First-time Mod 50 Winner


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    John Mamula made his first visit to the Corrigan Oil Winnerís Circle, Friday, July 3rd, for his win in the MOD 50 at the Spartan Speedway. Eighteen Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds timed in, with Leroy Ellis topping the speed chart with a 13.655. Mamula and Ron Parish sat on the front row for the start, and after the green, Mamula jumped out to the early lead, with Tom Hernly Jr. challenging for the lead on lap two, taking the spot away on lap three, and was sent to the pit on lap five with a smoking issue, thus turning the lead over to Mamula. Earl Miles quickly picked off a couple of cars to sit in the third position ahead of Bill Butler and Leroy Ellis. Two non-qualifiers got a little dicey and the caution waved again on lap 10, with both retiring to the pits. On the restart, Mamula pulled away leaving Parish and Miles to slug it out for second, as Ellis jumped to the outside of Butler to take away the fourth spot. Back in the pack, Sonny Coito and Wayne Haughton battled side by side for seventh position, while the leader pulled away from Parish and Miles on lap 20. Ellis dove under Miles to take away third on lap 27 but Miles wasnít going to give up. Ellis went to work on Parish for second as Miles seized the opportunity to make a run on Ellis. Ellis had his hands full but was able to keep Miles at an arms length. Ellis took a look under Parish on lap 45 and the two tangled in turn two on lap 46, opening the door for Miles. Ellis and Parish were able to gather both cars up. Miles dove under Ellis, attempting to make the pass going into turn three, with Miles spinning into the infield. Caution waved and on the restart, it was a four lap shootout, with Mamula, of Okemos, able to hang on for the win over Parish, Butler, Larry Wallace, and Haughton. Mamula and Rob Newman took heat wins.

   In one of the largest fields of Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans yet this season, Dane Long, of Charlotte, set the bar high during qualifying with a time of 14.353. On the start, Damon Place looked like he was shot out of a cannon, leading the first four laps, but he had company, as Jimmy Scavarda drove from his mid-pack starting position and into the lead by lap seven. Ron Heeney worked his way up into the third spot while Dane Long and Jack Koone Jr. battled for fourth. The top five were spread out on the track by lap 17 and Heeney was able to make up some ground on Place, but ran out of laps to challenge for second. At the line, it was Scavarda with his first win in a Sportsman, followed by Place, Heeney, Long, and Koone Jr. Heeney and Place won their heats.

   The Spartan Speedway Pure Stocks saw Ian Schafer in the Corrigan Oil Winnerís Circle twice with a heat and 20-lap feature win. Mark Childers took the early lead after the green flag waved, with Tyler Hawkins right there to challenge for the top spot. Schafer got around Hawkins on lap four and went to work on Childers, diving under Childers to take the spot away on lap six. Mark Carson reeled in Childers by lap 10 who used a lapped car to slow Carsonís advances. As Schafer continued to drive away from the field, Carson took one last shot at Childers but Childers was able to hold him off. At the stripe, it was Schafer, Childers, Carson, Jamie Feguer and Tyler Hawkins.

   Patrick Denison was the man on a mission in the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division, driving to his first win in the 20-lap feature, as well as taking the fast heat win. Brad Harbenski took the early lead over 87-year old Art Kimbal and George Wyers. Wyers took over the lead on lap two, with Denison blasting up through the field, as cars ran three- and four-wide. Brian Beckner jumped into the mix on lap five but Denison was able to pull away. Todd Metz Jr. had worked his way up to the third position by lap nine while Beckner caught Denison to challenge for the lead on lap 15. Beckner tried to dive under Denison for the lead, got into Denison, and ended up stopped at the top of turn two. This opened the door for Metz as caution bunched the field up. Denison brought the field down for the restart at a snailís pace and, at the green, was able to pull away from Metz and Edson Rowley III. After 20 laps, it was Denison, Metz Jr., Rowley, Lex Jarecki, and Wayne Beckner Jr. Wyers took home a heat win for the evening.

