AND TIMMERMAN SPLIT 50-LAPPERS AT SPENCER
by Gary M. Spaid
action was hot and heavy last Friday evening at
Spencer Speedway with the running of twin
50-lappers for the Sunoco Modified division. Mike
Leaty took command of the first 50-lapper on lap
12 and proceeded to pull away to convincing win.
“The car was
quite working in practice. Then in the heat race
it seemed better,” commented Leaty. “Come
feature time it was on a rail. I have to thank the
crew for this one.”
50-lapper went to Kevin Timmerman. Just as in the
first, Timmerman took the lead on lap 12 and
finished nearly a full straight away ahead of Amy
Catalano in second.
“In the first
race we were held up by traffic. In this one the
car was on rails,” related Timmerman in victory
Mitch Wright took
top honors in the Super Stock 25-lap feature, but
later fell victim to tech. His car was found
illegal and the win given to second place finisher
Kris Hillegeer. Hillegeer now has four feature
wins in the class, tying Jim Steffenhagen Jr., who
spent the night behind the announcer’s
microphone in the tower.
The Super Six
25-lap feature was battle royal with Tim Faro
taking home his fourth feature win of the 2011
season. Faro grabbed the lead from Chris Andolino,
exiting the second turn with just two laps
remaining in the race.
“I have to thank
Chris, he did a great job tonight,” related
Faro. “This win is for my grandparents.”
The Four Cylinder
Auto Value Scorpions saw Mike Bradshaw hold off
Alison Knoepfler to take the 30-lap victory. “All
I have to say id Happy Anniversary to my mod and
dad,” stated Bradshaw.
appearance by the Casey Midgets took place with
Camden Barber from Bliss, NY taking the victory.
These midgets averaged nearly 85 mph for their
The first 50 lap
Sunoco Modified feature saw the yellow fly on the
initial green when Eddie Hawkins suffered
mechanical issues and was not able to get around
to take the green.
Once under way it
was Fred Taylor in the lead followed by Jake
Boerman and Bobby Lippa Jr.. On lap nine the
yellow flew again, this time for a spin in the
third turn by Scott Combs.
The restart saw
Leaty take the lead and never look back. Two laps
later Chris Finocchario passed Taylor to take
second. He then took off after Leaty but it was
just too late.
On lap 27,
Timmerman passed Taylor for third. Timmerman then
caught up with Finocchario, but neither could
close the gap on Leaty.
Two laps later,
lap 29, the yellow flew again when Dave Catalano
sailed off the third turn while running eighth.
The restart on lap 32, saw yet a third yellow.
This time Bobby Lippa Jr. got sideways and slammed
into the back stretch wall.
On lap 35 the red
flag flew when contact between Jeff Ruddy and Toad
Bradshaw exiting the fourth turn resulted in the
Ruddy car slamming into the outside wall and
destroying the front end on his car.
At the finish line
it would be Leaty followed by Finocchario,
Timmerman, Amy Catalano and Taylor.
“I want to
dedicate this win to my sponsor, Brian Miller’s
mom Wendy, who passed away this past week,”
The second 50-lap
Sunoco modified saw the top nine inverted for the
start. This put Andy Lewis and Toad Bradshaw on
the front row. As quickly as possible Amy Catalano
worked her way into third and finally into the
lead on lap eight, just before the yellow flew for
an accident involving Bradshaw and Jerry Boerman.
The restart saw
Catalano only able to hold off Timmerman until the
back stretch, where he passed her on the outside
to take the lead. Once out front he pulled away
from the rest of the field. Following Timmerman
across the finish line were Catalano, Leaty,
Finocchario and Eddie Hawkins, who was not able to
start the first feature.
races, Finocchario waved off tech inspection, thus
disqualifying himself from both 50-lap races.
The start of the
Super Six main saw Erick Ruffell blasted into the
lead. Four laps later, Chris Andolino caught and
passed Ruffell exiting the fourth turn.
A yellow/red flag
flew on lap eight when Tim Faro and Ryan Hillegeer
looped around in the second turn while running in
second and third. Once under way again it was
Andolino leading Brian Hallett and Faro, who was
given back his running position for trying to
avoid the spinning Hillegeer. Faro then grabbed
second on lap 12 and took off after Andolino.
