July 15th, 2016
All New Winners Grace Spencer Victory Lane
by Gary Spaid
So far the 2016 NASCAR
racing season at Spencer Speedway has been one of domination by
a few teams. But last Friday was different as three new names
reached victory lane.
In the Sunoco Modifieds it was Tommy Catalano picking up the win, his
first of the year at Spencer. Maddy Virts won a 4-Cylinder
non-point special back in early June. She won her first point’s
race last Friday. And in the Super Six division it was Ashley
Schoonmaker claiming the victory.
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw Kevin Timmerman blast into
the lead from his outside pole starting position. Andy Lewis
tagged onto Timmerman’s tail, but was passed by Eddie Hawkins
and then Tommy Catalano.
The fast pace of the race saw the field start lapping other cars by lap
eight. Tommy Catalano made his move to pass Timmerman on lap 19.
Once ahead he was able to stretch out an advantage. Tommy’s mom,
Amy looped her car around in turn four, but immediately
recovered avoiding the yellow on lap 21.
The yellow did fly on lap 28, when new comer Damon Frutchie, spun in the
second turn. This bunched the field together, but Tommy was able
to quickly re-establish his lead. Four laps later, Mike Leaty
moved past Timmerman for second. He would make a charge at
Tommy, but fall short.
The top five at the finish line were Catalano, Leaty, Timmerman, Hawkins
and Daryl Lewis Jr.
The 20-lap saw outside pole sitter, Ashley Schoonmaker, take the lead and
never look back. She would lead all of the laps in a race that
would run green-to-checkers. Her sister Carrie ran second but
fell back in the waning laps of the race.
At the checkers it was Ashley followed by multi-time winner Barrett
Schenk. Tim Faro, Brandon Allen, Ashley’s sister Carrie
Schoonmaker rounded out the top five finishers.
The Auto Value 4-Cylinder race saw the yellow out on the first lap, when
James Bardo spun in the second turn. After that the race would
run caution free. Early leader, Jacob Gustafson lost the lead to
Maddy Virts on lap four. Gustafson was able to hold multi-time
winner Mike Hyman in third, thus recording his best finish of
the year. Rounding out the top five at the finish line were Tom
Alloco and Jennifer Dennie.
SPENCER Notes: One new comer
to the speedway did not have a great opener. Geoff Sharkey only
make a lap and a half in his NASCAR Sunoco Modified before he
destroyed his car in a second turn crash…..Thanks to track
handicapper Melissa Brusso for her help with the information in
The Race of Champion Modifieds return Friday, July 22. On the race card
Spencer Speedway will be hosting the third appearance of the NYS
Super Stocks. These full fender machines will be on hand for
their 25-lap feature run. Race time begins at 7:00 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.
AUTO VALUE 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: M. Hyman, J. Dennie, C. Bolton, J. Bardo, D. Heimes. HEAT 2: J. Gustafson, M. Virts, T. Montgomery, T. Alloco,
A. Montgomery. FEATURE (15-laps): MADDY
VIRTS, Jacob Gustafson, Mike Hyman, Tom Alloco, Jennifer Dennie,
Carrie Bolton, Travis Montgomery, Austin Montgomery, James Bardo,
Dave Heimes, Allie Montgomery
HEAT 1: B. Allen, A. Schoonmaker, B. Hallett, B. Schenk, C.
Schoonmaker HEAT 2: T. Faro, V. Grant, A. Knoepfler, C. Connors, B.
Malin. FEATURE (20-laps): ASHLEY
SCHOONMAKER, Barrett Schenk, Tim Faro, Brandon Allen, Carrie
Schoonmaker, Brian Hallett, Adam VanHall, Van Grant, Chris
Connors, Alison Knopfler, Bill Inch, Bill Malin, DNS: Andy
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: T. Catalano, E. Hawkins, A. Lewis, B. Semmler, M.
Lees. HEAT 2: K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., M. Leaty, A.
Catalano, S. Link. FEATURE (35-laps): TOMMY CATALANO, Mike Leaty, Kevin
Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins, Daryl Lewis Jr., Amy Catalano, Andy
Lewis, Matt Lees, Billy Semmler, Damon Frutchie, Steve Link,
DNS: Geoff Sharkey
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