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Chemung Speedrome 2012 News

August 19th, 2012
Matt Hirschman Wins Chemung RoC 125
By: Steve Petty

  Northampton, Pennsylvania ace and 2010 Race of Champions Tour Champion Matt Hirschman won his fourth straight Race of Champions Modified Tour victory as he won the 125 lap affair Sunday afternoon at the Chemung Speedrome. Other winners at the ‘Drome included Matt Pappa from Nassau, NY in the INEX Legends Regional Qualifier event. Pappa will be representing Chemung in the INEX National Legends event in October in Atlanta. Brittany Jack from Waverly, NY won her first Super Stock feature of the season while Gene Purvis and David French added to their win totals in the 4 Cylinders and INEX Bandoleros respectively.

  “My crew did an amazing job getting this car ready for me today and we had an amazing car and we have been on an amazing streak and its just awesome winning here” said Hirschman in victory lane. “I am on an incredible streak and we just take it one track at a time and one race at a time” Hirschman continued.

  Matt Hirschman and TJ Potrzebowski led the stout field of 24 modifieds to the green flag for their 125 lap feature event and it was Hirschman getting out into the early race lead. Ransomville, NY resident and defending RoC Series Champion Chuck Hossfeld started eight on the grid and was up to fifth by the end of lap number seven. The first caution came out just eleven laps in as Horesheads competitor Jody Buckley spun in turn one. On the restart, Chuck Hossfeld went from fifth to third in a matter of a turn as he went three wide with

  Jimmy Zacharias and Brian DeFebo to take over third and then put the pass on Potrzebowski to take over second just two laps later. Hossfeld would try everything in his power and did pass Hirschman but the lead did not last long for the “Hotshoe” as Hossfeld would get passed by Hirschman moments later.

  “He had a strong car today and my car was good but not as good or fast as Mattie” said third place finisher Chuck Hossfeld.

  Jim Storace would loop his 47 machine on lap 29 to bring out the caution once again. The restart saw Hirschman and Hossfeld going side by side as Erick Rudolph was on the move. The third generation driver from Ransomville, NY worked from his ninth starting spot and was up to third on lap 46 after passing “the Piranha” TJ Potrzebowski.

  Jimmy Zacharias had mechanical problems and came to a stop in his Zacharias Motorsports machine on the top side of turns one and two to slow the field down on lap 56. On the restart it continued to be Hirschman in the lead as Hossfeld and Rudolph went on pit road for a new right rear tire.

  On the restart it was a long green flag run as Hirschman and Kyle Ebersole and Hossfeld would pull away from the field. Hossfeld, Ebersole and Rudolph all went into the pits and changed right rear tires as Hirschman stayed out for the entire distance.

  “I gave it all that I had and I took my chance of going underneath Matt and my car just didn’t stick” said runner up finisher and multi-time tour winner this season Kyle Ebersole.

  Hirschman would drive on to score his fourth straight tour win over Ebersole, Hossfeld, Rudolph and DeFebo. The Race of Champions Modified Tour will return to action in September with the running of the US Open at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster, NY. For more information, log on to

  Mike Alcaro and Matt Pappa led the field of INEX Legends to the green flag for their 30 lap regional qualifier and it was Alcaro leading the opening circuit. Alcaro and multi-time feature winner Matt Pappa would go side by side for several laps with Pappa getting the lead on lap 10, just as Larry Faucett would come to a stop in turn three to bring out the caution.

  On the restart, Pappa and Alcaro continued to be the classes of the field as the two young competitors continued to run up front and Pappa would go on to win the INEX Legends Regional qualifying victory.

  John Lane and Cricket Clonch led the field of Super Stocks to the green flag and it was Lane out to the early race advantage. Brittany Jack would challenge Lane for the lead on lap six and waited until lap 15 to grab the lead away from Lane after several laps of going side by side. Jack would go on to win her first Super Stock feature of the season.

  Cody Jackson and Teddy Bowen led the Bandoleros to the green flag for their 10 lap feature event with Teddy Bowen out to the early lead. Nick Morich and Cody Jackson came together in turn two. Morich was alright and Jackson took the ride in the ambulance for precaution. After the red flag, Alex McCollum and David French put on a great show and it was French holding off McCollum for his sixth of the season.

  Racing action returns to the Chemung Speedrome on Sunday August 26th as it is Season Championships for all divisions. The racing card will feature a full show featuring the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. The Chemung Speedrome is the Southern Tier’s NASCAR Race Place every Sunday afternoon starting at 2:15pm featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros. Pit Gates open at 11:30AM and the grandstand gates open at 1:00pm. For more information log on to or call the speedway office at (607) 857-4843. All points calculated goes towards the overall NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship standings.

  Chemung Speedrome – Short Track Racing At It’s Best!


  RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED TOUR (125 Laps): MATT HIRSCHMAN, Kyle Ebersole, Chuck Hossfeld, Erick Rudolph, Brian DeFebo, JR Kent, Daren Scherer, TJ Potrzebowski, Andy Walko, Austin Kochenash, John Markovic, TJ Zacharias, Brandon Oltra, Pete Brittian, Matt Wentz, Zach Curren, Jody Buckley, Jim Storace, Jimmy Zacharias, Mike Odwazny, Doug Reaume, Tommy Cloce, Corey Mosher, and Matt Clemens.
  Gater Racing News Bonus (Top 2 barrel Modified): TJ Zacharias
  Hard Luck Award: Jimmy Zacharias
  Hard Charger Award: Kyle Ebersole (started 12th – finished 2nd)
  Heat Winners: Matt Hirschman, Brian DeFebo, Chuck Hossfeld

  SUPER STOCKS (20 Laps): BRITTANY JACK, John Lane, Terry Potrzebowski, Chuck Nichols, Joe Lane, Derrick Tarbox
  Heat Winner: John Lane

  INEX LEGENDS (30 Laps): MATT PAPPA, Mike Alcaro, Todd McCollum, Brandon DeBrakeleer, Raven Schrantz, Van Michael, Brandon Michael, Pat Maring, Tony Hanbury, Zach Truesdail, Anthony RiForgito, Alex Bowen, Nick Robinson, Bethany Scherer, Thomas Baker, Barry Schrantz, David Schilling, Taylor Doxtater, John “Shakin” Bacon, Cody Frantz, Larry Faucett and Daren Scherer (DNS)
  Heat Winners: Raven Schrantz, Matt Pappa, David Schilling

  4 Cylinder Stocks (12 Laps): GENE PURVIS, Frank Morich, Allen English and Ben Abell
Heat Winner: Gene Purvis

  Bandoleros (8 Laps): DAVID FRENCH, Alex McCollum, Teddy Bowen, Cody Jackson, Nick Morich
Heat Winner: David French.

  Chemung Speedrome – Short Track Racing At It’s Best!

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