June 26th, 2015
Home With Spencer SUNOCO Modified Win
by Gary M. Spaid
”I’m out of breath,” stated NASCAR
Sunoco Modified feature winner Mike Leaty last Friday. “That was
a hard fought battle tonight with Kevin (Timmerman). When you
come here you know he is the guy to beat. His team prepares a
good car, as does my crew.”
Timmy Catalano returned to the Auto Value Scorpion victory lane for the
fourth week in a row, remaining undefeated in 2015 at Spencer
Brian Hallett won the Super Six 20-lap feature, while Rob Whipple from
Penneville, NY won the Mid-State Vintage race.
“My home track is Fulton, but I do really well at this place, making it
my favorite,” commented Whipple.
The 35-lap Sunoco Modified feature was green flagged with Matt lees
grabbing the early lead. On the second lap the yellow flew when
Tim Lewis Jr. slide off the super fast half mile in the fourth
turn. The restart saw lees maintain his advantage over Andy
Lewis, Kevin Timmerman and Mike Leaty.
On lap eight, leaders Lees and Lewis came together entering the third
turn and spun causing the yellow to fly again. With Timmerman
and Leaty pacing the restart, Leaty blasted into the lead from
his outside restart position.
From this point on Timmerman pressured Leaty the remaining distance never
getting off his rear bumper. Back in the field Andy Jankowiak
had moved into third and would find himself in a battle to
maintain the position.
The final yellow flew on lap 19, when the air cleaner unit from Amy
Catalano’s car flew off in the second turn.
That restart saw Jankowiak fall back to fifth behind both Andy and Daryl
Lewis. The finish would remain the same with Leaty taking the
win over Timmerman Andy Lewis, Daryl Lewis and Jankowiak.
The 20-lap Super Six feature saw some excellent side-by-side racing. Bill
Malin led the opening lap only to lose the led to Van Grant.
Grant then lost the lead to Brian Hallett on a lap five restart.
The final yellow flew on lap 13 for a spin in the third turn by fourth
place runner, Josh Schoonmaker. Hallett was able to hold off
Josh’s daughter Ashley Schoonmaker to take the win. Ashley came
home a close second followed by Grant, Tim Faro and Brandon
The 15-lap Four Cylinder Scorpion feature had to be red flagged on the
third lap when both Austin Montgomery and Shaun Frarey came
together in the fourth turn with Frarey’s car slamming into the
outside wall foam block. He was uninjured but his car was badly
The restart saw Beth Dennie challenge leader Tom Alloco for the lead.
Alloco would prevail. Back in the back Timmy Catalano, who has
won every Scorpion race run this year at Spencer was working his
way up to second. He then was able to pass Alloco on lap 11 and
go on to take the feature win. Alloco fell back to fourth behind
Donnie Knapp Jr. and Dennie. Mike Hyman came home fifth.
When asked what the easy part of racing was Catalano replied, “Its all
easy, you just cannot force anything.”
A special appearance by the Mid-State Vintage cars saw the racers run a
15-lap feature. Up front a real battle was forming between heat
winner Tim Janes in his number 50 ’37 Chevy Coupe and Ron Schadt
in an Olson small block Chevy.
On lap five Janes car seemed to be developing a mechanical issue when
Schadt passed him for the lead. On lap eight, Jane coasted off
the back stretch and came to a stop to bring out the yellow,
just as Rob Whipple took the lead from Schadt.
The restart saw Whipple hold onto the front spot and go on to the take
the checkered flag. Schadt finished second followed by Jon
Alford in a full bodied Ford Torino late model. Tom Guiler came
home in fourth in a Pinto bodied modified small block. Rounding
out the top five was Shirley Morden in her ’36 Chevy Sedan.
Please note there will be no NASCAR Racing at Spencer on Friday, July 3th.
A special drag racing event, the Douglis Fletcher Memorial, will
be staged at Spencer on Saturday, July 4th at noon.
NASCAR Racing resumes at the speedway on Friday, July 10 with Twin 20’s
for the Sunoco Modifieds. Also featured on the 10th will be the
Super Sixes and Auto Value Scorpions. Race time starts at 7:30
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 2015.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.
MID STATE VINTAGE CARS
HEAT: T. Janes, R. Schadt, R. Whipple, T. Guiler, J. Alford.
FEATURE (15-laps): ROB WHIPPLE (70 Nova), Ron Schadt (Olson
small block), Jon Alford (69 Torino), Tom Guiler (Pinto),
Shirley Morden (36 Chevy Sedan), Ted Scott (37 Chevy), Tim Janes
(37 Chevy), Rich Applebee (39 Packard).
HEAT 1: Ti. Catalano, T. Alloco, B. Dennie, J. Dennie, T.
HEAT 2: C. Bolton-Brown, D. Knapp Jr., S. Frarey, M. Hyman, A.
FEATURE (15-laps): TIMMY CATALANO, Donnie Knapp Jr., Beth Dennie,
Tom Alloco, Mike Hyman, Travis Montgomery, Austin Montgomery,
Jennifer Dennie, Paul Flye, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Shaun Frarey.
HEAT 1: J. Schoonmaker, B. Hallett, B. Inch, V. Grant, T. Faro.
HEAT 2: B. Malin, A. VanHall, A. Schoonmaker, B. Allen, B.
FEATURE (20-laps): BRIAN HALLETT, Ashley Schoonmaker, Van Grant,
Tim Faro, Brandon Allen, Barrett Schenk, Adam VanHall, Josh
Schoonmaker, Bill Inch, Bill Malin, Chad Brockman, Ryan
Hillegeer, DNS: Andy Cocilova.
HEAT 1: A. Lewis, M. Leaty, A. Catalano, K. Timmerman, A.
HEAT 2: M. Lees, D. Lewis Jr., T. Catalano, T. Lewis Jr., R.
FEATURE (35-laps): MIKE LEATY, Kevin Timmerman, Andy Lewis,
Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy Jankowiak, Tommy Catalano, Matt Lees,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Amy Catalano, Tim Lewis Jr., Ricky Knapp.
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