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  August 31st, 2012
Leaty Takes Mod Win, Smith Takes NASCAR Modified Championship
  by Gary M. Spaid

  It was the final night for track points this past Friday at Spencer Speedway. Mike Leaty last won a feature at Spencer Speedway back on July 13. It took him the rest of the year to get to victory lane again.

  “It’s been a tough year for us,” stated Leaty, who openly thanks the fans for making Spencer their weekly stop on Fridays.

  Rusty Smith, from Oxford, NY, claimed his first ever Sunoco modified Spencer track championship. Smith finished a close second to Leaty in the 35-lap feature. Tony Hanbury, Tommy Catalano and Kevin Timmerman rounded out the top five finishers.

  In Super Stock action, the car count increased dramatically. But in the end it was Terry Cheetham picking up his eighth feature win of the season. His record earned him the 2012 Super Stock track championship.

  “It’s been a great year,” stated Cheetham in victory lane. “I want to dedicate this championship to my dad.”

  Mitchell Wright finished second followed by Billy Gleason, John Lane and Scott Dinzler.

  The Super Stocks ran a caution shortened 13-lap feature due to the time of night. The race was checkered on lap 13, after Hugh Vine Jr. lost a right front wheel exiting the fourth turn. Up from Van Grant took the victory followed by this year’s track champion Brian Hallett. Brandon Allen came home in third followed by Tim Faro and Adam VanHall.

  The Auto Value Scorpions saw Zach Willis led all 15 laps from his pole starting position. Dave Bradshaw made a run at Willis but could not complete the pass. Bradshaw finished in second. He was followed to the finish line by Russell Peets, Bro Bradshaw and this year’s divisional champion, Mike Bradshaw in fifth.

  “We finally got this thing figured out. It’s just too bad it is so late in the season,” stated Willis. “The car was really hooked up tonight.”

  The 35-lap Sunoco Modified feature saw pole sitter Mike Leaty grab the lead and never look back. The first yellow of the race flew on lap two when Dave Catalano spun out in the fourth turn.

  Leaty remained in the lead with Bobby Lippa Jr. running a close second. Tommy Catalano worked his way into second, but was unable to chase down the high flying Leaty.

  The second, and final, yellow flew on lap 20 for a spin out by Eddie Hawkins, just as point leader Rusty Smith took third from Kevin Timmerman.

  Leaty led the parade to the checkers with Smith, who grabbed second from Catalano on lap 22, letting Leaty know his was a close second. Tony Hanbury also got around Catalano on lap 23, but was never able to close in on the two front runners.

  A number of new comers were on hand in the Super Stock division to practice for next week’s 50-lap Super Stock special. Showing well was DIRTcar Street Stocker Nate Peckham in a new asphalt Monte Carlo.

  Mitchell Wright took the lead at the drop of the green flag with point leader Terry Cheetham right on his rear bumper in the 20-lap main event.

  “We were rubbing each other,” had stated Cheetham in victory lane. “He made a little mistake and I grabbed the opportunity. He could never get back into first after that.”

  That little mistake came on lap seven when Cheetham took the lead. Both Cheetham and Wright began to pull away from the rest of the field, when the yellow flew on lap 14 for a flat tire on the Jason Dinzler number 37.

  Cheetham held off Wright on the restart and went on to take the victory.

  The Super Six feature was planned to be a 20-lapper, but had to be shortened due to a number of yellows. Van Grant led the entire distance. As for the yellows, the first came on lap 10 when Bill Malin spun on the front stretch. One lap later, the yellow flew when Gary Miller exited the speedway in the fourth turn and upon reentering the race was hit by the number 41 of Bill Malin.

  The final yellow came on lap 13, when the right front wheel came off the Hugh Vine Jr. machine on the front straight.

  The 15-lap Auto Value Scorpion feature saw Zach Willis lead the entire way, being pressured by Dave Bradshaw. Only one yellow flew, that coming on lap 11 for a crash on the backstretch involving Dale Lazzaro and Austin Montgomery.

  SPENCER NOTES: A special “Meet and Greet” was held on the front stretch during intermission. Fans got the opportunity to meet and get autographs from their favorite drivers. This promotion lasted a full half hour.

