Gokee Puts One in the Win Column


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    It was an evening of firsts on CARQUEST Night, with Lansing’s Dan Gokee rounding out the Boss Snow Equipment Pony feature with his first ever Spartan Speedway win. The pack was tightly bunched as they came down for the start, running three- and four-wide going into turns one and two. Brian Beckner of Lansing took the lead, with Gokee, Patrick Denison, of Eaton Rapids, and Beckner coming across the line, three wide, for the lead on lap four. Denison took the lead away from Beckner, with Gokee slipping under Denison for the lead just three laps later. As Denison, Beckner, and Jackson’s George Wyers battled, Gokee opened up a bit of a cushion between himself and second place. Gregory’s Jeremy LaFontaine worked his way around Wyers, Beckner, and Denison, while point leader, Edson Rowley III, of Jackson, made his way to the front, in a borrowed CRC race car from Grass Lake, to sit in third, as laps wound down. At the checker, it was Gokee, Rowley, LaFontaine, Denison, and Beckner. Brothers, Brian Beckner and Wayne Beckner Jr., both of Lansing, made trips to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle after scoring heat wins.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmen gave a little taste of what was in store when the heat race was run side by side until a miscue opened the door for Damon Place, of Leslie, to score the win. Feature time saw Mason’s Scott Sigman jump out to the lead, with Charlotte’s Dane Long and East Lansing’s Jack Koone Jr. in hot pursuit. Long tried to make the outside groove work for him, while Koone worked the inside, right behind Sigman, waiting for either Long or Sigman to open a window of opportunity. That window never opened as Sigman made the race car as wide as possible to hold of both Long and Koone. Holt’s Jimmy Scavarda won the battle for fourth with Leslie’s Damon Place, while Leslie’s Nate Moon and Bubber Patrick, of Stockbridge rounded out the field. Place scored the heat win for the division.

   Evan Barrett, of Jackson, was in good company, scoring his first win in the Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Model division of the 2008 season. Barrett led from wire-to-wire, while Dewitt’s Chad Finley, Dimondale’s Jimmy Gallagher, Lansing’s Doug Finley, and Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer fought for position. C. Finley gave up the second spot to Gallagher, after retiring to the pit, leaving D. Finley to try and find a way around Gallagher for second, and with four laps to go, dove under Gallagher, bringing Stehouwer with him. At the line, it was Barrett, D. Finley, Stehouwer, Gallagher, and McNett. Barrett took the heat win as well, making two trips to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle.

   Three seasoned veterans found the Winner’s Circle in the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division. Leslie’s Ken Buchner and Corunna’s Larry Wallace tallied wins for their heats, while Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis found himself at the top of the heap, when the leader, Ron Parish, of Okemos, and Wallace got together during the feature, effectively knocking themselves out of contention for the evening, thus handing the lead over to Ellis. Eaton Rapid’s Jason Parish, Charlotte’s Dan Loughan and Lansing’s Chris Ozanich ran in a tight little pack, but couldn’t catch Ellis, on the restart, after the caution. As the checker waved, it was Ellis, Parish, Loughan, Ozanich, and Mason’s Rob Newman as the top five.

