PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF IN 2010
by Gary M. Spaid
2010 Spencer Speedway Sunoco Modified Champion,
Kevin Timmerman, picked up his winning ways and
returned to victory in the curfew shortened,
25-lap, Sunoco Modified main event last Friday.
This event was the opener for the Graff Trucking
and Sunoco Race Fuels NASCAR Upstate NY
Pro-Modified Challenge series.
“Here we are
again, right where we where we left off last year.
We were pretty fast, but Mike (Leaty), will be a
tough competitor all year long,” stated an
elated Timmerman. Leaty dogged Timmerman from lap
eight until the end to finish second.
Seven yellow flags
plagued the scheduled 35-lapper. Finally as time
was clicking off toward curfew, an accident a lap
22 forced officials to shorten the race to just 25
circuits. This set up a green-white-checkered
returned to victory lane after going winless last
season in the Auto Value 4-Cyclinder Scorpion
“Over the winter
my dad talked me into dropping the Ford Mustang
and fielding a Honda,” stated Mike Bradshaw. “It
all seemed to work out tonight. I just can not
tell you what this win means to me.”
The Super Sixes
ran a 20-lap main event with Chris Andolino taking
his first victory in that division. And Tony
Hanbury was on hand to win the 15-lap Legends Cars
In the revived
Super Stock division Jim Steffenhagen Jr. nudged
his way into victory lane. “I want to dedicate
this win to my mom, who has been ill as of late.”,
stated Steffenhagen. “I lost the power steering
on lap two.”
The 35-lap Sunoco
Modified main started off with the yellow flag
flying as Paul Jeffers spun in the fourth turn.
The restart lasted just one lap, with Timmerman in
the lead. A mad scramble in the third turn
resulted in Dave Catalano returning to the pits
with a broken right front wheel suspension and
Erich Stritzel on the back of a tow truck.
Timmerman held off
Daryl Lewis on the restart followed by Billy Burd
and Mike Leaty. On lap seven the yellow was out
again, this time for a fourth turn shunt by Bobby
Lippa Jr. who came to a rest on the track and
Only one lap was
into the record books, when again the yellow flew
for a duel spin by fourth place runner Jeff Ruddy
and Andy Lewis in the first turn. Just before that
yellow Leaty had passed Lewis Jr. for second.
Grover was the cause of the next yellow, lap 12,
following contact with Jake Boerman in the third
turn. Grover’s number 30 had to be towed back to
the pits, out of the race.
A ten lap green
lap run was then setup in which Timmerman and
Leaty broke free out front. Amy Catalano was on
the move, grabbing third with a neat low pass on
Lewis Jr. on lap 17. She then took off after the
two leaders. However before she was able to catch
them the yellow flew when Chris Finocchario made
heavy contact with the first turn wall on lap 22.
As the curfew time
approached, officials decided to shorten the race
to just 25 laps. This set up a dash for the
checkers, with Timmerman coming out on top. Leaty,
Amy Catalano, Daryl Lewis Jr., and Billy Burd
rounded out the top five finishers.
The first feature
of the night was the Auto Value Scorpions. Mike
Bradshaw grabbed the lead from his pole starting
position as a battle between Zach Willis and
Alison Knoepfler developed behind him for second.
Between laps five and eight a number of yellow
flags flew slowing up the pace of the race. All of
these were for spin outs around the track.
On lap nine the
field settled in and ran for the checkers.
Knoepfler was now solidly in second and hounding
Bradshaw for the lead. Kevin Bertolone was third
and moving in on the two leaders. As the leaders
exited the fourth turn Knoepfler tried a bold
inside move but just fell short at the finish
line. Bradshaw took the win, his second ever win
at the track. His first came at the final race in
2009. Knoepfler finished second followed by
Bertolone, Mark Knapp and Willis to round out the
top five finishers.
The Legend cars
circled the speedway turning laps around 75 mph.
Only seven cars answered the call for the feature.
But during the first three laps three different
drivers took their turn at leading the 20-lap
race. A spin on the first lap forced the race to
On lap three Brett
Coon was leading Tony Hanbury and Billy Ray
Pruitt. These last two raced side-by-side both
driving 42ny numbered cars. On lap seven Hanbury
broke free and chased down Coon, passing on lap
eight down the back stretch for the lead. Hanbury
never had to look back and only one yellow slowed
the race pace. That came on lap 13, when Carl
Vilardo IV spun around
Hanbury and Coon
broke away from the rest of the starting field to
finish the 15 lap race first and second. Vilardo
IV recovered from his spin to finish third
followed by Brad Salatino and Bryce Norton to
round out the top five finishers.
The Super Sixes
took to the speedway for their 20-lap feature. The
drop of the green saw the pole sitter, Tim Faro,
take the lead followed by Chris Andolino and
Brandon Allen. On lap four Andolino used the high
line around turn two to take the lead.
The yellow flew on
lap 10 when Faro spun out of second place in the
second turn. This moved Ryan Hillegeer, who had
passed Allen for second on lap seven, into second.
Hillegeer wasted no time and passed Andolino for
the lead only to see the yellow fly again, lap 12.
On the restart
both Hillegeer and Andolino raced side-by-side for
a number of laps, each time either one leading by
inches at the start-finish line. Finally on lap
16, Andolino moved ahead . It was now third place,
Allen, who brought out the yellow on lap 17 as he
slammed heavily into the second turn wall. His
impact took out the electric for the turn signal
lights, forcing officials to shorten the race and
waive the checkers to make repairs. Andolino took
the checkers followed by Hillegeer, Van Grant,
Faro and Peter Cowell.
The Super Stocks
returned with nine cars at the track, however only
seven cars answered the starter’s call. At the
green Roger Worden took the lead and drove away
from second place Kris Hillegeer.
The lone yellow of
the race came on lap eight when Tommy Catalano
seemed to lose power and come to a stop on the
back stretch. The restart saw Hillegeer fall off
the pace with Mitchell Wright and Jim Steffenhagen
Jr., battling for second. Lap 13 saw Steffenhagen
grab second and take off after Worden. Two laps
later he stuck the nose of his number 13 under
Worden in the first turn and passed for the lead.
At the finish it
was Steffenhagen with the win followed by Worden
Wright, Hillegeer and Bobby Lippa Jr.,
substituting for Willie Strusz.
SPENCER NOTES: The
“Pack the Track” $6 adult admission promotion
worked as an excellent crowd was on hand for the
57th annual season opener…June 3 would be the
latest in a season to open the racing year since
1955 due to all of the wet weather this year….Drivers
passed the helmet through the grandstands at
intermission for an injured microd driver and
collected nearly $750….Kevin Timmerman’s win
moved him into a tie for seventh on the sportsman
modified all time win list, with 10 wins….Steffenhagen’s
win in the Super Stocks was the first since 1997,
when the Super Stocks were converted into Street
returns to Spencer this Friday, June 10, when it
will be Whelen Engineering night featuring all of
the same divisions; Sunoco Modifieds, Super
Stocks, Super Sixes, Auto Value Scorpions and the
Legend Cars. Due to the expected length of the
program racing will start at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Modifieds will be running a 100-lap feature,
delayed from May 20, as part of the Graff Trucking
and Sunoco Race Fuels NASCAR Upstate NY
Pro-Modified Challenge series. Adult admission
will be just $15. For more information go on
Spencer Speedway go to www.spencerspeedway.org.
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. Points earned each
week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.
RACING FUELS NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: B. Coon,
B. Salatino, B. Norton, D. Hanbury.
HEAT 2: T. Hanbury,
C. Vilardo IV, B. Pruitt, C. Neumann.
TONY HANBURY, Brett Coon, Carl Vilardo IV, Brad
Salatino, Bryce Norton, Charlie Neumann, Donnell
Hanbury, Billy Ray Pruitt.
HEAT 1: M.
Bradshaw, M. Knapp, K. Bertolone, A. Montgomery,
HEAT 2: Z. Willis,
A. Knoepfler, J. Clark, O. Bradshaw, D. Bradshaw.
MIKE BRADSHAW, Alison Knoepfler, Kevin Bertolone,
Joe Clark, Mark Knapp, Zach Willis, Bro Bradshaw,
Dave Bradshaw, Otis Bradshaw, Dale Lazzaro,
Russell Peets, Andrea LaManna, Josh Waite, Richie
Gross, Austin Montgomery, DNS: Beth Dennie
HEAT 1: T. Faro,
B. Allen, R. Hillegeer, J. Welch, E. Ruffell.
HEAT 2: C.
Andolino, V. Grant, B. Hallett, P. Cowell, A.
CHRIS ANDOLINO, Ryan Hillegeer, Van Grant, Tim
Faro, Peter Cowell, Erick Ruffell, Adam VanHall,
Rick Wilson, Brandon Allen, John Welch, Brian
HEAT 1: R. Worden,
B. Lippa Jr., M. Wright, J. Steffenhagen Jr., T.
HEAT 2: K.
Hillegeer, T. Catalano, J. Parent.
JIM STEFFENHAGEN JR., Roger Worden, Mitchell
Wright, Kris Hillegeer, Bobby Lippa Jr., Tom
Fecteau, Tommy Catalano, DNS: Billy Gleason, Jeff
HEAT 1: M. Leaty,
A. Catalano, F. Taylor, E. Stritzel, P. Jeffers.
HEAT 2: K.
Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., T. Hanbury, R. Beeman, T.
HEAT 3: J. Ruddy,
B. Lippa Jr., C. Finocchario, B. Burd, E.
KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Mike Leaty, Amy Catalano, Daryl
Lewis Jr., Billy Burd, Eddie Hawkins, Ryan Beeman,
Tony Hanbury, Jeff Ruddy, Zach Truesdail, Matt
Lees, Fred Taylor, Paul Jeffers, Mark Cline, Jake
Boerman, Ed Hawkins Sr., Chris Finocchario, Jody
London, Travis Grover, Andy Lewis, Toad Bradshaw,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Dave Catalano, Erich Stritzel.