Spartan Hosts Poor Paul’s Harvest 300


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    If it was racing you wanted, you got it this past weekend at the Spartan Speedway, with the annual running of the Harvest 300. The Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models took center stage, as 29 powerhouses were slated to time in for their 100 lap feature. A fifteen lap B feature was a necessity, and Stockbridge’s Jim Heeney took the win. Also transferring to the feature were George Rangle, Bob Bauer, and Dave Bigos. Kalamazoo’s John “Torch” Osterhouse took the lead for the start of the feature, with Edgerton, Ohio’s Jack Landis in hot pursuit. The duo would battle for the lead for 26 laps many of which were run side by side, with Landis in his very familiar line on the outside. Dimondale’s Jimmy Gallagher got around Muskegon’s Dave Stehouwer for third, while Vicksburg’s Harry Foote made his way into the top five. Dewitt’s Jon McNett made his charge to the front, sitting second by lap 33. Caution closed the field up behind Landis, and on the restart, the battle was on, with McNett and Landis swapping the lead many times during the next 14 laps. McNett ducked under Landis and took the lead for good on lap 46, with Gallagher slowing on the track. Gallagher made his exit, just before a competition red came out for a fuel only stop, just past the halfway mark. On the restart, it was Landis, Osterhouse, Dewitt’s Chad Finley, and Stehouwer, sitting in the top five within striking distance of the leader, McNett. Dewitt’s Jeff Finley, Delton’s Chuck Greer, and Lansing’s Doug Finley sat just outside of the top five. On lap 71, C. Finley took a look to the low side of Osterhouse for third, as the leader, McNett, slowed going down the backstretch, made the hard right turn into the pit, ending his evening. Landis inherited the lead on the restart, and checked out on the field, leaving Osterhouse to fend off three Finleys-Chad, Doug and Jeff. After 100 laps, it was Landis, taking the win on his first visit back in a race car, since the death of the Godfather of the Ohio Posse, Stan Perry, his father-in-law, who was a driving force in this division, at the Spartan Speedway, for many years. Osterhouse, C. Finley, D. Finley, and J. Finley rounded out the top five. Stehouwer, Jackson’s Evan Barrett, Greer, Bauer, and Ann Arbor’s John Ledwidge made the top ten.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division saw Hanover’s Earl Miles and Corunna’s Larry Wallace bring the field down for the green flag, with Lansing’s Chris Ozanich able to duck under Miles on the start of the 50-lap feature, to run second to Wallace. Wallace and Ozanich ran one and two, with Ozanich able to get around Wallace for the lead on lap six. Miles, Stockbridge’s Bill Heeney Jr., Charlotte’s Perry Davenport, and Battle Creek’s Dusty Carl ran in a tight little pack, right behind the leaders. Caution closed the field up behind Ozanich and Wallace. A.J. Foote, of Vicksburg, ducked under Carl, for the sixth position, while Davenport jumped to the high side of Heeney to take away the fourth position. Davenport went to work on Miles, taking away the spot from the inside lane. H. Foote made the pass on son A.J., finding his way into the top five, but was unable to run down Miles for a shot at fourth. With two laps to go, Davenport ducked under Wallace for second. The pair ran side by side, with Davenport nipping Wallace at the line for second. After 50 laps, it was Ozanich, Davenport, Wallace, Miles, and H. Foote. A.J. Foote, Carl, Mason’s Rob Newman, Okemos’s Ron Parish, and Mike Piette rounded out the top ten.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsman feature was like watching a rerun of the 2008 season, with Charlotte’s Dane Long and East Lansing’s Jack Koone Jr. clawing their way to the front. Holt’s Jimmy Scavarda took the early lead, with Clio’s Dave Christiansen, Mason’s Scott Sigman in hot pursuit. Sigman got around Christiansen, with Bay City’s Don Riley moving up through the pack, bringing Long and Koone with him. Long tacked himself on to Scavarda’s rear bumper, challenging every step of the way for the lead. Sigman, Christianson, and Stockbridge’s Bubber Patrick were running nose to tail, when Koone got into Riley, sending both to the rear. On the restart, it was Long, Sigman, Christiansen, and Patrick all biding their time for a shot at Scavarda. Leslie’s Nate Moon, Williamston’s Jordan Harvey, and Leslie’s Damon Place were battling for position, when Koone and Riley came up on the outside, trying to make it four-wide, with Holt’s Chuck Ammerman getting caught in the middle. Caution waved on lap 28, and on the restart, it was Scavarda and Long, once again fighting for position. As laps wound down, Scavarda, smoking badly, continued to lead, with Koone moving up to sit in third behind Long by lap 44. Caution waved for Patrick, who slowed on the front stretch after a stellar run. On the lap 45 restart, Long tried the high side for the lead, and took the top spot on lap 47. Koone and Riley got around Scavarda as well to finish second and third. Scavarda came home fourth followed by Christiansen. Moon, Harvey, Flint’s Nick Lechota, Place, and Charlotte’s Matt Kirchen rounded out the top ten. Long was crowned the 2008 Slugfest Sportsman Champion.