   It was a sweep for Spencer Drake, of Dimondale, as he won both the heat and the feature for the Pure Stock division. Leslie’s Justin Lewis was the early leader, but Drake overpowered him on lap three to take the lead. Charlotte’s Marc Childers got around Lewis for second, while Lansing’s Ian Schafer challenged Lewis for third. At the line, it was Drake, Childers, Lewis, Schafer and Stockbridge’s Darren Wright.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action at the Spartan Speedway. Friday, August 1st will be a special show, with special show pricing, as the School Bus Figure 8’s make their return to the track. The ever popular Pony Stock Figure 8’s will bring their brand of excitement on Dodge Night, sponsored by Beacon Sales of Charlotte. Regular divisions will include the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds and the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. August 8th will feature a full show of Andrews Chevrolet Super late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Performance Automotive NW Sportsman, Pure Stock and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. For more information, check us out at www.spartanspeedway.com and as always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, July 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 33 Dave Stehouwer 12.969 12.986 20   1 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.083 7 10
2 7 Jon McNett 13.000 13.079 15   2 29 Doug Finley 8 12.996 8 8
3 25 Jim Gallagher 13.072 13.097 14   3 7 Jon McNett 8 12.953 6 6
4 29 Doug Finley 13.145 13.176 13   4 25 Jim Gallagher 8 13.060 6 4
5 42 Chad Finley 13.151 13.151 12   5 T2 Doc Dutton 8 13.568 5 0
6 94 Evan Barrett 13.193 13.274 11   6 33 Dave Stehouwer 8 13.558 5 0
7 T2 Doc Dutton 13.388 13.424 10   7 12 John Kennedy 8 14.006 4 0
8 12 John Kennedy 13.599 14.043 9   8 45 Carl Sodman 8 13.924 6 0
9 45 Carl Sodman 13.615 13.629 8                  
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.070 8 200                
2 29 Doug Finley 40 13.029 7 190                
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 12.928 11 185                
4 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.015 13 180                
5 7 Jon McNett 40 13.041 6 175                
6 45 Carl Sodman 38 13.639 11 170                
7 12 John Kennedy 38 13.691 10 165                
8 42 Chad Finley 30 13.062 9 160                
9 T2 Doc Dutton 22 13.306 15 155                
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, July 25, 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 13.462 13.512 20   1 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.909 7 10
2 6L Dan Loughan 13.572 13.582 15   2 98 Rob Newman 8 13.890 8 8
3 6. Perry Davenport 13.573 13.682 14   3 32 Wayne Haughton 8 13.848 7 6
4 29 Jason Parish 13.601 13.609 13   4 31. Trei Deubel 8 13.888 7 4
5 55 Larry Wallace 13.602 13.610 12   5 1 Jon Beach 8 13.908 7 0
6 49 John Mamula 13.617 13.631 11   6 36 Tom Williams 8 13.820 7 0
7 31 Ron Parish 13.672 13.712 10   7 971 Wade Lankton 8 14.485 6 0
8 0z Chris Ozanich 13.742 13.751 9                
9 31. Trei Deubel 13.742 13.772 8                  
10 98 Rob Newman 13.753 13.781 7   Heat 2 Results:        
11 36 Tom Williams 13.755 13.864 6                  
12 32 Wayne Haughton 13.840 13.879 5   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 1 Jon Beach 14.059 14.169 0   1 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.450 5 10
14 13 Ken Buchner 14.149 14.941 4   2 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.585 5 8
15 971 Wade Lankton 14.693 14.806 3   3 31 Ron Parish 8 13.593 5 6
              4 29 Jason Parish 8 13.642 5 4
Feature Results:         5 49 John Mamula 8 13.690 5 0
              6 6L Dan Loughan 8 13.608 4 0
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 7 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.519 2 0
1 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.507 32 200 8 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.781 7 0
2 29 Jason Parish 35 13.682 12 190                
3 6L Dan Loughan 35 13.699 12 185              
4 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.730 4 180                
5 98 Rob Newman 35 13.778 8 175              
6 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.665 11 170              
7 32 Wayne Haughton 35 13.750 8 165              
8 1 Jon Beach 35 13.942 11 0              
9 13 Ken Buchner 35 13.945 12 160              
10 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.671 13 155              
11 971 Wade Lankton 34 14.538 12 150              
12 31 Ron Parish 29 13.584 9 145              
13 49 John Mamula 19 13.635 3 140              
14 36 Tom Williams 14 13.845 9 135                
15 31. Trei Deubel 6 13.730 4 125                
                             
