August 23rd
Sunoco Modified (Twin 20’s),
Super Six,
Auto Value 4 Cylinders,
INEX Legends


  August 16th, 2013
Sharpsteen Disqualified, Noe Declared Winner Of Dave London Memorial 50;
Rusty Smith Picks Up A Birthday Present For His Son
by Gary M. Spaid

  ”Last year we celebrated my son’s third birthday at Spencer, but Tony Hanbury took the win,” stated 2012 Spencer Speedway NASCAR Sunoco Modified champion, Rusty Smith. “He even took over a piece of cake to Tony. This year his 4th birthday celebration can remain inside our own team.”

  Smith took command of the 35-lap double point NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature on a lap 7 restart to pick up his second feature win of the 2013 season.

  Lee Sharpsteen passed Josh Way on lap 26 and led the remaining distance to apparently claim$1,500 first place prize in the 50-lap Dave London Memorial Super Stock main event. But in post race inspection both Sharpsteen and second place finisher Josh Way could not pass the compression test, and were disqualified. This moved third place finisher, Gary Noe into the victory. An excellent field of 23 Super Stocks was on hand for the event, that included lap money up for grabs.

  In support division action Kevin Bertolone won the 15-lap Auto Value Scorpion 4-Cylinder main event. Bryce Norton won the 15-lap INEX Legends feature and Van Grant won his third Super Six feature of the season.
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw Amy Catalano leading the way, with Daryl Lewis Jr. running second followed by Ryan Beeman. Beeman worked his way up to second with Rusty Smith third, just before the first yellow flag was displayed, lap five for a spinout by Kevin Timmerman entering the second turn.

  Two more laps and two more yellow flags followed. On the lap six restart Smith was able to pass Catalano for the lead. Mike Leaty was also working his way forward, taking third from Beeman on lap 10.
Lap 11, saw the yellow fly for the fourth time when Jake Boerman spun in the first turn and was collected by Val Stephens.

  The restart saw Leaty move into second behind Smith. Both Smith and Leaty then used the next 24 laps of green to pull away from the rest of the field.

  Charging back was Timmerman, who passed Catalano on lap 23 and took off after Leaty. In the closing laps Timmerman was able to pull right up on Leaty’s rear bumper, but at the checkers had to settle for third behind both Smith and Leaty. Beeman passed Catalano on lap 33 to take fourth and Amy settled for fifth.

  “We left Myrtle Beach this morning at 1:30am and drove all night to get back from our family vacation,” related Smith in victory lane. “We arrived here just before practice started. It’s been a long day and I just want to get some sleep.”

  The highlight of the night was the 50-lap Dave London Memorial. Twenty-two cars took the green, with Ohio driver and pole sitter, Josh Way in front. Following one aborted start, that saw third place starter, Bob Ripley Jr. spin in the second turn causing a melee throughout the field, Way was able to retake the front spot with Gary Noe in second and Jim Steffenhagen Jr. third.

  On lap eight, the yellow flew when Chris Vogler’s car entered the first turn at an odd angle, slide through the grass and slammed into the first turn tire barrier. He was able to fix his car and return several laps down to the field.

  The restart saw Noe, running second, make contact with the second turn wall, tearing the sheet metal from the front of his car. He pitted under yellow to remove the debris and restarted at the back of the field.
Lee Sharpsteen had now made his way into second and seemed to be the fastest car on the track. He began to pressure Way for the lead. Before the halfway mark three more yellows would slow the race, each for minor spinouts.

  On lap 26 Sharpsteen made his move, diving low into turn three. As the field exited the fourth turn he was able to complete his pass for the lead.

  Three more yellows flew in the second half of the event. Moving quickly through the field and using every restart to his advantage, Noe worked himself back into the top three and was definitely the fastest car on the track. He would run out of laps to go any further.

  The checkers flew with Sharpsteen taking the $1,500 victory. Way finished second followed by Noe, Willie Strusz and Steffenhagen Jr.

  The post race inspection problems of the top two finishers changed the top five to Noe, Strusz, Steffenhagen Jr., Nate Peckham and Kris Hillegeer.

  The double point Auto Value Scorpion 4-Cylinder race saw a tight battle between Shaun Frarey and Kevin Bertolone. Frarey held the lead, but on a lap eight restart, Bertolone was able to pass for the lead. Frarey came right back one lap later to retake the front spot.

  On lap a lap 13 restart Bertolone was able to regain the lead and stay there until the checkers flew. Bertolone took the win followed by Frarey, Austin Montgomery, Joe Clark and Alison Knoepfler rounding out the top five finishers.

  “Our car was getting a little loose at the close the race. I am just glad to have been able to hang on for the win,” stated Bertolone in victory lane.