   It was the Eastside Invaders getting it done in the Pure Stock 35-lap feature. Springport’s Dale Wagner took the lead after the drop of the green, with Flint’s CJ Davis taking the spot away. Caution waved as Hanna Christiansen, of Clio, got into Davis, sending both to the rear, opening the door for Davison’s Lonnie Saumier to take the lead. Davison’s Chris Stearns was working his way up through the pack, and took the lead on lap 12, leaving Saumier, Nick Johnston, and Mt Morris’s Jimmy Stratton to decide second through fourth. Lap 26 saw Johnston make his move around Stratton for third, while Munith’s Rob Patrick ran in fifth. At the stripe, it was Stearns, Saumier, Johnston, Stratton, and Patrick. Davis, Christiansen, Dimondale’s Steve Orta, Flint’s Jordan Lechota, and Wagner rounded out the top ten. Saumier was crowned the 2008 Slugfest Pure Stock Champion.

   Mason’s Ken Dollarhite and Portland’s Jim Harbenski brought the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks down for the start of their 25-lap feature. Dollarhite took the lead as the green flag waved, with Haslett’s Scott Rodgers taking over on lap three. Bridgeport’s Scott Quall wound his little truck up on the outside to take the lead and run a commanding race from lap five on. Walled Lake’s Jake Thompson ran in second, with Lansing’s Brian Beckner and Lex Jarecki right behind him. Eaton Rapids’ Patrick Denison inherited third as Charlotte’s Todd Metz Jr. and Jarecki got together, ending their hunt for the win. Lansing’s Wayne Beckner Jr. ducked under his brother for second, as Pinckney’s Julie Dailey made her run to the front, sitting fifth by lap 18. Dailey continued to better her position, getting around B. Beckner and Denison, to sit in third behind W. Beckner. As the checker waved, it was Quall, W. Beckner Jr., Dailey, Denison, and B. Beckner. Somerset Center’s Bill McBride, Jackson’s Edson Rowley III, Burton’s Paige Amy, MI Center’s Marq Eaton, and Rodgers rounded out the top ten. Wayne Beckner Jr. was crowned 2008 Slugfest 4 Cylinder Champion.

   Charlotte’s Todd Metz Jr. had a little something left for Lansing’s Brian Beckner during the Pony Stock Figure 8 15-lap feature. Beckner and Metz ran nose to tail for lap after lap. Metz got into Beckner, giving the lead briefly to Lansing’s Rich Roberts. Metz allowed Beckner to correct, and the duo went after Roberts on lap 10. Beckner and Metz got around Roberts, with Metz diving under Beckner on lap twelve. Metz took the win, with Beckner taking home the 2008 Pony Stock Figure 8 championship.

