Stearns Takes “Wild Child 100” Win


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

   Chris “Tater” Stearns of Davison scored a big win on Sunday, May 16th, at the Spartan Speedway, by leading all but 18 laps of the Brian Heeney Memorial “Wild Child 100” for the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified division. Sonny Coito and Justin Kazmar brought the field down to the green, with Coito taking the early lead. Stearns worked his way into second behind Coito, as Larry Wallace and Travis Eddy began their march to the front. Stearns took the lead on lap 19, opening up a large lead over second place, Wallace. Eddy moved into the third spot ahead of Coito just 10 laps before the halfway caution for fuel. Tom Hernly and Andy Bozell got around Coito just before the mandatory stop at lap 50. On the restart, Stearns chose the outside lane and held a slight advantage over Wallace until Stearns took sole possession of the lead again. Hernly jumped to the high side of Eddy to take away third and Kazmar jumped back into the mix, as Bozell had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire. Late cautions put Stearns to the test, as time after time, he chose the outside lane and was able to outrun Wallace for the lead. Back in the pack, Wayne Haughton dove under Coito for sixth, while John Mamula and Leroy Ellis battled for position behind Coito. Andy Bozell was moving toward the front again, sitting in sixth by lap 80, and moved into fourth four laps later. Wallace tried both the high- and low-side looking for a way around Stearns, but the leader was too much for the wily veteran. With five laps to go, a great battle was shaping up between Eddy and Bozell and after 100 laps it was Stearns, Wallace, Eddy, Bozell and Kazmar as the top five. Coito, Earl Miles, Wayne Haughton, Dan Loughan and Mamula rounded out the top ten finishers.

   The Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock division nearly saw a repeat of Friday night’s racing, as the A-Main win came down to a side-by-side sprint to the finish between Todd Metz Jr. and Patrick Denison. Joe Bates took the lead after the green but Denison made short work of him, taking the top spot by lap six. Wayne Beckner Jr. was a factor but Metz Jr. drove around the outside of the pack to take the lead with 8 laps to go. Denison fought back on the inside but it wasn’t enough to take the win. At the line, it was Metz Jr. of Charlotte, Denison, Beckner Jr., Jake Thompson and Todd Metz Sr. In the B-Main, Brad Harbenski of Portland won his first ever feature. Harbenski took the early lead over Brandon Moody. George Garza and Scott Sparagowski were able to get around Moody, bringing Amanda Blanchard with them. Caution came out, and on the restart, Sparagowski got around Garza on the outside and went after Harbenski. Sparagowski caught Harbenski and briefly took the lead, as Aaron Taylor worked his way up to third. Harbenski and Sparagowski came to the line with Harbenski nipping Sparagowski for the win. Taylor, Garza and Moody finished third through fifth, respectively.

   Ricky Plamondon and Tony Williams brought the 18-car field of Pure Stocks down to the green, with Plamondon taking the lead. Chad Lamson wasted no time making his move to the front and was shown as the leader five laps into the race. Lonnie Saumier put on a driving exhibition, working his way up through the pack to take the lead just before the halfway mark. Lamson, in second, had his hands full with Nick Johnston, as Saumier pulled away. Kyle Drake tried to reel in Johnston and Lamson, when caution waved with six laps to go. Landon Hidy gained three spots on the restart finding himself in fourth behind Johnston. Saumier took the win over Lamson, Johnston, Hidy and Drake. Robbie Johnston and Ron Heeney brought the field down to the green for the start of the Sportsman Slugfest, with Johnston going into the lead. Heeney took over the lead on lap three, with Phil Bozell in tow. Mike Ammerman jumped into the fray, along with Todd Foote. After several attempts at making a pass on the outside, Bozell grabbed the top spot. Heeney, Ammerman and Foote all tried to run three-wide into turn four, with Heeney and Ammerman getting together. Ammerman retired to the pit and Heeney was able to continue from the rear of the field. On the restart, it was Bozell, Foote and Chris Shannon pulling away from Jimmy Scavarda and Heeney. Foote and Bozell got together on lap 34 and on the restart, it was Bozell out front. At the checker, it was Bozell, Shannon, Scavarda, Heeney and Aaron Spearling.

   Many of the Spartan Speedway drivers pulled double duty, running either the Pony or Pure Stock division and later running on the Figure 8 in their respective division. Chad Lamson of Flint did triple-duty, running both the Pure and Pony Figure 8 along with the regular Pure Stock feature. Lamson won the Pure Stock Figure 8, finished third in the Pony Stock Figure 8 and second in the Pure Stock feature. Edson Rowley III took the win in the Pony Stock Figure 8.

