July 10th, 2015
Dead Heat! by Gary Spaid

  The first NASCAR Sunoco Modified 20-lapper saw Andy Lewis take his first win of the season. “It’s been a while,” stated Lewis in victory lane. But it would be the second feature that created all of the excitement.

  Kevin Timmerman was holding the outside line exiting the fourth turn and Tommy Catalano was on his left, in the low line. As they came to the finish line in the second NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature of the night it was just too close to call and the track officials declared the race a dead heat.

  “Tommy seemed to be getting tight,” commented Timmerman in victory lane. Tommy confirmed that fact saying,” I knew it would be close at the line.” Both Timmerman and Catalano shook hands in the end and accepted the tie, believed to be the first in Spencer Speedway track history.

  The end is not completely over as the speedway will be performing a tire test on many of the modified teams. Results of those tests will not be finalized until next week.

  In the Super Six division Josh Schoonmaker won by half a car length over Shaun Frarey, making for another close finish on the night.

  “That was a great race right down to the wire,” stated Schoonmaker. “We were both loose in turn four. I guess I was able to get back on it a little bit quicker.”

  The Auto Value Four Cylinder Scorpions saw Timmy Catalano stretch his season long winning stretch to five straight wins.

  The first Modified race of the evening saw Bobby Lippa Jr. take the lead at the drop of the green. He would hold the lead until lap 12, when Andy Lewis came off the fourth turn and ducked beneath Lippa for the lead. One lap later the yellow flew for a spin off the track in turn four by Eddie Hawkins.

  The restart saw the outside line bog down allowing Lewis to remain in the lead, but now Timmerman was on his tail. Running a close third was Tommy Catalano.

  At the checkers Lewis took the win followed by Timmerman, Catalano, Lippa and Amy Catalano.

  The top six redrew for starting positions in the second 20-lapper, with Tommy Catalano picking the pole and his mother, Amy taking the outside pole.

  The start of the second 20 saw Tommy quickly take the lead from his mother, Amy. Timmerman was running third and started to pressure Amy for the runner up position. He completed the job on lap three ducking low entering turn three. He then began to draw in on Tommy in the lead.

  By lap eight, Timmerman had reached the rear of Tommy Catalano’s number 54 machine. They would duel back and forth for the remainder of the 20-lap affair. Mike Leaty was able to take third from Amy and tried to chase down the two leaders. He had Andy Jankowiak running three car lengths behind him in fourth, as Amy faded back to sixth.

  A tie was declared at the line between Timmerman and Catalano. Leaty finished solid third followed by Jankowiak and Andy Lewis.

  The Super Six feature was also extremely close at the finish line. The start of the 20-lap event saw the outside pole sitter, Bill Mitchell, take the early lead. On lap three Adam VanHall made an impressive move using the low grove to come from fourth to second in the third and fourth turns.

  Up front Van Grant had passed Mitchell for the lead and was now in a battle with VanHall. Also moving through the field was Brian Hallett, who had started ninth. He passed VanHall for second on lap ten and was now ready to take on Grant.

  On lap 13 the yellow flew when Ashley Schoonmaker slide off the fourth turn into the grass. The restart saw Hallett take the lead and start to pull away from the pack.

  The yellow flew a second time on lap 18, when Ashley slammed into the foam barrier in the fourth turn. She would go pit-side, have the fender wells pulled out and return to the race.

  Throughout all of these slow downs, Josh Schoonmaker was working his way towards the front. A third yellow on lap 19, created by Mitchell spinning in the fourth turn, set up a green-white-checkered finish.

  Josh Schoonmaker took the lead and held off Hallett by half a car length at the finish. VanHall finished third followed by Barrett Schenk and Grant.

  Shaun Frarey was the early leader in the Auto Value Four-Cylinder Scorpion feature. He was able to pull away from the field and it looked like he would be able to break the win streak created by Timmy Catalano.

  Catalano was able to break free from the field on lap five and started to close the gap between himself and Frarey. He had help, as the caution came out on lap nine, when Carrie Bolton-Brown spun into the grass between turns three and four.

  The restart saw Catalano take command of the race and win in fifth feature in five starts. Frarey finished a solid second followed by Mike Hyman, Austin Montgomery and Jennifer Dennie.

  When ask if he thought the yellow helped him, Catalano responded, “I don’t think it made that much of a difference. I was closing on him any way.”

  NASCAR Racing returns to Spencer on Friday, July 17 with the return of the New York Super Stocks. Also racing will be the Sunoco Modifieds, the Super Sixes and Auto Value Scorpions. Race time starts at 7:30 p.m. If you want be there early for the Kids’ bicycle races, which begin at 7 p.m. Parents must register their “racer” by 6:45 pm in front of the main tick booth. The kids must wear a helmet to be able to race.

  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.

  For more information go to: www.spencerspeedway.org.



HEAT 1: Ti. Catalano, B. Dennie, S. Frarey, C. Bolton-Brown, T. Alloco.
HEAT 2: M. Hyman, J. Dennie, A. Montgomery, D. Knapp Jr., T. Montgomery.
FEATURE (15-laps): TIMMY CATALANO, Shaun Frarey, Mike Hyman, Austin Montgomery, Jennifer Dennie, Beth Dennie, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Carrie Schoonmaker, Travis Montgomery, Tom Alloco, Donnie Knapp Jr.

HEAT 1: B. Hallett, J. Schoonmaker, B. Schenk, A. Schoonmaker, B. Mitchell.
HEAT 2: A. VanHall, V. Grant, T. Faro, B. Malin, B. Allen.
FEATURE (20-laps): JOSH SCHOONMAKER, Brian Hallett, Adam VanHall, Barrett Schenk, Van Grant, Brandon Allen, Bill Inch, Bill Mitchell, Andy Cocilova, Rick Wilson Jr., Ashley Schoonmaker, Tim Faro, Bill Malin.

HEAT 1: M. Lees, A. Catalano, M. Leaty, B. Lippa Jr., E. Hawkins.
HEAT 2: A. Lewis, K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., T. Catalano, A. Jankowiak.
1st FEATURE (20-laps): ANDY LEWIS, Kevin Timmerman, Tommy Catalano, Bobby Lippa Jr., Amy Catalano, Matt Lees, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty, Darryl Lewis Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Ricky Knapp Jr., Mike Ramos.
2nd FEATURE (20-laps): TOMMY CATALANO/KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Mike Leaty, Andy Jankowiak, Andy Lewis, Amy Catalano, Darryl Lewis Jr., Matt Lees, Eddie Hawkins, Mike Ramos, Ricky Knapp Jr., Bobby Lippa Jr.

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