August 28th, 2015
Catalano Holds Off Leaty To Win In The SUNOCO Modifieds
by Gary Spaid
It was a full night of racing
under a full moon. In the NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds Tommy Catalano
picked up his third feature win of the 2015 season at Spencer.
“It’s been a rough couple of weeks here at Spencer,” stated Catalano. “I
was using everything I had to take this win.”
In the Auto Value Four Cylinder Scorpions, Mike Hyman won the first
15-lap feature and Timmy Catalano took top honors in the second
The Super Six win was earned by Brian Hallett. It was only his second win
of the year at Spencer, a track he has dominated in the past.
“We blew up two motors early in the season, and then broke a flywheel,”
commented Hallett. “One good result was, after putting in that
new flywheel, we have been running much better.”
The New York Super Stocks were on hand to make up for one week they were
rained out. Tim Gullo picked up his second Spencer win of the
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified main event saw the race run
green-to-checkers without any yellows. Matt Lees grabbed the
lead at the drop of the green. Bobby Lippa Jr. battled Lees for
a short time, but began to fall back after being passed by
On lap five, Catalano passed Lees for the lead and never looked back.
Mike Leaty quickly took second and began to chase Catalano.
Back in the field, Daryl Lewis Jr. was on the charge. At the half way
mark he took fourth from Kevin Timmerman. Two laps later Daryl
and brother Andy came together in the second turn, resulting in
Daryl moving up to third.
Up front Leaty made a number of stabs at the lead dropping low in the
back stretch and pulling along side of Catalano. Each time
Catalano held his line and powered out of turn four with the
At the checkers it was Catalano followed, by inches, by Leaty. Daryl
Lewis Jr. came home a solid third followed by Andy Lewis and Amy
“That was some race“, added Catalano. “We had to run hard the whole
The NYS Super Stock 25-lap feature was full of action. Tim Gullo took the
lead at the drop of the green only to be passed by Chris Vogler
on a lap two restart following contact involved accident on the
front stretch between Gary Noe and Bill Malin. Malin’s car ended
up a top of Noe’s front end. Surprisingly Noe was able to
On lap three Noe caused another yellow when, as he was charging back
towards the front, he failed to complete a pass on Anthony
Gullo’s 71x car, resulting in his number 1 car coming in contact
with the back stretch wall in a shower of sparks. Noe returned
to the pits and had his crew remove the front end sheet metal
and returned to the race without losing a lap.
The restart saw Noe try the same move, only this time the right side of
his car began to flap in the wind, resulting in his being black
flagged back to the pits.
Up from Vogler was in a battle for the lead with Gullo, when Bill Frisbee
Jr. joined the battle. Lap nine saw the red flag displayed as
safety crews needed the entire track to remove the Tommy
Catalano car, which had sailed through the infield backstretch
grass and then spun in the third turn.
Vogler held the lead on the restart, but on the charge was Frisbee, now
running second. Frisbee made his move down the backstretch on
lap 12 to take the lead. Two laps later it was Gullo using the
same move to pass Frisbee to retake the lead.
On lap 18, Frisbee lost the handle, spinning in the third turn. Anthony
Gullo, running fourth, had no place to go but take to the wet
grass. Gull’s car slid across the grass and came in contact with
a tree off turn four, ending his race and causing the second red
flag session of the race.
Tim Gullo remained the leader for the remainder of the race holding off
Vogler, who finished second. Following Vogler were Billy Coyle,
Mitchell Wright and Nate Peckham rounding out the top five
“My car was real loose at the start,” stated Gullo. “I changed the brake
bias and things got a lot better. This was just a real fast,
The Super Six feature saw pole sitter Brian Hallett pull out into the
lead and hold it the entire distance. Only one yellow slowed the
race, coming on lap four when Bill Malin spun in the second
Up front Josh Schoonmaker tried to chase down Hallett, but was never
really able to get close enough to make a pass. Barrett Schenk
made a last lap pass on Tim Faro to finished third. Van Grant
completed the top five finishers.
