Second Time’s the Charm at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Rain put a damper on the August 9th Sunday Slugfest, but Mother Nature cooperated (except for the heat) for the second attempt at the Slugfest on August 16th. Lansing’s Brian Beckner put his Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock in the Corrigan Oil Winner’s Circle after a heated battle with Edson Rowley III of Jackson. The duo swapped the lead a number of times, running side by side as they crossed the line, in the closing laps of the 25-lap feature. Beckner took the lead for good on lap 22, finishing ahead of Rowley, Lex Jarecki, Darren Wright and George Wyers. Brad Harbenski and Patrick Denison took the heat wins for the evening.

   From the stands, it appeared that Charlotte’s Dane Long had the Performance Automotive NW Sportsman win all sewn up, but a couple of lapped cars and a wily veteran, Robbie Johnston, changed the whole complexion of the 35-lap feature. Long looked to have been shot out of a cannon when the green flag dropped, while fast qualifier, Johnston, carefully worked his way into contention for the top spot by lap 20. Everything unraveled for Long when he elected to pass two slower cars on the outside, and Johnston dove to the inside, taking the lead away. Johnston was able to pull away from the field and went on to take the win over Long, Jimmy Scavarda, Matt Kirchen and Nick Lechota. Scavarda scored a win in the heat for the division.

   It was mayhem in the Spartan Pure Stock division, as 23 cars timed in for their 25-lap feature. With a 15 car invert, the fast qualifier, Chad Lamson, started from nearly mid-pack. Tony Williams took the early lead, with Leslie’s Justin Lewis taking over the top spot on lap seven. Lonnie Saumier once again flexed his Pure Stock muscle and was the man to beat by lap 12. Nick Johnston was never quite able to run him down for the win and at the stripe it was Davison’s Saumier, Johnston, Nick Lechota, Andrew Burton and Scott Beach. Josh Brown, Mike Wines and Johnston each tallied heat wins.

   Seventeen Andrew’s Chevrolet Super Late Models made their return to the tight ¼-mile of Spartan Speedway and Eaton Rapids’ Phil Massuch put on a driving clinic as only 7 cars remained on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved. Dewitt’s Jon McNett took the early lead, battling side by side with Jackson’s Evan Barrett. McNett got around Barrett on the high side then had to contend with Massuch on the low side. Massuch made the pass on McNett just nine laps into the 75-lap feature. McNett, Tom fedewa, and Dave Stehouwer ran in a tight little pack, while Massuch starting picking cars off in the rear of the field and by lap 47, he had already put nine cars down a lap and by lap 57, only seven remained on the lead lap. Massuch cruised to his win over McNett, Fedewa, Stehouwer and Barrett.

   Edson Rowley III took the win in the Pony Stock Figure 8, 15-lap feature, over Joe Bates, Rich Roberts, Brad Harbenski, and Patrick Denison. The 25-lap Pure Stock Figure 8 winner was Flint’s Chad Lamson, with Jordan Lechota, Jerry Persails Jr., Anthony Williams and Mike Wines rounding out the top five.

   Be sure to mark September 4th on your calendar, as Spartan Speedway presents the first-ever “Eve of Destruction.” This show is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser with the Chain Gang, Push-Pull and Trailer Races, along with Pony Stock and Pony Stock Figure 8’s.

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Model Series
Sunday, August 16, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 10 Jack Landis 13.471 13.510     1 01 Phil Massuch 75 13.596 6  
2 63 Tim Ryan 13.546 13.588     2 7 Jon McNett 75 13.657 2  
3 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.547 13.600     3 10.. Tom Fedewa 75 13.699 10  
4 25 Chris Hettinger 13.567 13.589     4 33 Dave Stehouwer 75 13.640 14  
5 01 Phil Massuch 13.574 13.583     5 94. Evan Barrett 75 13.752 63  
6 10.. Tom Fedewa 13.583 13.590     6 10 Jack Landis 75 13.628 27  
7 7 Jon McNett 13.594 13.596     7 46. Dave Sensiba 75 13.779 52  
8 94. Evan Barrett 13.625 13.674     8 25 Chris Hettinger 74 13.839 5  
9 46. Dave Sensiba 13.627 13.651       9 P51 Scott Pemberton 74 13.938 13  
10 84 Joe Hodgeson 13.666 13.683     10 45 Carl Sodman 67 14.225 7  
11 5. Bill Heeney 13.726 13.743       11 17 James Johnson 66 14.538 4  
12 25. Jim Gallagher 13.727 13.767     12 70 Ron Heeney 64 14.149 10  
13 3 Logan Beckwith 13.754 13.758     13 63 Tim Ryan 58 13.781 5  
14 P51 Scott Pemberton 13.784 13.796     14 25. Jim Gallagher 58 13.760 20  
15 45 Carl Sodman 14.095 14.141     15 84 Joe Hodgeson 51 13.858 12  
16 70 Ron Heeney 14.148 14.153     16 5. Bill Heeney 40 13.807 27  
17 17 James Johnson 14.374 14.476     17 3 Logan Beckwith 19 13.895 16  
                             
