July 26th Atlantic
(Twin 20’s), Super Six
Auto Value 4
Cylinders, INEX Legends,
RACE July 27th 75LAP
Super Six, Auto Value 4 Cylinders, INEX
Legends (No Points Legends)
July 26th, 2013
Finocchario Split Twin 20's On Day One of The Weekend Double
Header Special by Gary M. Spaid
Matt Lees and Chris Finocchario split
victories in the Sunoco Modified Twin 20’s last Friday on the
first day of a special Sunoco Double Days Weekend. Five other
classes were in action last Friday, Super Stocks, Super Sixes,
Auto Value Scorpions, INEX Legends and the Atlantic Coast Old
Mitchell Wright made it three wins in a row, taking the special Super
Stock feature. Carl Vilardo IV took the win in the INEX Legends,
while Tim Faro visited victory lane for the second time this
year. Shawn Frarey won his first Auto Value Scorpions feature of
the year. And Tom Grenga, from Rochester , NY , won the special
Atlantic Old Timers demonstration.
The first Sunoco Modified feature saw 18 cars take the green. But as the
field came down to complete the first lap, Tom my Catalano
bounced off another car and slammed the front stretch wall.
The restart saw leader Timex Morgan maintain his advantage over
Finocchario and Daryl Lewis Jr. On lap seven Morgan slid high
entering the fourth turn opening the door for Finocchario to
take the lead. Also getting by Morgan was Rusty Smith. Smith
pressured Finocchario for the next 13 circuits. Also joining the
action in front were Kevin Timmerman and Mike Leaty. One last
yellow, coming on lap 19, fly when Jake Boerman slowed in the
third turn setting up a one lap dash to the checkers.
Finocchario was able to maintain his lead to take the win, his first
since August 2010 and the tenth of his career at Spencer
Speedway. He was followed across the finish line by Smith,
Timmerman, Leaty, and Morgan.
“The car was not handling as good as it could,” stated Finocchario.
“We’ll have to work on that before the next race.”
The second Twin 20 saw Finocchario grab the early lead in the race. The
first yellow flew on lap seven when Andy Jankowiak made contact
with the front stretch wall and spun.
Up front the battle was again between Finocchario and Smith. A spin on
lap 10 set up a restart that would change everything. As the
field took the green, someone made contact at the front of the
field, spinning the number 99 of Timmerman around. The field
scattered everywhere down the front stretch. The final results
as Timmerman, Smith, Finocchario and Daryl Lewis Jr. all
involved in the melee. Only Daryl Lewis Jr. was not able to
return to the race, breaking the front end on his car.
When the smoke cleared Matt Lees found himself as the new leader followed
by Ryan Beeman and Ed die Hawkins. A spin by Jake Boerman, lap
12, saw the yellow fly for the fourth time. As the field came
down for the restart Beeman pulled out of second and headed for
Once the green flag flew again, Lees and Bobby Lippa Jr., pulled away
from the rest of the field. Charging through the field were
Timmerman and Smith trying to get towards the front again. As
the checkers flew Lees took his second career win at Spencer,
winning last in August of last year. He was followed across the
finish line by Lippa Jr., Timmerman, Smith and Amy Catalano in
The Super Stocks saw Mitchell Wright and Willie Strusz battle for the
lead in the early stages of the race. A number of yellow flags
flew, including one for third place runner Chris Vogler, on lap
A late yellow, lap 10, bunched the field for a five lap charge to the
checkers. On the restart Strusz seemed to falter some, falling
back to fourth. Vogler charged back to take second with Terry
Cheetham running third.
At the finish line Wright won his third feature in a row. Vogler,
Cheetham, Strusz and Brandon Larner rounded out the top five
The Super Six feature pole sitter Ryan Hillegeer took the early lead in
their 15-lap feature, followed by Adam VanHall, Keith Butler Jr.
and Tim Faro. Faro worked his way towards the lead. On lap seven
he passed Hillegeer for the front position.
Van Grant was now on the move, taking second from Hillegeer on lap 11 and
set off after Faro, who by then held a fifteen car advantage
over the field. Grant was able to charge up to the back bumper
on Faro’s machine, but ran out of time. Faro took the win, his
second of the year. Van Grant finished a close second followed
by Hillegeer, Butler Jr. and VanHall.
A couple of yellows at the beginning of the 15-lap INEX Legends feature
slowed the action. Up front Taylor Doxtater maintained the lead.
Then on lap three, under yellow, Doxtater pitted leaving Carl
Vilardo IV in the lead. Vilardo then had to hold off the
challenges of both Bryce Norton and Brad Salatino. Norton was
able to pass Vilardo for the lead briefly, laps six to ten ,
before the leaders split the lapped car of Chuck Marchese in
spectacular fashion, with Vilardo retaking the lead by choosing
the low line around the lapped car.
