Spangler wins showcase event


Aaron Spangler was the big winner Saturday night at the Hayden Speedway, winning the IMCA Modifieds Madness event.

Modifieds Madness, the speedway's annual modifieds showcase, attracts some of the best drivers in the state.

Local drivers Nicholas Craig and H.D. Craig didn't fare as well.

Nicholas was taken out before the first lap was completed. H.D., who narrowly made the cut for the main event, was involved in two crashes during the race.

"Did I have a big sign that said spin out in front of me?" H.D. said.

The Street Stock class started the night. Four laps in, the No. 8 car driven by Jaceson VanGrandt and the No. 1 car driven by Michelle Powers crashed into each other. VanGrandt's racing night ended as his vehicle was towed off the track.

"I hit a slick spot coming into corner three and a couple cars were putting down fluid on the track and then I spun out," VanGrandt said. "That's when Michelle (Powers) came by (and) hit the back end of my car."

Powers also wasn't able to finish the race.

After the initial caution, the race continued but was cut to 10 laps. Jason Musser won in the no. 11 car.

"That is the longest night we've spent out there this season," VanGrandt said.

In the Super Street class, the battle boiled down to Samantha Johnston of Craig and Dean Dare of Meeker. But Dare took off twice without warning during pacing and eventually was black flagged. He was unavailable for comment after the race.

With three cars left in the race, Johnson took the checkered flag with ease and took a healthy lead over Dare in the points standing.

In the mini-sprints, drivers hadn't completed a lap when the first caution flag went up. Two cars tangled up near turn four. After a 20-minute delay, the racing continued until two more cars collided, leading to a 10-lap reduction in the race.

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or

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