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, July 25, 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 14.364 14.382 20   1 24. Damon Place 8 14.782 7 10
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.368 14.371 15   2 M74 Nate Moon 8 14.838 7 8
3 47 Scott Sigman 14.427 14.428 14   3 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.789 7 6
4 72 James Scavarda 14.470 14.521 13   4 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.749 4 4
5 07 Jordon Harvey 14.635 14.682 12   5 5 Bubber Patrick 8 14.754 4 0
6 M74 Nate Moon 14.643 14.715 11   6 72 James Scavarda 8 14.776 4 0
7 24. Damon Place 14.678 14.700 10   7 7L Dane Long 3 14.791 1 0
8 5 Bubber Patrick 14.751 14.783 9                
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.407 4 200                
2 7L Dane Long 25 14.344 11 190                
3 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.449 10 185                
4 72 James Scavarda 25 14.601 14 180                
5 24. Damon Place 25 14.647 23 175                
6 M74 Nate Moon 25 14.672 7 170                
7 5 Bubber Patrick 25 14.861 10 165                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, July 25, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.775 16.791 40   1 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.363 6 10
2 31 George Wyers 17.066 17.111 40   2 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.987 5 9
3 97 Scott Rodgers 17.092 17.161 40   3 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.471 6 8
4 55 Daniel Gokee 17.223 17.390 40   4 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 18.097 6 7
5 63 Joe Bates 17.263 17.373 40   5 32 James Harbenski 8 18.092 7 6
6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.311 17.434 40   6 12. Robert Brown 8 18.942 7 5
7 38 Patrick Denison 17.379 17.392 40   7 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 18.944 7 5
8 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.383 17.389 40   8 22 Bradley Harbenski 5 18.793 4 5
9 11 Brian Beckner 17.586 17.674 40                  
10 32 James Harbenski 17.938 18.048 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 18.438 18.579 40                  
12 8 Ken Dollarhite 19.063 19.191 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 19.113 19.499 40   1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 17.051 8 10
14 12. Robert Brown 19.149 20.372 40   2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 16.984 8 9
15 17 Edson Rowley III 19.237 19.401 40   3 31 George Wyers 8 17.269 6 8
16 10 Lexus Jarecki -.--- -.--- 40   4 63 Joe Bates 8 17.359 3 7
              5 55 Daniel Gokee 8 17.100 5 6
Feature Results:         6 97 Scott Rodgers 8 17.406 7 5
              7 17 Edson Rowley III 1 26.045 1 5
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 55 Daniel Gokee 20 17.044 4 30                
2 17 Edson Rowley III 20 16.668 11 29                
3 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.902 5 28              
4 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.939 5 27                
5 11 Brian Beckner 20 17.284 2 26                
6 31 George Wyers 20 16.991 10 25                
7 63 Joe Bates 20 17.384 11 25                
8 97 Scott Rodgers 20 17.383 11 25                
9 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.336 11 25                
10 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 19 17.480 16 24                
11 32 James Harbenski 19 18.062 9 24                
12 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 19 18.030 18 24                
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 18.189 9 24                
14 12. Robert Brown 18 18.947 7 23                
15 8 Ken Dollarhite 6 18.961 5 11                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, July 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 Spencer Drake 16.255 16.295 20   1 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.392 8 10
2 103 Justin Lewis 16.671 16.944 15   2 103 Justin Lewis 8 16.646 1 8
3 88 Marc Childers 16.898 16.922 14   3 88 Marc Childers 8 16.764 8 6
4 30 Ian Schafer 17.230 17.264 13   4 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.154 7 4
5 23 Darren Wright 20.682 21.126 12   5 23 Darren Wright 7 19.933 6 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 28 Spencer Drake 15 16.372 4 200                
2 88 Marc Childers 15 16.883 11 190                
3 103 Justin Lewis 15 16.871 14 185                
4 30 Ian Schafer 15 17.134 7 180                
5 23 Darren Wright 6 20.298 3 175                


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