September 30th, 2012
Smith Wins The Fall Open 75: Markham Takes Super
Stock 50 Lapper
Gary M. Spaid
The final night of racing at Spencer was well worth the wait as some
eighty cars filled the pit area for the first annual
Fall Open. The 2012 Spencer track champion, Rusty
Smith, continued his dominance at the speedway
earning his fourth feature win of the season in the
75-lap Sunoco Modified finale.
North Country driver Tommy Markham, powered his number 21 to victory in
the 50-lap Super Stock race, which was littered with
bonus and lap money. Markham drove the sole Ford in
the starting field.
Rookie driver, Shawn Frarey took top honors in the
15-lap Auto Value Four Cylinder Scorpion feature,
his first win in that division. His best finishes
before this was four third place finishes throughout
the 2012 season.
In the Super Six division, the 20-lap feature win went to the 2012
Spencer track champion, Brian Hallett. It was
Hallett’s eighth feature win of the year.
Finally in the Casey Midgets, Camden Barber dominated the action taking
the 20-lap feature victory.
Twenty-three Sunoco Modifieds roared down to take green in their 75-lap
feature run. Outside pole sitter, Chris Finocchario
took the early lead followed by Bobby Lippa Jr. and
The first yellow flew on lap five for a spin off the first turn. The
restart proved a pivotal moment in the race as six
cars were involved in a “spark shower” filled
accident on the front chute. Involved and out of the
race were Kurt Totten, Ryan Beeman, Tommy Catalano,
Jan Leaty and Eddie Hawkins. Totten’s car was hit
multiple times as it slid into the infield.
Finocchario held the advantage on the restart with Smith now in second.
Smith made his move for the lead on lap nine. One
lap later the yellow flew for the third time in the
race, when Tom Wiest looped his machine exiting the
fourth turn. A fourth yellow followed, two laps
later, when Jerry Dineen spun exiting turn four and
made contact with the front stretch wall.
Smith led Kevin Timmerman on the restart, as the field was able to burn
off fourteen green flag laps. On lap 27, Mike Ide
slowed on the back stretch to bring out the yellow.
Again the yellow flew two laps later for spin by
Daryl Lewis Jr. in the second turn.
The remainder of the 75-lapper was run under green flag conditions with
Smith and Timmerman pulling away from third place
runner, Finocchario by nearly a half a lap. Andy
Jankowiak, running in fourth, held a seven car
advantage over Eric Stritzel in fifth.
In the late stages of the race, Stritzel was challenged by Mike Leaty for
fifth, but held on to the position at the checkers.
Smith took the win over Timmerman by just a few car
Ten yellow flags and a red flag slowed the 50-lap Super Stock race, The
worst accident of the event came on lap seven when
five cars crashed entering the third turn causing
the track to be blocked the race to be red flagged.
Involved was Jim Steffenhagen Jr., whose car slammed
the outside wall. Others in the accident included
Nate Peckham, Terry Cheetham, Jason Duke and Jason
Dinzler. Only Cheetham was able to continue.
The leader from the drop of the green had been pole sitter Gary Noe. Noe
lost the led to Chris Zacharias for just on lap, lap
9, when the yellow flew as Joe Miller spun in the
third turn. The restart saw Noe retake the lead when
Zacharias spun coming down the front chute along
with the number 69 of Billy Gleason, who was running
Zacharias was not done yet. He restarted at the rear of the field and
charged back up to eighth, when he was black flagged
for having his truck deck flapping in the wind. With
the yellow out, he was able to correct the problem
and again return to the back of the field. Up front
Mike Scott made the move on Noe to take the lead on
Zacharias was again the cause of the yellow, lap 29, when he spun in the
second turn after again getting back up to eighth.
Three more yellows for minor spins came on laps 34,
41 and 43. On lap 46 the yellow flew when Noe made
contact with Scott, spinning the leader out in the
third turn. Noe was sent to the rear along with
Scott, but failed to fall all the way back. He would
later be penalized for restarting ahead of three
cars on the lead lap.
Dave Markham, who had been running in third, now found himself in the
lead with track regular Kris Hillegeer in second.
Markham was able to hold off Hillegeer over the
final four laps to take the win. Hillegeer finished
second followed by Willie Strusz, Gleason and Noe.
Noe was moved back to eighth, three cars, and fifth
went to the 2012 track champion Terry Cheetham.
The 20-lap Super Stock race saw just eight cars take the green with Brian
Hallett leading all 20 laps in a race that ran
green-to-checkers. Following Hallett across the
finish line were Van Grant, Adam VanHall, Jeff Davis
and Gary Miller to round out the top five.
The 15-lap Auto Value Scorpion feature saw Shawn Frarey also led the
entire distance. He was challenged for the lead by
Mike Bradshaw, the 2012 division champion. But
Bradshaw had to settle foe second followed by Bro
Bradshaw, Zach Willis and Travis Montgomery. This
race also went green-to-checkers.
Finally in the Casey Midgets, Camden Barber grabbed the lead from Kyle
Hutchinson on lap three. The start of the race saw
two yellow flags. The first yellow was for contact
between Gordy Steffan and pole sitter Charlie DiRosa
in the second turn. DiRosa would sit out the rest of
the race. The second yellow flew when Jim Fleichman
slowed on the track.
Barber would lead the rest of the distance. On lap 15, the yellow flew
when Chris Barber spun in the second turn. On lap17,
the red flag had to be displayed when Brandon
Zavarbella flipped his car in the first turn. The
car was righted and Zavarbella returned to action at
the back of the field.
Camden Barber went on to take the feature win followed by Andy Jankowiak,
Sean Nye, Kyle Hutchinson and Nelson Rung. For
Barber it was his second win of the year at Spencer,
also having taken the feature win back on July 6.
