November 13th, 2016
Speedway Honors Many At Their Awards Banquet In Palmyra
by Gary M. Spaid
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the 62nd annual Spencer Speedway
awards banquet took place at the Palmyra VFW. Following dinner
awards were presented to both the NASCAR and NHRA drivers
present. Colleen D’Hondt started the ceremonies off with the
invocation. She remembered the late Gary Montgomery for all his
contributions to Spencer Speedway.
Topping the list of award winners on the night was the 2016 Sunoco
Modified track champion, Kevin Timmerman. Timmerman, who won the
title the first time in 2011, was presented with the 2016 Sunoco
Modified championship trophy he earned on the very last night of
competition. He went into the final night of racing with an
eleven point advantage and emerged with that same eleven point
lead over Mike Leaty, the 2015 track champion, after claiming
the feature win.
In the Super Six division, Barrett Schenk secured the 2016 track
championship following a point tie with former track champion
Tim Faro. The championship came down to a tie breaker for second
place finishes during the season, as each driver had three
feature wins each on the year.
Carrie Schoonmaker earned “Rookie of the Year” honors in the Super Sixes,
where she finished seventh in track points with three top fives
and three more top ten’s in ten starts. Her sister Ashley won
the “Most Improved Award” in the Super Six division.
In the Auto Value Four Cylinder class, Mike Hyman dominated the division
in 2016, winning all but twice in point races. The other wins
went to Jacob Gustafson, who finished second in track points and
earned the “Rookie of the Year” honors for this division at the
bequest. Jennifer Dennie earned the “Most Improved Award” for
the division. Mandy Virts won the other feature and was honored
with the “UNOH Youth Achievement Award” at the banquet.
For his efforts in the Auto Value Four Cylinder Robert Hyman was awarded
the “Mechanic of the Year Award”. Eddie Hawkins won the “Best
Appearing Car Award”. And Terry Hallett won the “Extraordinary
Four Cylinder driver, Dave Heimes won a special “Pucker Power Award”, for
his habit of kissing everyone at the track.
On the NHRA side of the awards, Matt Himes took first place in the Super
Pro drag division, beating out Mark Talmadge and Chuckie White.
In the Pro division, Himes was honored again with a first place
award, followed by Sam DeMareo II and Sam Capizzi Sr. In the
Street class, Rich Garland won first place honors followed by
Matt Galiotti and Jim Zaganiaczyk.
Other awards on the evening went to Josh Stassen (Super), Scott Beasaw
Sr.(Pro) and Matt Galiotti (Street) who each earned “Most
Improved” awards from NHRA. Justin Peters (Super) and Cami
Hollick (Street) won “Rookie of the Year” honors.
It has been announced that Spencer’s sister speedway, Chemung, will be
switching to Saturday nights in 2017, opening the door for the
oval track drivers to attend both speedways. Promoter John White
is also negotiating with INEX to sanction Legend cars and
possibly Bandoleros at Spencer in 2017.
Look for more information on Spencer Speedway’s 63rd annual season coming
in March 2017.