June 17th, 2016
Bye-Bye Monkey, Hello Victory Lane - Jimmy Zacharias Wins
Chemung Sunoco Modified Feature
by Carol Houssock
The conditions were perfect at Chemung Speedrome on Friday
night. Fans were rewarded with some exciting races, all run
and done in less than three hours. Winners on June 17th
included Jimmy Zacharias (Sunoco Modifieds), Nick Robinson
(Super Stocks), Monica Green (a pair of 4 Cylinder
features), Pat Judson (INEX Legends), and Garrett Zacharias
(Bandoleros). Jordan Mathews, JP Harbst and Shea Bailey also
left as winners for best finishes in their respective
Gene Sharpsteen and Zack Curren got things going in the premier NASCAR
Sunoco Modified division by winning their respective heats.
For a while in the 40-lap feature Gene Sharpsteen and
Charlie Sharpsteen were leading the Zacharias brothers, TJ
and Jimmy. The first of six cautions came when Kenny Hammond
spun exiting turn two. Charlie Sharpsteen got the better of
Gene when the race resumed and he took over the top spot.
Behind them, Jimmy also got the better of his brother and he
was up to third. Close racing resulted in Connor Sellars up
against the front stretch wall with a broken tie rod that
ended his night. Zack Curren spun in turn four and caution
came out again 14 laps into the race. Tony Hanbury,
meanwhile, was moving up through the field and was running
third when the fourth caution came out for an incident
involving Chris Clemens and Hammond. Hanbury took over
second on the restart but caution came out again with 20
laps complete for a turn two incident involving G.
Sharpsteen and Jesse Kent. Hanbury lined up beside J.
Zacharias in the front row. Zacharias held him off on that
restart plus another restart two laps later. With 10 laps to
go Jimmy began to pull away from Hanbury, who kept TJ
Zacharias a safe distance behind in third. That’s how it
would finish, with Jimmy Zacharias celebrating his first win
at Chemung this year. “I’m so glad to get that monkey off my
back,” he told the crowd. Hanbury, TJ Zacharias, Curren and
TJ Potrzebowski all posted top five finishes.
The Super Stock division, light in participants, was relegated to a
shortened feature and no heat. Chad Lane started from pole
position but never led a lap. That honor went to Nick
Robinson, who took the early lead and built up a big
advantage over Frank Chapman. As the laps clicked off,
however, it was clear that Chapman was reeling in the
leader. With two laps to go Robinson’s lead was down to
three car lengths. He was able to build it up to six car
lengths when he took the checkered flag for his third win
this year. Chapman, opening night winner, finished second
with Lane in third. “I can’t thank my father enough, we work
hard on the car and it’s great to have it running so
strong,” he said.
The track’s 4 Cylinder division finished up their work from June 10th and
opened the show with their held over 20-lap feature. Triston
Kline and Jordan Mathews started from row one. While Kline
led off turn two it was Mathews who led the opening lap.
Monica Green, the defending track champion, was never far
behind and by the fifth lap had taken the lead from Mathews.
At the halfway point Green had a comfortable lead, which
grew as the final 10 laps clicked off. On the 15th lap she
had caught and passed the fifth place car. Green took the
checkered flag for her third win this year. She was joined
in victory lane by Mathews, who was the highest finishing
rear wheel drive car. JP Harbst passed Kline for third,
while Zack Jaynes rounded out the top five.
Handicapping put heat winners Triston Kline and Jordan Mathews on the
front row once again for the 20-lap, double points race. As
he had done in the first race Mathews took the lead. Greg
Moldt, making his first event this year, worked the traffic
and was up to second by lap five. He tried several times to
pass Mathews but he held him off on each attempt. The only
caution was a heart breaker for Mathews. He had done
everything right and was seven laps away from victory when
his car stopped running and brought out the caution flag.
That gave the lead to Moldt. His teammate, Monica Green,
restarted next to him and she took the lead on lap 14. From
there she demonstrated typical Green racing, pulled away,
and scored her second win of the night and fourth this year.
Moldt was second, followed by rear wheel driver winner JP
Harbst, Kline and Zach Jaynes.
Regulars at the track this year knew it was coming. It was just a matter
of time yet no one handed Pat Judson a broom following his
sweep of the INEX Legends action. Winner of his heat race,
he started the 20-lap feature outside row one with Max Evans
on pole. Judson led the way over Kevin Youngs, who took over
second with Alexandria Smith third. The only caution came
when Jamie Mullen did a 360 off turn four and stopped.
