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 divisions.

  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 Friday.

  Of note:
  · 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 said.
  · 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 Charlotte.
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Results:

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

 

                               

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