August 19th, 2016
Billy Coyle Tops Rich Dave London Memorial; T.C. Picks Up Second
Modified Win Of The Year
by Gary Spaid
Tommy Catalano, from
Ontario, NY, picked up his second NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature
win of the season last Friday at Spencer Speedway. Catalano also
raced in the 50-lap Dave London Memorial for SuperStocks,
In victory lane, when asked if turning so many laps in both divisions
helped him, he responded, “I don’t know if it did. I do know I
am really tired already.”
As for the Dave London Memorial, some 40 Super Stocks turned out to try
and win the prestigious and well paying event. Bill Coyle, from
Mecklenburg, NY, took the win in the feature event that lasted
over an hour and a half.
Due to the length of the Super Stock race, only the Super Sixes were able
to finish their feature, with Tim Faro, from Newark, NY taking
the 20-lap double point win. The 15-lap Auto Value 4-Cylinder
Scorpion feature was carried over to next week and will be the
first race on the evening.
The NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds were the first feature of the evening. Daryl
Lewis Jr. grabbed the early lead of the 35-lap race. On lap nine
Tommy Catalano was able to drive low and pass Lewis in the third
turn to take the lead exiting turn four.
The only yellow of the race flew on lap 11, when Geoff Sharkey slid high
off the fourth turn and into the grass.
Once underway, Catalano began to draw away from the rest of the field.
Lewis held on to second but was under pressure from Mike Leaty
and Kevin Timmerman.
Catalano was able to take the win by some seven car lengths over Lewis
Jr. Leaty, Timmerman and Amy Catalano rounded out the top five
The highlight of the evening was the New York Super Stock running of the
Dave London Memorial. Twenty-six cars were qualified from the 41
cars on hand to take the green. They were led by Coyle and Tim
Gullo on the front row. Gullo was quick to take the lead with
Coyle in second.
The first of twelve cautions came on lap five when Tommy Catalano looped
his brother, Tim’s number 54 in the third turn. Three laps later
the yellow was again out. This time for a side-by-side spin down
the back stretch involving Willie Strusz and Catalano. On lap
nine, Shaun Frarey spun to bring out the third yellow of the
All this time Gullo was on point, with Jim Steffenhagen Jr. now running
in second and Mitchell Wright third.
Lap 12, saw the 25x driven by Steve Shultz come to a stop in the fourth
turn. Nathan Peckham then spun to avoid any contact. A lap later
the yellow flew for debris, which happened to be the hood off
the Peckham number 90 lying on the front stretch.
Steffenhagen kept trying to get by Gullo, but Gullo was just too fast and
remained in the lead. Lap 16 saw Josh Schoonmaker loop around
exiting the fourth turn to bring out the yellow for a sixth
time. Bill Frisbee used the restart to grab second from
Steffenhagen. Four laps later it would be Joe Mancuso spinning
around in the second turn for yet another yellow.
At the halfway point in the race, Gullo picked up a hefty bonus of $500
for being the leader. The longest green flag run of the race,
laps 23-34, was being run when, lap 34 saw the yellow fly for
Peckham, who flew off the fourth turn. Four laps later Tommy
Barron was caught up in an accident when he clipped the front of
Steve Pesarek’s machine, sending himself slamming in the inside
front stretch wall.
The deciding moment of the race came on lap 41. Coming down the front
straight the fans could hear the motor on the Gullo machine
breaking up. This allowed Bill Frisbee to take the lead. But as
Frisbee was about to complete the lap, his engine blew exiting
the fourth turn. Steffenhagen, not knowing, hit the back of the
Frisbee machine, but kept going.
The race had to be red flagged to get all of the fluid off the speedway
surface. Once the race got back underway Steffenhagen pitted. He
then tried to return to the front, where officials returned him
to the rear of the field for pitting. He then parked his car on
the front stretch. His race was declared done for the night.
This left Terry Cheetham in the lead with Coyle in second followed by
Wright, Chris Vogler and Strusz. Cheetham was able to hang on to
the lead until lap 48, when Coyle sailed past him. As the lap
was completed, the final yellow flew for Frarey who again spun
in the first turn.
At the finish it would be Coyle followed by Cheetham, Wright, Vogler and
Officials were quickly able to bring out the Super Six feature and start
that event before the curfew hour.
Only one yellow slowed that feature. On lap three Barrett Schenk and Bill
Inch came together exiting the second turn, ending both of their
races for the night.
Up front Andy Cocilova and Allison Knoepfler battled back and forth for
After the restart Tim Faro entered the picture passing
both to grab the front spot on lap five. Both Cocilova and
Knoepfler started to fall back in the pack allowing Carrie
Schoonmaker to take second.
