First Ever Spartan Sprint Champ Crowned


By: Spartan correspondent, Michelle Sprague

    Jim Heeney, of Stockbridge, clinched the Sawyers Superstore Wingless Sprint championship, Friday, Aug 3rd, at the Spartan Speedway. The point battle was very close between Heeney, Tom Fedewa and Taylor Ferns, with Heeney able to hold on to his lead by winning a heat race and tallying a third place finish behind Ferns and Fedewa. Ferns took the feature win, leading wire-to-wire. Fedewa issued a late race challenge for the lead, but Ferns was able to hold him off, with the top three in points, Ferns, Fedewa and Heeney, finishing one, two, and three. Tom Hernly Jr. scored his first checkered in a sprint car by taking a heat win. Congratulations to Spartan’s new champion, Jim Heeney!

   Brian Nuckles, of Columbus, OH, took the feature win for the Michigan Legend Series, as rain threatened and cautions plagued the 25-lap feature. Rick Kilbourn took the early lead with Nuckles tacked to his bumper. Nuckles stuck a fender under Kilbourn on a lap nine restart, Kilbourn got loose and Nuckles capitalized, taking the spot away. Tyler Rycenga also got around Kilbourn Nuckles drove away from the field, but caution on lap 21 gave Rycenga one last shot at the lead. Rycenga was able to keep pace, but couldn’t find a way around Nuckles. At the line, it was Nuckles, Rycenga, Kilbourn, Levi Rouster, and Chance Rice. Rouster, Rice and Rycenga took heat race wins.

   Rain shortened the racing program, with the Pure Stocks and the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks running double features on Friday, September 10th. September 10th is Spartan Speedway’s last special show of the season, featuring the School Bus Figure 8’s, Figure 8 Trailer Races, Valvoline Instant Oil Change Modifieds, Pure Stock and Pony Stock No Rules (safety rules do apply), Powderpuff and Flag Pole Races. For more information and ticket prices, please visit our website at www.spartanspeedway.com. As always, we’ll see you at the races!

Statistics
                             
                             
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 12.893 23   1 5 Tom Hernly Jr 8 12.760 5  
2 42 Tom Fedewa 25 12.761 21   2 0 Steve Irwin 8 13.145 8  
3 17 Jim Heeney 25 12.894 13   3 55 Taylor Ferns 8 13.101 8  
4 50 Charlie Schultz 25 12.938 22   4 35 Chris Hettinger 8 13.012 6  
5 70 Jimmy McCune 25 13.016 5   5 41 Troy Underwood 8 13.264 6  
6 35 Chris Hettinger 25 13.064 15   6 69 Davey Brown 8 13.854 8  
7 4 Tyler Underwood 25 12.880 12   7 23 Matt Kinzinger 8 13.568 7  
8 0. Doug Dietsch 25 12.938 10   8            
9 5 Tom Hernly Jr 25 12.851 13                  
10 0 Steve Irwin 25 13.074 11   Heat 2 Results:        
11 23 Matt Kinzinger 23 13.671 5                  
12 69 Davey Brown 8 13.702 4   Pos Car# Driver Laps Best Time Lap  
13 48 Mike Burkin 8 13.755 3   1 17 Jim Heeney 8 12.901 5  
14 41 Troy Underwood 7 13.494 6   2 42 Tom Fedewa 8 12.683 5  
15 95 Gary Hollis 4 14.819 3   3 50 Charlie Schultz 8 12.857 6  
              4 70 Jimmy McCune 8 12.931 7  
              5 4 Tyler Underwood 8 12.986 7  
              6 0. Doug Dietsch 8 13.066 3  
              7 48 Mike Burkin 8 14.028 5  
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The BOSS Pony Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best                  
1 47 Wayne Beckner Jr 16.139 16.150                  
2 23 Darren Wright 16.185 16.273                  
3 38 Patrick Denison 16.212 16.295                  
4 22. Aaron Taylor 16.247 16.357                  
5 62 Todd Metz Sr 16.272 16.401                  
6 55 Edson Rowley III 16.323 16.399                  
7 79 Todd Metz Jr. 16.385 16.507                  
8 82 Scott Casaday 16.395 16.466                  
9 16 Scott Sparagowski 16.535 16.582                    
10 11 Brian Beckner 16.630 16.648                  
11 30 RJ Miller 16.759 16.798                    
12 5 Rich Roberts 16.947 16.965                  
13 5. Mike Westphal 17.217 17.253                  
14 19 Tyler Heeney -.--- -.---                  
                             
Pure Stock Series
 
Qualifying Results:                        
                             
Pos Car# Driver Best Time 2nd Best                  
1 11 Kenny Clark 15.806 15.845                  
2 26 Jacob Pearson 15.816 15.830                  
3 33 Matt Childers 15.995 16.035                  
4 07 Jordan Harvey 16.065 16.225                  
5 27 Jason Luce 16.102 16.250                  
6 77 Mark Carson 16.323 16.357                  
7 77x Ron  Heeney -.--- -.---                  


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