Statistics
                             
                             
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Consi 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 78 Travis Eddy 13.520 13.552     1 73. Earl Miles 12 13.848 6  
2 50 Leroy Ellis 13.568 13.614     2 81 Bill Heeney 12 13.880 6  
3 84 Andy Bozell 13.634 13.636     3 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 12 13.952 8  
4 47B Tom Hernley Jr 13.638 13.662     4 47 Tracey Hernley 12 14.200 2  
5 55 Larry Wallace 13.662 13.672     5 17H Jim Heeney 10 14.441 5  
6 32 Wayne Haughton 13.670 13.671     6 971 Wade Lankton 3 14.340 2  
7 M15 Chris Stearns 13.704 13.718     7 M74 Nathan Moon 0 -.--- -  
8 96 Justin Kazmar 13.717 13.740                  
9 8 Sonny Coito 13.721 13.841       Consi 2 Results:        
10 M1 Bill Butler 13.726 13.813                  
11 4 Joe Morlsette Jr 13.736 13.769       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
12 72 Dan Loughan 13.740 13.752     1 2 Scott Lamp 12 13.865    
13 0z Chris Ozanich 13.755 13.783     2 31 Ron Parish 12 13.987    
14 49 John Mamula 13.760 13.761     3 9 Terry Trost Jr 12 14.026    
15 98 Rob Newman 13.782 13.819     4 6 Jason Parish 12 14.172    
16 05 Greg Fullerton 13.815 13.860     5 13 Ken Buchner 12 14.173    
17 M74 Nathan Moon 13.817 13.881     6 8. Megan Carpenter 12 14.280    
18 2 Scott Lamp 13.853 13.864                  
19 73. Earl Miles 13.881 13.911     Feature Results:        
20 31 Ron Parish 13.884 13.886                  
21 T3 Walt Obrinske Jr 13.908 13.910       Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
22 9 Terry Trost Jr 13.927 13.958     1 M15 Chris Stearns 100 13.725 53  
23 81 Bill Heeney 13.934 13.965       2 55 Larry Wallace 100 13.716 36  
24 13 Ken Buchner 13.998 14.030   3 78 Travis Eddy 100 13.730 57  
25 971 Wade Lankton 14.036 14.065   4 84 Andy Bozell 100 13.780 88  
26 8. Megan Carpenter 14.038 14.122   5 96 Justin Kazmar 100 13.827 17  
27 47 Tracey Hernley 14.055 14.089   6 8 Sonny Coito 100 13.820 7  
28 6 Jason Parish 14.076 14.103   7 73. Earl Miles 100 13.909 59  
29 17H Jim Heeney 14.097 14.191   8 32 Wayne Haughton 100 13.821 8  
                9 72 Dan Loughan 100 13.917 5  
                10 49 John Mamula 100 13.937 26  
                11 05 Greg Fullerton 100 13.947 20  
              12 31 Ron Parish 100 13.982 71  
                13 47 Tracey Hernley 98 14.118 3  
                14 47B Tom Hernley Jr 78 13.792 53  
                15 50 Leroy Ellis 78 13.819 9  
                16 4 Joe Morlsette Jr 66 13.945 6  
                17 0z Chris Ozanich 49 13.967 16  
                18 81 Bill Heeney 46 13.982 42  
                19 98 Rob Newman 38 13.998 21  
                20 M1 Bill Butler 13 13.929 6  
                21 2 Scott Lamp 9 14.013 8  
                             
Sportsman Series
                             
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 10. Todd Foote 13.845 13.872     1 6x Phil Bozell 40 13.997 34  
2 6x Phil Bozell 13.884 13.917     2 8 Christopher Shannon 40 14.211 35  
3 16 Mike Ammerman 13.985 14.024     3 72 James Scavarda 40 14.289 22  
4 70 Ron Heeney 14.066 14.083     4 70 Ron Heeney 40 14.111 5  
5 8 Christopher Shannon 14.114 14.117     5 8. Aaron Spearling 37 15.281 32  
6 55 Robby Johnston 14.430 14.435     6 x25 Timothy Lahar 37 14.878 26  
7 72 James Scavarda 14.564 14.570     7 10. Todd Foote 31 14.011 10  
8 x25 Timothy Lahar 15.161 15.218     8 17 Mike Ammerman 20 14.104 7  
9 8. Aaron Spearling 15.512 15.523       9 55 Robby Johnston 19 14.533 2  
                             
