By: Carol Thompson substituting for Michelle Sprague

   The weather was perfect, the crowd was enthusiastic, the racing was fast and furious – who could ask for anything more?!

   The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Sprints were back at Spartan Speedway for the first time in eight years, and the action was fast and furious. The identical blue sprinters driven by Bill Tyler (#24) and Jason Blonde (#42) battled hard in the early laps of the Sprint feature running side by side, lap after lap, but at the finish it was Jason Blonde finishing slightly ahead of Tyler, with Chad Goff finishing a close third, Jeff Banyas fourth and Jimmy McCune finishing fifth. It’s always fun to watch open wheel racing, but on that tight quarter-mile track it takes special skill! Sprint heats were won by Ike Beasley, Bill Tyler and Jason Blonde.

   The 40-lap Performance Northwest Sportsman feature got off to a rough start with Dane Long and Jack Koone coming together on lap 2, but once they were off and running again it was a slugfest. Two laps later Jack Koone was at the end of the hook – off to the pits. There was passing and dicing and slicing, but at the end of 40 laps it was Dane Long of Charlotte in the winner’s circle, Scott Sigman 2nd, Damon Place of Leslie right on his bumper for third place, Jordan Harvey 4th , Nate Moon 5th, Dave Thorburn 6th.

   There were 20+ Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks on hand and at times they were running four abreast – flat out – no holds barred! The feature was won by 14-year-old Lex Jarecki who took a commanding lead and held it for his first feature win! Veteran Wayne Beckner, Jr. came home second, followed by George Wyres, Edson Rowley III and Todd Metz, Jr.

   The Pure Stock Feature was wild and wooly as always! The lead changed so many times it was hard to keep track of who was where, but in the end, it was young Lonnie “Buzz Saw” Saumier, followed across the line by Dan Leeck, Chris Stearns, Nick Johnston, Chad Decker, Chad Lamson and Spencer Drake. Lots of “east-siders” were on hand. We’re always glad to see them roll into the pits at Spartan – they keep things interesting!

   Last but not least were the two wacky figure 8 races. First up, it was the Pony Stock guys – Brian Beckner was not to be beaten, and in spite of losing parts of his car here and there, rolling his front bumper under the car, and going airborne on at least two occasions, he remained in the lead to take his first checkered flag of the season! He was followed by Todd Metz, Jr., Joe “Dirt” Bates, Jim Harbenski and James Hogan. After that – it was anybody’s guess!

   Second of the figure 8 races was equally as exciting – it was the first time the Pure Stock guys took a shot at getting through the “X” safely. And for a few laps they managed to do just that, with hair-raising passes. But, it was bound to happen, Troy Shinabarger and Wayne Parkhurst Sr. both got to the intersection at precisely the same time and pretty much destroyed both cars – one stopping in the “X” the other sailing across Poor Paul’s precious green grass and ending up against the front straight wall – much worse for the wear. After the wreckers hauled them back to the pits, it was back to the action. There was a young pre-teen sitting in front of me – I was sure she’d never see her 13th birthday! She was so excited (it was her first figure 8 race) – it was fun to watch her unadulterated joy and enthusiasm! She clapped and shouted and squealed through the entire race! At the end of 20 laps, Chad Lamson bested the rest with an impressive win over Lonnie Saumier, Dan Leeck, Chad Decker, James Hogan and Dan Lewis.

   For more fun and excitement, join us at Spartan Speedway in Mason next Friday, July 18th – “topless night” - half price general admission for convertibles. The SuperPro racers will be back in town for a 75-lap race sponsored by Lipari Foods, along with Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive Northwest Sportsmen, Pure Stocks and Pony Stocks. Come join us! Summer is half over – get some racing in while you can.

