August 23rd, 2013
Smith Split Twin 20's - Norton Continues To Win In INEX Legends by Gary M. Spaid
Amy Catalano and Rusty Smith each
took a win in the Sunoco Modifieds last Friday at Spencer,
winning their respective Twin 20-lap feature.
In support racing the feature win in the INEX Legends went to Bryce
Norton. For Norton it was his second straight feature win. In
the Auto Value Scorpions, the feature victory went to Kevin
Bertolone, also his second straight feature win. Brian Hallett
drove to the checkers in the Super Six 20-lap feature.
The first NASCAR Sunoco Modified 20-lap main event saw Amy Catalano start
on the pole. But at the drop of the green, outside pole sitter
Timex Morgan, in the Catalano team car, shot into the lead. Just
as fast as Timex took the lead, he also surrendered it. In the
middle of the backstretch on the second lap he suddenly slowed
coasting to a stop on the front stretch to bring out the yellow.
The restart was all Amy’s to take. Mike Leaty worked his way into second
by lap five. He was also being challenged by Kevin Timmerman.
Joining these drivers at the front was last year’s divisional
champion, Rusty Smith.
On lap 18, Timmerman moved to the outside to pass Leaty for the runner up
position. He then closed the gap that Amy had built up, but ran
out of laps. Amy cross the line to take the checkers followed by
Timmerman, Leaty, Smith and Matt Lees.
“I like it when they are nice wins like this one,” stated Amy. “She (the
car) was just a fast ride. My husband made a slight change after
the heat race and he hit the setup perfectly. I have to thank
him. He works every night on four race cars and seven microds.”
The second 20-lap affair just did not seem to want to be run. After two
aborted starts and a red flag the feature finally got underway.
One of the aborted starts saw Ryan Beeman and Ed die Hawkins tangle in
the second turn, sending the Beeman car into the outside wall,
damaging the car so it could not continue in the race.
The problem seemed that someone had dumped oil all around the speedway,
especially where the track exits turn four onto the drag strip.
Following by some 20 minutes of running the track in, officials
finally declared the track safe to race.
Once underway Rusty Smith, the pole sitter by virtue of the redraw
process, took the lead with Kevin Timmerman and Mike Leaty
hooked to his rear bumper. These three drew away from the pack
until the yellow came out on lap six for a spinout by Tim Lewis
Jr. in the fourth turn.
The restart saw Smith and Timmerman hook up in a tandem run, as Leaty
fell back some three car lengths in third. Newcomer Kevin Miller
looked to have fourth place sewn up until Andy Lewis started to
pressure him. Lewis took the position on lap 16.
With just one lap remaining the yellow flew for a spinout in the third
turn by Matt Lees. This set up a one lap dash to the checkers
with Smith taking the win. Timmerman remained in second followed
by Leaty, Lewis and Miller.
“It was great starting on the pole,” commented Smith following the
victory. “The car was not as comfortable as it was in last
The Auto Value Scorpion 4-Cylinder class was the first feature run on the
night. The race ran green-to-checkers with Kevin Bertolone
leading the entire distance. Bertolone had one close call when
the front four cars all came together in between the third and
“I was hit from behind,” recalled Bertolone. Bertolone got sideways, as
did second place Joe Clark. The third and fourth place cars,
Shaun Frarey and Russell Peets, both checked up and saved
themselves from sliding off the turn. Bertolone took the
checkers followed by Clark, Frarey, Peets and Zach Willis. For
Bertolone it was his third win on the year, his second in a row.
It also moved him into the points lead by a mere point going
into Championship night next week.
The INEX Legends feature would also run green-to-checkers. Early leader
Brad Salatino surrendered the lead on lap six to Bryce Norton.
Norton then pulled away from the field turning 80 mph laps. By
lap eight he had built up a 12 car advantage on the field. On
the final lap he turned in an 81.662 mph lap.
