Finley to the Winner’s Circle at Spartan


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    16-year old, Chad Finley, followed in his father, Jeff, and Uncle Doug’s footsteps by scoring his first ever feature win in the Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Model division at the Spartan Speedway in Mason, MI. At the green, it was James Johnson, of Wyoming, jumping out to the lead, followed by Jeff Brunt, of LaGrange, IN, Jackson’s Evan Barrett, and Lansing’s Chad Finley. C. Finley took command, with Jon McNett, of Dewitt, and Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer quickly zeroing in on the leader. Caution on lap18 closed the field up behind Finley, with Stehouwer, Jimmy Gallagher, of Dimondale, and Lansing’s Doug Finley running nose to tail after the restart. D. Finley jumped out of line to try the second groove but couldn’t make it stick. Gallagher slid up the track on the very next lap, opening the door for D. Finley to take away the third position. D. Finley reeled in the lead duo, and was able to get around Stehouwer. D. Finley caught his nephew, but ran out of laps, unable to get around Chad for the win. At the drop of the checker, it was C. Finley, D. Finley, Stehouwer, McNett and Barrett as the top five. McNett took the four car dash win, while Barrett won the heat race.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds saw Matt Schindewolf, of Onondaga, after a medical hiatus, come back to score the first heat win in the division, while Bill Butler, of Charlotte, took the second. Butler and Marshall’s Justin Kazmar brought the field down to the green for the start of the 35-lap feature. Caution marred the early laps of the feature, with Butler able to hold down the lead until he got caught up in an altercation, relinquishing the lead to Corunna’s Larry Wallace. Chris Ozanich, of Lansing, tacked himself on to Wallace’s bumper, but Wallace was able run away from him. Jason Parish, of Eaton Rapids, and Perry Davenport, of Charlotte, battled for the third position. Davenport made the pass on Parish, while Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis issued a challenge for fourth. At the line, it was Wallace, Ozanich, Davenport, Parish and Ellis.

   In the Performance Automotive Northwest Sportsman division, Jack Koone Jr., of East Lansing, set fast time for the evening, but developed a mechanical problem during the feature, which stood between him and a feature win. Damon Place, of Leslie, led after the drop of the green, until Charlotte’s Dane Long drove around him for the lead. Koone followed Long around Place, bringing Scott Sigman, of Mason, along with him. Long opened up a sizeable lead over Koone, while Sigman and Place battled for third, with Place taking away the third spot on the white flag lap. Long took the feature win, with Koone, Place, Sigman, and Andrew Clark, of St. Johns, rounding out the top five. Sigman tallied the heat win for the division.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks came out in full force for their 20-lap feature, with Jimmy Scavarda, of Holt, winning big on his first night back behind the wheel. When the green flag waved, it was rush hour traffic, as the ponies opted to run three- and four-wide to complete the first lap. Edson Rowley III positioned himself on the outside and motored his way to the front, making it a three-wide battle for the lead between Robert Brown, Lansing’s Randy Kretzinger Jr., and Rowley, just three laps into the race. Rowley had company though, as Scavarda drove through the center of the pack from the rear. Scavarda took over the lead at the halfway mark, with Kretzinger, Brian Beckner and Dan Gokee, both of Lansing, trying to keep the second place car of Rowley in their sights. Lansing’s Wayne Beckner Jr. caught the pack of cars behind the leader and took the third spot away from Kretzinger. When the checker waved, it was Scavarda, Rowley, W. Beckner, B. Beckner and Kretzinger. Portland’s Brad Harbenski and Scavarda took the heat wins.

   The Pure Stock division saw an Eastside Invader, Jordan Lechota, from the Flint area, give the boys a run for their money. Lechota captured the heat win and went on to finish second behind Dimondale’s Spencer Drake in the 15-lap feature. Holt’s Mike Higbee jumped into the first position at the green, with Drake, Leslie’s Justin Lewis, Lechota, and Wayne Parkhurst II, of Holt, tagging along to battle for position. Drake and Lechota broke away from the pack, leaving Higbee, Lewis, and Lansing’s Ian Schafer, to duke it out for second. At the stripe, it was Drake, Lechota, Higbee, Lewis and Schafer.

