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