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Spartan Celebrates “Harvest” of Speed

By Michelle Sprague
Cloudy skies and the threat of rain pushed out of the mid-Michigan area, just in time for the start of Spartan Speedway’s Harvest 300 Plus, sponsored by Lipari Foods. Fans that planned a “staycation” for their Labor Day weekend were treated to lap after lap of fast and furious racing action on the ¼-mile bullring.

Phil Bozell was fast qualifier for the Late Models, but Andy Bozell looked to be the man to beat, taking the lead from Doug Finley on lap 12. Andy had company though as Phil Massuch whittled away at Finley, in second, and made the pass on lap 44. Caution waved on lap 48, setting up a lap 50 restart, with Massuch on the outside of A. Bozell on the front row. Massuch beat Bozell to the line to take the lead, as Phil Bozell closed on his Dad, looking to take second away. The trio ran in a tight little pack until a lap 70 caution closed the field up behind them. At lap 72, Finley made his way around P. Bozell and into third and was put to the task of trying to catch Massuch and A. Bozell. Caution on lap 85 set up the final restart of the event and A. Bozell was able to use the high line to his advantage and got around Massuch for the lead, while Jeff Bozell took third from Finley. After 100 laps, it was Andy Bozell, of Portage, as the Harvest winner and was also named the 2011 Midwest Racing Scene Slugfest Champion. Massuch, J. Bozell, Finley and Tyler Roahrig rounded out the top five.

Kyle Drake took the early lead for the Wild Child 100, with Leroy Ellis taking the lead away from Drake on a lap 16 restart after an early caution. As Ellis pulled away from the field, Drake had his hands full with a challenge for second from Andy Bozell. Bozell got around Drake on lap 36 leaving Drake to fend off Ben Rabber and Nyle Weiler. Back in the pack, Travis Eddy was working his way up through the field, sitting sixth by lap 48. By the halfway mark, Ellis had caught the tail of the field, when competition yellow came out for fuel. On the restart, Bozell challenged for the lead, but Ellis was able to drive away from him. Eddy continued his march through the field, sitting second by lap 58. Caution waved on lap 64, just the break the field needed to cut Ellis’s lead. Ellis chose the outside of the front row for the restart and Eddy was right there, poised to strike. Ellis took the lead but Eddy dove to the inside of Ellis on lap 70 to briefly take the lead when caution waved. Ellis went back into the lead on the restart but Eddy didn’t give up. Eddy and Ellis swapped the lead a number of times before Ellis took the lead for good on lap 80. Behind them, Weiler was trying to reel in the lead duo, while Chris Hettinger was trying to keep pace with Bozell for his shot at ta third palce finish. At the line, it was Ellis, from Vermontville, as the 2011 Modified Champion, followed by Eddy, Weiler, Bozell and Hettinger.

Steve Irwin led the way for the first 19 laps of the Spartan Sprints 50-lap feature, but Tom Fedewa took over the reins on lap 20. Behind Irwin, a great battle was shaping up between Doug Dietsch, Gary Sherman and Kyle Feeney. The 18 sprints ran caution free for all 50 laps, with Fedewa taking the commanding win, bringing his 2011 Championship season up to eight wins. Irwin, Dietsch, Sherman and Feeney rounded out the top five.

Fast qualifier, Todd Foote, took the Spartan Stock A feature win and was named the 2011 Midwest Racing Scene Slugfest Champion for the Spartan Stock A division. Terry Humphries took the early lead from Jon McNett , with Don Bergau running second. Foote worked his way into second, bringing Mike Ammerman with him on lap 9. Humphries looked to the low side, with Todd Foote on the outside and Ammerman stuck a nose under Humphries and the two got together on lap 20, ending Ammerman’s night. On the restart, Foote took off like a shot, leaving Steve Prucnell, Misty Allen and McNett to decide second. Allen got around Prucnell for second, but Damon Place jumped into the mix, taking the second spot away on lap 32. At the checkered, it was Foote with a commanding win. Ron Heeney and Rob Newman battled it out for the Spartan Stock B 25-lap feature win, with Heeney coming out on top. Mike Middaugh had a stellar run going, running third, until he was involved in an altercation, turning the third spot over to Mark Carson. Tyler Hawkins came home in fourth with Jason Luce rounding out the top five. Tyler Hawkins was crowned the Spartan Stock B division Slugfest Champion.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A feature saw Brian Beckner lead the charge to the green, with Darren Wright running the high line outside of him. Wayne Beckner Jr. drove into the lead on lap 5 bringing Aaron Taylor with him. Todd Metz Jr. jumped into the thick of things on lap 11, took the lead on lap 12 and drove away from the field. A lap 17 caution brought Beckner Jr. back into contention, but Metz Jr. was able to hold on for the win over Beckner Jr., Taylor, Wright and Beckner. Beckner Jr. earned the title of Slugfest Champion for the A Pony Stock division. R J Miller took the B Pony Stock win over Brandon Moody, but Patrick Denison was named the Midwest racing Scene Pony Stock B Slugfest Champion. Bob Miller took the Pony Stock Figure 8 win over Bryan Jenks, Todd Metz Jr., Ken Dollarhite and Chris Taylor to close out the evening’s racing program.


