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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - June 17

by Duane Turner

Obrinske, Gallagher, Lahar, Kelley, Beckner, Kretzinger,
Rudzik, Hall, and Townsend Highlight Spartan Wins

Race night number ten for the 2016 season kicked off with autograph night that allowed fans to mingle with the race teams before the feature events. After the track was cleared and racing action resumed, some intense racing action was to take place. Walt Obrinske Jr took the 40 lap modified feature, while Greg Rudzik won the Michigan legends main event. Jim Gallagher grabbed the late model feature win while first time winner Tim Lahar took the B-feature, and David Kelley won the Spartan stock C-feature. Brian Beckner won another pony stock A-feature with Randy Kretzinger Jr winning the B-feature. Cody Hall and Violet Townsend took the wins in the bandolero feature events.

The Parts Place Napa Bandolero's started their feature event with Faith Schuch leading the field to the green flag. Mike Findlay Jr gets the jump from the outside to lead the opening lap followed closely by Cody Hall. Two laps later, Hall slips under Findlay to take the lead. On lap eight, contact between Joey Morrissey and Logan Haughton would send Morrissey pit side with a flat tire. On the restart, Hall leads the remaining distance to take the win. Findlay Jr held on for second, with Jon Parish in third. In the Junior Bandit event, Violet Townsend took another win followed by Bella Chan.

The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A-feature saw John Ward Jr take the early lead. A tight battle for second with five cars allowed Ward to pull away a little bit each lap. Ten laps in, DJ Marciniak and Brian Beckner broke away from the pack, with Beckner taking second one lap later. Two laps later, Ward bumps the curb in turn four, allowing Beckner underneath to take the lead. With five laps to go, Jami Larner takes over third, and starts to slowly close on Ward for second. In the end, Beckner takes the win with Ward and Larner the top three. Mariah Caswell takes the early lead in the B-feature, but Randy Kretzinger takes over on lap two followed by Jacob Newman in second. 15 laps in, Jacob Newman would cause a caution, moving Trina Newman to second. At the checkers, Kretzinger takes another win, Jacob Newman works his way back to second and Trina Newman in third.

Bill Heeney Jr brought the Sawyers Chevrolet modifieds to the green flag, as Heeney takes the early lead followed by Blake Rowe. Rowe leads lap two, but Heeney leads lap five, with Rowe leading lap six, and is finally able to pull away from Heeney on lap eight. Lap ten, Justin Kazmar and Walt Obrinske fill out the top three, and set sail after Rowe for the race lead. A caution on lap 21 would bunch the field back up, but Rowe would maintain the lead. Lap 25, Obrinske moves in to second, as Jason Parish makes his presence felt moving in to fourth. Lap 27, Kazmar spins in turn four, moving Parish in to third, and Aaron Taylor in to fourth on the restart. Obrinske takes the lead on the restart, leaving Rowe to battle with Parish for second. On a restart with nine laps to go, Parish takes over second, but would not be able to catch Obrinske when the checkers waved. Rowe would hold on to third, with Taylor and Brian Buswell in the top five.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Superstore Michigan Legends saw Mason Ludwig with a bold move to take the lead on the opening lap. Greg Rudzik kept pace, and took the lead on lap four. Lori and Lyn Hall battled for the third position, with Lyn taking the spot on a lap 13 restart. One lap later, Ludwig retakes the lead, but Rudzik takes it back just two laps later. With five laps remaining, Rich Michalak moves in to third, but Rudzik would lead the distance taking the win. Ludwig held on for second, with Michalak, Mike Logan, and Lyn Hall in the top five.

The late models brought to you by Performance Automotive Northwest had Cody Eglon lead the opening lap, but Marc Long led lap two. Pat Dent would lead lap three, but Damion Lytle and Jim Gallagher would follow and make it a three-car battle for the lead. Lytle takes command on lap 12, leaving Dent and Gallagher to fight for second. Gallagher takes second on lap 17, and begins to reel in Lytle. With six laps left, Gallagher catches Lytle as the duo began a fierce battle for the win. Gallagher takes the lead with just two laps left, and takes the feature win. Lytle hangs on for second, with Dent, Matt Kirchen and Marc Long the top five.

The B-feature had Nate Jenkins set the early pace, but would be forced to restart at the tail on lap seven for racing under his qualifying time. This would hand the lead to Tyler Hawkins on the restart, as Tim Lahar settled in to second. Lap 13, Lahar takes the lead, as the caution waves one lap later. On the restart, Westphal takes over second, as Mike Havans follows in to third. When the checkers waved, Lahar takes his first ever feature win at Spartan Speedway. Westphal and Havans are the top three. The C-feature had David Kelley take the lead on lap seven, and never look back taking the win. Todd Metz Sr and Jerry Schroll are the top three.

Up next at Spartan Speedway, a double race weekend. Friday, June 24 is kids night, with a bike give away. Late models, Spartan stocks, pony stocks, bandolero’s, dwarf cars and mini cups will be on hand. Then on Sunday, June 26, the track will feature enduro figure 8’s, plus a 75 lap modified feature, pony stocks, and Michigan Legends.


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


June 24 & 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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