“Back to School” at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   Friday, July 31st, was School Bus Figure 8 Night, with eight drivers wheeling the huge yellow (well, not all of them) modes of transportation that school children dread the sight of come September. The packed grandstands however had been waiting with great anticipation, since September, for their return. It had been a long wait, as the last time the busses ran the “8” was last September. The drivers didn’t disappoint as there were many near misses at the X. With the likes of “The Disturbed One” Dane Long, “Jellybean” Misty Allen, defending Super Late Model champion, Jimmy Gallagher, Super Late driver of the Stan Perry Memorial racecar, Tommy Fedewa, flagman, “Dancing” Doug Allen, “Hey Culligan Man” Chris Hoffman, tech inspector, Chuck “Conehead” Ewing, and Golden Circle Award winner and darn fine photographer, Bob “Whitebread” Cantine, these drivers have many years of combined experience both on and off the track, but the undisputed winner of the first 2009 School Bus Figure 8 was Dane Long. This seasoned veteran lapped a number of busses on his way to the Corrigan Oil Victory Circle. Hoffman and Long took heat wins when the busses ran the oval earlier in the evening. Look for the school busses to return again in September!

   When the green flag waved over the field of Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, it was like a stampede towards the first turn at the Spartan Speedway. Joe Bates took the early lead from rookie competitor, Marissa Jones, with Jeremy LaFontaine working his way into contention. He wasn’t alone though, Patrick Denison and George Wyers were also making their run to the front just ahead of Edson Rowley III. Denison dove under LaFontaine and Bates to take the lead. Denison pulled away from the field only to receive a speeding ticket for exceeding his qualifying time by more than a quarter of a second. LaFontaine inherited the lead, but Rowley was right there on his rear bumper and took the spot away, while fast qualifier, Todd Metz Jr. had worked his way up into the top three. Wayne Beckner Jr. had other ideas though, as he drove around Metz and into third at the halfway point. Beckner Jr. got around LaFontaine for a shot at the leader, while Brian Beckner, Metz and LaFontaine made it three-wide for third. Denison got a second wind in the waning laps and dove under Beckner for third. At the stripe, it was Rowley, Beckner Jr., Denison, Beckner and Metz. Rich Roberts and Rowley took heat wins.

   Ben Hidy made his return to the Spartan Speedway count in a big way, scoring the Mark Childers ride for the night and putting it in the Corrigan Oil Victory Circle twice during the racing program, taking both the feature win and a heat win. The Pure Stock drivers were itching to get the feature underway as a couple of drivers jumped the start. Finally, the green stayed out on the start and it a battle royale. Rob Newman took the wheel of Joe Sharp’s Pure and put it out front, with Ian Schafer giving him a run for his money. Newman opened the door and Schafer slipped under him to take the lead and Hidy dove under Newman as he drifted high in turn two. Hidy and Schafer had company though, as Lonnie Saumier had made his way into the top three and was challenging for the lead as laps wound down. Hidy made Childer’s car nice and wide with Saumier hoping that Hidy would make a bobble. That was not the case though and Hidy went on to win followed by Saumier, Schafer, Jake Pearson and Josh Sevenski. Hidy and Newman scored wins in their heats.

