January 23rd, 2015
Smith Secures Historic Mark At Spencer by Jason Cunningham/NASCAR

  Rusty Smith closed out one chapter of his racing career with the equivalent of a walk-off win as he captured a record third-straight track title at Upstate New York’s Spencer Speedway. Smith, from Oxford, New York, became the first driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series era at Spencer to win three titles in a row. “I didn’t know that until they announced it at the [Spencer] banquet,” Smith said. “It’s pretty cool when you stop and think about it.” Smith’s first two Spencer titles were earned in a car fielded by Greg Frutchey, but Frutchey switched his focus for 2014 to support his son’s budding racing career.   Full Story

November 18th, 2014
Rusty Smith Is Big Winner At The Spencer Speedway Banquet by Gary Spaid

  The 60th annual Spencer Speedway and Dragway Banquet took place on November 15, at the Palmyra VFW, Route 31 in Palmyra, NY. The activities were mc’ed by oval track announcer Joe Marotta and drag announcer Roger Miller. There were 160 guests on hand. On hand were the top asphalt drivers in the Rochester, NY area to receive their recognition from both NASCAR and the local speedway. NASCAR Points ended up differ from the track points as non sanctioned nights, like the RoC night, were eliminated from the track point totals to determine the NASCAR titlists. In the NASCAR 4 Cylinder Scorpions, Shaun Frarey picked.   Full Story

November 9th, 2014
2014 NY Super Stock Banquet by Laurie Hixson

  Nearly 70 drivers, crew members, sponsors and race fans attended the 1st ever NY Super Stock Series awards banquet held at the Capizzo’s restaurant in Ontario, NY this past Saturday night November 8th. The NY Super Stock series has been in competition for 3 full seasons. With the help of many key people and businesses adding to the purse. They had 126 total driver entries in the class this year. The season consisted of 7 races at Spencer Speedway and Adirondack Speedway, averaging 18 cars per race. Bob Lippa Jr. , promoter of the series was quick to thank Chuck & Lee DeRidder, as well as Larry Steurrys of Spencer Speedway.   Full Story

September 5th, 2014
Rusty Smith Claims His Third Straight Spencer Title And Announces He Will Not Return In 2015 by Gary Spaid

  It all started back in 2012. Rusty Smith from Oxford, NY was named the Spencer Speedway Sunoco Modified Champion. He repeated this feat in 2013 and again this year, for third straight year in a row. But in post race interviews last week he revealed he would be racing dirt modifieds on Friday nights next year. “I really like to race at Spencer, but the two hour drive each week is becoming difficult,” Smith related. “Next year I’ll race closer to home.” As for the racing in last week’s season finale, Mike Leaty won the 75-lap Sunoco Modified main event but fell short in claiming the track title.   Full Story

August 29th, 2014
Strange Finish To Modified Feature Gives Timmerman His Second Win If The Year At Spencer by Gary Spaid

  With just one lap remaining in the NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature the field entered the fourth turn, a car got loose and only two cars came across to take the checkered flag. The rest were in a pile-up in the fourth turn. Kevin Timmerman and Rusty Smith were the lucky two to make it to the finish line. For Timmerman it was his second feature win of the year at Spencer. The NYS Super Stocks were on hand with Jim Steffenhagen Jr. taking the 25-lap feature win. Donnie Knapp Jr. won his second 4-Cylinder Scorpion feature in a row. In the Super Sixes, Josh Schoonmaker took the 20-lap win.   Full Story

August 22nd, 2014
Tommy Catalano Picks Up His First Spencer Speedway Modified Feature Win; Cocilova Wins Super "6" Richard Grant Memorial by Gary Spaid

  In only his seventh start of the 2014 season, Tommy Catalano joins the rest of his family as a NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature winner at Spencer Speedway. He took the 35-lap NASCAR feature win last week. “It’s always better to start at the back or mid-pack and take a win then to be up front and win,” commented an elated driver. “As the race went on we kept getting better and better. When I got back to the pits it was all high fives and congratulations.”
In Spencer Speedway support action, Donnie Knapp Jr. waited until the final lap and took the lead to win the Four Cylinder Scorpions 15-lap feature.   
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August 15th, 2014
Steffenhagen Jr. Wins Dave London Memorial by Gary Spaid

  The annual Dave London Memorial was the highlight of last Friday, August 15. A record 27 SuperStocks were on hand to run the 50-lapper. Jim Steffenhagen Jr. won his heat race and went into the redraw for the feature lineup. As fate would have it, he drew the outside pole and then went on to lead almost every lap to take the $1,000 feature win. In Sunoco Modified action Eddie Hawkins won his first ever Spencer feature holding off first Andy Lewis and then Mike Leaty for the victory. “If you could have seen me right after the race in the pits I almost blew the top off the car,” he related. “I just can’t tell you how happy I am.”.   Full Story

August 8th, 2014
60th Anniversary Show Goes To Rusty Smith At Spencer by Gary Spaid

  Sixty years ago to the day, Spencer Speedway opened, August 8, 1955. Last Friday the speedway celebrated their 60th year of hosting auto racing with a special double point 60-lap Sunoco Modified feature. Rusty Smith from Oxford, NY, took his lime green number 15x to the feature victory, beating Kevin Timmerman to the finish line. On hand to celebrate to occasion was the 1982 track champion, Jerry Cook. “I never had a problem with green cars during my career, of course my cars were usually red,” joked Cookie in victory lane. In support action Shaun Frarey, from Marion, NY, picked up his seventh feature win of the year.   Full Story

