September 6th, 2013
Mike Leaty Wins
Fall Open 75; Markham, Barber, Willis and Hallett Also Collect
by Steven Petty
Mike Leaty from Williamson, NY was
victorious in the Fall Open 75 for the Sunoco Modifieds at the
Spencer Speedway on Friday evening. Tommy Markham from
Constableville, NY was awarded the victory for the Super Stocks
in their 50 lap invitational sponsored by C&D Automotive. Third
generation driver Camden Barber from Bliss, NY was victorious in
the Gail Barber Memorial for the New York/Pennsylvania Midget
Association (NYPAMA) TQ Midgets. Zach Willis and Brian Hallett
took home the win in the Auto Value 4 Cylinder Scorpions and in
the Super Sixes respectively.
Bobby Lippa Jr and Daryl Lewis Jr led the Sunoco Modifieds to the green
flag for the Fall Open 75 and it was Lewis showing the way. Mike
Leaty moved into third on lap one as Kevin Timmerman and Andy
Lewis raced in the top five on the opening circuit. Early on,
Lewis continued to show the way over Leaty, Timmerman, Andy
Lewis and Tommy Catalano in fifth by lap 10. Leaty went
underneath Lewis on lap ten for the race lead but lap traffic
forced Leaty to stay behind race leader Lewis.
As the field hit lap traffic, the field was stretched all around the
Spencer half-mile oval. Eddie Hawkins brought out the races
first caution on lap 60. The restart saw Lewis and Leaty bring
the field back to the green and it was Lewis keeping the lead
over Leaty, as Tommy Catalano raced his way passed Timmerman for
third but Catalano looped his racer in turn four to slow the
field down for the second time. On the lap 62 restart, Leaty was
able to take over the lead with Lewis, Amy Catalano, Timex
Morgan and Andy Lewis racing in the top five. Andy Lewis and
Tommy Catalano came together on lap 64 in turn two to bring out
the caution. On the restart Leaty continued to show the way as
Amy Catalano got around Daryl Lewis to move into second on lap
68. Leaty was able to hold off Amy Catalano to grab the win. “We
were terrible in the heat but my guys made the right decision
and put ol’ reliable back in the car and we made it back to
here” stated Leaty in Victory lane.
Bob “Rip” Ripley and Nate Peckham led the field of Super Stocks to the
green flag for the C&D Automotive Invitational event with Ripley
leading the opening circuit. Ripley continued to show the way as
Billy Gleason, Jay Mudra, Mike Ramos and Tommy Markham raced in
the top five. Gleason went to the outside of Ripley and Gleason
took command on lap nine. Jay Mudra moved into second on lap 13
as Mike Ramos and Tommy Markham followed suit right behind Mudra,
a former Street Stock Champion at the speedway. Off an early
restart, Mudra began to put pressure on Gleason but Gleason
continued to show the way. At the races halfway point, Gleason
continued to show the way over Mudra, Ramos, Ripley and Markham.
After a lap 29 restart, Mudra took over the race lead going into
turn one. With Mudra out front, Ramos got on by Gleason and
started his trek for the lead. Ramos was able to get around
Mudra with a handful of laps remaining and pulled away to what
would appear to be the victory but Ramos failed post race tech,
handing the win to Tommy Markham.
Shawn Frarey and Zach Willis led the 4 Cylinders to green with Frarey
showing the way. Frarey continued to show the way all the way to
lap 13 as Zach Willis took command on the white flag lap. Willis
went around Frarey going into turn three and led the final
circuit to grab the victory in their final appearance for the
Andy Nye and Chris Barber led the Western New York-based NYPAMA TQ
Midgets Series to the green flag for the Gail Barber Memorial
and it was Nye showing the way early on. Kyle Hutchinson raced
his way passed Barber for second and began his chase of Andy Nye
for the lead. Hutchinson was able to take over the race lead on
lap five. Third generation driver Cam Barber moved into the top
five after passing Jonathan Reid for the fifth spot and then
moved into third on lap seven. Brandon Zavarbella came to a stop
in turn one to bring out a caution. Hutchinson and Cam Barber on
the front row and at the halfway point, Barber took over the
lead. Barber held off Hutchinson, Andy Nye, Nick Groff and
Jonathan Reid to pick up the win in the race that is in tribute
to his grandfather Gail.