  This Friday, September 7, Spencer will be running their final night of oval track racing at in 2012. On tap is a Four Star program, featuring a 75-lap Sunoco Modified finale, a 50-lap Super Stock finale, Super Sixes and the Auto Value four Cylinder class. Also on the schedule is the second appearance of the Casey TQ Midgets in 2012. Friday will also see the return of the popular “Kids, Candy and Coins” activity at intermission. Kids, don’t forget your bags! Heat races are scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. sharp.

  Spencer Speedway is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, NY, along Route 104 in the Town of Williamson. Spencer Speedway is the local “NASCAR Place to Race” for Central New York. Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.

Spencer Speedway - NIGHT SUMMARY - AUGUST 31, 2012

B. Lippa Jr., R. Beeman, M. Lees, R. Smith, J. Boerman.
HEAT 2: M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, T. Catalano, T. Hanbury, E. Hawkins.
FEATURE (35-laps): MIKE LEATY, Rusty Smith, Tony Hanbury, Tommy Catalano, Kevin Timmerman, Ryan Beeman, Matt Lees, Jake Boerman, Daryl Lewis Jr., Bobby Lippa Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Tom Wiest, John Semmler, Mike Ide, Scott Combs, Dave Catalano.

Final Top Ten in Sunoco Modified Tack Points: 1) Rusty Smith 847, 2) Kevin Timmerman 759, 3) Mike Leaty 750, 4) Tony Hanbury 713, 5) Ryan Beeman 710, 6) Eddie Hawkins 677, 7) Matt Lees 656, 8) Daryl Lewis Jr. 634, 9) Tommy Catalano 623, 10) Andy Lewis 613.

M. Wright, J. Lane, S. Dinzler, B. Gleason, B. Larner.
HEAT 2: T. Cheetham, N. Peckham, J. Miller, J. Avery
FEATURE (20-laps): TERRY CHEETHAM, Mitchell Wright, Billy Gleason, John Lane, Scott Dinzler, Nate Peckham, Jason Dinzler, Joe Miller, John Avery, Brandon Larner.

Final Top Ten in Super Stock Tack Points: 1) Terry Cheetham 925, 2) Mitchell Wright 850, 3) Brandon Larner 566, 4) Willie Strusz 538, 5) Billy Gleason 500, 6) Brian Gordon 346, 7) Steve Malin 256, 8) Jim Steffenhagen Jr. 178, 9) John Avery 149. 10) Joe Miller 126

B. Allen, B. Hallett, T. Faro, A. VanHall, H. Vine Jr.
HEAT 2: V. Grant, E. Ruffell, G. Miller, D. Coyle, B. Malin.
FEATURE (13-laps): VAN GRANT, Brian Hallett, Brandon Allen, Tim Faro, Adam VanHall, Hugh Vine Jr., Bill Malin, Denny Coyle, Gary Miller, Erick Ruffell (DQed)

Final Top Ten in Super Six Tack Points: 1) Brian Hallett 960, 2) Brandon Allen 784, 3) Adam VanHall 742, 4) Van Grant 733, 5) Erick Ruffell 710, 6) Tim Faro 702, 7) Hugh Vine Jr. 688, 8) Rick Wilson 680, 9) Denny Coyle 438, 10) Jeff Davis 360.

R. Peets, B. Bradshaw, Z. Willis, K. Bertolone, J. Clark.
HEAT 2: D. Bradshaw, M. Bradshaw, S. Frarey, A. Knoepfler, B. Dennie.
FEATURE (15-laps): ZACH WILLIS, Dave Bradshaw, Russell Peets, Bro Bradshaw, Mike Bradshaw, Joe Clark, Beth Dennie, Alison Knoepfler, Otis Bradshaw, Kevin Bertolone, Shawn Frarey, Andrea LaManna, Chad Graves, Jennifer Dennie, Travis Montgomery, Dale Lazzaro, Austin Montgomery.

Final Top Ten in Auto Value Scorpion Tack Points: 1) Mike Bradshaw 930, 2) Kevin Bertolone 807, 3) Joe Clark 779, 4) Zach Willis 777, 5) Alison Knoepfler 763, 6) Shawn Frarey 751, 7) Dave Bradshaw 722, 8) Beth Dennie 706, 9) Russell Peets 705, 10) Bro Bradshaw 574.

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