   Flint’s Andrew Burton led wire to wire to win the 25-lap Pure Stock Figure 8 feature. Flint’s Chad Lamson came home second, to be named the 2008 Pure Stock Figure 8 champion. Flint’s Jordan Lechota, Nick Johnston, and Dan Leeck rounded out the top five.

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Sunday, August 31, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Consi Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 29. Doug Finley 12.881 12.944     1 17h Jim Heeney 15 13.482 5  
2 7 Jon McNett 13.005 13.042     2 88 George Rangle Jr. 15 13.488 14  
3 42 Chad Finley 13.024 13.061     3 2. Bob Bauer 15 13.509 4  
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.080 13.138     4 29 David Bigos 15 13.410 5  
5 25 Jim Gallagher 13.106 13.131     5 45 Carl Sodman 15 13.905 14  
6 63 Tim Ryan 13.127 13.160     6 18. Dean Gassert 15 13.605 13  
7 10. Jack Landis 13.133 13.183     7 16 Mike Ammerman 15 14.077 12  
8 70 Harry Foote 13.142 13.193     8 T3 Walt Obrinske 10 13.951 6  
9 27 John Osterhouse 13.167 13.247       9 T2 Doc Dutton 8 13.721 6  
10 33. Stan Yee Jr. 13.202 13.238     10 1 Christopher Kamlay 7 14.657 6  
11 84 Chuck Greer 13.240 13.287       11 3 John Dunivon 5 14.842 5  
12 94 Evan Barrett 13.245 13.246                  
13 42b Jeff Finley 13.264 13.274     Feature Results:        
14 3. Logan Beckwith 13.285 13.310                  
15 2 Mike Kugler 13.295 13.346     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
16 11 Randy Day 13.322 13.326     1 10. Jack Landis 100 13.080 21  
17 34 John Ledwidge 13.332 13.357     2 27 John Osterhouse 100 13.091 12  
18 17h Jim Heeney 13.345 13.360     3 29f Chad Finley 100 13.002 8  
19 29 David Bigos 13.373 13.407     4 29. Doug Finley 100 13.098 14  
20 T2 Doc Dutton 13.434 13.508     5 42b Jeff Finley 100 13.274 20  
21 2. Bob Bauer 13.531 13.543       6 33 Dave Stehouwer 100 13.086 9  
22 88 George Rangle Jr. 13.542 13.659     7 94 Evan Barrett 100 13.298 12  
23 T3 Walt Obrinske 13.985 14.026       8 84 Chuck Greer 100 13.237 20  
24 18. Dean Gassert 14.147 14.440   9 2. Bob Bauer 99 13.438 18  
25 16 Mike Ammerman 14.197 14.278   10 34 John Ledwidge 99 13.429 15  
26 45 Carl Sodman 14.259 14.502   11 29 David Bigos 97 13.365 12  
27 3 John Dunivon 14.355 14.524   12 7 Jon McNett 75 13.012 46  
28 1 Christopher Kamlay 14.517 14.628   13 2 Mike Kugler 68 13.247 10  
29 63. Jeff Bozell -.--- -.---   14 25 Jim Gallagher 52 13.072 12  
30 81 Sonny Coito -.--- -.---   15 70 Harry Foote 49 13.149 15  
                16 3. Logan Beckwith 49 13.267 9  
                17 63 Tim Ryan 38 13.130 12  
              18 17h Jim Heeney 16 13.505 10  
                19 33. Stan Yee Jr. 15 13.320 4  
                20 88 George Rangle Jr. 15 13.434 13  
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Sunday, August 31, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 70 Harry Foote 13.561 13.622     1 0z Chris Ozanich 50 13.863 20  
2 88 AJ Foote 13.678 13.688     2 6. Perry Davenport 50 13.825 25  
3 17 Dusty Carl 13.685 13.704     3 55 Larry Wallace 50 13.869 19  
4 1h Bill Heeney 13.687 13.721     4 73. Earl Miles 50 13.852 9  
5 0z Chris Ozanich 13.706 13.730     5 70 Harry Foote 50 13.762 19  
