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 SPARTAN SCOOP 5-12-17     by Duane Turner

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After a week of rain, race teams and race fans were eager to get back to the speedway for some intense racing action. Aaron Timmerman took the lead with four laps left to win the modified feature. Joey Barnhart was patient in the late models to pass for the win with ten laps left, while Tim Lahar claimed the "B" feature. Ryan Hollister won the pony stock "A" feature, as Patrick McNamara won his first ever feature in the "B" division. In the Bandoleros, Logan Haughton won the senior bandit race, while Mason Surgener won the junior bandits.

The Parts Place Napa Bandolero Bandit feature started things off with Violet Townsend leading the field to the green flag. Logan Haughton took the early lead, as Jon Parish and Walt Obrinske III battled for the runner up position. Seven laps in, Townsend moves past Obrinske to take over third. When the checkers flew, Haughton dominates the 12-lap event. Parish and Townsend are the top three. Bella Chan took the early lead in the junior bandit division, with Mason Surgener keeping pace. On lap eight, Surgener took advantage in lapped traffic to take the lead, and hold on for the win. Chan was second with Caiden Bailey in third.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds took the track for their 35-lap feature event. Matt Vainer noses ahead to lead lap one, but Kirk Newland takes over on lap two. Justin Kazmar stays close in third as caution waves for contact between Bill Heeney Jr and Jason Parish. On the restart, Kazmar takes over second, then one lap later takes the bottom, and the lead away from Newland. Aaron Taylor takes over third on lap seven, and quickly puts pressure on Newland for second. On lap nine, Taylor takes second, as Tony Pastorino slips in to fourth to join the battle for the lead. On lap 15, fast timer Trei Deubel takes over fifth, and Kazmar and Taylor begin to pull away. At the half way mark, Kazmar and Taylor make contact bringing out the caution, with Taylor having to restart at the tail. With ten laps to go, a three-car battle for the lead developed with Kazmar, Pastorino and Aaron Timmerman. With six laps to go, Timmerman and Pastorino with contact, as Pastorino would restart at the tail. With four laps left, Timmerman noses ahead on the outside, then takes control two laps later while Taylor moves back in to third. At the checkers, Timmerman takes with followed by Kazmar and Taylor.

Jordan Harvey earns the pole position for the Performance Automotive Northwest late models, and takes the early lead followed by rookie Mason Ludwig. Joey Barnhart uses the top side to take over third on lap three, and challenges Ludwig and Harvey for the lead. One lap later, Ludwig takes the lead, with Barnhart in tow. A restart with eight laps to go, Barnhart would use the opportunity to take the lead. Ludwig settles in to second, with Matt Kirchen moving in to third. With the laps winding down, Kirchen takes over second, but Barnhart would take the checkers. Ludwig holds on to third, with Brandon Varney and Harvey the top five. In the spartan stock "B" feature, Tim Lahar grabbed the early lead, but would be caught racing faster than his qualifying time on lap 14. On the restart, Mike Westphal takes command, but Lahar would come back from the tail to retake the lead with three laps to go. Lahar takes with win, followed by Westphal and Tyler Hawkins in third.

Randy Kretzinger takes the early lead in the Boss Snow Equipment pony stock "A" feature, but John Ward Jr takes over on lap five. Ryan Hollister takes second two laps later, and sets his sights on Ward Jr. With ten laps top go, Hollister takes the lead, as DJ Marciniak puts pressure on Ward Jr for second. At the checkers, Hollister dominated the 20 laps, with Ward Jr and Marciniak the top three. In the "B" feature, Chris Reid took the early lead, but would race under his qualifying time on the first two laps. Jimmy Burchett took over the lead on the restart, but Patrick McNamara took over on lap five. At the checkers, McNamara takes the win, followed by Burchett, and Robert Cartwright.

Up next at "The Track The Stars Call Home", a six feature night with the modifieds, late models, spartan stocks, pony stocks, legends, and bandoleros.



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 spartanspeedway@gmail.com or call the office at 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

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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.

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