June 24th, 2016
Daryl Lewis Jr. Squeaks Out A SUNOCO Modified Victory
by Gary Spaid
Mike Leaty looked to have
the feature well in hand as he was holding off Tommy Catalano.
These two leaders were exiting the fourth turn, lapping the car
of Todd Lorenzo, when there was contact, the two leaders were
sent spinning. The third place car driven by Daryl Lewis Jr.,
stepped on it and blasted under the checkers just before Leaty,
spinning in the infield grass, made it to the finish line.
“I was a third place car all night,” stated Lewis in victory lane. “That
all happened in front of me and I got on it. That was just
incredible. I’ll take it!”
The New York Super Stock 25-lap feature was won by Jim Steffenhagen Jr.,
as he held off Mitchell Wright for his first win of the year.
Mike Hyman won his third Auto Value 4- Cylinder Scorpion feature of the
year, while Tim Faro picked up the win in the Super Six
Kevin Timmerman was the early leader in the 35-lap Sunoco Modified
feature event. On lap six, Mike Leaty dropped low exiting the
second turn to pass Timmerman for the lead. The yellow flew one
lap later when Ricky Knapp Jr. slowed on the speedway.
The restart saw Leaty remain in front of Timmerman, Tommy Catalano and
Daryl Lewis Jr. Catalano made his bid for second on lap 14, but
by now Leaty had pulled away to a ten car advantage over the
field. That advantage came to an end when the second yellow flag
flew on lap 16, when Damon Frutchie spun in the first turn.
Leaty and Catalano seemed to be tied together after that as this duo
speed away from the pack. As the leaders were exiting the final
turn on the last lap they came together to avoid contact with a
lapped car. The end result was third place Daryl Lewis Jr. speed
through the spinning cars to cross the finish line first. Leaty,
spinning in the grass came across the line second followed by
Timmerman, Andy Lewis and Bobby Lippa Jr.
For Lewis Jr. it was his birthday and his whole family was on hand to
celebrate the double point event with him in victory lane.
The 25-lap New York Super Stock race proved to be a handful, as numerous
cautions slowed the event. Twenty-three cars started the race.
Following an aborted start which saw Robert Fink spin in the
third turn, the race began. As the field completed the first lap
a multi-car accident, on the front stretch, brought out the
Once underway Bill Frisbee took the lead followed by Billy Coyle. The
race was on but two additional yellows slowed the pace on laps
four and five. Frisbee now found Jim Steffenhagen Jr. on his
tail with Mitchell Wright in third.
Yellow flag fever again broke out on lap 11 when Kevin Ide spun for the
second time in turn four, just as Steffenhagen passed Frisbee
for the lead. As the lap was not completed, Frisbee was again
placed in first for the restart. Steffenhagen quickly
re-established his lead as Wright took second from Frisbee on a
lap 15 restart following another yellow.
With one lap remaining the yellow flew for the sixth time as Kelly
Miller’s number 0 burst into flames going down the backstretch.
Miller immediately jumped to safety as crews put out the blaze.
This set up a green-white-checker finish. Steffenhagen was up to the task
and took the win followed by Wright, Frisbee, Coyle and Willie
“This is unbelievable” stated and extremely elated Steffenhagen. “We had
trouble even starting this car earlier today.”
The 20-lap Super Six feature ran green-to-checkers and featured multiple
passes for the lead. Chris Connors led for the first four laps
and was passed on the outside by Brian Hallett on lap five.
Hallett held command of the lead for just three laps, when
Barrett Schenk used that same outside line to gain the front
In the back of the pack Tim faro was moving to the front quickly. He
passed Hallett and set out to track down Schenk. On lap 13, he
ducked to the inside and passed Schenk for the lead. Both Faro
and Schenk then began to pull away from the field. At the
checkers it was Faro with his first win in the class since 2014.
Schenk came home is second followed by Brandon Allen, Adam
VanHall, and Hallett.
“I cannot tell you how happy I am right now,” stated Faro. “Spencer has
done their best to keep this class as even as possible. These
guys race you clean and it’s just a whole lot of fun to race
The Auto Value Scorpions saw just one yellow flag slow their 15-lap
feature. This race featured a battle for the lead as
lap-after-lap Tom Alloco and Jacob Gustafson battled at the
front of the field.
