot and caution waved for D. Long on lap 11. Place restarted on the inside, Ammerman on the outside, and it was a drag race for the lead. Ammerman took sole possession of first on lap 13. Misty Allen was able to get it done on the outside of Prucnell to come home third, while Don Bergau rounded out the top five.
Ron “Old School” Heeney took the B feature win in his 56 Chevy, bringing the car out on Old Timer’s and Vintage American Race Car Night. George Speer led after the green flag dropped, with Tim Van Trease taking over the reins on lap three. Rob Newman and Ron Heeney were slicing their way up through the field. By lap seven, it was Heeney and Newman, one and two. Marc Childers tacked on to Newman’s bumper, but didn’t quite have enough to take away the second spot. At the line, it was Heeney, who won the heat, followed by Newman, Childers, Tyler Hawkins and Tim Van Trease.
The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks saw B heat winner, Brian Beckner, back in Victory Lane for his B feature win. Trina Wurmnest was the early leader, leading the first eight laps of the 20-lap feature. Beckner took over the lead on lap nine and Brandon Moody issued a challenge for the lead, nearly nipping Beckner, on the outside, for the win. Patrick Denison, Mike Westphal and Bryan Jenks were third through fifth, respectively. RJ Miller also won a B heat. Todd Metz Jr. overcame mechanical problems from earlier in the evening, to take the A feature win for the division from the tail of the field.
It looked like the division was going to have a Beckner brothers sweep, as Wayne Beckner Jr. led the majority of the feature, but wasn’t able to hold off the hard-charging Metz. Metz Jr. picked off cars one-by-one to sit second by lap 13. Metz took the lead, in the high groove, on lap 18. Metz Sr. battled Aaron Taylor, the A heat winner, for third, but Taylor was able to hold him off. After 20 laps, it was Metz Jr., Beckner Jr., Taylor, Metz Sr., and Tyler Heeney.
Tom Fedewa made it six wins for the Spartan Wingless Sprints. Eight kids drew for the top eight starting positions and number five was drawn for Fedewa. At the green, Jim Heeney jumped out front and held the lead, with Kyle Feeney using the high line to find a way around Heeney. Feeney took the lead and was driving away from the field, when the last place car moved up the track and into Feeney, sending Feeney into the turn one wall, ending his chance to break Fedewa’s streak. On the restart, Fedewa took over first, leaving Heeney and Gary Sherman to duke it out for second. Sherman came home second. Heeney, Gavin Hunyady and Tyler Underwood rounded out the top five. Steve Smith and Heeney won their heat races.
Chance Rice took the Turbo Blue MI Legends feature win in front of a large “hometown” crowd. John Turnbull Jr. was shown as the leader through lap 21, as Rice picked off cars on his way to the front. Rice took the lead on lap 22. leaving Turnbull Jr. and Tony Monge to fight for position. Ben and Levi Rouster had their own sibling rivalry going for fourth. At the checker, it was Rice, Turnbull Jr., Monge, B. Rouster and L. Rouster. Rice, L. Rouster and Monge took home heat wins.
The Vintage American Race Cars made a stop at the Spartan Speedway with many vintage race cars, many of which may have seen track time at the Spartan Speedway. They all took laps and ran a heat race, with Gary Hollis taking the win in the feature. A big thank you goes out to Great Lakes Energy Service for sponsoring the evening’s racing program.


Statistics
                             
                             
Spartan Sprint Series
                             
Feature Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 T42 Tom Fedewa 25 12.536 20   1 71 Steve Smith 8 12.869 6  
2 37 Gary Sherman 25 12.881 3   2 35k Gavin Hunyady 8 12.933 5  
3 17 Jim Heeney 25 12.956 7   3 75 John Hotchkiss 8 12.821 6  
4 35k Gavin Hunyady 25 12.751 10   4 4 Tyler Underwood 8 12.771 8  
5 4 Tyler Underwood 25 12.766 10   5 0. Bradley Wyatt 8 13.268 6  
6 75 John Hotchkiss 25 12.792 10   6 15k Tommy Kunz 8 13.539 5  
7 0 Doug Dietsch 25 12.843 13   7 23 Matt Kinzinger 8 13.511 8  
8 42 Curt Schumaker 25 12.956 5   8 5 Steve VanNote 8 14.041 4  
9 33 Steven Irwin 25 12.915 17                  
10 15k Tommy Kunz 24 13.472 20   Heat 2 Results:        
11 0. Bradley Wyatt 23 13.415 15                  
12 23 Matt Kinzinger 23 13.561 7   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 5 Steve VanNote 23 14.074 3   1 17 Jim Heeney 8 12.740 5  
14 99 Kyle Feeney 13 12.601 9   2 99 Kyle Feeney 8 12.576 6  
15 71 Steve Smith 13 12.901 7   3 T42 Tom Fedewa 8 12.678 8  
              4 37 Gary Sherman 8 12.766 5  
              5 33 Steven Irwin 8 12.914 5  
              6 0 Doug Dietsch 8 12.848 8  
              7 75 Curt Schumaker 8 13.017 4  
                             