   The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper MI Legends Series made its way to the Spartan Speedway and put on a whale of a show for the fans on the holiday weekend. Matt Todd led all 30 laps of the feature, making his long haul from Birmingham, AL worth every mile. Brandon Mahoney, Bryan Nuckles (also a heat winner), Tony Monge and Ben Rouster rounded out the top five after 30 laps. Chance Rice won the second heat race of the evening but experienced mechanical difficulties in the feature.

   Please join us each and every Friday night at the Spartan Speedway for exciting, family-friendly, racing action. Friday, July 17th will feature the ShortTrackTrucks.com series, along with Topless Night. Anyone arriving in a convertible gets half-price general admission. Featured divisions will be the Short Track Trucks, Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Pony Stocks, and MCR Dwarfs. A special Sunday show with special show pricing will be run on Sunday, July 19th, featuring the Late Model 75, Slugfests for Sportsmans and Pure Stocks, and Double Figure-8ís featuring Pure Stocks and Pony Stocks. July 24th is the ďCharginí Charlie Ryan Late Model 40Ē, with a total invert in honor of Charlie. Vintage racers, the VROA, and Old Timers Night is on the docket. As always, weíll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, July 03, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.655 13.664     1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.962 7  
2 32 Wayne Haughton 13.660 13.667     2 8 Sonny Coito 8 13.852 6  
3 73. Earl Miles 13.665 13.807     3 8. Megan Carpenter 8 14.022 5  
4 M1 Bill Butler 13.710 13.716     4 47 Tracey Hernley 8 13.976 8  
5 55 Larry Wallace 13.710 13.761     5 13 Ken Buchner 8 13.982 3  
6 81 Tom Hernley 13.759 13.780     6 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.846 6  
7 31 Ron Parish 13.770 13.793     7 20 Lindsay Katz 8 14.264 6  
8 49 John Mamula 13.777 13.790     8 36 Tom Williams 7 14.245 5  
9 0z Chris Ozanich 13.783 13.807                    
10 8 Sonny Coito 13.888 13.918     Heat 2 Results:        
11 47 Tracey Hernley 13.921 13.985                    
12 13 Ken Buchner 13.931 13.968     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 98 Rob Newman 13.961 14.001     1 49 John Mamula 8 13.778 4  
14 8. Megan Carpenter 13.998 14.032     2 31 Ron Parish 8 13.771 7  
15 36 Tom Williams 14.210 14.304     3 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.753 4  
16 20 Lindsay Katz 14.259 14.381     4 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.716 8  
17 6. Perry Davenport -.--- -.---     5 73. Earl Miles 8 13.980 4  
18 7 Jon McNett -.--- -.---     6 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.742 4  
19 911 Richard Maurer -.--- -.---     7 32 Wayne Haughton 8 13.902 4  
              8 7 Jon McNett 8 13.871 2  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 49 John Mamula 50 13.769 6                  
2 31 Ron Parish 50 13.760 10                  
3 M1 Bill Butler 50 13.790 17                  
4 55 Larry Wallace 50 13.880 6                  
5 32 Wayne Haughton 50 13.774 18                  
6 0z Chris Ozanich 50 13.815 18                  
7 8 Sonny Coito 50 13.883 9                  
8 98 Rob Newman 50 14.073 3                  
9 47 Tracey Hernley 50 13.919 15                  
10 36 Tom Williams 50 14.175 16                  
11 73. Earl Miles 50 13.756 4                  
12 13 Ken Buchner 50 14.034 17                  
13 8. Megan Carpenter 50 14.055 15                  
14 50 Leroy Ellis 46 13.738 15                  
15 20 Lindsay Katz 45 14.502 29                  
16 7 Perry Davenport 10 13.939 8                  
17 911 Richard Maurer 10 13.933 9                  
18 81 Tom Hernley 8 13.565 4                  
                             
