Point Battles Heating Up at Spartan Speedway


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    With only one more points “chase” night remaining at the Spartan Speedway, the racing action was anything but tame. The Sawyers Superstore Wingless Sprint division was no exception. Seventeen sprints tested their mettle on the ¼-mile bullring and during their 25-lap feature, there were four lead changes. An early spin involving Chris Hettinger collected Taylor Ferns, while a spin on lap six by Doug Dietsch collected Ferns and Mike Astraukus, dashing any hopes of Ferns gaining the two points she needed to take the point lead away from Jim Heeney. Astraukas led lap one as caution waved, and on the restart, Jimmy McCune, broke away from the pack, but Heeney reeled him in as Tom Fedewa, Charlie Schultz and Doug Dietsch battled for third. Caution came out on lap six, and on the restart, Heeney got around McCune for the lead, with Fedewa, Schultz and Tom Hernly Jr. closing fast. Heeney ran away from the pack, but Fedewa caught him on lap twenty and took the lead. Schultz went to work on Heeney for second and with two laps to go, made the pass on the outside to take the spot away. At the stripe, it was Fedewa, Schultz, Heeney, McCune, and Hernly Jr. Ferns and Schultz won their heats.

   Ten cautions marred the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modified 50-lap feature, and only 10 cars made it through the fray to the finish. Eighteen cars took the green flag, and a triple restart, after a caution on lap two, gave an indication as to what was in store for the division. Nate Moon took the early lead from Ron Parish and led through lap eleven, with Gary Sherman and Travis Eddy quickly moving in for the kill. Sherman took the lead on a lap 11 restart, bringing Eddy with him. Moon was battling for third with Ron Parish, while Bill Butler and Chris Ozanich decided the fourth position. Caution waved for Moon on lap 17 and it was a drag race between Sherman and Eddy on the restart. Eddy took the upper hand and was shown as the new leader. Caution waved three more times, and on each restart, Eddy was able to run away from Sherman, from the outside, on the double-file restarts. Caution waved for Sherman on lap 38 as he tangled with a lapped car, turning the second spot over to Sonny Coito. On the restart, Coito looked to the low side of Eddy to take away the position, but Eddy was able to hold him off as they broke away from the field. Ozanich was able to get around Butler to move into third, while Parish and Dan Loughan duked it out for a top five finish. At the checkered, it was Eddy, Coito, Ozanich, Butler, and Parish. Rob Newman and Parish tallied wins in their heats.

   Lapped traffic was a factor in Ben Hidy’s win for the Pure Stock division, as Landon Hidy, Matt Childers and Ben Hidy were running as the top three. The trio caught a lapped car, Landon and Matt got caught up behind him, and Ben jumped to outside, drove around the traffic jam and took the win. Matt Childers won the heat.

   Rookie, Tyler Heeney, flexed his muscle at the start of the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stock A-feature. Heeney took the lead as the green flag waved, and was able to hold off Edson Rowley III, until Rowley jumped to the high side of Heeney to take the lead on lap six. Patrick Denison jumped into the mix, taking second from Heeney and reeling in Rowley to challenge for the lead. Wayne Beckner Jr. steadily picked off cars to find himself in third by lap 14, dove under Denison and took away the second spot on lap 15. Caution waved and on the restart, Beckner Jr. drove under Rowley for the lead, with Todd Metz Jr. coming up to challenge Rowley for second. Metz looked to the low side of Rowley and took away second with two laps to go. After 20 laps, Beckner came home in first followed by Metz Jr., Rowley III, Denison and Heeney. George Garza took another feature win in the B-feature, and did it in a borrowed race car. Garza led 16 of 20 laps with Darrell Taylor right on his rear bumper. Garza was able to hold him off for the win. At the line, it was Garza, Taylor, Rich Roberts, Mike Westphal and Bryan Jenks. Heat wins for the division went to Roberts and Darren Wright.

   As the season winds down, please join us for Season Championship Night, Friday, August 27th, at 7:30 PM. The Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks will be in action to decide the division champions. Friday, September 3rd, is Season Championship Night for the Sawyers Superstore Wingless Sprints. There will also be a Rollover Contest sponsored by Cats Parts-S-Mart Plus. Sprints, Pure Stocks, Pony Stocks and Legends will be in action. Sunday, August 5th is the Harvest 300+ featuring a Late Model 100, Modified 50, Superpro 75, Spartan Stock 25, Pony Stock A 20 and Pony B 20, along with a 15-lap Spartan Stock Figure 8 and a 15-lap Pony Stock Figure 8. Special show pricing does apply for this special Sunday show. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

