MEET & GREET THE DRIVERS NIGHT Sunoco Mod
(Twin 20’s), Super Stock,
Super Six, Auto Value 4 Cylinders,
INEX Legends, Bandolero, INEX National Qualifier Legends and
DOUBLE POINTS ALL CLASSES (except Sunoco Mods) July 19th
FRIDAY NIGHT DRAG RACING
OVAL RACERS ARE OFF THIS WEEKEKND
July 12th, 2013
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
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
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
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.
WHELEN ENGINEERING NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: 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.
AUTO VALUE SCORPION 4-CYLINDERS
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
HEAT 1: 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:
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
HEAT 1: 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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