PICKS UP THE DOUBLE POINT GOLD AT SPENCER
by Gary M. Spaid
own Mike Leaty picked up the 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco
Modified feature victory last Friday at Spencer
Speedway. Leaty, who took over as the leader on
lap three, from Ryan Beeman, stated,” Kevin
Timmerman and I have been discussing these
features races. We both agree it’s the guy who
gets in the lead first that seems to be able to
hold on to victory.”
feature was also a Graff Trucking/Sunoco Race
Fuels NASCAR Upstate Pro-Modified Challenge Series
In the Super Stock
division, Jim Steffenhagen Jr.’s win streak came
to an end when Jim was unable to attend due to the
death of his mother, Carrie Lynn Young. Kris
Hillegeer, also from Williamson, was able to take
home the 20-lap victory. Just the week before
Hillegeer limped into the pits at the back of a
two truck after tearing off his right front
In Super Six
action Tim Faro tried to make it two wins in a
row, but just fell short by half a car length at
the finish line to Honeoye Falls’s Bill Hallett.
Hallett has not been able to complete a race all
year due to mechanical failures until last Friday.
kept the pride of the female drivers at Spencer in
tact, as she took home the 15-lap feature win in
the four cylinder Auto Value Scorpion division.
Knoepfler, who shed tears of joy in victory lane
reacted as most first time winners do,” I am
just so excited I just don’t know what to say.”
The popular Legend
Cars were back with new comer Jake Vernon, from
Hamburg, NY, taking the 20-lap victory.
Andy Lewis grabbed
the lead at the start of the 35-lap Sunoco
Modified feature, as the front four rows raced
side-by-side for two laps. It was Ryan Beeman
inching out the lead on lap two, just before the
yellow flew when Chris Finocchario and Lewis came
together in the first turn resulting in Lewis
looping out in front of the field.
The restart saw
Mike Leaty take the lead with Beeman running
second. Kevin Timmerman made his move on Beeman to
grab second on lap six before the yellow flew for
a second time for a spin out by Toad Bradshaw in
the second turn.
The restart saw
the red displayed for nearly seven minutes when
Bobby Lippa Jr. and Lewis locked bumpers as they
came down to take green.
Once underway, it
was Leaty and Timmerman breaking away from the
field with Eddie Hawkins holding down third over
Amy Catalano and Beeman. The running order would
remain this way until lap 31 when Amy looped out
entering the first turn. This spin would cost her
the points lead at the track as double points were
on the line in all divisions.
Leaty held on for
his second win of the season with Timmerman a
close second. Hawkins, Chris Finocchario and
Beeman rounded out the top five finishers.
clanging wheels with Kevin once,” stated Leaty.
“We got a great restart and that was what
matters.” He then added, ”My crew’s hard
work makes me look good out here.”
The Super Stock
race saw Kris Hillegeer immediately take the lead
from his pole starting position. He then proceeded
to pull away from the field once Mitchell Wright
slipped on in the first turn on lap five. The
slip-up by Wright moved him back to fifth and
Brian Gordon in second.
The yellow flew on
lap 15 when Jeff Parent and Wright came together
exiting the fourth turn and made contact with the
front stretch wall. Parent’s car was too damaged
to continue. Wright made a pit stop and return to
the back of the pack for the restart.
Hillegeer held on
for the victory followed by Gordon, Tom Catalano
in a Street Stock, Tom Fecteau and Wright. The win
projected Hillegeer into the track points led,
with Steffenhagen falling back to third.
In Super Six
action Brian Hallett led the way leading all 20
circuits. The yellow had to be brought out just
once when Ryan Hillegeer made contact with the
back stretch wall and had to be towed back to the
Up front Tim Faro
made repeated charges at Hallett. It has been
Hallett’s luck to break every time this year
during the feature race. Faro was putting the
pressure on and hoping Hallett’s luck would run
This time Hallett
held on as Faro mad a final charge out of turn
four falling short by just a half car length at
the finish line. Chris Andolino, Brandon Allen and
Van Grant rounded out the top five finishers.
