Sunday Show a Crowd Pleaser at Spartan Speedway
By: Michelle Sprague
Racing action at Spartan Speedway, on Memorial weekend, was as hot as the weather. After Friday?s rainout, Mother Nature did a complete about face and sent blistering heat and bright sunshine our way.
First on the docket was the ShortTrackTruck.com series with hometown favorite, Joey Shuryan taking a heat win, along with Kyle Trinklein. Natascha Thompson and Trinklein sat on the front row for the start of their 30-lap feature. Thompson jumped out to take the early lead with Keith Wioncek on the move, sitting in second by lap two. Wioncek went to work on Thompson, taking over the top spot on lap five. Trinklein faded, but began to work his way back up to the second position by lap eight. Justin Claucherty and Shuryan hung back and waited for the lead trucks to sort themselves out and then made their bid for the third and fourth positions. Shuryan made his way around Claucherty on lap 13, and set his sights on Trinklein and Wioncek. Shuryan picked off Trinklein on lap 15, with Claucherty following suit. Shuryan reeled in Wioncek and moved in for the kill on lap 18. Claucherty also got around Wioncek for second, with Toby Grahovec sitting in the fifth spot. Doug Vander Vliet was lurking just outside the top five. Lap 20 saw the top five trucks put a little breathing room between themselves. Shuryan, Claucherty and Wioncek broke away from the pack as Grahovec, Vander Vliet, Dan Lenters and Jim Idema raced for position. At the stripe, it was Shuryan, Claucherty, Wioncek, Grahovec, and Vander Vliet.
It was a night of firsts for the 4 Cylinder Open with Keith Holden scoring his first checkered flag of the season for a heat win. Jimmy Scavarda scored the second heat win. Seventeen of Pony Stocks lined up for the start, and at the drop of the green, it was sheer pandemonium. Cars were three- and four- wide all the way around the track behind the leader, Joe Bates. Lap three saw a different leader, Rich Roberts, as these trick ponies tried the 1/4-mile three-, four-, and even five-wide to get to the front. John Ward made his dash from the rear to sit in third behind Brent McCort and Keith Holden on lap five. Caution on lap five set up Scavarda for his run to the front behind Ward. Scavarda assumed the lead on lap six, as Ward went to work on McCort for second. Scavarda was lapping slower cars by lap 12 when caution came out, diminishing his lead. On the lap 14 restart, Scavarda continued to dominate, as Ward finally found a way around McCort on lap17. At the completion, it was Scavarda, Ward, George Wyers, Wayne Beckner Jr., and McCort.
The Sunday Street Stock Slugfest brought a number of drivers out for the first time in the 2006 racing season. A big welcome back goes out to Jordan Harvey, Rolly Olney, Rob Newman, Mike Ammerman and Corey Davis. Rookie competitor, Paul Recher tried his hand on the tight 1/4 ?mile, while a number of the Figure 8?ers gave the oval a try. Harvey and Newman both grabbed heat wins. Attrition was the name of the game, after the start of their 40-lap feature. Fifiteen cars were on the grid for the start and at the drop of the green, the racing was door-handle to door-handle. Harvey was scored as the leader as they continued on, side by side. Caution, on lap two, for a car on fire in the pit, saw Rob Newman take the lead on the restart over Harvey. Newman had Koone right on his tail, with Damon Place and Dane long in hot pursuit of Koone by lap nine. Newman put a bit of real estate between himself and Place, as Long went to work on Place. Long made his way around Place on lap 15, as caution flew once again. Newman drifted up the track after the restart, and Long slipped under him and into first. Caution on lap 22 for Newman, closed up the field for the restart. Long ran away from Place at the drop of the green, as Koone tried to catch Place. Scott Sigman and Harvey rounded out the top five, while Olney hung on in sixth. Koone dropped out on lap 37 with mechanical difficulties, bringing out yet another caution. It was a three-lap dash to the finish, with only five of fifteen cars remaining. Long came home the victor, followed by Place, Sigman, Harvey, and Olney.
Only eight brave souls dared to run the Figure 8, pony-style. Kyle Trinklein was scored as the lap one leader and continued to lead through lap five. John Ward made his way quickly into the lead by lap six, followed by TJ Conroy. Ken Dollarhite made his way into third on lap eight, followed by Trinklein. At the stripe, on lap 15, it was Ward, Conroy, Dollarhite, Trent Jenson and Trinklein.
Dave Thorburn, a ten-year veteran of the Street Stock division, and a recent transplant to the Figure 8 division, scored his first win of the 2006 season over Figure 8 specialists, Frank Erlenbeck, Jerry Atwell, and Jeff Cummings. This was also Dave?s first-ever feature win, making it all the sweeter! Erlenbeck took the early lead in their 25 lap feature, with Cummings and Thorburn dicing it up for second. By lap three, Thorburn had second pretty much sewn up, and was going to work on Erlenbeck. A misstep on lap nine gave Thorburn the opening he was looking for, and he took over the lead, with Cummings in tow. A flat tire sent Cummings to the pit, having to tack on to the rear on lap 11. Erlenbeck, Atwell, and Cummings tried to run Thorburn down but ran out of laps. At the line, it was Thorburn taking the checker.
Please join us Friday, June 2nd, for Coca-Cola Night, along with MARFC Night and Sponsor Appreciation. The WMMQ Classic Rock 94.9 Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Street Stocks, Holiday Powersports Pony Stocks, and Pure Stocks will be in action. Check out the website at www.spartanspeedway.com for gate times and prices. We?ll see you at the races!