Two Auto Value Four Cylinder Scorpion races took place. In the first
feature Mike Hyman was able to pass Austin Montgomery on lap ten
and sail home with his first feature win of the year. Multi-time
feature winner Timmy Catalano finished in second. They were
followed to the line by Shaun Frarey, Montgomery and Donnie
Knapp Jr. This feature ran green-to-checkers without any
“I guess now it is my turn to add the 50 pounds,” stated Hyman, referring
to the rule that all Four Cylinder Scorpion feature winners have
to add 50 pounds after winning at Spencer.
The second feature saw also ran green to-checkers. Travis Montgomery was
the early leader. Brother Austin passed Travis on lap four to
lead a lap before Timmy Catalano powered by for the lead and
eventually the win.
Mike Hyman was able to follow Catalano to the front but was never able to
make a pass for the lead and settled for second at the finish
line. Frarey, Travis Montgomery and Paul Flye rounded out the
top five at the finish.
Holding a insurmountable point lead, Tim was asked by the announcer in
victory lane about earning his first Spencer title, he
responded,” We still have to race it next week.”
SPENCER NOTES: 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 Kids’ Bicycle races were run before
the cars hit the track last week. The 5 and under age category
race was won by Elliott Lees. In the 6 to 12 year division,
Matthew Chelini took the win. The 13 and older age group winner
was Jacob Heimes. A number of bicycles were then given away to
This coming Friday will be the final night of NASCAR racing this season
at Spencer. Topping the bill will be a 35-lap Sunoco Modified
feature. Joining the action will be double 20-lap main events
for the Super Sixes, plus New York Super Stocks and Auto Value
4-Cylinder Scorpions. Due to the full night of racing starting
time begins at 7 p.m.
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.
HEAT 1: S. Frarey, A. Montgomery, D. Knapp Jr., B. Dennie, T.
HEAT 2: Ti. Catalano, M. Hyman, T. Montgomery, J. Dennie, P.
FEATURE #1 (15-laps): MIKE HYMAN, Timmy Catalano, Shaun Frarey,
Austin Montgomery, Donnie Knapp Jr., Beth Dennie, Paul Flye,
Travis Montgomery, Jennifer Dennie, Carrie Bolton, Tom Alloco,
DNS: Maddy Virts.
FEATURE #2 (15-laps): TIMMY CATALANO, Mike Hyman, Shaun Frarey,
Travis Montgomery, Paul Flye, Donnie Knapp Jr., Jennifer Dennie,
Carrie Bolton, Beth Dennie, Tom Alloco, Austin Montgomery,
HEAT 1: B. Hallett, J. Schoonmaker, B. Schenk, A. VanHall, R.
HEAT 2: B. Malin, T. Faro, A. Schoonmaker, B. Allen, V. Grant.
FEATURE (20-laps): BRIAN HALLETT, Josh Schoonmaker, Barrett
Schenk, Tim Faro, Van Grant, Brandon Allen, Adam VanHall, Ashley
Schoonmaker, Rick Wilson Jr., Bill Mitchell, Bill Inch, Chris
Connors, Bill Malin.
NYS SUPER STOCKS
HEAT 1: M. Wright, S. Malin, N. Peckham, J. Dinzler, D. Lazzaro.
HEAT 2: T. Gullo, C. Vogler, T. Catalano, W. Strusz, Z. Willis.
HEAT 3: G. Noe, B. Coyle, B. Frisbie Jr., A. Gullo, S. Frarey.
FEATURE (25-laps): TIM GULLO, Chris Vogler, Billy Coyle,
Mitchell Wright, Nate Peckham, Bill Frisbie Jr., Jason Dinzler,
Willie Strusz, Shaun Frarey, Dale Lazzaro, Zach Willis, Mark
Ramsey, Anthony Gullo, Tommy Catalano, Gary Noe, Steve Malin.
HEAT 1: K. Timmerman, A. Lewis, B. Lippa Jr., D. Lewis Jr., A.
HEAT 2: M. Leaty, T. Catalano, T. Lewis Jr., M. Ramos, M. Lees.
FEATURE (35-laps): TOMMY CATALANO, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Andy Lewis, Amy Catalano, Kevin Timmerman, Matt Lees, Bobby
Lippa Jr., Tim Lewis Jr., Mike Ramos.
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