Tommy Catalano Brings Home A Win At Spencer
by Gary Spaid
Tommy Catalano picked up his
tenth NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature win at Spencer Speedway
last Friday. He was able to lead the entire 35-laps, besting
Mike Leaty at the finish line.
“That was a long race for sure,” stated Catalano. “The car started off
really good, but got a bit off near the end. I was not looking
for a caution then.”
The Super Six feature saw eventual feature winner Tim Faro and Brand
Allen run side-by-side for 17 laps. During that time Allen was
only able to stick his nose in front twice. In the end Faro
rolled home the winner.
“Brandon is my best friend,” stated Faro. “I wouldn’t race anyone else
like that. That was so fun.”
The Grandpa Dog 4-Cyclinders saw Maddy Virts lead the entire 15-lap
distance. When asked why she is so fast her comment was, “I have
a red car and red cars are fast.”
A special appearance by the Classic Asphalt Modifieds took place also. .
Mark Tychoniewitz wheels his number 99 Pinto bodied Modified
home in first. The real show during the feature was Darryl
Ruggles who ran third, spun. He then came back to third again,
only to spin a second time. That event put him out of the race.
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified main saw Tommy Catalano jump into the
lead from his pole starting position, with Daryl Lewis Jr. in
tow. Mike Leaty was able to pass Lewis Jr. to grab second on lap
three and tucked tight on Catalano’s rear bumper.
Lewis Jr., now found himself in a battle for third with defending track
champion, Kevin Timmerman. This allowed the two leaders to pull
out to a four car advantage.
The race would run green-to-checkers with the leaders turning laps of 19
plus seconds around the large half mile oval. At the finish it
was Catalano followed by Leaty, Lewis Jr., Timmerman and Amy
Catalano to round out the top five.
Maddy Virts dominated the Grandpa Dog 4-Cylinder feature. She grabbed the
lead and was never headed. Paul Flye tried to run her down, but
fell short by nearly five car lengths. In third some ten car
lengths back was Jacob Gustafson. He was followed by A.J.
Montgomery and Corey Copeland.
“You have to be mature to run these cars,” added Virts. “You have to use
your head as well as your foot.”
The Super Six feature was the best race of the night. Tim Faro and
Brandon All raced side-by-side for the first 17 laps of the race
to see who would get the lead and the win. Also up front were
Barrett Schenk and Ashley Schoonmaker.
It would be lapped cars on lap 16 of 20, that would determine who would
come out on top. As the leaders bore down on the lap cars, Faro
went to the outside as the others gathered behind the lapped
cars. This allowed Faro to pull out front of Allen.
With two laps to go Schenk pulled low in turn three to pass Allen for
second. He would try to gather in Faro too, but fell short at
the finish line.
The Classic Asphalt Modifieds put on a great show with Mark Tychoniewitz,
Ontario, coming home the eventual winner.
One sad moment saw Bob Ripley skid across the infield grass and make
contact with his left front with the inside wall going into turn
one. Ripley piloted a Geoff Bodine “Valiant bodied” look alike
car. He slowed the car enough so only minor suspension damage
Terry Wilson, South Wales, came home second after the fastest car on the
track, Darryl Ruggles, Hopewell, spun out a second time and
dropped out of the race. Chic Voit, in a special Ron Martin
tribute car came home in third.
SPENCER SHORTS: The kids club is
kicking into high gear offering a coloring contest in the near
future…The Sunoco Modified teams were turning laps just one
second slower than their “full blown” cousins the RoC modifieds
from the week earlier…a blast from the past, saw the Swain
brothers in attendance as race fans…efforts have started to
bring electronic scoring in the NASCAR Sunoco Modified division
at the track.
This coming Friday, June 16, sees the New York SuperStocks return for the
second time in 2017, to do battle of the fast half mile oval.
Also on the race card are the three main NASCAR divisions at
Spencer; the NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds, Super Sixes and Grandpa
Dog 4-cylinder Scorpions. Race time starts at 7:15 p.m. sharp.
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 2017.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted as part of the
national NASCAR Whelen All-American Point Chase.
For more information go to: www.spencerspeedway.org.
SPENCER SPEEDWAY SUNOCO NIGHT SUMMARY
GRANDPA DOG 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: M. Virts, C. Copeland, A.J. Montgomery, D. Heimes. HEAT 2: P. Flye, J. Gustafson, D. Alexander, A.
Montgomery. FEATURE (15-lap): MADDY
VIRTS, Paul Flye, Jacob Gustafson, A.J. Montgomery, Corey
Copeland, Dave Heimes, Dalton Alexander, Allie Montgomery.
HEAT 1: B. Allen, A. Cocilova, B. Hallett, B. Schenk, A.
Schoonmaker. HEAT 2: T. Faro, A. VanHall, V. Grant, C. Hogan, B. Inch. FEATURE (20-laps): TIM FARO,
Barrett Schenk, Brandon Allen, Ashley Schoonmaker, Brian
Hallett, Andy Cocilova, Adam VanHall, Van Grant, Chris Connors,
Bill Inch, Chris Hogan, Allison Knoepfler.
CLASSIC ASPHALT MODIFIEDS HEAT 1: M. Tychoniewitz, D. Ruggles, B. Ripley, T. Janes. HEAT 2: T. Wilson, T. Gulier, S. Hossfeld, C. Voit, J.
Bachmann. FEATURE (16-laps): MARK
TYCHONIEWITZ, Terry Wilson, Chic Voit, Tom Guiler, Scott
Hossfeld, Tim Janes, Joe Bachmann, Darryl Ruggles, Bob Ripley.
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: To. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., M. Leaty, K. Timmerman,
A. Lewis. HEAT 2: E. Hawkins, B. Lippa Jr., A. Catalano, K. Heroth,
T. Alloco. FEATURE (35-laps): TOMMY
CATALANO, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis Jr., Kevin Timmerman, Amy
Catalano, Eddie Hawkins, Bobby Lippa Jr., Timmy Catalano, Kreig
Heroth, Alloco, Andy Lewis, DNS: Chris Finocchario, Steve Link.
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