July 29th, 2016
Hawkins Breaks A Two Year Winless Streak
by Gary Spaid
Eddie Hawkins from nearby
Marion, NY, finally broke into victory lane in the NASCAR Sunoco
Modifieds at Spencer Speedway following a long run of winless
races. He last won a Sunoco Modified main on August 15, 2014.
“I could feel the car getting tighter with each lap,” stated Hawkins. “I
decided to just run this car for all she was worth.”
Mike Hyman, from Alton, NY, won his fifth Auto Value 4-Cylinder feature
this year at Spencer. “If you take these five wins and add the
three wins I have at Perry’s Wyoming County Speedway, we are
having a pretty good year,” commented Hyman in victory lane.
Ashley Schoonmaker, from Ontario, took top honors in the Super Six
division. For her it was her second feature win in a row at
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified main saw Eddie Hawkins grab the lead at
the drop of the green. Kevin Timmerman fell into second followed
by Mike Leaty and Andy Lewis.
The first yellow flag flew on lap five, when Tommy Catalano slowed to a
stop on the inside of the fourth turn. Mechanic issues would
sideline him for the evening.
The restart saw Hawkins remain in front for a long green flag run. Lap 18
saw the yellow again, this time for debris and possible oil on
the track in the fourth turn. Newcomer Damon Frutchie touched
the wall following smoke coming from the Billy Kosachook driven
Again Hawkins maintained his lead even as Timmerman tried an outside move
to get around him on the restart. The top three, Hawkins,
Timmerman and Leaty then began to pull away from the rest of the
field. At the finish line the top five were Hawkins, Timmerman,
Leaty, Daryl Lewis Jr. and Amy Catalano.
The 20-lap Super Six main event saw Andy Cocilova take the early lead.
Ashley Schoonmaker worked her way up from fifth on the opening
lap to pass Cocilova for the lead on lap seven, just before the
yellow flew for the first time. Schoonmaker’s younger sister
Carrie had slid off the track on lap five on the front straight,
but continued on her way. This time Carrie slowed as the leaders
were approaching her on the front cute to bring out the caution.
The restart saw Ashley pull away from the rest of the field. A battle for
the runner up position was taking place behind her between Van
Grant and Tim Faro, with Faro taking the advantage. On lap 14,
Cocilova’s number 93 went up in smoke on the front straight away
to bring out the yellow again.
The restart saw a lap completed, with Carrie Schoonmaker and Bill Inch
coming together in the fourth turn. Both cars had to be towed
back to the pits. Up from Ashley remained in the lead, but now
multi-time winner Barrett Schenk had moved into second.
Schenk would now stalk Ashley, trying repeated times to make the pass for
the lead. Each time Ashley was able to hold off Schenk’s
advances. At the checkers it was Ashley followed by Schenk,
Faro, Brian Hallett and Josh Schoonmaker.
The 15-lap Auto Value 4-Cylinder feature saw Jennifer Dennie take the
lead and pull away from the pack. It wasn’t long before Mike
Hyman broke free and took off after Dennie. On lap six, Hyman
caught Dennie, ducked to the low side in turn three and
completed the pass for the lead. On lap eight, Maddy Virts
passed Dennie to take second and started to close the gap on
A three way battle for third between Dennie, Tom Alloco and Jacob
Gustafson resulted in Alloco slamming hard into the wall at the
exit of the second turn following contact with Gustafson on lap
13. This would set up a two lap dash to the checkers.
At the checkers it was Hyman, Virts, Gustafson, Dennie and Dave Heimes.
“My car was getting tight, and getting harder to handle,” stated Hyman.
“I knew she (Virts) was right there so I did my best to keep her
SPENCER Notes: A number of NYS
SuperStocks were on hand to run a few practice laps to get ready
for the Dave London 50, to be run at Spencer on Friday, August
19…The second Auto Value 4-Cylinder heat race saw a real “NASCAR
style finish”, with Gustafson and Virts side-by-side banging
into each other to take the checkers. Gustafson held on by mere
inches to claim the heat race victory.
A special Meet and Greet the Drivers will be on tap on Friday, August 5.
The last Meet and Greet was rained out back in May. The Sunoco
Modifieds will be running a double point 35-lapper. Also on the
race card will be the Super Sixes and the Auto Value
4-Cylinders. Only five weeks remain in the 2016 NASCAR season.
This Friday’s races will start at 7 p.m. sharp.
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 ENGINEERING NIGHT
AUTO VALUE 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: M. Hyman, D. Hiemes, C. Bolton, J. Bardo. HEAT 2: J. Gustafson, M. Virts, T. Alloco, J. Dennie, K.
Hammond. FEATURE (15-laps): MIKE
HYMAN, Maddy Virts, Jacob Gustafson, Jennifer Dennie, Dave
Hiemes, Carrie Bolton, Paul Flye, James Bardo, Tom Alloco, Kacey
HEAT 1: B. Schenk, A. Cocilova, C. Schoonmaker, T. Faro, B.
Hallett. HEAT 2: A. Schoonmaker, V. Grant, J. Schoonmaker, A.
VanHall, B. Inch. FEATURE (20-laps): ASHLEY
SCHOONMAKER, Barrett Schenk, Tim Faro, Brian Hallett, Josh
Schoonmaker, Van Grant, Adam VanHall, Chris Connors, Alison
Knoepfler, Andy Cocilova, Carrie Schoonmaker, Bill Inch.
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: E. Hawkins, K. Timmerman, D. Lewis Jr., A. Catalano,
M. Lees. HEAT 2: M. leaty, T. Catalano, A. Lewis, D. Frutchie, S.
Link. FEATURE (35-laps): EDDIE
HAWKINS, Kevin Timmerman, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis Jr., Amy
Catalano, Matt Lees, Andy Lewis, Damon Frutchie, Steve Link,
Billy Kosachook, Geoff Sharkey, Tommy Catalano.
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