Finley Scores Win on Memorial Night


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    The Spartan Speedway, along with B & L Truck Caps, hosted the “Chargin’ Charlie Ryan Jr. Memorial” for Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models on July 24th, 2009. The stage was set for a barn-burner as many of Charlies fellow racers timed in to take home the coveted prize in Charlie’s memory. Ron Heeney and Logan Beckwith sat on the front row and on the start Heeney drove into the lead, with Beckwith and Bill Heeney Jr. in hot pursuit. Beckwith took the lead, bringing Heeney Jr. and Jimmy Gallagher along with him. Caution waved and on the restart, Evan Barrett dove under Heeney on the backstretch, leaving Heeney caught on the high side of the track. Jeff Hackworth moved into the fifth position, with Dave Stehouwer poised to break into the top five. Gallagher jumped to the second groove to find a way around Heeney Jr. for second, made the pass and took second away while Barrett went to work on Heeney Jr. for third. Beckwith and Gallagher pulled away from the field as Barrett moved into third with Hackworth tacked to his rear bumper. Doug Finley had methodically picked off cars to sit in fifth when caution waved and on the restart, it was anybody in the top five’s race. On the restart, Beckwith and Gallagher pulled away from the field but Gallagher slowed dramatically, relinquishing second to Barrett. Finley dove under Hackworth after the Gallagher caution and went to work on Barrett for second. With Barrett working the high groove, Finley was able to drive under him and into second. In the waning laps, Finley went to work on Beckwith, nailed down the top spot, and went on to take the emotional win, visiting the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle honoring the memory of his friend, “Chargin” Charlie Ryan Jr. Beckwith, Barrett, Heeney Jr. and Tim Ryan rounded out the top five. R. Heeney and Gallagher took heat wins and Finley scored the Hard Charger Award for the evening.

   The Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans saw Owosso Speedway regular, Jordan Harvey, take the early lead in the 25-lap feature. Matt Kirchen ran second on the high side while Jimmy Scavarda repeatedly stuck a nose under Harvey and Kirchen, making it three-wide at times. Scavarda jumped to the high side of Harvey as Dane Long dove under the duo to take away the lead. Long then drove away from the field. Scavarda sat in second while Jack Koone Jr., Harvey and Kirchen ran third through fifth, respectively. At the line, it was Long, Scavarda, Koone Jr., Harvey and Kirchen. Koone Jr. took the heat win and Long won the Hard Charger Award.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division was 23 cars strong in qualifying. Two cars were unable to make the call for the feature, so all 21 competitors were lined up for the start of the 35-lapper. Rob Newman took the lead when the green flag waved, with Perry Davenport, Bubba Brooks, and Chris Ozanich ready to challenge for top honors. An altercation on the frontstretch sparked a huge melee in turn one as cars checked up to avoid other spinning cars in turn two. The red flag was displayed and on the restart, Brooks dove under Newman for the lead, as Ozanich issued a challenge on Newman for second and took the spot away. Ozanich looked high and low for a way around Brooks, while Kazmar went after Davenport for the fourth position. Brooks used slower traffic to his advantage, slowing Ozanich’s advances, but eventually Ozanich overpowered Brooks to take the lead. As Davenport and Kazmar duked it out for fourth, Larry Wallace jumped into the mix and got around Kazmar for fifth. Caution waved with seven laps to go and on the restart, Wallace and Leroy Ellis were able to get around Davenport. At the stripe, it was Ozanich, Brooks, Newman, Wallace and Ellis. Ellis was the Hard Charger and Ken Buchner, Newman and John Mamula took heat wins.

   A fine display of driving was the story in the Pure Stock division, as Matt Childers started sixth in the feature and was the leader by lap two. Rick Gokee Sr., Ian Schafer and Mark Childers had a three-way battle going for second and Kevin Adkins was able to hold down the fifth spot over Jake Pearson. After 20 laps, it was Matt Childers (also Hard Charger), Gokee Sr., Mark Childers, Schafer and Adkins. Mark Childers took the heat win.

