Ferns Finds Winnerís Circle at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   Fourteen-year old Taylor Ferns of Shelby Township won the feature for the inaugural running of the Sawyers Wingless Sprints, at the Spartan Speedway, on April 30th. Jimmy McCune and Mike Astraukas brought the nine car field down for the green, with McCune taking a commanding lead in the opening laps. Ferns worked her way around Astraukas, as Derek Snyder took third on lap five. Tom Fedewa took the high groove and worked his way into third by lap 10. With McCune still in the lead, Ferns was slowly but surely reeling in the leader with Fedewa trying to close the gap between himself and Ferns. Ferns caught McCune on lap 17, in traffic, and dove to the low side of McCune for the lead on lap 19. Ferns gave him a little nudge, got him out of shape and took away the top spot. At the line, it was Taylor Ferns for her first ever feature win and her first trip to the Corrigan Oil Winnerís Circle. McCune, Fedewa, Snyder, and Chris Hettinger rounded out the top five. Astraukas, Doug Dietsch, Jim Heeney and Mark Strpko finished sixth through ninth, respectively. Deitsch and McCune took heat wins for the evening.

   Sixteen Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds lined up for the MOD 50 and when the green flag waved, Leroy Ellis was out of the shute first with Nate Moon in tow. A pile-up in turn one forced a complete restart and Ellis gave a repeat performance, jumping out to the lead at the green. John Mamula, Larry Wallace and Rob Newman gave chase and caution flew on lap five, and Ellis chose the outside lane for the double-file restart. When green came out again, Wallace took second from Moon as Travis Eddy began his march to the front, battling Newman, lap after lap, side-by-side, taking away the fourth position. Eddy dove to the low side of Moon, they touched, Moon spun, collecting Newman, and caution waved again as both Moon and Eddy retired to the pit on lap 11. On the restart, Ellis again was up top and it was a race to the green with Wallace, while Moon tacked on to the rear of the field. Ellis drove away from Wallace, as Obrinske worked his way up into fourth behind Mamula. Caution waved on lap 21 for Mamula, Earl Miles and Wayne Haughton, and Ellis again chose the outside for the restart. Wallace was able to keep pace on the restart and the duo ran one and two, while Ron Parish broke into the top five. The battle for first and third raged for 23 laps as Wallace tried to find a way around Ellis and Obrinske looked for his window of opportunity with Mamula. Obrinskeís window opened when caution waved on lap 44. On the restart, Obrinske drove past Mamula on the outside, while Newman used the high line to retake fifth from Parish. Ellis and Wallace ran side-by-side in the waning laps and got into each other, resulting in a lap 47 spin. Both were sent to the rear, handing the lead over to Obrinske for the restart. Obrinske and Mamula duked it out with Mamula briefly taking the lead on lap 48, but it was Obrinske nipping Mamula at the line for the win. Newman, Parish and Dan Loughan rounded out the top five. Newman and Parish tallied heat wins for the division.

   Ten Pure Stocks lined up for their 20-lap feature and Jordan Harvey took the early lead over Mark Carson, but Lonnie Saumier, of Davison, who started sixth, came up through the pack to sit third by the end of lap one. Landon Hidy picked off cars on his way to the front and found himself in fifth by lap three. Saumier had put plenty of real estate between himself and Kyle Drake when caution waved on lap five, closing the field up on Saumierís bumper. Hidy drove into second on the restart giving Saumier a mirror full. Hidy got into Saumier on lap 11, tapped out, and was sent to the rear. Drake tried to keep pace after the restart, but fell back, then fell victim to Hidy, who took second away on lap 17. Back in the pack, Harvey and Carson battled for fourth. At the checker, it was Saumier, Hidy, Drake, Harvey and Carson. Hidy and Harvey took home heat wins.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A- and B- features were run together and action heated up quickly with a charge to the front when the green flag waved. Brad Harbenski took the early lead over Marisa Jones and Wayne Beckner Jr. Patrick Denison made his way into the second spot and took the lead from Harbenski, as Todd Metz Jr. began his march to the front from the rear of the field. Metz Jr. took over the top spot on lap nine, as Beckner went to work on Denison for second. Jones had her hands full as Todd Metz Sr. bore down on her for fourth and both Metz Sr. and Lex Jarecki made their way around her on lap 12. After 20 laps, it was Metz Jr., of Charlotte, Denison, Beckner, Metz Sr., and Jarecki. The B-feature saw Ken Dollarhite out in front over Scott Sparagowski, Bryan Jenks and Jim Harbenski. George Garza took the top spot from Dollarhite on lap six, while Jenks, J. Harbenski and Wayne Parkhurst II rounded out the top five. Aaron Taylor broke into the top five on lap 11. At the line, it was Garza of Lansing, Dollarhite, B. Harbenski, Taylor and J. Harbenski. Metz Jr. and B. Harbenski took heat wins.

