Rowley Scores First Pony Win of 2009 at Spartan


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   Lansing’s Brad Harbenski and Wayne Parkhurst II, of Holt, brought the field of Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks down for the start of their 20-lap feature at the Spartan Speedway. On the start, Harbenski and Haslett’s Scott Rogers ran one and two, while Lansing’s Brian Beckner drove into the lead on lap two. Charlotte’s Todd Metz Jr. tacked onto Beckner’s bumper, with Metz taking the lead on lap six. Edson Rowley III, of Jackson, poised to strike, got around Gregory’s Jeremy LaFontaine and dove under Beckner on lap 7 and went to work on Metz for the lead. The duo ran side by side, Metz on the high side, Rowley down low, with Rowley taking the lead on lap 11. Rowley opened up a bit of a lead over Metz, while LaFontaine went to work on Metz, taking away second on lap 17. Meanwhile, things were heating up back in the pack, with Eaton Rapids’ Misty Allen working to hold off Wayne Beckner Jr. of Lansing. Lap 15 saw the leaders working in lapped traffic, while Beckner Jr. got around Allen for fourth. At the checker, it was Rowley, LaFontaine, Metz Jr., Beckner Jr., and Allen rounding out the top five. Heat winners were Joe Bates, of Eaton Rapids, and Beckner Jr.

   Holt’s Matt Childers jumped out to the early lead in the Pure Stock division, leading the first five laps of the 20-lap feature. Leslie’s Justin Lewis was on the move however, taking second away from Dansville’s Mark Carson on lap five and then took the lead on lap seven. Lewis ran away from the field, leaving Childers to fend off Carson, lap after lap. Childers bobbled a bit and opened the door for Carson to take away the second spot. Carson began to reel in Lewis, sitting at his rear bumper by lap 19. Lewis was able to hold off Carson for his first ever feature win and a trip to the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle. Matt Childers took home the heat win.

   Hanover’s Logan Beckwith led the charge, at the drop of the green, for the Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Model 40-lap feature. Lansing’s Doug Finley, Ovid’s Jimmy Gallagher, Kalamazoo’s Andy Bozell and Jackson’s Evan Barrett ran in a tight pack until Beckwith and D. Finley broke away, leaving Gallagher and Bozell to duke it out for third. D. Finley took a look under Beckwith for the lead and took the spot away on lap nine. D. Finley drove away from the field, while back in the field, Detroit’s Stan Yees Jr., Chad Finley and Tom Fedewa, both of Lansing, battled for position. Caution on lap 20 closed the field up behind D. Finley. On the restart, C. Finley ducked under Barrett for third, as Fedewa took fourth away from Barrett on lap 23. D. Finley had opened up a sizeable lead, as caution waved on lap 35. On the restart, C. Finley went to work on Beckwith with Fedewa trying to find a way to take third from C. Finley. Caution waved on lap 30, giving C. Finley another shot at Beckwith for second. C. Finley got around Beckwith, bringing Fedewa with him. Bozell jumped to the outside and took the fifth spot away from Yees Jr. on lap 36. At the stripe, it was D. Finley, C. Finley, Fedewa, Bozell, and Beckwith. Flushing’s Tim Ryan and Yees Jr. tallied heat wins.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division saw Charlotte’s Perry Davenport and Earl Miles, of Hanover, sitting on the front row for the start of the 35-lap feature, and the duo ran one and two until caution waved for Miles, who retired to the pit. Ozanich inherited the second spot on the restart, with Leslie’s Nate Moon sitting in the third position. Moon had his hands full trying to hold off Owosso’s Dick Maurer, as Vermontville’s Leroy Ellis took to his signature high side, trying to advance his position from the second groove. Davenport and Ozanich had caught the tail of the field, while the battle raged for third on back. Ellis dove under Maurer on lap 27 and went to work on Moon for third. Moon drifted up the track a bit, opening the door for Ellis on lap 32. At the checker, it was Davenport, Ozanich, Ellis, Moon, and Maurer. Mason’s Rob Newman and Davenport won their heats.

   Munith’s Dan Baschal and Charlotte’s Matt Kirchen brought the Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans down for the green flag, with Kirchen leading the first lap. Flint’s Robbie Johnston was right there to challenge for the lead and took the spot away on the second lap. Johnston drove away from Kirchen, as Jack Koone Jr., of East Lansing, and Charlotte’s Dane Long battled for position. Koone got under Kirchen on lap six, bringing Long with him. The two battled side by side for position, with Long taking away the second spot on lap 10. Caution waved on lap 12, effectively erasing Johnston’s lead, and setting Long up to challenge for the lead. Long ducked under Johnston for the lead on lap 15 but could never really shake Johnston, who tailgated right down to the finish. Koone ran third while Leslie’s Damon Place, sporting a new ride for 2009, worked his way up to fourth ahead of Kirchen. At the stripe, it was Long, Johnston, Koone, Place, and Kirchen. Johnston captured the heat win for the division.

