A Finley Scores First Win of 2009 at Spartan


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Opening day at the Spartan Speedway in Mason, MI was picture perfect. Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted fans to mark the start of the 2009 racing season at “The Track the Stars Call Home.” But figuratively speaking, the storm clouds rolled in two-thirds of the way into the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model 40-lap feature. When the green flag dropped, Logan Beckwith of Hanover, and Vicksburg’s Harry Foote Jr. led the charge, with Foote taking the advantage on lap one. Dewitt’s Jon McNett tacked on to his bumper and the duo set sail, as Beckwith held off Flushing’s Tim Ryan and defending track champion, Jimmy Gallagher of Dimondale, who raced side by side for fourth. McNett took his familiar high line and got on the outside of Foote on lap 11. Caution waved as McNett got into the front stretch wall, ending his night. On the restart, it was Gallagher trying to run down Foote, as Lansing’s Doug Finley had quickly worked his way into the third spot. Finley dove under Gallagher, with Gallagher sliding up the track a bit in turn one, opening the door for Finley to take away the spot. Another Finley, young Chad, also of Lansing, sat ready to pounce after Uncle Doug began to reel in Foote, whittling away at his commanding lead. Foote and Finley played cat and mouse with Finley taking the high road. On lap 37, Finley pulled to the outside of Foote coming off of turn four, and then mayhem. Finley ended up in the front stretch wall and careened into the infield. Foote also slammed the wall and coasted to a stop against the wall going into turn one. Both retired for the evening. On the restart, C. Finley found himself in the cat-bird seat and went on to take the win over Beckwith, Dave Stehouwer of Muskegon, Gallagher, and Ryan. Beckwith took the heat win.

    It looked like Sportsman veteran, Nate Moon of Leslie, had found his niche, as he moved up to the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division for 2009. Moon led the first 21 laps of the 35-lap feature, with Charlotte’s Bill Butler in tow. Tim Easey, of Hastings, and Lansing’s Chris Ozanich battled for third with Ozanich taking the spot away on lap five. “Lightening” Leroy Ellis of Vermontville found his way into the top three, working his signature high line by lap 15. Ozanich, looking for a way around Butler for a shot at Moon, took to the second groove and got around Butler, bringing Ellis with him. Ellis made a run on Ozanich for second and took away first from Moon as well. Lap 25 saw Ellis pulling away from the field, as Butler made his way around Moon and into third behind Ozanich. John Mamula, of Okemos, quietly had worked his way into contention for a top five, taking fourth spot away from Moon on lap 28. At the checker, it was Ellis (picking right up where he left off in 2008), Ozanich, Butler, Mamula, and Moon. Butler also scored the heat win.

    The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans were small in number but big on excitement. Jordan Harvey, of Williamston, and Holt’s Jimmy Scavarda brought the five-car field down for the green, with Scavarda jumping out to the lead. Clio’s Robby Johnston jumped into the fray, getting under defending Sportsman champ, Jack Koone Jr. of East Lansing, then going on the attack by diving under Harvey and Scavarda, making it three wide. Johnston took the lead as caution waved for Koone on lap two. On the rstart, Johnston went back on the hunt, taking down Scavarda on lap four, while Charlotte’s Dane Long began his move to the front. Johnston took a commanding lead as Long got around Scavarda on lap seven. Long went to work, cutting Johnston’s lead lap after lap, and found his way to Johnston’s rear bumper by lap 19. Long got under Johnston, but was never able to completely shake him as they crossed the line a close one and two. Scavarda, Harvey, and Koone rounded out the top five. Harvey took the heat win for the evening.

    The “Eastside Invaders” were back in town as Flint’s Jordan Lacoda and Davison’s Lonnie Saumier came to play with the Pure Stock boys. Jordan Lacoda took a commanding lead in the twenty lap feature, with Saumier and Dimondale’s Spencer Drake flexing their muscle early on. Drake drove into the second position on lap three, with Saumier right there to challenge. Dimondale’s Ian Schafer watched the duo duke it out just ahead of him, while Justin Lewis of Leslie and Charlotte’s Mark Childers fought for position. Saumier struck on lap nine, driving under Drake for second and went after Lacoda for the lead. Saumier reeled Lacoda in by lap 16 and ducked under him for the lead on lap 17. After twenty quick laps, it was Saumier, Lacoda, Drake, Schafer, and Lewis. It was Saumier’s second trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle as he also won his heat.

