Finley Back in the Spartan Winner’s Circle


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    It had been a bit of a dry spell for Lansing’s Doug Finley, but Finley found himself in the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle, at the Spartan Speedway, for his win in the Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Model division. At the green, Evan Barrett took command and with Finley, Dewitt’s Jon McNett, Dimondale’s Jimmy Gallagher, and Eaton Rapids Doc Dutton in tow. Barrett gave Finley a couple of looks to the low side, as Barrett would slide up the track a bit coming out of turn four. McNett and Gallagher were running third and fourth, when Barrett spun, on his own, relinquishing the lead to Finley. Finley never looked back, putting major real estate between himself and McNett. Gallagher came home third, in spite of a heat race crash that could have knocked the point leader out of contention for the evening. Fellow competitors worked for over an hour on the car, and Gallagher made the feature, scoring precious points that might have been lost toward the season championship. At the line, it was Finley, McNett, Gallagher, Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer, and Barrett. McNett took the heat win for the division.

   Lansing’s Chris Ozanich led the charge, on the start for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division, working the high line, but Eaton Rapids’ Jason Parish made the pass for the lead on the inside, leaving Ohio’s Bud Perry to decide who to follow through. Perry opted to follow Parish and the duo broke away from the pack, leaving Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis, Ozanich, and Corunna’s Larry Wallace to battle for position. Parish and Perry were running nose to tail when they ran up on a lapped car. Parish chose the high side, while Perry dove down low, sandwiching the lapped car between them, running three-wide going into turn four. That maneuver didn’t turn out so well, as Parish’s evening ended with damage to the left rear of the car. Caution closed the field up behind Perry, with Ellis, Ozanich, Wallace and Battle Creek’s Dusty Carl ready to take a run at Perry. At the line, it was Perry, Ellis, Ozanich, Wallace, and Carl. John Mamula, of Okemos, and Parish both won their heats.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans saw East Lansing’s Jack Koone Jr. and Charlotte’s Dane Long fight tooth and nail for the win in the division. There will be sheet metal repair in both shops this week, in preparation for season championships on the 22nd. Leslie’s Nate Moon took the early lead, with Koone on the move. Koone took the lead, with Leslie’s Damon Place running in second. Long made his way around Place, with Holt’s Jimmy Scavarda closing on Place. Mason’s Scott Sigman continued his march to the front, while Koone and Long battled for the lead, getting together coming off of turn four. Long gained the advantage as a caution for debris came out, giving Long the lead for good. Scavarda and Moon got together bringing out another caution, moving Stokbridge’s Bubber Patrick and Sigman into the top five. On the restart, Koone was unable to catch Long, and after 25 laps, it was Long, Koone, Place, Sigman, and Patrick. Scavarda tallied the heat win.

   Lansing’s Ian Schafer led the Pure Stock division down to the green and held the lead for two laps before Dimondale’s Spencer Drake took command and went on to win the 15-lap feature. Dale Wagner, of Springport, battled Charlotte’s Marc Childers for second, with Childers coming out on top. Dimondale’s Steve Orta ran in fourth, while Schafer came home in fifth. Wagner took the heat win.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division saw a mad scramble to lead lap one, with cars running three- and four-wide through the turns. Lansing’s Brian Beckner was able to break away from the pack, as Eaton Rapid’s Joe Bates, Jackson’s Edson Rowley III and Gregory’s Jeremy LaFontaine made their move to the front. Rowley caught Beckner on lap eight, with LaFontaine scooting around Beckner as well. Lansing’s Wayne Beckner Jr. jumped into the mix, with Dan Gokee and Lex Jarecki, both of Lansing, moving into the top five. W. Beckner, Jarecki and Gokee battled for the third position, while Rowley held off LaFontaine for the win. At the checker, it was Rowley, LaFontaine, W. Beckner Jr., Jarecki, and Gokee. Bates and Patrick Denison, bot of Eaton Rapids, took home wins in their heats.

   Please join us on August 22nd, as the 2008 racing season winds down, with Season Championship Night. Each division title will be decided on this last night of point racing.