   Please join us each and every Friday night, at the Spartan Speedway, for exciting racing action. The May 15th show features the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, and MCR Dwarfs. A very special show on Sunday, May 17th, will honor the memory of Modified driver Brian Heeney, with the running of the Brian Heeney “Wild Child” Modified 100. Also on the docket is the first Sunday Slugfest, featuring Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, and Pony Stocks, along with double Figure-8’s. Friday, May 22nd, will feature all five regular divisions in action. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, May 08, 2009
                             
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 13.339 13.379 20   1 63 Tim Ryan 8 13.630 6 0
2 83 Andy Bozell 13.340 13.375 0   2 51 Paul Jakubik 8 13.681 8 10
3 10 Tom Fedewa 13.405 13.427 0   3 94 Evan Barrett 8 13.626 8 8
4 25 Jim Gallagher 13.443 13.464 15   4 45 Carl Sodman 8 14.249 2 6
5 42 Chad Finley 13.449 13.479 14   5 18. Dean Gassert 8 14.180 6 4
6 29 Doug Finley 13.452 13.481 13   6 16 Mike Ammerman 4 14.126 4 0
7 33. Stan Yee Jr. 13.505 13.507 0   7 8 Phil Bozell 4 13.662 3 0
8 3 Logan Beckwith 13.524 13.556 12                
9 94 Evan Barrett 13.561 13.575 11                  
10 63 Tim Ryan 13.568 13.587 0   Heat 2 Results:        
11 8 Phil Bozell 13.591 13.614 0                  
12 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.598 13.614 10   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 51 Paul Jakubik 13.666 13.718 9   1 33. Stan Yee Jr. 8 13.454 7 0
14 16 Mike Ammerman 14.119 14.155 0   2 29 Doug Finley 8 13.613 4 10
15 45 Carl Sodman 14.140 14.201 8   3 10 Tom Fedewa 8 13.558 5 0
16 18. Dean Gassert 15.379 15.804 7   4 3 Logan Beckwith 8 13.607 4 8
              5 42 Chad Finley 8 13.619 6 6
              6 25 Jim Gallagher 8 13.611 6 4
              7 7 Jon McNett 8 13.520 5 0
              8 83 Andy Bozell 8 13.591 5 0
                9 33 Dave Stehouwer 8 13.531 3 0
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 29 Doug Finley 40 13.547 28 200                
2 42 Chad Finley 40 13.586 34 190                
3 10 Tom Fedewa 40 13.578 5 0                
4 83 Andy Bozell 40 13.620 4 0                
5 3 Logan Beckwith 40 13.717 5 185                
6 33. Stan Yee Jr. 40 13.730 29 0                
7 63 Tim Ryan 40 13.743 8 0                
8 94 Evan Barrett 40 13.698 6 180                
9 25 Jim Gallagher 40 13.577 4 175                
10 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.734 5 170                
11 18. Dean Gassert 40 13.810 13 165                
12 16 Mike Ammerman 39 14.211 2 0                
13 51 Paul Jakubik 18 13.830 11 160                
14 7 Jon McNett 4 13.660 3 155                
15 8 Phil Bozell 1 15.445 1 0                
                             
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, May 08, 2009
                             
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 13.652 13.751 20   1 98 Rob Newman 8 14.103 7 0
2 50 Leroy Ellis 13.660 13.665 15   2 M1 Bill Butler 8 14.138 7 10
3 80 Michael Brooks 13.709 13.800 0   3 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.135 5 8
4 911 Richard Maurer 13.752 13.758 0   4 49 John Mamula 8 13.974 8 6
5 0z Chris Ozanich 13.806 13.806 14   5 36 Tom Williams 8 14.320 8 4
6 M74 Nathan Moon 13.826 13.881 13   6 USA3 Ben Rabber 8 13.925 2 0
7 73. Earl Miles 13.888 13.912 12   7 6 Matthew Schindewolf 2 14.600 1 0
8 6. Perry Davenport 13.892 13.911 11   8 47 Tracey Hernley 2 14.804 2 0
9 63 Tim Easey 13.902 13.913 10                  
10 USA3 Ben Rabber 13.938 13.953 0   Heat 2 Results:        
11 13 Ken Buchner 13.938 14.030 9                  
12 M1 Bill Butler 13.992 13.997 8   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 49 John Mamula 14.034 14.038 7   1 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.669 2 10
14 6 Matthew Schindewolf 14.038 14.073 6   2 63 Tim Easey 8 13.770 5 8
15 98 Rob Newman 14.136 14.151 0   3 M74 Nathan Moon 8 13.784 4 6
16 36 Tom Williams 14.278 14.304 5   4 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.847 7 4
17 47 Tracey Hernley 14.510 14.592 4   5 73. Earl Miles 8 13.925 6 0
18 00 Nelson Haas -.--- -.--- 0   6 911 Richard Maurer 8 13.866 6 0
              7 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.822 6 0
              8 31 Ron Parish 8 13.850 4 0
                             
