PICKS UP NASCAR WIN NUMBER FOUR AT SPENCER;
GLEASON BREAKS INTO SUPER STOCK VICTORY LANE
by Gary M. Spaid
losing a close one last week and a post race
banging session, Kevin Timmerman won his four
NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature at Spencer Speedway
last Friday. ”With all of that ‘dirty driving’
last week I had to put on an old fashion butt
whipping to them,” stated Kevin Timmerman from
victory lane. Timmerman took over the lead from
Dave Catalano on a lap 14 restart following a spin
out by his “arch rival” Mike Leaty. “This
car was absolutely perfect tonight,” added
Amy Catalano, from
Ontario, tried to close the gap on Timmerman but
had to settle for a second place finish. Leaty
over came his late race spin and bounced back to
broke the strong hold on the Super Stock victory
lane held by Jim Steffenhagen Jr. and Kris
Hillegeer to become just the third different
feature winner in that class with just two weeks
remaining in the 2011 racing season.
Tim Faro earned
his fifth Super Six feature win of the year,
besting Brian Hallett and last week’s feature
winner Chris Andolino.
was able to repeat in the Auto Value Scorpion
division, winning her second feature in a row. “Racing
has really been fun these last two weeks,”
stated Alison. “It’s just fun to win.”
The Legend cars
were on hand with Tony Hanbury, from Owego, taking
his second Spencer Speedway feature win of the
year. After the race Hanbury approached the Coon
car on the front straight before his victory lane
interview. “I had to apologize to Brett Coon for
that last lap contact.” Tony continued, “but
he would have done the same to me to win”
Dave Catalano took
command of the NASCAR Sunoco Modified main with
Eddie Hawkins a close second at the drop of the
green. Before the second lap could be completed
Scott Combs went around in the fourth turn
bringing out the yellow. Catalano remained in
front, as he and Hawkins were able to pull away by
three car lengths over Ryan Beeman.
The yellow flew
for a second time on lap 11, for Matt Lees. The
restart saw Timmerman take second from Hawkins and
Mike Leaty pass Beeman. Leaty then took a run at
Hawkins in third. Contact in the third turn sent
Leaty high entering the fourth turn and looping
out to cause the third yellow flag of the race.
On the restart,
Timmerman out-dragged Dave Catalano for the lead.
One lap later Amy Catalano passed her husband Dave
to take second. Timmerman had a clear track in
front of him and he pulled away from the pack.
The yellow flew on
lap 19 when Bobby Lippa Jr. lost control following
on track contact and hit the inside front stretch
wall damaging his modified. The restart saw an
exciting slide through the infield grass down the
backstretch by Dave Catalano and Eddie Hawkins.
Both were running in the top five when the
accident occurred. Catalano would exit the race
two laps later and Hawkins caused another yellow,
lap 27, while trying to get back to the front.
At the finish line
Timmerman won by nearly a quarter of a straight
away over Amy Catalano. Beeman, Daryl Lewis Jr.
and Mike Leaty rounded out the top five finishers.
With his win and the additional 15 heat and leader
bonus points vs. Mike Leaty’s one additional
heat point, Timmerman surged ahead in track points
over Leaty by 15 points.
Gleason took advantage of his pole starting
position to win his first Super Stock main event.
He battled the entire distance with multi-time
winner Kris Hillegeer. In the latter stages of the
race Mitchell Wright challenged Hillegeer and took
some of the pressure off Gleason allowing him to
build up a two car advantage.
At the finish line
Gleason took the victory followed by Hillegeer,
Wright, Tom Fecteau and Brian Gordon, who
purchased the Chevrolet Monte Carlo from Jim
Steffenhagen Jr. at the beginning of the season.
As Gleason exited the car the fans could hear a
loud yell of joy in victory lane.
“I was a nervous
wreck the entire race,” commented Gleason. “I
have to thank the 25 (Wright) for little push. I
guess I was putting on a show as my car ‘dirt
tracked’ some in the turns.”
The Super Six
feature went green-to-checkers without any issues.
Rick Wilson took the early race lead but was
passed on lap 11 by eventual race winner Tim Faro.