    Seventeen Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks tested their mettle as the action was fast and furious (or wild and wooly). Lead changes were abundant, as Lansing’s Brad Harbenski jumped out to the early lead, with Rich Roberts, also of Lansing, taking command on lap three. Jackson’s George Wyers challenged for the lead on lap four, with the duo swapping the lead until lap ten, when Wayne Beckner Jr. blew past them to take the lead from both Wyers and Roberts. Patrick Denison, of Eaton Rapids, and Gregory’s Jeremy LaFontaine duked it out for second. LaFontaine took the second spot away on lap 14 while the battled raged for fourth on back. At the line, it was Beckner Jr., LaFontaine, Denison, Lansing’s Lex Jarecki, and Wyers. Wyers tallied a heat win for the evening.

    Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action. The May 1st program features a MOD 50 for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Performance Automotive NW Sportsman, Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks along with the Legends. May 8th features MARFC and Red Carpet Night with all five regular divisions in action. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, April 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 42 Chad Finley 13.409 13.500 20   1 3 Logan Beckwith 8 13.572 6 10
2 29 Doug Finley 13.410 13.420 15   2 70 Harry Foote 8 13.546 5 8
3 25 Jim Gallagher 13.453 13.502 14   3 7 Jon McNett 8 13.540 3 6
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.461 13.465 13   4 25 Jim Gallagher 8 13.546 6 4
5 7 Jon McNett 13.468 13.475 12   5 63 Tim Ryan 8 13.714 4 0
6 63 Tim Ryan 13.515 13.545 11   6 33 Dave Stehouwer 8 13.523 5 0
7 70 Harry Foote 13.516 13.533 10   7 29 Doug Finley 8 13.549 6 0
8 3 Logan Beckwith 13.556 13.606 9   8 42 Chad Finley 8 13.582 4 0
9 51 Paul Jakubik 13.722 13.734 8     9 51 Paul Jakubik 8 13.848 7 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 42 Chad Finley 40 13.556 16 200                
2 3 Logan Beckwith 40 13.556 8 190                
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.622 16 185                
4 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.561 16 180                
5 63 Tim Ryan 40 13.663 13 175                
6 70 Harry Foote 37 13.510 3 170                
7 29 Doug Finley 37 13.521 14 165                
8 51 Paul Jakubik 20 13.736 7 160                
9 7 Jon McNett 11 13.468 3 155                
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, April 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.709 13.715 20   1 0z Chris Ozanich 4 13.752 4 10
2 49 John Mamula 13.782 13.914 15   2 73. Earl Miles 4 13.809 2 8
3 0z Chris Ozanich 13.841 13.848 14   3 50 Leroy Ellis 4 13.822 3 6
4 73. Earl Miles 13.858 13.883 13   4 49 John Mamula 4 13.853 3 4
5 63 Tim Easey 13.872 13.893 12                
6 31 Ron Parish 13.898 13.962 11   Heat 2 Results:        
7 M1 Bill Butler 13.909 13.932 10                
8 47 Tracey Hernley 14.198 14.439 9   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
9 M74 Nathan Moon 14.255 14.291 8     1 M1 Bill Butler 8 14.003 4 10
10 36 Tom Williams 14.441 14.446 7   2 M74 Nathan Moon 8 14.122 4 8
11 13 Ken Buchner 14.602 -.--- 6     3 63 Tim Easey 8 14.027 7 6
              4 31 Ron Parish 8 14.043 8 4
              5 47 Tracey Hernley 8 14.376 5 0
              6 36 Tom Williams 8 14.396 4 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.736 26 200                
2 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.806 5 190                
3 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.944 2 185                
4 49 John Mamula 35 14.009 8 180                
5 M74 Nathan Moon 35 13.969 7 175                
6 63 Tim Easey 35 13.999 3 170                
7 73. Earl Miles 35 13.975 21 165                
8 13 Ken Buchner 35 14.095 23 160                
9 31 Ron Parish 35 13.948 23 155                
10 36 Tom Williams 35 14.318 17 150                
11 47 Tracey Hernley 35 14.131 11 145                
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, April 24, 2009
                             