She would battle to hold second being pressured by Brandon Allen. As the
field exited the last turn the Schoonmaker car ran high and
impacted the foam barrier, costing her a number of positions.
Allen was able to take second behind winner Faro. Ashley
Schoonmaker, Brian Hallett and finally Carrie, recovering from
her contact with the foam wall, came across fifth.
SPENCER Notes: The New York Super
Stock field was the largest car count in any one division in
nearly ten years, with five heat races and two consolation
events need to slim the field down to 26 starters….Jody London
collected over $6,000 in additional prizes for the Super Stock
race, including lap money to help honor his father…The worst
accident of the evening came in the first modified heat race,
when Bill Kosachook slammed head on into the second turn wall.
He emerged uninjured; however his car suffered major damage.
Spencer Speedway will be hosting a regular night of NASCAR oval action on
Friday, August 26th. Added to the event schedule will be the
curfew delayed double point Auto Value 4-cylinder Scorpion
feature from last week. Following the make-up race, a full
program of Sunoco Modifieds along with Super Sixes and Auto
Value 4-Cylinder Scorpions will take to the track. This Friday’s
races will start at 7:30 p.m.
Before the cars hit the speedway, Spencer Speedway will be hosting the
second round of Kid’s Bicycle racing on the long front stretch.
The kids, who must have a helmet, will need to register at the
main ticket booth by 6:45 pm. Their races will begin at 7 p.m.
sharp. Just two weeks remain in the 2016 NASCAR season.
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 2016.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASC AR Whelen All-American Points.
SPENCER SPEEDWAY DAVE LONDON MEMORIAL NIGHT
AUTO VALUE 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: J. Gustafson, M. Virts, J. Dennie, C. Copeland, P. Flye.
HEAT 2: D. Heimes, M. Hyman, A.J. Montgomery, Travis Montgomery,
C. Bolton. FEATURE (15-lap
double point feature line-up curfew delayed to 8/26): Carrie
Bolton, Jennifer Dennie, Dave Heimes, Paul Flye, A.J.
Montgomery, Jacob Gustafson, Travis Montgomery, Maddy Virts,
Mike Hyman, Corey Copeland, James Bardo, Kacey Hammond, Allie
HEAT 1: A. Cocilova, J. Schoonmaker, B. Allen, V. Grant, A.
HEAT 2: A. Knoepfler, C. Schoonmaker, T. Faro, A. Schoonmaker,
B. Hallett. FEATURE (20-laps):
TIM FARO, Brandon Allen, Ashley Schoonmaker, Brian Hallett,
Carrie Schoonmaker, Allison Knoepfler, Andy Cocilova, Van Grant,
Adam VanHall, Chris Connors, Bill Malin, Josh Schoonmaker,
Barrett Schenk, Bill Inch.
NY SUPER STOCKS DAVE LONDON MEMORIAL
HEAT 1: T. Blair, T. Cheetham, S. Pesarek, B. Wozniak.
HEAT 2: J. Schoonmaker, S. Wylie, S. Frarey, J. Dinzler.
HEAT 3: B. Coyle, J. Steffenhagen Jr., C. Vogler, C. Finocharo.
HEAT 4: S. Shultz, B. Frisbee Jr., J. Mudra, T. Barron.
HEAT 5: T. Gullo, M. Wright, J.R. Mooney, W. Strusz.
CONSI 1: J. Mancuso, E. Hadley
CONSI 2: N. Peckham, T. Catalano FEATURE (50-laps): BILLY COYLE, Terry
Cheetham, Mitchell Wright, Chris Vogler, Willie Strusz, Jay
Mudra, Steve Shultz, Nathan Peckham, Tommy Catalano, Steve
Pesarek, J.R. Mooney, Shaun Frarey, Zach Willis, Matt Larrivee,
Brian Wozniak, Eric Hadley, Tim Gullo, Bill Frisbee Jr., Jim
Steffenhagen Jr., Tommy Barron, Josh Schoonmaker, Chris
Finocharo, Joe Mancuso, Todd Blair, Scott Wylie, Jason Dinzler.
DNQ: Kevin Ide, Dakota Packman, Dale Lazzaro, Brandon Larner,
Scott Adams, Brianna Dinzler, Joel Gleason, Rob Miszczak, Robert
Fink, Joe Horvath, Mark Ramsey, Jake Boerman.
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, A. Catalano, M. Lees, D.
HEAT 2: T. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, A.
Catalano. FEATURE (35-laps): TOMMY CATALANO,
Daryl Lewis Jr., Mike Leaty, Kevin Timmerman, Amy Catalano,
Eddie Hawkins, Rusty Smith, Matt Lees, Ricky Knapp Jr., John
Semmler, Damon Frutchey, Steve Link, Geoff Sharkey, DNS: Bill
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