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By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    On Fun Night, at the Spartan Speedway, it was all about finding more down force for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division. Many of the drivers were sporting sideboards (some the size of a billboard). Others tried a winged approach, whether it be a mod wing or a borrowed sprint car wing. Add in a spoiler or two and some late model racing slicks and the drivers came up with their perfect formula for additional speed. Three of the drivers ran qualifying times that were just a tick from being in the 12 second bracket- Okemos’s Ron Parish, Vermontville’s Nyle Weiler, and Charlotte’s Perry Davenport.

   Rob Newman, of Mason, took the early lead in the 35-lap feature, with Okemos’s Harry Parish knocking on the door by lap eleven. Davenport had been working his way up through the pack to sit in fourth behind Hanover’s Earl Miles, when caution waved. Davenport wasted no time in getting around Miles, as H. Parish took the lead away from Newman on lap 13. Davenport ducked under H. Parish for the lead on lap 15, as Okemos’s John Mamula, Weiler, and R. Parish moved up through the pack. Caution for an altercation opened the door for Miles and R. Parish as Mamula and Weiler got together, sending both to the tail of the field. Miles made the right-hand turn into the pits during that caution, moving R. Parish up onto his son’s bumper. The Parish’s got together on the restart, ending R. Parish’s run for the win. Davenport had opened up a huge lead over H. Parish and once again ran away from the field on the second restart. After 35 laps, it was Davenport to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle followed by H. Parish, Mason’s Dick LaPratt, Newman, and Mamula. Davenport took the Four Car Four Lap Dash win, with Newman winning his heat. Powderpuff drivers Jessica Haughton and Rhiannon Schindewolf got behind the wheel, with Haughton taking the win.

   Leslie’s Nate Moon was shown as the early leader, as the green flag waved, signaling the start of the Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans division 25-lap feature. Williamston’s Jordan Harvey took the lead away four laps later, with Portage’s Kyle Ballard and Charlotte’s Marc Long making their way to the front on the high side. Lap 14 saw Harvey and Long battle side by side with Long in the high groove. Harvey prevailed until Long dropped back behind Harvey and made a run at him from the low side. Long made the move stick and took the lead away, as Leslie’s Damon Place had worked his way into the top three. At the stripe, it was Long, Harvey, Place, Ballard, and Moon. Long made his second trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle, as he also took the heat win. Tressa Carter and Cindy Feguer hit the track as powderpuff participants for the division, with Feguer taking the win.

   Lansing’s Ian Schafer pulled off the surprise win of the evening in the Pure Stock division. Joe O’Leary, of the Flint area, took the lead away from Mason’s Joe Sharp on lap four, with Charlotte’s Marc Childers and Concord’s Chuck Ewing in hot pursuit. O’Leary continued to lead as Childers and Ewing swapped the second position a number of times. The trio made it three-wide coming out of turn four on lap fourteen, with Childers getting under O’Leary coming out of turn two, shoving him up the track, clearing the way for Childers to take the lead. Ewing and Childers got together on lap 15, sending Ewing to the rear and Childers to the pit on the hook. Schafer motored around O’Leary on lap 17 to take the win on lap 20. O’Leary, Sharp, Ewing, and Holt’s Bryan Jenks rounded out the top five. O’Leary tallied the heat win for the division.

   Todd Metz Sr., of Charlotte, took the commanding win in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division by as much as a half of a lap, leaving Gregory’s Jeremy LaFontaine, Lansing’s Wayne Beckner Jr., and Somerset Center’s Bill McBride to decide the second position. Beckner looked high and low for a way around LaFontaine, as McBride made a last lap rally to duck under Beckner for the third position. Eaton Rapids’ Patrick Denison came across the line for a top five finish. Beckner scored the heat win for the evening. Marissa Jones smoked the field as she drove a Powderpuff Pony Stock for the win over Courtney Hall.

   The Culligan Man, Chris Hoffman, really delivered as the School Bus Figure 8’s saw only three busses remaining at the end of the 20 (or so) lap feature. The fans were treated to some additional laps as the lap counter mysteriously got stuck with five lap to go. The action at the intersection got close, but Hoffman, in the Culligan bus, was cautious, protecting his lead every step of the way to come home the eventual winner. Dan Loughan drove the Beacon Sales sponsored bus, finishing third behind the Valvoline Instant Oil Change sponsored bus, driven by Gary Hollis. The “Racing Hippie”, Matt Schindewolf was behind the wheel of the Magic Bus, while Ron Parish drove a retired church bus. Scott Sigman jumped behind the wheel, while Dane Long drove under the sponsorship of Kitsmiller RV. The JD Wisner sponsored bus was driven by Steve Utley. Punctured radiators, flat tires, and broken front suspension parts made the infield look like a bus boneyard by the end of the 20+ laps. This event is truly a fan favorite for young and old alike.

   Please join us for the 2009 season that will make its debut in April. We hope that you enjoyed your visit to the Spartan Speedway, and if you’ve never visited the track, please plan to do so in 2009. We have many opportunities available to the community which include fundraisers, group ticket sales, and private parties. Please contact the speedway office for more information at (517) 244-1042, or check out the website at www.spartanspeedway.com and click on the info link. On behalf of the staff and management of the Spartan Speedway, thank you for a great 2008 season and as always, we’ll see you at the races in 2009!