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 14.350 14.381 20   1 07 Jordon Harvey 8 14.877 1 10
2 55 Robert Johnston 14.448 14.471 15   2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.822 7 8
3 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.515 14.627 14   3 72 James Scavarda 8 14.945 7 6
4 72 James Scavarda 14.727 14.760 13   4 55 Robert Johnston 8 14.914 7 4
5 07 Jordon Harvey 14.817 14.830 12   5 7L Dane Long 8 14.813 7 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 7L Dane Long 25 14.415 11 200                
2 55 Robert Johnston 25 14.428 8 190                
3 72 James Scavarda 25 14.721 6 185                
4 07 Jordon Harvey 25 14.961 11 180                
5 01 Jack Koone Jr. 2 15.317 1 175                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, April 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.370 16.425 40   1 10 Lexus Jarecki 4 16.599 4 10
2 55 Edson Rowley III 16.574 16.574 40   2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 4 16.480 4 9
3 10 Lexus Jarecki 16.704 16.715 40   3 55 Edson Rowley III 4 16.861 4 8
4 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.833 16.883 40   4 79 Todd Metz Jr. 4 17.082 2 7
5 82 Misty Allen 16.839 16.864 40                
6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.860 16.873 40                
7 12. Marq Eaton 16.958 16.971 40                
8 38 Patrick Denison 17.031 17.090 40                
9 63 Joe Bates 17.186 17.200 40                  
10 31 George Wyers 17.303 17.427 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 5 Rich Roberts 17.496 17.587 40                  
12 1 Bryan Jenks 17.723 17.890 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 18.840 18.978 40   1 31 George Wyers 8 17.088 4 10
14 10J Marissa Jones 19.012 19.063 40   2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 16.759 8 9
15 7 James Harbenski -.--- -.--- 40   3 12. Marq Eaton 8 17.030 7 8
16 55. Daniel Gokee -.--- -.--- 40   4 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.268 6 7
17 47 Brian Beckner -.--- -.--- 40   5 63 Joe Bates 8 17.016 6 6
              6 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.033 6 5
              7 82 Misty Allen 8 17.141 3 5
              8 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 18.800 7 5
                9 10J Marissa Jones 8 18.587 6 5
              10 1 Bryan Jenks 0 -.--- - 5
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.653 13 30                
2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.703 16 29                
3 38 Patrick Denison 20 17.160 17 28                
4 10 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.684 18 27                
5 31 George Wyers 20 17.244 18 26                
6 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.802 8 25                
7 82 Misty Allen 20 17.256 5 25                
8 12. Marq Eaton 20 17.193 17 25                
9 63 Joe Bates 20 17.312 20 25                
10 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 17.006 2 25                
11 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.495 20 25                
12 47 Brian Beckner 20 17.261 19 25                
13 55. Daniel Gokee 19 17.622 7 24                
14 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 17.627 6 24                
15 10J Marissa Jones 19 17.858 9 24                
16 7 James Harbenski 18 18.882 2 23                
17 1 Bryan Jenks 15 17.753 3 20                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, April 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 16.105 16.139 40   1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 16.132 6 10
2 J1 Jordan Lechota 16.509 16.611 40   2 88 Marc Childers 8 16.850 6 9
3 88 Marc Childers 16.742 16.837 40   3 J1 Jordan Lechota 8 16.574 6 8
4 30 Ian Schafer 16.793 16.914 40   4 33 Matt Childers 8 17.126 1 7
5 28 Spencer Drake 17.135 17.242 40   5 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.490 3 6
6 103 Justin Lewis 17.220 17.301 40   6 26 Jacob Pearson 8 17.222 4 5
7 33 Matt Childers 17.396 17.536 40   7 103 Justin Lewis 8 16.982 5 5
8 26 Jacob Pearson 17.748 17.901 40   8 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.180 4 5
9 11 Brian Beckner 17.786 17.804 40                  
10 77 Mark Carson -.--- -.--- 40                
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 16.021 15 30                
2 J1 Jordan Lechota 20 16.180 3 29                
3 28 Spencer Drake 20 16.282 3 28                
4 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.840 20 27                
5 103 Justin Lewis 20 16.818 14 26                
6 26 Jacob Pearson 19 17.193 16 24                
7 33 Matt Childers 18 17.059 18 23                
8 88 Marc Childers 17 16.733 10 22                
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             


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