Performance Automotive NorthwestSportsman Series
Friday, July 03, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 7L Dane Long 14.353 14.372     1 70 Ron Heeney 4 14.420 3  
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.415 14.442     2 72 James Scavarda 4 14.463 4  
3 70 Ron Heeney 14.484 14.510     3 7L Dane Long 4 14.480 3  
4 72 James Scavarda 14.595 14.607     4 01 Jack Koone Jr. 4 14.536 2  
5 18 Bubber Patrick 14.652 14.780                  
6 47 Matt Kirchen 14.736 14.756     Heat 2 Results:        
7 24. Damon Place 14.889 14.963                  
8 71 Dale Elliott 15.009 15.037     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
9 21 Scott Newson 15.211 15.369       1 24. Damon Place 8 14.635 0  
10 13 Daniel Baschal 15.590 15.772     2 18 Bubber Patrick 8 14.585 0  
11 88 RichardGagner 15.925 16.010       3 47 Matt Kirchen 8 14.706 0  
              4 71 Dale Elliott 8 14.977 0  
              5 21 Scott Newson 8 15.240 0  
              6 13 Daniel Baschal 8 15.516 0  
              7 88 RichardGagner 8 15.849 0  
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 72 James Scavarda 25 14.460 4                  
2 24. Damon Place 25 14.557 13                  
3 70 Ron Heeney 25 14.464 8                  
4 7L Dane Long 25 14.557 8                  
5 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.569 11                  
6 71 Dale Elliott 25 14.912 6                  
7 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.900 8                  
8 18 Bubber Patrick 25 14.851 8                  
9 21 Scott Newson 24 15.434 4                  
10 13 Daniel Baschal 23 15.514 5                  
11 88 RichardGagner 8 16.052 4                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, July 03, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.310 16.317     1 31 George Wyers 8 17.121 2  
2 55 Edson Rowley III 16.404 16.422     2 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.002 4  
3 11 Brian Beckner 16.432 16.512     3 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.085 7  
4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.441 16.462     4 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.604 2  
5 10. Lexus Jarecki 16.572 16.648     5 1 Bryan Jenks 8 18.319 4  
6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.822 16.858     6 86 Art Kimball 1 17.841 1  
7 38 Patrick Denison 16.878 16.951     7 23. Darren Wright 1 17.714 1  
8 82 Misty Allen 16.884 16.894                  
9 23. Darren Wright 16.886 16.958                    
10 5 Rich Roberts 16.894 16.900     Heat 2 Results:        
11 10J Marisa Jones 17.051 17.107                    
12 31 George Wyers 17.095 17.126     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 86 Art Kimball 17.460 17.575     1 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.915 7  
14 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.764 17.767     2 82 Misty Allen 8 17.046 7  
15 1 Bryan Jenks 19.102 19.285     3 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.846 1  
              4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.809 1  
Feature Results:         5 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.824 6  
              6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.013 3  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   7 10. Lexus Jarecki 8 16.785 8  
1 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.581 20   8 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.829 4  
2 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.483 10                  
3 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.326 12                  
4 10. Lexus Jarecki 20 16.495 10                  
5 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.531 20                
6 31 George Wyers 20 17.136 17                  
7 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.948 9                  
8 82 Misty Allen 20 16.833 15                  
9 10J Marisa Jones 20 17.047 14                  
10 22 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.522 16                  
11 5 Rich Roberts 19 17.035 17                  
12 86 Art Kimball 19 17.622 8                  
13 1 Bryan Jenks 19 18.219 3                  
14 11 Brian Beckner 15 16.606 9                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, July 03, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 30 Ian Schafer 16.500 16.507     1 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.348 5  
2 77 Mark Carson 16.526 16.586     2 33 Matt Childers 8 16.673 7  
3 33 Matt Childers 16.710 16.725     3 77 Mark Carson 8 16.814 5  
4 87 Tyler Hawkins 17.197 17.273     4 87 Tyler Hawkins 8 17.108 5  
5 22 Stacey Feguer -.--- -.---     5 22 Stacey Feguer 3 20.856 2  
6 22 Jamie Feguer -.--- -.---                  
                           
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.357 9                  
2 33 Matt Childers 20 16.700 11                  
3 77 Mark Carson 20 16.376 10                  
4 22 Jamie Feguer 20 17.293 5                  
5 87 Tyler Hawkins 18 16.963 8                  


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