   Rookie driver, Marissa Jones led the opening laps of the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock 20-lap feature, with Jeremy LaFontaine taking charge just three laps in. Rich Roberts was running second when, from the back of the pack, Todd Metz Jr. just motored past everyone and into the lead. Wayne Beckner Jr. and Edson Rowley III ran second and third but didn’t have anything for Metz who tallied his second win in two weeks. Beckner Jr., Rowley, Patrick Denison and Brian Beckner rounded out the top five. Roberts and Denison took heat wins for the division.

   It was Old Timer’s Night as well at the Spartan Speedway and the Vintage Automobile Racing Club paid a visit and put on an exhibition race. Chuck Faulkner took the exhibition win. A big thank you to the group for exposing the fans to the cars of yesteryear!

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action. Friday, July 31st is the return of the School Bus Figure 8’s. Special show pricing will apply. Friday, August 7th is a Mod 50 featuring the modified division. Other divisions will include Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, Pony Stocks and Legends. Sunday, August 9th is the Late Model 75 for Super Late Models and Sunday Slugfest for Sportsmans, Pure Stocks and Pony Stocks. Double Figure 8’s are also on the docket. Special show pricing will apply. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Friday, July 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 83 Andy Bozell 13.419 13.461     1 70 Ron Heeney 8 13.951 8  
2 7 Jon McNett 13.439 13.538     2 18. Dean Gassert 8 13.949 8  
3 8 Phil Bozell 13.509 13.523     3 2. Bob Bauer 8 13.886 8  
4 10.. Tom Fedewa 13.519 13.541     4 3 Logan Beckwith 8 13.912 8  
5 29 Doug Finley 13.533 13.542     5 94. Evan Barrett 8 13.878 3  
6 44 Jeff Hackworth 13.584 13.585     6 5 Bill Heeney Jr 8 13.897 5  
7 63 Tim Ryan 13.584 13.594     7 67 Tim Rugg 8 14.307 8  
8 25. Jim Gallagher 13.592 13.673     8 45 Carl Sodman 8 14.201 6  
9 46. Dave Sensiba 13.656 13.681                    
10 94. Evan Barrett 13.723 13.749     Heat 2 Results:        
11 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.745 13.759                    
12 5 Bill Heeney Jr 13.755 13.975     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 2. Bob Bauer 13.765 13.765     1 25. Jim Gallagher 8 13.709 3  
14 3 Logan Beckwith 13.765 13.787     2 46. Dave Sensiba 8 13.711 4  
15 18. Dean Gassert 13.971 14.007     3 44 Jeff Hackworth 8 13.675 3  
16 70 Ron Heeney 14.071 14.117     4 63 Tim Ryan 8 13.615 3  
17 45 Carl Sodman 14.116 14.142     5 10.. Tom Fedewa 8 13.700 5  
18 67 Tim Rugg 14.215 14.217     6 29 Doug Finley 8 13.652 3  
19 51 Paul Jakubik -.--- -.---     7 7 Jon McNett 8 13.669 6  
              8 83 Andy Bozell 8 13.606 5  
                9 8 Phil Bozell 8 13.708 4  
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 29 Doug Finley 40 13.616 10                  
2 3 Logan Beckwith 40 13.571 18                  
3 94. Evan Barrett 40 13.695 30                  
4 5 Bill Heeney Jr 40 13.668 6                  
5 63 Tim Ryan 40 13.660 19                  
6 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.747 6                  
7 83 Andy Bozell 40 13.593 9                  
8 46. Dave Sensiba 40 13.783 10                  
9 44 Jeff Hackworth 40 13.683 6                  
10 8 Phil Bozell 40 13.643 30                  
11 2. Bob Bauer 40 13.833 8                  
12 70 Ron Heeney 39 13.869 2                  
13 45 Carl Sodman 39 14.218 19                  
14 67 Tim Rugg 39 14.234 37                  
15 25. Jim Gallagher 24 13.537 5                  
16 18. Dean Gassert 21 13.959 6                  
17 10.. Tom Fedewa 13 13.717 10                  
18 7 Jon McNett 13 13.676 4                  
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, July 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.696 13.757     1 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.193 2  