As the field
exited the second turn on lap 23, Faro made his
move low under Andolino to take the lead. Faro
took the checkers for the fourth time this season
followed by Andolino, Brandon Allen, Hallett and
Hillegeer rounding out the top five.
“This car is
really fast around here,” stated Faro. “It’s
like running on a rail.”
The Four Cylinder
Auto Value Scorpions saw Joe Clark take the lead
over Beth Dennie. On lap four Mike Bradshaw passed
Clark for the lead. From that point on Bradshaw
never looked over his shoulder as he sailed on to
the victory in race that only saw the yellow fly
once, lap 18. On that lap Dennis slowed off the
third turn to cause the yellow.
At the finish line
it was Bradshaw followed by Alison Knoepfler,
Austin Montgomery, Kevin Bertolone and Clark.
The Super Stocks
25-lapper was all Mitchell Wright, as he led all
“I was able to
build up a big enough lead to hold off that late
race charge by Hillegeer,” noted Wright. The
only thing wrong with Wright’s statement was the
post race inspection found issues with Wright’s
car and awarded the win to Hillegeer, his fourth
of the year. Billy Gleason finished second
followed by Brian Gordon and Tom Fecteau.
The Casey Midgets
saw Camden Barber take the lead on lap two from
Jonathan Reid. On that same lap Justin Mapes took
second. The front two would remain that way
turning laps in the mid-80 mph range each lap
around the flat half mile oval.
Barber took the
win in the group’s first appearance at Spencer
Speedway. Owen Bednasz, Reid and Dan Lawrence
rounded out the top five finishers.
There is no NASCAR
racing at Spencer on August 12, to make way for
the RoC 150 lap race at Spencer’s sister track,
the Chemung Speedrome.
Racing resumes at
Spencer on Friday, August 19, featuring a full
program of racing in all divisions. Double points
for the Auto Value Scorpions will be on the line
that evening. Fans will also have a chance to go
down on the track during intermission for a meet
and greet session with the drivers. 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: C. Barber,
J. Reid, A. McGruder, M. Blair,G. Steffan.
HEAT 2: O. Bednasz,
D. Lawrence, J. Mapes, C. DiRosa, N. Rung.
CAMDEN BARBER, Justin Mapes, Owen Bednasz,
Jonathan Reid, Dan Lawrence, Shawn Nye, Charlie
DiRosa, Mike Blair, Gordon Steffan, Nelson Rung,
MIKE BRADSHAW, Alison Knoepfler, Austin
Montgomery, Kevin Bertolone, Joe Clark, Otis
Bradshaw, Dave Bradshaw, Russell Peets, Bro
Bradshaw, Beth Dennie, Richie Gross, Andrea
LaManna, Zach Willis, Dale Lazzaro.
HOOSIER TIRE SUPER
TIM FARO, Chris Andolino, Brandon Allen, Brian
Hallett, Ryan Hillegeer, Van Grant, Adam VanHall,
Erick Ruffell, Kalea Nelson, Peter Cowell, Rick
KRIS HILLEGEER, Billy Gleason, Brian Gordon, Tom
Fecteau, Brandon Larner, DNS: Tom Catalano, DQed:
HEAT 1: J. Ruddy,
F. Taylor, A. Catalano, T. Bradshaw, M. Lees.
HEAT 2: M. Leaty,
K. Timmerman, B. Lippa Jr., D. Lewis Jr., S.
HEAT 3: J. Boerman,
Eddie Hawkins, A. Lewis, M. Cline.
(50-laps): MIKE LEATY, Kevin Timmerman, Amy
Catalano, Fred Taylor, Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy
Lewis, Toad Bradshaw, Matt Lees, Mark Cline, Scott
Combs, Jake Boerman, Jeff Ruddy, Bobby Lippa Jr.,
Dave Catalano, DNS: Eddie Hawkins, Ed Hawkins. DQ’ed:
(50-laps): KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Amy Catalano, Mike
Leaty, Eddie Hawkins, Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy Lewis,
Fred Taylor, Mark Cline, Scott Combs, Jerry
Boerman, Toad Bradshaw, Dave Catalano, Matt lees,
DNS: Jeff Ruddy, Bobby Lippa Jr., Ed Hawkins, DQ’ed: