Tommy Catalano Picks Up His First Spencer Track Championship;
Flye And Schenk Also Crowned
by Gary Spaid
”It feels good to get one
here at my home track,” stated an elated Tommy Catalano in
victory lane. He did not win the season finale. Mike Leaty won
the NASCAR Sunoco Modified 35-lapper, but Catalano earned enough
track points to win his first modified title at Spencer
Speedway. He now joins his mother Amy and uncle Buck as NASCAR
Sunoco Modified champions at Spencer.
Also picking up a track championship was Paul Flye in the Grandpa Dog
4-Cylinders. Flye left no suspense in the point race. He was the
point leader coming into the night and he won the 15-lap feature
In the Super Sixes, Brandon Allen won the 20-lap main event, but Barrett
Schenk’s close second place finish locked him into his second
straight title in that division. He was the only defending
champion to repeat.
The 35-lap Sunoco Modified main event saw pole sitter Nick Morich take
the early lead with Mike Leaty in hot pursuit. Leaty was able to
get past Morich on lap six. Before another lap could be
completed the yellow flew when Kevin Timmerman and Daryl Lewis
Jr., running seventh and eighth, spun off the track between
turns three and four. Both drivers were able to return to the
Leaty was quick to stay in the lead on the restart leaving Morich in
second. On lap ten, Morich was hit from behind and spun in the
second turn, bringing out the yellow again. Eddie Hawkins now
found himself in second followed by Tommy Catalano and Connor
The yellow flag would remain “holstered” for the rest of the race. Leaty,
with a very fast race car, was able to pull away from his
competition leaving Hawkins and Catalano to fight for the runner
Kevin Timmerman had now reworked his way back up to sixth and was
challenging for fifth when a lapped car forced him to fall back
in line. At the finish it was Leaty followed by Hawkins,
Catalano, Sellars and Amy Catalano.
Leaty stated,” We finished off the year in a strong way. Between all of
the rain and a blown motor this year, the points might have come
The 15-lap Grandpa Dog 4-cylinder feature saw Travis Montgomery take the
early lead. But Paul Flye seemed on a mission, passing
Montgomery with an outside move to take the lead on lap three.
Flye would never look back, finally pulling out an advantage on
Montgomery in the closing laps.
“I want to thank the Heimes family for sponsoring this division this
year,” added Flye in victory lane.
The race would run green-to-checkers, with Flye taking the win, followed
by Jacob Gustafson, A.J. Montgomery and Dalton Alexander to make
up the top five.
The Super Sixes saw Alison Knoepfler, leader of the first lap, give way
to her teammate, Brian Hallett on lap two. Hallett was not able
to out run Brandon Allen who seemed to consistently remain
second. That is until lap five, when he passed Hallett and took
the lead. Barrett Schenk followed Allen through the hole he
created to take second. The top three cars then began to pull
away from the field.
At the finish line it would be Allen followed by Schenk, Hallett, Ashley
Schoonmaker and Knoepfler. This race also was able to be run
SPENCER NOTES: The annual Spencer
Awards Banquet is being merged with the NY SuperStock Banquet to
be held at the Palymra VFW Post on Friday, November 3. Banquet
tickets are available through Bobby Lippa Jr, by calling
585-943-4587….Trinity Miller won the fantasy racing game run at
the track throughout the summer. Part of her reward was to act
as “Trophy Girl” on this final night of racing in 2017 at
Spencer Speedway…Final points must be verified by NASCAR, but
the top ten unofficial point standings in the different
divisions are as follows:
NASCAR SUNOCO MODIFIEDS: 1) Tommy
Catalano 413, 2) Mike Leaty 389, 3) Kevin Timmerman 376, 4)
Eddie Hawkins 372, 5) Daryl Lewis Jr. 360, 6) Amy Catalano 336,
7) Andy Lewis 314, 8) Chris Finocchario 276, 9) Timmy Catalano
267, 10) Kreig Heroth 248.
NASCAR SUPER SIXES: 1) Barrett Schenk
416, 2) Brandon Allen 410, 3) Ashley Schoonmaker 392, 4) Brian
Hallett 370, 5) Tim Faro 355, 6) Andy Cocilova 310, 7) Alison
Knoepfler 308, 8) Bill Inch 287, 9) Chris Connors 283, 10) Van
NASCAR GRANDPA DOG FOUR CYLINDERS: 1)
Paul Flye 420, 2) A.J. Montgomery 381, 3) Jacob Gustafson 379,
4) Dalton Alexander 364, 5) Travis Montgomery 348, 6) Corey
Copeland 342, 7) Dave Heimes 317, 8) Allie Montgomery 245, 9)
Ryan Brown 229, 10) Maddy Virts 187.
This ends the 2017 NASCAR season at Spencer Speedway. Only nine racing
nights were completed in 2017 due to all of the wet weather. The
next event on the race calendar is the annual Awards Banquet on
November 3. After that fans will have to wait until May 2018 to
hear the roar of the engines back on track at Spencer Speedway.
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 DOUBLE POINT CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT
GRANDPA DOG 4 CYLINDER
HEAT 1: C. Copeland, A.J. Montgomery, D. Alexander, D.
Heimes, A. Montgomery. HEAT 2: P. Flye, T. Montgomery, J. Gustafson, R. Brown. FEATURE (15-lap): PAUL FLYE, Travis Montgomery, Jacob Gustafson,
A.J. Montgomery, Dalton Alexander, Ryan Brown, Dave Heimes,
Corey Copeland, Allie Montgomery
HEAT 1: A. Knoepfler, B. Allen, B. Hallett, A. VanHall, T.
Faro. HEAT 2: A. Schoonmaker, B. Schenk, A. Cocilova, V. Grant,
B. Inch. FEATURE (20-laps): BRANDON ALLEN, Barrett Schenk,
Brian Hallett, Ashley Schoonmaker, Alison Knoepfler, Andy
Cocilova, Van Grant, Adam VanHall, Tim Faro, Chris Connors, Bill
HEAT 1: M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, To. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr.,
E. Hawkins. HEAT 2: A. Lewis, C. Sellars, N. Morich, C. Finocchario,
A. Catalano. FEATURE (35-laps): MIKE LEATY, Eddie Hawkins,
Tommy Catalano, Connor Sellars, Amy Catalano, Kevin Timmerman,
Daryl Lewis Jr., Jimmy Zacharias, Andy Lewis, Chris Finocchario,
Kreig Heroth, T.J. Zacharias, Corey Mosher, Geoff Sharkey, Nick
Morich, Timmy Catalano, Mark Cline.
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