Spartan Speedway Opens 54th Season


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Fans at the Spartan Speedway broke in the new grandstands in fine style, as April 23rd was Opening Night for Spartanís 54th season. The Andrewís Chevrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks put on a great show, with the Supers being first on the docket.

   Thirteen Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models brushed away the cobwebs from winter to focus on the task at hand, a 40-lap feature. Two complete restarts (the second of which involved nearly half of the field) proved the drivers were a little over-anxious. Dave Watson and Joe Hodgeson brought the field down to the green (third times the charm) and all drivers made it safely through turn one. With Hodgeson in the lead, Jimmy Gallagher jumped up to run the second groove setting up his run for the lead. Logan Beckwith and Chris Hettinger gave chase, running third and fourth respectively, with Tim Ryan in fifth. Gallagher drove to the outside of Hodgeson on lap nine, took away the lead and drove away from the field. Beckwith and Hettinger were battling for third when Hettinger spun bringing out the caution. This moved Ryan into fourth and Dave Stehouwer into fifth for the lap 14 restart. Gallagher continued to lead after the green, caught the rear of the field, and as the leaders worked lapped traffic, Hodgeson and a slower car made contact. Caution waved both on lap 27 and the restart, closing the field up behind Gallagher, not once, but twice. On the final restart, Gallagher set sail while Beckwith and Ryan made contact, spinning on lap 28. Both were sent to the rear and when green waved again, Hodgeson had a mirror full of Hettinger followed by Dan Leeck and Stehouwer. Stehouwer drove under Leeck into fourth, as Hettinger looked to the high side of Hodgeson for second. Hettinger took the spot away on lap 37. At the stripe, it was Gallagher, Hettinger, Hodgeson, Stehouwer and Beckwith. Leeck and Ryan both tallied heat wins.

   The 35-lap Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified feature saw Travis Eddy lead all 35-laps ending up in the Corrigan Oil Winnerís Circle for the first time in 2010. Eddy jumped out to the early lead over Sonny Coito, leaving Coito to fend off Wayne Haughtonís early bid for second. Haughton took the spot away and Rob Newman issued Coito a challenge for third. Newman moved into third on lap three and Leroy Ellis worked his way up into fourth, while Larry Wallace broke into the top five on lap eight. Ellis dove under Newman for third while Wallace set his sights on Newman, making his move on the inside as well, taking fourth away from Newman on lap 22. Earl Miles who had been sitting just outside the top five, began to reel in Newman, but ran out of laps to make the pass. At the line, it was Eddy, Haughton, Ellis, Wallace and Newman. Matt Schindewolf and Wallace scored heat wins for the evening.

   Twenty-four Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks set up A- and B-Main features, with Jim Harbenski and Scott Sparagowski bringing the field down for the start of the B-Main. It was a mad dash to the front between Harbenski, Patrick McNamara, Joe Bates and Darrell Taylor. Jimmy Scavarda started mid-pack and was coming in a hurry as Bates and Harbenski battled for the lead. Scavarda took the lead on lap five, was issued a speeding ticket on lap nine, and was sent to the tail of the field. On the restart, it was Taylor and Bates, one and two. Bates dove under Taylor for the lead on lap ten as Scavarda began his march to front. Amanda Blanchard got around Harbenski and Sparagowski to move into third, while Scavarda jumped to the high side of Blanchard to take away the third position. Scavarda set his sights on Taylor and made the pass for second on lap 16. As laps were winding down, Scavarda caught Bates and made the pass for the win coming down to the checker. Scavarda, Bates, Taylor, Blanchard and George Garza came across the line as the top five. The A-Main feature saw Marisa Jones jump out to the early lead over Rich Roberts and Randy Kretzinger Jr. As the battle behind her heated up, Marisa was able to put some distance between herself and the rest of the field, leaving Roberts to duke it out with Todd Metz Sr. and Lex Jarecki. Metz got around Roberts, tried to reel Jones in, when Bo Smith, from the tail of the field, was suddenly a factor. Smith caught Metz Sr. on lap eight and took away the lead from Jones on lap nine. Todd Metz Jr. was steadily picking off cars, making his way into the top three, with Smith out front. The leaders put plenty of distance between themselves, with Metz Jr., Patrick Denison, Jarecki and Metz Sr. sitting in the top five. At the finish, it was Smith, Metz Jr., Denison, Jarecki and Metz Sr. A post-race inspection penalized the top three finishers, handing the win over to Jarecki, with Metz Sr., Kretzinger Jr., Jones and Roberts rounding out the top five. Heat wins went to Taylor and Jones.

