LAP PASS EARNS LEATY WIN NUMBER FOUR AT SPENCER;
AND “THE PASS” WORKED TOO IN THE AUTO VALUE
by Gary M. Spaid
once, but twice were feature races decided last
Friday at Spencer exiting the fourth turn on the
final lap of the race. In the NASCAR Sunoco
Modifieds, Mike Leaty, Williamson, NY, moved into
position to make the pass exiting the second turn
on lap 35. He move alongside of Kevin Timmerman
and just nosed him out exiting the fourth turn to
take the victory.
“People seem to
want a rivalry between myself and Kevin,” stated
Leaty in victory lane. “Well tonight was a pay
back for an earlier bump by Kevin to take the lead
The same type of
pass worked in the Auto Value Scorpion feature.
Mike Bradshaw took the lead in the 15-lap feature
on lap one and led all the way until exiting the
fourth turn on the final lap. Alison Knoepfler had
worked her way underneath Bradshaw and powered
through the hole she created to take the feature
win by a mere 12 inches at the finish line.
Following a “big
hug” between Alison and Mike in victory lane,
Alison stated, “It just so cool tonight as we
won our heat race and now the feature. It’s been
a fun night of racing.”
Williamson, NY, picked up his fifth feature win in
a row cruising around the track, as attrition
knocked out more then half of the cars by lap
Mitchell Wright fell short again, finishing
second. To date he has seven top three finishes in
the nine features run in 2011 at Spencer. He just
can not seem to sew up that first feature win.
The Super Sixes
saw Chris Andolino, from Bloomfield, take the
20-lap feature win. Andolino held off a late race
charge by multi-time feature winner Tim Faro to
take the victory, his second win of the 2011
Pole sitter, Dave
Catalano took command of the 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco
Modified feature when the green flag dropped. He
powered away from the field, but the yellow flew
when his wife, Amy, looped around in between the
third and fourth turns in the infield grass.
The restart saw
Mike Leaty, who restarted on the outside front
row, was able to power by Catalano to take over
the lead. Kevin Timmerman quickly followed Leaty
around the outside of Catalano for second. Both
Leaty and Timmerman then began to pull away from
the rest of the field. A lap later, Daryl Lewis
passed Catalano for third.
The yellow flew
for a second time on lap nine when Dave Catalano,
running in fourth spun around exiting the second
The restart saw
Eddie Hawkins take third from Lewis Jr., but he
was unable to meet the pace set by the two
On lap 27,
Timmerman pulled low exiting the second turn and
powered by Leaty for the lead. Timmerman then
began to pull away by himself. On lap 32, as the
field came down the front stretch the number 54 of
Dave Catalano began to belch blue flames from the
exhaust headers, with strange popping sounds
coming from under the hood. He slowed to a stop to
bring out the yellow one last time,
Leaty now had his
opportunity to get back the lead. He pulled the
same move that Timmerman had used on him several
laps earlier, exiting the second turn on the final
lap. Side-by-side the two raced until exiting the
fourth turn where Timmerman drifted high allowing
Leaty the chance to nose out front.
Leaty claimed the
victory. Following him across the finish line were
Timmerman, Hawkins, Amy Catalano and Daryl Lewis
Jr. to make up the top five finishers.
The Super Stock
feature went green-to-checkers. Mitchell Wright
took the lead at the drop of the green, but was
passed by Kris Hillegeer down the back chute on
lap four. Many fans were expecting a charge by
multi-time feature winner Jim Steffenhagen Jr.,
but that never materialized as he pulled pitside
on lap five.
The final 15 laps
around the oval saw Hillegeer in total command of
the race with Wright falling back each lap. A
number of cars, more then half the field, dropped
out of the race by lap seven. Following Hillegeer
across the finish line were Wright, Steve Malin,
Tommy Catalano, in his street stock, and Brandon
“Once we were
out front I took it easy and just watched my
mirror,” stated Hillegeer who now leads the
track point race by more then 100 points.
The Four Cylinder
Auto Value Scorpions were running for double
points. The points leader Mike Bradshaw started
fifth and quickly charged down the inside lane to
take the lead as the field came around to complete
lap one. Bradshaw was able to build up a five car
advantage over second place runner Joe Clark.
