May 1st 2016
Sunny Practice, But Rainy Race Day, for Chemung Speedrome; Opener Now May 15th
by Carol Houssock

  The sun shone brightly Saturday afternoon for a three hour open practice session at Chemung Speedrome. However, a rainy and cool forecast for Sunday forced a delay of the season opener and a schedule adjustment. While no longer the first event of the year, the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions 75 lap event, along with the New York Super Stocks, will join the INEX Legends and Bandoleros on Friday, May 27th to run what had been planned for May 1st.

  The schedule change will now highlight the track’s five regular divisions when racing returns for season 16 at the Speedrome. Opening day will now be Sunday, May 15th beginning at 2:15 PM.

  The headline Sunoco Modified division promises to be a mix of veterans, rookies and drivers returning to racing action. TJ Zacharias was the only feature winner from last year who came out for practice. Second in points in 2015, he picked up three wins in his strongest season to date at the Speedrome. Nick Morich, Zach Curren, Larry Jaynes, Tyler Rypkema, Zach Truesdail, Paul Johnson and rookie Zach Knowlden all turned several laps in practice. While not in attendance, drivers Patti Pruitt and TJ Potrzebowski also plan to run at the Speedrome this year.

  By far the track’s INEX Legends division was best represented at the Saturday practice, with 20 teams on hand. Two-time and defending champ, Alexandria Smith, appears determined to go for number three. Competition will be tough, including three Young brothers, the Lohmeyers, Pat Judson and Matt Evans.

  INEX Bandoleros continue to provide our next generation of racers, and nine of them were turning laps on Saturday afternoon. Teddy Bowen, the 2015 champion, was there along with Garrett Zacharias, Dominick Wood and several newcomers.

  Gates open at noon on Sunday, May 15th, with practice for all divisions kicking off at 1 PM. The first heat race will begin at 2:15 PM. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for those ages 65 and older, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free to children 5 and under. Friday night action kicks off on May 20th.

  For more information, log on to www.chemungspeedrome.net or “like” us on Facebook.
 

 

                               

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