Monday, January 16th, 2017

Steffenhagen Jr Wins NYS Super Stock

By: Steven Petty

WILLIAMSON, NY…. 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 25 lap main event and it was Dinzler showing the way early. Zach Willis and Willie Strusz moved up through the field as Willis went underneath Dinzler to move into the race lead. Dinzler fell all the way back to seventh spot as Strusz, Jim Steffenhagen, Mitchell Wright, Chris Vogler, and Steve Malin all were able to pass the early race leader. Jim Steffenhagen passed Strusz for second and then went after Willis. Steffenhagen then went underneath Willis to take over the race lead on lap eight. Phil Alhart Jr spun in turn one to bring out the caution on lap 10. Brandon Larner spun as well to avoid Alhart. The restart would see Steffenhagen move into the lead. Steve Malin got loose and brought out the caution just one lap later. The lap 11 restart would see Steffenhagen and Chris Vogler take command of the event. Zach Willis, Chris Vogler, Willie Strusz and Terry Cheetham got together in turn three in a four car jingle to bring out the yellow flag on lap 18. All four cars made visit to the pits and came back out to complete the feature event. Steffenhagen would continue ot show the lead after the restart and he pulled away from Mitchell Wright to pick up the checkered flag. Steve Malin, Dave Fetterly and Willie Strusz completed the top five.

“It feels great to win in this new car tonight” stated Steffenhagen Jr in victory lane. “The car was awesome” Steffenhagen continued.

Bobby Lippa Jr and Darryl Lewis Jr were on the front row for the 35 lap feature event for the Sunoco Modifieds and it was Lewis jumping into the lead. Kevin Timmerman spun to bring out the races first caution on the opening circuit. On the restart, Andy Lewis moved into second to chase down his brother Darryl, who was scored as the race leader. Rusty Smith and Mike Leaty battled for fourth place. The caution would be displayed once again on lap seven as Timmerman came to a stop on the front stretch. The restart green would once again see the Lewis brothers run up front with Rusty Smith moving into third. Billy Semmler and Kreig Heroth came together in turn one to bring out the caution on lap 10. Heroth, the 2012 Small Block Supermodified Champion at the Oswego Speedway was making his first start of the season at Spencer. Darryl Lewis Jr continued to lead the field around the half-mile oval on the restart with Rusty Smith and Mike Leaty being able to pass Andy Lewis to take over second and third respectively. On lap 14, Rusty Smith would take over the race lead. Mike Leaty would go after Darryl Lewis Jr for second place with Andy Lewis leading the battle for fifth between Eddie Hawkins and Kevin Timmerman.

Smith would pull away from the field to earn his third victory of the season. Darryl Lewis Jr would hold off Mike Leaty for second and was followed to the line by Andy Lewis and Eddie Hawkins. “This car was flying tonight” stated Smith in victory lane. “It is harder this year to work on the outside lane so this year we were working on the bottom and tonight it paid off” Smith continued.

Kevin Bertolone and Brad Salatino led the INEX Legends to the green flag for their 15 Lap National Qualifier event and it was Salatino showing the way early. Bryce Norton quickly worked his way into the top three after passing Joel Hall on the opening circuit and then moved into second after passing Brianne Gilligan on lap two. Norton then reeled in Salatino for the race lead and after a short battle, moved into the race lead at the halfway point. Vern LaFave spun in turn four to bring out the races only caution on lap 10. Norton pulled away off the restart and held off Salatino to collect the checkered flag.

“I knew I needed a couple of laps to get by Brad (Salatino)” stated Norton in victory lane.

Andy Cocilova and Barrett Schenk led the Super Sixes to the green flag for their 20 lap feature event with Cocilova taking command early. Brian Hallett went three wide with Tim Faro and Schenk for the third position and then Faro and Hallett went three wide with Adam VanHall for second place. Hallett cleared Faro for second and then went after Cocilova. Hallett went to the outside on lap three to take over the lead and Faro followed Hallett to move into second. With the top two pulling away, Van Grant passed early race leader Cocilova to take over third with Brandon Allen and Josh Schoonmaker moving into the top five. Allen would then go to the outside to challenge Grant for third but Josh Schoonmaker was right there, making it a three car battle for third place. Back up front, Faro reeled in Hallett but Hallett held Faro off for the win. Van Grant, Brandon Allen and Josh Schoonmaker completed the top five.

