June 3rd, 2016
Leaty Tops RoC Run, Frisbee Wins Super Stocks
by Gary Spaid
The Race of Champions series
was in town for their first of two appearances in 2016 at
Spencer Speedway. Local runner, Mike Leaty, from Williamson, was
able to pick up his fourth Spencer RoC victory.
“We had the best in the business behind us tonight,” referring to second
place runner Matt Hirschman. “The track had rubbered up and if
he had known just how much I had to slow entering the turns, he
would have had us for sure.”
Also on tap for the evening was the first of six appearances of the New
York SuperStocks. Bill Frisbee Jr., from West Danby, led the
25-lap feature from green-to-checkers. As an added attraction
the staff at the NYS Superstocks put together a special Four
Cylinder show, which saw Maddy Virts take her first ever Spencer
The 75-lap RoC event saw last year’s winner, Darren Scherer lead the pack
to the green. He was able to hold off Hirschman and Daryl Lewis
Jr. in those early laps. Leaty was running second but was in a
battle with Chuck Hossfeld who was moving though the pack.
Hossfeld would use the low grove in the first and second turns
to move forward.
Leaty passed Hirschman on lap 22 for second with Hossfeld in tow.
Hirschman was able to hold off Hossfeld and remain third.
The yellow flew on lap on lap 25, when Calvin Carroll and Bryan Sherwood
spun in the second turn. The race resumed, with Leaty taking the
lead on the restart. The running order was now Leaty, Scherer,
Hirschman, Hossfeld and Lewis Jr.
A second yellow flew, lap 34, when Levi Arthur spun. It was during this
yellow that Hossfeld and sixth place runner Emerling pitted.
This moved Lewis Jr. up to fourth and Tyler Rypkema into fifth.
Leaty was able to pull away to a multi-car advantage over Scherer who was
doing his best to hold Hirschman at bay. On lap 48, Hirschman
seem to regain new life and ducked low entering the third turn
to take second from Scherer. He then began to close the nearly
fifteen car gap created by Leaty at the front.
The final yellow of the race came on lap 65 for a spin in the third turn
by T.J. Potrzebowski. This bunched the field together for a dash
to the checkers. Leaty was able to hold off Hirschman for the
win. Hossfeld, who passed Scherer for third on lap 65, was
unable to move forward and remained third. Scherer and Lewis Jr.
rounded out the top five.
The 15-lap NYS Four Cylinder race saw Maddy Virts lead the entire race,
which went green-to-checkers without a caution.
Paul Flye ran a distant second with Mike Hyman in third. On lap eight,
Hyman was able to get around Flye and take off after Virts.
Hyman was able to close the gap of nearly 25 car lengths build
up by Virts by half at feature end. Flye finished in third
followed by Carrie Bolton and Jacob Gustafson.
”This isn’t my first win ever. I won twice last year, but this is my
first Spencer win”, related Virts in victory lane.
The 25-lap Super Stock race seemed difficult to get started. With 24 cars
taking the initial green, the field was finally whittled down to
20 cars when on the third try the race was able to start.
The race was plagued by five yellow flags as officials tried to get the
race done by curfew. The first yellow flew on lap three when
Jason Dinzler, fresh out of the pits after a first lap crash,
spun exiting the fourth turn and ended up on the infield grass
on the front stretch.
The second yellow came on lap seven. This time Tim Catalano spun in the
second turn. All the time Bill Frisbee Jr. was in the lead of
the race. Nathan Peckham and Steve Pesarek, both with extensive
racing experience on the dirt remained in the top five with
Peckham in second. Until lap right, when he lost that position
to Mitchell Wright on the restart.
The third yellow flew on lap 13, when Zach Willis spun in the fourth
turn. Up front were Frisbee, Mitchell, Peckham Pesarek and Chris
The fourth yellow came on lap 18, when Wright began to slow on the track,
finally coming to a stop on the back stretch. He pitted and was
able to return to the back of the field for the restart. The
restart saw Vogler and Tim Gullo grab second and third as
Peckham pulled pit-side.
The final yellow came on lap 20 for a multi-car tangle in the first turn
between Dale Lazzaro and Zach Willis. As they were coming back
to the rear of the field they made contact again sending the
Willis car high in the air as he hopped a wheel on the Lazzaro
The restart saw Frisbee holding off Vogler for the final five laps of the
race. With the checkers waving Frisbee took the win followed by
Vogler, Gullo, Chris Finocchario and Pesarek.
This coming Friday, June 10, Spencer Speedway will be hosting the Classic
Asphalt Modified Series plus another regular night of NASCAR
racing including the Sunoco Modifieds, Super Sixes and
4-Cylinder Scorpions. The Super Sixes will be running for double
points that night. Race time begins at 7:30 pm.
Anyone who brings their ticket stub back the following week gets a $3
discount off an adult or senior ticket.
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 in 2016.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.
For more information go to: www.spencerspeedway.org.
SPENCER SPEEDWAY - WHELEN RoC NIGHT
NYS FOUR CYLINDERS HEAT 1: M. Hyman, M. Virts, C. Bolton, T. Alloco, J.
Gustafson. HEAT 2: P. Flye, B. Dennie, J. Dennie, J. Bardo, D.
Heimes. FEATURE (15-laps)
MADDY VIRTS, Mike Hyman,
Paul Flye, Carrie Bolton, Jacob Gustafson, Beth Dennie, Tom
Alloco, Jennifer Dennie, Zak Petrie, James Bardo, Dave Heimes.
NYS SUPER STOCKS HEAT 1: N. Peckham, T. Cheetham, B. Dinzler, T. Catalano,
Z. Willis. HEAT 2: J. Dinzler, S. Frarey, S. Pesarek, M. Mudra, B.
Larrivee. HEAT 3: M. Wright, T. Barron, G. Noe, B. Frisbee, C.
Vogler. CONSI: T. Gullo, J. Steffenhagen, C. Finocchario, D.
Brancroft, J. Schoonmaker, M. Ramsey. FEATURE (25-laps) :
BILL FRISBEE JR., Chris Vogler, Tim Gullo, Chris
Finocchario, Steve Pesarek, Tim Catalano, Brianna Dinzler,
Mitchell Wright, Willie Strusz, Shaun Frarey, Mark Mudra, Josh
Schoonmaker, Mark Ramsey, Jason Dinzler, Dylan Bancroft, Dale
Lazzaro, Zach Willis, Nathan Peck ham, Tom Barron, Jim
Steffenhagen, Terry Cheetham, Gary Noe, Bill Larrivee, Mark Ide.
RoC MODIFIEDS HEAT 1: C. Hossfeld, J. Zacharias, M. Hirschman, K.
Timmerman, K. Hehr. HEAT 2: T.J. Potrzebowski, D. Lewis Jr., D. Scherer, T.
Catalano, C. Carroll. HEAT 3: P. Emerling, M. Leaty, T. Rypkens, A. Catalano,
B. Sherwood. FEATURE (75-laps) : MIKE LEATY, Matt
Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis Jr.,
Patrick Emerling, Tyler Rypkema, Tommy Catalano, Karl Hehr, Amy
Catalano, Jim Zacharias, Bryan Sherwood, John Wilber, T.J.
Potrzebowski, Calvin Carroll, Levi Arthur, Chris Risdale, Kevin
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