CATALANO SHOWS THEM THAT LADIES COME FIRST
Catalano broke her string of three, third place
finishes, and won both ends of the Twin-25 laps
for the Sunoco Modifieds last Friday evening at
“I have to thank
my entire family for all of their support,”
stated Amy after the first feature, adding,” I
knew he (Leaty) was there on my rear bumper. My
car was pushing and I had to fight to keep it on
the bottom of the track.”
An inversion pill
was drawn to line up the second feature. Amy drew
a number 2, meaning just the top two finishers
from the first feature switched places.
second 25-lapper Amy added that she saw and felt
Timmerman close behind her. She stated, “The
luck of the inversion draw was on my side.”
feature wins propelled her into first place in
track points going into a double point show this
coming week. Currently she holds a five point
advantage over Mike Leaty.
Jr. kept his win streak alive in the Super Stocks.
Following his victory a special drawing was held
for fans supporting the Steffenhagen family’s
fight against cancer. “There was no way I was
not going to win this one”, stated Steffenhagen
Jr. in victory lane. My mom has been by my side
and now she is fighting cancer. We just wanted to
help her with her fight. Thanks to all who
supported this drawing.”
Tim Faro won his
first ever Super Six 20-lap feature and Kevin
Bertolone won the Auto Value Scorpion 15-lap main
The start of the
first Twin 25-lapper, saw Dave Catalano take the
lead over Eddie Hawkins and Bobby Lippa Jr., A
spin on lap three by Toad Bradshaw force a restart
in which race officials felt Catalano jumped the
rest of the field. He was placed at the rear of
the pack and the race resumed.
This time his
wife, Amy, jumped into the lead and never looked
back. Two additional yellows slowed the field,
each for minor spins. Amy lead a freight-train of
Mike Leaty, Chris Finocchario, Kevin Timmerman and
her husband Dave, who worked his way back up to
fifth, to the finish line.
25-lapper was the last race of the evening. Amy
jumped into the lead from her outside pole
starting spot. The race had to be red flagged on
lap five following a yellow flag for a spin out.
The restart saw Fred Taylor get sideways in the
second turn and slam head on into the outside wall
at full throttle. Fred emerged uninjured, but his
car was extensively damaged.
Once under way,
Amy led Kevin Timmerman and Mike Leaty in a three
car break away. They raced the final twenty laps
under green flag conditions. Amy was able to hold
on for the victory beating Timmerman, Leaty,
Hawkins and Finocchario to the finish line.
The Super Stocks
saw Mitchell Wright take the lead and hold off
eventual winner Jim Steffenhagen Jr. for 12 laps
of the 20-lap feature. Only one yellow slowed the
race, that coming on lap three when Kris Hillegeer
made contact with the second turn wall damaging
his Monte Carlo.
Once by Wright,
Steffenhagen drew away from the rest of the field
to dominate the victory. Wright held on for second
followed by Steve Malin in his first appearance of
the year. Jeff Parent and Billy Gleason rounded
out the top five finishers.
The Super Sixes
saw a battle for the lead between Erick Ruffell
and Brian Hallett during the first quarter of the
race. Tim Faro joined the battle after a brilliant
charge from fouth to second just before the yellow
flew for Rick Wilson, who stopped in the fourth
This restart saw
Tim Faro blast into the lead and then pull out to
nearly a half straight away win over the rest of
the field. Peter Cowell, Ryan Hillegeer, Van Grant
and Ruffell rounded out the top five finishers.
“I had no power
steering,” commented Faro about his first ever
feature victory in the division. “I just have to
thank all of the fans for coming out to see this
The Auto Value
4-Cyclinder Scorpions saw Kevin Bertolone power
his Honda Acura to victory. Bertolone passed Zach
Willis’s Honda Prelude on lap five to take the
A spin on lap nine
by Troy Youngs was the only yellow flag of the
race. Bertolone held off Alison Knoepfler over the
last half of the race. Alison pressured Bertolone,
but could never find a chance to make the pass for
the win. Bertolone led Knoepfler across the finish
line. Mike Bradshaw, Joe Clark and Willis rounded
out the top five finishers.
