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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - Friday, May 6

by Duane Turner

Parish, Gallagher, Beckner, and Findlay Victorious

The mile oval of Spartan Speedway played host to not only some great racing action, but a large crowd, and great weather were also on hand for week five at The Track the Stars Call Home Jason Parish took the modified main event after a hard fought battle for the win. Jim Gallagher won his second late model feature in a row, while Dale Spenser and Brian Barden took the Spartan Stock B and C features. The pony stock A feature was won by Brian Beckner while driving for competitor Troy Andrews. Jami Larner was able to break the winning streak of Jacob Newman to claim the pony stock B division. Mike Findlay Jr grabbed his first win of the season in the senior bandit bandolero feature, while Violet Townsend won the junior bandit main event.

The Parts Place Napa Bandoleros would be first up for their 12 lap main event. Pole sitter Faith Schuch takes the early lead with Jon parish and Mike Findlay Jr close behind. On the second circuit, Findlay takes the lead, as Joe Morrisey goes from fourth to second. Just two laps later, Morrisey takes the lead, but would spin in turn four, handing the lead back to Findlay. Half way in, Zach Parish moves in to second, with Jon Parish in third. Findlay would lead the remaining distance taking his first feature win of the season. Zach Parish, Jon Parish, Morrisey, and Schuch the top five.

Robby Johnston leads the Performance Automotive Northwest Late Models to the start of their 30-lap feature event. Jimmy Gallagher settles in to second, with Joey Barnhart in third. Five laps in, Gallagher looks to the outside of Johnston, with Barnhart tucking in for a close third on the inside. Lap ten, Gallagher noses ahead to lead the lap. Barnhart moves outside of Johnston and takes over second on lap 13. On a lap 14 restart, Damian Lytle slipped in to third, while Gallagher continued to lead the way. With the laps winding down, Gallagher and Barnhart began to pull away from the field. As the checkered flag flew, Gallagher grabbed his second straight win. Barnhart, Lytle, Dane Long, and John Trudell were the top five.

The B-feature saw Brian Boesel take the early lead. Five laps in, Jesse Collinge takes over the point, but would be caught speeding just three laps later, handing the lead to Dale Lewis on the restart. With two laps to go, Lewis breaks loose, allowing Dale Spenser to slip by and take the win. Lewis, Tim Lahar, Tanner Tallarico, and Boesel are the top five. The C-feature featured a showdown with Brian Barden and David Kelley. On a restart with five laps to go, rookie Nate Jenkins moved past Kelley for second, but Kelley would retake the position at the finish. Barden, Kelley and Jenkins are the top three.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds began their 35-lap feature with Nyle Weiler getting the jump on the start. Big accident on lap three, involving Jon McNett, Walt Obrinske, Jim Butler, and Jim Kennedy. On the restart, Weiler quickly pulls away, with Aaron Taylor, and Jason Parish the top three. At lap six, Parish moves past Taylor, and quickly puts pressure on Weiler for the race lead. Lap 15, Parish with a strong move to the inside of Weiler to take the lead. With just three laps to go, Taylor was able to finally move into second. Parish holds on for the win, with Taylor, Weiler, Bill Heeney and John Ledwidge in the top five.

DJ Marciniak grabs the early lead in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks A-feature. Lex Jarecki continued to race strong on the bottom, nosing to the lead on lap five. Brian Beckner moves in to second, quickly putting pressure on Jarecki for the lead, then making the pass on lap ten. At the finish, Beckner takes the win, followed by Jarecki, and Ryan Hollister. The B-feature saw Jacob Newman grab the opening lap lead from his fifth starting position. Jami Larner follows in second, with Brad Robinson in third. Six laps in, Larner uses the high-side to take the lead. Kretzinger moves in to second with three laps remaining, but could not gain any ground on Larner. Larner takes the commanding win, with Kretzinger, and Newman in the top three.

Up next at Spartan Speedway, a two race weekend on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, May 27, the modifieds, pony stocks, legends, and bandoleros will take to the mile. Then on Sunday, May 29 the enduro figure eights will make their return. The night will also include a 75 lap late model feature, with Spartan stocks, and pony stocks.

 GIFT IDEAS

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 & BANDO SALE

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 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



 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 spartanspeedway@gmail.com.

 FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES

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.



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May 27, 2016

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