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Statistics
                             
                             
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 55 Larry Wallace 13.659 13.780     1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.714 5  
2 0z Chris Ozanich 13.690 13.735     2 32 Wayne Haughton 8 13.734 7  
3 7 Jon McNett 13.700 13.708     3 50 Leroy Ellis 8 13.649 5  
4 49 John Mamula 13.713 13.721     4 78 Travis Eddy 8 13.812 8  
5 50 Leroy Ellis 13.717 13.758     5 M74 Nathan Moon 8 13.839 6  
6 M74 Nathan Moon 13.734 13.795     6 51 Todd Jackson 8 13.838 3  
7 78 Travis Eddy 13.737 13.821     7 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.876 3  
8 51 Todd Jackson 13.740 13.751     8 7 Jon McNett 3 13.775 3  
9 98 Rob Newman 13.755 13.796                    
10 32 Wayne Haughton 13.764 13.827     Heat 2 Results:        
11 M1 Bill Butler 13.835 13.835                    
12 8 Sonny Coito 13.839 13.874     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 47 Tracey Hernley 13.864 13.896     1 31 Ron Parish 8 13.718 3  
14 73. Earl Miles 13.879 13.901     2 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 8 13.861 8  
15 72 Dan Loughan 13.885 13.940     3 72 Dan Loughan 8 13.910 4  
16 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 13.903 13.957     4 73. Earl Miles 8 13.866 5  
17 31 Ron Parish 13.906 13.969     5 8 Sonny Coito 8 13.837 5  
18 13 Ken Buchner 14.130 14.252     6 M1 Bill Butler 8 14.056 2  
19 971 Wade Lankton 14.323 14.475     7 971 Wade Lankton 8 14.222 5  
20 54 Rodger Kellogg -.--- -.---     8 47 Tracey Hernley 8 14.158 5  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 50 13.849 25                  
2 49 John Mamula 50 13.829 24                  
3 98 Rob Newman 50 13.920 8                  
4 31 Ron Parish 50 13.940 4                  
5 72 Dan Loughan 50 14.022 37                  
6 M74 Nathan Moon 50 13.929 2                  
7 8 Sonny Coito 50 14.014 8                  
8 55 Larry Wallace 50 13.698 24                  
9 M1 Bill Butler 50 14.028 8                  
10 971 Wade Lankton 49 14.363 9                  
11 50 Leroy Ellis 47 13.665 5                  
12 73. Earl Miles 46 13.976 19                  
13 32 Wayne Haughton 21 13.869 16                  
14 78 Travis Eddy 11 13.871 6                  
15 47 Tracey Hernley 5 14.383 5                  
16 0z Chris Ozanich 4 14.139 2                  
                             
Sawyers Chevrolet Sprint Series
 
Feature Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 55 Taylor Ferns 25 12.870 10   1 0 Doug Dietsch 8 13.145 7  
2 70 Jimmy McCune 25 12.808 7   2 35 Chris Hettinger 8 13.266 4  
3 42 Tom Fedewa 25 12.824 7   3 3A Mike Astraukas 8 13.436 8  
4 22 Derek Snyder 25 13.066 16   4 35. Mark Strpko 8 13.806 8  
5 35 Chris Hettinger 25 13.386 10                
6 3A Mike Astraukas 25 13.420 3   Heat 2 Results:        
7 0 Doug Dietsch 25 13.280 3                
8 9 Jim Heeney 24 13.700 21   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
9 35. Mark Strpko 24 13.590 15     1 70 Jimmy McCune 8 12.844    
              2 55 Taylor Ferns 8 12.845    
                3 22 Derek Snyder 8 12.854    
              4 9 Jim Heeney 8 13.699    
                             
