Timmerman Claims Second Spencer Win

Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tenn., captured his seventh and eighth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock feature wins in 2014 at Kingsport Speedway Friday night, making it a clean sweep with the track having twin 35-lap events. (Randall Perry photo)

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. – Kevin Timmerman dodged wrecks and held off Rusty Smith to score the Modified feature on Friday at Spencer Speedway, his second win of the year.

The NYS Super Stocks were on hand with Jim Steffenhagen Jr. taking the 25-lap feature win. Donnie Knapp Jr. won his second 4-Cylinder Scorpion feature in a row. In the Super Sixes, Josh Schoonmaker took the 20-lap win. The 15-lap INEX legends main went to Bryce Norton, his seventh win in a row. Finally Rob Whipple won the crash shortened 12-lap Mid-State Vintage feature.

The 35-lap Sunoco Modified main ran at a record pace. Billy Semmler had been the early leader until lap six when Mike Leaty passed him and began to pull away from the field. Timmerman took second from Semmler and took off after Leaty. He seemed to be closing the gap. Then on lap 31, the yellow flag flew when Matt Lees spun off the second turn through the infield grass.
On the restart Timmerman passed Leaty and Rusty Smith took third from Andy Lewis. But it wasn’t over just yet. With one lap to go the yellow flew for a spin by Tommy Catalano.

The field formed for a one lap dash to the checkers. Leaty seemed to be able to nose ahead of Timmerman going down the back stretch. In three Timmerman regained his lead by a nose and suddenly the outside line was caught up in a tangle. Smith stayed low and followed Timmerman to the finish line. The track was blocked in turn four and no one else made it to the finish line as the red flag was displayed. The remainder of finishing order was determined by the cars line up order following the final yellow flag of the race.

“The racing was pretty good tonight,” said Timmerman. “We race hard but it always seems that Mike’s (Leaty) car and mine have magnets in them. We got sideways up there and we made it through.”

The finish:

Kevin Timmerman, Rusty Smith, Mike Leaty, Andy Lewis, Bobby Lippa Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Amy Catalano, Tim Lewis Jr., Billy Semmler, Tommy Catalano, Matt Lees

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