January 3rd, 2014
Zacharias Dedicates Championship Season To Grandmother
 
By: Ray Hodge

  For the first time in his racing career, Jimmy Zacharias would start his racing season without the presence of his grandmother by his side. Shirley Zacharias lost her courageous battle with cancer just months before the 2013 season began. That loss would leave a large void for the entire Zacharias family and with that emptiness, Jimmy would dedicate his entire season to his rock, Grandmother Shirley Zacharias.



Coming up just a few points short of a championship at Chemung in 2012, Jimmy would come back and dominate the entire 2013 season in the Sunoco Modified division. His season started in the warmth of Florida as he would run the Whelen modified tour race at the Daytona international speedway in February. A tough finish there would send Jimmy and crew back to New York to begin his run towards a Chemung title as well as running for the New York State championship.

Jimmy would start 2013 the same way 2012 ended, winning on opening night at Chemung set the stage for what would prove to be a dominant season in the familiar #71. Although very strong every week, the wins didn’t come easy, hard fought battles every week with the likes of Zack Curren, Tony Hanbury, Jody Buckley, last year’s Champion TJ Zacharias and the veteran JR Kent showing that he still has what it takes to win all battled Jimmy hard every week. The Sunoco Modified Division at Chemung is back and as strong as ever with a great field of cars every Friday night. The competition would prove to be the best in many years. With Jimmy looking towards a Chemung title, it was hard for him to lose sight of that New York State title that he wanted and he knew was his for the taking. Jimmy would run several races at the Riverhead raceway in Long Island as well as Spencer Speedway to make a run for those NASCAR points.

Jimmy and crew would pack up again in the 2013 season and head down to the Bristol Motor speedway and run the Whelen Modified tour race. It was a great experience for Jimmy and the entire crew and all the hard work paid off with a very impressive top ten finish on the high banked half mile.

The blood in the Zacharias family is all about racing. Grandfather Jim Zacharias made the #71 that Jimmy drives today the Zacharias tradition. Jimmy’s father Terry, a long time competitor in local racing still has the desire as several times in the 2013 season he would put the fire suit on and jump behind the wheel of one of his Modifieds. Brother TJ, last years Modified Champion and Jimmy's biggest fan is not only a competitor but a huge part of Jimmy's success. Another big part of a great season is the support and food supplied by Jimmy's mom Gina. She is always one of the first to get to victory lane and always celebrates and takes lots of pictures. Also in victory lane, the newest addition to the Zacharias family, Jimmy's pride and joy, son Liam. Liam was born in October of 2012 and has become a regular in victory lane with his Dad.

In his victory lane interviews, the first thing Jimmy will always do is thank all of the people who have played a part in getting him where he is today. Most importantly his Grandmother Shirley, Grandfather Jim and his Mom and Dad Terry and Gina. There are a lot of people who have helped along the way and Jimmy's Chemung Championship and his New York state title in 2013 wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of TJ , Kyle, Nick, Matt, Chris, Mike, Cory and Josh.

We at Chemung are proud to have Jimmy Zacharias as our 2013 Sunoco Modified Track Champion as well as the New York State NASCAR Champion. Jimmy is a class act and represented Chemung Speedrome in Charlotte last month at the NASCAR banquet and did so with class. Jimmy dedicated his entire season to his Grandmother Shirley Zacharias, she is a proud Grandmother watching over the entire Zacharias Racing family.

 

                               

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