Statistics
                             
Sawyers Chevrolet Late Model Series
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 8 Phil Bozell 13.026 13.082     1 83 Andy Bozell 100 13.205 16  
2 24 Tyler Roahrig 13.149 13.189     2 01 Phil Massuch 100 13.258 93  
3 11 Jeff Bozell 13.170 13.314     3 11 Jeff Bozell 100 13.464 13  
4 83 Andy Bozell 13.179 13.190     4 29 Doug Finley 100 13.390 16  
5 01 Phil Massuch 13.195 13.230     5 24 Tyler Roahrig 100 13.501 47  
6 29 Doug Finley 13.212 13.280     6 2. Bob Bauer 100 13.542 99  
7 7. Justin Claucherty 13.258 13.263     7 33 Dave Stehouwer 100 13.608 18  
8 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.261 13.365     8 11. Randy Day 100 13.685 85  
9 95 Dominique VanWieringen 13.276 13.282       9 25 Ralph Wine 100 13.594 45  
10 0 Richard Hardy 13.326 13.411     10 8 Phil Bozell 100 13.339 45  
11 14. Tim Ryan 13.332 13.384       11 7. Justin Claucherty 100 13.585 18  
12 2 Mike Kugler 13.377 13.386     12 3 Logan Beckwith 100 13.602 15  
13 25 Ralph Wine 13.403 13.473     13 95 Dominique VanWieringen 100 13.629 18  
14 3 Logan Beckwith 13.414 13.442     14 14. Tim Ryan 99 13.607 24  
15 31 Todd Harrington 13.427 13.536     15 31 Todd Harrington 99 13.656 23  
16 2. Bob Bauer 13.449 13.537     16 88 Scott Sigman 99 13.823 60  
17 76 Dave Rodanhisler 13.464 13.472     17 10 Marisa Jones 97 13.748 42  
18 25. Jimmy Gallagher 13.472 13.503     18 0 Richard Hardy 79 13.606 20  
19 11. Randy Day 13.487 13.503     19 2 Mike Kugler 76 13.772 14  
20 33. Stan Yee Jr. 13.595 13.654     20 25. Jimmy Gallagher 39 13.708 21  
21 88 Scott Sigman 13.660 13.747       21 33. Stan Yee Jr. 28 13.942 21  
22 10 Marisa Jones 13.679 13.695     22 E92 Andrew Clark 25 14.086 13  
23 E92 Andrew Clark 13.851 13.883       23 76 Dave Rodanhisler 1 16.915 1  
                             
