May 19th, 2013
Jimmy Zach Wins At The Speedrome
By: John Flock
week’s delay for rain, the skies shone brightly on Chemung
Speedrome. In the headline NASCAR Sunoco Modified division,
Jimmy Zacharias took an early lead from his third starting
position. Dan Kurzejewski, battling hard with Jimmy Z in the
first half of the event, then lost a battle with Tony
Hanbury for the runner-up spot. Kurzejewski would chase
Hanbury to the checkers to earn third place laurels. A late
arriving J.R. Kent rushed to get to his sixth place starting
position. J.R. had the best seat to watch the close battle
between Hanbury and Kurzejewski. J.R. would start sixth,
eventually working his way to a solid fourth place effort.
Zack Curren would complete the top five finishers in a solid
effort. Defending champion T.J. Zacharias, restarting the
back after an early race spin, would finish sixth on this
evening. Frank Morich and Randy Brokaw made their initial
starts at the Speedrome. Fan favorite Jody Buckley ran into
mechanical problems in his qualifying event and had to sit
out the feature.
The Sunoco Modifieds are the primary class. Support divisions at Chemung
Speedrome carry their own brand of racing excitement. With
the “Big 10” Tour inaugural event at Spencer Speedway, the
Super Stocks ran with a short field. Mike Nichols had some
problems in the qualifying event, but those ills were cured
come feature time. Jeff Goodwin won his second Super Stock
feature of the season. The challengers kept Jeff on his toes
as Goodwin fought his way to the front. Brittney Jack, Mike
Nichols, Tim Gullo and John Lane earned top five results.
New driver Trevor Williams did well in his first outing and
earning sixth. Joe Lane’s machine developed some mechanical
issues and lost a couple of laps, but he returned to the
race picked up seventh place. Reports say that Spencer
Speedway drew 22 entrants for their tour event.
INEX action found David French in a familiar position, leading the
Bandolero cars to another feature victory. In the Legends
division, Mike Alcaro added to his win total after winning
the first heat race and leading the entire feature event.
Mike was challenged the entire distance by second heat
winner Raven Schrantz. The top half of the field ran in
close quarters, changing positions every lap. After Mike
Alcaro and Raven Schrantz, Austin Berry, Tony Hanbury and
Zack Truesdale earned top five finishes. In the new
4-Cylinder Stock division, Bandolero racer Nick Morich
brought out his new 4-Cylinder car and ran a few laps for
the fans. His Bandolero and 4-Cylinder Stock share the same
number and paint scheme. Nick is part of a busy team and
races in two divisions. Nick’s father Frank brought out his
Sunoco Modified for the first time. The Crate Sportsman ran
a quick feature with defending Casey Pavlick winning over a
spirited new racer, Paul Jenkins. They ran side-by-side
until the last two laps when Pavlick pulled away for a five
car lead at the checkers.
Chemung Speedrome kicks off the Memorial Day weekend with a full program
this Friday evening, May 24th. The Sunoco Modifieds (40
laps), Super Stocks (25), 4 Cylinders (20), INEX Legends
(Twin 15's), Bandoleros (8), and the Dirt Track Crate
Sportsman (20) are all a part of the racing excitement. The
pit gates open at 4:00 p.m., practice begins at 6:00 p.m.,
and the racing starts promptly at 7:15 p.m. Support
divisions include the Super Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, INEX
Legends, INEX Bandoleros, and the dirt track Crate Sportsman
cars. Weekly NASCAR sanctioned racing will continue on
Friday evenings throughout the 2013 season. The track is
located at 605 Wyncoop Creek Road, just off exit 59 on I-86
(old US 17). For further information, see our web site at
NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds - Jimmy Zacharias, Tony
Hanbury, Dan Kurzejewski, J.R. Kent, Zack Curren, T.J.
Zacharias, Brittney Jack, Matt Clemens, Mike Odwazny, Frank
Morich, Randy Brokaw, Bob Mosier. DNS - Jody Buckley.
NASCAR Super Stocks - Jeff Goodwin, Brittney Jack,
Mike Nichols, Tim Gullo, John Lane, Trevor Williams, Joe
NASCAR 4 Cylinder Stocks - Nick Morich.
Dirt Crate Sportsman - Casey Pavlick, Paul Jenkins.
INEX Legends - Mike Alcaro, Raven Schrantz, Austin
Berry, Tony Hanbury, Zack Truesdale, Alex Bowen, Chuck
Lohmeyer, Owen Bednosz, Antony Riforgiato, Kyle Dealanan,
Andrew Bickford, Charlie Lohmeyer, Wayne Walker. DNS – A.J.
INEX Bandoleros - David French, Nick Morich.