August 1st, 2014
Heavy End Of Month Rains Flood Spencer Speedway Property by Gary Spaid

  Spencer Speedway officials were forced to cancel racing last Friday, August 1, due to a flooded pit area and wet grounds in general. “The local weatherman reported last night that this has been the fourth wettest month of July since records began being kept,” stated Spencer’s Race Director Larry Steurrys. “To add to our woes it even rained more here this morning. We cannot possibly dry this place out in time for tonight’s NASCAR races.” On the schedule, besides the regular divisions, were a special appearance by the USAC Ignite Midgets and the fourth appearance of the NYS Super Stocks.   Full Story

July 25th, 2014
Jim Steffenhagen Jr Wins NYS Super Stock Special at Spencer; Bryce Norton Wins INEX Legends National Qualifier by Steven Petty

  Jim Steffenhagen Jr from Marion, NY picked up the 25 lap NYS Super Stocks feature event at the Spencer Speedway this past Friday night. Defending Sunoco Modified Champion Rusty Smith from Oxford, NY took home the victory in the 35 lap feature event for the Sunoco Modifieds. Bryce Norton from Walworth, NY collected the checkered flag for the INEX Legends National Qualifier event. Brian Hallett from Honeoye Falls, NY earned the victory for the Super Sixes. Shaun Frarey from Webster, NY won his sixth 4 Cylinder Scorpion feature of the season. Jason Dinzler and Dale Lazzaro were on the front row for the NYS Super Stocks.   Full Story

July 18th, 2014
Mike Leaty Sweeps Sunoco Mod Twin 20’s at Spencer Speedway by Steven Petty

  Mike Leaty from Williamson, NY earned the victory in both 20 lap feature events for the Sunoco Modifieds at the Spencer Speedway this past Friday night. Josh Schoonmaker from Ontario, NY won his second Super Six feature event of the 2014 season. Austin Montgomery from Ontario, NY earned his first career feature event for the 4 Cylinder Scorpions. Darryl Lewis Jr and Eddie Hawkins were on the front row for the first 20 lap Sunoco Modified feature event with Lewis jumping into the lead. Mike Leaty and Rusty Smith quickly passed Hawkins for second and third respectively on the opening circuit.   Full Story

July 11th, 2014
Ramos Tops Big Ten, But Steffenhagen Wins; Timmerman Takes His First Of The Year by Gary Spaid

  The Big Ten Super Stocks were at Spencer last week. It looked like Mike Ramos would have his way as he took the checkers from Big Ten starter Butch Williams. “I didn’t want to see that last caution,” stated Ramos, referring to a late race yellow. He probably didn’t want to see the post race tech barn. It was there he was disqualified and the win handed over to Jim Steffenhagen Jr. , who had started at the rear of the field after suffering brake issues in his heat race. “I didn’t expect this,” said Steffenhagen in an on track interview. In NASCAR Sunoco Modified action Kevin Timmerman was able to pick up his 18th Spencer career win.   Full Story

July 4th, 2014
Smith And Leaty Split 20's; Frarey And Allen Claim Victories by Gary Spaid

  Mike Leaty and Rusty Smith each took turns at visiting victory lane last Friday at Spencer Speedway to celebrate Independence Day. Smith picked up the win in the first NASCAR Sunoco Modified Twin 20 and Leaty the last. In support races, Shaun Frarey picked up his fourth Four Cylinder Scorpion feature win in five starts this season at Spencer. In the Super Sixes, Brandon Allen took his first win of the season. At the start of the first NASCAR Sunoco Modified 20-lapper, Andy Lewis jumped out into the lead with Amy Catalano and Rusty Smith in tow. Within a lap Smith grabbed second and started to pressure Lewis for the lead.   Full Story

June 27th, 2014
Kirk Totten Takes Checkers But Goes Home Empty; Lewis Jr. Named Winner by Gary Spaid

  Lockport’s Kirk Totten was all smiles after finishing first in the 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature last Friday at Spencer Speedway. He related to the crowd from victory lane about putting a new motor in the cars and how it was running good. All of that joy came to an end in the post race inspection line when it was determined he was running the wrong tires on his car. He was disqualified and the win was handed over to second place finisher Darryl Lewis Jr. In accompanying features, Brian Hallett made it two in a row in the Super Six division. He now has 16 Spencer Speedway Super Six career wins to his name.   Full Story

June 20th, 2014
Rusty Smith Picks Up First Sunoco Modified Win Of The Year by Gary Spaid

  Rusty Smith, from Oxford, NY, picked up his 9th track career feature win last Friday at Spencer Speedway in the Sunoco Modified division. “This is the same car we’ve raced here the last two years,” stated Smith in Victory Lane. “I really don’t care what I drive as long as I can win.” The New York Super Stock series was also on hand for their 25-lap main event. Terry Cheetham powered his way to victory, beating out Jim Steffenhagen Jr. at the line. Brian Hallett (Super Sixes), Shaun Frarey ((4 cylinder scorpions) and Bryce Norton (INEX Legends) all took feature wins on the evening.    Full Story

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