August 7th, 2015
Daryl Lewis Wins 61st Anniversary Event
by Gary Spaid
Daryl Lewis Jr. earned his
eleventh Spencer Speedway career victory last Friday in a big
way, winning the 61-lap anniversary Richie Evans Memorial.
Lewis, who had not won since June 27, 2014, was ecstatic in
victory lane. “This is awesome.” He said as he paced and waved
the checkered flag in the air. “We have been struggling all
year. Even tonight we struggled in our heat race. This is
In the Super Six division, Barrett Schenk, who won on opening night, came
back to win his second feature of the year. He held off a
charging Brandon Allen at the finish line. “My legs are a bit
cramped, but this feels good,” he related to the crowd on hand.
Timmy Catalano won feature number seven, of eight the Auto Value
4-Cylinder Scorpion races run at Spencer this year. Catalano set
a fast time on the white flag lap of 24.69 seconds around the
flat half mile oval. “This car has been working well, so we have
not had to change much.”
The 61-lap Sunoco Modified main event began with driver introductions and
each driver greeting the crowd with their thoughts in a short
interview. Handicapping had placed Matt lees and Bobby Lippa Jr.
on the front row. At the drop of the green, Lees stormed into
the lead and began to pull away from the field when the yellow
flag flew for the one and only caution of the race. Andy Lewis
looped his number 65 around in the second turn.
The race resumed with Lees in front and Daryl Lewis Jr, taking second
from Lippa. On lap 10, Lewis Jr. tried the outside line around
Lees but fell short of completing the pass. At the same time
Mike Leaty, running fourth, ducked low to take third from Lippa.
Lewis was finally able to complete his pass for the lead in the
third turn on lap 13.
Lewis Jr. now had Lees between himself and former track champion Leaty,
giving him time to start to build a lead. Leaty would dog Lees
until lap 34 when he finally made a low side pass of lees to
take second. By this time Lewis Jr. had pulled away from the
field leading by some fifteen car lengths over Leaty.
A real battle then developed for third through fifth involving Lees, Andy
Lewis and Kevin Timmerman. With just ten laps to go Andy Lewis
had secured third followed by Timmerman and now Tommy Catalano
The race would remain in this order at the finish line with Lewis Jr.
taking the win. Mike Leaty, Andy Lewis, Kevin Timmerman and
Tommy Catalano rounded out the top five finishers.
The Super Six 20-lap feature saw Bill Malin take the early lead. The
yellow flag flew on lap four when Van Grant was sent sideway
exiting the fourth turn following contact with Tim Faro. Faro
had to pit with front end damage.
The restart saw Brandon Allen power by Malin for the lead, but moving
quickly through the field was Barrett Schenk. Schenk pulled
along-side of Allen on lap nine and at the halfway mark grabbed
the lead. From that point on it was smooth sailing for Schenk
who earned his second feature win of the year. Allen held on for
a strong second place finish. Following Allen across the finish
line were Josh Schoonmaker, Grant and Mullin.
The Four Cylinder Auto Value Scorpion 15-lap main event got off to a
rocky start when five cars were sent spinning off the speedway
surface in the first turn. The race had to be restarted with
Carrie Schoonmaker and Beth Dennie in the pits.
Tom Alloco took the lead on the restart but on lap two his car came to a
sudden stop in the fourth turn with a flat front tire, sending
the field scrambling trying to miss his disabled car. He was
able to be towed to the pits and change tires before the green
flag flew again.
Travis Montgomery found himself in the lead on the restart, only to lose
the lead to Mike Hyman on lap three. Hyman would then be passed
three laps later by Timmy Catalano. Donnie Knapp Jr. would
follow Catalano and take second from Hyman. Catalano began to
build a significant lead over Knapp. Shaun Frarey found himself
in third and in hot pursuit of both Catalano and Knapp.
At the finish it was Catalano, Knapp Jr., Frarey, Hyman and Travis
Montgomery rounding out the top five.
SPENCER NOTES: The rain-delayed Sunoco
Modified feature from July 31, will be run on August 21st…A
delayed victory lane interview from July 31 took place following
the Super Six feature. Ashley Schoonmaker was not able to get
her victory lane celebration due to the heavy rain that
shortened the feature by a lap. She reviled that she had injured
her shoulder in the accident at the finish line that gave her
the win…. It was announced that Richie Evans was going to be
inducted into the Watkins Glen “Walk of Fame” in September. This
honor is open to drivers would competed at the Glen. Evans
participated in a modified race there in 1976….The Spencer
Speedway banquet will take place on November 21, 2015 at the
Palmyra V.F.W. Tickets are $30 each and can be obtained by
contacting Lee DeRidder at the speedway.
The evening ended with a giant fireworks display sponsored by Galaxy
Friday, August 14 will see the track celebrating with the annual Dave
London Memorial 50, featuring the New York Super Stocks. The
NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds running their 35-lap feature event.
Joining the action to make a full night of racing 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 “ NASC AR Place to Race” for Central New York in 2015.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASC AR Whelen All-American Points.
FEATURE (15-laps): TIMMY CATALANO, Donnie Knapp Jr., Shaun
Frarey, Mike Hyman, Travis Montgomery, Austin Montgomery, Tom
Alloco, Carrie Bolton, Ryan Brown, Maddy Virts, Carrie
Schoonmaker, Beth Dennie.
HEAT 1: B. Schenk, B. Allen, B. Mitchell, A. VanHall, A.
HEAT 2: T. Faro, V. Grant, B. Inch, B. Malin, A. Schoonmaker.
FEATURE (20-laps): BARRETT SCHENK, Brandon Allen, Josh
Schoonmaker, Van Grant, Bill Malin, Andy Cocilova, Ashley
Schoonmaker, Bill Inch, Chris Connors, Adam VanHall, Bill
Mitchell, Rick Wilson, Ryan Hillegeer, Tim Faro, Brian Hallett.
HEAT 1: A. Catalano, M. Leaty, M. Lees, T. Catalano, M. Ramos.
HEAT 2: B. Lippa Jr., A. Lewis, K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr.
FEATURE (61-laps): DARYL LEWIS JR., Mike Leaty, Andy Lewis,
Kevin Timmerman, Tommy Catalano, Amy Catalano, Matt Lees, Bobby
Lippa Jr., Mike Ramos
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