SPARTAN SCOOP SUN 8/11
by Duane Turner
Wilcox, Rudzik, Bauer, Hart, Ward Jr, and Beckner Win Features
With just six weeks left in the 2017 racing season, point races have become the topic of discussion. Greg Rudzik increased his points lead with his win in the legends division. Bob Bauer grabbed his fourth feature win in the late models while Ron Hart won his first ever spartan stock feature. John Ward Jr put a statement on his points lead with a big win in the pony stock "A" feature, while Brian Beckner took the pony stock "B" feature. In the visiting GLOW Modified tour, Todd Wilcox took his second win of the season at Spartan Speedway.
First to take the track is the GLOW modifieds with Bohdi Chiddister bringing the field to the green flag. Chiddister leads the opening couple laps as Tony Campbell quickly sneaks in to second. On lap six, Campbell spins in turn four to bring out the caution. On the restart, Don Smith uses the outside groove to take the lead. Racing side by side on lap ten, Smith breaks loose in turn two collecting Campbell and Chad Teague. The final restart had Todd Wilcox jump out front, and then quickly pull away. Jeremy Hamilton takes over second on lap 22, but Wilcox proves too strong and takes the win. Hamilton is second with Chiddister in third.
The Sawyers Chevrolet Michigan Legends saw Aaron Hurt take the early lead, but Greg Rudzik quickly takes seconds, and sets his sights on Hurst. On lap six, Rudzik catches Hurst, and takes the lead on lap seven. Kenny Howard moves in to third, as Rudzik and Hurst pull away from the field. On a lap 18 restart, Howard takes second from Hurst, as Rich Michalak follows in to third. With just four laps remaining, caution comes out for Michalak as he spins in turn two. Rudzik pulls away on the restart, and takes the win followed by Howard and Hurst.
Jordan Harvey led the field of Performance Automotive Northwest Late Models to the green flag, but Mason Ludwig leads lap one on the outside. Curtis Spenser follows in to second just five laps in with Bob Bauer in third. On a lap seven restart, Spenser uses the outside groove to take the lead. Bauer takes over second on lap 12, as Brandon Varney follows in to third one lap later. On lap 18, Bauer sneaks under Curtis for the lead, as Varney closes in on the lead duo. With the laps winding down, Bauer begins to pull away, and takes the win. Curtis, and Varney are the top three. In the "B" feature, Ron Hart took the lead on lap eight, and hangs on for his first career win. Lahar, and Brian Boesel were the top three.
Brian Becker takes the early lead in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. John Ward Jr quickly makes his way to the front, taking over second on lap three. DJ Marciniak takes over third on lap four as Ward Jr takes the lead on lap five. On lap ten, Marciniak, Ryan Hollister and William Larner make it a four-car battle for second with Beckner. Larner takes second on lap 12, as Marciniak moves in to third one lap later. Hollister slips by for fourth on lap 13, but Ward Jr has built a four second lead. At the finish, it as all John Ward Jr as he picks up his fourth feature win. William Larner and DJ Marciniak are the top three. In the "B" feature, Brian Beckner takes the feature win followed by Jim Misner and Jim Burchett.
Up Next at the "Track The Stars Call Home", Money from Heaven, and kids night! Cash will fall from the sky, and over 60 bicycles will be given away to kids. On the 1/4-mile oval, modifieds, late models, spartan stocks, pony stocks, legends and Bandoleros will compete for the checkered flag.
FLAT ROCK SPEEDWAY TO ADD YOUTH TO 2018 SCHEDULE-BANDOLERO CARS!
Flat Rock, MI -March 8, 2017: In recognition of the widespread interest in auto racing among today's youth, Flat Rock Speedway will coordinate efforts with Spartan Speedway in Mason, Michigan, and introduce an 8-race schedule for the popular Bandolero Cars for the 2018 season.
The Bandolero Car is a turnkey, spec-series race car which is purpose-built for young racing enthusiasts aged 8-14 years. The cars are constructed by INEX, Inc., a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI). SMI is a publicly traded corporation and is best recognized for its race track properties including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. INEX constructs several classes of race cars including Legends Cars and Thunder Roadsters, in addition to Bandolero Cars. INEX has manufactured Bandolero cars since 1997 and has sold over 2000 of the cars nationally and internationally. Spartan Speedway initiated its Bandolero racing program in 2014.
"Our sport has evolved over the years in many ways, and the youth racing initiative is now widely accepted in divisions like the Bandolero Cars, quarter-midgets, junior dragsters, go-karting and mini-wedge racing," said Ron Drager, Flat Rock Speedway owner and promoter. "The key for us to move forward is putting safety first in providing a format for kids who aspire to become race drivers. Our research tells us that the safest form of youth motorsports is in events where kids are racing against kids in race cars built for kids. The Bandolero Car fits that philosophy well. At Flat Rock Speedway, our 50-year-plus tenure has produced 2nd and 3rd generation race car drivers and this is a step toward accommodating the 4th generation racer."
The Bandolero Car is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 570cc sealed VanGuard engine, mounted behind the driver. The engine produces approximately 30 horsepower for the car, which features a fiberglass body. A centrifugal clutch is employed so no shifting is required. Bandolero Cars are built with a full-tube frame, complete with a roll cage and includes coil-over shocks. Drivers are required to be outfitted in complete driver personal safety gear including helmet, fire protective uniform, gloves and shoes and head-and-neck restraint in addition to the built-in race car features such as protective seat and safety belt system.
More details will be announced soon. A race-ready Bandolero Car will be on display at Flat Rock Speedway in the grandstand area for much of the 2017 season.
For additional information, please contact the track at 734-782-2480.
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SPARTAN YOUTH RACE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Spartan Speedway is pleased to announce our most recent youth program that will start up immediately.
The program will be known as the Spartan Youth Race Development Program or SYRDP. More info
Bandolero Promotional Video
50/50 FUND RAISERS INVITED
Spartan Speedway will be opening our schedule for 50/50 fund raisers to entities with non-profit status. If you are one of these entities you will know exactly what I am talking about.
You will need to have a permit from the lottery bureau before any dates are scheduled.
This is a very good opportunity. We will be rotating non-profit groups during the season.
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