February 18th, 2017
Spencer Speedway Posts Tentative 2017 Schedule
by Gary Spaid
Race fans will see a number
of changes taking place at NASCAR’s Upstate New York racing
home, Spencer Speedway. The biggest change is the starting
times. Unlike in the past when 7:30 was used, the new weekly
starting time (unless specified) will be 7:15 p.m.
Pit gates will open at 4 pm, followed by the general admission gates at
5:30 pm. Race practice will start at 6 p.m. weekly.
“Grandpa Dog” is the new weekly sponsor for the Four Cylinder division.
Michael Heimes, better known to the local racing community as
“grandpa”, had been a fixture at Spencer Speedway for years. He
raced there in the 60’s and work on the tow trucks following his
racing career. His son Dave, who also raced at Spencer, wanted
to keep his dad’s name as part of the speedway’s history and
legacy. Last year the “J-Dog” four cylinder race team started
running with grandson Jacob behind the wheel. Following a “Test
& Tune” accident, Dave took over the driving chores for Jacob,
who felt better about wrenching the car. With the support of a
number of other race teams Dave was able to sponsor the four
cylinder class in his father’s memory.
Starting in 2009, the Grandpa Dog Four Cylinder class has added
excitement weekly to the program. Last year’s champion, Mike
Hyman is just two wins away from tying the all-time feature win
leader in that division, Shaun Frarey.
The weekly NASCAR “Sunoco Modifieds” will be in action 13 times during
the 2017 season. This limited modified class has been racing at
Spencer since 1991. The defending champion is Kevin Timmerman.
Adding to the open wheel modifieds are two 75-lap Race of
Champions (RoC) qualifiers. Spencer will be hosting qualifiers
on June 2nd and July 21st. This year the RoC Championship Race
returns to its Pennsylvania roots. This year’s RoC’s big race
will run at Lake Erie Speedway, on September 30th.
In the Super Six division, 12 races await those drivers, plus one “Open”
race. Barrett Schenk is the defending champion. This division
joined the weekly racing program at Spencer in 2006. Brian
Hallett is currently the all-time feature winner with 25 feature
victories to his credit.
The kids will also have their chance at racing at Spencer. Two bicycle
races have been scheduled for the long front straight on the
half mile oval; July 17th and August 18th.
Two “Meet and Greets” are also on tap; May 26th and August 4th. “Our fans
love the ‘Meet and Greets’ we host on the front stretch,” stated
promoter John White. “They get a chance to see their favorite
drivers to get an autograph, plus they see the race cars up
The New York Super Stocks will be returning to Spencer six times in 2017.
Their first appearance takes place on June 2nd, as a support
division to the RoC Modifieds. They also are scheduled to appear
on June 16th, July 14th and 28th, August 11th and 25th. This
final appearance will be the annual 50-lap Dave London Memorial.
One surprise addition to the schedule is the first ever appearance the
GRIT Sportsman dirt cars in support of the Dave London Memorial
on August 25th. Currently GRIT is hosting two asphalt events,
one a Chemung and the other at Spencer. This event would be the
first official dirt sportsman race at Spencer Speedway. The dirt
sportsman have appeared a number of times in the past at our
sister track, the Chemung Speedrome.
Current plans call for having printed schedules available at this year’s
Motorsports Expo in Syracuse, available through one of the
weekly race teams. With Chemung switching to Saturdays, a number
of drivers from there are expected to venture on Fridays to
The first event scheduled for 2017 is the annual “Test & Tune” on May
12th. The NASCAR point season opens on the following Friday, May
19th at 7:15 p.m.
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 2017.
Points earned each week at Spencer are counted as part of the
national NASC AR Whelen All-American Point Chase.
For more information go to: www.spencerspeedway.org.
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