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, September 05, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 31 Ron Parish 13.042 13.081     1 6. Perry Davenport 4 13.004 4  
2 27. Nyle Weiler 13.057 13.089     2 49 John Mamula 4 13.436 4  
3 6. Perry Davenport 13.058 13.141     3 31 Ron Parish 4 13.544 4  
4 49 John Mamula 13.101 13.107     4 27. Nyle Weiler 4 13.586 4  
5 88. Richard LaPratt 13.133 13.229                  
6 73. Earl Miles 13.294 13.321     Heat 2 Results:        
7 6 Matthew Schindewolf 13.577 13.592                  
8 31.. Harry Parish 13.589 13.698     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 98 Rob Newman 13.635 13.729       1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.665 5  
10 13 Ken Buchner 13.711 13.726     2 31.. Harry Parish 8 13.535 6  
                3 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.591 8  
Feature Results:         4 73. Earl Miles 8 13.324 8  
              5 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.709 8  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts. 6 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 13.646 8  
1 6. Perry Davenport 35 12.994 35                  
2 31.. Harry Parish 35 13.364 26                  
3 88. Richard LaPratt 35 13.409 23                  
4 98 Rob Newman 35 13.521 23                
5 49 John Mamula 35 13.220 25                  
6 27. Nyle Weiler 35 13.075 24                  
7 73. Earl Miles 35 13.268 24                  
8 13 Ken Buchner 34 13.720 23                  
9 31 Ron Parish 30 13.293 10                  
10 6 Matthew Schindewolf 23 13.719 11                  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, September 05, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 7L Marc Long 13.961 14.038     1 7L Marc Long 8 14.091 8  
2 24. Damon Place 14.035 14.041     2 71. Kyle Ballard 8 14.344 8  
3 71. Kyle Ballard 14.176 14.221     3 72 James Scavarda 8 14.416 8  
4 72 James Scavarda 14.524 14.526     4 M74 Nate Moon 8 14.834 2  
5 07 Jordon Harvey 14.549 14.567     5 51 David Thorburn 8 15.049 5  
6 2 Jamie Feguer 14.809 14.871     6 2 Jamie Feguer 8 14.957 5  
7 M74 Nate Moon 14.910 14.975     7 07 Jordon Harvey 6 14.647 5  
8 51 David Thorburn 15.047 15.085     8 24. Damon Place 6 14.275 5  
9 41 Doug Laughlin -.--- -.---       9 41 Doug Laughlin 4 16.471 2  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 7L Marc Long 25 13.938 13                  
2 07 Jordon Harvey 25 14.418 11                  
3 24. Damon Place 25 14.287 14                  
4 71. Kyle Ballard 25 14.215 20                  
5 M74 Nate Moon 25 14.866 3                  
6 2 Jamie Feguer 25 14.802 15                  
7 51 David Thorburn 24 15.042 8                  
8 72 James Scavarda 6 14.730 5                  
9 41 Doug Laughlin 1 17.161 1                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, September 05, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.276 16.285     1 11 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.947 8  
2 97 Jacob Newman 16.854 16.908     2 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.984 2  
3 38 Patrick Denison 16.881 16.923     3 23 Jerry LaFontaine 8 17.011 2  
4 11 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.890 16.907     4 80. Bill McBride 8 16.858 6  
5 80. Bill McBride 17.007 17.021     5 62 Todd Metz Sr 8 16.477 6  
6 33 Tina Anderson 17.656 17.793     6 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 17.755 3  
7 8 Ken Dollarhite 17.806 17.830     7 97 Jacob Newman 8 17.669 5  
8 47 Brian Beckner -.--- -.---     8 33 Tina Anderson 8 17.688 8  
9 55 Edson Rowley III -.--- -.---                    
10 58 Joshua Mosher -.--- -.---                  
11 23 Jeremy LaFontaine -.--- -.---                    
12 97 Scott Rodgers -.--- -.---                  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 16.435 6                  
2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 17.006 7                  
3 80. Bill McBride 20 16.758 13                  
4 11 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.896 3                  
5 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.721 3                  
6 33 Tina Anderson 19 17.679 9                  
7 97 Scott Rodgers 19 17.695 7                  
8 8 Ken Dollarhite 1 18.185 1                  
9 58 Joshua Mosher 0 -.--- -                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, September 05, 2008
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 77 Mark Carson 15.543 15.567     1 7 Joe O'Leary 8 16.285 4  
2 88 Marc Childers 15.980 15.992     2 50 Chuck Ewing Sr 8 16.159 5  
3 50 Chuck Ewing Sr 16.224 16.238     3 77 Mark Carson 8 16.036 3  
4 7 Joe O'Leary 16.253 16.350     4 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.589 8  
5 103 Joseph Sharp 16.687 16.731     5 103 Joseph Sharp 8 16.483 7  
6 30 Ian Schafer 17.471 -.---     6 9 Bryan Jenks 8 17.413 5  
7 9 Bryan Jenks 17.801 -.---     7 24 Andrew Jack 5 18.666 5  
8 24 Andrew Jack 18.017 18.024                  
9 54 Logan Knight -.--- -.---                    
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.311 11                  
2 7 Joe O'Leary 20 16.413 7                  
3 103 Joseph Sharp 20 16.410 18                  
4 50 Chuck Ewing Sr 20 16.181 10                  
5 9 Bryan Jenks 19 16.886 3                  
6 88 Marc Childers 15 16.102 5                  
7 77 Mark Carson 15 16.310 6                  
8 24 Andrew Jack 14 17.984 2                  


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