2 10 Bud Perry 13.784 13.855     2 36 Tom Williams 8 14.344 4  
3 17 Dusty Carl 13.807 13.931     3 81 Greg Haynes 8 14.315 5  
4 73. Earl Miles 13.811 13.979     4 20 Lindsay Katz 7 14.224 4  
5 55 Larry Wallace 13.845 13.856                  
6 M1 Bill Butler 13.850 13.871                  
7 7 Jon McNett 13.851 13.878                  
8 49 John Mamula 13.884 13.916                  
9 31 Ron Parish 13.887 13.904                    
10 96 Justin Kazmar 13.895 13.904     Heat 2 Results:        
11 1 Ben Rabber 13.899 13.901                    
12 0z Chris Ozanich 13.918 13.949     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 84 Michael Brooks 13.926 13.934     1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.948 7  
14 8. Megan Carpenter 14.007 14.143     2 84 Michael Brooks 8 14.023 7  
15 6. Perry Davenport 14.036 14.065     3 6. Perry Davenport 8 14.017 4  
16 98 Rob Newman 14.038 14.067     4 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.932 4  
17 47 Tracey Hernley 14.062 14.074     5 31 Ron Parish 8 13.922 3  
18 13 Ken Buchner 14.092 14.092     6 8. Megan Carpenter 8 13.974 5  
19 45 Jim Kennedy 14.120 14.158     7 96 Justin Kazmar 8 14.008 4  
20 36 Tom Williams 14.178 14.283     8 1 Ben Rabber 8 14.069 2  
21 81 Greg Haynes 14.271 14.294                    
22 20 Lindsay Katz 14.306 14.415     Heat 3 Results :        
23 M74 Nathan Moon 15.168 15.262                    
            Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
Feature Results:       1 49 John Mamula 8 13.896 6  
            2 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.776 7  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap 3 17 Dusty Carl 8 13.860 7  
1 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.912 11 4 7 Jon McNett 8 13.929 5  
2 84 Michael Brooks 35 13.928 8 5 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.962 8  
3 98 Rob Newman 35 13.987 9 6 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.975 6  
4 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.851 8 7 10 Bud Perry 8 13.970 7  
5 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.870 9 8 73. Earl Miles 8 14.088 6  
6 6. Perry Davenport 35 14.067 12                  
7 10 Bud Perry 35 13.886 8                  
8 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.927 10                  
9 73. Earl Miles 35 13.897 9                  
10 7 Jon McNett 35 13.814 9                  
11 31 Ron Parish 35 13.905 7                  
12 1 Ben Rabber 35 13.870 14                
13 13 Ken Buchner 35 14.133 7                  
14 8. Megan Carpenter 35 14.122 9                  
15 96 Justin Kazmar 35 13.923 9                  
16 81 Greg Haynes 34 14.129 15                  
17 36 Tom Williams 34 14.294 10                  
18 47 Tracey Hernley 34 14.215 20                  
19 17 Dusty Carl 33 13.868 10                  
20 20 Lindsay Katz 33 14.308 11                  
21 49 John Mamula 4 14.246 4                  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Friday, July 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 7L Dane Long 14.405 14.452     1 01 Jack Koone Jr. 8 14.448 6  
2 01 Jack Koone Jr. 14.522 14.549     2 7L Dane Long 8 14.479 8  
3 72 James Scavarda 14.566 14.600     3 72 James Scavarda 8 14.552 8  
4 24. Damon Place 14.714 14.870     4 07 Jordon Harvey 8 14.854 8  
5 47 Matt Kirchen 14.859 14.956     5 47 Matt Kirchen 8 14.852 7  
6 18 Bubber Patrick 14.887 14.973     6 24. Damon Place 8 14.704 1  
7 07 Jordon Harvey 14.996 15.147                  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 7L Dane Long 25 14.497 11                  
2 72 James Scavarda 25 14.667 17                  
3 01 Jack Koone Jr. 25 14.651 16                  
4 47 Matt Kirchen 25 14.914 8                  
5 07 Jordon Harvey 25 14.857 5                  
6 18 Bubber Patrick 9 14.897 3                  
