Finocchario Tops NYSS, While Tommy Catalano Wins NASCAR SUNOCO
by Gary Spaid
After four weeks off, mostly
due to “Mother Nature”, she decided to cooperate. That is at
least 90% of the time last Friday at Spencer Speedway. Following
the modified main, sprinkles of rain began to fall. But the
Grandpa Dog 4-cyclinder cars gutted it out through their 15-lap
feature. The harder rain began to fall with 11 laps remaining in
the Super Six feature.
Beating out “Mother Nature” were Tommy Catalano in the NASCAR Sunoco
Modifieds, Chris Finocchario in the NY Superstocks, Paul Flye in
the Grandpa Dog 4-cylinders and Barrett Schenk in the Super
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw Chris Finocchario take the
early lead. On lap 11, Eddie Hawkins took the lead with a trio
of cars on his heels; Finocchario, Mike Leaty and Kevin
Timmerman. The fastest car on the track was Tommy Catalano,
passing Finocchario and Leaty, grabbing third just as the yellow
flew, lap 15. His younger brother, Timmy and his mom, Amy
tangled exiting the fourth turn.
The restart saw Tommy grab second and with the help of yet another yellow
flag, lap 8 for a spin on the back stretch by Amy Catalano.
The restart saw Tommy take the lead from Hawkins and begin to establish
what would become a seven car advantage over the field. Mike
Leaty rebounded and took off after Catalano, but he fell short
of laps. At the finish it was Catalano followed by Leaty,
Timmerman, Hawkins and Daryl Lewis Jr.
“It was a great birthday present for mom today,” stated a very happy
Tommy Catalano, in victory lane. “Probably not as good as if she
won it herself, but I’ll take it.”
“It was difficult tonight,” he continued. “Once we got to the lead I was
just hoping we wouldn’t have another caution. However the
caution fell in our favor and the car was just perfect tonight.”
The next race out was the NASCAR Grandpa Dog 4-cylinder division with
rain in the air. A.J. Montgomery was the early leader, but gave
way to an outside pass by Paul Flye down the backstretch on lap
six. Flye went on to claim his very first Spencer Speedway
victory. “I didn’t know how the track was going to hold up, but
we finally won here.” stated Flye.
The race went green-to-checkers. Dalton Alexander, A.J. Montgomery, Mandy
Virts and Travis Montgomery rounded out the top five finishers.
In the NY Super Stock main, the 25-lap feature took longer than expected
to complete. Twenty-four cars took to the green flag and before
one lap could get into the record book, nine cars found
themselves out of the race. A front starting car spun into the
first turn, involving most of the starting field to scatter.
Numerous accidents followed, seven caution periods slowed the
Chris Finocchario claimed the lead, passing Chris Vogler on lap 13, when
Vogler slide high in the fourth turn.
Late race cautions caused the event to go green-white-checker and running
a total of 26 laps. Following Finocchario across the finish line
were Vogler, Dylan Bancroft, Shaun Frarey and Robert Fink to
complete the top five finishers.
The final race of the evening was the 20-lap NASCAR Super Sixes,
completed their feature in the rain. Fortunately their front
wheel drive configuration gave the cars the grip to complete the
Only one yellow slowed the race, lap nine when Chris Hogan and Bill Inch
came together on the front stretch. Barrett Schenk took the lead
from Andy Cocilova on lap seven and never looked back. Brandon
Allen, Tim Faro, Ashley Schoonmaker and Brian Hallett completed
the top five finishers.
SPENCER NOTES: Kids
are encouraged to obtain a large box and decorate it to look
like a race car for “Box Car Races” in two weeks. Using foot
power, the kids will race during intermission on that day….The
new scoreboard, in the center of the track, was finally debuted.
The neat NASCAR themed graphics look great.
On Friday, July 21, Spencer Speedway will host the RoC Modifieds for the
second time in 2017. Earlier this year Patrick Emerling won the
75 lap RoC feature. Also on the race card is an Open Grandpa Dog
4-Cyclinder and an Open Super Six racing program. Race time
starts earlier that day, at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
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 2017.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted as part of the
national NASCAR Whelen All-American Point Chase.
GRANDPA DOG 4
HEAT 1: J. Gustafson, T. Montgomery, D. Alexander, D. Heimes,
D. Harbst. HEAT 2: M. Virts, P. Flye, A.J. Montgomery, C. Copeland,
A. Montgomery. FEATURE (15-lap): PAUL FLYE, Dalton Alexander, A.J.
Montgomery, Mandy Virts, Travis Montgomery, Jacob Gustafson,
Corey Copeland, Dave Heimes, Ryan Brown, Dave Harbst, Allie
HEAT 1: A. Cocilova, B. Schenk, T. Faro, B. Hallett, Alison
Knoepfler. HEAT 2: B. Allen, A. Schoonmaker, B. Inch, C. Hogan, V.
Grant. FEATURE (20-laps): BARRETT SCHENK, Brandon Allen, Tim
Faro, Ashley Schoonmaker, Brian Hallett, Andy Cocilova, Chris
Connors, Alison Knoepfler, Van Grant, Chris Hogan, Bill Inch.
NEW YORK SUPERSTOCKS
HEAT 1: B. Coyle, S. Pesarek, S. Frarey, B. Dinzler, M.
Ramsey. HEAT 2: Z. Willis, K. Atkins, J. Miller, J. Schoonmaker,
N. Peckham. HEAT 3: C. Finocchario, D. Bancroft, M. Hyman, C. Vogler,
K. Miller. FEATURE (26-laps): CHRIS FINOCCHARIO, Chris Vogler, Dylan
Bancroft, Shaun Frarey, Robert Fink, Kelly Miller, Steve Pesarek,
Mike Hyman, Matt Larrivee, Brianna Dinzler, Joe Miller, Nathan
Worden, Zach Willis, Lee Sharpsteen, Josh Schoonmaker, Brandon
Larner, Joel Gleason, Mark Ramsey, Billy Coyle, Ken Atkins,
Nathan Peckham, Dale Lazzaro, Jason Dinzler, Terry Cheetham.
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: C. Finocchario, M. Leaty, E. Hawkins, Ti. Catalano,
K. Timmerman HEAT 2: To. Catalano, A. Lewis, D. Lewis Jr., A.
Catalano, B. Lippa Jr. FEATURE (35-laps): TOMMY CATALANO, Mike Leaty, Kevin
Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins, Daryl Lewis Jr., Chris Finocchario,
Andy Lewis, Timmy Catalano, Nick Morich, Kreig Heroth, Bobby
Lippa Jr., Amy Catalano.
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