RETURNS TO HIS RoC ROOTS, WEEKLY MOD SHOW
DELAYED TO SET UP DOUBLE FEATURES ON FRIDAY
Mike Leaty took over the lead in the Race of Champions 75-lap qualifier on
lap 57 and cruised home with the Tour Type Modified victory.
In NASCAR Weekly Modified racing an accident at the start forced
officials to postpone the race until next week due to the lateness of the
hour. As the cars exited the second turn, pole sitter, Andy Lewis, looped in
front of the entire field. His brother Daryl Jr. hopped a wheel and was sent
flying trough the air coming to rest backwards in the outside lane on the
backstretch. Also collected in the accident was Kevin Timmerman. The
35-lapper will be the first race on this coming Friday’s calendar.
The Street Stocks, Auto Value 4-Cylinders and Super Sixes raced
features-only on the night due to the packed schedule of events. Ed die
Hawkins picked up his fourth Auto Value Four-cylinder Scorpion win. Jim
Steffenhagen Jr. remains unbeaten, winning his fifth straight Street Stock
feature of the year. In Super Six action it was Skip Powers taking his first
win of the year.
The Lakeside Racing News NORA Supermodifieds were also on hand
with. Fulton ’s Doug Gravel taking the 25-lap victory
Thirty-five RoC Modifieds were on hand for their first appearance
of the year. Twenty-six cars took the green for the 75-lap main event. Jim
Storace took the early lead. On lap 25 he was passed on the outside by Rusty
Smith. Smith passed up the opportunity to pit, with most of the rest of the
field on lap35. Smith lost the lead to Mike Leaty on lap 57 and fell back
through the field. Leaty would go on to win at his home track picking up
Spencer win number 13, tying him with NASCAR great Jerry Cook at 13 Spencer
More on the RoC Race can be found in J.R. Kennerup’s write up. The
RoC Modifieds return to Spencer Speedway on August 14 to run a 100-lapper.
Many of these cars and stars will also be competing in the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour race at Spencer on Saturday, July 11.
The 20-lap Street Stock feature saw Jim Steffenhagen Jr. charge
into the lead as the field exited the fourth turn on the first lap.
Steffenhagen never looked back. Phil Alhart Jr. broke free from a battle for
second on lap two and started the process of running down Steffenhagen.
However the laps ran out and Steffenhagen Jr. won his fifth feature of the
year. The 20-lap race went green-to-checkered.
“We were really hooked up tonight,” stated Steffenhagen Jr. Not
only had the track been treated earlier to make it tackier, but the rubber
laid down by the RoC Modifieds helped also.
The Super Six feature would also go green-to-checkers. Outside pole
sitter Peter Cowell led the first two laps before losing out to Joe Bailey.
Bailey moved low exiting the fourth turn and passed Cowell for the lead.
Patti Davenport followed suit setting up a three wide battle for the lead on
lap six involving Davenport , Bailey and Skip Powers. Bailey had the
advantage of the low line and remained in first. It only took Powers one
more lap before he passed Bailey and shoot out to a five car advantage.
On lap 11 Davenport slid off the backstretch and through the wet
infield grass coming to rest near the entrance to the third turn. She
returned to the race one lap down to the leaders and exited into the pits a
Powers would stretch his lead to nearly a full straight away taking
the checkers. Keith Butler Jr., Craig Butler, Bailey and Ryan Hillegeer
rounded out the top five finishers.
“I was lucky tonight”, stated Powers. “We got into the lead early
and built up a cushion. I knew Keith (Butler Jr.) was coming but he had a
long way to catch me.”
The Four Cylinder Scorpion feature was the feature event on the
track. Ed die Hawkins started last, but it only took him three laps before
he grabbed the lead from Chris Priest, who drifted high in the fourth turn,
thus allowing the pass.
Last week’s winner Bill Verwys broke free and started to chase down
Hawkins but only closed the gap slightly on Hawkin’s five car advantage. At
the wire it was Hawkins followed by Verwys, Bro Bradshaw, Otis Bradshaw and
“The rubber put down by all of those modifieds here tonight made my
car really stick tonight,” commented Hawkins.
The Lakeside Racing News NORA Supermodifieds were on hand with
fifteen cars. Tim Barbeau took the early lead followed by Dave Gruel and Rob
Pullen. Barbeau started to pull out a slight lead, but drifted high in the
fourth turn on lap seven. Gruel used that error to dip low and run
side-by-side with Barbeau. Gruel was able to inch his way into the lead.
