Roney Takes 100-lap Feature Win at Spartan


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   The ShortTrackTruck.com Challenge Series saw four different leaders over the course of 100 laps over the long Memorial race weekend, but Holly’s Rob Roney made the trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle at the Spartan Speedway. Paul Schaffer jumped into the lead as the green flag waved, with Justin Claucherty taking command just five laps into the race. Joey Shuryan was running second, while Jon Smalley sat in the third position. Smalley went to work on Shuryan, dove under him going into turn four, and took away the second position. Smalley was reeling in Claucherty, as caution waved, closing up the field behind Claucherty. On the restart, Schaffer made the pass on Shuryan for third, and Smalley dove under Claucherty for the lead, just four laps later. Smalley got a little loose, allowing Claucherty to regain the lead, as Smalley lost the second position to Schaffer. Claucherty and Schaffer duked it out for first, while Roney got around Smalley for third. Schaffer took the lead, with Roney and Shuryan following him under Claucherty. Roney and Schaffer got together a bit, Schaffer lost momentum, and Roney drove into the lead. Claucherty went after Shuryan for second, took away the position but was never able to issue a challenge on Roney for the lead. Smalley and Shuryan were leaning on each other for the third position, with Smalley taking the third spot as laps wound down. Claucherty never really had anything for Roney in the end, as Smalley challenged him for the second position. At the line, it was Roney, Claucherty, Smalley, Shuryan, and Schaffer.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsman division played host to the Sunday Slugfest, with Jack Koone Jr., of East Lansing, flexing his muscle to score his second feature win of the 2008 season. Millington’s David Kirklin took the early lead in the 30-lap feature. He had some heavy hitters knocking on the door though, as Koone and Charlotte’s Dane Long made a Kirklin sandwich, with Koone taking the low groove and Long running his preferred high line. Mason’s Scott Sigman ducked under Kirklin as well, moving himself into the third position. Kirklin, St. Johns’ Andrew Clark and Leslie’s Damon Place ran in a tight little pack, with Place ducking to the inside of Clark and Kirklin to move into the fourth position. As laps wound down, Koone drove away from the field, taking a commanding win over Long, Sigman, Place, and Kirklin. Koone won the four car dash and Kirklin took the heat win.

   It was a "battle royal" for the Pure Stock division, as the East Side Invaders stopped by to make the special Sunday invitational. Twenty-four cars lined up for their 25-lap feature, with pole sitter, Bruce Johnson, of the Flint area, taking the early lead, as the green flag waved, with cars stacked up three-wide going into turn one. Johnson, Davison’s Ricky Plamondon, Troy Shinabarger, and Jordan Lechota were jockeying for position when they all tangled on the back stretch. On the restart, it Plamondon to the lead, with Davison’s Chad Lamson putting his “Chadillac” in first, less than halfway into the feature. Flint-area’s Nick Johnston had a great run with Davison’s Lonnie Saumier, Plamondon, and Chris Stearns in hot pursuit. Caution brought the field up on Johnston’s bumper, and on the restart, Saumier drove under Johnston to run side-by-side. Johnston brushed the wall coming down for the checker, and at the stripe, it was Saumier, Stearns, Johnston, Dan Leeck and Plamondon. Jackson’s Jeremy Lutz, Davison’s Mike Diehl, and Dimondale’s Spencer Drake tallied heat wins for the evening.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division saw twenty three cars come out to give the fast ¼-mile a try. Charlotte’s Todd Metz and Jeremy LaFontaine brought the field down to the green, with cars going three- and four-wide down the backstretch after the start. LaFontaine took the lead, but that was short-lived, as Holt’s Jimmy Scavarda roared to the front, bringing Lansing’s Brian Beckner with him. Clio’s Andrew Abbott was running third just ahead of Jackson’s Edson Rowley III. Wayne Beckner Jr. found himself in fifth, by the halfway point. Caution waved, erasing Scavarda’s huge lead and on the restart, Rowley jumped into the second groove to try and make up some ground on B. Beckner and Scavarda. A lapped car almost took out the leader with nine laps to go, but Scavarda was able to shake it off and continue on for the win. As the checkered flag waved, it was Scavarda, B. Beckner, Rowley, W. Beckner, and Jackson’s George Wyers. Portland’ Brad Harbenski, Laingsburg’s Joe Bates, and Scavarda won their heat races.