As both drivers led 10 laps each, each received an
additional 5 point bonus for leading the most
Wilson fell back
to third on lap 13 as Brian Hallett pulled his
number 36 into second and chased after Faro. In
the closing laps Chris Andolino took third from
Wilson. They would finish in that order, with Van
Grant taking the final top five finishing
troubles getting the Auto Value Four Cylinder
feature under way. The race had to be restarted
three times following the first lap due to spin
Once underway it
was Beth Dennie taking the lead in her Acura
Integra. She held off repeated challenges by Zach
Willis in his Integra. But it would be last week’s
feature winner Alison Knoepfler in her Integra who
took the lead on lap eight. She maintained the
lead following a yellow for debris on lap nine.
seems to be peaking at the end of the season, came
home her second straight victory. Willis, Mike
Bradshaw, Dennie and Joe Clark rounded out the top
five. When asked if being in front helps the cars,
Knoepfler said,” It helps some being in the
Tony Hanbury had
to work hard to take the Legends feature win. He
led the race for 14 laps, when he made contact
with second place runner Carl Vilardo IV in the
fourth turn resulting in both cars spinning out.
This handed the lead over to Brett Coon. Hanbury
charged back through the field to challenge Coon
for the lead with one lap remaining. As the
leaders exited the fourth turn Coon went spinning
and Hanbury cross the finish line in first.
some of these guys were running for two hundred
grand,” stated a somewhat frustrated Hanbury in
victory lane. Vilardo IV worked his way back to
second followed by Jake Vernon, Brad Salatino and
Bryce Norton in the top five.
SPENCER NOTES: The
kids ruled at Spencer last Friday with bicycle
races, a poster contest and a bicycle giveaway.
Blake Giglio from Williamson was declared the
winner of the five and under bicycle races. In the
6 to 8 year old category, Tyler Catalano took the
win. And in the nine and older class Joey Ruffell
was the winner. The AMSOIL bus tour was present at
the speedway and presented kids in the bicycle
races with decals….Poster contest winners
included Trinity Miller, Dakota Miller, Blaze
Miller and Ryan Hermaette. These kids met with
their most popular drivers on the front straight
and had pictures taken with them on the front
straight and had the opportunity to sit in their
cars during the intermission….Get well wishes go
out to track announcer Bill Vandeweghe, who is
under doctor’s care and was unable to be at the
track last Friday. John Flock, Mike Paz and “Racing”
Randy from WCFM radio took over the announcing
duties for Bill….John Padchaull proposed to
Leslie Pierce at the Start-Finish line before the
races. She accepted his proposal.
Just two weeks
remain in the 2011 NASCAR Racing resumes at
Spencer. September 2 will feature a full program
of NASCAR racing in all divisions. 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 AMSOIL NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: B.
Salatino, J. Vernon, C. Vilardo IV, B. Norton.
HEAT 2: B. Coon,
T. Hanbury, C. Neumann, D. Hanbury
TONY HANBURY, Carl Vilardo IV, Jake Vernon, Brad
Salatino, Bryce Norton, Brett Coon, Jeff Decker,
Charlie Neumann, Doniel Hanbury
HEAT 1: A.
Knoepfler, M. Bradshaw, J. Clark, O. Bradshaw, D.
HEAT 2: Z. Willis,
B. Dennie, K. Bertolone, B. Bradshaw, R. Polka
ALISON KNOEPFLER, Zach Willis, Mike Bradshaw, Beth
Dennie, Joe Clark, Russell Peets, Kevin Bertolone,
Dave Bradshaw, Otis Bradshaw, Dale Lazzaro, Bro
Bradshaw, Richie Gross, Robert Polka, Andrea
HEAT 1: R. Wilson,
C. Andolino, P. Cowell, B. Allen, B. Malin.
HEAT 2: V. Grant,
T. Faro, B. Hallett, A. VanHall, Ck. Andolino.
TIM FARO, Brian Hallett, Chris Andolino, Rick
Wilson, Van Grant, Peter Cowell, Brandon Allen,
Adam Van Hall, Chuck Andolino, Erick Ruffell,
Denny Coyle, Bill Malin.
HEAT: M. Wright,
K. Hillegeer, B. Gleason, T. Fecteau, B. Gordon.
BILLY GLEASON, Kris Hillegeer, Mitchell Wright,
Tom Fecteau, Brian Gordon, Brandon Larner, Tom
Catalano (street stock)
HEAT 1: D.
Catalano, R. Beeman, M. Leaty, D. Lewis Jr., J.
HEAT 2: E.
Hawkins, A. Catalano, T. Bradshaw, A. Lewis, P.
HEAT 3: K.
Timmerman, B. Lippa Jr., E. Stritzel, F. Taylor,
KEVIN TIMMERMAN, Amy Catalano, Ryan Beeman, Daryl
Lewis Jr., Mike Leaty, Andy Lewis, Eddie Hawkins,
Paul Jeffers, Fred Taylor, Jake Boerman, Matt
Lees, Mark Cline, Scott Combs, Dave Catalano,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Toad Bradshaw, Erick Stritzel, Ed