August 2nd, 2013
Is The Newest Catalano Family Member To Win At Spencer;
Timmerman Wins Second 20-Lapper by Gary M. Spaid
There was Joe, Buck, Amy, Dave, Patsy
and now Tom my Catalano. They are all part of the “Catalano
Dynasty” at Spencer Speedway. Now Tom my has added his name to
the victory list at the speedway. For Tom my his victory came in
the first Sunoco Modified twin 20 of the evening. It marks his
first NASC AR modified feature win of his career.
In the second NASCAR Sunoco Modified Twin 20, Kevin Timmerman led every
lap to claim his second Sunoco Modified feature win of the year.
In other action, Zach Willis won his fourth Auto Value Scorpion
4-Cylinder feature of the season, Brett Coon picked up his first
INEX Legend feature of the year and Van Grant claimed the win in
the Super Six division, his second of the year.
The first NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature got off to a rocky start when
Ryan Beeman looped his car in the second turn, to bring out the
yellow. The next attempt at a start proved successful, with Jake
Boerman leading. Boerman’s lead was short lived as Tom my
Catalano was able to blast by him for the lead. The yellow flew
for a second time, lap six, when Boerman came to a stop in the
fourth turn while running in fifth.
The restart saw Catalano hold off the charge by Matt Lees, Mike Leaty and
Kevin Timmerman. Leaty was able to grab second and tag on the
back bumper of the Catalano 54. Adding to the pressure for the
lead, defending track champion, Rusty Smith, took third from
Lees. Falling in fifth was Timmerman.
The race would remain the same up front through the checkered flag,
although Tom my had his hands full with multiple attempts by the
front running cars to get by him for the lead.
“I knew I had to stay on the bottom and make them go high around me,”
stated Catalano who was joined in victory lane by his mom Amy
and the rest of the family.
The second Twin 20 saw Timmerman draw the pole and shot into the lead.
Like the first twin 20, not even one lap could be recorded when
the yellow flew for a spin in the third turn by Matt Lees, who
started on the outside pole. A second attempt saw one lap get in
the books, but this time Tom my Catalano looped around in the
third turn to bring out the yellow.
Once under way, Timmerman led a freight train consisting of himself,
Leaty, Smith, Beeman and Daryl Lewis Jr. The yellow flew on lap
five, when Ed die Hawkins spun in the fourth turn with a flat
left rear tire.
The running order remained the same on the restart, however the
front three of Timmerman, Leaty and Smith were able to break
away from the rest of the field until lap 15, when the yellow
flew for a spinout by Lewis Jr. in the fourth turn.
The final laps were run with Timmerman in the lead followed by Leaty,
Smith, Tony Hanbury and Beeman. For Timmerman the victory was
his second of the year and the 17th at the track.
“This car was mint tonight,” related Timmerman about his trusty no. 17
modified. “Everyone up front races pretty clean. It feels really
good to be back in victory lane.”
The Auto Value Scorpion 4-Cylinder feature saw Russell Peets take the
lead at the drop of the green. The yellow flew on lap three when
the second, third and fourth place cars all came together on the
front stretch; Shaun Frarey, Joe Clark and Kevin Bertolone.
The restart saw Zach Willis grab the lead from Peets and move away. On
lap 8, the yellow flew for a spinout in the fourth turn by Josh
Schoonmaker. The restart saw a multi-car accident in the second
turn involving Carrie Schoonmaker and Jennifer Dennie. The red
flag flew while Schoonmaker was looked at by EMTs on the scene.
She would later be transported to the local hospital for
The restart saw Willis keep his lead. Joe Clark moved into second but
could not chase down Willis. Willis to the win followed by
Clark, Peets, Ryan Brown and Shaun Frarey.
“It’s great to win, I am going down to Watkins Glenn to party,” related
The INEX Legends took to the track for a feature that would run
green-to-checkers. Up front Brett Coon grabbed the lead and
never looked back. Brad Salatino ran a solid second but could
not get Coons to take the high line around the fast half mile.
Coons ran on the bottom and took the win over Salatino.
