Mike Leaty Drives to Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Win in Apple Country ’75’ at Spencer Speedway

Photo : Ken Dippel

Williamson, New York – (June 4, 2016) – Friday night’s Ferris Mowers Race of Champions fueled by Sunoco Apple Country ‘75’ at Spencer Speedway gave race fans plenty to talk about. Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., capitalized on his home track experience and a strong racecar to win for the first time in the season.

Leaty took the lead on a lap 25 restart from Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., after starting fourth. He then held off a charging Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., and a brush with the outside wall to hold on and visit victory lane.

“We had a good car all night and we found the outside before anyone else,” Leaty explained in victory lane. “We were running a hard pace and I wasn’t backing down and got into the wall but we were able to hold on. I hope it was an exciting race for the fans. I have to thank all of my guys, we’ve been working hard and had a few setbacks earlier this season, but we’ve recovered and things are heading in the right direction. Tonight is a special win for us and we are certainly going to enjoy it.”

Hirschman finished second for the third time this season, right on Leaty’s bumper, with a chance to win the race after Leaty made contact in the closing laps.

Chuck Hossfeld recovered from a pit stop to finish third and took the point lead over by 12 on Patrick Emerling.

Darin Scherer, who started on the pole, finished fourth and Daryl Lewis, Jr., finished rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld posted his third consecutive fast time in the Timed Hot Lap session to establish the heat race line ups with a time of 18.856 seconds (95.460 mph).

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Feature Finish

The Apple Country 75

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              25            Mike Leaty               75

2              60            Matt Hirschman       75

3              22            Chuck Hossfeld         75

4              3              Daren Scherer          75

5              10            Daryl Lewis              75

6              7              Patrick Emerling       75

7              32            Tyler Rypkema         75

8              54            Tommy Catalano      75

9              59            Karl Hehr                 75

10            64            Amy Catalano           75

11            71            Jimmy Zacharias       75

12            95            Byran Sherwood       75

13            4              John Wilber             75

14            51            TJ Potrzebowski       75

15            39            Calvin Carroll           74

16            67            Levi Arthur               73

17            1              Chris Risdale            Out

18            45            Kevin Timmerman    Driveshaft

Time of Race: 33 minutes 14 seconds              Average Speed 67.680 mph

Margin of victory: 0.13 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 18.856 seconds @ 95.460 mph

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers (Daren Scherer 1-25, Mike Leaty 26-75)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              71            Jimmy Zacharias

3              60            Matt Hirschman

4              45            Kevin Timmerman

5              59            Karl Hehr

6              67            Levi Arthur


Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              51            TJ Potrzebowski

2              10            Daryl Lewis

3              3              Daren Scherer

4              54            Tommy Catalano

5              39            Calvin Carroll

6              1              Chris Ridsdale


Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              25            Mike Leaty

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              64            Amy Catalano

5              95            Bryan Sherwood

6              4              John Wilber


Point Standings following Spencer Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 06/03/2016:

Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld         460

2              07            Patrick Emerling       448

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       381

4              32            Tyler Rypkema         352

5              60            Matt Hirschman       334

6              25            Mike Leaty               327

7              51            TJ Potrzebowski       309

8              95            Bryan Sherwood       293

9              10            Daryl Lewis              286

10            3              Daren Scherer          280

11            54            Tommy Catalano      250

12            66            Austin Kochenash     232

13            21            Tony Hanbury           213

14            64            Amy Catalano           209

15            53            Brian Defebo            208

16            59            Karl Hehr                 199

17            4              John Wilber             198

18            1              Chris Ridsdale          189

19            65            George Skora           187

20            39            Calvin Carroll           184

21            45            Kevin Timmerman    167

22            42            Nick Pecko               165

23            67            Levi Arthur               140

24            17            Roger Coss               123

25            20            Jody Buckley            116

26            45            Eric Beers                 115

27            22            Don Wagner             95

28            1              Kristopher Graver    90

29            8              Earl Paules               87

30            1J             Bobby Jones             58

31            42            Dave Pecko              58

32            41x          Nick Baer                 51

33            01            Cam Barber              47

34            65            Andy Lewis               46

35            92            Terry Markovic         44

36            9              Will Thomas             44

37            54            Jack Ely                    43

38            40            Alan Bookmiller       43

39            44            Kyle Strohl               42

40            41b          Todd Baer                40

41            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        40

42            8L            Lou Strohl                40

43            28            Gene Bowers           40

44            95m         John Markovic          40

45            2              Glen Slocum            40

46            7              T.J.  Zacharias           40


Riverhead, NY June 4th.