“It doesn’t seem like you’re going that fast in these cars,” related
Norton in victory lane. Norton was followed across the finish
line by Salatino, Brett Coon, Josh Marchese and Breanne
The Super Six Feature saw Adam VanHall take the lead at the drop of the
green. Keith butler Jr. ran second followed by Brian Hallett.
The yellow flew on lap three for a spinout in the first turn by
The restart saw Butler take the lead from VanHall. He was able to hold
the point until lap five, when Hallett charged low in exiting
the second turn to take the lead. Hallett then began to pull
away. But a spin, again by Gage, in the second turn, closed up
the field for a restart.
The restart saw Hallett drive away from Butler and Van Hall. Moving
through the field was last week’s feature winner Van Grant.
Grant moved by VanHall for third on lap 14 and then passed
Butler with just two laps remaining. Hallett by then had built
up a ten car advantage on the field and came home the winner.
Grant finished second followed by Butler Jr., Tim Faro and Andy
Only two weeks of racing remain in the 2013 NASCAR oval track season at
Spencer Speedway. Racing returns Friday, August 30, for
Championship Night. NASCAR Points will be finalized that
evening. The Sunoco Modifieds will be running a 35-lap feature,
plus a complete program of Super Stocks, Super Sixes, INEX
Legends and Auto Value Scorpions. Race time starts at 7:30 p.m.
The final night of racing comes, Friday, September 6, for the Fall Open.
That night the Sunoco Modifieds will be running a 75-lapper and
the Super Stocks a 50-lap Big 10 Series race. Also on tap will
be 20-lappers for the Super Sixes and Auto Value Scorpion
4-Cylinders. The NY-PA Midgets will also be making a special
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: Z. Willis, J. Clark, B. Dennie, J. Dennie, A.
Schoonmaker. HEAT 2: K. Bertolone, S. Frarey, A. Knoepfler, R. Peets,
T. Alloco. FEATURE (15-laps): KEVIN BERTOLONE, Joe Clark, Shaun
Frarey, Russell Peets, Zach Willis, Beth Dennie, Tom Alloco,
Jennifer Dennie, Josh Schoonmaker, Tyler Pratt, Ashley
Schoonmaker, Alison Knoepfler, Carrie Bolton-Brown
HEAT: B. Norton, B. Salatino, B. Coon, J. Marchese, B.
Gilligan. FEATURE (15-laps): BRYCE NORTON, Brad Salatino, Brett
Coon, Josh Marchese, Breanne Gilligan, Cassie McGrath, DNS:
HEAT 1: A. VanHall, T. Faro, R. Hillegeer, J. Elhage, M.
Gage. HEAT 2: B. Hallett, V, Grant, K. Butler jr., A. Cocilova,
B. Schenk. FEATURE (20-laps): BRIAN HALLETT, Van Grant, Keith Butler
Jr., Tim Faro, Andy Cocilova, Adam VanHall, Barrett Schenk, Ryan
Hillegeer, Jay Elhage, Mike Gage, Paul Moose, Denny Coyle.
HEAT 1: K. Timmerman, A. Lewis, T. Morgan, R. Beeman, B.
Semmler. HEAT 2: M. Leaty, B. Lippa Jr., D. Lewis Jr., R. Smith,
J. Boerman. HEAT 3: A. Catalano, M. Lees, E. Hawkins, R. Smith, T.
Lewis Jr. 1st FEATURE (20-laps): AMY CATALANO, Kevin Timmerman,
Mike Leaty, Rusty Smith, Matt Lees, Daryl Lewis Jr., Ed die
Hawkins, Ryan Beeman, Bobby Lippa Jr., Jake Boerman, Ron Smith,
Kevin Miller, Andy Lewis, Billy Semmler, Tim Lewis Jr., Timex
Morgan. 2nd FEATURE (20-laps): RUSTY SMITH, Kevin Timmerman, Mike
Leaty, Andy Lewis, Kevin Miller, Daryl Lewis Jr., Ed die
Hawkins, Tim Lewis Jr., Billy Semmler, Matt Lees, Jake Boerman,
Timex Morgan, Ron Smith, Bobby Lippa Jr., Amy Catalano, Ryan
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