SPENCER NOTES: It was announced that the Spencer Speedway annual
awards banquet would be held November 9, at the
Palmyra VFW on Route 31, in Palmyra, NY. Banquet
tickets are just $30 each and will be available
through October 20, by calling the speedway at
315-589-3018. Look for more information on the
Spencer Speedway website…On Friday night, before the
races were reset for Saturday, the kids were treated
to the “Kids, Coins and Candy” promotion which saw
some 3500 nickels and 107 pounds of candy up for
grabs. This promotion was run during the time
officials were discussing the rain soaked speedway
conditions….On the topic of rain. Heavy rains hit
the speedway no more then 15 minutes following the
final checkered flag of the night. This rain lasted
most of the rest of the night.
The Final Top Ten in Sunoco Modified Spencer Tack Points: 1) Rusty Smith
847, 2) Kevin Timmerman 759, 3) Mike Leaty 750, 4)
Tony Hanbury 713, 5) Ryan Beeman 710, 6) Eddie
Hawkins 677, 7) Matt Lees 656, 8) Daryl Lewis Jr.
634, 9) Tommy Catalano 623, 10) Andy Lewis 613.
The Final Top Ten in Super Stock Spencer Tack Points: 1) Terry Cheetham
925, 2) Mitchell Wright 850, 3) Brandon Larner 566,
4) Willie Strusz 538, 5) Billy Gleason 500, 6) Brian
Gordon 346, 7) Steve Malin 256, 8) Jim Steffenhagen
Jr. 178, 9) John Avery 149. 10) Joe Miller 126.
The Final Top Ten in Super Six Spencer Tack Points: 1) Brian Hallett 960,
2) Brandon Allen 784, 3) Adam VanHall 742, 4) Van
Grant 733, 5) Erick Ruffell 710, 6) Tim Faro 702, 7)
Hugh Vine Jr. 688, 8) Rick Wilson 680, 9) Denny
Coyle 438, 10) Jeff Davis 360.
The Final Top Ten in Auto Value Scorpion Spencer Tack Points: 1) Mike
Bradshaw 930, 2) Kevin Bertolone 807, 3) Joe Clark
779, 4) Zach Willis 777, 5) Alison Knoepfler 763, 6)
Shawn Frarey 751, 7) Dave Bradshaw 722, 8) Beth
Dennie 706, 9) Russell Peets 705, 10) Bro Bradshaw
Spencer Speedway 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. We’ll see everyone in 2013!
FALL OPEN NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: K.
Totten, K. Timmerman, A. Jankowiak, D. Lewis Jr., A.
HEAT 2: R. Smith, M. Leaty, B. Lippa Jr., C.
Finocchario, Eddie Hawkins
HEAT 3: T. Catalano, R. Beeman, J. Leaty, J.
Dineen, T. Wiest
FEATURE (75-laps): RUSTY SMITH, Kevin
Timmerman, Chris Finocchario, Andy Jankowiak, Erik
Stritzel, Mike Leaty, Jake Vernon, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Amy Catalano, Tony Hanbury, Donald
King, Neal Dietz, Ed Hawkins, Mike Ide, Jake Boerman,
Tommy Wiest, Jerry Dineen, Kurt Totten, Ryan Beeman,
Tommy Catalano, Jan Leaty, Eddie Hawkins, Scott
HEAT 1: M. Wright, N. Peckham, M. Scott, T.
Markham, D. Johnson.
HEAT 2: J. Steffenhagen Jr., J. Dinzler, J.
Duke, W. Strusz, J. Miller.
HEAT 3: C. Zacharias, T. Cheetham, B.
Gleason, G. Noe, B. Ripley
FEATURE (50-laps): TOM MARKHAM, Kris
Hillegeer, Willie Strusz, Billy Gleason, Terry
Cheetham, Mike Scott, Bob Ripley, Gary Noe, Mitchell
Wright, Jay Canonico, Dave Johnson, Brianna Ramsey,
Chris Zacharias, Phil Alhart, T.J. Cochrane, Joe
Miller, Brandon Larner, John Avery, Matt Larrivee,
Jason Duke, Nate Peckham, Jim Steffenhagen Jr.,
HEAT: B. Hallett, V. Grant, J. Davis, A.
VanHall, G. Miller.
FEATURE (20-laps): BRIAN HALLETT, Van Grant,
Adam VanHall, Jeff Davis, Gary Miller, Paul Moose,
Denny Coyle, Todd Guerin
AUTO VALUE SCORPIONS
HEAT 1: S. Frarey, M. Bradshaw, R. Peets, A.
Montgomery, A. Knoepfler, J. Dennie
HEAT 2: B. Bradshaw, T. Montgomery, Z.
Willis, B. Dennie K. Bertolone, C. Graves
FEATURE (15-laps): SHAWN FRAREY, Mike
Bradshaw, Bro Bradshaw, Zach Willis, Travis
Montgomery, Austin Montgomery, Kevin Bertolone,
Russell Peets, Chad Graves, Alison Knoepfler, Robert
Dennie, Jennifer Dennie, Tim Lewis Jr.
HEAT 1: K. Hutchinson, N. Rung, B. Zavarbella,
C. DiRosa, S. Gleed
HEAT 2: C. Barber, J. Fleischman, C. Heywood,
O. Bednasz, G. Steffan
FEATURE (20-laps): CAMDEN BARBER, Andy
Jankowiak, Sean Nye, Kyle Hutchinson, Nelson Rung,
Jeremy Haudercourt, Chad Haywood, Jim Fleichman,
Chris Barber, Brandon Zavarbella, Gordie Steffan,
Charlie DiRosa. Not returning from 9/7 were Scott
Gleed and Owen Bednasz.