“I was holding
on for dear life as this car got really tight at
the end,” commented an elated Hallett in victory
In Four Cylinder
Auto Value Scorpion action Alison Knoepfler used a
lap two restart to her advantage. She blasted away
from the pack and drew out a very respectable lead
over the rest of the field to earn he first
To the delight of
the crowd this former Sodus Microd Club member
held on for the victory. Mike Bradshaw, Kevin
Bertolone, Zach Willis and Otis Bradshaw rounded
out the top five finishers.
The Legend Cars
were on hand for the third time in 2011. Brett
Coon led the first two laps before the yellow
flew, when Bryce Norton slammed the front stretch
The restart saw
newcomer Jake Vernon take the lead and then pull
away to a five car advantage over second place
Brad Salatino. The yellow flew once more, lap 15,
when Jeff Decker spun in the fourth turn and
Charlie Neumann spun on the front chute exiting
the fourth turn.
Vernon held on for
the victory, his third one of the year in this
division. Salatino finished second followed by
Carl Vilardo IV, Brandon DeBrakeleer and Coon.
“Yeah, we had a
good car here tonight,” stated Vernon in victory
SPENCER NOTES: A
good number of microds were on hand at the
speedway for a demonstration. The got to run on
the track before the races and during intermission….A
beautiful full moon made it’s appearance over
the second turn just in time for the features….Fans
can still use their ticket stub as a two dollar
off coupon for the next race night at Spencer.
Racing resumes to
Spencer on Friday with a special “reverse purse”
night in all divisions, July 22. Reverse the Purse
night means first and second place finishers swap
money totals in the features. 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
ENGINEERING DOUBLE POINT NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: B.
Salatino, B. Coon, B. Norton, B. DeBrakeleer.
HEAT 2: J. Vernon,
C. Vilardo IV, J. Decker, C. Neumann.
JAKE VERNON, Brad Salatino, Carl Vilardo IV,
Brandon DeBrakeleer, Brett Coon, John Bacon, Jeff
Decker, Charlie Neumann, Bryce Norton.
HEAT 1: K.
Bertolone, J. Clark, Z. Willis, R. Peets, B.
HEAT 2: M.
Bradshaw, A. Knoepfler, D. Lazzaro, O. Bradshaw,
ALISON KNOEPFLER, Mike Bradshaw, Kevin Bertolone,
Zach Willis, Otis Bradshaw, Dale Lazzaro, Russell,
Peets, Joe Clark, Dave Bradshaw, Bro Bradshaw,
Austin Montgomery, Amanda DeLyser, Richie Gross,
Beth Dennie, Andrea LaManna.
HOOSIER TIRE SUPER
HEAT 1: B. Hallett,
R. Hillegeer, V. Grant, C. Andolino, E. Ruffell.
HEAT 2: T. Faro,
R. Wilson, A. VanHall, B. Allen, T. Youngs.
BILL HALLETT, Tim Faro, Chris Andolino, Brandon
Allen, Van Grant, Adam VanHall, Erick Ruffell,
Rick Wilson, Troy Youngs, Kailea Nelson, Peter
Cowell, Ryan Hillegeer.
HEAT 1: K.
Hillegeer, S. Malin, J. Parent, B. Gleason.
HEAT 2: M. Wright,
B. Gordon, T. Fecteau, B. Larner.
KRIS HILLEGEER, Brian Gordon, Tom Catalano (Street
Stock), Tom Fecteau, Mitchell Wright, Brandon
Larner, Billy Gleason, Jeff Parent, Steve Malin.
HEAT 1: A.
Catalano, E. Hawkins, C. Finocchario, A. Lewis,
Bobby Lippa Jr.
HEAT 2: K.
Timmerman, M. Leaty, R. Beeman, T. Bradshaw, F.
MIKE LEATY, Kevin Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins, Chris
Finocchario, Ryan Beeman, Andy Lewis, Amy
Catalano, Dave Catalano, Jake Boerman, Matt Lees,
Fred Taylor, Toad Bradshaw, Bobby Lippa Jr., John
Semmler, Scott Combs, Daryl Lewis Jr.