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
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
Josh Schoonmaker took the lead and held off Hallett by half a car length
at the finish. VanHall finished third followed by Barrett Schenk
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
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.
HEAT 1: Ti. Catalano, B. Dennie, S. Frarey, C. Bolton-Brown, T.
HEAT 2: M. Hyman, J. Dennie, A. Montgomery, D. Knapp Jr., T.
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,
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.
HEAT 2: A. Lewis, K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., T. Catalano, A.
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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