  The Super Six main event saw Van Grant take the lead from Brian Hallett on a lap nine restart. Hallett would remain on Grant’s rear bumper but was not able to regain the lead. He settled for second at the checkers behind Grant. Keith Butler Jr., Barrett Schenk and Andy Cocilova rounded out the top five.

  Point leader Tim Faro suffered mechanical woes and had to settle for a tenth place finish to remain the point’s leader.

  The INEX Legend Cars feature would run green-to-checkers. Up front new comer Peyton Saxton, from Las Vegas Nevada seemed to like the flat half mile oval running in the lead. However his win was not to be. On the final lap, Bryce Norton ducked low and got by to take the victory. Saxton settled for second followed by Brett Coon, Brad Salatino and Breanne Gilligan in the top five.

  “When Peyton braked going into turn one, I was able to pull off a cross over move to take the led,” stated Norton.

  SPENCER SPINS: Last week’s Sunoco Modified feature winner traveled south to join the Joe Gibbs Driver Development Program. He will be gone for the next few weeks working with Gibb’s talent hunter and test driver, Mike McLaughlin….Spencer Speedway announced the place and date for their annual awards banquet. This year the event will be held at the Palmyra VFW Post, Route 31 in Palmyra , NY on November 1. Tickets can be ordered by calling the office.

  ERROR CORRECTION: A correction to the August 9 results. It was mistakenly reported, in the Auto Value Scorpion division, that fourth place in the feature went to Alison Knoepfler. Alison was not driving the number 5 car that night. Ryan Brown was the driver.

  Only three weeks of racing remain in the 2013 NASCAR oval track season at Spencer Speedway. Racing returns Friday, August 23, with Twin 20’s for the Sunoco Modifieds, plus a complete program of Super Stocks, Super Sixes, INEX Legends and Auto Value Scorpions. Race time starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

  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 “ NASC AR Place to Race” for Central New York in 2013. Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national NASC AR Whelen All-American Points.



J. Clark, Z. Willis, K. Bertolone, J. Dennie, R. Peets.
HEAT 2: S. Frarey, A. Montgomery, A. Knoepfler, T. Alloco, T. Montgomery
FEATURE (15-laps): KEVIN BERTOLONE, Shaun Frarey, Austin Montgomery, Joe Clark, Alison Knoepfler, Zach Willis, Russell Peets, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Tyler Pratt, Beth Dennie, Travis Montgomery, Jennifer Dennie, Tom Alloco, Josh Schoonmaker.

B. Norton, P. Saxton, B. Salatino, B. Gilligan, J. Marchese.
FEATURE (15-laps): BRYCE NORTON, Peyton Saxton, Brett Coon, Brad Salatino, Breanne Gilligan, Josh Marchese, Cassie McGrath, DNS: Chuck Marchese.

B. Hallett, R. Hillegeer, V. Grant, K. Butler Jr., B. Schenk.
HEAT 2: T. Faro, A. VanHall, A. Cocilova, J. Elhage, M. Gage.
FEATURE (15-laps): VAN GRANT, Brian Hallett, Keith Butler Jr., Barrett Schenk, Andy Cocilova, Jay Elhage, Adam VanHall, Mike Gage, Paul Moose, Tim Faro, Ryan Hillegeer.

A. Catalano, R. Smith, D. Lewis Jr., A. Lewis, T. Wiest.
HEAT 2: R. Beeman, T. Morgan, M. Lees, B. Semmler, V. Stephens.
HEAT 3: M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, J. Boerman, E. Hawkins, B. Lippa Jr.,
FEATURE (35-laps): RUSTY SMITH, Mike Leaty, Kevin Timmerman, Ryan Beeman, Amy Catalano, Matt Lees, Daryl Lewis Jr., Ed die Hawkins, Bobby Lippa Jr., Timex Morgan, Andy Lewis, Billy Semmler, Tim Lewis Jr., Tom Wiest, Jake Boerman, Val Stephens, Mike Ide, Ron Smith.

M. Wright, L. Sharpsteen, J. Dinzler, W. Strusz, N. Peckham.
HEAT 2: J. Way , C. Vogler, G. Noe, E. Poderzay, B. Gleason.
HEAT 3: J. Steffenhagen Jr., D. Johnson, B. Ripley Jr., K. Hillegeer, T. Cheetham.
FEATURE (50-laps): GARY NOE, Willie Strusz, Jim Steffenhagen Jr., Nate Peckham, Kris Hillegeer, Mitchell Wright, Dave Johnson, Bob Ripley Jr., Terry Cheetham, Dave Fetterly, Phil Alhart, Brandon Larner, Ron Greek, Chris Vogler, Tom Fecteau , Billy Gleason, Kelly Miller, Ed Poderzay, Brianna Ramsey, Jason Dinzler, DNS: Jay Mudra, DQed: Lee Sharpsteen, Josh Way.

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