August 2nd, 2013
Fan Appreciation Night and Some Wild Racing at the Drome
By: Ray Hodge

  Friday night August 2nd saw a great crowd turnout for fan appreciation night. At intermission most drivers put themselves and their cars on the front straightaway and the gate was opened and the fans poured onto the track to meet the drivers and check out some beautiful race cars. Modified Driver Nick Shaw made the trip from Jew Jersey and said “this place is awesome”. Shaw, a regular at Wall Stadium in NJ, found his way around the speedway to be a blast and had a great time with the fans on the track. Legends driver Gary Ham was one of the first cars on the speedway after having some mechanical issues in his heat race, made the repairs and brought the car out for the fans to see. Many drivers purchased pictures from MoJo Photos so they could sign autographs for anyone that wanted them. Bando and Four Cylinder Driver Nick Morich had his cars on the speedway with a big bowl of candy for the fans as well. Chemung also welcomed back an old friend and new co announcer Dano Williams back to the Speedrome. Dano spent a lot of time on the track talking with friends and drivers, Dano said its great to be back and see all the drivers and crews from years past and he says he is looking forward to being at the track again on a regular basis.

  "It was great to do this for the fans that support the track week in and week out", said track Owner John White, "it was a huge success and we hope to do it again in the future."

  As for the racing action, well it was second to none as the Sunoco Modifieds ran twin features Friday night. The first, a 25 lap main that saw the win go to a dominate run for Elmira's TJ Potrzebowski driving the car number 14 for car owner Jeff Covell. Current point leader Jimmy Zacharias and Tony Hanbury battled hard with each other for the second position as Potrzebowski drove away with the win. Zacharias would finish second followed by Hanbury, Rusty smith and Jody Buckley.

  The second Sunoco Modified feature was 20 laps and was filled with excitement. The first few laps saw a great battle between the top 4 from the first feature which were inverted to start the second race. While putting on a great show for the fans, Tony Hanbury battled the leader Rusty Smith with a few laps of side by side racing before something broke in the Hanbury42 ending his night. After the restart, Jimmy Zacharias with a very fast car battled Smith hard for the top spot as Jody Buckley and Zack Curren battled in the top 5. Wall Stadium regulars Nick Shaw and Paul Hartwig made the trip up from New Jersey and had a very strong runs in their first ever appearance at Chemung. Shaw said in an interview, “this place is awesome, I wish I could run here more often”. Shaw would bring the sharp looking yellow and black Number 1 home with a fifth place finish. With the leaders coming to the line to complete lap 19, Smith and Zacharias would run up on the slower car of Timmy Lewis in turn one. Contact between Smith and Zacharias would send the 71 around sideways bringing out the caution on lap 19. On the restart, Rusty Smith and Jody Buckley would restart on the front row with the 71 of Zacharias restarting at the tail of the field. Rusty Smith would take the lead out of turn two and the caution would fly again for contact in turn 2 between Frank Morich and Timmy Lewis. Morich would need the wrecker as the right front suspension suffered some significant damage. The green would fly again and contact between Smith and Potrzebowski would end TJ’s night and the race. Rusty Smith would come away with the victory followed by Jody Buckley, Zack Curren with a strong third place finish, TJ Zacharias would finish fourth and New Jersey driver Nick Shaw would finish fifth. Point leader Jimmy Zacharias would come home seventh.

  The super stock race was a wild one that saw five cautions in the 25 lap race. Point leader Jeff Goodwin had motor problems in the 05 in practice. Pine City’s Bob Ripley gave up his seat in his 99 to Goodwin and Jeff would come home with a solid fifth place finish. Lee Sharpsteen and Brittany Jack would bring out the caution after contact in turn 3. A very unhappy Brittany Jack would be black flagged and out of the remainder of the race due to aggressive behavior on the track after the incident. Sharpsteen would come back to finish fourth. After a few weeks off, Mike Nichols made a return to Chemung and picked up a well-deserved victory in an unsponsored #72. Mike was followed closely by last week’s feature winner Terry Potrzebowsi to finish second and a great run for Joe Snell who brought the #11 home third. Sharpsteen would finish fourth followed by Goodwin in fifth.

  In the INEX Legends, a photo finish would give Chemung a first time winner in that division. Raven Schrantz in the 144 was strong all night long. A great race for the fans saw Chuck Lohmeyer come up inches short of his first victory of the year. Schrantz said she thought Chuck beat her to the line but Officials declared Schrantz the winner in a race that saw some of the young guns finish in the top five. Anthony Riforgiato would come home third followed by heat winner Alex Bowen and young Alexandria Smith picking up a hard fought fifth place finish. Next Friday the INEX legends and Bandos will be fighting for a win as it will be a national qualifier for both divisions.

  The Four Cylinder division saw first time driver Jerimiah Clonch pick up the win. Devon Bailey would finish second followed by point leader Nick Morich third and Marcus wood coming home fourth after a 2 spot penalty for passing before the line on the start. Amber Peirce would finish fifth.

  Dirt Crate Sportsman had a 4 car 15 lap feature that had Chris Clemens pick up the trophy in the open motor class and Paul Jenkins of Elmira pick up win # 3 of the season in the crate motor class. James Howard would finish second to Jenkins followed by Allison Pierce in the 54.
  The Bandolero class saw a good battle between Nick Morich and David French in an 8 lap shootout, David French would pick up his seventh victory of the season in a very impressive run by French and Morich. Again next Friday Night, the Bandos will be fighting for a spot as it will be a national qualifier for the young Bando drivers.

  Chemung Speedrome is located off Route 17 (new I-86) exit 59. Set GPS for zip 14825. Point standings, schedules, and other information is available on our web site Adult admission is $12, seniors 65+ $10, 6-12 years $5. 5 and under FREE. Race day phone number is (607) 529-9998. Race time is 7:15 p.m. every Friday night.

August 2nd RESULTS:

Sunoco Modifieds
– 1st feature

T.J. Potrzebowski, Jimmy Zacharias, Tony Hanbury, Rusty Smith, Jody Buckley, J.R. Kent, Zack Curren, T.J. Zacharias, Nick Shaw, Ronnie Smith, Bob Mosher, Paul Hartwig Jr., Mike Odwazny, Frank Morich, Tom Rought, Chet Gillenbeck, Tim Lewis Jr., Jason Duke, Chris Clemens, Corey Mosher, Nick White
Sunoco Modifieds – 2nd feature
Rusty Smith, Jody Buckley, Zack Curren, T.J. Zacharias, Nick Shaw, Ronnie Smith, Jimmy Zacharias, Paul Hartwig Jr., Mike Odwazny, Bob Mosher, Tim Lewis Jr., J.R. Kent, Frank Morich, T.J. Potrzebowski, Chet Gillenbeck, Tom Rought, Nick White, Chris Clemens, Jason Duke, Tony Hanbury, Corey Mosher



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