6 6. Perry Davenport 13.709 13.733     6 88 AJ Foote 50 13.788 17  
7 55 Larry Wallace 13.723 13.736     7 17 Dusty Carl 50 13.883 21  
8 73. Earl Miles 13.745 13.746     8 98 Rob Newman 50 13.947 9  
9 31 Ron Parish 13.751 13.759       9 31 Ron Parish 50 13.737 28  
10 98 Rob Newman 13.851 13.862     10 18 Mike Piette 50 13.906 21  
11 6L Dan Loughan 13.875 13.901       11 36 Tom Williams 49 14.019 15  
12 36 Tom Williams 13.963 14.047     12 8 Sonny Coito 49 13.945 21  
13 6 Matthew Schindewolf 13.992 14.080     13 1H Tracey Hernley 49 14.123 15  
14 13 Ken Buchner 14.021 14.047     14 1h Bill Heeney 45 13.868 8  
15 18 Mike Piette 14.022 14.092     15 45 Jim Kennedy 21 14.113 19  
16 7 Jon McNett 14.042 14.056     16 6L Dan Loughan 10 13.908 8  
17 45 Jim Kennedy 14.066 14.233     17 6 Matthew Schindewolf 10 14.262 4  
18 1H Tracey Hernley 14.178 14.221     18 13 Ken Buchner 9 14.191 8  
19 8 Sonny Coito 14.472 14.676                  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Sunday, August 31, 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 14.445 14.479     1 7L Dane Long 50 14.685 4  
2 22 Don Riley 14.483 14.499     2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 50 14.813 4  
3 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.548 14.563     3 22 Don Riley 50 14.746 4  
4 47 Scott Sigman 14.629 14.663     4 72 James Scavarda 50 14.582 6  
5 72 James Scavarda 14.641 14.645     5 X71 Dave Christensen 50 14.817 4  
6 X71 Dave Christensen 14.764 14.838     6 M74 Nate Moon 50 14.737 7  
7 5 Bubber Patrick 14.766 14.821     7 07 Jordon Harvey 50 14.939 4  
8 24. Damon Place 14.782 14.787     8 96 Nick Lechota 50 14.985 9  
9 07 Jordon Harvey 14.836 14.888       9 24. Damon Place 50 14.994 6  
10 M74 Nate Moon 14.862 14.957     10 36 Matt Kirchen 50 15.077 13  
11 61 Chuck Ammerman 14.890 14.995       11 47 Scott Sigman 50 14.743 4  
12 3 Corey Davis 15.036 15.190     12 2 Jamie Feguer 50 15.015 13  
13 2 Jamie Feguer 15.052 15.119     13 50 Jay Woolworth 50 15.237 23  
14 96 Nick Lechota 15.069 15.164     14 02 David Kirklin 50 15.160 20  
15 36 Matt Kirchen 15.076 15.079     15 5 Bubber Patrick 45 14.832 5  
16 02 David Kirklin 15.078 15.091     16 12 James Hogan 44 16.089 35  
17 50 Jay Woolworth 15.087 15.108     17 61 Chuck Ammerman 28 14.754 5  
18 x5 Ed Newman Jr 15.215 15.301     18 3 Corey Davis 28 15.253 11  
19 12 James Hogan 16.271 16.289     19 x5 Ed Newman Jr 5 15.295 4  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Sunday, August 31, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 1. Scott Quaal 15.550 15.679     1 1. Scott Quaal 25 15.921 6  
2 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.301 16.314     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 25 16.764 20  
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.329 16.344     3 424 Julie Dailey 25 16.816 16  
4 10 Lexus Jarecki 16.625 16.627     4 38 Patrick Denison 25 17.022 12  
5 424 Julie Dailey 16.701 16.704     5 11 Brian Beckner 25 16.805 8  
6 11 Brian Beckner 16.895 17.015     6 80. Bill McBride 25 16.931 6  
7 1 Paige Amy 16.938 17.191     7 55 Edson Rowley III 25 17.115 9  
