July 12th
Sunoco Mod (Twin 20’s), Super Stock,
Super Six, Auto Value 4 Cylinders,
INEX Legends, Bandolero, INEX National Qualifier Legends and Bandoleros,
(except Sunoco Mods)
July 19th


  July 12th, 2013
Leaty & Timmerman Split Twin 20's; Dave London Memorial Qualifier To Mitchell Wright by Gary M. Spaid

  Mike Leaty, Williamson and Kevin Timmerman, Ontario, each won separate 20-lap Sunoco Modified features last Friday on Whelen Engineering night.

  Mitchell Wright led the entire 20-lap distance to take home the honors in the double point Dave London Memorial Qualifier. The INEX Legend cars also ran a double point 20-lap feature, earning the winner a guaranteed spot in the Nationals at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The win went to Brandon DeBrakeleer. Kevin Bertolone won the Auto Value 4-Cylinder Scorpion 15-lap main event, while Van Grant took top honors in the Super Six class.

  The first NASCAR Sunoco Modified 20-lapper took to the speedway with Bobby Lippa Jr. leading the way at the drop of the green. As the cars entered the third turn a major accident took place. Up front one car seemed to turn right in front of the field sending cars scrambling everywhere. Involved were Timex Morgan, Tom my Catalano and Mike Ide. Also receiving damage was the car of Andy Jankowiak.

  The next lap also saw the yellow fly, this time for an accident exiting turn four. Amy Catalano, Ide, Jankowiak and Tim Lewis Jr. were all collected in the melee.

  When the green fly again it was Daryl Lewis Jr. up front. After one lap the red flag flew. Matt Lees seemed to forced high exiting the second turn and made heavy contact with the back stretch wall. His car was then hit by Timex Morgan and Tom my Catalano, ending the racing for all three cars.

  The green flew, but second place runner Bobby Lippa Jr. didn’t get a good restart, dropping back to fourth. Mike Leaty then challenged Lewis Jr., passing for the lead on lap six. Lewis then found himself in a battle for second with Rusty Smith. Smith finally completed his pass for second, but by now Leaty held a 20 car length advantage.

  Leaty came home with the win, followed by Smith, Lewis Jr., Kevin Timmerman and Lippa Jr.

  Leaty’s only comment in victory lane was,” I love Spencer Speedway.”

  The second 20-lapper came as the nightly curfew loomed close. Luckily this race would go green-to-checkers. Up front Kevin Timmerman grabbed the front spot and never looked back. Leaty fell in second, as these two broke away from the pack. On lap five, Smith took third and took off after the two leaders. In the waning laps Smith caught the leaders, but could not make a pass. At the checkers it was Timmerman, earning a spot for the RoC sportsman modified race. He was followed across the finish line by Leaty, Smith, Lewis Jr. and Lippa Jr.

  One note for this race was that Amy Catalano gave her ride to son Tom my and she drove a Rusty Smith backup machine.

  The 20-lap Dave London Memorial qualifier Super Stock race went off with Mitchell Wright taking the lead over Chris Vogler and Jim Steffenhagen Jr. The yellow flew on lap 10 when Brianna Ramsey saw her engine erupt exiting turn four. With flames leaping from under the hood, she made a safe exit onto the front chute.
The restart saw Wright maintain his lead over Vogler and Steffenhagen. On lap 18, Kris Hillegeer, who now seemed to be the fastest car on the speedway, passed Steffenhagen for third and took off after Vogler. But with only a lap remaining he had to settle for third behind Wright and Vogler. Billy Gleason made a last lap pass on Steffenhagen to take fourth at the finish line, with Steffenhagen settling for fifth.

  The Super Six feature only saw one yellow flag, that coming on the first lap when Jay Elhage spun on the backstretch. After that the race would remain green for 19 laps.

  Up front Adam VanHall held off repeated challenges for the led by a pack of four cars, including Keith Butler Jr., Van Grant, Bill Hallett and eventually Tim Faro.

  Van Grant was able to grab second from Butler on lap five. He then chased down VanHall, passing him for the lead on lap 15. Tim Faro took second as VanHall seemed to fade back in the field. Faro made several attempts at Grant, but settled for second. Third place was a side-by-side finish with scorers finally placing Brandon Allen third over Bill Hallett. Fifth went to Butler Jr.

  The INEX Legend cars were running a 20-lap INEX Nationals qualifier. Brad Salatino was the early leader, maintaining his advantage through two yellows. On lap six, Brandon DeBrakeleer grabbed second and began his challenge for the lead on Salatino. Finally on lap 12, DeBrakeleer took the lead and began to build an insurmountable lead of some 15 car lengths.

  In the closing laps, Taylor Doxtater passed Salatino for second. Salatino settled for third followed by Brett Coon and Bryce Norton.