   The Mini-Cup Series returned to the Spartan Speedway, with Maurice Randall setting the bar high as fast qualifier. As the green flag waved over their 25-laps feature, Teresa DeBaecke took the lead, with Dave Taylor taking the top spot away just a few laps later. Taylor, Morgan Baird, and Joey Greening battled for position, while Tim Phillips swiftly made his way to the front. Phillips took the lead nearly half way into the feature and drove away from the field. Jim Debaecke clawed his way into second ahead of Taylor, while Greening had his hands full trying to hold off Randall for fourth. At the stripe, it was T. Phillips, J. DeBaeke, Taylor, Greeney, and Randall. Father and son, Tim and Scott Phillips, each won their heats.

   The Capital City Crazies made their way to the Figure 8 track at Spartan Speedway to run the first leg of their series. Owosso’s Jim Gokee pulled double duty, driving both a Pure Stock and a Figure 8 car. Gokee drove to the win over Owosso’s James Clark, Leslie’s Rolley Olney, Flint’s Ray DerMiner, and Davison’s Dan Leeck.
Statistics
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Sunday, May 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7L Dane Long 14.152 14.160     1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 4 14.405 3  
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.220 14.226     2 7L Dane Long 4 14.339 4  
3 47 Scott Sigman 14.503 14.585     3 47 Scott Sigman 4 14.662 4  
4 92 Andrew Clark 14.694 14.738     4 92 Andrew Clark 4 14.735 3  
5 24. Damon Place 14.801 14.814                  
6 x5 Ed Newman Jr 14.815 14.866     Heat 1 Results:        
7 07 Jordon Harvey 14.836 14.846                  
8 2 Jamie Feguer 14.836 14.947     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 02 David Kirklin 14.861 15.003       1 02 David Kirklin 8 15.125 7  
10 M74 Nate Moon 15.134 15.144     2 3 Rolley Olney 8 15.257 4  
11 42 Bill Denny 15.293 15.446       3 07 Jordon Harvey 8 15.125 5  
12 3 Rolley Olney 15.361 15.458     4 2 Jamie Feguer 8 15.090 4  
13 0 Ray DerMiner 15.952 15.960     5 x5 Ed Newman Jr 8 14.871 4  
              6 24. Damon Place 8 14.811 7  
Feature Results:         7 M74 Nate Moon 8 15.174 7  
              8 42 Bill Denny 8 15.455 4  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 30 14.455 15                
2 7L Dane Long 30 14.532 14                
3 47 Scott Sigman 30 14.605 19                
4 24. Damon Place 30 14.689 13                  
5 02 David Kirklin 30 14.943 6                
6 92 Andrew Clark 30 14.936 14                  
7 M74 Nate Moon 29 15.409 4                
8 42 Bill Denny 29 15.464 5                
9 0 Ray DerMiner 28 16.061 4                
10 x5 Ed Newman Jr 26 14.812 4                
11 2 Jamie Feguer 11 15.272 6                
12 3 Rolley Olney 9 15.472 7                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Sunday, May 25, 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 15.861 15.969     1 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.462 4  
2 11 Brian Beckner 16.141 16.443     2 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.784 4  
3 55. Edson Rowley III 16.460 16.485     3 97 Scott Rogers 8 17.724 1  