Clark then lost second to Alison Knoepfler on lap
six. Knoepfler then set out to chase down
Without a yellow,
the race was running at a record pace, but
Knoepfler was closing the gap driving her Acura
Integra. As they came to the third turn on the
final lap Knoepfler ducked low and made a lane for
herself under Bradshaw. The two bumped each other
exiting the fourth turn. At the line it was
Knoepfler by a foot claiming the victory, her
second of the season. Bradshaw finished second
followed by Clark, Russell Peets and Zach Willis.
“I had the
chance to take the lead and I figured I had to go
for it,” stated Knoepfler.
In the Super Sixes
main event, Peter Cowell took the early lead in
the 20-lap main event. Chris Andolino, running
third, began to pick the cars off one at a time.
Each time Andolino made his move exiting the
second turn. He had second on lap two and charged
into the lead on lap three. Andolino then began to
pull away from the field.
leader, Tim Faro then began to show some power.
Faro pulled into second, lap 12, just before the
yellow flag flew when Adam Van Hall spun exiting
the fourth turn. This closed the field together
for a late race restart.
The restart saw
Andolino hold off Faro. Brian Hallett then joined
the front runners, resulting in Faro battling to
hold second and letting Andolino pull away for the
victory. Faro came home second followed by Hallett,
Van Grant and Cowell to round out the top five.
“I just want to
thank John Welch for letting me drive his car,”
stated Andolino, who stated his own car had
developed mechanical issues as of late.
SPENCER NOTE: A
special drawing was held to support the folks at
the Wayne County Animal Shelter. The winner
received as three hour Limo ride to a place of
their choice. All of the money collected went to
the Wayne County Animal Shelter to help care for
the animals…Word around the pit area was that
Jim Steffenhagen Jr. sold his potent Super Stock
ride to another Super Stock racer…TQ Midget
driver Timex Morgan made his NASCAR debut driving
the Jeff Hamman’s number 99 Sunoco Modified.
resumes this Friday at Spencer, August 26,
featuring a full program of racing in all
divisions. The Legend Cars will join the action
too. To start the evening activities the second
Kids’ Bicycle Races take to the front stretch
starting at 7 p.m. Kids need to register for the
races by 6:45 p.m. at the track offices.
The Kids also make
the spotlight as it will be poster night sponsored
by Bradshaw Racing. Judging of the posters will be
done by the track photographers. Posters need to
be on display by race time. The NASCAR 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 Points. Just three
weeks of racing remain in the 2011 NASCAR season
ALL-AMERICAN NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: A.
Knoepfler, B. Bradshaw, K. Bertolone, R. Peets, R.
HEAT 2: M.
Bradshaw, O. Bradshaw, A. Montgomery, J. Clark, D.
ALISON KNOEPFLER, Mike Bradshaw, Joe Clark,
Russell Peets, Zach Willis, Otis Bradshaw, Beth
Dennie, Kevin Bertolone, Bro Bradshaw, Dave
Bradshaw, Dale Lazzaro, Richie Gross, Andrea
LaManna, DNS: Austin Montgomery.
HEAT 1: P. Cowell,
R. Hillegeer, T. Faro, R. Wilson, T. Youngs.
HEAT 2: B. Hallett,
C. Andolino, B. Allen, V. Grant, A. VanHall.
CHRIS ANDOLINO, Tim Faro, Brian Hallett, Van
Grant, Peter Cowell, Brandon Allen, Rick Wilson,
Bill Malin, Troy Youngs, Ryan Hillegeer, Adam
HEAT: M. Wright,
J. Steffenhagen Jr., K. Hillegeer, B. Gordon, B.
: KRIS HILLEGEER, Mitchell Wright, Steve Malin,
Tom Catalano (Street Stock), Brandon Larner, Billy
Gleason, Tom Fecteau, Brandon Gordon, Jim
HEAT 1: M. Leaty,
D. Catalano, R. Beeman, F. Taylor, T. Bradshaw.
HEAT 2: A.
Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., B. Lippa Jr., J. Boerman,
HEAT 3: K.
Timmerman, E. Hawkins, E. Stritzel, M. Lees.
MIKE LEATY, Kevin Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins, Amy
Catalano, Daryl Lewis Jr., Bobby Lippa Jr., Terry
Cheetham, Fred Taylor, Timex Morgan, Paul Jeffers,
Jake Boerman, Mike Cline, Scott Combs, Dave
Catalano, Andy Lewis, Ryan Beeman, Matt Lees, Eric
Stritzel, Toad Bradshaw.