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. 16.524 16.546     1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.827 7  
2 23. Darren Wright 16.571 16.681     2 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.952 3  
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.625 16.689     3 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.258 3  
4 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.771 16.798     4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.900 8  
5 12. Marq Eaton 16.782 16.873     5 7 Lexus Jarecki 8 17.068 8  
6 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.792 16.956     6 62 Todd Metz Sr 8 17.230 3  
7 38 Patrick Denison 16.906 16.924     7 10J Marisa Jones 8 17.431 8  
8 5 Rich Roberts 17.064 17.121     8 07 Amanda Blanchard 8 17.428 7  
9 07 Amanda Blanchard 17.243 17.805       9 55 Edson Rowley III 8 17.950 8  
10 10J Marisa Jones 17.251 17.300     10 23. Darren Wright 2 17.858 1  
11 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.350 17.371                    
12 22. Aaron Taylor 17.509 17.525     Heat 2 Results:        
13 14 George Garza 17.772 17.857                  
14 32 James Harbenski 17.994 18.153     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
15 9 Bryan Jenks 18.031 18.054     1 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.600 8  
16 16 Scott Sparagowski 18.035 18.070     2 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 18.473 7  
17 10 Wayne Parkhurst II 18.136 18.171     3 22. Aaron Taylor 8 17.952 1  
18 8 Ken Dollarhite 18.423 18.478     4 14 George Garza 8 17.967 4  
19 12 Brittany Toth 20.010 20.109     5 32 James Harbenski 8 18.242 2  
20 55 Edson Rowley III -.--- -.---     6 9 Bryan Jenks 8 18.336 6  
                7 10 Wayne Parkhurst II 8 17.784 3  
              8 16 Scott Sparagowski 8 18.194 1  
                9 12 Brittany Toth 8 19.275 5  
            10 12. Marq Eaton 3 17.443 2  
                             
A Feature Results:           B Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.509 12     1 14 George Garza 20 17.526 10  
2 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.631 20     2 8 Ken Dollarhite 19 18.545 2  
3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.765 15     3 22. Aaron Taylor 18 18.003 2  
4 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 16.898 13     4 32 James Harbenski 18 18.395 1  
5 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.791 16     5 9 Bryan Jenks 18 18.461 1  
6 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.792 16     6 12 Brittany Toth 16 20.193 2  
7 23. Darren Wright 20 16.773 18     7 16 Scott Sparagowski 9 18.233 7  
8 5 Rich Roberts 20 17.117 16     8 10 Wayne Parkhurst II 9 18.194 6  
9 10J Marisa Jones 20 17.202 10                  
10 07 Amanda Blanchard 20 17.545 8                  
11 22 Bradley Harbenski 18 17.446 16                  
12 7 Lexus Jarecki 20 16.791 16                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 87 Landon Hidy 15.921 15.987     1 87 Landon Hidy 8 15.948 4  
2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 16.229 16.276     2 M15 Lonnie Saumier 8 16.028 3  
3 14 Kyle Drake 16.396 16.400     3 14 Kyle Drake 8 16.286 3  
4 88 Marc Childers 16.768 16.773     4 88 Marc Childers 8 16.589 5  
5 11 Kenny Clark 16.792 16.819     5 47 Ben Hidy 7 0 0  
6 33 Matt Childers 16.888 17.234                  
7 29P Bryan Passick II 17.010 38:15.004     Heat 2 Results:        
8 77 Mark Carson 17.086 17.113                  
9 07 Jordan Harvey 17.096 17.122       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
10 58 Gary Dabney 17.560 17.721     1 07 Jordan Harvey 8 17.096    
11 47 Ben Hidy -.--- -.---       2 77 Mark Carson 8 17.119    
12 26 Jacob Pearson -.--- -.---     3 58 Gary Dabney 8 17.009    
              4 29P Bryan Passick II 8 16.931    
Feature Results:         5 33 Matt Childers 2 16.995    
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 20 16.124 7                  
2 87 Landon Hidy 20 15.967 6                
3 14 Kyle Drake 20 16.350 5                  
4 07 Jordan Harvey 20 16.993 7                  
5 77 Mark Carson 20 16.880 10                  
6 88 Marc Childers 20 16.885 4                  
7 58 Gary Dabney 20 17.078 15                  
8 29P Bryan Passick II 13 16.883 10                  
9 47 Ben Hidy 7 16.281 5                  
10 33 Matt Childers 4 18.095 1                  


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