That one yellow, lap 10, was for the leaders as they came together in the
second turn and spun out, leaving Mike Hyman at the front of the
field. Hyman had his hands full hold back Maddy Virts over the
closing laps. For Hyman it was his third win in four outings at
Spencer this year. Virts finished second followed by Jennifer
Dennie, Paul Flye and Carrie Bolton. That made for three female
drivers in the top five.
“I’m not going to win all of them this year,” commented Hyman. That 27 (Virts)
and 22 Dennie) are getting faster each week.”
There will be no racing at Spencer this Friday, July 1.
NASCAR Racing returns Friday, July 8, when Spencer Speedway will be
hosting third appearance of the NYS Super Stocks. These full
fender machines will be on hand for their 25-lap feature run.
NASCAR racing that night will include the Sunoco Modifieds,
Super Sixes and 4-Cylinder Scorpions classes. Race time begins
at 7:30 pm.
Anyone who brings their ticket stub back the following week gets a $3
discount off an adult or senior ticket.
Spencer Speedway is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, NY,
along Route 104 in the Town of Williamson. Spencer Speedway is
the local “ NASC AR Place to Race” for Central New York in 2016.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national
NASC AR Whelen All-American Points.
SCROPION 4-CYLINDERS HEAT 1: M. Virts, P. Flye, J. Dennie, C. Bolton, J. Bardo
HEAT 2: T. Alloco, M. Hyman, J. Gustafson, D. Heimes. FEATURE (15-laps): MIKE
HYMAN, Maddy Virts, Jennifer Dennie, Paul Flye, Carrie Bolton,
Tom Alloco, Jacob Gustafson, James Bardo, Dave Heimes.
SUPER SIXES HEAT 1: B. Schenk, B. Hallett, C. Connors, V. Grant, A.
Schoonmaker. HEAT 2: A. VanHall, T. Faro, B. Allen, C. Schoonmaker, A.
Cocilova FEATURE (20-laps): TIM FARO,
Barrett Schenk, Brandon Allen, Adam VanHall, Brian Hallett,
Ashley Schoonmaker, Van Grant, Chris Connors, Bill Inch, Carrie
Schoonmaker, Allison Knoepfler, Andy Cocilova.
NYS SUPER STOCKS
HEAT 1: Z. Willis, A. Gullo, T. Catalano, S. Pesarek, T.J.
Cochrane HEAT 2: M. Wight, T. Cheetham, C. Vogler, R. Fink, K.
Miller. HEAT 3: W. Strusz, B. Coyle, T. Gullo, T. Barron, B.
Wozniak. HEAT 4: J. Steffenhagen Jr., B. Frisbee, M. Larrivee, B.
Dinzler, K. Ide. FEATURE (25-laps): JIM
STEFFENHAGEN JR., Mitchell Wright, Bill Frisbee, Billy Coyle,
Willie Strusz, Brian Wozniak, Tim Gullo, Zach Willis, Chris
Vogler, Tommy Barron, Chris Finocchario, Eric Hadley, Brianna
Dinzler, Joe Miller, Brandon Larner, Kevin Ide, Matt Larrivee,
Kelly Miller, Robert Fink, Timmy Catalano, Nathan peck ham,
Terry Cheetham, Jason Dinzler. DNS: Anthony Gullo, Steve Pesarek,
Josh Schoonmaker, Dale Lazzaro, T.J. Cochrane
SUNOCO MODIFIEDS HEAT 1: A. Catalano, D. Lewis Jr., A. Lewis, E. Hawkins,
B. Lippa Jr. HEAT 2: M. Leaty, K. Timmerman, T. Catalano, M. Druar, T.
Lorenzo. FEATURE (35-laps): DARYL
LEWIS JR., Mike Leaty, Kevin Timmerman, Andy Lewis, Bobby Lippa
Jr., Tommy Catalano, Matt Druar, Todd Lorenzo, Steve Link, Damon
Frutchie, Eddie Hawkins, Amy Catalano, Ricky Knapp Jr.
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