August 23rd, 2013
Chemung Speedrome Welcomes Big 10 Super Stock Series
By: Ray Hodge
night of racing was capped off by the first ever appearance
by the Big Ten Super Stock Series at the Speedrome. With a
large amount of lap sponsorship money on the line, 28 Super
Stocks were on hand to get their share of the lap money put
up by many individuals and businesses. Series director Larry
Woodruff said this was the best car count the series has
seen this year. The field was set by 3 heat races that saw
the 09 of Mike Ramos, Series point leader Lee Sharpsteen and
the 64 of Joe Mancuso picking up the heat victories.
With well over 1500 hundred fans in attendance, the night started out
with David French picking up his ninth win of the season
over Nick Morich and Teddy Bowen in the INEX Bandolero
division. David French is the point leader heading in to the
final week of the season.
The four cylinder division saw 3 time feature winners Marcus
Wood and Nick Morich fight hard to hang on for a fourth and
fifth place finish respectively. Chemung’s Jeremiah Claunch
picked up the win followed by Devon Bailey and Eric
Ellsworth. Nick Morich is the point leader over Marcus Wood
and Amber Pierce heading into the final week.
INEX Legends points leader Mike Alcaro continued his dominance at the
Speedrome as he picked up his seventh win of the season and
added to his point lead over Anthony Riforgiato and Chuck
Lohmeyer. Todd McCollum came home second followed by Julia
Landauer, Alex Bowen and Gary Ham.
The Dirt Track Crate Sportsman put on a great show for the fans as James
Howard picked up the win over point leader Paul Jenkins.
Amber Pierce finished third as she tries to catch Jenkins
for the track title next Friday Night. Chris Clemens gets
the win in the open motor division.
The Sunoco Modifieds were up next with a strong 20 car field. 8 cautions
dominated this race that saw several different leaders. TJ
Zacharias led the way from the start, Contact early with
Tony Hanbury would send the two cars to the rear of the
field giving way to Jody Buckley. Some great racing saw a
lot of side by side battles for the first six positions the
entire race. Zack Curren had another great run after coming
from the rear after contact sent him to the pits for repairs
on lap 7. Curren would end up fourth on the night. Elmira’s
TJ Potrzebowski took over the top spot and lead on lap 20
and held the top spot with point leader Jimmy Zacharias
following in his tire tracks. After several more cautions,
Zacharias fresh off his tenth place finish in the Whalen
Modified race at Bristol on Wednesday would take the lead on
lap 31 and never look back. For Jimmy, this would be win
number 7 on the season and would help pad his point lead
over second place Tony Hanbury who would come home fifth on
the night. TJ Potrezbowski would finish a strong second
followed by Jody Buckley, Zack Curren and Tony Hanbury.
Then the Big Ten Super Stocks brought their 24 car feature to the
speedway. Elmira’s Mike Nichols would start from the pole
after the redraw and would never look back. After an almost
perfect start, these guys put on a show for the fans that
would be hard to beat. Some good hard racing up front saw
series point leader Lee Sharpsteen battle side by side with
Nichols for many laps. The 31 of Jason Dieter was also very
strong as he and the 21 of Tommy Markham battled hard for a
top five spot. Tim Gullo also battled hard with the 64 of
Joe Mancuso and the 14 of Jake Snell with a very strong car.
After running caution free for the first 9 laps, the caution
would fly. The restart saw the battle between Sharpsteen and
Nichols heat up as the two would again run side by side.
With several spins bringing out the caution, time was
running out as the Speedrome is under a very strict curfew.
With the curfew close, Series Director Larry Woodruff
informed the drivers via the one way radio that the lap 21
restart would be the last shot to finish the race. After the
restart, a spin in turn four on lap 23 between would bring
out the final caution and the race would be called final at
that point. Mike Nichols would be awarded the win followed
by the 31 of Jason Dieter in second, Mike Ramos would come
home third followed by Lee Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo and Joe
All in all it was a great night of racing. The curfew put a
bad spin on the end of the race said track owner John White
who said they ran it as long as possible. The choice to run
the Super Stocks last was made early and a lot of
circumstances led to the late start and having to call the
A very Special thanks to Larry Woodruff and Joe Mancuso for bringing the
series to Chemung. Also Joe Snell and Lee Sharpsteen for all
of the work they did to bring all of the lap sponsorship
money to the race that in turn brought 28 Super Stocks to
the Speedrome for what was an amazing night.
Next Friday is the season finale at the Drome. Jeff Goodwin will be
looking to wrap up his fourth track title in the Super
Stocks, and twin 25 lap features for the Sunoco Modifieds
will decide the championship between Jimmy Zacharias and
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 www.ChemungSpeedrome.net. 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.