CATALANO PICKS UP ANOTHER SPENCER/CHEMUNG /HOLLAND
CHALLENGE RACE SUNOCO MODIFIED WIN - by
Gary M. Spaid
Catalano, the 2009 Spencer track champion, from
nearby Ontario, NY, picked up her third Sunoco
Modified feature win of the 2011 NASCAR season at
Spencer Speedway. It was also her second win in
the Spencer/Chemung/Holland Challenge Series in
“This week has
been a sad one as we lost a number of family
members a couple of years ago during this week,”
started off Amy in Victory Lane. But then asked
about her ventures last week, she quickly picked
herself up and related the information about a
second at Holland followed by a fifth in the RoC
Sportsman Modified 100-lapper.
In Super Stock
action Kris Hillegeer claimed his second straight
20-lap feature win.
“I have to thank
all of my family for coming out tonight. However,
my wife had to stay home with the new baby,” he
Russell Peets won
the Four Cylinder Auto Value Scorpion feature,
running away from the rest of the starting field.
“We were really hooked up tonight,’ stated
Peets in Victory Lane. “I have to thank Ryan
Brown for giving us this new car to use.”
The Super Sixes
were vying for double points. It was Tim Faro
bringing home the victory, his third win in four
The Legend Cars
were on hand for their fourth appearance at the
speedway in 2011. It was Brett Coon, from Elma,
NY, taking home the 16-lap feature win. The race
was shortened by four laps due to a major oily of
the track when the number 8 driven by Bryce Norton
let go of an engine.
An exhibition was
presented by the Atlantic Coast Old Timers in
which Bud Hinman, from Waterville, NY, just south
of Utica, won the exhibition. Hinman was a former
stock car driver at tracks like Weedsport and
Dave and Amy
Catalano brought the starting field of 17
Sunoco/Pro Modifieds down to the line. Amy jumped
into the lead at the drop of the green followed by
Dave, Mike Leaty and Kevin Timmerman.
The first of just
two yellows flew on lap 10 when Daryl Lewis Jr.
coasted to a stop on the back stretch. During this
yellow Fred Taylor lost power and pitted.
The restart saw
Amy lose the lead to Dave. She fell in second to
hold off Timmerman who tried to charge around the
top side for the position.
Lewis Jr. was also
the cause of the second yellow, lap 15, when he
spun around exiting the fourth turn.
This time Amy
resumed the lead. Timmerman was able to make his
move stick and he grabbed second, tucking in
between Amy and her husband Dave.
With the white
flag flying Dave Catalano’s car belched flames
from the exhaust pipes and slowed to the inside of
the track, finally coming to rest the first car
one lap down. Amy took the victory followed by
Timmerman, Leaty, Eddie Hawkins and Ryan Beeman.
“I want to
remember to thank my mom,” stated Amy. “I
forgot to mention her last time I won, so this one
was for you mom.”
One more Spencer/Chemung
Challenge races remains at Spencer, the season
finale on September 9.
The Super Sixes
were running for double feature points. Brandon
Allen took off as the leader at the drop of the
green. It wasn’t long before Bill Hallett
challenged Allen in a side-by-side duel down the
front chute, resulting in Hallett taking the lead
on lap six.
winner Tim Faro by now had taken third and charged
hard under teammate Allen for second. On lap eight
he worked his way into the lead.
The yellow flew on
lap nine when Erick Ruffell slowed on the track.
The restart saw Adam VanHall slide off the track
in the first turn. He made it back to complete the
lap and then pit. Another yellow flowed on the
next lap, allowing VanHall to make it back on
track without losing a lap.
At the finish it
would be Faro with the victory followed by Hallett,
Chris Andolino in a borrowed car, Allen and Van
Grant rounding out the top five.
The Auto Value
Scorpion race was a blow out by Russell Peets.
Peets took the lead on the first lap and never
looked back. Peets had built up nearly a half
straight away lead when Kevin Bertolone finally
broke loose from the pack and took off after Peets.
By the time the checkers flew Bertolone had closed
to within a second of Peets. Alison Knoepfler came
home in third followed by Zach Willis in fourth
and Mike Bradshaw in fifth.
The Super Stocks
saw a side-by-side battle for the first half of
the 20-lap race between Billy Gleason and Kris
Hillegeer. Each lap no one knew who would be the
leader as the two battled toe-to-toe. Finally on
lap nine a lapped car allowed Hillegeer to make
the move to secure the first spot all to himself.
“I hated to use
that lap car to block Billy and take the lead,”
commented Hillegeer. “But Bill has been coming
on strong as of late. One of these wins will be
his in the near future.”
finished third followed by Brian Gordon and Tommy
Catalano in his street stock.
