AWARDS BANQUET OCT. 21, 2017
All are invited to attend the 2017 Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 21st at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community building located at 700 East Ash Street, in Mason.
Doors will open at 5:00 and dinner will begin at 6:30. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by sending a check to
891 N. Cedar Rd.
Mason, MI 48854
Please include your telephone number along with an address for the tickets to be mailed to. To purchase tickets by credit card or cash contact the office at 517-244-1042.
All tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, October 11th, and will not be available at the door.
There will be no admittance allowed without a ticket.
List of Award Recipients
SPARTAN SCOOP FRIDAY SEPT. 8
by Duane Turner
Capacity Crowd at Spartan Speedway
For Final Event of the Season
With the 2017 Racing season coming to a close, a capacity crowd was on hand to witness the destruction events. John Ward Jr won the school bus figure 8, as Wayne Parkhurst St won the trailer figure 8. In the flagpole events, TJ Hurrell won the eight cylinder race while Randy Kretzinger Jr won the four cylinder portion. Stacey Hedger won the powder puff figure 8, while McKale Larner won the powder puff oval track race. In the pony stocks, DJ Marciniak took the checkers.
To kick things off on the final evening of racing at Spartan Speedway, Don Austin paced the field to the green flag. Randy Kretzinger takes the lead on lap two as caution waves. William Larner takes over on lap three, as DJ Marciniak moves in to second. At the half-way point, Marciniak challenges for the lead as the front duo enter lapped traffic. On lap 15 in heavy lapped traffic, Marciniak takes the lead by splitting the lapped cars. With five laps to go, Larner reels Marciniak back in setting up a two-car shoot-out for the win. At the finish, Marciniak hangs on for the win. Larner is second with Jarin Larner in third. In the powder puff race, McKale Larner outlast Jody Davis for the victory. Stacey Hedger won the inaugural powder puff figure eight race.
In the eight cylinder flag pole race, Steve Smith led the opening lap, then Kelly Hollister lead on lap two. TJ Hurell was able to pass Hollister on lap three to take the lead, and then quickly pulled away. Smith would break while running second, handing the position to Hollister. At the finish, Hurell took the win, as Hollister and Wayne Parkhurst Sr are the top three. In the four-cylinder version, Randy Kretzinger Jr jumped out to the early lead. John Ward grabbed second with Jim Misner in third. At the half way point, Ward challenged for the lead, and took the position on lap six. With the white flag in the air, Kretzinger retakes the lead, and holds on for the win. Ward finished a close second, with Jim Misner in third.
The School bus figure 8 event started with Randy Wing taking the early lead. Chris Taylor caught, and then turned Wing on lap two, as Wing rolled over on his side. After going back green, John Ward Jr takes over the lead, and quickly pulls away. Even after rolling his bus on its side, Wing holds on to second, as Chris Taylor moves in to third. At the end of the 15 laps, Ward Jr pulls away for the win. Wing survives for second, as Taylor is third.
The final event of the 2017 racing season at Spartan Speedway is the trailer figure eight. The rules are simple, your trailer must stay attached. Wayne Parkhurst Sr jumped out to the early lead, as Steve Utley and Kelly Hollister gave chase. Hollister takes second on lap three, and quickly catches Parkhurst Sr for the lead. Five laps in, Hollister has a flat right front, as Utley drives up on Hollister's trailer. TJ Hurrell takes over second with Bobby Prather in third. Nine laps in, an intersection collision involving Utley that knocks him off of Hollister's trailer, but it would end their races. Only four car remained, as Parkhurst Sr holds on for the win. Hurell and Prather are the top three.
That wraps up the 2017 racing season. Keep an eye on the official website at www.spartanspeedway.com for awards banquet information. From everyone at "The Track The Stars Call Home", thanks you for a great 2017 season, and we will see you next spring.
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.
Consider a 10 lap test drive in a Legend car. We conduct test drives most Fridays
during the race season. Another option is a 2017 season pass. You can send a check or use a credit card.
We are happy to answer questions if you email email@example.com
or call the office at 517-244-1042.
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.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your school or youth group, church group, boy scouts, girl scouts,
or most any other organization need a nice profitable fundraiser?
Spartan Speedway has fundraising programs which can help most any
local group pay for its own extra curricular activities.
For more info, see the fundraising