New York State NASCAR Champion Calls Holland Home

January 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

When Ontario, New York’s Amy Catalano came to the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex in 2011, she would have never thought about what the season had in store for her and her race team. The female competitor won two times on the Holland highbanks and alongside her consistency, won the National Overhead Door NASCAR Pro Modified track Championship, a first for a female driver in the top division in the track’s 52 year history. “I look at myself as just another driver out there on the track and I think a lot of drivers I race against feel the same way, said Amy Catalano. “I still get a lot of attention from fans who are excited to see a woman winning races.” In an recent interview, Amy told Larry Ott from the Buffalo News that "we had an up-and-down season but we ended on an up note so that's a good thing," This was not her first Pro Modified title as she won the 2009 Sunoco Modified Title at the Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY just east of Rochester.

With her five wins and 23 top-five finishes in 2011 between Holland and the Spencer Speedway, Amy won the New York State NASCAR Title over defending State Champion Justin Bonsignore, a regular campaigner from the Riverhead Speedway on Long Island. The state points are different from the local points track as NASCAR takes the drivers best 18 race finishes from any NASCAR sanctioned speedway in the state. Amy was one of the four female drivers that were in the top 55 of the entire NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2011. Amy’s success was on the track was in large part to what her husband and fellow racer Dave and the entire Catalano Motorsports crew. Besides her crew, Amy would like to thank all of her sponsors for their continued support. CP Ward General Contractor, Gor-Den Racing Engines, Mad Mark’s Welding, PJ Radiator, Ron Rigby Photography and Vicari's Pizzeria all have their names on the side of the Catalano Motorsports racecars. “It was just an unbelievable season” said Amy. “I couldn’t have done what I did this year without the work of my crew and also for my family for all of their support” said Catalano. “It is a family sport that is for sure” Amy said as she raced this season against her husband. In 2012, Amy will be defending her title along with husband Dave and her son Tommy as they all will be running in the premier division under the lights at Holland each and every Saturday night.

Amy was also awarded the Friends of Auto Racing Club (FOAR SCORE) Asphalt Driver of the Year. The 2011 National Overhead Door NASCAR Pro Modified Champion took home $10,000 dollars from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions Banquet in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amy also took home a new custom-made fire-suit and a commemorative made helmet for her accomplishments on the track in 2011.

Holland is the only NASCAR sanctioned racetrack in Western New York. “Holland is backed by large amounts of prize money which is distributed to racers nationwide each year via NASCAR” said Holland Motorsports Complex General Manager Timothy Bennett. Drivers that race in the Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, NASCAR Hornets and the M&M U-Pull It Figure 8’s all receive points money from NASCAR. The Chargers champion Jim Loffredo received $3,000 as Hornet Champ Eric Brown received $2,000 and Figure 8 title holder Jason Adams received $1,500; all from NASCAR.

NASCAR’s point fund is second to none and without help of all of their sponsors, it wouldn’t be possible and the same can be said at the local level as Holland is proud to be partners with many great businesses throughout Western New York. Business such as Martin Brothers Chevrolet, McKinley Mall, VSP Marketing Graphics Group and Wardynski's Meats have all renewed their sponsorship packages with the Motorsports Complex so far this offseason. Holland is proud to be associated with NASCAR and looks forward to their 31st season as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Plans are in place for the Registration Party which will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Holland Willows on Savage Road, just off Route 16. Everyone is welcome…Drivers, Owners, Crew Members and racing friends. Car number selection will take place as well as registration for new and returning drivers. Drivers can also sign up for Priority Gold plus reserve pit pads as well as register for the McKinley Mall Car Show in early May.

Check out the Holland Motorsports Complex on Facebook as weekly specials and news on upcoming events will be seen on the track’s social media page for the racetrack and the all new Holland Paintball Adventure Park. The Holland Motorsports Complex will open for its 53rd consecutive season of racing with a Sunday afternoon event on May 20, 2012 presented by McKinley Mall before shifting to the regular Saturday evening schedule on May 26, 2012.

Contact –– Steven Petty: steven.j.petty@gmail.com or Tim Bennett: (716) 418-RACE (7223)