August 31st, 2013
Chemung Finale Crowns 6 Division Champions
By: Ray Hodge

  The Chemung season ended Friday night the same way it started four months ago, perfect weather, great car counts and the stands full of the best fans in racing. All division titles were decided before the nights action began which made for some good racing from everyone including the champs looking for a big win on the final night of the season.

  The Sunoco Modifieds would see twin 25 lap features to end their season. With first place in points going to Jimmy Zacharias, the battle for second was a close one between Zack Curren and Tony Hanbury separated by just three points starting the night. TJ Zacharias and Tony Hanbury would start on the front row of feature number one and continue that way until lap twelve when contact from Hanbury sent Zacharias around in turn 1 bringing out the first caution of the race. Hanbury was sent to the rear on the restart for his role in the caution. The restart saw Zack Curren and Jody Buckley on the front row, Curren jumped out to a quick lead, while the battle behind him was heating up. Jimmy Zacharias restarted fourth and it would take him until lap 23 to catch and pass the 94 of Curren and go on to capture win number 8 of the season. Curren would finish second and hold a nine point lead over Hanbury, TJ Zacharias would finish third followed by Hanbury and Jason Duke rounding out the top five.

  The redraw inverted four positions for feature number two, with the 42 of Hanbury on the pole and Tony would never look back as he led from start to finish in a race that saw the 71 of Jimmy Zacharias finish second followed by Zack Curren, TJ Zacharias and Jody Buckley rounding out the top five. Zack Curren would finish second in points by 1 point when it was all over, Hanbury would be third followed by TJ Zacharias and Jody Buckley.

  In the Super Stocks, Pine City’s Jeff Goodwin had the title sewn up going into the night and it turned out he needed it as 5 laps into the feature the 05 broke coming out of turn two and that would end his night. Brittany Jack would lead early as she held on for the first 11 laps. Joe Snell in a very fast car made a run at the top spot and it was short lived as contact from Brittany would send the Snell number 11 around in turn one. Both would restart at the rear. On the restart, contact between several cars in turn 3 sent the 13 of Jason Duke hard into the turn 4 styrofoam blocks. Duke would return to the race and finish 10th. Tim Gullo, Joe Snell and Lee Sharpsteen took the restart on lap 11, Sharpsteen wasted no time making his way to the top spot and would lead the rest of the way picking up his third win of the season. Gullo would finish second followed by Joe Snell, Brittany Jack and Nick Robinson. Pine City’s Bob Ripley, with one of his best races of the season came home in sixth after fighting his way up to third with a very strong car.

  Mike Alcaro ended the season with 7 wins as he captured the INEX Legends Championship. The battle for second was a good one between Anthony Riforgioto and Chuck Lohmeyer who battled each other hard during the race. In the end it would be Julia Landauer coming away with the victory followed by Aiden Landauer in second, Brandon Debraklear was third, Kyle Dealanan finished fourth and Alex Bowen rounded out the top five. Riforgioto would come home sixth and remain second in points followed by Lohmeyer, Gary Ham and Alexandria Smilth.

  In the Four Cylinder Division, Jerimiah Clonch picked up his third win of the season as Nick Morich claimed the track Championship beating Marcus wood who finished second followed by Amber Peirce, Monica Green and Devon Bailey. Nick Morich had 3 wind this season.

  Dirt Crate Sportsman wrapped up their season with James Howard picking up the win while the track Championship went to Paul Jenkins of Elmira. Second place in the race went to Dan Morden making his first ever appearance at Chemung. Allison Peirce would finish second in points followed by James Howard, Chris Clemens and Casey Pavlic. This race also saw long time Dirt Competitor Todd Burgess filling in for Allison Peirce in the 54 and did well for his first time ever on the black top until some mechanical issues ended his night early.

  In the INEX Bandolero division, David French dominated the season with a perfect ten for ten record as he claimed the track title in the Bandolero division. David, a very well-spoken young man is certain to have a great career in the racing business. Last year’s Champion Nick Morich finished second in points followed by Lars McElravy and Teddy Bowen.

  The Chemung Speedrome Championship Banquet will honor all of the tracks competitors and Champions sometime in October.



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