RETURNS TO SPENCER SPEEDWAY VICTORY LANE
by Gary M. Spaid
Timmerman made his second visit to NASCAR victory
lane in 2011, not having won at the track since
June 3. By this win Timmerman closed the track
points gap on points leader Mike Leaty to just
was right last week, restarts are the key to
winning here,” stated Timmerman in victory lane.
He then added, “I leave for a friends wedding
tomorrow morning, so I’ll miss this year’s RoC
In NASCAR Super
Stocks, Kris Hillegeer made it back-to-back
feature wins at Spencer. His victory was extra
sweet this Friday.
“My wife and I
had a new baby boy this morning at 1:30 a.m., Eli
David,” stated an elated and tired race winner.
“My wife said she wanted me to go racing
In Super Six
action the top two from last week, simply reversed
themselves this week. Tim Faro took home his
second feature win of the year at Spencer. “I
have to thank Brandon Allen. We work together on
these cars all week.”
In Auto Value
Scorpion action Alison Knoepfler crossed the
finish line first, but was penalized two spots for
contact with the race leader, Kevin Bertolone on
lap 12. This placed Mike Bradshaw in first.
“I am just
speechless,” stated Bradshaw. “When I saw
Alison and Kevin come together I knew I had to
keep my foot in it.”
The 35-lap Sunoco
Modified feature got off to a slow start when Fred
Taylor looped around on the first lap between
turns one and two. He would later, lap 4, repeat
the same move, both times bringing out the yellow.
fifth, Toad Bradshaw saw his race go awry on a lap
five restart. He bogged down. At the same time
Mark Cline made contact with the fourth turn wall.
Up front Timmerman
was in command of the race followed by Daryl Lewis
Jr., Dave Catalano and Mike Leaty.
On lap 15, Andy
Lewis spun exiting the second turn to bunch the
field together again. This time Mike Leaty was
besides Timmerman for the restart. Timmerman was
able to hang onto first with Leaty second and Dave
Catalano in third.
The yellow showed
up one more time, lap 21, when John Semmler slowed
exiting the fourth turn down the front straight.
continued to dominate the restarts and held on for
the victory. Leaty, Eddie Hawkins, Dave Catalano
and Amy Catalano rounded out the top five
“My car really
was getting light,” stated Timmerman. “If Mike
had just got around me the race would have been
The 20-lap Super
Stock feature went green-to-checkered with out any
yellows. Billy Gleason led the first lap, only to
be passed by Kris Hillegeer. Hillegeer never
looked back and drove home with the victory.
Gleason, Mitchell Wright, Tommy Catalano in a
street stock, and Brandon Larner rounded out the
top five finishers.
Following a yellow
for a accident by the front row starters, Rick
Wilson and Ryan Hillegeer, in the first turn,
Brian Hallett took the lead at the drop of the
green in the 20-lap Super Six feature.
Tim Faro was on
the move. Faro took second from Peter Cowell on
lap four. At that same time the yellow flew when
John Welch and Wilson came together again in the
first turn, to bring out the second yellow of the
Faro then out
dragged Hallett, to led of the race. The race
would remain green to completion, with Faro taking
his second feature win in three weeks. Hallett
finished in second followed by Peter Cowell, Ryan
Hillegeer and Van Grant to round out the top five.
Russell Peets was
the early leader from his pole starting position
in the Auto Value Scorpion division’s 15 lap
feature. The race would also go green-to-checkers
without any yellows.
Peets loss the
lead to second place Kevin Bertolone on lap six.
Bertolone would lead the race until lap 13, when
the controversial move of the race occurred. On
that lap second place Alison Knoepfler made
contact with Bertolone, sending Bertolone back to
third behind second place Mike Bradshaw, resulting
in Knoepfler taking the lead. Knoepfler held on to
take the checkers only to be placed back into
third behind Bertolone who was credited with
second. Bradshaw as declared the winner. It was
Mike’s third win of the year in the Auto Value
Grant Bradshaw was interviewed also in victory
lane. He stated,” The whole family feels great
about this division. We are having a lot of fun.”
SPENCER NOTES: Two
bicycles will be given away to kids participating
in the Kids’ Bicycle races this coming Friday.
The names of all of the kids participating will
included in the drawings.…Fans can still use
their ticket stub as a two dollar off coupon for
the next race night at Spencer….Jim Steffenhagen
Jr. is expected to return this coming Friday after
the passing of his mother.
Racing resumes at
Spencer on Friday, July 29, with the Legend Cars
joining a full program of racing in all divisions.
The Super Sixes will be vying for double points on
that night. Also a special appearance of the
Atlantic Coast Old Timers Club is also scheduled
to take place featuring the old “champ cars”
of the past.
The night starts
off with the Kid’s Bicycle Races at 7 p.m..
NASCAR race time will be 7:30 p.m. sharp. For more
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
ALL-AMERICAN NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: M.
Bradshaw, Z. Willis, R. Peets, J. Clark, D.
HEAT 2: O.
Bradshaw, A. Knoepfler, K. Bertolone, B. Dennie,
MIKE BRADSHAW, Kevin Bertolone, Alison Knoepfler,
Russell Peets, Otis Bradshaw, Zach Willis, Joe
Clark, Beth Dennie, Dave Bradshaw, Austin
Montgomery, Dale Lazzaro, Richie Gross, Andrea
LaManna, DNS: Bro Bradshaw
HOOSIER TIRE SUPER
HEAT 1: P. Cowell,
B. Allen, R. Wilson, E. Ruffell, B. Malin.
HEAT 2: B. Hallett,
T. Faro, R. Hillegeer, A. VanHall, V. Grant.
TIM FARO, Brian Hallett, Peter Cowell, Ryan
Hillegeer, Van Grant, Brandon Allen, Adam VanHall,
John Welch, Erick Ruffell, Bill Malin, Troy Youngs,
HEAT: B. Gleason,
K. Hillegeer, M. Wright.
KRIS HILLEGEER, Billy Gleason, Mitchell Wright,
Tommy Catalano (Street Stock), Brandon Larner.
HEAT 1: T.
Bradshaw, A. Catalano, B. Lippa Jr., E. Hawkins,
HEAT 2: K.
Timmerman, D. Catalano, M. Leaty, D. Lewis Jr., F.
KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Mike Leaty, Eddie Hawkins, Dave
Catalano, Amy Catalano, Daryl Lewis Jr., Bobby
Lippa Jr., Andy Lewis, Jake Boerman , Matt Lees,
Scott Combs, John Semmler, Toad Bradshaw, Mark
Cline, Fred Taylor, DNS: Chris Finocchario.