LEATY TOPS WHELEN 100 AT SPENCER -
by Gary M. Spaid
star Mike Leaty from Williamson, wheeled his new
Sunoco Modified to the 100-lap Holland/Chemung/Spencer
Challenge feature win at Spencer Speedway last
Friday night. Leaty, who by virtue of a redraw
started on the pole, lead every lap to claim the
Kevin (Timmerman) to be on me by lap five,”
stated Leaty in victory lane. Timmerman won the
season opener one week earlier. “We had a really
good car, but it was really loose!”
Leaty added, “It’s
great to be back in victory lane here at Spencer.”
This was Leaty’s very first Sunoco Modified
feature victory. He has 13 Tour Type Modified
feature wins, his last win came on June 19, 2009.
racing action Jim Steffenhagen Jr., from Marion,
took his second straight 20 lap Super Stock
feature win. This one was somewhat more important
as his birthday is Wednesday. The win was
dedicated to his mom, who was not on hand the week
before to see him win.
also from Williamson, took top honors in the
Hoosier Tire Super Six 20 lap feature. In Auto
Value 4-Cylinder Scorpion action last year’s
champion, Otis Bradshaw, from Ontario, took the 15
lap feature win.
The start of the
100-lap Sunoco Modified main saw the yellow fly
when Dave Catalano looped around on the front
straight away. Up front it was Mike Leaty taking
the lead from the pole followed by Daryl Lewis Jr.
and Kevin Timmerman.
Ten more yellow
flags would follow, for a total of 30 laps. The
red flag was displayed on lap 26 so the track crew
could clean an oil spill in the third turn.
The majority of
the yellows came for spin outs. Though all of this
Leaty held his line and was in command of the
field, as Timmerman move into second on lap five.
By lap 63 it seems
as if Timmerman’s tires were going away. He lost
second to Amy Catalano and third to Tony Hanbury.
Hanbury passed Catalano on lap 76 and charged
after Leaty. A late race yellow, lap 86, closed
the gap. But on the restart Leaty seemed to be
able to pull out a five car advantage over Hanbury.
picking up the white flag, Jeff Ruddy and Zach
Truesdail, running in 10th and 11th, looped off
the first turn. However the starter threw the
checkers instead of the yellow to end the race.
Leaty took the
popular victory followed by Hanbury, Catalano,
Billy Burd and Timmerman rounding out the top five
finishers. Leaty lead every lap on the way to
“I’ll be doing
double duty next week,” related Leaty, “driving
both my Sunoco Modified and my RoC Modified.”
The Super Stocks
ran their 20-lap main event and the results
remained the same as the week before, Jim
Steffenhagen Jr. taking the victory in his sloped
back 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
The first three
laps saw three different lap leaders; Mitchell
Wright, Kris Hillegeer and Steffenhagen. The only
yellow of the race flew on that third lap. New
comer Brian Gordon blew the motor on his number 17
going into the third turn and spread oil
everywhere. Following the cleanup, Steffenhagen
was back in command of the race.
made a late race charge at Steffenhagen. With just
one lap remaining he closed a ten car advantage
held by Steffenhagen, but did not have time to
make a pass.
At the finish line
it was Steffenhagen Jr. followed by Hillegeer,
Mitchell Wright, Roger Worden and Tom Fecteau.
Steffenhagen related, “I really don’t know a
lot about these things (referring to his car). I
don’t want to kid anyone. I owe these wins to my
The Super Six race
saw rookie John Welch driving his number 88, take
the lead at the drop of the green. His lead held
up for just four laps, when Ryan Hillegeer caught
and passed him on the low side exiting the fourth
turn, as Welch slide extremely high.
to build up a ten car advantage over the field.
That advantage would eventually stretch out to
nearly a half straight away lead over Welch.
Hillegeer took the
win, bringing his career win total for the
division up to three. Welch came home a very
respectable second in his first outing. Tim Faro
nipped Adam Van Hall at the line for third. Van
Grant held on to fifth.
