September 2nd, 2016
Timmerman, Schenk And Hyman All Crowned 2016 Track Champions
by Gary Spaid
It was a big night for close
point races last Friday at Spencer Speedway.
”Doing it like that was even better,” stated Kevin Timmerman,
from Ontario, NY, referring to winning both the last NASCAR
Sunoco Modified feature of the year and the 2016 track
championship. He locked up the 2016 divisional title by a mere
11 points over last year’s track champion, Mike Leaty.
There was a tie in track points in the Super Six division after Brian
Hallett took his first feature win of the year. The tie, between
Barrett Schenk, from Palmyra and Tim Faro, from Newark had to
finally be broken by looking
at feature wins (they were the same) and then second place
feature finishes. Barrett Schenk, who had four second place
finishes throughout the year, topped Faro who only had two
second place finishes on the year.
“I’m really happy to be here,” claimed Schenk. “I have to thank Brandon
Allen for lending us his car these past two weeks. I wish I had
my own car here, but it is still being repaired.”
In the Auto Value 4-Cylinders, Mike Hyman,
Williamson, entered the night nearly 100 points ahead of his
closest competitor and easily won the championship. He could
chalk this fact up to having won eight of ten features run in
“The temperatures were just right or something,” he started to say. “My
car stuck well in the turns and really took off on the
straights. This has been a really fun season.”
The 35-lap Sunoco Modified main event saw Matt Lees grab the early lead
only to lose it in a side-by-side race with Eddie Hawkins. A
spin off the third turn by rookie Geoff Sharkey brought out the
first of six yellows.
The restart saw Lees lose the handle and slide off the second turn. This
move Mike Leaty into second and within a lap he passed Hawkins
and took command of the race.
A yellow on lap eight saw Chris Clemens spin in the second turn. This
setup a double file restart with Mike Leaty in the lead and
right behind him in third was Kevin Timmerman. Timmerman used
this restart to gain second and take off after Leaty.
The top two cars tried to pull away but were joined by Tommy Catalano and
Jimmy Zacharias. The final yellow flew on lap 25, when Jason
Hollinger, had the rear end kick out exiting the fourth turn and
looped around on the front stretch.
The restart saw Leaty hold off Timmerman for one lap before Timmerman,
using the outside line, took the lead. Leaty hung tight on
Timmerman’s rear nerf bar had to settle for second. At the wire
it was Timmerman followed by Leaty, Catalano, Zacharias and
Daryl Lewis Jr.
“My car was working better outside tonight,” added Timmerman as he was
being hugged in victory lane by his father Gary Timmerman. “We
both learned a couple of years back how to race each other clean
for the title. Back then things got ugly.”
The Super Six 20-lap main event ran green-to-checkers. Early
leader Chris Connors slide high in the fourth turn and allowed
Bill Inch to take the lead on lap two. Four laps latter Brian
Hallett passed Inch and sailed away to a full straightaway
feature win. Carrie Schoonmaker stood strong and finished second
followed by Adam VanHall, Ashley Schoonmaker and Barrett Schenk.
Schenk’s fifth place earned him enough points to tie point’s
leader Tim Faro, who dropped out of the race and finished last.
It took going to the NASCAR tie breaking system to determine the
divisional track titlist.
The Auto Value 4-Cylinder Scorpion feature also would run
green-to-checkers. Point’s leader Mike Hyman took command of the
race on lap four and never looked back. He won going away by
more than a full straight away. A.J. Montgomery held off Jack
Gustafson by inches to take second. Travis Montgomery and Corey
Copeland rounded out the top five finishers.
SPENCER NOTES: Track promoter John
White celebrated his birthday at the track last Friday…The
largest modified field of the year was on hand for the final
night of racing in 2016…At dusk a light fog started to fall but
was quickly eliminated by the cars going around the track…All
points are unofficial until approved by NASCAR.
Spencer Speedway’s NASCAR oval action concludes with this event. It was
announced that the annual awards banquet will take place on
November 12th, at the VFW in Palmyra, NY. Tickets for the
banquet went on sale last week. Tickets will be $35 per person.
You can order your banquet tickets by contacting Lee DeRidder at
the speedway 315-945-2691 during the work week.
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.
Look for the 2017 track schedule in March 2017. Points earned
each week at Spencer are counted into the national NASC AR
Whelen All-American Points.
AUTO VALUE 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 2: FEATURE (15-laps): MIKE HYMAN, A.J.
Montgomery, Jacob Gustafson, Travis Montgomery, Corey Copeland,
Carrie Bolton, Dave Heimes, Jennifer Dennie, James Bardo, Allie
Montgomery, DNS: Paul Flye
HEAT 1: V. Grant, A. VanHall, B. Inch, A. Knoepfler, C. Connors.
HEAT 2: C. Schoonmaker, B. Hallett, B. Schenk, A. Schoonmaker,
A. Cocilova. FEATURE (20-laps): BRIAN HALLETT,
Carrie Schoonmaker, Adam VanHall, Ashley Schoonmaker, Barrett
Schenk, Van Grant, Bill Inch, Ashley Knoepfler, Andy Cocilova,
Chris Connors, Chris Hogan, Tim Faro.
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, J. Zacharias, M. Lees, J. Lane.
HEAT 2: E. Hawkins, A. Catalano, T. Hanbury, T. Catalano, N.
HEAT 3: D. Lewis Jr., T.J. Zacharias, R. Knapp Jr., T. Alloco,
C. Clemons. FEATURE (35-laps): KEVIN TIMMERMAN,
Mike Leaty, Tommy Catalano, Jimmy Zacharias, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Eddie Hawkins, Tony Hanbury, Amy Catalano, T.J. Zacharias, Matt
Lees, Nick Morris, Joe Lane, Tim Nies, Tom Alloco, Chris
Clemens, Steven Link, Geoff Sharkey, Jason Hollinger, Ricky
FINAL 2016 SPENCER TRACK POINTS
(Top 10) Pending approval by NASCAR
AUTO VALUE 4 CYLINDER
1)Mike Hyman 763, 2) Jacob Gustafson 655, 3) Jennifer Dennie
592, 4) Carrie Bolton 572, 5) Maddy Virts 571, 6) Paul Flye 472,
7) Dave Heimes 438, 8) James Bardo 423, 9) Travis Montgomery
391, 10) A.J. Montgomery 384
1)Barrett Schenk 661*, 2) Tim Faro 661, 3)Ashley Schoonmaker
632, 4) Brian Hallett 622, 5) Adam VanHall 596, 6) Van Grant
553, 7) Carrie Schoonmaker 529, 8) Chris Connors 505, 9) Andy
Cocilova 485, 10) Brandon Allen 439
*Tie broken by number of 2nd place feature finishes.
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
1)Kevin Timmerman 702, 2) Mike Leaty 691, 3) Daryl Lewis Jr.
649, 4) Amy Catalano 618, 5) Tommy Catalano 552, 6) Eddie
Hawkins 486, 7)Steven Link 456, 8) Matt Lees 365, 9) Andy Lewis
344, 10) Damon Frutchey 227
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