“I think she
could have passed me given the opportunity,”
stated Bertolone. “She seemed to have the faster
gave him the division point lead by a mere two
points over Ryan Hillegeer.
SPENCER NOTES: The
Kids Bicycle races were not held last Friday, but
will be run on Friday, July 29. A second Kids
Bicycle race is planned for a night in August…..One
of the worst accidents came during the second
Sunoco Modified heat race. Paul Jeffers slammed
into the fourth turn wall damaging the right front
suspension on his number 47 modified….Before the
racing started a special belated victory lane was
held for Daryl Lewis Jr. who was declared the
Sunoco Modified feature winner back on June 17
after the apparent race winner did not pass tech
“It’s been a
while for me to get a win, some two or three years
ago,” stated Lewis Jr. “We have been
struggling for two years now. We will have to see
how the rest of the year goes.” He then added,
”I have to thank my wife for all of this. She
puts up with me going to the garage to work on the
car at night instead of spending time with her.”
Racing returns to
Spencer on Friday with a special double points
night in all divisions next Friday, July 15. The
Modifieds will be running a Spencer/Chemung/Holland
Challenge race. Also on hand will be the ultra
quick Legend Cars. Race time will be 7:30 p.m.
sharp. 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.
ENGINEERING NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: A.
Knoepfler, M. Bradshaw, J. Clark, D. Lazzaro, A.
HEAT 2: K.
Bertolone, O. Bradshaw, Z. Willis, B. Bradshaw, D.
KEVIN BERTOLONE, Alison Knoepfler, Mike Bradshaw,
Joe Clark, Zach Willis, Austin Montgomery, Otis
Bradshaw, Dale Lazzaro, Russell Peets, Dave
Bradshaw, Bro Bradshaw, Beth Dennie, Richie Gross,
Andrea LaManna (DNS).
HOOSIER TIRE SUPER
HEAT 1: B. Hallett,
P. Cowell, B. Allen, A. VanHall, J. Welch.
HEAT 2: T. Faro,
R. Wilson, E. Ruffell, V. Grant, R. Hillegeer.
TIM FARO, Peter Cowell, Ryan Hillegeer, Van Grant,
Erick Ruffell, Brandon Allen, Adam VanHall, Troy
Youngs, John Welch, Bill Malin, Brian Hallett,
HEAT 1: J.
Steffenhagen Jr., M. Wright, Billy Gleason, Bobby
Lippa Jr., Robert Polka.
HEAT 2: K.
Hillegeer, J. Parent, S. Malin, T. Fecteau, B.
JIM STEFFENHAGEN JR., Mitchell Wright, Steve Malin,
Jeff Parent, Billy Gleason, Tom Fecteau, Robert
Polka, Bobby Lippa Jr., Kris Hillegeer, Brandon
HEAT 1: D.
Catalano, M. Leaty, B. Lippa Jr., D. Lewis Jr., M.
HEAT 2: A.
Catalano, C. Finocchario, T. Bradshaw, A. Lewis,
HEAT 3: K.
Timmerman, R. Beeman, Eie. Hawkins, J. London, J.
AMY CATALANO, Mike Leaty, Chris Finocchario, Kevin
Timmerman, Dave Catalano, Eddie Hawkins, Ryan
Beeman, Andy Lewis, Bobby Lippa Jr., Fred Taylor,
Mark Cline, Jody London, Toad Bradshaw, Ed
Hawkins, Scott Combs, John Avery, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Jake Boerman, Matt Lees, Paul Jeffers (DNS).
AMY CATALANO, Kevin Timmerman, Mike Leaty, Eddie
Hawkins, Chris Finocchario, Dave Catalano, Ryan
Beeman, Andy Lewis, Tony Hanbury, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Jake Boerman, Mark Cline, Ed
Hawkins, Scott Combs, Matt Lees, Fred Taylor, Toad
Bradshaw, John Avery, Paul Jeffers (DNS).