WILLIAMSON, NY – A huge crowd was on hand last Friday to see the return of the Race of Champion Modifieds. Local favorite and defending champion, Mike Leaty took the 75-lap victory.
Also running was the Big 10 Super Stock series. Mike Ramos dominated the 25-lap feature. In support races Carl Vilardo IV won the 15-lap INEX Legends feature, Josh Schoonmaker won the Super Six 20-lapper and Beth Dennie won her very first 4-Cylinder scorpion feature. All of these support features were double track point races.
Daryl Lewis Jr. and Tyler Rypkema brought the field of 23 RoC Modifieds down to take starter John Nelson’s green flag. A number of cars seems to be caught up in a multi-car melee on the front stretch forcing the RoC officials causing the Red flag to be displayed. Seven cars were involved. Unable to continue were Tyler Rypkema, Terry Cheetham and Andy Seuss.
The second try at starting the race turned out much better with Daren Scherer taking the lead over Nick Pecko and Mike Leaty. The yellow flew on lap nine when pre-race favorite, Chuck Hossfeld coasted to a stop in the third turn.
Scherer continued to lead with Brian DeFabo in second and Leaty third. On lap 23, Leaty was on the charge passing Scherer on the outside exiting the second turn to take the lead. Once in the lead he stretched out his advantage.
The yellow flew again on lap 36, when Andy Jankowiak looped around in the first turn. Officials tried in vain to reposition him for the restart, however Jankowiak would not, or could not, understand. This would set up a pending penalty at the end of the event.
Leaty continued his advantage over Scherer, DeFabo and Pecko. On lap 58 the yellow flew for the final time when Bryan Sherwood, running in fifth looped out exiting the second turn. Also involved was Jankowiak. Again officials tried to line up the cars but Jankowiak did not seem to understand. Finally officials black flagged him to the pits.
Leaty pulled away in the end taking his second RoC Spencer win in a row. Scherer held on strong to come home second followed by DeFabo, Pecko and Austin Kochenash to round out the top five.
“It was a struggle to get by Daren, but once by the race fell our way,” commented an elated Leaty in victory lane.
The Big 10 Super Stocks were also on hand for their 25-lap feature. Eleven cars answered the call to the start of the race. Jake Lyon jumped in the lead with Mike Ramos on his heels. It did not take long for Ramos to take the lead, passing Lyon on lap three.
Once in the lead Ramos pulled away from the field. Only yellow flags would bring him back to within challenging position.
The first of just two yellows flew on lap six. Kevin Ide made heavy contact with the front stretch wall. He was able to walk away from the accident.
The second yellow came on lap 13 when Scott Wylie came to a stop in turn three. All the while Ramos had the field covered.\
As the checkered flag waved, Ramos came home nearly a half straight away ahead of Nathan Peckham. Peckham, a regular on the dirt track scene drove a magnificent race. Johnson, Mitchell Wright and Joe Mancuso rounded out the top five finishers.
“We were on rails tonight,” commented Ramos on his domineering victory.
The INEX Legends made their first appearance of the season. Their 15-lap feature saw three lead changes. Bryce Norton led the first lap, only to lose the lead on the next lap to Jeremy Haudricourt. Haudricourt led the next nine circuits before losing the lead to the eventual winner Carl Vilardo IV.
Two yellows slowed the race. A spin on lap one by Brad Salatino and a spin by Bryce Norton, while running second, on lap eight.
Vilardo came home with the win followed by Haudricourt, Salatino, Norton and Josh Marchese. For Vilardo it was his fifth feature win at the track.
The Super Six feature saw outside pole sitter Josh Schoonmaker jump into the lead at the drop of the green. The yellow flew on lap four when Bill Malin looped around in the first turn. The restart saw the red flag displayed when Bill Mitchell made heavy contact with the fourth turn wall. He emerged uninjured but his car suffered major damage and was cradled back to the pits.
On lap 11, fourth place runner Adam VanHall seemed to drift sideways exiting the fourth turn and looped around to bring out the final yellow of the race.
