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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - August 19, 2016

by Duane Turner

Barnhart, Findlay, Price, Beckner, and Rudzik See Victory

With just two night remaining in the championships, points are more important than ever with tight races in most divisions. Max Price took his first feature win in the Bandolero Junior Bandit division, while Mike Findlay Jr won the Senior Bandit main event. Joey Barnhart took the late model win, followed by Jordan Harvey in the spartan stock B-feature, and David Kelley in the C-feature. Brian Beckner nursed an ill handling car to the win in the pony stock A-feature while Trina Newman took the B-feature. In the Michigan legends feature, Greg Rudzik wins again with a thrilling last lap, last corner pass for the checkers.

Bella Chan jumped out to the early lead in The Parts Place NAPA Bandolero, junior bandit division. Max Price was second, but Violet Townsend took over the runner up position on lap two. By lap five, Townsend put pressure on Chan for the lead, but contact between the two would send Townsend pit-side. Chan would restart in the lead, but a bent axle allowed Price to make the pass. Chan would stay close, but Price will take the win. In the senior bandit division, Mike Findlay Jr took early command, with Parish and Haughton the top three. At halfway, Haughton moves past Parish for second, as Cody Hall followed in to third. At the finish, Findlay Jr holds on for the win. Haughton, Hall, Parish and Schuch are the top five.

The Performance Automotive Northwest Late Models began with Cody Eglon on the pole position. At the drop of the green, Eglon and Damon Place raced side by side for the lead for the three laps, before Eglon took advantage on the inside. On lap eight, Contact between Eglon and Joey Barnhart would allow Place to sneak by for the lead. Barnhart moves in to second, with Jim Gallagher in third. On lap 12, Barnhart moves to the top side, and takes the lead on lap 13 as Dane Long sneaks by Gallagher to take over third. With five laps remaining, Long takes over second, and sets sail after Barnhart for the race lead. In the end, the lead was just too much, and Barnhart takes the win. Long is second, with Gallagher, Place and Eglon the top five.

Tim Lahar would pace the field in the Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stock B-feature, but Jordan Harvey took the early leading using the outside. Tim Lahar settled in to second, with point leader Tanner Tallarico in third. By lap six; Mike Westphal and Mike Havans used the outside to move in to second and third. As Westphal and Havans battle for second, they catch Harvey for the lead, making it a three-car battle. On lap 14, contact between Harvey and Westphal, would send Westphal to the tail for the restart. On lap 22, Havans moves to the high side, but spins in turn four. On the restart, Harvey hangs on for the win, followed by Kris Allen, and Tallarico. In the C-feature, the top four raced two by two for several laps before David Kelly took command on lap ten. Ed Everidge was second, with Todd Metz Sr in third. At the finish, Kelley takes the win, with Everidge, and Jerry Schroll the top three.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A-feature saw Brian Beckner and John Ward Jr race side by side for the early lead. Troy Andrews joins the race for the lead on lap four, as Beckner holds a slim lead over Ward Jr. Andrews moves in to second on lap eight, as Beckner slowly pulls away. At the finish, Beckner takes the win followed by Andrews and Ward Jr. In the B-feature, Trina Newman took the lead on lap 12, and held on for the win with Kylie Beckner and Jacob Newman the top three.

The final event of the evening featured the Sawyers Chevrolet Superstore Michigan legends. Garrett Bennett took the early lead, but Mason Ludwig took the top spot on lap three. Greg Rudzik made the pass for second on lap six, and Ludwig and Rudzik quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the field. Caution at the half way mark would bunch the field back up, moving Rudzik to the outside front row on the restart. When the green flew, Lyn Hall jumped in to second, but Rudzik retakes second on lap 21. With the laps winding down, Rudzik makes the pass for the win on the final lap. Ludwig settles for second, with Rich Michalak in third.

Up next for "The Track The Stars Call Home" on Friday, August 26, it will be Championship night. The modifieds, late models, spartan stocks, and pony stocks will finish up their point's race. The Bandoleros will also be on hand.


Consider a 10 lap test drive in a Legend car. We conduct test drives most Fridays during the race season. Another option is a 2016 season pass. You can send a check or use a credit card. We are happy to answer questions if you email spartanspeedway@gmail.com or call the office at 517-244-1042.


Legend cars

  • $6,500 ... 37 Chevy Sedan - sealed engine
  • $10,500 ... 34 Ford Coupe - championship car, 7 races on sealed motor
  • $13,500 ... 34 Ford Coupe - never been on track, lots of racey options

The following Bandos have 16 races

  • #11 - $3,900
  • #14 - $4,200
  • #18 - $4,200
  • #48 - $4,300
Please contact us at spartanspeedway@gmail.com or 517-244-1042.


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


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 spartanspeedway@gmail.com.


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 page.

Lipari Foods


August 26

Spartan Speedway Sponsors Beacon Sales and Service
Series Sponsors

Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds

Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stocks

Spartan Sprints

BOSS Snow Plows Pony Stocks

Sawyers Chevrolet Legends Series

NAPA Auto Parts Bandoleros

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