Vilardo then had to hold off repeated challenges by Salatino to take the
win. It was his fourth career win at Spencer. He was followed
across the finish line by Salatino, Brett Coon, Norton and Jason
“I knew either Bryce (Norton) or myself was going to get the nod around
that lap car,“ stated Vilardo. “I was just glad it was by time
The Auto Value Scorpion were the last class to race. At the drop of the
green, Tom Alloco took the lead with Jennifer Dennie running
second. On the move was Shawn Frarey, who passed Alloco for the
lead on lap seven.
The yellow flew for the first time on lap nine, when Dennie slowed on the
front stretch. Zach Willis was now second followed by Kevin
Bertolone. Frarey was able to pull away from the pack, until lap
13, when the yellow flew a second time. This time, four cars
came together in the third turn.
Frarey took the victory followed by Willis, Bertolone, Joe Clark and Beth
“The car needed a little adjustment after practice,” stated Frarey. “All
we did was add a little more air to the right rear tire.”
A special 10-lap demonstration was run for the Atlantic Coast Old Timers
Club. Tom Grenga led the entire 10-lap distance in his sprint
car. Bruce Carman, from Shaftsbury , VT came home second in his
Midget. Finishing third was Bud Hinman, Waterville , NY , in a
Sprint Car. Rounding out the top five were Chris Bugenhagen,
Williamsville , NY in an Indycar Roadster and Dave Craine, from
Lockport , NY , in a Midget.
Kids Bicycle races kicked off the evening program. Trevor Catalano,
Ontario , NY , took the win in the six and under year olds. Glen
Bull, Ontario , NY , won the 7-11 year old class, with Derek
Duffy, Newark , NY , claiming the win in the 12 and older class.
DeRidder’s Garage again gave away two brand new bicycles, one boys and
Racing returns Saturday, July 27, for Day Two of the special Sunoco
Double Days weekend. Race time is at 7 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 in 2013.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.
SUNOCO DOUBLE DAYS - DAY #1 SUMMARY
AUTO VALUE SCORPION 4-CYLINDERS
HEAT 1: S. Frarey, K. Bertolone, J. Dennie, T. Alloco, J.
Schoonmaker. HEAT 2: A. Knoepfler, Z. Willis, J. Clark, R. Peets, B.
Dennie FEATURE (15-laps): SHAWN FRAREY, Zach Willis, Kevin
Bertolone, Joe Clark, Beth Dennie, Alison Knoepfler, Jennifer
Dennie, Tom Alloco, Carrie Bolton, Ashley Schoonmaker, Josh
Schoonmaker, Russell Peets, Tyler Pratt.
HEAT 1: B. Coon, B. Norton, J. Marchese, C. Marchese. HEAT 2: C. Vilardo IV, T. Doxtator, C. McGrath, B.
Salatino. FEATURE (15-laps): CARL VILARDO IV, Brad Salatino, Brett
Coon, Bryce Norton, Jason Marchese, Cassie McGrath, Taylor
Doxtater, Chuck Marchese.
HEAT 1: T. Faro, R. Hillegeer, K. Butler Jr., B. Schenk, D.
Coyle. HEAT 2: V. Grant, A. VanHall, B. Malin. FEATURE (15-laps): TIM FARO, Van Grant, Ryan Hillegeer,
Keith Butler Jr., Adam VanHall, Jay Elhage, Barrett Schenk,
Brian Hallett, Denny Coyle, DNS: Bill Malin.
HEAT 1: M. Wright, T. Cheetham, J. Dinzler, J. Pieczynski,
J. Miller. HEAT 2: W. Strusz, C. Vogler, B. Larner, T. Fecteau, B.
Ramsey. FEATURE (15-laps): MITCHELL WRIGHT, Chris Vogler, Terry
Cheetham, Willie Strusz, Brandon Larner, Jason Dinzler, Joe
Miller, Pete Pieczynski, Brianna Ramsey, Tom Fecteau .
HEAT 1: T. Morgan, J. Boerman, A. Catalano, M. Leaty, R.
Smith. HEAT 2: K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., C. Finocchario, A.
Lewis, M. Lees. HEAT 3: R. Beeman, T. Catalano, A. Jankowiak, B. Semmler,
T. Lewis Jr. 1st FEATURE (20-laps): CHRIS FINOCCHARIO, Rusty Smith,
Kevin Timmerman, Mike Leaty, Timex Morgan, Matt Lees, Eddie
Hawkins, Daryl Lewis Jr., Bobby Lippa Jr., Amy Catalano, Jake
Boerman, Billy Semmler, Tim Lewis Jr., Kevin Ide, Andy Jankowiak,
Andy Lewis, Tommy Catalano, DNS: Ryan Beeman. 2nd FEATURE (20-laps): MATT LEES, Bobby Lippa Jr., Kevin
Timmerman, Rusty Smith, Amy Catalano, Andy Lewis, Tommy
Catalano, Eddie Hawkins, Chris Finocchario, Timex Morgan, Tim
Lewis Jr., Jake Boerman, Mike Ide, Ryan Beeman, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Andy Jankowiak, Billy Semmler, Mike Leaty.
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