Brandon DeBrakeleer, always tough at Chemung when he rolls
into town, and Alex Bowen, making his ’16 debut, were strong
and running in the top three as the laps wound down. Judson
did a yeoman’s job of defending his lead and he took the
checkered flag for his career-first win in the division.
DeBrakeleer made a late-race pass to finish second. With
Bowen’s disqualification in post-race tech, Smith, Chuck
Lohmeyer and Kyle Youngs made up the top five. While
interviewing Judson, Race Director Ray Hodge noted that
Judson’s grandfather raced at Chemung back in the day.
One of the best races of the night was the battle for the race lead and
win in the 10-lap Bandolero feature. Teddy Bowen, last
year’s champion, and Garrett Zacharias, on track to be this
year’s champion, put on an edge-of-your-seat clean challenge
in the second half of the race. Bowen took the early lead
while Zacharias started closing the gap between them. When
Joey Bernatavitz spun the pair restarted in the front row.
Zacharias took the lead. Another restart with four laps to
go set up a torrid battle for the lead as the dynamite duo
pulled away from the rest of the field. Zacharias held on
for the win and remains undefeated this year. Bowen was
second, followed by Shea Bailey, Seth Zacharias and
Bernatavitz. Shea Bailey tasted victory lane and left with a
trophy as the highest among the Outlaws.
This Friday it’s a regular show of NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks
and 4 Cylinders, along with INEX Legends and Bandoleros all
running for double points. Pits open at 4 PM, grandstand
gates open at 5:30 and practice begins at 6. First race
starts at 7 PM. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors
65+, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Fans
who bring their adult or senior grandstand ticket stub from
June 17th will receive $3 off their admission price this
· Jimmy Zacharias, Nick Robinson and Monica Green took home the Winner
Winner Chicken Dinner bonus for free wings at Buffalo Wild
Wings in Horseheads, NY.
· Female drivers have won all 5 of the 4 Cylinder features contested so
far this year.
· Garrett Zacharias is now 6 for 6 in Bandolero competition.
· The initial cost is higher, but Jeff Robinson (Nick’s father) said they
ran their 5th SS race on the same set of tires as compared
to 3 races last year. “In the long run it’s worth it,” he
· A caravan of sorts headed south after the races. Jimmy Zacharias left
immediately for Saturday’s race at Bowman Gray Stadium with
TJ as his potter. The Bandoleros of Garrett and Seth
Zacharias, along with Bryce and Shea Bailey, headed for
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Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps): JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Tony
Hanbury, TJ Zacharias, Zack Curren, TJ Potrzebowski, Charlie Sharpsteen,
Nick Morich, Zack Knowlden, Jesse Kent, Gene Sharpsteen, Joe
Lane, Kenny Hammond, Tommy Rought, Chris Clemens, Randy
Brokaw, Connor Sellars
Heats: G. Sharpsteen, Curren
Super Stocks (15 Laps): NICK
ROBINSON, Frank Chapman, Chad Lane
4 Cylinders (20 Laps – June
10th race) MONICA GREEN, Jordan Mathews, JP Harbst, Triston
Kline, Zack Jaynes, Ricky Lane, James Peck, Ben Perry (DNS)
4 Cylinders (20 Laps) MONICA
GREEN, Greg Moldt, JP Harbst, Triston Kline, Zack Jaynes,
Ricky Lane, James Peck, Jared Sullivan, Jordan Mathews,
Sarah Cooch, Randy Mathews (DNS)
Heats: Kline, J. Mathews
INEX Legends (20 Laps): PAT
JUDSON, Brandon DeBrakeleer, Alexandria Smith, Chuck
Lohmeyer, Kyle Youngs, Matt Evans, Kevin Youngs, David
French, Anthony Riforgiato, Daniel Carter, Timothy Bowen,
Jimmer Ulrich, Jamie Mullen, Alex Bowen (DQ – finished 3rd)
Keith Youngs (DNS), Dylan Hoffman (DNS)
Heats: Matt Evans, Judson
Bandoleros (10 Laps): GARRETT
ZACHARIAS, Teddy Bowen, Shea Bailey, Seth Zacharias, Joey
Bernatavitz, Joshua Duke, DJ Shaw, Bryce Bailey, Connor
McCarthy, Dominick Wood, Griffin Montfort (DNS)
Heats: G. Zacharias, Bowen