                             
Modified Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Consi 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 78 Travis Eddy 13.563 13.572     1 12. Brian Bergakker 12 13.751 5  
2 47P Tom Hernley Jr 13.613 13.624     2 17 Brad Lamberson 12 13.798 5  
3 84 Andy Bozell 13.626 13.634     3 4 Joe Morisette Jr 12 13.899 8  
4 3 Ben Rabber 13.629 13.652     4 81 Bill Heeney 12 14.019 6  
5 911 Mike Stenberg 13.644 13.684     5 23 John King Jr 12 13.962 7  
6 27. Nyle Weiler 13.655 13.699     6 8. Megan Carpenter 12 14.158 7  
7 50 Leroy Ellis 13.659 13.682     7 9 Terry Trost Jr 12 14.138 1  
8 39 Dave Christenson 13.670 13.696     8 M74 Nate Moon 12 14.175 3  
9 14 Kyle Drake 13.683 13.824       9 117 Kevin Reeve 12 14.360 10  
10 99 Jordan Dahlke 13.687 13.721                  
11 12x Chris Hettinger- Mod 13.698 13.733       Consi 2 Results:        
12 8 Sonny Coito 13.699 13.748                  
13 31. Jason Parish 13.707 13.736     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
14 31 Ron Parish 13.733 13.812     1 72 Dan Loughan 12 13.752 4  
15 96 Justin Kazmar 13.766 13.789     2 7B Trevor Berry 12 13.895 9  
16 0z Chris Ozanich 13.769 13.832     3 47 Tracey Hernley 12 13.881 8  
17 12. Brian Bergakker 13.786 13.790     4 55 Robby Johnston 12 13.933 9  
18 7B Trevor Berry 13.795 13.805     5 17H Jim Heeney 12 14.052 9  
19 17 Brad Lamberson 13.799 13.873     6 11 Rachel Carpenter 12 14.076 7  
20 47 Tracey Hernley 13.842 13.873     7 07 Matt Vainner 12 14.234 8  
21 4 Joe Morisette Jr 13.858 13.870       8 42. Bubber Patrick 12 14.224 4  
22 72 Dan Loughan 13.862 13.931     9 12 Tom Williams 5 14.520 2  
23 81 Bill Heeney 13.869 13.885                    
24 55 Robby Johnston 13.869 13.911   Feature Results:        
25 8. Megan Carpenter 13.923 13.963                
26 11 Rachel Carpenter 14.014 14.055   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
27 9 Terry Trost Jr 14.068 14.097   1 50 Leroy Ellis 100 13.544 56  
28 17H Jim Heeney 14.086 14.104   2 78 Travis Eddy 100 13.609 60  
29 117 Kevin Reeve 14.115 14.157   3 27. Nyle Weiler 100 13.619 83  
30 42. Bubber Patrick 14.129 14.194   4 84 Andy Bozell 100 13.551 40  
31 23 John King Jr 14.144 14.165   5 12x Chris Hettinger- Mod 100 13.716 33  
32 07 Matt Vainner 14.149 14.212   6 14 Kyle Drake 100 13.767 30  
33 M74 Nate Moon 14.156 14.162       7 99 Jordan Dahlke 100 13.800 84  
34 12 Tom Williams 14.345 14.357       8 72 Dan Loughan 100 13.769 34  
                9 12. Brian Bergakker 100 13.873 41  
                10 3 Ben Rabber 100 13.652 31  
                11 47P Tom Hernley Jr 100 13.777 32  
                12 7B Trevor Berry 100 13.864 34  
              13 911 Mike Stenberg 100 13.837 3  
                14 17 Brad Lamberson 100 13.953 35  
                15 47 Tracey Hernley 99 13.903 64  
                16 31 Ron Parish 99 13.819 34  
                17 8 Sonny Coito 85 13.711 33  
                18 39 Dave Christenson 79 13.710 4  
                19 81 Bill Heeney 51 14.010 37  
                20 17H Jim Heeney 23 14.169 3  
                21 31. Jason Parish 19 14.034 3  
                22 96 Justin Kazmar 16 14.036 3  
                23 0z Chris Ozanich 3 13.993 3  
                             
Spartan Sprint Series
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 T42 Tom Fedewa 12.412 12.527     1 T42 Tom Fedewa 50 12.599 27  
2 71 Steve Smith 12.644 12.718     2 33 Steven Irwin 50 12.758 49  
3 0 Doug Dietsch 12.740 12.746     3 0 Doug Dietsch 50 12.824 16  
4 4 Tyler Underwood 12.781 12.861     4 37 Gary Sherman 50 12.868 31  
5 99 Kyle Feeney 12.788 12.825     5 99 Kyle Feeney 50 12.688 49  
6 33 Steven Irwin 12.792 12.857     6 75 John Hotchkiss 50 12.808 10  
7 37 Gary Sherman 12.804 12.888     7 0. Bradley Wyatt 49 12.828 19  
8 0. Bradley Wyatt 12.817 12.871     8 8. Ryan Davis 49 13.077 11  
9 75 John Hotchkiss 12.855 12.857       9 10 Davey Brown 48 12.940 10  
10 10 Davey Brown 13.026 13.096     10 00 Zachery Gibson 48 13.204 9  
11 23 Matt Kinzinger 13.082 13.191       11 23 Matt Kinzinger 48 13.191 9  
12 69 Tracy Rice 13.203 13.220     12 15k Tommy Kunz 48 13.272 47  
13 00 Zachery Gibson 13.298 13.324     13 71 Steve Smith 33 12.848 29  
14 15k Tommy Kunz 13.355 13.411     14 4 Tyler Underwood 25 12.764 9  
15 7 Nick Rogers 13.501 13.795     15 1M Mike Moore 18 13.705 14  
16 8. Ryan Davis 13.525 13.551     16 5 Steve VanNote 17 13.759 8  
17 1M Mike Moore 13.577 13.590     17 69 Tracy Rice 5 13.920 3  
18 5 Steve VanNote 13.868 13.890     18 7 Nick Rogers 3 13.974 3  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           A Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.099 16.107     1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.018 17  
2 19 Tyler Heeney 16.141 16.180     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.375 15  
3 22. Aaron Taylor 16.230 16.306     3 22. Aaron Taylor 20 16.375 3  
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.262 16.274     4 23 Darren Wright 20 16.246 20  
5 63 Joe Bates 16.298 16.341     5 1 Brian Beckner 20 16.447 13  
6 23 Darren Wright 16.322 16.339     6 63 Joe Bates 20 16.258 9  
7 55 Edson Rowley III 16.508 17.100     7 19 Tyler Heeney 18 16.215 12  
8 1 Brian Beckner 16.537 16.572     8 55 Edson Rowley III 16 16.502 6  
9 30 RJ Miller 16.736 16.831                    
10 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 16.868 16.893     B Feature Results:        
11 288 Branden Moody 16.921 17.230                    
12 5. Mike Westphal 17.024 17.046     Pos Car# c Laps Best Time Lap  
13 45 Christopher Taylor 17.094 17.232     1 30 RJ Miller 20 16.690 10  
14 15 Jerry King 17.204 17.274     2 288 Branden Moody 20 16.987 20  
15 20 Patrick Denison 17.222 17.462     3 93 Mike Bisalski 20 17.167 10  
16 93 Mike Bisalski 17.249 17.343     4 5. Mike Westphal 20 17.167 13  
17 7 Lexus Jarecki 17.523 17.526     5 45 Christopher Taylor 20 17.177 12  
18 9 Bryan Jenks 17.724 17.726     6 20 Patrick Denison 20 17.296 20  
19 6 Brad Robison 18.261 18.264     7 15 Jerry King 20 17.276 11  
              8 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 20 17.217 14  
Figure 8           9 9 Bryan Jenks 20 17.482 12  
              10 6 Brad Robison 20 18.365 8  
Pos Car#             11 7 Lexus Jarecki 11 17.615 6  
1 30 RJ Miller                    
2 9 Bryan Jenks                    
3 79 Todd Metz Jr.                    
4 288 Ken Dollarhite                    
5 45 Christopher Taylor                    
6 1 Brian Beckner                    
7 57 Edson Rowley III                    
8 6 Brad Robison                    
9 7 Lexus Jarecki                    
10 20 Patrick Denison                        
11 5. Mike Westphal                        
                             