Bryce Norton grabbed third from Vern LeFave on lap nine. He then tried to
close the gap built by the front two cars. By the final lap be
closed to a car lengths of the two leaders. LeFave finished
fourth followed by Breanne Gilligan.
“We had a tough start to the year, but we had a clean race tonight and
it’s great to take a victory,” stated Coons.
The Super Sixes took to the track where pole sitter Ryan Hillegeer led
the first lap. He was then passed by Keith Butler Jr., who would
lead for seven circuits, until Van Grant took over the lead.
Grant held on for the win followed closely by Brandon Allen. Hillegeer
came home a distant third with Brian Hallett in fourth. Adam
VanHall rounded out the top five finishers.
When asked who helped him with the win, Grant related how he is a one man
team, “Me myself and I.”
At intermission four different fire departments were on hand to
give rides around the track. Participating fire companies
included Wallington, Sodus, Webster and Northeast.
Racing returns Saturday, August 16, for the running of the 50-lap Dave
London Memorial for Super Stocks. That event will pay $1,500 to
win. Also on the race card that evening will be the Sunoco
Modifieds, running a double point 35-lap feature event, the
Super Sixes, the Auto Value 4-Cylinder Scorpions in a double
point feature and the INEX Legends. Race time starts at 7:30
If you can bring this past week’s rain stub, you can save $2 off
admission to the following week’s races.
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 FUELS NIGHT SUMMARY
AUTO VALUE SCROPION 4-CYLINDERS HEAT 1: S. Frarey, K. Bertolone, B. Dennie, J. Dennie, A.
Schoonmaker. HEAT 2: J. Clark, Z. Willis, R. Peets, R. Brown, T.
Alloco. FEATURE (15-laps): ZACH WILLIS, Joe Clark, Russell Peets,
Ryan Brown, Shaun Frarey, Tom Alloco, Beth Dennie, Carrie
Bolton-Brown, Kevin Bertolone, Jennifer Dennie, Ashley
Schoonmaker, Josh Schoonmaker.
INEX LEGENDS HEAT: B. Coon, B. Salatino, V. LeFave, B. Gilligan, K.
Hafemann. FEATURE (15-laps): BRETT COON, Brad Salatino, Bryce
Norton, Vern LeFave, Breanne Gilligan, Kyle Hafemann, Josh
Marchese, DNS: Cassie McGrath.
HEAT 1: R. Hillegeer, T. Faro, B. Allen, A. VanHall,
B. Schenk. HEAT 2: V. Grant, B. Hallett, K. Butler Jr., A. Cocilova,
J. Elhage. FEATURE (15-laps): VAN GRANT, Brandon Allen, Ryan
Hillegeer, Brian Hallett, Adam VanHall, Keith Butler Jr., Andy
Cocilova, Barrett Schenk, Jay Elhage, Mike Gage, Tim Faro, DNS:
HEAT 1: T. Catalano, K. Timmerman, R. Smith, B. Semmler, E.
Hawkins. HEAT 2: J. Boerman, B. Lippa Jr., D. Lewis Jr., A. Lewis,
J. Zacharias. HEAT 3: M. Leaty, M. Lees, T. Morgan, T. Hanbury, T.
Lewis Jr. 1st FEATURE (20-laps): TOMMY CATALANO, Mike Leaty, Rusty
Smith, Matt Lees, Kevin Timmerman, Ryan Beeman, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Andy Lewis, Tony Hanbury, Jimmy
Zacharias, Timex Morgan, Jake Boerman, Billy Semmler, Tim Lewis
Jr., Frank Morich, Val Stephens, DNS: Tom Wiest, Amy Catalano. 2nd FEATURE (20-laps): KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Mike Leaty, Rusty
Smith, Tony Hanbury, Ryan Beeman, Andy Lewis, Matt Lees, Timex
Morgan, Jake Boerman, Eddie Hawkins, Daryl Lewis Jr., Bobby
Lippa Jr., Jimmy Zacharias, Billy Semmler, Tom my Catalano, Tim
Lewis Jr., Frank Morich, Val Stephens, DNS: Tom Wiest, Amy
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