Schoonmaker held off the challenges of Brandon Allen to claim his first win in the Super Six division. Allen finished second followed by Tim Faro, Andy Cocilova and Brian Hallett.
The 4-Cylinder Scorpion feature saw Tom Alloco lead the race from the drop of the green until two laps remaining. He was challenged early on by Timmy Catalano. However on lap nine Catalano lost control exiting the second turn and slide through the infield and hit a light pole. The restart saw a two car spin in the third turn by Carrie Bolton-Brown and Ashley Schoonmaker.
With cars spinning and causing yellows the race director announced the next yellow would end the race. Cars continued to loop out, but continued on their way. On the final lap leaders Alloco and Joe Clark spun in the third turn allowing third place runner Beth Dennie to take the lead and the win. Donnie Knapp came home second followed by Alison Knoepfler, Clark and Alloco.
I didn’t expect this,” stated an excited Dennie. “It’s my first win in this division.”
This coming Friday, June 13th will feature Twin 20 lappers for the Sunoco Modifieds. The Super Sixes and 4-Cylinders Scorpions round out the action. Race time starts at 7:30 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 2014. Points earned each week at Spencer are counted into the national NASCAR Whelen All-American Points.
For more information go to: www.spencerspeedway.org.
RACE of CHAMPIONS NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT: B. Norton, C. Vilardo IV, J. Haudricourt, B. Salatino, K. Bertolone.
FEATURE (15-Laps): CARL VILARDO IV, Jeremy Haudricourt, Brad Salatino, Bryce Norton, Josh Marchese, Kevin Bertolone.
HEAT 1: S. Frarey, T. Alloco, B. Dennie, C. Bolton-Brown, D. Knapp.
HEAT 2: J. Clark, Ti. Catalano, A. Knoepfler, A. Schoonmaker, D. Hanbury.
FEATURE (15-laps): BETH DENNIE, Donnie Knapp, Alison Knoepfler, Joe Clark, Tom Alloco, Tyler Pratt, Ashley Schoonmaker, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Doniel Hanbury, Timmy Catalano, DNS: Shaun Frarey.
HEAT 1: B. Hallett, B. Allen, A. Cocilova, A. VanHall, K. Butler Jr.
HEAT 2: J. Schoonmaker, V. Grant, T. Faro, B. Schenk, B. Mitchell.
FEATURE (20-laps): JOSH SCHOONMAKER, Brandon Allen, Tim Faro, Andy Cocilova, Brian Hallett, Barrett Schenk, Keith Butler Jr., Adam VanHall, Bill Inch, Bill Malin, Van Grant, Bill Mitchell, Ryan Hillegeer.
BIG 10 SUPER STOCKS
HEAT 1: N. Peckham, J. Mancuso, P. Alhart, J. Lyon, B. Frisbee Jr.
HEAT 2: M. Ramos, D. Johnson, M. Wright, Z. Willis, K. Ide.
FEATURE (25-laps): MIKE RAMOS, Nathan Peckham, Dave Johnson, Mitchell Wright, Joe Mancuso, Jake Lyon, Phil Alhart, Brandon Larner, Zach Willis, Scott Wylie, Kevin Ide, DNS: Joe Fetzer, Bill Frisbee Jr.
HEAT 1: T. Rypkema, D. Reaume, N. Pecko, T. Cheetham, S. Fullone.
HEAT 2: M. Leaty, A. Kochenash, D. Scherer, A. Jankowiak, K. Hahr.
HEAT 3: C. Hossfeld, D. Lewis Jr., B. Sherwood, B. DeFabo, D. Rypkema.
FEATURE (75-laps): MIKE LEATY, Daren Scherer, Brian DeFabo, Nick Pecko, Austin Kochenash, Kirk Totten, Karl Hehr, Bryan Sherwood, Sam Fullone, Kevin Timmerman, Eddie Hawkins, Andy Jankowiak, Tommy Cloce, Daryl Lewis Jr., Doug Reaume, Michael Labreche, Dean Rypkema, Ricky Knapp, Ed Weber, Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, Terry Cheetham, Andy Seuss.
by Gary M. Spaid