August 31st, 2012
Leaty Takes Mod
Win, Smith Takes NASCAR Modified Championship
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
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
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
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
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
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
Spencer Speedway - NIGHT
SUMMARY - AUGUST 31, 2012
HEAT 1: 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
HEAT 1: M. Wright, J. Lane, S. Dinzler, B.
Gleason, B. Larner.
HEAT 2: T. Cheetham, N. Peckham, J. Miller,
FEATURE (20-laps): TERRY CHEETHAM, Mitchell
Wright, Billy Gleason, John Lane, Scott Dinzler,
Nate Peckham, Jason Dinzler, Joe Miller, John Avery,
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
HEAT 1: 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
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.
AUTO VALUE SCORPIONS
HEAT 1: 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.