June 2nd, 2013
Jeff Goodwin and Zach Curren Score Big at Chemung
By: John Flock

  Rounding out the month of May, Chemung Speedrome featured the Super Stock division in a 50 lap challenge event. Many drivers came in search of the enhanced purse, yet track regular Jeff Goodwin again claimed the checkers. Some visiting teams suffered problems before the feature even started. Lee Sharpsteen appeared to lose an engine in warm ups. Charlie Sharpsteen couldn’t make the call for the feature. In the early laps, Both Joe Snell and Jake Snell fell to mechanical problems. Joining the gang of hard luck, Bob Ripley and Chuck Nichols would never make it to the half way marker. Early leaders Gary Noe and Jacob Duke could only hold back so long before Goodwin would take command. Terry Potrzebowski fought from the back of the field to chase Jeff Goodwin’s McDonalds machine to the checkers.

  Potrzebowski would Battle with Gary Noe, Joe Lane, and Jason Duke to have his chance at victory. It was not to be, as Jeff Goodwin kept his perfect Chemung 2013 winning streak alive. Jeff led the field by half a lap at the finish. Terry Potrzebowski, Jason Duke, Joe Lane, and Gary Noe earned top five finishes.

 A special incentive from track owner John White will pay any Super Stock driver that can beat Jeff Goodwin in a feature event. Jeff must be running on the lead lap (no funny business!) The incentive is a stout $800 paycheck for that feature winner.

 The Sunoco Modifieds put on a great battle in their 40 lap feature event. On a lap one incident, Jody Buckley and Tony Hanbury tangled as they exited the second turn. Nearly the full field had to avoid the accident. With no time to react, Brittney Jack climbed over the stopped cars. The contact lifted Brittney’s car into the air, dropping down to the track and rolling over. The car traveled into turn three. Brittney was checked out by the ambulance crew. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported by the medics. Heat winners Jimmy Zacharias and T.J. Zacharias were the early favorites. Each had their problems. While running at the front of the pack, Jimmy’s machine came to a stop with reported engine woes. While running in the top five spots T.J. came to a stop on the back stretch. With very quick pit work by his crew, the issue was resolved in just a couple of minutes. T.J. returned to the race one lap down and fought his way forward for a top ten finish. In the torrid battle in the front of the pack, T.J. Potrzebowski, J.R. Kent, and Zach Curren fought hard to control the field. Eventually slipping to the lead, Zach would command the last half of the race. After several hits to J.R. Kent’s machine, yellow came out as his rear bumper was dragging on the track.

 J.R. quickly resolved the bumper issue and returned to the back of the field. Restarting outside the top 10, Kent put on a show for the fans as he fought forward through the pack. Lap 40 came abit too early for the flying J.R. Kent as he had to settle for third. Zach Curren was quite happy in Chemung’s victory lane as he picked up his first Sunoco Modified victory of 2013.

 Support divisions add much excitement to the show. The INEX Bandoleros are a good learning ground for youthful drivers. David French added another victory to his record, chased by Nick Morich. Mr. Morich had a great result in the4-cylinder stock division, earning his second career victory. Howard Bailey (Towanda PA) made his first appearance in the 4-cylinder class. Hebrought his stars and stripes and blue car, replete with U.S. flags. The dirt-track Crate Sportsman class is growing. Four cars showed and put on an entertaining feature. Perfect this season, Casey Pavlick earned the victory. James Howard, Paul Jenkins, and Allison Pierce chased Pavlick to the finish. New comer James Howard led the first 9 laps until Pavlick powered to the lead.

 INEX Legends race in a tight pack, challenging each other every lap. Multiple feature Mike Alcaro would fight his way to the front, taking the point from Austin Berry. Starting tail-end Charlie, Brandon DeBrakeleer would pass Austin Berry to earn second spot when the checkers flew. Tony Hanbury and Chuck Lohmeyer world earn top five finishes. Alex Bowen would back his car into the foam blocks in turn one in his heat race, ending the quick racer’s night early.
Chemung Speedrome kicks off the month of June with a full program on Friday evening, June 7th. 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. McGruff the Crime Dog will make an appearance, bringing along 4 bicycles, two for boys and two for girls, and more bicycle helmets for the kids.

 For kids of all ages, a hot dog special is planned. The concession manager, a fan of modified pilot Zach Curren (#94), will celebrate Zach’s win in the Sunoco Modifieds by offering hot dogs for 94 cents!

 Pitgates 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 on 605 Wyncoop Creek Road, just off exit 59 on I-86 (old US 17). For further information, see our web site at www.ChemungSpeedrome.net.

 Results for May 31,2013

 NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds - 16 cars, 40 laps - Zach Curren, T.J. Potrzebowski, J.R. Kent, Zach Truesdale, Mike Ordwazny, Bob Mosier, Randy Brokaw, Matt Clemens, T.J. Zacharias, Frank Morich, Jimmy Zacharias, Tom Rough, Chris Clemens, Brittney Jack, Tony Hanbury, Jody Buckley.

 NASCAR Super Stocks - 14 cars, 50 laps - Jeff Goodwin, Terry Potrzebowski, Jason Duke, Joe Lane, Gary Noe, R.J. Zacharias, Trevor Williams, Brittney Jack, Jake Snell, Bob Ripley, Chuck Nichols, JoeSnell. Charlie Sharpsteen and Lee Sharpsteen did not start.

 NASCAR 4-cylinder Stocks - 2 cars, 10 laps - Nick Morich and Howard Bailey.

 INEX Bandoleros - 2cars, 10 laps - David French and Nick Morich.

 INEX Legends - 12 cars, 20 laps - Mike Alcaro, Brandon DeBrakeleer, Austin Berry, Tony Hanbury, Chuck Lohmeyer, Alexandria Smith, Gary Ham, Antony Riforgiato, Charlie Lohmeyer, Zach Truesdale, A.J. Griffin. Alex Bowen DNS - crashed in heat.

 Dirt track Crate Sportsman - 4 cars 20 laps - Casey Pavlick, James Howard, Paul Jenkins, and Allison Pierce.



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