The Legend Cars
lived up to their billing, turning laps in the
high seventies all race long. The 20-lap feature
got off to a rocky start when Carl Vilardo IV and
Bryce Norton came together going into the first
turn. Both cars were able to continue in the race.
Bacon took the lead on the restart with Brad
Salatino in second. One lap later Salatino drove
hard into the lead. On lap seven it was Carl
Vilardo IV charging through the pack to grab the
lead from Salatino.
On lap 12, Brett
Coon, who was running second after getting by
Salatino on lap 9, dove low in the third turn to
take the lead. Up front it was now Coon, followed
by Vilardo IV and Salatino. Fourth place Bryce
Norton would determine the finish when his engine
let go on lap 16 spreading oil down the back
stretch and through turn four. The extensive clean
up forced officials to call the race complete on
lap 16, shortening the race by four laps.
Coon took his
first feature win of the year at Spencer.
“I want to thank
NAPA for sponsoring our appearance at the track
tonight,” related Coon. “Its too bad we had a
shortened race, but that happens from time to
SPENCER Notes: The
Kids’ Bicycle Races were run before the start of
the auto racing program. The kids were broken into
three age groups. In the Five and under class,
Joshua Warner out dragged the competition to take
the win over Adian Davis and Trevor Catalano. The
Six to Eight year olds saw Gavin Fernnays take the
wins, with Glenn Bull in second and Blasé Miller
third. Finally in the Nine and older class, Tim
Boower took the win followed by Ryan Fernnays and
Tyler Warner….DeRitters Garage sponsored a
drawing for both a Boy’s and a Girl’s Bicycle.
Brandon Kephart won the boys bike and Racelyn
Lippa won the girls bicycle….Long time track
welder Dave Herman passed away during the week. He
was also the official welder for the RoC in recent
years….Jeff Ruddy qualified for the Spencer/Chemung/Holland
Challenge point fund by running three series races
at Spencer/Chemung and three at Holland. He joins
Dave and Amy Catalano as qualified point fund
Racing resumes at
Spencer on Friday, August 5, featuring a full
program of racing in all divisions. The Sunoco
Modifieds will be running Twin 50-lap features.
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
NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.
ALL-AMERICAN NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: Z. Willis,
A. Knoepfler, R. Peets, D. Lazzaro, B. Bradshaw.
HEAT 2: M.
Bradshaw, J. Clark, K. Bertolone, O. Bradshaw, B.
RUSSELL PEETS, Kevin Bertolone, Alison Knoepfler,
Zach Willis, Mike Bradshaw, Otis Bradshaw, Beth
Dennie, Joe Clark, Dale Lazzaro, Robert Polka,
Richie gross, Bro Bradshaw, Andrea LaManna.
HEAT: B. Carman,
B. Goodfellow, K. Goewey, B.Hinman, D. Dadswell.
BUD HINMAN (sprint), Bruce Carman (midget), Ken
Goewey (sprint), Don Dadswell (roadster), Dave
HEAT: C. Vilardo
IV, B. Coon, B. Salatino, B. Norton, A. Depuy.
BRETT COON, Carl Vilardo IV, Brad Salatino, Adam
Depuy, Charlie Neumann, Bryce Norton, John Bacon.
HOOSIER TIRE SUPER
HEAT 1: B. Hallett,
T. Faro, A. VanHall, P. Cowell, R. Hillegeer.
HEAT 2: B. Allen,
V. Grant, C. Andolino, E. Ruffell, B. Malin.
TIM FARO, Bill Hallett, Chris Andolino, Brandon
Allen, Van Grant, Peter Cowell, Ryan Hillegeer,
Adam VanHall, Rick Wilson, Bill Malin, Erick
HEAT: B. Gleason,
K. Hillegeer, T. Gordon, M. Wright, T. Catalano.
KRIS HILLEGEER, Billy Gleason, Mitchell Wright,
Brian Gordon, Tommy Catalano (Street Stock), Tom
Fecteau, Brandon Larner.
HEAT 1: D.
Catalano, K. Timmerman, C. Finocchario, J. Hamman,
HEAT 2: A.
Catalano, J. Ruddy, E. Hawkins, F. Taylor, A.
HEAT 3: R. Beeman,
M. Leaty, B. Lippa Jr., J. Boerman, D. Lewis Jr.
AMY CATALANO, Kevin Timmerman, Mike Leaty, Eddie
Hawkins, Ryan Beeman, Chris Finocchario, Bobby
Lippa Jr., Toad Bradshaw, Matt Lees, Jeff Ruddy,
Andy Lewis, Jake Boerman, Dave Catalano, Scott
Combs, Jeff Hamman, Daryl Lewis Jr., Fred Taylor.