Another Brick in the Wall
By: Michelle Sprague
Rollie Olney continued his attraction to the Spartan Speedway wall, with a near head-on collision when the brakes failed on his school bus. Yes, a school bus! Mason, MI was the site for the first of two school bus Figure 8 races this season. Eight retired school buses made up the field. Two, four-bus heats were run with Earl Miles taking the first heat win over Matt Schindewolf, Scott Sigman, and Rollie Olney. Olney’s brakes failed, and he tried to tear down the back stretch wall as he exited the intersection into what is normally turn two. Dave Thorburn took the second heat win over Bubber Patrick, John Ward Sr., and mystery driver, Julie Dailey. Feature action was exciting to say the least, with lots of drivers trading paint, tires popping, debris on the track, and grinding of sheet metal as they all clawed their way to the front. Mike Ammerman took over the driving duties for Julie Dailey and ended up winning the feature over Matt Schindewolf, Earl Miles (who had to drop out due to mechanical failure), Bubber Patrick (who tipped over in turn two on the last lap), and Dave Thorburn who came home third. Scott Sigman and John Ward rounded out the field.
Four youngsters put on a driving exhibition with their Bandaleros, an entry level class for kids 9-12 years of age. These zippy little cars give the up and coming racers of tomorrow a feel for the track at an early age. Scott Medlen won his heat, as well as the feature.
The MI Legends cars lined up for their feature, 17 cars strong. Frank Jiovani led lap one with Alec Carll trying to keep him in his sights. Caution narrowed the gap between Jiovani and Carll, with Levi Rouster reeling both of them in by lap five. The top three broke away from the field, with Rouster passing Carll for second on lap 13. Rouster led Carll, Jiovani, Randy Gallagher, and Barry Hartwell to the line. Rouster, AJ Thompson, and Billy Simmons were credited with heat wins.
The Performance Automotive Street Stocks put on a whale of a show as Scott Sigman and Dane Long battled side by side for the coveted top spot. Jamie Feguer led lap one of their 25-lap feature, and continued to lead through lap nine. Sigman ducked to the inside of Feguer, bringing Long along with him into second by lap 11. Sigman and Long swapped the lead a number of times, with Bubber Patrick waiting for his chance to make his bid for first. Mike Ammerman and Rob Patrick jumped into the mix on lap 15, sitting fourth and fifth, respectively. At the stripe, it was Sigman, Long, B. Patrick, R. Patrick, and Ammerman. Feguer and Sigman took heat wins.
Jimmy Scavarda is on a roll, and Friday night was no exception. Scavarda set fast time and went on to win the 20-lap Q106 Pony Stock feature. Jason Brunn was shown as the lap one leader, with Scavarda up to fifth from his nineteenth starting position by lap three. Scavarda took the lead over Trei Deubel, John Ward, Bryan Passick II, and Willie Conroy on lap seven. Conroy continued his march through the field in an attempt to reel in second-place Deubel by lap 13. Lap 15 had Scavarda running away from the pack, with TJ Conroy moving up into the top five to sit fourth. Caution on lap 18 for TJ Conroy erased Scavarda’s huge lead, but he continued his charge on the restart to take the checker. W. Conroy, Passick II, Ward, and Julie Dailey rounded out the top five.