"Ohio Posse" Seals the Deal at Spartan Speedway
The Ohio Posse staked a claim to the Spartan Speedway Championships one week early as Edgerton, Ohio's Jack Landis and Bud Perry both took home feature wins in their respective classes and also clinched the 2003 Spartan Speedway Season Championships for the Comcast Cablevision Super Late Models and WIBM AM1450 Modifieds on Vesco Oil Night at the speedway.
The Comcast Cablevision Super Late Model feature will be one for the history books as Jack Landis beat out Harry Foote Jr. and Charlie Ryan Jr at the line after the final 15 laps were ran side by side between Landis and Foote. Ryan Jr. sat on both their rear bumpers waiting for a mistake as the veteran drivers put on a driving clinic. Not to be outdone was the race for 4th through 6th as Jeff Hackworth, Jim Heeney and Jeff Bozell all swapped positions through the last half of the race. Jeff Hackworth claimed the Mr. Gasket/Pierce Race Engines Hard Charger Award for the first time this season finishing 4th from his 10th starting spot.
Heat race winners were Dale Eglon, Jimmy Gallagher and Chris Place. John Dunivon won the Race Fan.Com Semi-Feature over Jimmy Gallagher. Jeff Hackworth was the Valvoline Fast Qualifier for the 28 car field with a 13.141 lap.
The WIBM AM1450 Modifieds feature had a new face in Owosso's Mike Stenburg leading the first half of the race as Clint Heinz and Jim Butler waged a duel for 2nd. Lap 25 had Heinz hard into the first turn wall and Butler sent to the rear, thus opening the door for the 4th place running Bud Perry. Lap 28 had Perry taking the lead from Stenburg and going on for the win and clinching the championship. Jason Parish subbing for his dad, Ron was 3rd. Larry Wallace and Bill Luckhurst rounded out the top 5. Bud Perry was the Mr. Gasket / 3D Auto Racing Supplies Hard Charger winning from his 10th starting spot.
Heat race winners were Jimmie Allen, Justin Kazmar and Clint Heinz. A large field of cars created two semi features with the top two from each transferring to the feature event. Two new faces greeted victory lane as Mat Schindewolf grabbed the Race Fan. Com Semi #1 over Tim Easey and John DeFord took semi #2 over Justin Kazmar. Bud Perry set quick time at 13.842 for the 31-car field.
The Performance NW Street Stocks 25 lap feature has Joe Barnhart setting the early lead until Ron Heeney took over on lap5. Landon Hidy was the man on the move as he traded paint with Heeney as the duo battled for the point on lap10. Lap 15 had a caution thrown for the spinning Ben Hidy. Heeny also went up in smoke and headed to the pits ending his lead run. Landon Hidy inherited the lead as all the racing action was for 5th through 8th as Bob Flotka, Pat Dent, Dave Parker and Jonathan Eppler battled. Rookie Flotka's fine 5th place run ended two laps short as he cut a tire in turn 4. At the stripe it was Landon Hidy followed by Mike Havens, Mike McEwan, Doc Dutton and Dave Parker. Parker also claimed the Mr. Gasket / Lost Tiger Tattoo Hard Charger Award finishing 5th from his 14th starting spot.
Rich Kinch , Rob Patrick and Landon Hidy won the heat races, while Andy Schmelzer won the RaceFan.Com Semi Feature.Ben Hidy once again was the Valvoline Fast Qualifier at 14.686 for the 22-car field.
The Midwest Amusement Pony Stocks 15 lap feature had Otis Young and Andy Sands the starting front row. Sands took the early lead until drifting high in turn one on lap 3. Stephanie Smith then took over as Trei Dubel followed. Fast qualifier, Chris Van Gorden was working through the field and took over the point on lap 9 and went on for the win over Bruce Jones, Kenny Clark, Trei Duebel and Stephanie Smith. Van Gorden also won the Mr. Gasket / Mac's All Car Hard Charger Award winning from his 13th starting position.
Bryan Passick II, Scott Sigman and Kenny Clark took home the heat race victories. Passick II also claimed the Race Fan. Com Semi Feature.Chris Van Gorden broke the track record in qualifying for the Pony Stocks with a lap time of 16.543 for the 24-car field.
This weekend is the annual rights of passage from summer to autumn as Poor Paul presents Championship night on Friday night and the 26th annual Harvest 250 on Sunday night. Championship night will have all features starting by points from 1st through 16th starting position and a semi feature allowing any new drivers a chance to race their way into the feature event. A special event has also been added to the final race of the year on Sunday September 7th with the US Pro Super Late Models running the Chris Thorgmartin 50 along with the ARCA Lincoln Welders 100 and open competition mods, streets and pony stocks. The wilder the better says Poor Paul for this first time event at the Track the Stars Call Home – Spartan Speedway.