Statistics
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Sunday, July 13, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7L Dane Long 14.201 14.233 0   1 7L Dane Long 40 14.627 19 50
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.284 14.384 0   2 47 Scott Sigman 40 14.753 29 50
3 47 Scott Sigman 14.434 14.437 0   3 24. Damon Place 40 14.868 28 50
4 24. Damon Place 14.502 14.553 0   4 07 Jordon Harvey 40 14.786 11 50
5 M74 Nate Moon 14.568 14.656 0   5 M74 Nate Moon 40 14.887 11 50
6 72 James Scavarda 14.570 14.611 0   6 51 David Thorburn 40 15.165 11 50
7 07 Jordon Harvey 14.716 14.741 0   7 2 Jamie Feguer 40 15.179 25 50
8 2 Jamie Feguer 14.779 14.780 0   8 6 Ian Sprague 40 15.161 19 50
9 x5 Ed Newman Jr 14.896 14.906 0     9 72 James Scavarda 21 14.967 18 50
10 6 Ian Sprague 14.972 14.976 0   10 x5 Ed Newman Jr 13 15.088 11 50
11 51 David Thorburn 15.031 15.033 0     11 01 Jack Koone Jr. 5 14.958 5 50
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Sunday, July 13, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 1. Scott Quall 16.166 16.215     1 10 Lexus Jarecki 25 16.300 18 25
2 10 Lexus Jarecki 16.267 16.352     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 25 16.380 18 25
3 11 Brian Beckner 16.278 16.325     3 31 George Wyers 25 16.693 7 25
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.654 16.993     4 55. Edson Rowley III 25 16.689 19 25
5 5. Andrew Abbott 16.814 16.814     5 79 Todd Metz Jr. 25 16.561 6 25
6 55. Edson Rowley III 16.892 17.045     6 55 Daniel Gokee 25 16.943 9 25
7 3 George Wyers 16.975 17.209     7 51 Andrew Abbott 25 16.863 5 25
8 55 Daniel Gokee 17.001 17.079     8 80. Bill McBride 25 17.061 3 25
9 63 Joe Bates 17.156 17.195       9 63 Joe Bates 24 17.142 5 25
10 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.264 17.264     10 97 Scott Rodgers 24 17.245 7 25
11 80. Bill McBride 17.279 17.487       11 62 Shawn Conner 24 17.257 8 25
12 1 Scott Amy 17.417 17.510     12 38 Patrick Denison 24 17.140 4 25
13 38 Patrick Denison 17.472 17.535     13 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 23 18.096 8 25
14 62 Shawn Conner 17.544 17.559     14 22 Bradley Harbenski 23 17.885 4 25
15 97 Scott Rodgers 17.546 17.582     15 32 James Harbenski 23 17.784 7 25
16 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.755 17.756     16 12 James Hogan 23 18.303 6 25
17 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.876 17.963     17 12.. Robert Brown 20 18.853 11 25
18 32 James Harbenski 18.051 18.157     18 14 Jeremy LaFontaine 9 17.277 5 25
19 8 Ken Dollarhite 18.157 18.165     19 1. Scott Quall 7 15.858 6 25
20 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 18.177 18.208     20 11 Brian Beckner 6 16.433 6 25
21 12 James Hogan 18.857 19.100       21 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 4 18.110 2 25
22 12.. Robert Brown 19.562 19.576     22 1 Scott Amy 3 19.090 2 25
23 12. Marq Eaton -.--- -.---       23 8 Ken Dollarhite 0 -.--- - 25
24 79 Todd Metz Jr. -.--- -.---                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Sunday, July 13, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 28 Spencer Drake 16.083 16.094     1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 25 16.030 9 50
2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 16.219 16.246     2 01 Dan Leeck 25 16.116 4 50
3 888 Chad Lamson 16.286 16.302     3 28. Chris Stearns 25 16.231 4 50
4 01 Dan Leeck 16.404 16.447     4 7 Nick Johnston 25 16.514 10 50
5 7 Nick Johnston 16.573 16.638     5 84D Chad Decker 25 16.447 13 50
6 103 Justin Lewis 16.650 16.668     6 888 Chad Lamson 25 16.320 4 50
7 x35 Duane Damon 16.650 16.689     7 28 Spencer Drake 25 15.954 6 50
8 84D Chad Decker 16.706 16.739     8 103 Justin Lewis 25 16.561 10 50
9 13x Wayne Parkhurst Sr 16.779 16.827       9 13x Wayne Parkhurst Sr 25 16.584 7 50
10 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 16.806 16.833     10 13 Wayne Parkhurst II 25 16.766 5 50
11 17 Troy Shinabarger 17.504 17.545       11 17 Troy Shinabarger 25 17.390 6 50
12 122 James Hogan 17.840 17.931     12 122 James Hogan 24 17.538 20 50
13 28. Chris Stearns -.--- -.---     13 50 Patrick McNamara 18 16.286 8 50
14 50 Patrick McNamara -.--- -.---     14 x35 Duane Damon 15 16.549 8 50
15 30 Ian Schafer -.--- -.---     15 30 Ian Schafer 14 17.299 8 50
16 32 Steve Orta -.--- -.---     16 32 Steve Orta 1 20.777 1 50
                             
Figure 8 Results
Sunday, July 13, 2008
                             
Pony Stocks           Pure Stocks        
                             
Pos Car# Driver         Pos Car# Driver        
1 11 Brian Beckner         1 888 Chad Lamson        
2 79 Todd Metz Jr.         2 M15 Lonnie Saumier        
3 63 Joe Bates         3 01 Dan Leeck        
4 32 James Harbenski         4 84D Chad Decker        
5 12 James Hogan         5 122 James Hogan        
6 12 Richard Roberts Sr.         6 103 Dan Lewis        
7 97 Jacob Newman         7 50 Patrick McNamara        
8 22 Bradley Harbenski         8 17 Troy Shinabarger        
9 55 Daniel Gokee           9 13x Wayne Parkhurst Sr        
10 1 Duane Damon         10 13 Joe Barnhart        
11 80 Bill McBride           11 x35 Duane Damon        
12 12 Andrew Abbott                      
13 17 Patrick McNamara                      
14 31 Randy Kretzinger Jr                      


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