Tommy Catalano Declared Winner Of The Dave London Memorial After
Finocchario Refuses Tech
by Gary Spaid
Chris Finocchario, from
Macedon, NY, drove home in front of the largest crowd this year,
at Spencer Speedway, to win the Dave London Memorial.
Finocchario made a perfect night of it, winning his heat race,
redrawing the pole starting position and leading every lap in
the 50-lap event. That is until he reached post race tech, where
he refused to have his motor torn down. That refusal handed the
Dave London memorial win to Tommy Catalano.
In the Open Grandpa Dog Four Cylinder class, a record 18 number of cars
for this year ran the 16-lap race. Travis Montgomery took the
victory following a tight battle between himself his brother A.J.
and Paul Flye.
The start of the 50-lap Dave London Memorial saw Finocchario and Willie
Strusz led the field to the green. Finocchario immediately
jumped into the lead, with third place starter Lee Sharpsteen
moving into second.
The first of six yellows slowed the race on lap five when Steve Pesarek
looped his number 51 in the first turn. The restart saw a melee
take place going into the second turn resulting in Kenny Atkins
sliding his number 17 up on to the tire wall. Also involve, but
able to continue were Scott Dinzler, Pesarek and last year’s
defending race champion, Billy Coyle.
Finocchario continued to lead the way and knocking down lap money prizes
in what turned out to be a long green flag run. During this time
he began lapping cars and driving through heavy traffic. On lap
32, the yellow reappeared when Sharpsteen and Jake Wylie came
together between the first and second turns while running second
This now moved Tommy Catalano, who earlier in the night had won the
B-Main, into second behind Finocchario. Nick Robinson, also a
B-Main qualifier now found himself in third. A few laps later,
Scott Wylie worked his way by Robinson into third. On lap 41,
Wylie moved low on the speedway and slowed to a stop to bring
out the yellow.
With just a few lap remaining Jake Wylie, had reworked his way back up
into the top five, when he came together with another front
runner on the front straightaway. He then slid through wet
grass, hit the inside guardrail and ricocheted back onto the
track in the first turn where he avoided major contact, as
eighth place runner Nathan peck ham looped around to miss him.
One lap later the final yellow flew when Sharpsteen slowed on the track.
Finocchario would work his way back home for the win followed
closely by Catalano. Dylan Bancroft came home in third followed
by Strusz and Robinson.
Earlier in the evening Catalano had won the B-Main and was given the
opportunity to take the $500 winner’s purse or swab it for a
starting spot in the 50-lapper. It looks like Catalano made the
proper choice and opted for the starting spot. The officials
worked back to fifth place Eric Hadley who took the $500 bonus.
The Grandpa Dog Four Cylinders were the first class to take to the track
and ran their 16-lap main event. Only one yellow slowed that
race, coming on the second lap when Dakota Packman was sent
spinning out the pack in the second turn.
For the most part Travis Montgomery led every lap, but found himself
constantly battling with Paul Flye for the lead. A.J. Montgomery
was in a solid third with Dalton Alexander fourth. On lap 11,
Alexander preformed a spin and go in between turns three and
four and continued back into the battle back in seventh.
Travis Montgomery took the checkers followed across the finish line by
Flye, A.J. Montgomery, Jacob Gustafson and Corey Copeland.
This special night at Spencer came complete with fireworks, free food and
a balloon launch to celebrate an anniversary.
SPENCER NOTES: Forty-five NY Super Stocks
participated in this event….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 one week of
racing remain in the 2017 NASCAR season at Spencer Speedway.
On Friday, September 1, Spencer Speedway will be ending the 2017 NASCAR
racing season. The Sunoco Modifieds will be running a 35-lap
double point main event, along with double point feature events
for the Super Sixes and Grandpa Dog Four Cylinders. Race time
starts at 7:15 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 DAVE LONDON MEMORIAL NIGHT
GRANDPA DOG 4 CYLINDER HEAT 1: P. Flye, C. Copeland, T. Montgomery, B. Dennie,
D. Heimes. HEAT 2: A.J. Montgomery, J. Gustafson, D. Alexander, J.
Dennie, C. Bolton. FEATURE (16-laps):
TRAVIS MONTGOMERY, Paul Flye, A.J. Montgomery, Jacob Gustafson,
Corey Copeland, Dave Heimes, Brianna Dennie, Dalton Alexander,
Jennifer Dennie, Bill Brunka, Carrie Bolton, Ryan Brown, Dakota
Packman, Brian Green, Paul Perry, Allie Montgomery
HEAT 1: T. Gullo, J. Wylie, B. Coyle, J. Schoonmaker. HEAT 2: N. Peckham, S. Pesarek, J. Steffenhagen, D.
Bancroft. HEAT 3: R. Fink, M. Spencer, G. Noe, K. Atkins. HEAT 4: S. Dinzler, W. Strusz, M. Hyman, S. Dinzler. HEAT 5: C. Finocchario, L. Sharpsteen, W. Strusz, C.
Vogler. B-MAIN (20-laps): TOMMY CATALANO, Nick Robinson, Shaun Frarey,
Terry Cheetham, Eric Hadley, Rob Miszcak, Bob Ripley, J.R.
Mooney, Joel Gleason, Jeff Whalen, Brianna Dinzler, Mike
Nichols, Ray Marshall, Matt Larrivee, Dale Lazzaro, Scott
Underwood, Kelly Miller, Roger Worden, Ron Underwood, Brandon
Larner, Todd Blair, Joe Miller, Kevin Ide, Jason Dinzler, DNS:
Aaron Higgins FEATURE (50-laps): TOMMY CATALANO,
Dylan Bancroft, Willie Strusz, Nick Robinson, Nathan Peckham,
Mike Hyman, Terry Cheetham, Robert Fink, Josh Schoonmaker, Chris
Vogler, Scott Dinzler, Shaun Frarey, Brianna Dinzler, Mark
Spencer, Lee Sharpsteen, Jake Wylie, Scott Wylie, Zach Willis,
Tim Gullo, Jim Steffenhagen, Matt Larrivee, Billy Coyle, Steve
Pesarek, Gary Noe, Kenny Atkins DQed: Chris Finocchario
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