May 29th, 2015
Ladies Night At
by Gary Spaid
The supposed “weaker” sex,
dominated the racing action last Friday at NASCAR’s Spencer
Speedway. Two of the three features run were won by lady
drivers. Former track champion, Amy Catalano picked up her
seventh all time Spencer Speedway Sunoco Modified feature win.
Her son Timmy Catalano won his second straight Auto Value
4-Cylinder Scorpion feature and Ashley Schoonmaker won her first
ever Super Six main event at the speedway.
The start of the 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw Amy Catalano
and Matt Lees pace the field to take the green. Amy immediately
jumped out into the lead at the drop of the green.
The sole yellow flag of the event flew on lap seven when Bobby Lippa Jr.,
who had been running sixth, looped around exiting the second
turn on to the back stretch. He would later drop out of the
event on lap 13.
The restart saw Amy again take command of the lead with Lees in second
and Timmerman in third. Lap 11 saw Eddie Hawkins make a quick
pit stop, losing a lap in the process.
Amy was able to pull away for a two car advantage at the finish line over
Lees, who had his hands full in just holding off Timmerman, who
finish third by a car length. Mike Leaty came home fourth
followed by Tommy Catalano, who was coming off a bad wreck the
week before at Shangri La II’s RoC race.
Amy Catalano credited her win to her husband, Dave, who works on the
family cars. She added the fans to her list of people to thank,
for coming out to the track, thus allowing the racers a chance
to race. She did add,”I had a brake issue all night. We tried to
fix it after the heat but couldn’t find the problem. In the
feature I had to roll out of the gas in the turns and use as
little brake as possible or I would spin out.”
The Auto Value Four Cylinder Scorpions saw Austin Montgomery and his
brother, Travis battling at the front of the pack. On the second
lap third place Tom Alleco and Beth Dennie came together exiting
the second turn and slide down the back stretch in a show of
sparks as they scrapped along the wall.
The restart the Montgomery brothers still battling for the lead, when
Timmy Catalano, who started tenth, came sailing along using the
outside lane to pass both brother and take the lead on lap six.
The yellow came out before another lap went into the books for a spin by
Ryan Brown in the third turn.
Catalano held strong in the lead as Shaun Frarey took his shots at
getting around the Montgomery’s. Frarey completed his move into
the second but could never catch Catalano. That is until the
final lap when Mike Hyman looped around in the fourth turn to
create a green-white-checker finish.
The first attempt at finishing the race saw a multi-car accident take
place exiting the fourth turn. Due to the number of cars
involved the race was red flagged to clean up the accident
scene. Involved were Carrie Schoonmaker, Tom Alleco, Paul Flye
and Carrie Bolton-Brown.
Once the cars were cleared the race resumed, again with Catalano able to
out drag Frarey to maintain the lead. At the wire it was
Catalano over Frarey, followed by Austin and then Travis
Montgomery in third and fourth. Ironically, Hyman, who had
caused the initial yellow to fly on the final lap, was able to
Timmy added to Amy’s accolade about his father Dave. Timmy stated, “I had
a great car last week and a great car this week. Let’s hope my
luck keeps going.”
The start of the Super Six feature saw Brandon Allen holding off Ashley
Schoonmaker for the lead. These two were able to pull away from
the rest of the field until lap eight when the yellow flew for a
spinout by Bill Malin in the first turn.
The restart saw Schoonmaker battle with Allen, finally securing the lead
on lap nine, before the yellow flag flew for a second time. This
time Ashley’s father Josh was the cause of the yellow as he spun
out in the fourth turn. One more yellow would fly during the
race, lap 14, when Chad Brockman spun in the third turn.
The race up front was entertaining to watch. Brian Hallett was now on the
move, taking second from Allen. He tried to chase down Ashley
but had to settle for second at the finish line. Also moving
through the field was Tim Faro who barely nipped Allen for
third. Allen finish in fourth with the opening night winner,
Barrett Schenk rounding out the top five.
Ashley Schoonmaker, she could hardly contain herself in victory lane. “I
didn’t think I could get by him (Allen). He just seemed to be
doing so good.”
SPENCER NOTES: The “Meet and Greet” took to
the track during an extended intermission, allowing fans to get
up close to the drivers, get autographs and have a good time
around the race cars. A second “Meet and Greet” is planned for
later this season….On top of being a “Ladies Night”, it was the
town of Ontario’s night as all of the feature winners and five
of the six heat winners came from that town….Rene Banke was
unable to start the feature following his heat accident with the
second turn wall during his heat race.
The mighty RoC Modifieds return to Spencer for their first of two
appearances next week, June 5. They will be running a 75-lap
feature on that date. Also on the race card are double point
shows for both the Super Sixes and the Auto Value 4-Cylinder
Scorpions. Race time starts a half hour earlier than normal, at
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:
INGERSOLL RAND “MEET & GREET” NIGHT
HEAT 1: Ti. Catalano, T. Alloco, B. Dennie, S. Frarey, C.
HEAT 2: T. Montgomery, D. Knapp Jr., A. Montgomery, P. Flye, C.
FEATURE (15-laps): TIMMY CATALANO, Shaun Frarey, Austin
Montgomery, Travis Montgomery, Mike Hyman, Jennifer Dennie, Ryan
Brown, Donnie Knapp Jr., Carrie Schoonmaker, Paul Flye, Carrie
Bolton-Brown, Tom Alloco, Beth Dennie.
HEAT 1: A. Schoonmaker, B. Hallett, T. Faro, B. Allen, A.
HEAT 2: J. Schoonmaker, B. Schenk, B. Mitchell, B. Malin, B.
FEATURE (20-laps): ASHLEY SCHOONMAKER, Brian Hallett, Tim Faro,
Brandon Allen, Barrett Schenk, Bill Inch, Josh Schoonmaker, Andy
Cocilova, Van Grant, Bill Malin, Adam VanHall, Chad Brockman,
Bill Mitchell, DNS-Rene Banke.
HEAT 1: M. Leaty, B. Lippa Jr., M. Lees, A. Lewis, E. Hawkins.
HEAT 2: A. Catalano, K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., T. Catalano, M.
FEATURE (35-laps): AMY CATALANO, Matt Lees, Kevin Timmerman,
Mike Leaty, Tommy Catalano, Andy Lewis, Daryl Lewis Jr., Mike
Ramos, Tim Lewis Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Bobby Lippa Jr.