May 22nd, 2015
Mike Leaty Wins
Modified Opener, Terry Cheetham Wins N.Y.S. Super Stocks
by Gary Spaid
The 61st annual season of auto
racing got started on an evening complete with a real chill in
the air off Lake Ontario. But Mike Leaty heated up his Hoosier
and drove to a dominating victory in the opening 35-lapper for
the NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds.
In other action, Terry Cheetham won the opening round of the New York
State Super Stocks, Tim Catalano took top honors in the Auto
Value 4-Cylinder Scorpions and Barrett Schenk won the Super Six
The NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds took to the track for their 35-lap main event
with a front row made up completely by the Catalano family; son
Tommy and mother Amy. Tommy was only able to lead just one
circuit, when Mike Leaty blasted by both of them and darted away
to nearly a five second lead.
Daryl Lewis Jr. was able to get around the Catalano pair and take off
after Leaty when the only yellow flew on lap 22. Matt “Bones”
Lee looped around in the first turn and tagged on the tail of
the field. With the pack bunched together, Lewis made a try on
Leaty but had to fall back into the runner up spot as Leaty
again began to draw away from the field.
At the checkers it was Leaty followed by Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy Lewis,
Kevin Timmerman and John Barber.
“We got off to a great start this year,” stated Leaty in victory lane.
“The win at Oswego got us started. These Hoosier Tires seem to
just get faster and faster as we use them.”
The Auto Value 4 Cylinder Scorpion feature saw Timmy Catalano take the
lead and never look back. Last year’s division champion, Shaun
Frarey was second but could not catch Catalano. Two yellow flags
flew during the feature. On lap 11, Mike Hyman spun in the
second turn and on lap 12, Austin Montgomery went around in the
The final restart saw Donnie Knapp Jr. pass Frarey for the second. At the
finish line it was Catalano followed by Knapp Jr., Frarey, Paul
Flye and Beth Dennie to round out the top five.
“This sure was exciting having everyone here tonight,” stated a jubilant
Catalano. “I have to thank my dad for all of the long hours he
puts into making this car run so good.”
A strong field of Super Sixes took to the track for their 20-lap main
event lead by heat winners Van Grant and Ashley Schoonmaker.
It wouldn’t take long for the yellow flag to fly as Josh Schoonmaker spun
entering the third turn, scattering the field. Grant was
recorded as the leader, but by lap four he was being pressured
by Ashley Schoonmaker, Ashley made her move to take the lead one
lap later as Grant seemed to run into mechanical ills, falling
back to fifth.
The yellow flew on lap 11, when Adam VanHall slowed on the back stretch.
The restart saw yet another yellow when Brandon Allen and Bill
Malin came together. Once underway, Barrett Schenk shot into the
lead. He was followed past Schoonmaker by the 2013 division
champ, Tim Faro.
The yellow came out at the halfway mark when Schoonmaker looped in the
third turn while running fourth. One lap later Chad Brockman
went around exiting the fourth turn.
The final half of the race saw the field chasing Schenk and Faro. At the
checkers Faro tried to make the pass but fell short by about a
yard. Josh Schoonmaker made a charge back up through the field
to finish third at the wire, with Brian Hallett in fourth. Bill
Inch completed the top five.
“At the beginning of the race, I knew if I could get around her (Ashley),
I could hold on for the win,” stated Schenk in victory lane.
“She was really fast tonight.”
The New York State Super Stocks were on hand for their 25-lap series
opener. Heat winner Jason Dinzler grabbed the early lead, with
Willie Strusz running a strong second. On lap six, exiting the
fourth turn, passing a lapped car, Strusz ran high and spun in
front of the field. He collected Chris Vogler, who lost a wheel
and slammed into the inside front stretch wall. Also involved
and out of the race was Tim Gullo, also a heat race winner.
The restart saw dirt tracker Nathan Peckham shoot into the lead and start
to pull away from Dinzler, who had his hands full with Steve
Malin. Malin was able to pass the ill handling Dinzler car for
On lap 10 the yellow came out for Dale Lazzaro, who suffered a flat and
spun around in the fourth turn. Peckham was able to hold off
Malin and remain the leader.
On lap 12, Dinzler’s ill handling car caught up with him, as he spun in
the third turn. Peckham looked strong remaining the leader. But
creeping up through the field was Terry Cheetham. Cheetham took
second on lap 15 and began to work on Peckham. On lap 17
Cheetham drove low entering the third turn and completed his
pass for the lead.
On e final yellow slowed the race on lap 18, when Shaun Frarey spun
around. Cheetham held on for the win followed by Peckham, Ray
Marshall, Malin and Dinzler made up the top five finishers.
The next New York State Super Stock stop is on June 5th at sister track
Chemung Speedrome for a 50-lap main event.
This coming Friday, May 29, marks the annual “Meet and Greet the Drivers”
on the front stretch of the half mile oval during intermission.
Featured on the track will be the Sunoco Modifieds, Super Sixes
and Auto Value 4 Cylinder Scorpions. Race time starts at 7:30
The mighty RoC Modifieds return to Spencer for their first of two
appearances in two weeks, June 5. They will be running a 75-lap
feature on that date.
Anyone who brings their ticket stub back the following week gets a $3
discount off an adult or senior ticket.
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 2014.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.
For more information go to: www.spencerspeedway.org.
WHELEN ENGINEERING OPENING NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: S. Frarey, D. Knapp Jr., T. Montgomery, P. Flye, J.
HEAT 2: Ti. Catalano, A. Montgomery, B. Dennie, C. Bolton-Brown,
FEATURE (15-laps): TIM CATALANO, Donnie Knap Jr., Shaun Frarey,
Paul Flye, Beth Dennie, Carrie Schoonmaker, Jennifer Dennie,
Travis Montgomery, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Austin Montgomery, Mike
Hyman, DNS- Tom Alloco
HEAT 1: V. Grant, B. Schenk, B. Allen, B. Hallett, R. Hillegeer.
HEAT 2: A. Schoonmaker, J. Schoonmaker, A. VanHall, T. Faro, B.
FEATURE (20-laps): BARRETT SCHENK, Tim Faro, Josh Schoonmaker,
Brian Hallett, Bill Inch, Adam VanHall, Ryan Hillegeer, Rene
Banke, Van Grant, Chad Brockman, Ashley Schoonmaker, Bill Malin,
Brandon Allen, Bill Mitchell, DNS-Rick Wilson, Andy Cocilova.
N.Y.S. SUPER STOCKS
HEAT 1: C. Vogler, N. Peckham, S. Malin, R. Marshall, J. Miller.
HEAT 2: T. Gullo, W. Strusz, T. Cheetham, S. Frarey, M. Ramsay.
HEAT 3: J. Dinzler, M. Wright, D. Lazzaro, B. Larner.
FEATURE (25-laps): TERRY CHEETHAM, Nathan Peckham, Ray Marshall,
Steve Malin, Jason Dinzler, Mitchell Wright, Joe Miller, Shaun
Frarey, Brandon Larner, Dale Lazzaro, Willie Strusz, Tim Gullo,
Chris Vogler, Mark Ramsay.
HEAT 1: T. Catalano, M. Leaty, J. Barber, A. Lewis, K.
HEAT 2: A. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., M. Lees, B. Lippa Jr., T.
FEATURE (35-laps): MIKE LEATY, Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy Lewis,
Kevin Timmerman, John Barber, Bobby Lippa Jr., Tommy Catalano,
Matt lees, Amy Catalano, Tim Lewis Jr.