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, August 15, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7 Jon McNett 12.842 12.849 20   1 7 Jon McNett 8 12.892 5 10
2 25 Jim Gallagher 12.904 12.905 15   2 25 Jim Gallagher 8 13.030 5 8
3 29 Doug Finley 12.944 12.958 14   3 29 Doug Finley 8 13.016 5 6
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.213 13.219 13   4 T2 Doc Dutton 8 13.731 5 4
5 94 Evan Barrett 13.240 13.254 12   5 45 Carl Sodman 8 13.829 3 0
6 T2 Doc Dutton 13.418 13.508 11   6 18. Dean Gassert 8 14.524 6 0
7 45 Carl Sodman 13.725 13.855 10   7 33 Dave Stehouwer 8 13.135 5 0
8 007 Dale Lewis -.--- -.--- 0   8 94 Evan Barrett 6 13.490 5 0
9 18. Dean Gassert -.--- -.--- 0                  
                           
Feature Results:                        
                           
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 29 Doug Finley 40 12.935 31 200              
2 7 Jon McNett 40 13.083 24 190              
3 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.138 33 185              
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.193 13 180              
5 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.235 8 175              
6 T2 Doc Dutton 39 13.513 10 170              
7 45 Carl Sodman 39 13.683 11 165              
8 18. Dean Gassert 38 13.884 22 160                
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, August 15, 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 13.486 13.489 20   1 49 John Mamula 8 13.880 8 10
2 55 Larry Wallace 13.495 13.502 15   2 31 Ron Parish 8 13.791 3 8
3 10 Bud Perry 13.556 13.692 14   3 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.790 6 6
4 17 Dusty Carl 13.576 13.632 13   4 8. Jordan Pruitt 8 13.812 8 4
5 6L Dan Loughan 13.580 13.634 12   5 18 Mike Piette 8 14.026 4 0
6 88. Richard LaPratt 13.594 13.674 11   6 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.964 5 0
7 0z Chris Ozanich 13.640 13.656 10   7 36 Tom Williams 8 13.843 6 0
8 29 Jason Parish 13.648 13.674 9                
9 8. Jordan Pruitt 13.650 13.702 8     Heat 2 Results:        
10 6. Perry Davenport 13.775 13.819 7                
11 13 Ken Buchner 13.818 13.824 6     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
12 31 Ron Parish 13.827 13.837 5   1 29 Jason Parish 8 13.649 4 10
13 49 John Mamula 13.876 13.939 4   2 10 Bud Perry 8 13.357 3 8
14 36 Tom Williams 13.888 13.975 3   3 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.633 6 6
15 1H Tracey Hernley 14.105 14.121 2   4 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.552 4 4
16 18 Mike Piette 14.118 14.233 1   5 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.492 6 0
17 40 Ken Ott -.--- -.--- 0   6 6L Dan Loughan 8 13.550 7 0
              7 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.750 8 0
Feature Results:         8 17 Dusty Carl 8 13.878 4 0
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.                
1 10 Bud Perry 35 13.471 6 200                
2 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.531 7 190              
3 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.596 3 185                
4 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.540 6 180                
5 17 Dusty Carl 35 13.641 6 175                
6 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.702 8 170                
7 8. Jordan Pruitt 35 13.724 10 165                
8 31 Ron Parish 35 13.837 11 160                
9 13 Ken Buchner 35 13.897 11 155                
10 29 Jason Parish 33 13.577 5 150                
11 36 Tom Williams 32 13.895 14 145                
12 88. Richard LaPratt 30 13.827 12 140                
13 6L Dan Loughan 9 13.738 8 135                
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, August 15, 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 14.353 14.355 20   1 72 James Scavarda 8 14.398 6 10
2 24. Damon Place 14.405 14.536 15   2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.493 8 8
3 47 Scott Sigman 14.416 14.439 14   3 M74 Nate Moon 8 14.719 8 6
4 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.441 14.453 13   4 47 Scott Sigman 8 14.651 6 4
5 72 James Scavarda 14.464 14.480 12   5 24. Damon Place 8 14.600 7 0
6 M74 Nate Moon 14.736 14.775 11   6 7L Dane Long 8 14.291 5 0
7 18 Bubber Patrick 14.798 14.862 10   7 69 Allan Williams 8 15.052 7 0