   Fourteen Pure Stocks tested the waters with Jordan Harvey taking the lead after the green flag flew. Ben Hidy, Mark Carson and Kyle Drake gave chase with Hidy taking away the top spot on lap three. Hidy was issued a speeding violation three laps later, handing the lead over to Matt Childers. Scott Beach and Jordan Lechota were in hot pursuit. Lechota made the pass on Beach and went after Childers for the lead on lap sixteen. Caution for a Lechota/Childers altercation sent both cars to the pit for repairs. The lead was handed over to Beach who had a mirror full of Chris Stearns and Lonnie Saumier. After a wild ride through the infield between turns three and four, Stearns was sent to the rear, putting Saumier right up on the bumper of Beach for the restart. Beach and Saumier battled for the lead and Beach prevailed. At the checker, it was Beach, Saumier, Lechota, Drake and Stearns. Heat wins went to Drake and Lechota.

   Please join us each and every Friday night for exciting short-track racing action at the Spartan Speedway. Gates open at 5 PM, racing at 7:30 PM. Friday, April 30th is the MOD 50 for Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds. Also on the docket are the Sawyers Chevrolet Wingless Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. May 7th is Red Carpet Night featuring the introduction of track sponsors. The Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks will be in action. For more information, please visit our website at www.springportmotorspeedway.com. As always, weíll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
Andrews Chevrolet Late Model Series
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 33 Dave Stehouwer 13.357 13.376     1 12x Dan Leeck 8 14.215 8  
2 71 Chris Hettinger 13.459 13.501     2 15 Paul Jakubik 8 13.713 5  
3 94. Evan Barrett 13.516 13.534     3 39 David Watson 8 14.170 4  
4 94 Tim Ryan 13.552 13.556     4 T2 Doc Dutton 8 14.436 3  
5 3 Logan Beckwith 13.552 13.602     5 45 Carl Sodman 8 14.267 2  
6 25. Jim Gallagher 13.572 13.621     6 89 Nathan Goodman 2 16.137 1  
7 84 Joe Hodgeson 13.626 13.636                  
8 39 David Watson 14.165 14.242                  
9 12x Dan Leeck 14.244 14.258                    
10 45 Carl Sodman 14.287 14.380     Heat 2 Results:        
11 51 Paul Jakubik 14.334 14.363                    
12 T2 Doc Dutton 14.443 14.513     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 89 Nathan Goodman 16.607 16.780     1 94 Tim Ryan 8 13.420 4  
14 E92 Andrew Clark -.--- -.---     2 3 Logan Beckwith 8 13.401 2  
              3 71 Chris Hettinger 8 13.439 8  
Feature Results:         4 84 Joe Hodgeson 8 13.648 3  
              5 33 Dave Stehouwer 8 13.553 8  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   6 94. Evan Barrett 8 13.672 7  
1 25. Jim Gallagher 40 13.534 13   7 25. Jim Gallagher 0 -.--- -  
2 71 Chris Hettinger 40 13.506 40                  
3 84 Joe Hodgeson 40 13.644 22                  
4 33 Dave Stehouwer 40 13.626 7                  
5 3 Logan Beckwith 40 13.611 23                
6 12x Dan Leeck 40 14.046 38                  
7 45 Carl Sodman 39 14.217 38                  
8 94 Tim Ryan 34 13.618 6                  
9 39 David Watson 26 14.076 8                  
10 94. Evan Barrett 13 13.824 5                  
11 T2 Doc Dutton 0 -.--- -                  
12 15 Paul Jakubik 0 -.--- -                  
13 89 Nathan Goodman 0 -.--- -                  
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
 