The final race of
the night was the Auto Value Scorpions. Otis
Bradshaw took the lead at the drop of the green.
He was followed by Joe Clark and Dale Lazzaro.
Bradshaw was in control until lap 12 when the
yellow flew, bunching the field together for a
three lap dash to the checkers.
The first of these
three laps saw Bradshaw able to hold off Clark,
but the yellow flew again when Richie Gross and
Beth Dennie made contact with the back stretch
wall. Gross’s car suffer a lot of damage and was
towed back to the pits. This yellow set up a two
lap dash to the checkers.
Clark was now able
to draw along side of Bradshaw and lead lap 14 by
mere inches over Bradshaw. The side-by-side battle
for the final lap broke down as they exited the
fourth turn with Bradshaw firmly in the lead.
Clark finished second followed by Kevin Bertolone,
Lazzaro and Zach Willis rounding out the top five.
“We wrecked our
last year’s car on the final night of racing in
September. We then found this car on Craig’s
List and it took us just three weeks to get it
race ready,” related Bradshaw in victory lane.
returns to Spencer this Friday, June 17, when it
will be the J.J. White Memorial night featuring
the only appearance of the RoC Modifieds at
Spencer in 2011 in a 75-lap feature race. A four
star show featuring all of the regular weekly
divisions; Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks, Hoosier
Tire Super Sixes and Auto Value Scorpions will be
joined by the Legend Cars amking for a long night
of racing. Due to the expected length of the
program, racing will start at 7 p.m. next Friday.
information go on Spencer Speedway go to
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.
HEAT 1: J.
Steffenhagen Jr., M. Wright, B. Gleason, B.
Gordon, T. Fecteau.
HEAT 2: R. Worden,
K. Hillegeer, T. Cat, Brandon Larner.
JIM STEFFENHAGEN JR., Kris Hillegeer, Mitchell
Wright, Roger Worden, Tom Fecteau, Tom Cat,
Brandon Larner, Billy Gleason, Brian Gordon.
HOOSIER TIRE SUPER
HEAT 1: V. Grant,
A. VanHall, P. Cowell, B. Allen, D. Coyle.
HEAT 2: J. Welch,
R. Hillegeer, E. Ruffell, T. Faro, R. Wilson.
RYAN HILLEGEER, John Welch, Tim Faro, Adam VanHall,
Van Grant, Peter Cowell, Rick Wilson, Erick
Ruffell, Troy Youngs, Denny Coyle, Brandon Allen.
DNS: Brian Hallett.
HEAT 1: J. Clark,
B. Bradshaw, D. Lazzaro, D. Bradshaw, A. Knoepfler.
HEAT 2: K.
Bertolone, M. Bradshaw, O. Bradshaw, A.
Montgomery, Z. Willis.
OTIS BRADSHAW, Joe Clark, Kevin Bertolone, Dale
Lazzaro, Zach Willis, Mike Bradshaw, Bro Bradshaw,
Dave Bradshaw, Alison Knoepfler, Beth Dennie,
Austin Montgomery, Richie Gross. DNS: Andrea
LaManna, Russell Peets.
HEAT 1: D.
Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., Z. Truesdail, B. Burd, M.
HEAT 2: K.
Timmerman, R. Beeman, T. Hanbury, A. Catalano, J.
HEAT 3: C.
Finocchario, M. Leaty, E. Hawkins, T. Bradshaw, A.
(100-laps): MIKE LEATY, Tony Hanbury, Amy
Catalano, Billy Burd, Kevin Timmerman, Eddie
Hawkins, Chris Finocchario, Daryl Lewis Jr., Fred
Taylor, Toad Bradshaw, Matt Lees, Andy Lewis, Jeff
Ruddy, Zach Truesdail, Travis Grover, Jake Boerman,
Mark Cline, Tom Wiest, Dave Catalano, John Semmler,
Paul Jeffers, Bobby Lippa Jr., Ryan Beeman, Jody