July 1, 2017 - Adirondack Speedway
Finocchario Wins NYSS Firecracker 50 at Adirondack International Speedway
New Breman, NY- Amid strong thunderstorms across Central NY, the New York Super Stock Series gambled that mother nature would give everyone a break and allow some racing up in the North Country on this holiday weekend. Drivers itching to get back to racing drove for hours from all across NY state, PA and NC to do battle, and battle they did. After some fast and clean qualifying events, the main event would prove to be an unintended enduro. Eleven cautions, mostly for individual spins or two car tangles, would result in some wary drivers and a couple cars running out of fuel.
The NYSS presented by Aratari Auto Finishers started 22 cars in the Northcoast Performance Parts 50 Lap special with Joe Miller and Chris Finocchario leading them to the green. After a great side by side first lap Finochario took the top spot from Miller but quickly, a multi car accident on the front straight collected several cars and brought out the first of many cautions. This wreck would eventually be the demise of top performer, Jim Steffenhagen Jr. and Rookie of the Year contender Joel Gleason. Finocchario would hold the top spot through the entire event fending off challenges from several drivers who had run AIS in the past. On one restart 2016 AIS Champion Dylan Bancroft nearly grabbed the lead away with a strong inside move. Finochario fought hard to secure the lead and was never seriously challenged the rest of the race. Finocchiro would bring his beautiful car home for the win followed by Bancroft, Billy Coyle, rookie Kenny Atkins (his best finish of the season) and Hard Charger Chris Vogler who started last in the 22 car field.
The Aratari Auto Finishers NYSS next event will be July 14th at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY - Sponsor by "Computers by JD"
Heat #1: C. Finoccahrio, J. Steffenhagen Jr., J. Gleason, S. Dinzler, K. Ide, B. Dinzler, Z. Petrie, C. Vogler
Heat #2: B. Coyle, N. Peckham, J Dinzler, S. Adams, B. Wozniak, M.Larrivee, T. Halliday
Heat #3: D. Bancroft, J. Miller, M. Hyman, K. Atkina, Z. Willis, T. Blair, Perez
Feature: Finocchario, Bancroft, Coyle, Atkins, Vogler, Willis, Miller, Peckham, Wozniak, Blair, B. Dinzler, S. Dinzler, Larrivee, Perez, Hyman, Ide, Adams, J. Dinzler, Gleason, Steffenhagen Jr, Petrie, Halliday
June 2, 2017 - Spencer Speedway
Finocchario Brings Home the Checkers at Spencer
The first of 6 races for the NYSS series was held at Spencer Speedway on June 2. A total of 23 cars raced their way into the 25 lap feature. Drivers from all over NY state participate in this series that has brought back full fender racing to our local tracks.
The 3 heat races were won by Dylan Bancroft, Zach Willis and Nate Peckham.
Kenny Atkins started on the pole of the feature race with the beautifully prepared #17 and led the first 5 laps. The first caution flew for a spin in turn 4 and on the ensuing restart Peckham shot into the lead. His place at the front of the pack ended on lap 8 when Chris Finocchario passed him for the lead. Four more cautions would slow the race, leaving some banged up cars in the pit area. When the checkered flag fell, Finocchario claimed his first ever win in a full fendered car. Rounding out the top 10 were Chris Vogler, Peckham, Steve Pesarek, Willis, Atkins, Billy Coyle, Dale Lazzaro, Terry Cheetham and Shaun Frarey.
During his interview, Finocchario was happy to thank all his sponsors and crew for helping him to his first win of the year. He also gave a shout out to Bobby Lippa Jr. for starting this series and putting in all the hours that are needed to make it successful.
The next NYSS series race is scheduled for June 16 at Spencer Speedway. Racing starts at 7:15 pm.
May 13, 2017 - Lancaster Speredway
Jim Steffenhagen Jr. Wins NYSS at Lancaster
The NY Super Stocks series held their opening race of 2017 at Lancaster National Speedway and 29 cars entered the pits ready to do battle for the Mike Julicher Tribute race. Julicher was a lifelong race fan who helped with the family race cars and gave support to young drivers from the Buffalo area. He was well known at Lancaster. He passed away during the winter. The 50 lap race in his honor was sponsored by TDH Refrigeration of Cheektowaga and added over $1000 bonus money to the purse.
