by Gary M. Spaid
WILLIAMSON, NY…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 Speedway 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.”
In other support action, Timmy Catalano also won his first Spencer Speedway Four-Cylinder Scorpion feature. Tim Faro came home with the Super Six feature victory and Bryce Norton won the INEX legends feature.
Twenty-six SuperStocks answered the call to the line for the 50-lap Dave London Memorial. Chris Vogler was the early leader; Steffenhagen flew by on the inside on the front stretch just two laps into the race to take the lead.
The first yellow flew on lap seven when Willie Strusz slowed on the speedway. On the restart Steffenhagen remained in the lead followed by Vogler, Bill Freisbye Jr., Jay Mudra and Terry Cheetham.
The second yellow flew four laps later when Steve Malin and Phil Alhart came together in the third turn. The third yellow came on lap 14, for a tangle between Charles Coonrod and Jay Canonico. All the while Steffenhagen was stretching out his advantage over the field.
Five more yellow flags flew slowing the race. All were for cars slowing with flat tires or minor spinouts. Gary Noe was penalized for jumping a number of these restarts by NYS SuperStock officials.
As the race came into its closing laps Steffenhagen took advantage of a long ten-lap green run and stretched out a fifteen car lead over Freisbye, who was trying to hold off a late race charging Joe Mancuso, who seemed to save his tires for a late race run.
As the checkers flew Steffenhagen took the victory followed by Freisbye Jr., Mancuso, Mudra, and Cheetham. The race lasted over an hour to complete due to the number of yellows.
The Sunoco Modified feature took the green flag with Eddie Hawkins taking the lead, with the Lewis clad in tow; Andy Lewis, Darryl Lewis Jr. and Tim Lewis Jr.
The first yellow came on lap 10 when Kevin Timmerman, who had worked his way up to fourth, slowed on the track. He was able to return at the back of the field. The restart saw Tim Lewis spin out in exiting the fourth turn onto the front straight away.
Mike Leaty was able to move by Andy Lewis for second and began to run down Hawkins. Andy never gave up and re-passed Leaty on lap 18, just before the yellow flew for a tangle between the Boreman boys, Jake and jerry in turn four.
A confusing restart took place following that yellow. Race director Larry Steurrys reformed the field to try that restart again. Each time Hawkins remained in the lead. The race would remain green until the end of the 35-lapper. On lap 31, Leaty again took second from Andy Lewis and charged after Hawkins. Hawkins held on for the victory followed by Leaty, Rusty Smith, Andy Lewis and Darryl Lewis Jr. to round out the top five.
In Super Six action Ryan Hillegeer took the early lead in their 20-lap feature, a race that would run green-to-checkers without a yellow flag. Hillegeer was dogged by Brandon Allen, as the two raced side-by-side. On lap eight, Allen was able to pass Hillegeer for the lead. One lap later eventual winner Tim Faro took second from Hillegeer. Faro then went on to take the lead from teammate Allen on lap 15.
On lap 17, Josh Schoonmaker bumped into the 19 of Hillegeer and took third. This action would later lead to a position penalty for Schoonmaker for un-necessary roughness.
Faro took the win followed by Allen Schoonmaker, Van Grant, Brian Hallett and Andy Cocilova. Schoonmaker was penalized three and placed in sixth place.
“My car was just awesome. It worked well in the outside groove,” stated Faro.
The Four Cylinder Scorpions 15-lap main event saw Tom Alloco grab the lead from Beth Dennie at the drop of the green. Alloco looked to have things well in hand until the yellow flew on lap eight. Jennifer Dennie and Frank Parsons Jr. came together exiting the fourth turn. The restart saw Tim Catalano out drag Alloco down the back stretch for the lead. Catalano was then able to draw out a seven car lead over Alloco at the finish. Multi-time feature winner Shaun Frarey came home in third followed by Donnie Knapp Jr. and Travis Montgomery to round out the top five.
“I have to thank everyone involved in my racing,” stated Timmy. “This win came a lot harder than my earlier win this year at Holland Raceway.”
The INEX Legends saw just six cars ready to run their 15-lap main event. Brad Salatino led the first nine circuits and then lost the lead to Bryce Norton, who went on to take the win. Salatino came home in second followed by Kevin Bertolone, Brianna Gilligan and Josh Marchese. Marchese drove the Bryce backup car after his number 31 came up with mechanic woes in the heat race.
