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 Spencer Speedway.

  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 machine.

  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 Hyman.

  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 back.”

  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 SUMMARY

  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 Hammond

  SUPER SIXES
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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