Steffenhagen Inherits Spencer Triumph


WILLIAMSON, N.Y. – The Big Ten Super Stocks were at Spencer Speedway Friday night and it looked like Mike Ramos would have his way as he took the checkers from Big Ten starter Butch Williams.

“I didn’t want to see that last caution,” stated Ramos, referring to a late race yellow.

He also probably didn’t want to see the post race tech barn. It was there he was disqualified and the win handed over to Jim Steffenhagen Jr., who had started at the rear of the field after suffering brake issues in his heat race.

“I didn’t expect this,” said Steffenhagen in an on track interview.

In NASCAR Sunoco Modified action Kevin Timmerman was able to pick up his 18th career Spencer win, moving him into fourth on the Sunoco Modified all-time victory list at the track.

In support action, Shaun Frarey earned his fifth 4-Cyclinder Scorpion feature win in six starts. Van Grant won his second Super Six feature of the year and Bryce Norton kept his win record going in the INEX Legends. He now has three wins in a row.

The 35-lap NASCAR Sunoco Modified feature saw Bobby Lippa take the lead, but surrender it one lap later to Kevin Timmerman. Timmerman then built up nearly a full straight away lead over Eddie Hawkins, Darryl Lewis Jr., Tommy Catalano and Mike Leaty.

The yellow flew on lap 28, bunching the field together. The restart proved disastrous for Catalano and Lewis Jr. as they came together and spun off the second turn. On the second try Mike Leaty made the most of it taking second. This moved Smith back to third followed by Hawkins and Andy Lewis.

The yellow came out again when Tommy Catalano slowed on the track, lap 32. This set up a three lap dash to the checkers. The restart saw Leaty move to the top of the track and slow with motor problems. Smith now took off after Timmerman, but did not have enough laps to make any move. Timmerman took the win followed by Smith, Andy Lewis, Hawkins and Billy Semmler.

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