(Mason, MI) – Sunny skies and beautiful weather greeted Spartan Speedway race fans this Friday night as the “Track That the Stars Call Home” featured the Wingless Sprint cars, Michigan Legends, Bandoleros, Pony Stocks, and Spartan Stocks.
In the Bandolero division, it was Kylie Beckner starting up front as the field took the green for their 12 lap feature. Toby Tyler made a strong move into second place, and wasting no time in sweeping past Beckner to lead the first lap. Tyler held the top spot with Nate Jenkins and Zach Parish following in his tire tracks, as the rest of the young drivers battled for position. Tyler led the remainder of the distance for his second in a row followed by Jenkins, Zach Parish, Nathan Logan in fourth and Joe Moody in fifth.
In the Sprint Car division, it was John Turnbull starting on the pole for the 30 lap feature. Turnbull remained in front while Jay Rohrback held second with Doug Dietsch in third. The driver on the move was Chance Rice, as he powered his way past both Dietsch and Rohrback and moved to second. Dietsch followed Rice past Rohrback for third with Steve Irwin trailing in fourth. Turnbull remained in front, but had Rice in No. 36 stuck right to his rear bumper trying desperately to find a way past. Chance did everything possible to rattle Turnbull and find a way around the black No. 12 of the “Bulldog”, but John drove a terrific race and took the win. Rice finished a very close second followed by Dietsch, Steve Irwin, and a sixteen year old McCune in fifth.
Next up were the Michigan Legends for a 25 lap feature. Gregory Rudzik started on the pole, but it was Tony Monge in No. 92 and Matt Todd in No. 8 that would battle for the lead. Monge held the point with considerable pressure from Todd, but was able to pull away for the victory over Todd, Rick Kilbourn, and Rudzik. Heat race winner was Monge with Todd setting fast time.
Lined up in the chute was the Spartan Stock division for a pair of 25 lap feature races. In the “A” it was Joey Barnhart jumping into the lead over Chris Shannon, and John Kennedy. Barnhart was able to lead the entire distance, but it wasn’t easy as Shannon was glued to his bumper the entire time. Shannon tried the inside, outside, and every other side, but could not find a way around as those two had a terrific race. Barnhart took the win over Shannon, Kennedy, and Jordan Harvey.
In the “B” it was Davey Kelley on the pole with Junior Gokee on the outside front row. Gokee powered his way past on the outside to grab the lead with Kelley dropping back to second and Maegan Williams in third. The driver on the move was Bryan Jenks as his drove his red No. 9 past Kelley and Williams to move to second and drove to the outside of Gokee. The two ran wheel to wheel for a few laps before Jenks slipped by and seized the lead. Williams moved to second with Kelley and Gokee battling for third. Jenks took his first of the year over Williams, Kelley, Gokee and Jack Kuhn in fifth.
Last up were the Pony Stocks for a pair of 20 lappers. In the “A” division, Tyler Heeney has dominated all season, and he wasted no time in taking the lead over Wayne Beckner Jr., and brother Brian Beckner. Brian managed to get past Wayne for second, but Heeney was gone building a rather substantial lead in his customary outside line. Heeney took his fourth win in a row in his Neon with Brian Beckner second, Leonard third over Wayne Beckner and Boesel rounding out the top five.
In the “B” it was Thomas Logie leading at the start followed by Marq Eaton and Wayne Parkhurst II. Randy Kretzinger Jr. moved past Parkhurst for the lead with a hard charging Troy Andrews battling Eaton and Parkhurst for second. Troy stayed glued on the rear of Randy’s green No. 57, and tried everything he could to get by, but at the stripe it was Kretzinger, Andrews, Logie, Parkhurst, and Eaton.
-Spartan Speedway Press Release