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 50 Leroy Ellis 13.610 13.623     1 6 Matthew Schindewolf 8 13.913 8  
2 32 Wayne Haughton 13.623 13.686     2 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.741 8  
3 98 Rob Newman 13.676 13.725     3 31 Ron Parish 8 13.844 8  
4 78 Travis Eddy 13.763 13.768     4 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.821 6  
5 8 Sonny Coito 13.767 13.789     5 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 8 13.874 6  
6 47 Tracey Hernley 13.799 13.918     6 8. Megan Carpenter 8 13.986 7  
7 73. Earl Miles 13.801 13.808     7 911 Richard Maurer 8 14.013 4  
8 55 Larry Wallace 13.850 13.860     8 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.381 4  
9 M74 Nathan Moon 13.855 13.900                    
10 M1 Bill Butler 13.868 13.928     Heat 2 Results:        
11 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 13.873 13.919                    
12 0z Chris Ozanich 13.944 13.949     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 8. Megan Carpenter 13.973 14.015     1 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.697 5  
14 31 Ron Parish 13.973 14.005     2 M74 Nathan Moon 8 13.729 5  
15 6 Matthew Schindewolf 14.028 14.044     3 73. Earl Miles 8 13.725 5  
16 911 Richard Maurer 14.127 14.146     4 98 Rob Newman 8 13.738 7  
17 13 Ken Buchner 14.240 14.253     5 8 Sonny Coito 8 13.850 5  
18 7 Jon McNett -.--- -.---     6 32 Wayne Haughton 8 13.718 4  
19 14 Jacob Mann -.--- -.---     7 78 Travis Eddy 8 13.685 7  
20 54 Rodger Kellogg -.--- -.---     8 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.678 8  
                9 47 Tracey Hernley 8 13.962 6  
Feature Results:                      
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap              
1 78 Travis Eddy 35 13.626 3              
2 32 Wayne Haughton 35 13.715 4              
3 50 Leroy Ellis 35 13.731 33              
4 55 Larry Wallace 35 13.745 35              
5 98 Rob Newman 35 13.753 7              
6 73. Earl Miles 35 13.806 14              
7 0z Chris Ozanich 35 13.878 35              
8 M1 Bill Butler 35 13.975 15              
9 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 35 13.994 7                  
10 31 Ron Parish 34 13.929 33                  
11 M74 Nathan Moon 34 14.063 5                  
12 47 Tracey Hernley 34 13.995 9                  
13 6 Matthew Schindewolf 34 14.021 6                  
14 8. Megan Carpenter 34 14.171 6                  
15 8 Sonny Coito 30 13.858 7                
16 911 Richard Maurer 27 13.945 13                  
17 13 Ken Buchner 17 14.283 7                  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
 
