August 16th, 2013
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
DAVE LONDON MEMORIAL NIGHT SUMMARY
AUTO VALUE SCORPION 4-CYLINDERS
HEAT 1: 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.
HEAT: 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.
HEAT 1: 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.
HEAT 1: 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.
DAVE LONDON SUPER STOCKS
HEAT 1: 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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