8 69 Allan Williams 15.330 15.362 9   8 5 Bubber Patrick 7 14.711 6 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 7L Dane Long 25 14.412 20 200                
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.499 6 190                
3 24. Damon Place 25 14.651 12 185                
4 47 Scott Sigman 25 14.457 24 180                
5 5 Bubber Patrick 25 14.861 21 175                
6 72 James Scavarda 25 14.534 8 170                
7 M74 Nate Moon 25 14.844 6 165                
8 69 Allan Williams 24 15.085 12 160                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, August 15, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 10 Lexus Jarecki 16.360 16.400 40   1 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.222 4 10
2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.625 16.641 40   2 3 George Wyers 8 17.460 5 9
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.744 16.820 40   3 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.224 8 8
4 55 Edson Rowley III 16.777 16.834 40   4 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 17.873 8 7
5 12. Marq Eaton 17.083 17.178 40   5 32 James Harbenski 8 17.871 6 6
6 63 Joe Bates 17.141 17.182 40   6 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 8 17.299 6 5
7 97 Scott Rodgers 17.153 17.207 40   7 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 18.189 5 5
8 55. Daniel Gokee 17.217 17.295 40   8 7 Wayne Parkhurst II 8 18.095 6 5
9 3 George Wyers 17.241 17.265 40     9 58 Joshua Mosher 3 17.770 1 5
10 38 Patrick Denison 17.361 17.504 40                
11 11 Brian Beckner 17.370 17.420 40     Heat 2 Results:        
12 32 James Harbenski 17.843 17.948 40                
13 7 Wayne Parkhurst II 17.875 18.135 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
14 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.940 17.991 40   1 63 Joe Bates 8 16.898 7 10
15 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.952 18.077 40   2 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.899 7 9
16 8 Ken Dollarhite 17.975 18.010 40   3 10 Lexus Jarecki 8 16.730 4 8
17 58 Joshua Mosher 18.255 18.267 40   4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.783 3 7
18 12 Robert Brown -.--- -.--- 40   5 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 16.829 5 6
              6 55. Daniel Gokee 8 16.935 5 5
Feature Results:         7 97 Scott Rodgers 8 16.992 4 5
                8 12. Marq Eaton 8 17.069 4 5
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 9 12 Robert Brown 8 18.609 5 5
1 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.937 13 30                
2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.879 7 29              
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.893 14 28              
4 10 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.788 10 27              
5 55. Daniel Gokee 20 16.947 9 26              
6 11 Brian Beckner 20 17.387 15 25              
7 97 Scott Rodgers 20 17.293 15 25              
8 38 Patrick Denison 20 17.090 12 25              
9 3 George Wyers 20 17.318 14 25              
10 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 20 17.315 20 25              
11 8 Ken Dollarhite 20 17.864 9 25                
12 7 Wayne Parkhurst II 19 18.028 15 24                
13 63 Joe Bates 14 17.162 6 19                
14 32 James Harbenski 14 17.941 5 19                
15 12 Robert Brown 13 18.702 1 18                
16 12. Marq Eaton 4 18.142 1 9                
17 58 Joshua Mosher 0 -.--- - 5              
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, August 15, 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 16.396 16.414 20   1 20 Dale Wagner 8 16.545 4 10
2 88 Marc Childers 16.412 16.531 15   2 88 Marc Childers 8 16.603 8 8
3 20 Dale Wagner 16.496 16.629 14   3 32 Steve Orta 8 16.629 3 6
4 32 Steve Orta 16.673 16.768 13   4 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.921 1 4
5 30 Ian Schafer 16.910 16.921 12   5 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.762 4 0
6 13x Wayne Parkhurst Sr 17.283 -.--- 11                
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 28 Spencer Drake 15 16.439 14 200                
2 88 Marc Childers 15 16.557 15 190                
3 20 Dale Wagner 15 16.471 13 185                
4 32 Steve Orta 15 16.739 12 180                
5 30 Ian Schafer 15 16.826 15 175                


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