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 SPARTAN SCOOP    - Friday, April 22

by Duane Turner

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After a long winter break, race teams and fans made their way back to the Track the Stars Call Home to shake off the winter blues. No one did that better than Aaron Timmerman after taking the Sawyers Chevrolet Modified 35 lap main event. Joey Barnhart took the Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stock A-feature, with Tanner Tallarico taking the B-feature. In the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, Lex Jarecki took the A-feature win while Jacob Newman claimed the B-feature.

Up first, the Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds. Dan Loughan would bring the field to the green for 35 laps, with Jon McNett on the outside. The front duo races side by side for the first lap with McNett taking the point at the end of lap one. Loughan settles in to second with Andrew Timmerman a close third. Caution on lap 12 would settle things down, and erase a 1/2 second lead for McNett. On the restart, Timmerman takes over second, as fast qualifier Jason Parish takes over fourth. On lap 19, McNett gets loose coming out of four, allowing Timmerman to the inside to take the lead. With McNett, Loughan and Parish fighting for second, contact with all three cars would bring out the caution, ending the night for Parish with a broken left front tie-rod. On the restart, Timmerman would quickly pull away. With four laps to go, Loughan would slip under McNett to take second, with Kyle Drake following in to third. At the finish, Timmerman takes the commanding win, followed by Loughan and Drake the top three.

Kris Allen would lead the Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stock A-feature to the green flag for their 35 lap main event. Erik Cooley would get the jump from the outside front row, and lead the opening lap. Joey Barnhart with a couple strong moves early, taking over second on the third lap, and quickly putting pressure on Cooley for the lead. Jim Gallagher out of nowhere takes the lead on lap eight using the high side of the 1/4-mile. Dane Long follows in to second, with Barnhart in third. At the half way mark, Barnhart slips past Long for second. Caution with five laps to go, the leaders would be bunched back up side by side for a quick five-lap dash for the win. Heading in to turn three, Gallagher spins bringing out the caution. Barnhart inherits the lead for final restart, but Gallagher makes a bold move quickly moving back in to second. At the finish, Barnhart takes the win, followed by Gallagher and Long.

The 25-lap Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stock B-main would have Ed Everidge and David Kelley led the field to the green. Kelley takes the point from the outside, with Everidge and Tanner Tallarico the top three. On a lap three restart, Tallarico takes the lead, and begins to pull away. On lap seven, caution would wave for Kelley, and Everidge for racing under their qualifying times. The restart would put Tallarico on the point, with Brian Boesel and Dale Lewis the top three. Caution on lap nine, as Boesel spins in turn two, moving Jordan Harvey in to third for the restart. With seven laps to go, hard contact between Harvey and Jeff Wolfersberger while trying to get around a lapped car. Both would be forced pit side with body damage. On the final restart, Tallarico would again take the point, and lead the final seven laps taking the win. Dale Lewis and Mike Havans rounded out the top three.

The Boss Snow Equipment A-feature would see Randy Kretzinger take the early lead with Troy Andrews and Lex Jarecki the top three. On lap 11, Andrews has a problem, allowing Jarecki to second, with John Ward Jr up to third. Five laps to go, Jarecki moves to the high side of Kretzinger to challenge for the lead. The front duo would trade the lead several times, with Jarecki nosing ahead with just one lap to go. Jarecki would take the win, followed by Kretzinger, and Brian Beckner in third. The B-Feature had Jacob Newman take the early lead, with Wayne Parkhurst Jr on the outside. Jarin Larner settled in to third. On lap six, Jacob Newman takes full command, as Jarin Larner is forced pit side handing third to Chris Reid. With five laps remaining, Reid spins in turn two, putting the leaders side by side once again for the final restart. Jacob Newman holds on for the win, with Parkhurst and Reid the top three.

Up next at Spartan Speedway on Friday, April 29, we will see the return of the modifieds, spartan stocks, and pony stocks. This will also be opening night for the Michigan legends. Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands open at 5:00, with racing at 7:30.


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


April 29, 2016

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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