   The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds saw past champion, Larry Wallace, working week after week to dial in the race car sponsored by “his own wallet.” All the hard work pair off as Wallace was able to hold off a very strong, and persistent, Chris Ozanich, for the win. Ozanich was able to stick a nose under Wallace in the corners, but Wallace was able to pull away down the straightaways. Ozanich was able to make the pass on Wallace, but caution waved and Ozanich had to assume the second spot as the lap had not been completed at the caution. With less than five laps to go, Ozanich dove under Wallace, the two touched, got loose, but both were able to gather the cars back up and proceed, with Ozanich darting into the lead. Once again, caution waved and Ozanich was sent cak to the second spot. On the restart, Ozanich tried the high side and Wallace shut the door. Travis Eddy had a strong showing running in third, while Ron Parish and Leroy Ellis duked it out for fourth with Ellis taking the spot away to finish fourth, and Parish rounding out the top five. Ozanich, Tim Easey, and Earl Miles took home hwat wins for the division.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting racing action at the track the stars call home. Sunday, August 9th will feature a Super Late Model 75 for the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, along with a Sunday Slugfest for Performance Automotive NW Sportsmans, Spartan Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. Double Figure 8’s will be run for the Pure Stocks and Pony Stocks. On the docket for August 14th is CARQUEST Night featuring the MOD 50 for Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, along with Sportsmans, Pure Stocks, Pony Stocks and GLS Mini-Cups. Check out the website at www.spartanspeedway.com for more info. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
Friday, July 31, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 32 Wayne Haughton 13.717 13.823     1 0z Chris Ozanich 4 13.754 2  
2 88 Travis Eddy 13.720 13.774     2 88 Travis Eddy 4 13.905 4  
3 50 Leroy Ellis 13.764 13.794     3 50 Leroy Ellis 4 13.893 2  
4 0z Chris Ozanich 13.815 13.823     4 32 Wayne Haughton 4 13.950 4  
5 49 John Mamula 13.845 13.856                  
6 55 Larry Wallace 13.878 13.899     Heat 2 Results:        
7 M1 Bill Butler 13.914 13.999                  
8 31 Ron Parish 13.941 13.991     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
9 88. Richard LaPratt 13.953 13.961       1 63 Tim Easey 8 14.284 6  
10 47 Tracey Hernley 13.992 14.002     2 36 Tom Williams 8 14.414 8  
11 73. Earl Miles 14.056 14.086       3 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 14.277 3  
12 6. Perry Davenport 14.071 14.084     4 17 Mark Carl 8 14.459 3  
13 31. Trei Deubel 14.134 14.338     5 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.268 4  
14 63 Tim Easey 14.134 14.209     6 20 Clint Haggerty 8 14.719 8  
15 13 Ken Buchner 14.136 14.152     7 31. Trei Deubel 8 14.383 6  
16 17 Mark Carl 14.157 14.210                  
17 6 Matthew Schindewolf 14.161 14.215                  
18 36 Tom Williams 14.245 14.318     Heat 3 Results :        
19 20 Clint Haggerty 14.403 14.558                  
              Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
Feature Results:           1 73. Earl Miles 8 13.745 5  
              2 88. Richard LaPratt 8 13.925 3  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap     3 31 Ron Parish 8 14.000 5  
1 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.760 6 4 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.905 4  
2 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.682 3 5 47 Tracey Hernley 8 13.986 7  
3 88 Travis Eddy 35 13.792 4 6 M1 Bill Butler 8 14.093 5  
4 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.822 12 7 49 John Mamula 8 13.993 6  
5 31 Ron Parish 35 13.901 5 8 6. Perry Davenport 8 13.840 4  
6 49 John Mamula 35 13.857 5              
7 M1 Bill Butler 35 14.019 7              
8 32 Wayne Haughton 35 13.987 12              
9 88. Richard LaPratt 35 14.008 14              
10 47 Tracey Hernley 35 13.998 15                  
11 6. Perry Davenport 35 13.965 34                  
12 31. Trei Deubel 35 14.164 9                  
13 13 Ken Buchner 35 14.057 10                  
14 73. Earl Miles 35 13.825 24                  
15 63 Tim Easey 35 14.147 12                  
16 17 Mark Carl 35 14.166 6                
17 20 Clint Haggerty 35 14.209 8                  
18 36 Tom Williams 35 14.302 11                  
19 6 Matthew Schindewolf 4 14.347 2                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Friday, July 31, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 62 Todd Metz Jr. 16.327 16.414     1 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.128 8  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.458 16.489     2 82 Misty Allen 8 17.064 8  
3 11 Brian Beckner 16.495 16.638     3 31 George Wyers 8 17.292 4  
4 55 Edson Rowley III 16.594 16.598     4 63 Joe Bates 8 17.321 5  
5 23. Darren Wright 16.712 16.751     5 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.314 2  
6 38 Patrick Denison 16.791 16.798     6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 8 17.135 5  
7 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.804 16.871                  
8 82 Misty Allen 16.829 16.851                  
9 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 16.929 16.968                    
10 5 Rich Roberts 16.942 16.964     Heat 2 Results:        
11 31 George Wyers 16.997 17.039                    
12 63 Joe Bates 17.156 17.161     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 10J Marisa Jones 17.192 17.265     1 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.640 3  
14 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.475 17.576     2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.639 6  
15 07 Mathew Vainner 17.748 18.089     3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.563 4  
              4 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.691 2  
Feature Results:         5 11 Brian Beckner 8 16.274 6  
              6 7 Lexus Jarecki 8 16.798 6  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   7 23. Darren Wright 8 17.083 8  
1 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.743 18                  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.508 10                  
3 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.244 19                  
4 11 Brian Beckner 20 16.506 12                
5 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.818 19                  
6 23 Jeremy LaFontaine 20 16.909 6                  
7 31 George Wyers 20 17.115 17                  
8 5 Rich Roberts 20 16.983 16                  
9 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.869 20                  
10 63 Joe Bates 20 17.373 11                  
11 10J Marisa Jones 20 17.361 14                  
12 23. Darren Wright 20 17.239 6                  
13 82 Misty Allen 20 17.319 15                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Friday, July 31, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 16.153 16.153     1 96 Rob Newman 8 16.332 4  
2 88 Ben Hidy 16.349 16.359     2 09 Rob Clark 8 16.835 6  
3 26 Jacob Pearson 16.384 16.663     3 57 Josh Sevenski 8 17.127 6  
4 30 Ian Schafer 16.398 16.428     4 22 Jamie Feguer 8 17.063 5  
5 33 Matt Childers 16.449 16.496     5 23 Jason Luce 8 17.483 8  
6 96 Rob Newman 16.486 16.732     6 2 Shane Fagan 8 17.860 5  
7 09 Rob Clark 16.718 16.733                  
8 22 Jamie Feguer 16.942 17.007                  
9 57 Josh Sevenski 17.574 18.434                    
10 23 Jason Luce 18.020 18.185     Heat 2 Results:        
11 2 Shane Fagan 18.219 18.429                    
12 44 Eric Wagner 32.504 48.638     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
              1 88 Ben Hidy 8 16.371 7  
Feature Results:         2 26 Jacob Pearson 8 16.519 3  
              3 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 16.171 5  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   4 33 Matt Childers 8 16.369 3  
1 88 Ben Hidy 20 16.197 3   5 44 Eric Wagner 8 17.098 7  
2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 16.145 5   6 30 Ian Schafer 8 16.307 3  
3 30 Ian Schafer 20 16.349 13                  
4 26 Jacob Pearson 20 16.454 6                  
5 57 Josh Sevenski 20 16.896 14                
6 44 Eric Wagner 19 16.858 7                  
7 09 Rob Clark 19 17.137 11                  
8 2 Shane Fagan 19 17.835 6                  
9 22 Jamie Feguer 16 17.012 16                  
10 96 Rob Newman 8 16.383 2                  
11 33 Matt Childers 6 16.341 3                  
12 23 Jason Luce 6 17.825 4                  


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