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 78 Travis Eddy 13.673 13.682     1 98 Rob Newman 8 13.947 6  
2 M1 Bill Butler 13.731 13.856     2 8 Sonny Coito 8 13.712 7  
3 0z Chris Ozanich 13.762 13.858     3 72 Dan Loughan 8 13.934 4  
4 55 Larry Wallace 13.777 13.858     4 13 Ken Buchner 8 14.347 5  
5 88. AJ Foote 13.788 13.909     5 12 Tom Williams 8 14.376 4  
6 47 Gary Sherman 13.798 13.803     6 47B Tracey Hernley 8 14.103 4  
7 49 John Mamula 13.828 13.854     7 971 Wade Lankton 8 14.263 8  
8 M74 Nathan Moon 13.849 14.056     8 54 Rodger Kellogg 8 14.815 8  
9 31 Ron Parish 13.863 13.883                    
10 32 Wayne Haughton 13.868 13.905     Heat 2 Results:        
11 72 Dan Loughan 13.884 13.892                    
12 8 Sonny Coito 13.887 13.921     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 47B Tracey Hernley 13.906 13.972     1 31 Ron Parish 8 13.710 3  
14 98 Rob Newman 14.083 14.097     2 M74 Nathan Moon 8 13.810 6  
15 971 Wade Lankton 14.159 14.197     3 55 Larry Wallace 8 13.800 6  
16 12 Tom Williams 14.245 14.305     4 0z Chris Ozanich 8 13.824 4  
17 13 Ken Buchner 14.267 14.285     5 78 Travis Eddy 8 13.777 4  
18 54 Rodger Kellogg 14.797 14.836     6 49 John Mamula 8 13.965 3  
              7 M1 Bill Butler 8 13.853 6  
              8 47 Gary Sherman 8 14.033 4  
                9 88. AJ Foote 8 13.894 7  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 78 Travis Eddy 50 13.730 26                  
2 8 Sonny Coito 50 13.770 43                  
3 0z Chris Ozanich 50 13.897 44                  
4 M1 Bill Butler 50 13.861 45                  
5 31 Ron Parish 50 13.916 31                  
6 72 Dan Loughan 50 14.041 44                  
7 98 Rob Newman 50 14.168 15                  
8 32 Wayne Haughton 50 13.933 26                  
9 47 Gary Sherman 50 13.813 26                  
10 12 Tom Williams 50 14.337 10                  
11 54 Rodger Kellogg 49 14.599 18                  
12 47B Tracey Hernley 29 13.987 25                  
13 M74 Nathan Moon 24 13.851 11                  
14 88. AJ Foote 17 13.949 17                  
15 13 Ken Buchner 10 14.468 8                  
16 55 Larry Wallace 6 14.015 6                  
17 49 John Mamula 2 14.185 1                  
18 971 Wade Lankton 2 14.504 2                  
                             
Sawyers Chevrolet Sprint Series
                             
Qualifying Results:           Heat 1 Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 0 Doug Dietsch -.--- -.---     1 55 Taylor Ferns 8 12.645 7  
2 3A Mike Astraukas -.--- -.---     2 42 Tom Fedewa 8 12.862 4  
3 3. Craig Curtis -.--- -.---     3 70 Jimmy McCune 8 12.742 6  
4 4 Tyler Underwood -.--- -.---     4 0 Doug Dietsch 8 12.909 7  
5 10 Davey Brown -.--- -.---     5 4 Tyler Underwood 8 13.127 7  
6 17 Jim Heeney -.--- -.---     6 35 Chris Hettinger 8 13.113 7  
7 23 Matt Kinzinger -.--- -.---     7 41 Troy Underwood 8 13.212 6  
8 41 Troy Underwood -.--- -.---     8 10 Davey Brown 8 13.613 7  
9 42 Tom Fedewa -.--- -.---                    
10 50 Charlie Schultz -.--- -.---     Heat 2 Results:        
11 55 Taylor Ferns -.--- -.---                    
12 69 Tracy Rice -.--- -.---     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 70 Jimmy McCune -.--- -.---     1 50 Charlie Schultz 8 12.822 6  
14 95 Gary Hollis -.--- -.---     2 5 Tom Hernly Jr 8 12.807 6  
15 35 Chris Hettinger -.--- -.---     3 17 Jim Heeney 8 12.807 5  
16 5 Tom Hernly Jr -.--- -.---     4 3A Mike Astraukas 8 13.553 7  
17 8 Ed Lute -.--- -.---     5 23 Matt Kinzinger 8 13.361 7  
              6 69 Tracy Rice 8 13.818 7  
              7 3. Craig Curtis 8 13.693 5  
              8 95 Gary Hollis 2 16.977 1  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 42 Tom Fedewa 25 12.867 25                  
2 50 Charlie Schultz 25 12.995 5                  
3 17 Jim Heeney 25 12.810 5                  
4 70 Jimmy McCune 25 13.038 10                  
5 5 Tom Hernly Jr 25 12.998 10                  
6 35 Chris Hettinger 25 13.139 13                  
7 41 Troy Underwood 25 13.099 6                  
8 4 Tyler Underwood 25 13.202 18                  
9 10 Davey Brown 24 13.781 4                  
10 23 Matt Kinzinger 24 13.420 6                  
11 55 Taylor Ferns 24 13.242 2                  
12 8 Ed Lute 24 13.969 6                  
13 0 Doug Dietsch 6 13.227 5                  
14 3A Mike Astraukas 6 13.330 6                  
15 3. Craig Curtis 5 14.257 5                  
16 69 Tracy Rice 3 14.680 2                  
17 95 Gary Hollis 0 -.--- -                  
                             
