Amy Wins; Finocchario Remains Undefeated In SuperStocks At
by Gary Spaid
Amy Catalano, from Ontario,
NY, returned to victory lane after nearly a year’s absence from
winning at Spencer Speedway. “With the luck I have been having,
I’ve been wishing for 2017 to just go away,” commented Amy. “The
older I am getting the harder these wins are coming.”
In the Super Sixes, Brandon Allen repeated in that division’s 20-lap
feature. Chris Finocchario did the same in the New York
SuperStock division. Finally, Travis Montgomery picked up his
very first feature win in the Grandpa Dog 4 cylinder class.
Chris Finocchario took the early lead in the 35-lap Sunoco Modified main
event. Lap five saw the yellow fly when Eddie Hawkins and Daryl
Lewis Jr. spun in the first turn. During this yellow, third
place Bobby Lippa Jr. pitted and returned to the rear of the
Finocchario remained the leader on the restart, as Amy Catalano took
second from Andy Lewis. But before she could challenge for the
lead the yellow flew as Chris Clemens slowed on the backstretch.
The restart saw Amy claim the lead, with Mike Leaty on her rear bumper.
Leaty’s run ended five laps later as a large flame burped out
his exhaust and he slowed, causing the third yellow flag of the
Kevin Timmerman took over the challenge for the lead, but Amy’s car
seemed like it was on rails. In the closing laps, Amy’s son
Tommy took over third. At the checkers it was Amy followed by
Timmerman, Tommy C, Finocchario and Jimmy Zacharias to round out
the top five.
“I have to say thanks to my husband for working so hard on this car. We
have six modifieds, plus a number of other cars he takes care of
during the week,” added Amy.
The 25-lap New York SuperStock main was caution riddled early in the run.
A number of multi-car tangles eliminated a number of cars,
including early race leader Nat Peckham. Peckham led for the
first five laps.
Billy Coyle inherited the lead on lap six with Chris Finocchario running
second in his potent number 8 machine. Finocchario made his move
to grab the lead on lap 11, running high around Coyle in the
A longer green flag run started after lap 12, allowing Finocchario to run
away from the rest of the pack. Late race yellows reeled him
back in, but he was not to be denied. Finocchario took the
checkers, his third of the year at Spencer Speedway.
“It takes a lot of luck to win these races, plus missing the accidents is
a big part of it too.” Start Finocchario. “My many years of
racing have taught me to be patient and not try and win it on
the first lap.”
Dalton Alexander and A.J. Montgomery battled for the lead at the drop of
the green in the Grandpa Dog 4-cylinder class. Alexander would
forfeit the lead on the first circuit, but returned to lead laps
two through ten. At that time he was beginning to be challenged
by Trevor Montgomery. Montgomery was able to tuck inside of
Alexander exiting the second turn and grab the top spot on lap
Montgomery drew away from Alexander for the win in the 15-lapper. Last
week’s winner, Paul Flye came home in third followed by A.J.
Montgomery and Justin Gustafson rounding out the top five. For
Travis it was his first feature win in six years of trying.
“I knew I was fast after heat,” stated Travis. “I just had to save my
tires. I guess that was a good decision.”
The super six main event saw Andy Cocilova take the early lead only to
lose that lead on lap five restart to Brian Hallett. Barrett
Schenk was able to grab the lead on lap seven, just as the
yellow flew for a slowing car on the backstretch.
The restart saw Brandon Allen take over the lead of the race, with Schenk
in second. These two drew away to nearly a full straight away
lead at the checkers. Following Allen and Schenk to the line
were Alison Schoonmaker, Hallett and Cocilova.
“Another win is great but I just wanted to give shout out for John Flock
who passed away this past week”, stated Allen.
SPENCER NOTES: NY SuperStock drivers
are encouraged to get transponders for the upcoming Dave London
Memorial in August. Race officials would like to beginning using
them, especially with lap awards on the line…..a wayward
squirrel was seen running across the wires on the front stretch.
Unfortunately she met her demise as she shorted out the lights
on the front stretch causing a delay in the program as officials
tried to get the lights working again…Kids’ box car races saw
Mason Allen picked up the win in the youth class. Kaylee Deuyser
won in the older kid’s division….. The Kids will have “Super
Hero Night” in two weeks, when they can dress up as their
favorite Super Hero…local car dealer, Cavallaro-Neubauer
Chevrolet showed off a number of new Chevrolets during
intermission….Mandy Virts’s absence on the night dropped her
from first in Grandpa Dog 4 cylinder points to sixth.
On Friday, August 4, Spencer Speedway will be featuring Twin 20 lap
features for the Sunoco Modifieds, plus Grandpa Dog 4-Cyclinder
and Super Six racing. Race time starts earlier that day, at 7
p.m. sharp, as a special “meet and greet” is planned for the
front stretch during intermission.
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.
SPENCER SPEEDWAY CAVALLARO-NUEBAUER CHEVROLET NIGHT
GRANDPA DOG 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: P. Flye, D. Alexander, T. Montgomery, D. Heimes, A.
Montgomery. HEAT 2: J. Gustafson, A.J. Montgomery, R. Brown, C.
Copeland. FEATURE (15-lap): TRAVIS MONTGOMERY,
Dalton Alexander, Paul Flye, A.J. Montgomery, Justin Gustafson,
Ryan Brown, Corey Copeland, Dave Heimes, Allie Montgomery.
HEAT 1: B. Allen, A. Cocilova, V. Grant, T. Faro, B. Inch. HEAT 2: A. Schoonmaker, B. Schenk, B. Hallett, J.
Marchese, A. Knoepfler. FEATURE (20-laps): BRANDON ALLEN,
Barrett Schenk, Ashley Schoonmaker, Brian Hallett, Andy Cocilova,
Josh Marchese, Bill Inch, Van Grant, Alison Knoepfler, Chris
Connors, Tim Faro.
HEAT 1: J. Schoonmaker, S. Frarey, R. Fink, S. Pesarek, S.
Dinzler. HEAT 2: C. Finocchario, B. Coyle, B. Ripley, B. Wozniak,
Z. Petrie. HEAT 3: C. Vogler, N. Peckham, T. Reese, K. Timmerman, J.
Gleason. HEAT 4: W. Strusz, D. Bancroft, Z. Willis, J. Miller, K.
Miller FEATURE (25-laps): CHRIS FINOCCHARIO,
Billy Coyle, Chris Vogler, Robert Fink, Steve Pesarek, Will
Strusz, Kelly Miller, Scott Dinzler, Shaun Frarey, Zach Willis,
Todd Blair, Tommy Reese, Dale Lazzaro, Bob Ripley, Brian
Wozniak, Joel Gleason, Nathan Peckham, Brianna Dinzler, Nathan
Worden, Zak Petrie, Josh Schoonmaker, Kevin Ide, Kenny Atkins,
Matt Larrivee, Dylan Bancroft, Mike Hyman, Joe Miller, DNS:
Jason Dinzler, Brandon Larner.
HEAT 1: C. Finocchario, E. Hawkins, A. Lewis, K. Timmerman,
N. Morich. HEAT 2: Ti. Catalano, To. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., A.
Catalano, B. Lippa Jr. FEATURE (35-laps): AMY CATALANO,
Kevin Timmerman, Tommy Catalano, Chris Finocchario, Jimmy
Zacharias, Andy Lewis, Eddie Hawkins, Daryl Lewis Jr., Connor
Sellars, Timmy Catalano, Bobby Lippa Jr., Nick Morich, Kreig
Heroth, T.J. Zacharias , Mike Leaty, Chris Clemens
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