8 50 Jake Thompson 16.940 16.953     8 1 Paige Amy 25 17.076 7  
9 80. Bill McBride 17.113 17.120       9 12. Marq Eaton 24 17.193 9  
10 38 Patrick Denison 17.189 17.206     10 97 Scott Rodgers 24 17.490 5  
11 12. Marq Eaton 17.286 17.297       11 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 24 17.440 14  
12 97 Scott Rodgers 17.434 17.786     12 50 Jake Thompson 21 16.850 8  
13 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 17.543 17.681     13 10 Lexus Jarecki 18 16.818 18  
14 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 17.629 17.700     14 32 James Harbenski 15 18.398 3  
15 8 Ken Dollarhite 17.938 17.954     15 79 Todd Metz Jr. 10 16.513 9  
16 32 James Harbenski 19.034 19.077     16 8 Ken Dollarhite 7 17.853 6  
17 7 Nicholas Johnston -.--- -.---     17 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 2 18.826 2  
18 58 Joshua Mosher -.--- -.---                  
19 122 James Hogan -.--- -.---                  
20 55 Edson Rowley III -.--- -.---                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Sunday, August 31, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 28. Chris Stearns 16.031 16.034     1 28. Chris Stearns 35 16.103 7  
2 M15 Lonnie Saumnier 16.302 16.350     2 M15 Lonnie Saumnier 35 16.215 18  
3 05 Andrew Burton 16.499 16.565     3 7 Nicholas Johnston 35 16.221 10  
4 888 Chad Lamson 16.507 16.522     4 64 Jimmy Stratton 35 16.198 6  
5 7 Nicholas Johnston 16.568 16.658     5 25 Rob Patrick 35 16.714 7  
6 J1 Jordan Lechota 16.571 16.598     6 113 Charles Davis 35 16.793 16  
7 28 Kyle Drake 16.623 16.669     7 12 Hanna Christensen 34 16.722 16  
8 12 Hanna Christensen 16.680 16.739     8 32 Steve Orta 33 16.904 7  
9 64 Jimmy Stratton 16.702 16.759       9 J1 Jordan Lechota 31 17.042 9  
10 113 Charles Davis 16.811 16.829     10 20 Eric Wagner 25 17.135 6  
11 32 Steve Orta 16.958 16.958       11 888 Chad Lamson 16 16.380 7  
12 75 Eric Lake 17.389 17.579     12 05 Andrew Burton 16 16.373 9  
13 20 Eric Wagner 17.865 18.781     13 01 Dan Leeck 8 16.803 7  
14 122 James Hogan 18.007 18.202     14 122 James Hogan 8 17.587 8  
15 88 Marc Childers -.--- -.---     15 75 Eric Lake 0 -.--- -  
16 30 Ian Schafer -.--- -.---                  
17 25 Rob Patrick -.--- -.---                  
                             
                             
Figure 8
Sunday, August 31, 2008
                             
Pure Stock Results:           Pony Stock Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 05 Andrew Burton 25 22.207 4     1 80 Todd Metz Jr. 15 22.340 15  
2 888 Chad Lamson 25 22.172 7     2 11 Brian Beckner 15 22.965 4  
3 J1 Jordan Lechota 25 22.610 13     3 5 Richard Roberts Sr. 15 23.923 15  
4 7 Nick Johnston 24 23.045 21     4 32 James Harbenski 15 23.971 13  
5 01 Dan Leeck 24 22.867 3     5 97 Scott Rodgers 14 23.175 3  
6 122 James Hogan 22 23.972 21     6 1 Scott Amy 13 24.401 10  
7 75 Ed Newman Jr 21 24.254 11     7 55 Edson Rowley III 8 23.161 3  
8 64 Jimmy Stratton 7 23.761 7     8 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 23.907 3  
9 113 Charles Davis 6 24.146 2     9 31. Randy Kretzinger Jr 7 24.471 4  


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