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 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.435 16.514     1 5 Rich Roberts 8 17.032 4  
2 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.476 16.499     2 38. Darrell Taylor 8 17.079 3  
3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.587 16.590     3 288 George Garza 8 17.165 4  
4 22. Aaron Taylor 16.622 16.735     4 5. Mike Westphal 8 17.514 6  
5 38 Patrick Denison 16.630 16.673     5 8 Bryan Jenks 8 17.687 4  
6 55 Edson Rowley III 16.654 16.697     6 22 Bradley Harbenski 8 17.231 4  
7 23 Darren Wright 16.666 16.672     7 30 Chris Taylor 8 17.657 4  
8 16 Scott Sparagowski 16.788 16.824     8 12 Brittany Toth 8 18.913 2  
9 11 Wayne Beckner Sr 16.845 16.864       9 07 Ben Buyak 0 -.--- -  
10 19 Tyler Heeney 16.863 16.875                  
11 82 Misty Allen 17.037 17.148       Heat 2 Results:        
12 38. Darrell Taylor 17.080 18.626                  
13 5 Rich Roberts 17.092 17.222     Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
14 288 George Garza 17.185 17.251     1 23 Darren Wright 8 16.471 4  
15 5. Mike Westphal 17.223 17.253     2 38 Patrick Denison 8 16.632 6  
16 30 Chris Taylor 17.513 17.781     3 79 Todd Metz Jr. 8 16.512 4  
17 8 Bryan Jenks 17.605 17.728     4 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 8 16.458 7  
18 22 Bradley Harbenski 17.610 17.734     5 19 Tyler Heeney 8 16.770 3  
19 07 Ben Buyak 18.722 18.814     6 62 Todd Metz Sr 8 16.563 5  
20 12 Brittany Toth 18.931 18.935     7 55 Edson Rowley III 8 16.815 4  
                8 22. Aaron Taylor 8 16.799 8  
              9 16 Scott Sparagowski 8 16.945 8  
                10 82 Misty Allen 8 17.014 6  
            11 11 Wayne Beckner Sr 4 16.875 2  
                             
A Feature Results:           B Feature Results:        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 20 16.511 6     1 288 George Garza 20 16.971 10  
2 79 Todd Metz Jr. 20 16.613 8     2 38. Darrell Taylor 20 16.824 10  
3 55 Edson Rowley III 20 16.721 3     3 5 Rich Roberts 20 16.936 13  
4 38 Patrick Denison 20 16.747 9     4 5. Mike Westphal 20 17.602 18  
5 19 Tyler Heeney 20 16.844 9     5 8 Bryan Jenks 20 17.650 20  
6 22. Aaron Taylor 20 16.844 8     6 30 Chris Taylor 19 18.275 8  
7 23 Darren Wright 20 16.613 7     7 12 Brittany Toth 18 19.084 9  
8 11 Wayne Beckner Sr 20 16.890 9                  
9 16 Scott Sparagowski 20 17.012 9                  
10 62 Todd Metz Sr 20 16.760 15                  
11 82 Misty Allen 20 17.343 8                  
12 22 Bradley Harbenski 20 17.260 7                  
                             
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 15.726 15.814     1 33 Matt Childers 8 16.025 8  
2 47 Ben Hidy 15.858 15.872     2 87 Landon Hidy 8 15.967 3  
3 77 Mark Carson 16.097 16.210     3 47 Ben Hidy 8 16.043 5  
4 33 Matt Childers 16.100 16.182     4 88 Marc Childers 8 16.140 6  
5 26 Jacob Pearson 16.253 16.259     5 77 Mark Carson 8 16.391 5  
6 88 Marc Childers 16.291 16.348     6 8 Ken Dollarhite 8 17.131 7  
7 8 Ken Dollarhite 17.656 -.---     7 80D Roy Reid 8 17.979 3  
8 80D Roy Reid 18.263 18.437     8 26 Jacob Pearson 0 -.--- -  
                             
Feature Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap                
1 47 Ben Hidy 20 15.975 10                  
2 87 Landon Hidy 20 15.785 4                  
3 33 Matt Childers 20 15.947 12                  
4 88 Marc Childers 20 16.231 8                  
5 8 Ken Dollarhite 19 16.912 11                  
6 77 Mark Carson 19 16.436 3                  
7 80D Roy Reid 19 17.881 2                  
8 26 Jacob Pearson 11 16.042 3                  


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