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.619 16.635     4 21 Henry Keenan Jr. 8 17.604 4  
5 31 George Wyers 16.694 16.715     5 12. Robert Brown 8 18.482 2  
6 12 Marq Eaton 16.772 16.863     6 63. Justin Wolf 8 18.938 2  
7 62 Shawn Conner 16.986 17.063     7 79 Todd Metz Jr. 4 17.864 3  
8 2 John Donnert 17.020 17.034                  
9 80. Bill McBride 17.040 17.280                    
10 1 Paige Amy 17.046 17.099     Heat 2 Results:        
11 5. Andrew Abbott 17.054 17.057                    
12 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.071 17.097     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 79 Todd Metz Jr. 17.145 17.359     1 63 Joe Bates 8 17.243 8  
14 55 Daniel Gokee 17.195 17.281     2 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.391 6  
15 63 Joe Bates 17.205 17.208     3 5. Andrew Abbott 8 17.266 8  
16 7. Lexus Jarecki 17.303 17.514     4 55 Daniel Gokee 8 17.220 4  
17 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.304 17.455     5 1 Paige Amy 8 17.303 8  
18 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.401 17.527     6 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.129 8  
19 38 Patrick Denison 17.680 17.757     7 80. Bill McBride 8 17.297 2  
20 12. James Harbenski 18.215 18.559                  
21 97 Scott Rogers 18.325 18.389                    
22 63. Justin Wolf 19.833 19.920     Heat 3 Results :        
23 8 Ken Dollarhite -.--- -.---                    
24 21 Henry Keenan Jr. -.--- -.---   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
25 12. Robert Brown -.--- -.---   1 72 Jimmy Scavarda 8 16.061 8  
            2 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.352 8  
Feature Results:         3 31 George Wyers 8 16.788 6  
              4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.471 8  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 5 12 Marq Eaton 8 16.846 8  
1 72 Jimmy Scavarda 20 16.051 18   6 55. Edson Rowley III 8 16.493 7  
2 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.247 9   7 62 Shawn Conner 8 17.114 8  
3 55. Edson Rowley III 20 16.565 19   8 2 John Donnert 8 17.060 7  
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.536 7                  
5 31 George Wyers 20 16.789 14                  
6 5. Andrew Abbott 20 16.932 15                  
7 80. Bill McBride 20 16.800 5                  
8 62 Shawn Conner 20 17.107 14                  
9 63 Joe Bates 20 17.271 18                  
10 1 Paige Amy 20 17.305 19                
11 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 17.258 18                  
12 12 Marq Eaton 20 17.152 9                  
13 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.460 8                  
14 21 Henry Keenan Jr. 20 17.510 6                  
15 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 17.746 4                  
16 38 Patrick Denison 19 17.535 11                  
17 97 Scott Rogers 18 18.021 16                  
18 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 11 17.157 2                  
19 12. James Harbenski 10 18.270 4                  
20 2 John Donnert 9 17.572 8                  