Lipari Foods Spartan Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           A Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 10 Todd Foote 13.839 13.858     1 10 Todd Foote 35 14.089 22  
2 16 Mike Ammerman 13.860 13.968     2 24 Damon Place 35 14.290 16  
3 7L Dane Long 13.971 14.003     3 47 Misty Allen 35 14.689 11  
4 6 Jamison Russell 13.985 14.026     4 56 Terry Humphreys 35 14.271 14  
5 50 Don Bergau 14.044 14.059     5 7LT Jon McNett 35 14.641 14  
6 24 Damon Place 14.103 14.124     6 50 Don Bergau 35 14.314 12  
7 56 Terry Humphreys 14.172 14.177     7 6 Jamison Russell 35 14.210 6  
8 72 James Scavarda 14.302 14.310     8 42 Steven Prucnell 34 14.703 13  
9 42 Steven Prucnell 14.496 14.527       9 23 Thomas Dumbauld Jr 23 14.849 11  
10 47 Misty Allen 14.566 14.637     10 72 James Scavarda 21 14.485 4  
11 47. Simmie Hicks II 14.595 14.598       11 16 Mike Ammerman 20 14.241 15  
12 7LT Jon McNett 14.600 14.645     12 47. Simmie Hicks II 7 14.795 4  
13 23 Thomas Dumbauld Jr 14.671 14.709     13 7L Dane Long 6 14.458 4  
14 77. Ron Heeney 14.921 14.947                  
15 17 Robby Newman 15.005 15.041     B Feature Results:        
16 77 Mark Carson 15.348 15.642                  
17 18 Michael Middaugh 15.572 15.581     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
18 87 Tyler Hawkins 15.661 15.779     1 77. Ron Heeney 25 15.077 6  
19 48 Graig Stevens 15.792 15.913     2 17 Robby Newman 25 15.212 24  
20 2x Jerry Schroll 15.831 15.916     3 77 Mark Carson 25 15.444 25  
21 9 Bryan Jenks 15.926 16.024       4 87 Tyler Hawkins 25 15.579 8  
22 5 Pete Shong 16.097 16.106     5 78 Jason Luce 25 16.039 10  
23 51 Tim Vantrease 16.258 16.279       6 18 Michael Middaugh 25 15.454 20  
24 8 Ken Dollarhite 16.319 16.400   7 5 Pete Shong 24 15.882 20  
25 78 Jason Luce 16.328 16.363   8 51 Tim Vantrease 24 16.479 6  
26 40 Scott Rodgers 16.352 16.368   9 48 Graig Stevens 24 16.171 19  
27 19 Jenn Wilt 16.407 16.459   10 8 Ken Dollarhite 24 16.390 10  
28 24. Eric Cooley 16.481 16.492   11 24. Eric Cooley 24 16.437 17  
29 30 Cory Coddington 18.805 19.202   12 2x Jerry Schroll 24 15.974 3  
30 26 Kenny Head -.--- -.---   13 19 Jenn Wilt 23 16.315 10  
            14 9 Bryan Jenks 22 15.730 12  
            15 40 Scott Rodgers 18 16.225 4  
                16 30 Cory Coddington 16 17.776 16