Performance Automotive Northwest  Sportsman Series
Sunday, August 16, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 55 Robby Johnston 14.373 14.394     1 72 James Scavarda 8 14.724 2  
2 7L Dane Long 14.446 14.478     2 47 Matt Kirchen 8 15.043 5  
3 72 James Scavarda 14.568 14.680     3 7L Dane Long 8 14.858 6  
4 x25 Timothy Lahar 14.801 14.912     4 93 Cory Robinson 8 15.489 8  
5 05 Nick Lechota 15.022 15.052     5 x25 Timothy Lahar 5 15.078 2  
6 47 Matt Kirchen 15.064 15.108     6 05 Nick Lechota 0 -.--- -  
7 93 Cory Robinson 15.669 15.711     7 55 Robby Johnston 0 -.--- -  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 55 Robby Johnston 35 14.554 10                  
2 7L Dane Long 35 14.621 3                  
3 72 James Scavarda 35 14.732 16                  
4 47 Matt Kirchen 34 15.109 4                  
5 05 Nick Lechota 34 14.894 5                  
6 x25 Timothy Lahar 34 15.138 2                  
7 93 Cory Robinson 17 15.670 9                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
Sunday, August 16, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Dash Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 11 Brian Beckner 16.529 16.584     1 7 Lexus Jarecki 4 16.838 2  
2 86 Todd Metz Jr. 16.530 16.586     2 86 Todd Metz Jr. 4 16.789 4  
3 55 Edson Rowley III 16.584 16.627     3 11 Brian Beckner 4 16.687 3  
4 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.699 16.798     4 55 Edson Rowley III 4 16.868 3  
5 23. Darren Wright 16.735 16.830                  
6 40 Scott Rodgers 16.840 17.042     Heat 1 Results:        
7 82 Misty Allen 16.900 16.909                  
8 10J Marisa Jones 17.031 17.133     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
9 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 17.082 17.092       1 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.198 7  
10 31 George Wyers 17.143 17.199     2 09 Mark Lawless 8 18.092 5  
11 5 Rich Roberts 17.224 17.255       3 69 Joey Rodgers 8 17.571 7  
12 38 Patrick Denison 17.247 -.---     4 42 Tim Rodgers 8 17.428 6  
13 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.269 17.357     5 10 Terry Henderson 8 18.790 8  
14 63 Joe Bates 17.321 17.343     6 63 Joe Bates 4 18.780 4  
15 42 Tim Rodgers 17.351 17.356     7 1 Ken Dollarhite 2 19.359 1  
16 69 Joey Rodgers 17.699 17.705                  
17 09 Mark Lawless 17.971 18.182     Heat 2 Results:        
18 10 Terry Henderson 18.722 18.989                  
19 1 Ken Dollarhite 18.935 18.951     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
20 32 James Harbenski -.--- -.---     1 38 Patrick Denison 8 17.355 7  
                2 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.136 6  
Feature Results:           3 23. Darren Wright 8 17.084 3  
                4 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.259 6  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   5 31 George Wyers 8 17.206 7  
1 11 Brian Beckner 25 16.438 11     6 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 17.336 7  
2 55 Edson Rowley III 25 16.795 16     7 82 Misty Allen 8 17.103 7  
3 7 Lexus Jarecki 25 16.711 24     8 40 Scott Rodgers 8 17.140 3  
4 23. Darren Wright 25 16.848 8                  
5 31 George Wyers 25 17.156 5                  
6 10J Marisa Jones 25 17.040 3                  
7 82 Misty Allen 25 17.054 3                  
8 38 Patrick Denison 25 17.282 11                  
9 22 Bradley Harbenski 25 17.266 2                  
10 5 Rich Roberts 25 17.271 9                  
11 40 Scott Rodgers 25 16.982 3                  