7 24. Damon Place 7 14.836 2                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, July 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.382 16.415     1 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.028 6  
2 11 Brian Beckner 16.462 16.628     2 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.125 2  
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.493 16.520     3 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.271 6  
4 55 Edson Rowley III 16.568 16.637     4 23. Darren Wright 8 17.329 3  
5 38 Patrick Denison 16.699 16.720     5 63 Joe Bates 8 17.322 3  
6 82 Misty Allen 16.939 16.996     6 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.878 1  
7 10. Lexus Jarecki 16.944 16.952     7 86 Art Kimball 8 17.469 4  
8 31 George Wyers 16.986 17.107     8 32 James Harbenski 3 18.169 1  
9 5 Rich Roberts 17.093 17.095                    
10 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 17.131 17.164     Heat 2 Results:        
11 86 Art Kimball 17.169 17.331                    
12 63 Joe Bates 17.259 17.262     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.315 17.322     1 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.698 3  
14 23. Darren Wright 17.447 17.485     2 10. Lexus Jarecki 8 16.697 6  
15 10J Marisa Jones 17.572 17.582     3 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.681 5  
16 32 James Harbenski 18.177 18.181     4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.683 4  
              5 82 Misty Allen 8 16.912 6  
Feature Results:         6 11 Brian Beckner 8 17.046 3  
              7 31 George Wyers 8 17.309 1  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   8 79 Todd Metz Jr. 6 16.991 6  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.485 9                  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.543 17                  
3 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.554 15                  
4 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.569 18                
5 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.752 14                  
6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 17.008 7                  
7 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.010 17                  
8 82 Misty Allen 20 17.028 15                  
9 31 George Wyers 20 17.241 17                  
10 63 Joe Bates 20 17.258 13                  
11 22 Bradley Harbenski 19 17.603 2                  
12 10J Marisa Jones 19 17.546 1                  
13 23. Darren Wright 19 17.297 5                  
14 7 Lexus Jarecki 19 17.445 6                  
15 86 Art Kimball 19 17.396 3                  
16 32 James Harbenski 12 19.013 1                  
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, July 24, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 30 Ian Schafer 16.350 16.406     1 33 Matt Childers 8 16.601 3  
2 26 Jacob Pearson 16.372 16.429     2 88 Marc Childers 8 16.389 3  
3 88 Marc Childers 16.373 16.405     3 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.447 4  
4 33 Matt Childers 16.393 16.537     4 26 Jacob Pearson 8 16.500 8  
5 17SR Kevin Adkins 16.613 16.784     5 31 Rick Gokee Sr 8 16.704 6  
6 31 Rick Gokee Sr 16.746 16.767     6 17SR Kevin Adkins 8 16.373 8  
7 25 Matt Patrick 17.095 17.117     7 25 Matt Patrick 8 17.269 4  
8 57 Josh Sevenski 17.392 17.470     8 22 Jamie Feguer 8 17.100 5  
9 22 Jamie Feguer 17.450 17.563       9 57 Josh Sevenski 8 17.170 5  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 88 Marc Childers 20 16.331 5                  
2 31 Rick Gokee Sr 20 16.617 14                  
3 33 Matt Childers 20 16.470 5                  
4 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.381 16                  
5 17SR Kevin Adkins 20 16.321 7                  
6 26 Jacob Pearson 20 16.319 9                  
7 25 Matt Patrick 20 16.793 14                  
8 22 Jamie Feguer 20 17.111 10                  
9 57 Josh Sevenski 19 17.336 12                  


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