The "Gentleman" Takes Super Late Model Win


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Lansing’s Chad Finley picked up right where he left off the previous week, by scoring the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Fast Car Dash win, at the Spartan Speedway, on May 16th. Jackson’s Dale Lewis took the heat win and it looked like the 40-lap feature was shaping up to be a good one. Lewis started on the pole, alongside LaGrange, Indiana’s Jeff Brunt. Lewis quickly took the lead, with Wyoming’s James Johnson and Bill Heeney Jr. moving in to take away the lead in the early laps. Holt’s Gary Sherman was working his way to the front, and looked to be a threat, when mechanical problems saw him retire to the pit. Johnson grabbed the top spot near the halfway point, leaving Heeney to battle with Dewitt’s Jon McNett, and fast qualifier, for second. Heeney took the lead from Johnson, bringing McNett along with him. Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer had been quietly working his way through the field and caught McNett and Heeney. Caution waved, and on the restart, McNett got a good run on Heeney, on the outside, took away the lead and opened up some breathing room between himself and Heeney in second. Stehouwer went to work on Heeney and made the pass for second. McNett slipped up the track on the front stretch, brushed the wall, causing himself to spin, thus ending a great run and relinquishing the lead to Stehouwer. At the checker, it was Stehouwer, Heeney, Finley, Jackson’s Evan Barrett and Dansville’s John Dunivon.

    The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, in the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division, as father and son, Ron and Jason Parish, nailed down wins in their heats. The elder Parish, of Okemos, led the early laps of the 35-lap feature as well, with Lansing’s Chris Ozanich tacked to his rear bumper. Ozanich drove under Paris going into turn one to take away the top spot, while Corunna’s Larry Wallace and Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis went after Parish for second. Wallace ducked to the low side under Parish and Ellis tagged along, both cars making their way around Parish. Okemos’ John Mamula and Vermontville’s Nyle Weiler worked their way into the top five, while Ozanich, Wallace and Ellis broke away from the pack. Ozanich was able to hold off Wallace for the win, followed by Ellis, Mamula, and Weiler.

    The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans division saw Jack Koone Jr. make it a clean sweep, as the East Lansing driver took both the heat and feature win. Andrew Clark, of St. Johns, took the early lead in the 25-lap feature, with Lansing’s Jamie Feguer and Williamston’s Jordan Harvey battling for second. Charlotte’s Dane Long followed Koone up through traffic, and the two found themselves battling for the lead for the next 17 laps. Driving a flawlessly, Long never had a window of opportunity to get around Koone for the win. As the battle raged for the lead, Clark, Mason’s Scott Sigman, and Leslie’s Damon Place had their own little war, duking it out for the third position. Sigman took the position from Clark, with Place tacked to his bumper. Place looked to the outside of Sigman for third but ran out of laps. At the stripe, it was Koone, Long, Sigman, Place and Clark.

    Jimmy Scavarda, of Holt, was the first repeat feature winner for the 2008 season at the Spartan Speedway. Scarvarda took his second feature win in two weeks, with Edson Rowley III and George Wyers, both of Jackson, finishing second and third. Wyers lead half of the laps early in the 20-lap feature, with Scavarda and Rowley moving quickly through the field. Lansing’s Dan Gokee and Wayne Beckner Jr. duked it out for fourth, with Beckner unable to maneuver around Gokee as laps wound down. Beckner had to settle for the fifth place finish behind Gokee. Rowley and Gokee tallied heat wins for the evening.

    The Pure Stock division had some company for their 20-lap feature, as the “Eastside Invaders” paid another visit to “The Track the Stars Call Home”. When the green flag waved, drivers made it three-wide coming down for the start, with Lansing’s Ian Schafer taking the lead. Jordan Lechota and Lonnie Saumier, both of the Flint area, got around Schafer, with Davison’s Chad Lamson and Chris Stearns quickly running him down for third and fourth. It was pretty much Saumier’s race by the halfway mark, followed by Lamson, Stearns, Lechota and Dimondale’s Spencer Drake. Stearns took the pure heat win.