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.366 16.420     1 20 Darrell Taylor 8 17.872 5  
2 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.437 16.527     2 16 Scott Sparagowski 8 17.776 7  
3 23. Darren Wright 16.506 16.548     3 99 Patrick McNamara 8 18.120 5  
4 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.636 16.734     4 32 James Harbenski 8 18.341 2  
5 38 Patrick Denison 16.693 16.736     5 14 George Garza 8 18.055 7  
6 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.763 16.838     6 9 Bryan Jenks 8 18.452 6  
7 8 Bo Smith 16.782 17.024     7 12 Brittany Toth 8 19.358 4  
8 37 Randy Kretzinger Jr 16.791 16.936                  
9 55 Edson Rowley III 16.928 17.224       Heat 2 Results:        
10 5 Rich Roberts 17.156 17.186                  
11 10J Marisa Jones 17.223 17.391       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
12 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.367 17.633     1 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.255 8  
13 22. Aaron Taylor 17.487 18.427     2 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.299 8  
14 07 Amanda Blanchard 17.541 17.547     3 21 Jimmy Scavarda 8 17.222 8  
15 63 Joe Bates 17.547 17.759     4 63 Joe Bates 8 17.490 6  
16 21 Jimmy Scavarda 17.689 17.979     5 07 Amanda Blanchard 8 17.412 7  
17 14 George Garza 17.765 18.003     6 22 Bradley Harbenski 4 17.591 2  
18 20 Darrell Taylor 17.838 17.847     7 22. Aaron Taylor 0 -.--- -  
19 99 Patrick McNamara 17.851 18.126     8 55 Edson Rowley III 0 -.--- -  
20 9 Bryan Jenks 18.315 18.413                  
21 16 Scott Sparagowski 18.504 18.553       Heat 3 Results:        
22 32 James Harbenski 18.506 18.599                  
23 8 Ken Dollarhite 20.342 27.691       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
24 12 Brittany Toth 20.621 20.711   1 62 Todd Metz Sr 8 16.710 7  
25 12. Marq Eaton -.--- -.---   2 7 Lexus Jarecki 8 16.826 6  
    3 37 Randy Kretzinger Jr 8 16.838 2  
A - Main Results       4 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.770 7  
            5 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.720 4  
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap 6 8 Bo Smith 8 16.498 3  
1 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.782 20     7 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 4 17.022 1  
2 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 16.991 11     8 23. Darren Wright 1 18.643 1  
3 37 Randy Kretzinger Jr 20 16.878 10                  
4 10J Marisa Jones 20 17.058 18                
5 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.287 14                  
6 8 Bo Smith 20 16.391 12                  
7 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.476 16                  
8 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.629 10                  
9 23. Darren Wright 10 16.841 10                  
10 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 17.177 6                  
                             
B - Main Results                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                  
1 21 Jimmy Scavarda 20 17.176          
2 63 Joe Bates 20 17.481          
3 20 Darrell Taylor 20 17.588          
4 07 Amanda Blanchard 20 17.806          
5 14 George Garza 20 17.865          
6 99 Patrick McNamara 20 17.690          
7 22. Aaron Taylor 20 17.928          
8 32 James Harbenski 20 17.995          
9 16 Scott Sparagowski 19 18.050          
10 12 Brittany Toth 18 19.698          
                             
Pure Stock Series
 
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 15.970 15.992     1 14 Kyle Drake 8 16.260 7  
2 J1. Jordan Lechota 16.054 16.062     2 77 Mark Carson 8 16.706 7  
3 09 Chris Stearns 16.160 16.234     3 07 Jordan Harvey 8 16.796 7  
4 33 Matt Childers 16.217 16.248     4 01 Tom Renner 8 18.246 6  
5 87 Landon Hidy 16.375 16.591     5 29P Bryan Passick II 7 17.219 5  
6 47 Ben Hidy 16.439 16.534     6 88 Marc Childers 5 17.122 4  
7 33. Scott Beach 16.495 16.527                  
8 88 Marc Childers 16.597 16.601                  
9 14 Kyle Drake 16.598 16.724                    
10 77 Mark Carson 16.979 17.160     Heat 2 Results:        
11 29P Bryan Passick II 17.182 17.746                    
12 07 Jordan Harvey 17.230 17.355     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 58 Gary Dabney 17.470 17.576     1 J1. Jordan Lechota 8 16.005    
14 01 Tom Renner 18.407 18.432     2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 16.045    
              3 M3 Scott Beach 8 16.346    
Feature Results:         4 09 Chris Stearns 8 16.331    
              5 87 Landon Hidy 8 16.087    
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   6 33 Matt Childers 2 16.197    
1 M3 Scott Beach 20 16.237 7                
2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 16.019 15                  
3 J1. Jordan Lechota 20 15.905 16                  
4 14 Kyle Drake 20 16.246 20                  
5 09 Chris Stearns 20 16.150 15                
6 77 Mark Carson 20 16.691 19                  
7 33 Matt Childers 16 15.918 7                  
8 07 Jordan Harvey 16 16.982 4                  
9 58 Gary Dabney 15 16.978 3                  
10 87 Landon Hidy 10 16.182 8                  
11 47 Ben Hidy 7 16.054 6                  
12 88 Marc Childers 2 19.397 1                  
13 01 Tom Renner 1 19.980 1                  
14 29P Bryan Passick II 0 -.--- -                  


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