  For as many green flags throughout the night, the Auto Value Scorpions collected an unusual number of yellow flags. The original start took three attempts. Once under way, the yellow would fly four more time, forcing officials to shorten the planned 20 lapper, to 15 laps.

  As for the racing Russell Peets led the first circuit, but fell back into the field once Kevin Bertolone took the lead on lap two. Joe Clark moved into second and found himself in a battle with first Peets and then multi-time feature winner Zach Willis. Willis was one of the unlucky many that were caught up in one of the yellows, but was then able to fight his way forward.

  At the checkers it would be Bertolone, followed by Clark, Willis, Beth Dennie and Alison Knoepfler.
“We finally got this thing to stop pushing,” stated an elated Bertolone on his first win of the 2013 season.
There is no NASCAR racing at Spencer on Friday, July 19, as the Race of Champions is racing at Oswego Speedway that weekend.

  The following weekend, July 26 and July 27, marks a special two day NASCAR event.

  On Friday, July 26, the NASCAR racers take to the fast half mile starting at 7:30 p.m. Featured on the race card that evening are Twin-20 lappers for the Sunoco Modifieds. Rounding out the program will be the Super Sixes, Auto Value Scorpions and the INEX Legend cars. Double points will be up for grabs in the Super Six division. Also scheduled for that evening is an appearance by the Atlantic Coast Old-timers. This group features old time sprint, midget and champ cars. Each year they put on a dynamic demonstration as to what racing used to be like. The evening starts off, around 7 p.m., on Friday, July 26, with 2013 Round Two of the popular Kid’s Bicycle races. All kids participating need to check in by 6:45 p.m. as to be placed in the correct age category. They also need to provide their own helmets.

  Then on Saturday, July 27, the speedway has cancelled their weekly drag racing and is running a second night of NASCAR racing. On tap is the twice rained out Twin special for the Sunoco Modifieds. That division will qualify and run a 35 lap feature followed by a 40-lap double point feature. In between the Super Sixes, Auto Value Scorpions and a special INEX Legend event will also be staged. Race time on Saturday, July 27, starts at 7 p.m. sharp.

  If you bring the ticket stub from this past weekend you can save a couple of dollars on admission price on July 26th.

  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 in 2013. Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.


T. Catalano, R. Smith, K. Timmerman, B. Lippa Jr., A. Jankowiak.
HEAT 2: A. Lewis, M. Leaty, D. Lewis Jr., E. Hawkins, D. Catalano.
1st FEATURE (20-laps): MIKE LEATY, Rusty Smith, Daryl Lewis Jr., Kevin Timmerman, Bobby Lippa Jr., Ed die Hawkins, Andy Lewis, Chris Finocchario, Billy Semmler, Amy Catalano, Tim Lewis Jr., Jake Boerman, Matt Lees, Tom my Catalano, Dave Catalano, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Ides.
2nd FEATURE (20-laps): KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Mike Leaty, Rusty Smith, Daryl Lewis Jr., Bobby Lippa Jr., Ed die Hawkins, Andy Lewis, Tom my Catalano, Andy Jankowiak, Chris Finocchario, Billy Semmler, Amy Catalano, Tim Lewis Jr., Jake Boerman, DNS: Mike Ide, Dave Catalano, Matt Lees.


FEATURE (15-laps):
KEVIN BERTOLONE, Joe Clark, Zach Willis, Beth Dennie, Alison Knoepfler, Russell Peets, Austin Montgomery, Jennifer Dennie, Shawn Frarey, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Tyler Pratt, Ashley Schoonmaker, Tom Alloco, Josh Schoonmaker, Travis Montgomery.

B. Norton, B. Coon, B. DeBrakeleer, T. Doxtater, R. Schrantz.
HEAT 2: B. Salatino, J. Marchese, J. Bacon, C. Marchese, C. McGrath.
FEATURE (20-laps): BRANDON DeBRAKELEER, Taylor Doxtater, Brad Salatino, Brett Coon, Bryce Norton, Raven Schrantz, Josh Marchese, John Bacon, Cassie McGrath, Chuck Marchese, DNS: Dalton Rombough.

FEATURE (20-laps):
VAN GRANT, Tim Faro, Brandon Allen, Brian Hallett, Keith Butler Jr., Adam VanHall, Ryan Hillegeer, Jay Elhage, Denny Coyle, Paul Moose, DNS: Mike Gage, Barrett Schenk.

M. Wright, C. Vogler, J. Steffenhagen Jr., K. Hillegeer, K. Miller.
HEAT 2: W. Strusz, J. Dinzler, B. Larner, B. Gleason, T. Fecteau.
FEATURE (20-laps): MITCHELL WRIGHT, Chris Vogler, Kris Hillegeer, Billy Gleason, Jim Steffenhagen Jr., Willie Strusz, Jason Dinzler, Brandon Larner, Brianna Ramsey, John Avery, Tom Fecteau, DNS: Kelly Miller, Joe Miller.

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