    Please join us each and every Friday night, at the Spartan Speedway. Mark us down on your calendar as we offer two big days of racing Memorial Weekend. Friday, May 23rd, features the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Legends and the MCR Dwarfs. Sunday, May 25th, is our special show with special show gate prices. Featured racing includes a 100-lap Short Track Truck feature, plus the Street Stock Slugfest (an open invitational for Sportsmans and Street Stocks), Figure-8’s, Mini-Cups, and an open invitational for 4 cyl. and Pure Stocks. Friday, May 30th, is the Brian Heeney Memorial Race, sponsored by Hometown Financial of Eaton Rapids, along with Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. As always, we’ll see you at the races!
Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, May 16, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7 Jon McNett 12.743 12.793 20   1 42 Chad Finley 4 13.210 4 10
2 33 Dave Stehouwer 12.869 12.935 15   2 31 Gary Sherman 4 13.058 4 8
3 31 Gary Sherman 12.947 13.013 14   3 33 Dave Stehouwer 4 13.292 4 6
4 42 Chad Finley 12.974 13.067 13   4 7 Jon McNett 4 13.348 4 4
5 5 Bill Heeney Jr 13.031 13.056 12                
6 3 John Dunivon 13.056 13.162 11   Heat 1 Results:        
7 25 Jim Gallagher 13.060 13.213 10                
8 94 Evan Barrett 13.225 13.228 9   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 15 James Johnson 13.272 13.318 8     1 007 Dale Lewis 8 13.284 7 10
10 1 Jeff Brunt 13.414 13.462 7   2 25 Jim Gallagher 8 13.139 5 8
11 007 Dale Lewis 13.468 13.480 6     3 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.184 8 6
              4 5 Bill Heeney Jr 8 13.209 7 4
Feature Results:         5 15 James Johnson 8 13.350 6 0
              6 3 John Dunivon 8 13.349 6 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 7 1 Jeff Brunt 8 13.284 7 0
1 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.081 22 200              
2 5 Bill Heeney Jr 40 13.138 21 190              
3 42 Chad Finley 40 13.081 22 185              
4 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.240 21 180              
5 3 John Dunivon 40 13.181 9 175                
6 007 Dale Lewis 40 13.341 33 170                
7 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.029 21 165                
8 15 James Johnson 40 13.208 23 160              
9 7 Jon McNett 40 13.056 35 155                
10 1 Jeff Brunt 40 13.440 14 150                
11 31 Gary Sherman 19 13.277 15 145                
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, May 16, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 27. Nyle Weiler 13.344 13.355 20   1 29 Jason Parish 8 13.553 8 10
2 50 Leroy Ellis 13.372 13.394 15   2 12x Mike Stenberg 8 13.531 8 8
3 55 Larry Wallace 13.437 13.439 14   3 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.690 6 6
4 6. Perry Davenport 13.439 13.455 13   4 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 13.707 7 4
5 0z Chris Ozanich 13.483 13.490 12   5 17 Dusty Carl 8 13.794 6 0
6 49 John Mamula 13.485 13.556 11   6 45 Jim Kennedy 8 13.818 3 0
7 31 Ron Parish 13.537 13.551 10   7 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.766 5 0
8 M1 Bill Butler 13.544 13.571 9                
9 17 Dusty Carl 13.637 13.641 8                  
10 45 Jim Kennedy 13.659 13.667 7   Heat 2 Results:        
11 12x Mike Stenberg 13.698 13.733 6                  
12 6 Matthew Schindewolf 13.701 13.735 5   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 29 Jason Parish 13.718 13.729 4   1 31 Ron Parish 8 13.534 5 10
14 13 Ken Buchner 13.876 13.985 3   2 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.502 5 8
15 17H Jim Heeney -.--- -.--- 0   3 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.508 3 6
16 40 Shawn Lee -.--- -.--- 0   4 49 John Mamula 8 13.556 6 4
              5 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.454 6 0
Feature Results:         6 27. Nyle Weiler 8 13.621 3 0
              7 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.630 3 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.540 8 200                
2 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.539 12 190                
3 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.468 12 185              
4 49 John Mamula 35 13.623 11 180                
5 27. Nyle Weiler 35 13.566 19 175                
6 31 Ron Parish 35 13.626 6 170                
7 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.635 12 165                
8 29 Jason Parish 35 13.636 6 160                
9 17 Dusty Carl 35 13.706 7 155                
10 45 Jim Kennedy 35 13.720 12 150                
11 6 Matthew Schindewolf 35 13.780 6 145                
12 13 Ken Buchner 35 13.756 7 140                
13 6. Perry Davenport 22 13.604 7 135                
14 12x Mike Stenberg 3 14.021 2 130                
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, May 16, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7L Dane Long 14.182 14.227 20   1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.340 8 10
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.321 14.337 15   2 7L Dane Long 8 14.330 8 8
3 47 Scott Sigman 14.506 14.521 14   3 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.413 5 6