The BOSS Pony Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           B Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.324 16.380     1 22 Bradley Harbenski 25 17.329    
2 12. Marq Eaton 16.391 16.399     2 16 Scott Sparagowski 25 17.321    
3 1 Jake Thompson 16.482 16.503     3 22. Aaron Taylor 25 17.284    
4 10J Marisa Jones 16.518 16.672     4 14 George Garza 25 17.358    
5 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.566 16.576     5 288 Brandon Moody 25 17.507    
6 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.586 16.719     6 8 Ken Dollarhite 25 18.246    
7 38 Patrick Denison 16.624 16.828     7 99 Patrick McNamara 25 17.454    
8 7 Lexus Jarecki 16.908 16.947     8 19 Tyler Heeney 23 17.944    
9 55 Edson Rowley III 16.914 17.044       9 12 Brittany Toth 23 18.774    
10 20 Darrell Taylor 17.030 17.050     10 07 Amanda Blanchard 14 17.174    
11 5 Rich Roberts 17.144 17.181       11 M15 Kyle Everson 14 18.045    
12 63 Joe Bates 17.157 17.207                  
13 07 Amanda Blanchard 17.252 17.385     A Feature Results:        
14 16 Scott Sparagowski 17.364 17.557                  
15 22. Aaron Taylor 17.375 17.393     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
16 99 Patrick McNamara 17.397 17.829     1 79 Todd Metz Jr. 25 16.219 14  
17 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.413 17.441     2 38 Patrick Denison 25 16.437 23  
18 14 George Garza 17.520 17.535     3 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 25 16.563 12  
19 M15 Kyle Everson 17.591 17.662     4 1 Jake Thompson 25 16.499 15  
20 288 Brandon Moody 17.660 17.704     5 62 Todd Metz Sr 25 16.701 12  
21 8 Ken Dollarhite 17.939 18.269       6 12. Marq Eaton 25 16.481 5  
22 32 James Harbenski 18.048 18.195     7 5 Rich Roberts 25 17.199 12  
23 19 Tyler Heeney 18.243 18.271       8 63 Joe Bates 25 17.247 1  
24 352 Tim Derry 18.269 18.520   9 55 Edson Rowley III 25 16.934 10  
25 12 Brittany Toth 18.917 19.274   10 20 Darrell Taylor 25 16.953 10  
26 23. Darren Wright -.--- -.---   11 7 Lexus Jarecki 21 16.675 13  
                12 10J Marisa Jones 3 17.222 1  
Figure 8 Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver                        
1 55 Edson Rowley III                        
2 5 Rich Roberts                        
3 1 Chad Lamson                        
4 38 Patrick Denison                        
5 63 Joe Bates                        
6 8 Ken Dollarhite                        
7 7 John Ward                        
8 57 Randy Kretzinger Jr                        
9 16 Scott Sparagowski              
10 22 James Harbenski              
11 12 Bradley Harbenski              
12 99 Patrick McNamara              
                             
Pure Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:           Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 15.627 15.675     1 M15 Lonnie Saumier 30 15.802 21  
2 7 Nick Johnston 15.867 15.881     2 888 Chad Lamson 30 16.065 16  
3 47 Ben Hidy 16.054 16.075     3 7 Nick Johnston 30 15.978 17  
4 14 Kyle Drake 16.065 16.076     4 87 Landon Hidy 30 16.058 27  
5 2 John Trudell 16.236 16.282     5 14 Kyle Drake 30 16.256 19  
6 05 Andrew Burton 16.292 16.472     6 05 Andrew Burton 30 16.323 17  
7 87 Landon Hidy 16.306 16.309     7 y35 Duane Damon 30 16.310 29  
8 888 Chad Lamson 16.349 16.360     8 M16 Ricky Plamondon 30 16.462 17  
9 y35 Duane Damon 16.366 16.386       9 77 Mark Carson 30 16.821 27  
10 77 Mark Carson 16.415 16.437     10 58 Gary Dabney 30 16.940 23  
11 74 James Gokee 16.494 16.542       11 63 Joe Bates 29 16.790 25  
12 29P Bryan Passick II 16.516 16.552     12 24 Mike Wines 21 17.234 6  
13 63 Joe Bates 16.543 16.578     13 2 John Trudell 18 16.415 8  
14 X05 Anthony Williams 16.673 16.827     14 X05 Anthony Williams 12 16.745 7  
15 M16 Ricky Plamondon 16.674 16.725     15 29P Bryan Passick II 11 17.144 4  
16 09 Jake Thompson 16.800 16.816     16 74 James Gokee 9 16.826 4  
17 58 Gary Dabney 16.802 16.866     17 47 Ben Hidy 0 -.--- -  
18 24 Mike Wines 17.057 17.102     18 09 Jake Thompson 0 -.--- -  
                             
Figure 8 Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver                      
1 888 Chad Lamson                        
2 74 James Gokee                        
3 y35 Duane Damon                        
4 M15 Lonnie Saumier                        
5 05 Andrew Burton                        
6 X05 Anthony Williams                        
7 63 Joe Bates                        
8 24 Mike Wines                        
9 58 Gary Dabney                        


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