The running order would remain much the same for the next ten
circuits of the 25-lap feature run. On lap 18, the yellow flew when Dave
Danzer and Jay Andrews flew off the third turn. Both were able to continue
at the back of the field.
The restart saw Dave Cliff pass Barbeau for second. Rob Pullen
followed Cliff through the hole, pushing Barbeau back to fourth. The yellow
flew for a second time on lap 21 when Chris Lupa looped his number 46 around
exiting the second turn.
The final four circuits saw Gruel stretch out his lead over Cliff
to take the victory. Cliff came home second followed by Pullen, Jason
Simmons and Barry Kingsley.
The Lakeside Racing News NORTA cars return to Spencer on July 17.
This coming Friday will be King’s Auto Service & Sales Night
featuring the Kids’ Bicycle races, starting at 7 p.m. Kids must have a
helmet to compete. They will be broken down into age groups before the
races. Registration for the Bike races takes place at 6:45 p.m.
On the track will be the NASCAR Weekly Modified make-up 35-lap
feature to start the action. It will be followed by a complete program of
NASCAR Weekly Modifieds, Street Stocks, Auto Value Scorpions and Super
Sixes. The Street Stocks will be running for double points. Added to the
event are the MidState Vintage Cars. 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 upstate New York . Points earned each week
at Spencer are counted into the national NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
RACE OF CHAMPIONS QUALIFIER NIGHT SUMMARY
AUTO VALUE SCORPIONS
FEATURE (15-laps): EDDIE HAWKINS, Bill Verwys, Bro Bradshaw, Otis
Bradshaw, Alison Knoepfler, Mike Bradshaw, Russell Peets, Kevin Bertolone,
Ryan Brown, Chris Priest, Beth Dennie, Bill Mullin, Dale Lazzaro.
FEATURE (20-laps): SKIP POWERS, Keith Butler Jr., Craig Butler, Joe
Bailey, Ryan Hillegeer, Peter Cowell, Keith Butler Sr., Van Grant, Phil
Conklin, Patti Davenport, Denny Coyle, Rick Wilson.
FEATURE (20-laps): JIM STEFFENHAGEN JR., Phil Alhart Jr., Mitchell
Wright, Kris Hillegeer, Brian Hermanski
LAKESIDE RACING NEWS NORA SUPERMODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: J. Simmons, D.Gruel, T. Barbeau, D. Danzer, B. Kingsley
HEAT 2: D. Cliff, R. Pullen, J. Andrews, J. Patrick, D. Rupert.
FEATURE (25-laps): DAVE GRUEL, Dave Cliff, Rob Pullen, Jason Simmons,
Barry Kingsley, Tim Barbeau, Mike Bond, Dave Danzer, Jack Patrick, Jay
Andrews, Dennis Richmond, Mark Castiglia, Chris Lupa, Dennis Rupert, Steve
NASCAR WEEKLY MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: R. Beeman, A. Jankowiak, B. Catalano, C. Finocchario, M.
HEAT 2: D. Lewis Jr., A. Catalano, A. Lewis, K. Timmerman, Fred
HEAT 3: T. Hanbury, R. Kluth, W. Hebing, E. Stritzel, M. Cline.
FEATURE – CURFEW DELAYED TO 6/26 The Original lineup was : Andy
Lewis, Eric h Stritzel, Daryl Lewis Jr., Ricky Kluth, Chris Finocchario,
Kevin Timmerman, Ryan Beeman, Tony Hanbury, Andy Jankowiak, Amy Catalano,
Bill Hebing, Buck Catalano, Matt Lees, Fred Taylor, Mark Cline, Krieg Heroth,
Toad Bradshaw, Paul Jeffers, Dan Scott.
HEAT 1: Pete Brittian
HEAT 2: Mike Leaty
HEAT 3: Daren Scherer
HEAT 4: Bill Putney
CONSI: Chris Whitenight
FEATURE (75-laps): MIKE LEATY, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric k Rudolph, Matt
Hirschman, Jim Storace, Billy Putney, Jan Leaty, Eric Beers, Earl Paules,
Rusty Smith, Jimmy Zacharias, Pete Brittian, Doug Reaume, Daren Scherer, Tim
McMullen, Brian DeFebo, Danny Knoll Jr., T.J. Potrzebowski, Rick Kluth,
George Kent, Mark Tychoniewicz, John Markovic, Kyle Ebersole, Wilbur Hebing,
Chris Whitenight, Dave Silvernail.
Spaid / Spencer Speedway