The 8 lap heat races were won by Jake Wylie, Chris Finocchiaro, Jeff Whalen and Kevin Ide.
A total of 27 cars started the feature and the first caution flag was thrown on lap 2 when leader Tommy Krawczyk blew his motor. When racing resumed the competition was fierce throughout the pack. Kevin Ide brought out the second caution when he spun down the frontstretch. On the restart, leader Scott Wylie suffered a right front flat in front of the field and this put Jimmy Steffenhagen in the lead which was shortlived as Jake Wylie
On lap 14 Jake Wylie was leading the race and his car lost power exiting turn 2. Thankfully the entire field was able to move around him without incident. Steffenhagen was once again the leader when the race resumed. On lap 24 Tim Gullo and Kyle Sharp raced hard into turn one and got sideways. Gullo was able to save his car, but Sharp spun and the field took evasive action. However, the result was 7 cars were involved in the melee and the red flag was displayed.
Racing resumed with 16 cars still in action. Steffenhagen was able to fend off any challenges for the lead. He sailed to victory in the first race of the year. In victory lane, the driver was ecstatic! He thanked his sponsors and family for all their support. His excitement was electric and the crowd responded with applause.
Drivers finishing in 2nd through 11th places received an additional $100. The Hard Charger award was presented to Dylan Bancroft who started 23rd and finished 8th. The Hard Luck award was given to Tommy Krawczyk.
The next race for the NYSS is June 2nd at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY. Racing starts at 7:30 pm.
NYSS Edges Out Mother Nature-Finocchario Takes Third Win Handily
Friday July 14, 2017
By Tom Fecteau
Williamson, NY- The NY SuperStock Series once again dodged the weather by inches Friday at Spencer Speedway but Chris Finocchario took the win by a comfortable margin. Race #4 in the series was sponsored by Computers by JD which resulted in fans seeing a ton of close racing action and fun activities for fans of all ages. On the track, there seemed to be storms forming as fans witnessed more cautions and door to door battles for every qualifying spot in each heat event. Figuratively AND literally dark clouds were forming.
Come main event time, the redraw would give Josh Schoonmaker the pole position with series regular Chris Vogler leading the full 24 car field to the green flag. And then all “you know what” broke out. With a car falling off the pace almost immediately, drivers in almost every row were either getting shoved or were taking unexpected evasive action before getting to the apex of turn one. As the sparks and crunching sounds subsided the red flag was displayed. With over 16 cars involved, sadly, six cars were done for the night.
On the restart things would go green for a number of laps as Vogler would set the early pace and was hoping that Finocchario would have a tough time getting through the field from his 10th place restart position. While the fast #8 of Finocchario picked his way through the front runners, several other fast cars were roaring back up through the field. Finocchario followed Vogler until a bobble between 3 & 4 allowed the yellow #8 to take the lead. With heated battles forming all through the pack, the tight racing action would result in several more cautions for spins, crashes and flat tires. Hard luck would especially hit recent points leader Zak Willis when a spin and crash would end his night with just a couple laps remaining. The race would end with a Green, White, Checker. With little worry, Finocchario cruised home for win #3 of the season. Vogler’s solid second place finish puts him now atop the series points standings. Our rookies had a rough night but #87 Mike Hyman survived to finish 8th, his best of the season.
The NYSS series next event will be July 28th at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY sponsored by Lazzaro Performance. Expect more out of town teams to attend as they tune up for our premier event on August 25th: The 10th Annual Dave London Memorial.
HEAT 1: B. Coyle, S. Pesarek, S. Frarey, B. Dinzler, M. Ramsey.
HEAT 2: Z. Willis, K. Atkins, J. Miller, J. Schoonmaker, N. Peckham.
HEAT 3: C. Finocchario, D. Bancroft, M. Hyman, C. Vogler, K. Miller.
FEATURE (26-laps): CHRIS FINOCCHARIO, Chris Vogler, Dylan Bancroft, Shaun Frarey, Robert Fink, Kelly Miller, Steve Pesarek, Mike Hyman, Matt Larrivee, Brianna Dinzler, Joe Miller, Nathan Worden, Zach Willis, Lee Sharpsteen, Josh Schoonmaker, Brandon Larner, Joel Gleason, Mark Ramsey, Billy Coyle, Ken Atkins, Nathan Peckham, Dale Lazzaro, Jason Dinzler, Terry Cheetham.