2013 Champion Tim Faro and Brian Hallett paced the Super Sixes to the
green flag for their 20 lap feature and it was Hallett showing
the way. Hallett paced Van Grant and Brandon Allen for the
entire 20 lap feature distance and picked up the feature event.
“I ran the race last week on five cylinders and am glad to be
back here to close out the season” stated Hallett in victory
The drivers of the 4 Cylinder Scorpions passed the helmet during
intermission for Chad Graves, a competitor who is in need of a
kidney transplant and collected $1,021. All the monies collected
went towards Chad’s medical expenses.
The Spencer Speedway will officially close the book on the 2013 season
with the annual Awards Banquet, set for Friday November 1st at
the Palmyra VFW on Route 31. For ticket information please call
the speedway office at 315-589-3018 or DeRidders Garage at
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.
OFFICIAL FINISH – Fall Open Night Race
Sunoco Modifieds: MIKE LEATY, Amy Catalano, Daryl
Lewis Jr, Kevin Timmerman, Andy Lewis, Timex Morgan, Tommy
Catalano, Bobby Lippa Jr, Eddie Hawkins, Jake Boerman, Jerry
Boerman, Mike Ide, Tim Lewis Jr and Tom Wiest Did Not Start:
Chris Risdale Heat 1 – M. Leaty, T. Catalano, C. Risdale, T. Lewis Jr,
T. Wiest Heat 2 – K. Timmerman, B. Lippa Jr, A. Lewis, E. Hawkins,
Je Boerman Heat 3 – A Catalano, D. Lewis Jr, T. Morgan, J. Boerman,
and M. Ide
Super Stocks: TOMMY MARKHAM,
Willie Strusz, Jay Mudra, Billy Gleason, Bob Ripley, Gary Noe,
Terry Cheetham, Tom Fecteau, Brandon Larner, Pete Pieczynski,
Chris Vogler, Kelly Miller, Nate Peckham DQ: Mike Ramos
Did Not Start: Mitchell Wright Heat 1 – G. Noe, N. Peckham, B. Ripley, T. Cheetham, B.
Larner Heat 2 – T. Markham, B. Gleason, T. Fecteau, P,
Pieczynski, M. Wright Heat 3 – J. Mudra, W. Strusz, M. Ramos, K. Miller, C.
4 Cylinder Scorpions: ZACH
WILLIS, Shawn Frarey, Austin Montgomery, Travis Montgomery, Beth
Dennie, Jennifer Dennie, Alison Knoephler, Josh Schoonmaker,
Ashley Schoonmaker, and Gary Bolton Heat 1 – S. Frarey, T. Montgomery, B. Dennie, J. Dennie,
J. Schoonmaker, and A. Schoonmaker Heat 2 – Z. Willis, A. Montgomery, A. Knoephler, G.
Bolton, and T. Pratt
NYPAMA TQ Midgets: CAMDEN
BARBER, Kyle Hutchinson, Nick Groff, Jonathan Reid, Andy Nye,
Jim Fleischman, Chris Barber, Chad Heywood, Nelson Rung, Scott
Gleed, Charlie DiRosa, Gordie Steffan, Pat Smith, Sean McNamara,
Brandon Zavarbella, Cody Mollnow, Kylie McElver Heat 1 – C. Barber, B. Zavarbella, J. Fleischman, Chris
Barber, N. Rung, C. Heywood, S. Gleed and G. Steffan Heat 2 – K. Hutchinson, A. Nye, J. Reid, N. Groff, C.
DiRosa, S. McNamara, P. Smith, C. Mollnow, and K. McElver
Super Sixes: BRIAN HALLETT,
Van Grant, Brandon Allen, Keith Butler Jr, Tim Faro, Adam Van
Hall, Andy Cocilova, Barrett Schenk, Ryan Hillegeer, and Bill
Lnch Heat 1 – T. Faro, V. Grant, B. Allen, A. Van Hall and B.
Lnch Heat 2 – B. Hallett, A. Cocilova, K. Butler Jr, R.
Hillegeer, B. Schenk
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