June 17th, 2016
Amy Catalano Wins First Feature Of 2016 At Spencer by Gary Spaid

  Amy Catalano, from Ontario, NY, add one more NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature to her Spencer Speedway growing resume. Her win brings her total now to eight career feature wins at Spencer dating back to July 2009. Amy held off her son Tommy for the win.

  “It’s been a while since we’ve been in victory lane,” stated Amy. “ I was beginning to question all of these guys beating me weekly. I have to thank my husband Dave for all of the work he puts into all of the family cars.”

  As for the other classes, Mike Hyman, from Alton, NY, kept his win streak alive in the Auto Value 4-Cylinder Scorpions. In three outings so far in 2016 he has won them all. Only Maddy Virts made the 4-Cylinder victory, in a special non-points race on the RoC night.

  With his little girl in his arms he stated,” This is one of the first times my whole family has been able to make it to the track.” When asked if he thought of them as his “lucky penny”, he responded. I guess I do now.”

  In the Super Six division the feature win went to Barrett Schenk from Palmyra, NY. He is the first driver to double up feature wins in this class, winning on opening night.

  “We went back to our original tire combination we used on opening night and it worked,” Schenk commented. He added, “I sure am glad we put on a better show then last week,” referring to the accident filled event run a week ago.

  The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw Amy take off from her outside pole starting position and lead the entire distance as the race was run green-to-checkers without a yellow.

  Her son, Tommy jumped out and chased her down as the two drew away from the rest of the field. By lap 10 the front two cars held a 20 car lead over the third place car, Mike Leaty. Leaty had just made his move by Daryl Lewis Jr. for the show position. Leaty then began to close in on the two leaders but without the help of a yellow he had to settle for third.

  At the finish line it was Amy followed by Tommy. Leaty, Kevin Timmerman and Daryl Lewis Jr. rounded out the top five finishers.

  “I have to thank the fans for coming out,” added Amy. “Without them we could not come out here and play with our toys. We all want to build this class back up again.”

  The 20-lap Super Six feature saw the front row of Chris Connors and Adam VanHall of out front fighting for the lead. Connors was recorded as the leader of the first lap, but then the honors fell to VanHall.

  On lap nine, Barrett Schenk made his move to grab the lead from VanHall. He brought along Ashley Schoonmaker, moving into second. Schenk was beginning to start to pull away when the yellow flew on lap 16 for a spinout by Carrie Schoonmaker in the first turn.

  The restart saw Barrett again easily maintain his lead with Schley in second. At the checkers Barrett took the win, followed by Ashley Schoonmaker, Faro, VanHall and Brian Hallett.

  The Auto Value 4-Cylinder Scorpions, Jacob Gustafson opened up an impressive lead over the rest of the field at the drop of the green. Gustafson took advantage of a fast outside grove to make his move to the front.

  The yellow flew on lap eight for a double spin by Maddy Virts and Paul Flye both battling for third. The restart saw Mike Hyman use the outside line down the backstretch to take the lead from Gustafson. Hyman stretched his lead to some 20 car lengths over Tom Alloco in second.

  Hyman remained the leader at the checkers followed by Alloco, Virts, Carrie Bolton and Flye.

  SPENCER NOTES: It was senior night at the track as six drivers were graduating from Wayne Central High School this coming Sunday. They included Tommy Catalano and Timmy Lewis Jr. in the Sunoco Modifieds; Paul Flye and Ashley Schoonmaker from the Super Sixes and Jennifer Dennie and Travis Montgomery from the Auto Value 4-Cylinder class.

  Tommy Catalano was looking to enter the career of Engineering and Tim Lewis Jr., communications with a connection to law enforcement. Paul Flye wants a future in sports marketing and Ashley was looking to start out towards a teaching a career. Jennifer Dennie wants to go on to college for Business Administration and Travis wants to work full time and start towards a mechanical engineering degree at MCC. Congratulations to all of them….NASCAR’s Whelen marketing director, Jessica Lang, was on hand for this event…Starting this coming week the Sunoco Modified will be running transponders for scoring purposes.

  This coming Friday, June 24, Spencer Speedway will be hosting second appearance of the NYS Super Stocks. Many expect some 20 plus Super Stock cars to be on hand for their 25-lap feature run. NASCAR racing that night will include the Sunoco Modifieds, Super Sixes and 4-Cylinder Scorpions classes. 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.



HEAT 1: M. Virts, T. Alloco, C. Bolton, A.J. Montgomery, J. Bardo.
HEAT 2: M. Hyman, P. Flye, J. Gustafson, T. Montgomery, J. Dennie.
FEATURE (15-laps): MIKE HYMAN, Tom Alloco, Maddy Virts, Carrie Bolton, Paul Flye, Jacob Gustafson, A.J. Montgomery, Travis Montgomery, Jennifer Dennie, James Bardo, Allie Montgomery, Timmy Catalano.

A. VanHall, B. Hallett, B. Schenk, C. Connors, A. Knoepfler.
HEAT 2: A. Schoonmaker, T. Faro, V. Grant, B. Allen, C. Schoonmaker.
FEATURE (20-laps): BARRETT SCHENK, Ashley Schoonmaker, Tim Faro, Adam VanHall, Brian Hallett, Van Grant, Chris Connors, Andy Cocilova, Bill Inch, Alison Knoepfler, Brandon Allen, Carrie Schoonmaker.

M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, E. Hawkins, A. Lewis.
HEAT 2: A. Catalano, T. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., S. Link.
FEATURE (35-laps): AMY CATATLANO, Tommy Catalano, Mike Leaty, Kevin Timmerman, Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy Lewis, Eddie Hawkins, Steven Link.

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