IMG_2779 (3)The annual Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 event for the NASCAR Modifieds at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night was both a very competitive race with 10 changes for position among the top two positions as well at times a rough affair on equipment. In the end former three time NASCAR Modified champion John Fortin of Holtsville was in the right place at the right time to lay claim to the victory, the 30th of his illustrious career.

In qualifying Howie Brode laid down the quickest lap with a 11.934 and a lucky fan, Gail Ricobono drew the #8 pill out of the bucket meaning the top eight would redraw with Eric Goodale picking the pole with Brode to the outside. Goodale got the jump on Brode to lead him for the first five laps before a caution waved for the damaged racer of Kyle Soper. When the race went back to green Brendon Bock slipped under Brode on the restart for second and stayed there until lap 17 when Brode reclaimed the spot. On a lap 23 restart Goodale’s machine sputtered off the fourth turn just for a moment and Brode was able to race his way by on the outside for the lead.

IMG_2807 (2)Brode, a former three time winner of the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek tribute race would lead until the 50th lap when a resurgent Eric Goodale worked his way under the race leader entering the first turn with his car again performing to it’s peak. While Eric and Howie went toe to toe right behind the duo Ron Silk and John Fortin tussled for third which would become a very IMG_2877 (2)important part of the races outcome. A series of late race restarts found Brode trying to stick his car to the outside of Goodale in a attempt to reclaim the lead with the tandem exciting the fans with their side by side racing. Unfortunately on lap 74 that side by side racing got too close with contact made entering the third turn. Brode would wind up making hard contact with the wall in turn four ending his fine ride and his bid for a 4th win in the 77. Race Director Scott Tapley moved Eric Goodale to the rear of the field for his part in the incident. Brode’s car was heavily damaged but Howie was okay.

IMG_2885 (2)Suddenly the pass John Fortin made on Ron Silk for third just laps prior to the Goodale/Brode tangle would actually end up being the winning move of the race as John led the final three laps of the race in his John’s Fuel Oil/John’s Tree Removal Chevy. “By far this is the best car I’ve had here this year” Fortin reflected in victory lane “we probably were looking at the third place run which I was happy with and then the leaders get together and here we are”. The victory was as satisfying on a personal note as it was professional for John, “my wife Nicole has to have some more major surgery in the city Wednesday plus it was my crew chief Kenny Lechner’s birthday yesterday, I’m glad we got this one for them”.

Dave Brigati of Calverton sporting some damage from an earlier tangle brought the JDL Environmental Chevy home for runner-up money with Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct crossing the line third in the Horton Avenue Materials Chevy. Two young guns had a good showing in the 77 with John Fortin Jr. coming home fourth while rookie Cory Midgett of East Hampton was fifth.

IMG_2766“Jumping” Jack Orlando of Calverton had to endure a painful off season breaking his leg in a work related accident but showed no ill effects from the injury as he triumphed in the 25-lap Late Model main event. It was Jack’s 7th win in the class to go along with his 24 wins in the old Charger class. Kyle Ellwood paced the race for the first 3 laps before Orlando came calling taking the lead on lap 4 with an outside pass on a double file restart. Ellwood hung in second for a spell before defending LM champion Jeremy McDermott made his way by for the position. Aided by some double file restarts McDermott was able to pull alongside Orlando numerous times as the race wore down but in the end the crafty veteran was able to keep his Staria Automotive entry out front for the win. Afterwards Jack noted “I knew Jeremy would not turn down into me, he’s a clean racer, one I enjoy racing with”. Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead was runner-up in the Statewide Roofing Chevy while point leader David Roys of Coram was third in the Squirrel Detailing machine.

“The Alter Boy” Tom Ferrara of Patchogue on the strength of a late racer restart IMG_2956 (2)topped the 15-lap Figure Eight feature event in his Daiquiri Daddy racer. Scott Pedersen moved out front at the throw of the green and would lead all but the final two laps of the race. Mike Mujsce chased Scott at first before Tom Ferrara got by on a 10th lap restart. Ferrara more than likely was looking at a runner-up finish before the yellow waved on lap 13. On the ensuing restart Tom broke out front and later sheepishly admitted “I might have gone a bit early” but the restart stood and and Ferrara led the final two laps in route to the victory. Scott Pedersen of Shirley would perhaps agree with Tom’s assessment of the last restart was a disappointed runner-up in the Reliable Motors Chevy with Mike Mujsce Sr. of Quogue was third in the Mike’s Auto Service mount.

