SPOILS RACE NIGHT; TIM FARO, KRIS HILLEGEER AND
MIKE BRADSHAW BEAT THE WEATHER - by
Gary M. Spaid
race of the evening was between speedway officials
and “Mother Nature”. At 8:45 the rains fell
forcing racing to be called for the night,
bringing the 2011 points season down to just one
race remaining, Friday, September 9.
“We saw on the
radar the weather coming. We moved the show along
thinking we could beat the rains. All we got to
the lap 11 of the Super Sixes feature and then the
skies let loose,” stated promoter John White.
“We did our best to get a complete show,
forgoing even the winner’s interviews, but we
fell just short.”
As for the
features run, wins went to Tim Faro in the Super
Sixes. Faro used an outside pass on lap six to get
around Rick Wilson. As the field came down to try
and complete lap 12 of 20, the rains fell causing
the front runners to lose traction and start
spinning. As the lap was not completed the race
reverted to lap 11 on the scoreboard.
For Faro it was
his sixth feature win in the Super Six division in
2011, and his second in a row. Faro has now
clinched the Super Six track championship.
In the Auto Value
Four Cylinder Scorpions the win went to point
leader Mike Bradshaw. It was Bradshaw’s fifth
win in that class in 2011. Bradshaw has all but
locked up the Auto Value Scorpion title. He leads
Alison Knoepfler, the only driver within striking
distance, by 38 points.
Finally in the
Super Stocks, Kris Hillegeer returned to victory
lane to extend his dominating point lead over the
rest of the field. Hillegeer has earned enough
points to lock up the 2011 Spencer Speedway Super
Stock Championship. His record currently includes
six wins in 11 starts.
In the NASCAR
Sunoco Modifieds the 2011 Spencer Speedway title
has come down to Kevin Timmerman and Mike Leaty.
Just 15 points separate thee two going into the
final night of racing with two feature races being
The Auto Value
Scorpions was the first feature on the track.
Outside pole sitter, and heat winner, Otis
Bradshaw took the early lead in his Acura Integra
with Beth Dennie in second and Zach Willis in
Dennie was able to
make her move on Bradshaw for the lead on lap
eight. Following her through the hole left open on
the bottom was Willis for second and Bradshaw’s
brother Mike moved into third.
Mike Bradshaw was
now on the move. On lap 10 he grabbed second from
Willis and then set sights on Dennie. As the field
exited the second turn on lap 11, Bradshaw ducked
low and powered by Dennis for the lead. He then
began to pull his Honda Prelude away from the rest
of the pack.
At the finish line
it was Mike Bradshaw with the win, followed by
Willis, Alison Knoepfler, Joe Clark and Otis
Bradshaw. Dennie fell out of the front running
pack when she drifted high in the fourth turn on
the final lap.
The Super Stocks
were next up, with Billy Gleason grabbing the
early lead over multi-time feature winner Kris
Hillegeer and Tom Fecteau. Fecteau may have been
running his best race of the season keeping his
Chevy Malibu in contention all race long.
Gleason lost the
lead to Hillegeer on lap 11, when Hillegeer used
the patented low power move exiting the second
turn. Hillegeer won followed by Gleason, Fecteau,
Mitchell Wright and Jim Steffenhagen Jr. aboard
the number 22 normally driven by Willie Strusz.
Pushing the show
along the Super Sixes followed the Super Stocks’
checkers onto the speedway. With the green flag,
it was Rick Wilson grabbing the lead. As he began
to pull away the yellow flew. Kailea Nelson had
coasted to a stop at the top of the fourth turn.
The green shown
again and a pack of five top runners raced
side-by-side with Wilson still in the lead. On lap
four Brian Hallett drifted high in the fourth turn
and gave up second to Tim Faro. Faro then used the
high line to pass Wilson for the lead on lap
Once in front Faro
began to pull away from the field. Wilson now had
to try and hang onto second as he battled Chris
Andolino, Brand Allen and Hallett, now in fifth.
Officials could feel rain drops on lap ten. The
field made the race official completing the
halfway mark in the race.
On lap 12, the
field exited the fourth turn and scrambled as cars
lost traction down the front stretch due to the
wet surface. The yellow flew without the front
runners getting the lap in the record book,
resulting in reverting back to lap 11’s running
order. The rain intensified forcing the flagger to
throw the checkers ending the race.
With rains pelting
down and the prospects of completing the program
looking bleak, the managed had to “pull the plug”
on the racing program for the night. The 35-lap
Sunoco Modified feature will lead off the program
next week at 7 p.m. sharp.
Track announcer Bill Vandeweghe was back behind
the microphone following a week off under doctor’s
orders….RoC Sport-modified 100 winner, Bobby
Holmes was on hand for the first time at Spencer.
He seemed to take to the flat half mile, turning
very respectable lap times.
Just one week
remain in the 2011 NASCAR Racing resumes at
Spencer. Friday, September 9, will feature a full
program of NASCAR racing in all divisions. It will
also be championship night at the speedway. The
Sunoco Modifieds will be running their final
Spencer/Chemung/Holland Challenge event of the
season at Spencer, a 100-lapper. The first race up
is the rain delayed 35-lapper for the Sunoco
Modifieds. A planned appearance by the Casey
Midgets that night has been canceled. A special
start time for the night has been set at 7:00 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: O.
Bradshaw, B. Dennie, A. Knoepfler, J. Clark, A.
HEAT 2: Z. Willis,
K. Bertolone, M. Bradshaw, B. Bradshaw, R. Peets.
MIKE BRADSHAW, Zach Willis, Alison Knoepfler, Joe
Clark, Otis Bradshaw, Bro Bradshaw, Beth Dennie,
Kevin Bertolone, Russell Peets, Dave Bradshaw,
Austin Montgomery, Dale Lazzaro, Richie Gross,
HEAT 1: T. Faro,
V. Grant, B. Hallett, A. VanHall, E. Ruffell.
HEAT 2: B. Allen,
R. Wilson, C. Andolino, R. Hillegeer, T. Youngs.
TIM FARO, Chris Andolino, Rick Wilson, Brandon
Allen, Brian Hallett, Adam VanHall, Van Grant,
Ryan Hillegeer, Troy Youngs, Kailea Nelson, Denny
Coyle, Erick Ruffell.
HEAT: B. Gleason,
T. Fecteau, K. Hillegeer, J. Steffenhagen Jr., M.
KRIS HILLEGEER, Billy Gleason, Tom Fecteau,
Mitchell Wright, Jim Steffenhagen Jr., Steve Malin,
HEAT 1: M. Leaty,
D. Catalano, E. Hawkins, J. Boerman, J. London.
HEAT 2: A. Lewis,
R. Beeman, T. Morgan, E. Hawkins Sr., S. Combs.
HEAT 3: K.
Timmerman, E. Stritzel, B. Lippa Jr., A. Catalano,
Delayed Feature Line-Up(35-laps): Dave Catalano,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Andy Lewis, Erick Stritzel, Eddie
Hawkins, Ryan Beeman, Mike Leaty, Timex Morgan,
Kevin Timmerman, Jake Boerman, Ed Hawkins Sr., Amy
Catalano, Jody London, Scott Combs, Bobby Holmes,
Steve Fuchs, Matt Lees, Daryl Lewis Jr., Fred