4 24. Damon Place 14.519 14.572 13   4 92 Andrew Clark 8 14.731 3 4
5 18 Bubber Patrick 14.780 14.836 12   5 24. Damon Place 8 14.632 3 0
6 2 Jamie Feguer 14.786 14.805 11   6 2 Jamie Feguer 8 14.897 5 0
7 M74 Nate Moon 14.904 14.947 10   7 70 Jordon Harvey 8 14.947 6 0
8 92 Andrew Clark 14.952 14.981 9   8 42 Bill Denny 7 16.287 4 0
9 70 Jordon Harvey 15.279 15.784 8                  
10 42 Bill Denny 16.306 19.907 7                
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.383 13 200                
2 7L Dane Long 25 14.420 13 190                
3 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.584 7 185                
4 24. Damon Place 25 14.576 8 180                
5 92 Andrew Clark 25 14.869 4 175                
6 2 Jamie Feguer 25 14.814 3 170                
7 70 Jordon Harvey 25 15.126 15 165                
8 M74 Nate Moon 25 14.935 4 160                
9 42 Bill Denny 23 15.721 18 155                
10 18 Bubber Patrick 14 14.954 9 150                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, May 16, 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 16.355 16.397 40   1 55 Daniel Gokee 8 17.205 6 10
2 55. Edson Rowley III 16.728 16.757 40   2 63 Joe Bates 8 17.400 2 9
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.888 16.947 40   3 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 17.290 2 8
4 7. Lexus Jarecki 17.007 17.070 40   4 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.319 3 7
5 31 George Wyers 17.097 17.133 40   5 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.381 2 6
6 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.113 17.139 40   6 80. Bill McBride 8 17.274 1 5
7 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.173 17.259 40   7 12. Robert Brown 5 20.446 4 5
8 12 Marq Eaton 17.184 17.292 40   8 97 Scott Rogers 1 27.602 1 5
9 55 Daniel Gokee 17.245 17.251 40                  
10 63 Joe Bates 17.350 17.389 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 38 Patrick Denison 17.452 17.669 40                  
12 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 17.453 17.530 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.541 17.573 40   1 55. Edson Rowley III 8 16.615 6 10
14 80. Bill McBride 17.626 17.689 40   2 72 Jimmy Scavarda 8 16.253 7 9
15 12. Robert Brown 18.214 18.218 40   3 12 Marq Eaton 8 17.169 6 8
16 97 Scott Rogers 18.511 18.568 40   4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 17.005 8 7
              5 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.190 3 6
Feature Results:         6 31 George Wyers 8 17.184 4 5
              7 7. Lexus Jarecki 8 17.220 4 5
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 8 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.374 4 5
1 72 Jimmy Scavarda 20 16.589 16 30                
2 55. Edson Rowley III 20 16.619 13 29              
3 31 George Wyers 20 17.005 2 28                
4 55 Daniel Gokee 20 17.186 6 27              
5 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.975 10 26              
6 63 Joe Bates 20 17.311 9 25              
7 38 Patrick Denison 20 17.564 11 25              
8 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.457 14 25              
9 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr 20 17.378 11 25              
10 22 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.501 11 25              
11 80. Bill McBride 20 17.592 18 25              
12 97 Scott Rogers 19 17.815 11 24              
13 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 11 17.272 8 16                
14 7. Lexus Jarecki 11 17.570 11 16                
15 12 Marq Eaton 9 17.173 1 14                
16 12. Robert Brown 0 -.--- - 5                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, May 16, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 16.091 16.095 20   1 28. Chris Stearns 8 16.211 7 10
2 28. Chris Stearns 16.115 16.142 15   2 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.487 2 8
3 J1 Jordan Lechota 16.342 16.428 14   3 888 Chad Lamson 8 16.279 5 6
4 28 Spencer Drake 16.619 16.729 13   4 J1 Jordan Lechota 8 16.367 5 4
5 77 Mark Carson 16.996 17.083 12   5 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.161 5 0
6 999 Michael Higbee 17.170 17.539 11   6 77 Mark Carson 8 16.900 3 0
7 30 Ian Schafer 17.255 17.309 10   7 25 Rob Patrick 8 16.983 5 0
8 911 Jim Gokee 17.447 17.834 9   8 911 Jim Gokee 8 16.985 2 0
9 88 Marc Childers 17.961 -.--- 8                  
10 25 Rob Patrick -.--- -.--- 0                
11 888 Chad Lamson -.--- -.--- 0                  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 16.099 10 200                
2 888 Chad Lamson 20 16.291 5 190                
3 28. Chris Stearns 20 16.084 7 185                
4 J1 Jordan Lechota 20 16.314 3 180                
5 28 Spencer Drake 20 16.774 6 175                
6 911 Jim Gokee 20 16.868 12 170                
7 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.908 4 165                
8 25 Rob Patrick 19 17.037 5 160                
9 77 Mark Carson 19 17.112 3 155                
10 999 Michael Higbee 19 17.217 8 150                


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