   Please join us each and every Friday night at the Spartan Speedway for exciting, family-friendly racing action. Friday, May 23rd, will feature the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, the Legend Series and MCR Dwarfs. Qualifying begins at 5 P.M., with racing at 7:30 P.M. Check us out at www.spartanspeedway.com. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, May 09, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 29 Doug Finley 12.839 12.842 20   1 7 Jon McNett 4 12.856 4 10
2 33 Dave Stehouwer 12.965 13.137 15   2 25 Jim Gallagher 4 13.037 4 8
3 25 Jim Gallagher 12.971 12.981 14   3 29 Doug Finley 4 13.098 4 6
4 7 Jon McNett 12.974 12.981 13   4 33 Dave Stehouwer 4 13.019 4 4
5 007 Dale Lewis 13.156 13.159 12                
6 42 Chad Finley 13.213 13.225 11   Heat 1 Results:        
7 45 Carl Sodman 13.217 13.261 10                
8 94 Evan Barrett 13.300 13.301 9   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 15 James Johnson 13.358 13.491 8     1 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.390 8 10
10 1 Jeff Brunt 13.700 15.649 7   2 1 Jeff Brunt 8 13.454 8 8
                3 007 Dale Lewis 8 13.367 4 6
Feature Results:         4 42 Chad Finley 8 13.329 6 4
              5 15 James Johnson 8 13.517 7 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 6 45 Carl Sodman 8 13.454 6 0
1 42 Chad Finley 40 12.951 10 200              
2 29 Doug Finley 40 12.952 8 190              
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 12.996 13 185              
4 7 Jon McNett 40 12.852 13 180              
5 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.161 23 175              
6 15 James Johnson 40 13.145 17 170              
7 1 Jeff Brunt 40 13.231 24 165                
8 25 Jim Gallagher 39 12.925 8 160              
9 007 Dale Lewis 18 13.314 9 155                
10 45 Carl Sodman 9 13.497 3 150              
                         
                         
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, May 09, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.267 13.377 20   1 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 13.738 5 10
2 27. Nyle Weiler 13.310 13.341 15   2 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.676 4 8
3 55 Larry Wallace 13.362 13.441 14   3 29 Jason Parish 8 13.656 6 6
4 49 John Mamula 13.369 13.411 13   4 31. Trei Deubel 8 13.612 5 4
5 31 Ron Parish 13.422 13.503 12   5 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.574 5 0
6 96 Justin Kazmar 13.424 13.431 11   6 17 Dusty Carl 8 13.703 6 0
7 M1 Bill Butler 13.438 13.476 10   7 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.730 8 0
8 0z Chris Ozanich 13.494 13.526 9   8 36 Tom Williams 8 13.825 6 0
9 88. Richard LaPratt 13.531 13.531 8                  
10 31. Trei Deubel 13.608 13.610 7   Heat 2 Results:        
11 29 Jason Parish 13.629 13.641 6                  
12 17 Dusty Carl 13.674 13.687 5   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 6 Matthew Schindewolf 13.697 13.707 4   1 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.584 6 10
14 36 Tom Williams 13.866 13.895 3   2 96 Justin Kazmar 8 13.560 7 8
15 13 Ken Buchner 13.892 13.901 2   3 49 John Mamula 8 13.455 8 6
16 6. Perry Davenport -.--- -.--- 0   4 27. Nyle Weiler 8 13.580 8 4
              5 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.582 4 0
Feature Results:         6 31 Ron Parish 8 13.535 6 0
              7 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.392 7 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 8 6. Perry Davenport 3 14.024 1 0
1 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.425 8 200                
2 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.479 11 190              
3 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.362 10 185                
4 29 Jason Parish 35 13.555 11 180              
5 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.430 11 175              
6 17 Dusty Carl 35 13.590 12 170              
7 88. Richard LaPratt 35 13.671 13 165              
8 6 Matthew Schindewolf 35 13.734 9 160              
9 13 Ken Buchner 35 13.693 12 155              
10 49 John Mamula 34 13.528 15 150              
11 36 Tom Williams 34 13.872 6 145              
12 31. Trei Deubel 22 13.658 9 140              
13 27. Nyle Weiler 12 13.519 3 135                
14 M1 Bill Butler 6 13.694 2 130                
15 96 Justin Kazmar 6 13.728 5 125                
16 31 Ron Parish 6 13.717 3 120                
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, May 09, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.178 14.201 20   1 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.540 7 10
2 7L Dane Long 14.200 14.225 15   2 7L Dane Long 8 14.257 7 8
3 47 Scott Sigman 14.408 14.417 14   3 24. Damon Place 8 14.651 8 6
4 24. Damon Place 14.514 14.523 13   4 M74 Nate Moon 8 14.729 5 4
5 M74 Nate Moon 14.795 14.810 12   5 92 Andrew Clark 8 15.289 5 0
6 92 Andrew Clark 15.108 15.169 11   6 01 Jack Koone Jr. 2 15.434 2 0
7 2 Jamie Feguer -.--- -.--- 0                
                           