21 55 Daniel Gokee 1 19.916 1                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Sunday, May 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 28. Chris Stearns 16.126 16.130     1 83 Jeremy Lutz 8 16.602 8  
2 4 Jason Congdon 16.253 16.354     2 911 Jim Gokee 8 16.618 8  
3 M15 Lonnie Saumier 16.274 16.324     3 222 Vic Montroll 8 16.534 5  
4 888 Chad Lamson 16.278 16.367     4 M2 Scott Beach 8 16.649 6  
5 84d Nick Johnston 16.378 16.412     5 48 Josh Sattler 8 17.148 6  
6 J1 Jordan Lechota 16.419 16.504     6 88 Marc Childers 1 17.618 1  
7 28 Spencer Drake 16.427 16.429                  
8 M16 Ricky Plamondon 16.497 16.513                  
9 x71 Chester Allen III 16.509 16.545                    
10 17 Troy Shinabarger 16.574 16.578     Heat 2 Results:        
11 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 16.598 16.680                    
12 12 Hanna Christensen 16.618 16.624     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 L38 Bruce Johnson 16.622 16.759     1 1 Michael Diehl 8 16.718 5  
14 M1 Michael Diehl 16.638 16.738     2 1 Hanna Christensen 8 16.679 8  
15 83 Jeremy Lutz 16.656 16.664     3 1 Ricky Plamondon 8 16.667 8  
16 01 Dan Leeck 16.755 20.296     4 1 Troy Shinabarger 8 16.728 5  
17 M2 Scott Beach 16.782 16.822     5 1 Chester Allen III 8 16.715 5  
18 911 Jim Gokee 16.796 16.828     6 1 Bruce Johnson 8 16.854 8  
19 222 Vic Montroll 16.852 16.957     7 1 Wayne Parkhurst II 4 16.952 3  
20 48 Josh Sattler 17.028 17.028     8 1 Wayne Parkhurst Sr 2 18.978 1  
21 88 Marc Childers 17.301 17.310                    
22 13 Wayne Parkhurst Sr -.--- -.---     Heat 3 Results :        
23 30 Ian Schafer -.--- -.---                    
24 77 Mark Carson -.--- -.---   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
            1 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.215 7  
Feature Results:         2 J1 Jordan Lechota 8 16.244 7  
              3 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 16.151 7  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 4 01 Dan Leeck 8 16.236 6  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 25 16.327 19   5 84d Nick Johnston 8 16.373 3  
2 28. Chris Stearns 25 16.318 23   6 28. Chris Stearns 8 16.228 7  
3 84d Nick Johnston 25 16.299 12   7 4 Jason Congdon 8 16.319 3  
4 01 Dan Leeck 25 16.173 9   8 77 Mark Carson 8 16.866 2  
5 M16 Ricky Plamondon 25 16.460 22     9 888 Chad Lamson 4 16.409 4  
6 17 Troy Shinabarger 25 16.718 9                  
7 M2 Scott Beach 25 16.800 9                  
8 x71 Chester Allen III 25 16.596 8                  
9 M1 Michael Diehl 25 16.596 15                  
10 28 Spencer Drake 25 16.458 10                  
11 4 Jason Congdon 25 16.444 10                
12 L38 Bruce Johnson 24 16.838 13                  
13 48 Josh Sattler 24 17.238 7                  
14 07 Mark Carson 24 17.142 12                  
15 12 Hanna Christensen 24 16.609 23                  
16 222 Vic Montroll 22 16.821 10                  
17 888 Chad Lamson 16 16.345 11                  
18 83 Jeremy Lutz 13 16.684 10                  
19 J1 Jordan Lechota 6 16.817 4                  
20 911 Jim Gokee 6 16.613 6                  
21 30 Ian Schafer 6 17.077 1                  
                 