Tom Alloco and Carrie Bolton-Brown led the 4 Cylinder Scorpions to the green flag for their 15 lap feature event with Alloco showing the way early. Jennifer Dennie looped her racer in turn four to bring out the races first caution on lap two. The early race restart saw Alloco pull away from the field as Shaun Frarey was moving up through the field. Frarey moved into second and then went underneath Alloco to take over the race lead on lap five. Donnie Knapp Jr moved into the top five as he passed Joe Clark to move into fourth place but Clark regained the position with less than five laps remaining. Carrie Bolton-Brown’s strong run came to a stop after she made hard contact with the back stretch wall with three laps remaining. She walked away from her car under her own power. The restart saw Frarey, Alloco and Knapp Jr pull away from the field as Frarey was able to pick up the win. Alloco, Knapp, Timmy Catalano and Frank Parsons completed the top five.

“When I saw the opening to get the lead, I just had to take it” stated Frarey in victory lane.

 SPENCER NOTES: The drivers did a pass through the grandstands for donations to be donated to the American Cancer Society. Winners of the Kids Poster Contest were Dakota Miller in the 11-13 year old category, Shianne Frarey in the 8-10 year olds and Derrick Vogler in the 4-7 year olds. Contest organizers would like to thank Quaker Steak and Lube in Gates for their donation of the prizes for the Poster Contest.  The judges were Eddie Hawkins, Beth Dennie, and Brian Hallett. The next contest for the kids will be on Friday August 22nd as it will be a kids song contest.

The track is highly anticipating the 60th Anniversary Special on Friday August 8th. Over 40 drivers from the track’s past will be on hand for a meet and greet opportunity. All drivers from the six decades of racing at the speedway are invited to join us. For more information, contact Marilyn Toal at (585) 663-0004 or see her at the track on race nights.

NASCAR Racing will return to the Williamson half-mile oval on Friday August 1 as the NYS Super Stocks return for another series race. The USAC Ignite Midgets are also scheduled to make an appearance. The racing card will be completed by the Sunoco Modifieds, Super Sixes, 4 Cylinder Scorpions and the INEX Legends. Race time is at 7:30pm 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:


NYS SUPER STOCKS: JIM STEFFENHAGEN JR, Mitchell Wright, Steve Malin, Dave Fetterly, Willie Strusz, Chris Vogler, Terry Cheetham, Jason Dinzler, Brianna Ramsay, Zach Willis, Brandon Larner, Dale Lazzaro, Phil Alhart Jr, Eddie Hayden

Heat 1: W. Strusz, J. Dinzler, P. Alhart Jr., Z. Willis, D. Lazzaro, D. Fetterly, B. Ramsay

Heat 2: J. Steffenhagen Jr., M. Wright, S. Malin, C. Vogler, E. Hayden, B. Larner, T. Cheetham

 SUNOCO MODIFIEDS: RUSTY SMITH, Darryl Lewis Jr, Mike Leaty, Andy Lewis, Eddie Hawkins, Kevin Timmerman, Bobby Lippa Jr, Billy Semmler, Timmy Lewis Jr, Kreig Heroth, Chris Risdale

Heat 1: R. Smith, E. Hawkins, B. Lippa Jr., K. Heroth, C. Risdale, B. Semmler

Heat 2: D. Lewis Jr., M. Leaty, A. Lewis, K. Timmerman, T. Lewis Jr.

 INEX LEGENDS: BRYCE NORTON, Brad Salatino, Brianne Gilligan, Kevin Bertolone, Vern LaFave, Joel Hall, Josh Marchese

Heat 1: B. Norton, B. Salatino, B.Gilligan, K. Bertolone, V. LaFave, J. Hall, J. Marchese

 SUPER SIXES: BRIAN HALLETT, Tim Faro, Van Grant, Brandon Allen, Josh Schoonmaker, Barrett Schenk, Adam VanHall, Keith Butler Jr, Bill Inch, Mike Gage, Andy Cocilova, Ryan Hillegeer, Bill Mitchell  Did Not Start: Rick Wilson

Heat 1: T. Faro, B. Allen, B. Schenk, R. Hillegeer, B. Mitchell, J. Schoonmaker, R. Wilson

Heat 2: B. Hallett, A. Cocilova, V. Grant, A. VanHall, K. Butler Jr., B. Inch, M. Gage

 4 CYLINDER SCORPIONS: SHAUN FRAREY, Tom Alloco, Donnie Knapp Jr, Timmy Catalano, Ashley Schoonmaker, Beth Dennie, Alison Knoephler, Frank Parsons, Paul Flye, Jennifer Dennie, Carrie Bolton-Brown, Joe Clark

Heat 1: A. Knoephler, T. Catalano, J. Clark, T. Alloco, F. Parsons Jr., J. Dennie

Heat 2: S. Frarey, C. Bolton-Brown, A. Schoonmaker, B. Dennie, D. Knapp Jr, P. Flye


Photo from Spencer 7-25-14.

Mod feature winner Rusty Smith with Kelly Lewis. Credit to Ryan Dippel. Thanks, Ryan Dippel