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 7. Kyle Crump 16.001 16.082     1 30 RJ Miller 8 17.101 4  
2 19 Tyler Heeney 16.003 16.030     2 9 Bryan Jenks 8 17.316 2  
3 23 Darren Wright 16.110 16.389     3 15 Jerry King 8 17.216 5  
4 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.121 16.238     4 43 Abby Looman 8 17.044 4  
5 22. Aaron Taylor 16.210 16.246     5 T17 Trina Wurmnest 8 17.302 6  
6 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.231 16.239     6 6 Brad Robison 8 18.297 4  
7 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.445 16.447     7 7 Lexus Jarecki 4 17.545 3  
8 1 Brian Beckner 16.829 16.872                  
9 5. Mike Westphal 16.906 17.033       Heat 2 Results:        
10 288 Branden Moody 16.926 17.062                  
11 16 Scott Sparagowski 16.973 17.047       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
12 5 Rich Roberts 16.981 17.072     1 1 Brian Beckner 8 16.870 5  
13 45 Christopher Taylor 17.102 17.142     2 288 Branden Moody 8 16.944 5  
14 20 Patrick Denison 17.113 17.147     3 20 Patrick Denison 8 17.128 4  
15 7 Lexus Jarecki 17.175 17.314     4 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.112 8  
16 15 Jerry King 17.182 17.190     5 5. Mike Westphal 8 17.004 3  
17 9 Bryan Jenks 17.223 17.252     6 45 Christopher Taylor 8 17.028 5  
18 T17 Trina Wurmnest 17.462 17.582     7 16 Scott Sparagowski 3 17.522 3  
19 6 Brad Robison 18.654 18.692                  
20 30 RJ Miller -.--- -.---     Heat 3 Results :        
21 43 Abby Looman -.--- -.---                    
              Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
                1 22. Aaron Taylor 8 16.200 3  
            2 62 Todd Metz Sr 8 16.111 5  
            3 23 Darren Wright 8 16.482 5  
            4 19 Tyler Heeney 8 16.399 5  
            5 7. Kyle Crump 8 16.370 3  
            6 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.444 8  
            7 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 15.873 3  
                             
A Feature Results:           B Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.216 10     1 1 Brian Beckner 20 16.826 18  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.335 17     2 288 Branden Moody 20 16.712 10  
3 22. Aaron Taylor 20 16.299 20     3 20 Patrick Denison 20 16.926 14  
4 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 16.294 6     4 5. Mike Westphal 20 17.004 5  
5 19 Tyler Heeney 20 16.341 6     5 9 Bryan Jenks 20 17.304 11  
6 7. Kyle Crump 20 16.245 6     6 43 Abby Looman 20 17.261 4  
7 23 Darren Wright 20 16.231 8     7 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.094 18  
                8 30 RJ Miller 20 17.002 6  
                9 T17 Trina Wurmnest 20 17.506 1  
                10 45 Christopher Taylor 20 17.034 6  
                11 6 Brad Robison 19 18.063 5  
                12 7 Lexus Jarecki 18 17.358 4  
                13 15 Jerry King 18 17.381 6  
                14 16 Scott Sparagowski 2 17.540 2  
                             
Lipari Foods Spartan Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 16 Mike Ammerman 14.065 14.079     1 77x Ron Heeney 8 15.561 8  
2 24 Damon Place 14.116 14.131     2 17 Robby Newman 8 15.603 8  
3 7L Dane Long 14.124 14.275     3 88 Marc Childers 8 15.670 8  
4 50 Don Bergau 14.351 14.364     4 33 Matt Childers 8 15.899 7  
5 7L Marc Long 14.486 14.502     5 8. George Speer 8 16.611 3  
6 47 Misty Allen 14.487 14.509     6 51 Tim Vantrease 8 16.722 6  
7 20 Darrell Taylor- SS 14.598 14.600     7 87 Tyler Hawkins 8 15.965 6  
8 42 Steven Prucnell 14.635 14.648     8 19 Jenn Wilt 8 16.830 3  
9 23 Thomas Dumbauld Jr 14.759 14.799       9 44 Eric Wagner 7 16.547 4  
10 17 Robby Newman 15.274 15.324     10 8 Ken Dollarhite 7 16.495 3  
11 77x Ron Heeney 15.409 15.491       11 78 Jason Luce 6 16.360 4  
12 33 Matt Childers 15.418 15.637     12 38 Shane Wright 5 17.108 4  
13 88 Marc Childers 15.434 15.466                  
14 87 Tyler Hawkins 15.571 15.581     Heat 2 Results:        
15 51 Tim Vantrease 15.900 15.947                  
16 8. George Speer 16.125 16.159     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
17 44 Eric Wagner 16.288 16.856     1 47 Misty Allen 8 14.614 6  
18 38 Shane Wright 16.466 16.501     2 42 Steven Prucnell 8 14.689 2  
19 19 Jenn Wilt 16.504 16.514     3 16 Mike Ammerman 8 14.441 3  
20 8 Ken Dollarhite 16.645 16.766     4 50 Don Bergau 8 14.576 3  
21 9 Bryan Jenks 17.238 17.279       5 7L Marc Long 8 14.585 6  
22 78 Jason Luce -.--- -.---     6 24 Damon Place 8 14.499 6  
                7 7L Dane Long 8 14.168 5  
            8 23 Thomas Dumbauld Jr 7 14.900 3  
            9 20 Darrell Taylor- SS 7 14.871 7  
                             
A Feature Results:           B Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 16 Mike Ammerman 20 14.267 6     1 77x Ron Heeney 20 15.222 8  
2 24 Damon Place 20 14.322 6     2 17 Robby Newman 20 15.734 11  
3 47 Misty Allen 20 14.626 7     3 88 Marc Childers 20 15.533 9  
4 42 Steven Prucnell 20 14.643 1     4 87 Tyler Hawkins 20 15.798 16  
5 50 Don Bergau 20 14.434 6     5 51 Tim Vantrease 20 16.117 10  
6 7L Marc Long 20 14.561 9     6 78 Jason Luce 20 16.135 7  
7 23 Thomas Dumbauld Jr 20 14.820 19     7 8 Ken Dollarhite 19 16.340 10  
8 20 Darrell Taylor- SS 20 14.736 15     8 19 Jenn Wilt 19 16.553 9  
9 7L. Dane Long 11 14.141 6     9 8. George Speer 10 16.523 9  
                10 44 Eric Wagner 8 16.403 2