Spartan Figure 8 Series
Saturday, January 00, 1900
                 
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 74 James Gokee 25 20.586 3 200                
2 83 James Clark III 25 20.772 7 190                
3 3 Rolley Olney 24 21.658 11 185                
4 0 Ray DerMiner 24 21.810 11 180                
5 01 Dan Leeck 21 22.663 19 175                
6 57 Frank Erlenbeck 13 20.866 11 170                
7 222 Vic Montroll 10 25.948 10 165                
8 80x Jeffrey Cummings 5 20.601 4 160                
                             
Short Track Truck Series
Sunday, May 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 30 Joey Shuryan 14.423 14.513     1 91 Rob Roney 100 14.696 15  
2 7 Justin Claucherty 14.561 14.642     2 7 Justin Claucherty 100 14.612 4  
3 33 Paul Schaffer 14.589 14.726     3 81 John Smalley 100 14.602 4  
4 59 Darren Lane 14.633 14.713     4 30 Joey Shuryan 100 14.619 3  
5 81 John Smalley 14.633 14.639     5 33 Paul Schaffer 100 14.628 4  
6 91 Rob Roney 14.641 14.835     6 23 Josh Leo 100 14.763 6  
7 6 Larry Barylski Jr. 14.679 14.713     7 01 Keera Allen 100 14.982 10  
8 11 Keith Wioncek 14.712 14.714     8 6 Larry Barylski Jr. 99 14.739 6  
9 23 Josh Leo 14.802 14.904       9 06 Tom Sliwa 98 14.981 12  
10 16 Doug Vander Vliet 14.920 15.014     10 07 Dave Parisian 98 15.015 14  
11 7 Dave Parisian 14.940 15.092       11 98 John Culp 98 15.102 12  
12 6 Tom Sliwa 15.027 15.082     12 11 Keith Wioncek 80 14.889 37  
13 1 Keera Allen 15.028 15.044     13 5 David Stone 70 15.090 12  
14 55 Jason LaDuke 15.112 15.148     14 31 Johnny Bruno 58 15.237 6  
15 98 John Culp 15.219 15.221     15 59 Darren Lane 51 14.594 2  
16 5 David Stone 15.340 15.374     16 55 Jason LaDuke 45 14.982 11  
17 31 Johnny Bruno 15.427 15.653     17 15 Gerard Ramos 27 15.721 8  
18 15 Gerard Ramos 16.029 16.360     18 16 Doug Vander Vliet 17 14.971 10  
              19 2 Junior Prutt 1 16.369 1  
                             
Mini Cup Series
Sunday, May 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 93 Maurice Randall 15.450 15.586     1 8 Tim Phillips 8 15.913 6  
2 7 Scott Phillips 15.585 15.626     2 3 Freeman Hochstetler 8 16.195 5  
3 8 Tim Phillips 15.686 15.706     3 93 Maurice Randall 8 15.988 4  
4 72 Jim DeBaecke 15.688 15.740     4 44 Trent Jenson 8 15.886 6  
5 21 Edward Welch 15.944 16.011     5 21 Edward Welch 8 16.015 5  
6 29 John Dewey 16.020 16.237     6 10 Dave Wilson 8 16.274 6  
7 34 Dave Harrison 16.033 16.285     7 28 Jessie Thatcher 8 16.855 5  
8 44 Trent Jenson 16.089 16.151     8 24. Dave Taylor 6 16.299 6  
9 17 Joey Greening 16.120 16.137                    
10 10 Dave Wilson 16.170 16.175     Heat 2 Results:        
11 99 Morgan Baird 16.192 16.214                    
12 3 Freeman Hochstetler 16.203 16.266     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 01 Chris Targgart 16.335 16.372     1 7 Scott Phillips 8 15.647 7  
14 24. Dave Taylor 16.338 16.370     2 99 Morgan Baird 8 16.202 6  
15 38 Teresa DeBaeke 16.457 16.462     3 17 Joey Greening 8 15.913 7  
16 28 Jessie Thatcher 16.871 16.889     4 38 Teresa DeBaeke 8 16.121 8  
              5 01 Chris Targgart 8 16.348 7  
Feature Results:         6 34 Dave Harrison 8 16.390 7  
              7 72 Jim DeBaecke 1 20.050 1  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 8 Tim Phillips 25 15.800 14                  
2 72 Jim DeBaecke 25 15.846 20                
3 24. Dave Taylor 25 16.111 13                  
4 17 Joey Greening 25 16.044 20                
5 93 Maurice Randall 25 15.860 25                
6 44 Trent Jenson 25 16.063 25                
7 21 Edward Welch 25 16.027 9                
8 99 Morgan Baird 25 16.107 13                
9 38 Teresa DeBaeke 25 16.145 16                
10 34 Dave Harrison 25 16.333 17                
11 01 Chris Targgart 21 16.260 19                
12 10 Dave Wilson 20 16.308 17                
13 3 Freeman Hochstetler 9 16.588 9                  
14 28 Jessie Thatcher 4 17.869 2                  
15 7 Scott Phillips 2 17.302 2                  
                             


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