12 63 Joe Bates 25 17.122 1                  
13 86 Todd Metz Jr. 24 16.555 15                  
14 69 Joey Rodgers 24 17.410 3                  
15 10 Terry Henderson 23 18.505 15                  
16 32 James Harbenski 5 -.--- -                  
17 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 3 17.195 2                  
18 09 Mark Lawless 1 18.543 1                  
19 1 Ken Dollarhite 1 19.352 1                  
20 42 Tim Rodgers 0 -.--- -                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
Sunday, August 16, 2009
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 888 Chad Lamson 15.901 15.904     1 5 Josh Brown 8 17.038 3  
2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 15.908 16.050     2 58 Gary Dabnay 8 16.901 5  
3 22 Nick Lechota 16.046 16.083     3 4D Ricki Dinius II 8 17.093 6  
4 7 Nick Johnston 16.205 16.206     4 L57 Rich Dinius 8 17.646 5  
5 80 Gerald Persails 16.297 16.312     5 44 Dale Wagner 7 16.900 4  
6 M3 Scott Beach 16.315 16.497     6 04 Steve Burton 1 21.791 1  
7 J1. Jordan Lechota 16.407 16.611                  
8 05 Andrew Burton 16.446 16.642     Heat 2 Results:        
9 30 Ian Schafer 16.456 16.469                    
10 103 Justin Lewis 16.460 16.524     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
11 28 Spencer Drake 16.516 16.582       1 24 Mike Wines 8 16.922    
12 26 Kenny Clark 16.573 16.604     2 26 Kenny Clark 8 16.736    
13 96 Rob Newman 16.593 16.994     3 28 Spencer Drake 8 16.608    
14 14 Fred Adkins 16.782 16.824     4 96 Rob Newman 8 16.283    
15 97 Anthony Williams 16.993 17.012     5 97 Anthony Williams 8 16.842    
16 24 Mike Wines 17.034 17.181     6 103 Justin Lewis 8 16.563    
17 4D Ricki Dinius II 17.049 17.197     7 30 Ian Schafer 6 16.728    
18 44 Dale Wagner 17.146 17.189     8 14 Fred Adkins 2 17.163    
19 57 Josh Sevenski 17.160 17.272                  
20 58 Gary Dabnay 17.222 17.403     Heat 3 Results :        
21 5 Josh Brown 17.227 17.427                    
22 L57 Rich Dinius 17.766 17.924     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
23 04 Steve Burton 18.450 18.471       1 7 Nick Johnston 8 16.048    
            2 888 Chad Lamson 8 15.944    
Feature Results:       3 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 15.937    
            4 J1. Jordan Lechota 8 16.216    
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap 5 22 Nick Lechota 8 16.047    
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 25 16.070 15 6 05 Andrew Burton 8 16.385    
2 7 Nick Johnston 25 16.210 22 7 M3 Scott Beach 8 16.456    
3 22 Nick Lechota 25 16.161 22                  
4 05 Andrew Burton 25 16.558 12                  
5 M3 Scott Beach 25 16.472 12                  
6 J1. Jordan Lechota 25 16.400 8                
7 103 Justin Lewis 25 16.372 9                  
8 97 Anthony Williams 25 16.853 12                  
9 28 Spencer Drake 25 16.911 19                  
10 24 Mike Wines 25 17.015 5                  
11 58 Gary Dabnay 25 17.026 8                  
12 44 Dale Wagner 25 16.809 5                  
13 888 Chad Lamson 17 16.074 4                  
14 57 Josh Sevenski 17 16.529 4                  
15 14 Fred Adkins 13 16.700 8                  
16 80 Gerald Persails 13 16.435 3                  
17 26 Kenny Clark 13 16.646 5                  
18 30 Ian Schafer 13 16.580 9                  
19 L57 Rich Dinius 7 17.586 4                  
20 5 Josh Brown 5 16.889 2                  
21 4D Ricki Dinius II 3 17.315 2                  


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