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 SPARTAN SCOOP FRI 6.16.17      by Duane Turner

Place, Boesel, Vainer, Rudzik, Ward Jr, Larner,
Townsend, and Surgener
Take Spartan Speedway Wins

Place made his first visit to the Spartan Speedway in 2017 a memorable one by taking the late model feature. Brian Boesel also grabbed his first win on the season by winning the spartan stock "B" feature. Matt Vainer won his first career modified feature, as Greg Rudzik returned to dominate the legends event. John Ward Jr with his first feature win of the year in the pony stock "A" feature, while Jennifer Larner was another first time winner in the "B" main event. In the Bandoleros, Violet Townsend took her first senior bandit win in the Bandoleros, while Mason Surgener continued his dominance in the junior bandits.

Violet Townsend brought The Parts Place Napa Bandoleros out of turn four to take the green flag. While Jon Parish and Max Priced raced for the second postion, Townsend slowly pulled away. By the time Parish took control of second, Townsend was on her way to her first senior bandit feature win. Parish was second, as Price was third. Mason Surgener took the junior bandit event.

In the Performance Automotive Northwest Late models, Mason Ludwig took the early lead, but Damon Place took over on lap three. Josh Trammell took second on lap five, as Bob Bauer and Dane long also entered the mix. Both would take third and fourth on lap eight. On a lap 12 restart, Long takes over second, as Brandon Varney sneaks in to third. Long quickly closes in on the rear bumper of Place. Three laps later, Long uses the outside to take the lead. On a lap 20 restart, Place retakes the lead, as Ludwig moves back in to third. Caution on lap 26 as Long spins in turn three. Varney takes over second on the restart, but Place leads the final four laps to take the win. Varney, and Ludwig are the top three. In the "B" feature, Brian Boesel with a bold move on lap two to take the lead. Nate Jenkins takes over second a few laps later as David Kelly takes third on lap 17. With five laps remaining, a battle for the lead is taking shape. At the finish, Jenkins made it interesting, but Boesel wins by just a nose. Kelley settles for third.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Superstore had Bill Pennington jumped out to the early lead, as Ed Genord and Aaron Hurst battled for second. On lap three. Rich Michalak with a move that takes him to second, while Greg Rudzik lurks in fourth. On lap 6, Michalak takes command, as Hurst and Rudzik take second and third. With the top three racing nose to tail, Rudzik takes second on lap eight, then the lead on lap nine. Hurst moves to the inside of Michalak on lap 16 to take over second. With five laps remaining, Rudzik encounters heavy lapped traffic. Hurst closes on the final lap, but Rudzik takes the win. Michalak finished third.

Kirk Newland led the Sawyers Chevrolet to the start of the 35 lap modified feature. Bill Heeney Jr gets the jump from the outside to lead the opening laps. On a lap six restart, Aaron Taylor moves in to second, as Matt Vainer takes over third. With 15 laps in, the top four run nose to tail. A restart on lap 16, Taylor lead lap 17 by a nose, but Heeney closes the door on lap 19. Vainer moves in to second, while Taylor and Blake Rowe battle for third. On lap 25, Vainer leads by a nose, and the top four race side by side. One lap later, Heeney spins exiting turn four. The restart with ten laps to go, Vainer takes command leaving Row and Taylor to battle for second. With seven laps top go, Taylor controls the second position as the top three race nose to tail with five laps remaining. With two laps left, Taylor looks inside but Vainer takes the win by less than a foot. Taylor is second and Rowe settles for third.

In the Boss Pony Stock feature, Jennifer Larner grabs the early lead, as Randy Kretzinger jr quickly moves in to second. DJ Marciniak takes third on lap 3, as John Ward Jr follows in to fourth. Ward Jr takes over third on lap five, then second, then on to first on lap seven. Marciniak takes over second on lap ten, as William Larner grabs third on lap 14. Ward Jr takes the win followed by Marciniak and William Larner. In the B-feature, Jennifer Larner holds on for the win followed by Jarin Larner, and Brian Beckner.

Join us next week at "The Track The Stars Call Home" for a two-race weekend. On Friday, June 23 we will feature country music star Dewayne Spaw. On the 1/4 mile, the Michigan legends, Bandoleros, dwarf cars, and pony stocks followed by a couple destruction events of chain racing, and push racing. Spartan Speedway will also be in action on Sunday, June 25 with a 75 lap modified race, spartan stocks, legends followed by an endure figure 8.



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

Bandolero Promotional Video


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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Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stocks

BOSS Snow Plows Pony Stocks

Sawyers Chevrolet Legends Series

NAPA Auto Parts Bandoleros

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