Feature Results:                        
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 7L Dane Long 25 14.342 16 200              
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.457 4 190              
3 24. Damon Place 25 14.611 14 185              
4 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.468 8 180              
5 92 Andrew Clark 24 15.348 11 175              
6 M74 Nate Moon 8 15.022 6 170              
7 2 Jamie Feguer 3 16.546 1 165              
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, May 09, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 72 Jimmy Scavarda 16.513 16.716 40   1 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.616 2 10
2 55. Edson Rowley III 16.518 16.580 40   2 55. Daniel Gokee 8 17.147 3 9
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.723 16.744 40   3 63 Joe Bates 8 17.204 4 8
4 7. Lexus Jarecki 16.802 16.867 40   4 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.490 3 7
5 11 Brian Beckner 16.942 16.954 40   5 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.041 6 6
6 12 Marq Eaton 17.049 17.368 40   6 80. Bill McBride 8 18.351 6 5
7 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.132 17.132 40   7 58 Joshua Mosher 8 19.205 4 5
8 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 17.166 17.211 40   8 12. Robert Brown 8 18.885 4 5
9 63 Joe Bates 17.393 17.493 40                  
10 55. Daniel Gokee 17.495 17.615 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.560 17.651 40                  
12 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.643 17.751 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 38 Patrick Denison 17.777 17.860 40   1 72 Jimmy Scavarda 8 16.430 6 10
14 97 Scott Rogers 17.907 18.136 40   2 55. Edson Rowley III 8 16.563 5 9
15 80. Bill McBride 18.104 18.110 40   3 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.207 6 8
16 12. Robert Brown 18.944 19.944 40   4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.970 7 7
17 58 Joshua Mosher 19.418 19.538 40   5 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.154 5 6
18 31 George Wyers -.--- -.--- 40   6 7. Lexus Jarecki 8 17.012 5 5
              7 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 17.192 7 5
Feature Results:         8 12 Marq Eaton 8 16.987 8 5
                9 97 Scott Rogers 8 17.747 1 5
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 72 Jimmy Scavarda 20 16.320 7 30                
2 55. Edson Rowley III 20 16.557 6 29              
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.829 11 28              
4 11 Brian Beckner 20 17.130 8 27              
5 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 20 17.309 6 26              
6 12 Marq Eaton 20 17.098 8 25              
7 55 Daniel Gokee 20 17.204 8 25              
8 63 Joe Bates 20 17.371 9 25              
9 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.438 17 25              
10 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 17.615 9 24              
11 38 Patrick Denison 19 17.740 5 24                
12 97 Scott Rogers 19 17.761 4 24                
13 80. Bill McBride 18 18.376 5 23                
14 12. Robert Brown 18 18.284 7 23                
15 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 3 18.062 2 8                
16 7. Lexus Jarecki 3 17.722 3 8                
17 58 Joshua Mosher 2 21.778 1 7              
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, May 09, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 28 Spencer Drake 16.531 16.555 20   1 J1 Jordan Lechota 8 16.411 4 10
2 J1 Jordan Lechota 16.610 16.659 15   2 999 Michael Higbee 8 17.063 8 8
3 30 Ian Schafer 16.733 16.778 14   3 77 Mark Carson 8 16.927 4 6
4 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 16.766 16.807 13   4 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 8 16.844 4 4
5 103 Justin Lewis 16.805 17.057 12   5 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.531 6 0
6 88 Marc Childers 16.834 16.895 11   6 103 Justin Lewis 8 16.764 4 0
7 77 Mark Carson 16.968 17.071 10   7 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.001 8 0
8 999 Michael Higbee 17.221 17.300 9   8 13x Zachary McIntosh 8 17.823 1 0
9 13x Zachary McIntosh 17.472 17.542 8     9 88 Marc Childers 8 17.791 5 0
10 9 Bryan Jenks 17.887 18.034 7                
                             
Feature Results:                      
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 28 Spencer Drake 15 16.546 10 200              
2 J1 Jordan Lechota 15 16.532 14 190              
3 999 Michael Higbee 15 17.220 11 185              
4 103 Justin Lewis 15 16.852 12 180              
5 30 Ian Schafer 15 16.994 15 175              
6 77 Mark Carson 15 16.981 7 170              
7 13x Zachary McIntosh 15 17.800 14 165                
8 88 Marc Childers 15 17.265 4 160              
9 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 12 17.028 4 155                
10 9 Bryan Jenks 2 18.297 1 150              


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