Spartan Speedway Crowns 2004 Champions
Racing fans in the mid-Michigan area finally got to enjoy summer like weather on the last weekend of racing on Spartan Speedway's Mid Michigan Rubbish Season Championship Night.
The Comcast Cablevision Super Late Models 2004 Track Champion, Harry Foote Jr. beat Doug Finley to the first turn and continued to lead every lap to take home the championship trophy. Dave Stehouwer, Chris Place and Jeff Hackworth rounded out the top five. Jon McNett was the Hidy's Towing Hard Charger and rookie, Gary Duram won the RaceFan.com Valvoline Racing Oil. The Foote family celebrated another victory Friday night, as Harry's son, A.J. Foote won the Valvoline Rookie of the Year title over Garry Duram and Tom Klopp. Dan Kryzinski, Duram and Jimmy Gallagher were heat race winners and Leonard Cousino won the Semi-feature event.
The WIBM AM1450 Modifieds had a familiar face in victory land as the "Ohio Posse" Bud Perry won the event to clinch his second Spartan Championship in back to back fashion. Justin Kazmar, Larry Wallace, Harry Parish and Jason Parish rounded out the top five. Steve Curry finished 15th to become the 2004 Rookie of the Year. Jason Parish was the 3D Auto Racing Supplies Hard Charger and Brian Heeney won the RaceFan.com Valvoline oil. Bill Butler, Nyle Wieler and Jason Parish were heat race winners, while Michael Piette won the Semi-Feature event.
The Performance NW Street Stocks had a family affair in victory circle as Ben Hidy won the race, but brother Landon won his first Season Championship by finishing second. Mark Smith, Dane Long and Bubber Patrick rounded out the top five. Patrick was award the 2004 Rookie of the Year Title with a fine top ten in season points at the speedway. Ron Heeney in the sharp looking '56 Chevy won the Lost Tiger Tattoos Hard Charger Award finishing 6th from his 16th starting spot. Howard McDonough won the RaceFan.com Valvoline oil award. Heeney, Rob Patrick and Dane Long won heats as Rich Kinch won the Semi-feature event.
The B&L Truck Caps Pony Stocks had the best race of the night as Jerry Garland sat in second place just 4 points behind point's leader, Jimmy Scavarda. The stage was set for a dramatic finish as Scavarda's mount had Engines problems earlier in the evening. Jimmy jumped behind the wheel of fellow competitor, Michael Putnam's #748 for the feature event. Garland took the lead from Scavarda as Kenny Clark followed. The lead trio took off from the pack as a battled waged for fourth between John Ward, Bruce Jones, Scott Sigman and Mark Garland. The leaders diced their way through lapped cars for the entire event and as the leaders received the white flag, more traffic set up a great finish as Garland got tied up behind a lapped car going into turn three. Scavarda jumped to the outside to take the lead, but got loose in the marbles as Garland bumped drafted the lapped car to take the win. Scavarda had to settle for third behind Clark. Bruce Jones and John Ward rounded out the top five. With the win, Jerry Garland took the 2004 Championship title over Scavarda by less than 10 points. Mark Garland was the Dande Signs and Designs Hard Charger and Missy Bishop won the WhoWon.com Valvoline oil. George Wyers , Willie Conroy and Julie Abbott were the heat winners as Chris VanGorden won the Semi-feature event.
Next Friday night is fan appreciation night with Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pony Stocks and Powder Puff races. This will conclude the 2004 racing season at "The Track the Stars Call Home" - Spartan Speedway.