August 30th
Championship Night!
Sunoco Modifieds,
Super Six, Auto Value 4 Cylinders,
INEX Legends


  August 23rd, 2013
Catalano And 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 week’s run.”

  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 four turns.

  “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 Gilligan.

  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 Mike Gage.

  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 Cocilova.

  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. sharp.

  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 appearance.

  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.



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

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: Chuck Marchese.

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.

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 Beeman.

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