Chargin’ Charlie Ryan Remembered at Spartan


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   The memory of Chargin’ Charlie Ryan Jr. lives on, as the 4th Annual Chargin’ Charlie Ryan Memorial race for Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, sponsored by B & L Truck Caps of Potterville, was run at the Spartan Speedway. Sixteen SLM’s lined up to run the 75 lap feature, Chargin’ Charlie Ryan style, with a total invert of the field.

   Eaton Rapids’, Bob Bauer took the lead at the drop of the green, with Jackson’s Evan Barrett and Dimondale’s Jimmy Gallagher giving chase during the early laps of the caution marred race. Gallagher took the high road, found his way around Barrett and Bauer and into the lead. Leslie’s Jeff Hackworth made his way to the front, catching the lead pack in the early laps. Lansing’s Doug Finley and Dewitt’s Jon McNett tried to reel in Gallagher for the lead. The duo ran side by side for a number of laps, with McNett slipping around Finley on the outside for second. Vicksburg’s Harry Foote, always a threat, caught the trio, making it a four-car battle for the lead. Columbus’ George Rangle tried to keep the lead pack in his sights, with Dewitt’s Chad Finley working his way back towards the front after a trip to the pit for service. McNett looked to the high groove for a way around Gallagher, while D. Finley stuck a nose under McNett for a run at Gallagher. Finley got around McNett, who began to fade back through the field, while C. Finley began his march to catch the lead pack, sitting just outside the top five, behind Hackworth. Foote tacked himself on to D. Finley’s bumper, with C. Finley gaining on the lead pack. Gallagher put some daylight between himself and D. Finley, as C. Finley caught Foote, who was trying to find a way around D.Finley. With two laps to go, Foote ducked under D. Finley for second but had nothing for Gallagher. At the checker, it was Gallagher to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle, followed by Foote, D. Finley, C. Finley, and Hackworth. C. Finley took the Northside Dash for Cash win, while Bauer won the heat.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division saw Lansing’s Chris Ozanich take the win, wire to wire, in the 35-lap feature. Ozanich had company for those 35 laps, as Charlotte’s Perry Davenport, Midland’s Travis Eddy, Corunna’s Larry Wallace and Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis were running nose to tail behind him. Ozanich and Davenport broke away from the pack, but that was short-lived as Eddy, Wallace, and Ellis caught the duo at the halfway point. The win marked Ozanich’s second trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle of 2008. Okemos’ Ron Parish took the four car dash win, while Mason’s Rob Newman took the heat win for the night.

   The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper MI Legend Series, with a huge field of cars finding their way around the tight ¼-mile oval of Spartan Speedway. Bryan Nuckles was shown as the early leader, with Levi Rouster quickly moving in to challenge for first. Rouster and Nuckles tangled, handing the lead to Matt Todd, with Brandon Mahoney knocking on the door. Todd fell back, giving the lead to Mahoney, while Chance Rice moved in for the kill, picking off Todd, then going after Mahoney. Rice tried to find a way around Mahoney, finally making it stick with three laps to go. At the stripe, it was Charlotte’s Rice, Mahoney, Todd, Chris Perry, and Tyler Rycenga. Perry, Rice and Mahoney tallied wins in their heats.