It’s not often defending Blunderbust champion “Slick Pick” Tom Pickerell of Huntington gets a front row starting spot for a 20-lap Blunderbust event but that was the case Saturday and he took full advantage. Starting alongside former champion in Scott Maliszewski on the outside pole Tom was able to work his way by Scott for the race lead. Just laps later on the 5th circuit Maliszewski fighting a loose race car would spin off turn two moving Tim Mulqueen to second. Tim ran second to Pickerell until the halfway mark of the race when Jim Laird raced by for the position in a car he borrowed from good friend Rob Bader with an inside pass on lap 11. Like Maliszewski and Mulqueen before him Laird could only watch as Tom Pickerell drove his USIC Utility Locating Chevy to victory. Jim Laird of Islip brought the Robert’s Express Oil entry home second with championship leader Jack Handley Jr. of Medford third in the Relle Electric Chevy.

Former multi time Super Pro Truck champion Roger Turbush of Riverhead scored a clean IMG_2638sweep of the 30-lap main event in that class, setting fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.589. RJ, a young 4-year old fan was picked to see how the field would line up for the race and when he drew the #1 pill Turbush was elated as it meant a straight up from qualifying line up. When the green light winked on Turbush, the 2015 New England Truck Series champion broke out to the race lead chased by his father-in-law Dave Brigati. The family affair would be broken up on lap 10 when Brian McElearney passed Brigati for second and for a spell cut into the lead Turbush had built. However as the race wore on it was all Roger Turbush in the Baldwin Automotive Chevy as he drove off to his 23rd career victory. Brian McElearney of N. Babylon was second in the Food & Fun Deli Chevy with Dave Briagti of Calverton third in the Outlaw Racing machine.

Former 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro kingpin Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge started deep in IMG_3024the 31 car field and drove like a man possessed on his way to victory in the 50-lap contest. Brandon Esposito moved to the race lead when the green flag dropped and quickly built a very comfortable lead early on. Then suddenly on lap 25 Esposito was aggressively working lapped traffic when his fine ride ended with a right front flat tire. That moved Joe Warren into the race lead, a lead he’d never surrender. Steve “The Pitbull” Trimboli of Freeport was runner-up in the Pitbull Motors Mercedes with Ed Fontana of Wading River in the Good Woodshop entry third.     

IMG_3046“Cheesebox” Michael Rommeney of Bohemia had to contend with his younger brother Kevin for the entire distance of the 15-lap School Bus Figure Eight race before taking the popular win. Also in the mix was Michael’s father-in-law Dennis “The Menace” Scott with the trio completing the top three at the end of the popular race.

Charles Guarino of Westbury topped the Spectator Drags in the Chevy Blazer but in the semi-final he nearly wrecked his street ride. Guarino got loose off turn four in that race and spun crossing the finish line in that spin. His truck nearly hit the cement safety blocks on the infield with his right front slightly touching the barrier. Undaunted Gaurino went out to easily win the final.

Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77: 1. John Fortin Sr. 2. Dave Brigati 3. Ron Silk 4. John Fortin Jr. 5. Cory Midgett 6. Vinny Biondolillo 7. Eric Goodale 8. Dillon Steuer 9. Howie Brode 10. Jason Agugliaro 11. Shawn Solomito 12. Brendon Bock 13. John Baker 14. Jeffrey Goodale 15. Ken Darch 16. Kyle Soper

Late Models: 1. Jack Orlando 2. Jeremy McDermott 3. David Roys 4. Roger Oxee 5. Shawn Patrick 6. Scott Kulesa 7. Mike Bologna 8. Kevin Metzger 9. Chris Lescenski 10. Chris McGuire 11. Steve Mastro 12. Chris LaSpisa 13. Eric Zeh 14. Ray Minieri 15. Kyle Ellwood 16. Brandon Turbush 17. Chris Turbush 18. Kyle Soper 19. Charles MacWhinnie

Figure Eights: 1. Tom Ferrara 2. Scott Pedersen 3. Mike Mujsce Sr. 4. Ken Hyde 5. Artie Pedersen III 6. Chris Elixson 7. Rick Swanson 8. Gary Fritz Jr. 9. Bob Dalke 10. Roger Maynor 11. Brian Hansen

Blunderbusts: 1. Tom Pickerell 2. Jim Laird Jr. 3. Jack Handley Jr. 4. Tim Mulqueen 5. Tom Sullivan 6. Tom Puccia 7. Eric Zeh 8. Joshua Creel 9. Derek Wegmann 10. Scott Maliszewski 11. Dennis Scott 12. Cassandra Denis 13. Alyssa Paprocky 14. Chris Busick

Super Pro Trucks: 1. Roger Turbush 2. Brian McElearney 3. Dave Brigati 4. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 5. Frank Dumicich Jr. 6. Rob McCormack 7. Rich Campo 8. Mike Albasini 9. Frank Dumicich Sr. 10. Amanda Anderson 11. Sean Glennon 12. Owen Grennan 13. Lou Maestri DNS-Jack Handley Jr.