Only three weeks remain in the 2014 NASCAR season at Spencer. This coming Friday, August 15th the NYPA Midgets will be on hand for the first time. The Sunoco Modifieds will be running a regular 35-lap feature. Also on tap are the Super Sixes, the Four Cylinder Scorpions and the INEX Legends. For the remainder of the year, race time starts at 7:00 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.
DAVE LONDON MEORIAL NIGHT SUMMARY
HEAT 1: J. Steffenhagen Jr., T. Cheetham, Z. Willis, N. Peckham, T. Fecteau.
HEAT 2: B. Freisbye Jr., A. Higgins, S. Malin, W. Bernhard, J. Dinzler.
HEAT 3: M. Wright, C. Vogler, D. Fetterly, R. Fink, J. Mancuso.
HEAT 4: J. Mudra, W. Strusz, T. Markham, M. Lees, J. Miller.
FEATURE (50-laps): JIM STEFFENHAGEN JR., Bill Freisbye Jr., Joe Mancuso, Jay Mudra, Terry Cheetham, Dave Fetterly, Mitchell Wright, Nathan Peckham, Joe Miller, Zach Willis, Steve Malin, Matt Lees, Dale Lazzaro, Joe Horvatis, Chris Vogler, Tom Fecteau, Wayne Bernhard, Aaron Higgins, Gary Noe, Tommy Markham, Jay Canonico, Charles Coonrod, Robert Fink, Phil Alhart Jr., Jason Dinzler, Willie Strusz, DNS-Bianna Ramsey.
HEAT 1: B. Salatino, B. Norton, B. Gilligan, K. Bertolone, J. Marchese
FEATURE (15-laps): BRYCE NORTON, Brad Salatino, Kevin Bertolone, Brianna Gilligan, Josh Marchese, John Lynch.
HEAT 1: S. Frarey, B. Dennie, T. Catalano, D. Knapp Jr., A. Knoepfler.
HEAT 2: T. Montgomery, T. Alloco, A. Montgomery, J. Clark, A. Schoonmaker.
FEATURE (15-laps): TIM CATALANO, Tom Alloco, Shaun Frarey, Donnie Knapp Jr., Travis Montgomery, Beth Dennie, Austin Montgomery, Joe Clark, Ashley Schoonmaker, Alison Knoepfler, Paul Flye, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Frank Parsons Jr., Jennifer Dennie.
HEAT 1: R. Hillegeer, T. Faro, A. VanHall, B. Schenk, B. Mitchell.
HEAT 2: J. Schoonmaker, A. Cocilova, B. Allen, V. Grant, B. Hallett.
FEATURE (20-laps): TIM FARO, Brandon Allen, Van Grant, Brian Hallett, Andy Cocilova, Josh Schoonmaker, Ryan Hillegeer, Barrett Schenk, Adam VanHall, Keith Butler Jr., Bill Inch, Mike Gage, Bill Mitchell.
HEAT 1: M. Leaty, D. Lewis Jr., B. Lippa Jr., R. Smith, T. Lewis Jr.
HEAT 2: E. Hawkins, K. Timmerman, B. Semmler, A. Lewis, M. Lees.
FEATURE (35-laps): EDDIE HAWKINS, Mike Leaty, Rusty Smith, Andy Lewis, Darryl Lewis Jr., Kevin Timmerman, Matt Lees, Jake Boerman, Billy Semmler, Chris Ridsdale, Tim Lewis Jr., Jerry Boerman, Bobby Lippa Jr., DNS-Ricky Knapp Jr.
Spencer Drag Racing Updates
by Lee DeRidder
Racing results for Saturday Aug. 9, 2014.
It was the “king of the track” qualifies for Super and Pro this week due to our rain out two weeks ago. Winner of super class was Tommy Calabrese. Mike Adam came in second with Joe Williams and Ken Nogay coming in third and fourth.
Pro class winner was TJ Mendola with Nina McDonald in second. Dave Stock finished in third and Scott Schrader in fourth.
Street class saw Joe DeLooze in first and Rich Garland in second and Austin Leckinger in third. This week we are doing “king of the track” for Street class.
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