   The VROA series made a stop at the Spartan Speedway, with many of the cars sporting a Stealth Technologies decal. Stealth, along with Orchid, sponsored a portion of the evening’s events, showing their support of local short track racing. Fred Otterbien led the first lap after the green flag waved, with Rick Nelson taking the spot away two laps later. Dan Fraser and Samantha Jansen were going at it tooth and nail, with Jansen getting into Fraser, sending both to the rear. Steve Fuller moved into the second position on the restart, with Don Deyman and Bob Martin poised to strike. Nelson continued to lead, while Fraser and Jansen made their way back to the front, sitting third and fourth on with three laps to go. On the last lap, Jansen made a run on the outside, trapping both Nelson and Fuller behind a slower car at the bottom of the track to take the win, making her trip from Cambridge, Ontario especially sweet. At the line, it was Jansen, Nelson, Fuller, Fraser, Martin. Max Wirebaugh and Fraser took heat wins.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action at “the Track the Stars Call Home”, Spartan Speedway. Friday, July 18th is Topless Night. Anyone driving a convertible to the races that evening will get ½-off general admission. Featured will be a 75-lap SUPERPRO race, sponsored by Lipari Foods, along with the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmen, Pure Stocks, and the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. July 25th is CARQUEST Night, along with an Autograph session, featuring our Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmen, 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, July 11, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Northside Dash for Cash        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7 Jon McNett 12.695 12.724 20   1 42 Chad Finley 10 12.780 5 10
2 29 Doug Finley 12.740 12.751 15   2 25 Jim Gallagher 10 12.911 6 8
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 12.747 12.788 14   3 33 Dave Stehouwer 10 12.892 7 6
4 70 Harry Foote 12.825 12.908 0   4 7 Jon McNett 10 12.818 6 4
5 25 Jim Gallagher 12.936 12.938 13   5 70 Harry Foote 10 12.966 9 0
6 42 Chad Finley 12.966 12.977 12   6 29 Doug Finley 10 12.967 9 0
7 44 Jeff Hackworth 12.988 13.031 11                
8 94 Evan Barrett 13.002 13.008 9   Heat 2 Results:        
9 15 James Johnson 13.047 13.058 8                  
10 63 Tim Ryan 13.054 13.070 0   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
11 88 George Rangle Jr. 13.143 13.219 6     1 2 Bob Bauer 8 13.194 5 0
12 2 Bob Bauer 13.214 13.237 0   2 63 Tim Ryan 8 13.037 5 0
13 3 John Dunivon 13.309 13.320 4   3 44 Jeff Hackworth 8 13.058 5 10
14 15. Darrel Woolsey 13.749 13.781 0   4 3 John Dunivon 8 13.287 7 8
15 12 John Kennedy 13.887 13.903 2   5 88 George Rangle Jr. 8 13.261 6 6
16 81 Sonny Coito -.--- -.--- 0   6 15 James Johnson 8 13.089 7 4
              7 12 John Kennedy 8 13.661 8 0
Feature Results:         8 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.121 7 0
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 25 Jim Gallagher 75 12.952 14 200              
2 70 Harry Foote 75 13.002 22 0                
3 29 Doug Finley 75 12.988 12 190                
4 42 Chad Finley 75 13.043 20 185                
5 44 Jeff Hackworth 75 13.019 20 180                
6 88 George Rangle Jr. 75 13.177 5 175                
7 2 Bob Bauer 75 13.111 4 0                
8 94 Evan Barrett 74 13.134 9 170                
9 7 Jon McNett 74 12.799 8 165                
10 12 John Kennedy 70 13.680 8 160                
11 15. Darrel Woolsey 48 13.387 9 0                
12 3 John Dunivon 32 13.234 23 155                
13 15 James Johnson 19 12.973 6 150                
14 33 Dave Stehouwer 15 12.906 6 145                
15 81 Sonny Coito 12 13.648 6 0                
16 63 Tim Ryan 0 -.--- - 0                
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, July 11, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.495 13.583 20   1 31 Ron Parish 4 13.629 3 10
2 M1 Bill Butler 13.603 13.649 15   2 55 Larry Wallace 4 13.623 4 8
3 55 Larry Wallace 13.614 13.624 14   3 M1 Bill Butler 4 13.702 4 6
4 31 Ron Parish 13.619 13.674 13   4 50 Leroy Ellis 4 13.727 2 4
5 78 Travis Eddy 13.623 13.626 0                
6 29 Jason Parish 13.654 13.660 12   Heat Results:        
7 31. Trei Deubel 13.682 13.735 11                
8 6. Perry Davenport 13.739 13.747 10   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 0z Chris Ozanich 13.744 13.748 9     1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.655 3 10
10 13 Ken Buchner 13.756 13.789 8   2 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.692 5 8
11 12x Gavin Hunyady 13.759 13.820 7     3 49 John Mamula 8 13.759 4 6
12 98 Rob Newman 13.760 13.772 6   4 31. Trei Deubel 8 13.655 4 4
13 49 John Mamula 13.854 13.871 5   5 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.680 4 0
              6 78 Travis Eddy 8 13.635 5 0
Feature Results:         7 29 Jason Parish 8 13.670 6 0
              8 12x Gavin Hunyady 8 13.766 5 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 9 13 Ken Buchner 4 14.061 2 0
1 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.720 6 200                
2 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.717 29 190                
3 78 Travis Eddy 35 13.711 7 0                
4 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.707 9 185              
5 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.640 12 180                
6 31 Ron Parish 35 13.702 5 175                
7 29 Jason Parish 35 13.676 6 170                
8 98 Rob Newman 35 13.803 20 165                
9 13 Ken Buchner 35 13.792 8 160                
10 49 John Mamula 35 13.789 14 155                
11 12x Gavin Hunyady 35 13.807 30 150                
12 31. Trei Deubel 33 13.697 26 145                
13 M1 Bill Butler 17 13.694 5 140                


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