4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro (top ten): 1. Joe Warren Jr. 2. Steve Trimboli 3. Ed Fontana 4. Paul Salvatore 5. George Davis 6. Paul Wojcik 7. Jeremy Clint 8. Michael R. Benton 9. Craig Valez 10. Kevin Augustine

Spectator Drags: Winner- Charles Guarino

School Bus Figure Eight race: Winner- Michael Rommeney

Shaw out battles Griffith & Kruzcek for Seacoast 100 Victory

Rich Hayes Photos

Lee, NH – The showers predicted by the weather forecast on Friday never came to Lee as drivers suited up for the Seacoast 100. DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH started on the pole with Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH on the outside of the 21-car field.  This week saw the addition of new competitors adding to the already tough competition in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Dore & Squeglia Lee USA (Rich hayes Photo)Shaw took the lead early, however throughout the night he had competition from Hudson native Derek Griffith, Davis, and Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH. The caution flag flew early in the evening on lap nine for Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT.  Then shortly after, the pack checked up and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH ruined his newly replaced nose, creating an uphill battle for him the rest of the night.

Jacob Dore, winner at White Mountain Motorsports Park started ninth and started his charge for the front early on in the race.  By lap 72 he was running with the top five. When on lap 78 Jeremy Davis saw the end of his night as his motor blew in turn two. This put Dore in position with the top four of Shaw, Griffith, and Kruczek.  Unfortunately his luck ran out on lap 84 when Dore and Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH made contact in the turn one wall ending his night.

Seacoast 100 top 3 from L to R 3rd Btyan Kruczek 1st DJ Shaw 3rd Derek Griffith (Rich hayes Photo)The final restart saw Shaw pull away, as Griffith and Kruczek battled for second. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA started ninth and made his way up fourth. Bobby Baillargeon did well finishing fifth to round out the top five.   Jeremy Harclerode who started fifth was strong all night, only slid one spot finishing sixth. Bobby Cabral of Kingston, NH started the race in 16th and worked hard gaining position throughout the race finishing seventh.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing Friday June 17 at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH.

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          12        Derek Griffith

3          00        Bryan Kruczek

4          29        Barry Gray

5          82        Bobby Baillargeon

6          51 NH  Jeremy Harclerode

7          14        Bobby Cabral

8          66        Mike Parks

9          01        Bill Helliwell

10        53        Tyler Fiscus

11        1          Cory Casagrande

12        40        Mike Mitchell

13        32        Steven Murphy

14        05        Jacob Dore

15        03        Joe Squeglia

16        09        Jeremy Davis

17        42        Guy Caron

18        51        Bill Ahern

19        08        Mike O’Sullivan

20        63        John Selemi

21        23        Glenn Martel

Contingency Winner

Car #


AR Bodies (Hard Luck $100.00) 05 Jacob Dore

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place $100.00) 12 Derek Griffith

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap $100.00) 40 Mike Mitchell

Coilover (Feature winner $300.00) 60 DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place $ 50.00) 00 Bryan Kruczek

Five Star Bodies (5th Place $50.00) 82 Bobby Baillargeon

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner $25.00) 09 Jeremy Davis

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner $25.00) 60 DJ Shaw

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner $25.00) 12 Derek Griffith

Magnus Racing (2nd Place $100.00) 12 Derek Griffith

Powertrain (4th Place $100.00) 29 Barry Gray

RB Performance  (3rd Place $50.00) 00 Bryan Kruczek

RB Performance (7th Place $50.00) 14 Bobby Cabral

Seymour Performance (Random Draw $50.00) 51 NH Jeremy Harclerode

Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 12 Derek Griffith

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel) 09 Jeremy Davis

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel)) 60 DJ Shaw

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel) 12 Derek Griffith

VDL Fuel (5th Place $100.00) 82 Bobby Baillargeon

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