The "Leslie Gang" Surmounts Spartan Six Pack Shootout
The Penske Racing Shocks Round III of the Finish Line Fabricting/ Proformance Racing Engines Six Pack Shootout will never be forgotten for all the fans of Michigan Short Track Racing. The "Leslie Gang" set out on a mission to honor the loss of their leader, Charlie Ryan Jr. and finished to a standing ovation as they completed a podium finish with Tim Ryan winning the rained shortened event over Tom Fedewa, in Charlie Ryan Jr's car and Chris Place in third. The 20-car feature event had a ten- car invert with Rob Buckley and Robbie Johnston the starting front row. Buckley took the early lead as the entire pack ran in formation. Lap three had Tim Ryan diving under Buckley for the lead in turn three, as the two came together a chain reaction caused 2nd place in points, Jimmy Thiel to climb over the slowing Dave Stehouwer. The restart had Buckley sent to the rear and Johnston taking over the point until Ryan got by for the lead, brining Stan Perry and Mike Kugler with him. Perry looked to be the car on the move until a lap eight caution had Thiel and Perry both heading to the pits with mechanical problems. The race was all Ryan's from the restart as Tom Fedewa over took Johnston for second on lap 10. As the lead duo took off, the third member of the Leslie Gang, Chris Place was putting on a show working his way up to 3rd from his 7th starting position on lap 23. Mike Kugler and Doug Finley worked their way up from their 5th row starting spots to claim 4th and 5th as rain started to fall on lap 39. After a 20 minute rain delay and a steady drizzle the event was called completed with Ryan taking the heart felt win and celebrating with a polish victory lap and a burn out. Bill Heeney Jr. won the Hidy's Towing Hard Charger award finishing 8th from his 16th starting spot. Evan Barrett was the Contingency Connection Hard Charger and Lee Taylor was the Valvoline Cup/Race Fan.Com winner. Valvoline Oil winners were Tim Ryan and Rookie Robbie Johnston. Heat Race Winners were Craig Willett, Bill Heeney Jr. and Robbie Johnston. John Ledwidge won the WhoWon.Com Semi - Feature over Taylor, Tom Klopp and Evan Barrett. Doug Finley (13.059) set fast time for the 25-car Comcast Cablevision field.
The WIBM AM1450 Modifieds were scheduled for double features, but was able to get only one completed as Harry Parish was victorious over Brian Neaster, Bill Luckhurst, Chris Ozanich and Larry Wallace. Nester was the early leader from the pole position as Parrish shadowed from his third starting spot. The lead duo shadowed each other until Parrish took the point on lap 16 and went on for the win. Nyle Weiler was the 3D Auto Racing Supplies Hard Charger finishing 12th from his 18th starting spot. Heat race winners were Rolly Olney, Nyle Weiler and Chad Poorman. Earl Miles Jr. won the RaceFan.Com Semi-Feature. Harry Parish set fast time for the 31-car field with a lap of 13.730.
The Performance NW Street Stocks feature was rained out, but Butch Morance and Mark Smith took the heat wins with Morance winning the RaceFan.Com award for the evening. Ben Hidy set fast time for the 20-car field with a time of 14.481.
The B & L Truck Caps Pony Stocks feature also was rained out and will be rescheduled for double features this weekend. Heat race winners were Bryan Passick Jr. and Mark Garland. Kenny Clark (16.472) set fast time for the 22-car field.
Believe it or not, this week is Northside Service Mid-Season Championship night at Spartan Speedway. With only 3 events completed since the beginning of the season, the second half deserves better weather at "The Track the Stars Call Home"- Spartan Speedway.