Finocchario Again In The Superstocks, Lewis Jr. Wins In The
by Gary Spaid
It was make up night at
Spencer last Friday. What started out on Friday, August 11, then
rain delayed, was completed last Friday. Daryl Lewis Jr. picked
up his 14th career Sunoco Modified feature win at Spencer. A.J.
Montgomery won the Grandpa Dog Four Cylinder feature. In the
Super Sixes, Ashley Schoonmaker took her first win on the year.
And finally in the NY SuperStocks, Chris Finocchario kept his
“divisional sweep” at the track alive, winning his 4th straight
feature, in four starts, on the year.
The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw outside pole sitter Timmy
Catalano, grab the early lead with Andy Lewis hot on his heels.
These two were able to draw away from the pack when the yellow
flew on lap seven. Bobby Lippa Jr. spun exiting the fourth turn,
to bring out that yellow.
The restart saw Lewis take the advantage over Catalano. Three laps later,
Daryl Lewis Jr. entered the picture grabbing second from
Catalano. Tim then faded to fifth as Kevin Timmerman and his
brother Tommy Catalano all made their way into the top five.
The yellow flew a second time when Amy Catalano looped into the infield
grass exiting the second turn. The restart saw Andy Lewis give
up the inside lane to Daryl Lewis Jr. This allowed Daryl to take
the lead as the field went green flag racing again.
Tommy Catalano was able to work his way by Andy Lewis for second and then
take off after Daryl Lewis. Tommy stayed glued to Daryl’s rear
bumper but could not make the pass for the win.
At the checkers it was Daryl Lewis Jr. and Tommy Catalano out front,
followed by Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins and Andy Lewis.
“When the green drops you just have to go,” stated Lewis in victory lane.
“We did that a couple of weeks back and didn’t fare well. We’ll
take this one.”
The 25-lap NY SuperStock race saw Lee Sharpsteen take the early lead
followed by Zach Willis, Nate Peckham, Dylan Bancroft and Steve
Pesarek. Mired back in the field was multi-time feature winner
Through a number of yellow flags, Finocchario worked his way up to fifth
by lap 14. A long green flag run followed. During these laps
Finocchario worked his way up to second. But for all
practicality it looked like Sharpsteen had the field covered.
Then with just three laps to go the final yellow flag waved, when Chris
Vogler and Brianna Dinzler came together in turn three.
The restart saw Sharpsteen regain the lead, but a hard charging
Finocchario shot down the inside line entering turn three, was
able to maintain control and completed his pass for the lead. At
the checkers it was Finocchario followed by Sharpsteen, Josh
Schoonmaker, Willis and Bancroft.
“I have to thank my son, who was with me in Myrtle Beach,” commented
Finocchario. “We drove home from there yesterday, getting home
this morning at 6 am. The crew had the car ready for me
The 15-lap Grandpa Dog Four Cylinder feature saw Corey Copeland take the
early lead. On lap four A.J. Montgomery ducked to the inside
exiting the second turn and rode side-by-side with Copeland
until the pair came past the start finish line with Montgomery
ahead by inches.
Montgomery then proceeded to pull away to a full half-straightaway
advantage. Travis Montgomery was able to take second, but could
not catch his brother. Copeland held on to third at the
checkers. Paul Flye finished fourth followed by Dalton Alexander
to round out the top five.
“My family has been working their butts off to make this car a winner.
It’s good we finally made it,” stated Montgomery.
The Super Sixes were again able to run green-to-checkers. Alison
Knoepfler was the early leader only to see Ashley Schoonmaker
take the lead on lap five.
On lap 11, Brandon Allen was able to pass Schoonmaker for the lead.
Allen’s car looked strong. Then with just five laps remaining a
shower of sparks could be seen underneath the Allen ride. For
safety reasons Allen had to be black flagged handing Schoonmaker
the lead and the win. Barrett Schenk, Andy Cocilova, Brian
Hallett and Van Grant rounded out the top five.
“This is amazing!” commented Ashley. I’ve worked so hard to get to this
point, this year,” added 19 year old Schoonmaker.
SPENCER NOTES: A 30-minute “Meet and
Greet” took place on the front stretch following makeup heat
races from August 11….The long delayed Kids’ Bicycle Races
finally were run. Henry Lewis, Ontario, won the 3 to 4 year old
category, Austin Leaty, Williamson, picked up the win in the 5-6
year old class, Braydon Blair won the 7-8 year old division,
Josh Warner, Ontario, won the 9-11 year old age category, and
Brandon Ladue, Ontario, won the 12-13 year old class….Plans for
the 63rd Spencer Awards Banquet were announced. This year a
combined banquet with the New York SuperStocks has been schedule
for Friday, November 3, at the Palmyra VFW Post. Tickets can be
obtained from Bobby Lippa Jr. or by contacting the speedway
office….Only two weeks of racing remain in the 2017 NASCAR
season at Spencer Speedway.
On Friday, August 25, Spencer Speedway will be hosting the annual Dave
London Memorial for SuperStocks. With over 55 pre-entries for
the extra dollar 50-lap feature an exciting night of full fender
racing will be at hand. Joining the SuperStocks next week, will
be an “Open” Four Cylinder event, complete with heat races and a
20-lap feature. Race time starts 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.
SPENCER SPEEDWAY SUNOCO FUELS NIGHT SUMMARY
GRANDPA DOG 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: A.J. Montgomery, T. Montgomery, J. Gustafson, R.
Brown, D. Heimes. HEAT 2: C. Copeland, P. Flye, D. Alexander, A.
Montgomery. FEATURE (15-laps): A.J. MONTGOMERY, Travis Montgomery,
Corey Copeland, Paul Flye, Dalton Alexander, Jacob Gustafson,
Ryan Brown, Dave Heimes, Allie Montgomery.
FEATURE (20-laps): ASHLEY SCHOONMAKER, Barrett Schenk, Andy
Cocilova, Brian Hallett, Van Grant, Tim Faro, Alison Knoepfler,
Bill Inch, Chris Connors, Brandon Allen.
FEATURE (25-laps): CHRIS FINOCCHARIO, Lee Sharpsteen, Josh
Schoonmaker, Zach Willis, Dylan Bancroft, Nathan Peckham, Mike
Hyman, Steve Pesarek, Terry Cheetham, Shaun Frarey, Billy Coyle,
Jason Dinzler, Chris Vogler, Dale Lazzaro, Scott Dinzler, Kenny
Atkins, Todd Blair, Joel Gleason, Brianna Dinzler, Ike Stone,
Kelly Miller, Brandon Larner, Kevin Ide, Joe Miller.
HEAT 3: To. Catalano, E. Hawkins, Ti. Catalano, N. Morich,
Tim Nies. FEATURE (35-laps): DARYL LEWIS JR., Tommy Catalano, Kevin
Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins, Andy Lewis, Tim Catalano, Mike Leaty,
Jimmy Zacharias, Connor Sellars, Chris Finocchario, Amy
Catalano, Zack Knowlden, Nick Morich, Kreig Heroth, Tim Nies,
Bobby Lippa Jr., Chris Clemens, Geoff Sharkey.
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