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.842 4 200                
2 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.842 9 190                
3 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.723 4 185                
4 M74 Nathan Moon 35 13.844 5 180                
5 911 Richard Maurer 35 13.868 6 0                
6 80 Michael Brooks 35 13.864 6 0                
7 USA3 Ben Rabber 35 13.874 6 0                
8 31 Ron Parish 35 13.720 5 175                
9 63 Tim Easey 35 13.950 10 170                
10 6 Matthew Schindewolf 35 14.059 15 165                
11 49 John Mamula 35 14.056 10 160                
12 13 Ken Buchner 35 14.098 15 155                
13 36 Tom Williams 34 14.352 33 150                
14 47 Tracey Hernley 34 14.414 6 145                
15 M1 Bill Butler 14 14.225 9 140                
16 98 Rob Newman 12 14.155 10 0                
17 73. Earl Miles 7 13.862 5 135                
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, May 08, 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 14.455 14.462 20   1 55 Robert Johnston 8 14.488 7 10
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.495 14.536 15   2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.654 7 8
3 55 Robert Johnston 14.551 14.555 14   3 47 Matt Kirchen 8 14.830 7 6
4 07 Jordon Harvey 14.840 14.886 13   4 24. Damon Place 8 14.660 3 4
5 24. Damon Place 14.912 14.945 12   5 07 Jordon Harvey 8 14.708 6 0
6 47 Matt Kirchen 14.963 14.987 11   6 7L Dane Long 8 14.657 6 0
7 13 Daniel Baschal 15.549 15.587 10   7 13 Daniel Baschal 1 16.225 1 0
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 7L Dane Long 25 14.571 13 200                
2 55 Robert Johnston 25 14.579 3 190                
3 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.575 5 185                
4 24. Damon Place 25 14.636 3 180                
5 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.850 5 175                
6 07 Jordon Harvey 25 14.913 6 170                
7 13 Daniel Baschal 22 15.918 12 165                
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, May 08, 2009
                             
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 16.447 16.508 40   1 63 Joe Bates 8 17.308 8 10
2 10 Lexus Jarecki 16.512 16.515 40   2 12. Marq Eaton 8 17.479 5 9
3 55 Edson Rowley III 16.632 16.648 40   3 97 Scott Rodgers 8 17.663 3 8
4 82 Misty Allen 16.667 16.884 40   4 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.558 4 7
5 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.772 16.781 40   5 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.661 6 6
6 79 Todd Metz Jr. 17.002 17.009 40   6 7 Wayne Parkhurst II 8 18.213 8 0
7 31 George Wyers 17.193 17.285 40   7 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 18.262 6 5
8 38 Patrick Denison 17.229 17.317 40   8 09 Mark Lawless 8 18.382 6 0
9 47. Brian Beckner 17.302 17.338 40                  
10 12. Marq Eaton 17.354 17.548 40   Heat 2 Results:        
11 63 Joe Bates 17.390 17.494 40                  
12 97 Scott Rodgers 17.510 17.704 40   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
13 10J Marisa Jones 17.546 17.618 40   1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.604 6 10
14 5 Rich Roberts 17.640 17.652 40   2 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.834 6 9
15 7 Wayne Parkhurst II 18.097 18.527 0   3 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 16.695 8 8
16 22 Bradley Harbenski 18.304 18.387 40   4 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.936 8 7
17 09 Mark Lawless 18.602 18.734 0   5 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.830 5 6
18 1 Bryan Jenks -.--- -.--- 40   6 47. Brian Beckner 8 17.258 4 5
19 32 James Harbenski -.--- -.--- 40   7 82 Misty Allen 8 16.911 3 5
              8 31 George Wyers 8 17.322 7 5
                             
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.525 6 30                
2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.634 5 29                
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.888 5 28                
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.457 7 27                
5 82 Misty Allen 20 16.774 6 26                
6 47. Brian Beckner 20 17.140 3 25                
7 63 Joe Bates 20 17.093 3 25                
8 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.875 10 25                
9 10 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.926 5 25                
10 31 George Wyers 20 17.035 5 25                
11 97 Scott Rodgers 20 17.525 10 25                
12 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 17.843 5 24                
13 5 Rich Roberts 19 17.760 5 24                
14 7 Wayne Parkhurst II 19 17.903 8 0                
15 09 Mark Lawless 15 18.333 5 0                
16 32 James Harbenski 8 18.804 3 13                
17 10J Marisa Jones 2 18.508 1 7                
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, May 08, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best Pts.   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.
1 103 Justin Lewis 16.562 16.587 0   1 33 Matt Childers 8 17.217 2 10
2 26 Jacob Pearson 16.717 16.801 40   2 103 Justin Lewis 8 16.873 5 0
3 77 Mark Carson 16.896 16.897 40   3 77 Mark Carson 8 17.025 4 9
4 30 Ian Schafer 16.915 16.960 40   4 26 Jacob Pearson 8 16.960 7 8
5 88 Marc Childers 17.019 -.--- 40   5 30 Ian Schafer 8 17.066 6 7
6 33 Matt Childers 17.135 17.165 40                
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap Pts.              
1 103 Justin Lewis 20 16.936 8 0                
2 77 Mark Carson 20 16.763 18 30                
3 33 Matt Childers 20 17.277 8 29                
4 26 Jacob Pearson 20 16.965 12 28                
5 88 Marc Childers 20 17.131 1 27                
6 30 Ian Schafer 20 17.182 15 26                


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