July 9th, 2016
Jimmy Zacharias Parks ‘Old Faithful’ in Chemung’s Victory Lane
by Carol Houssock

  Chemung Speedrome management gambled that the weather would cooperate Friday night and it did. Though it was hot and humid, no precipitation fell. Fans were treated to some great racing in all five divisions, all of which resulted in feature wins for Jimmy Zacharias (Sunoco Modifieds), Frank Chapman (Super Stocks), Maddy Virts and Zack Knowlden (4 Cylinder FWD/RWD), Pat Judson (INEX Legends) and Garrett Zacharias and Bryce Bailey (Bandoleros Outlaw/Bandit).

  The 40-lap headline Sunoco Modified feature actually featured something many had never seen before. When it was over the track’s defending champion, Jimmy Zacharias, had scored his third consecutive win this year. The feature took two tries to get going as Zack Curren spun on the front stretch and forced a second attempt. That one worked and pole-sitter Kenny Hammond led the way. Connor Sellars got around Zack Knowlden and then Hammond, and the lead was his on lap five. Just after taking the lead fans witnessed Knowlden’s #4 go completely up and over Hammond’s #30 in turn four, a race-ending event for Hammond. Sellars had Zacharias beside him for the restart and Sellars chose the inside lane. Despite that choice Jimmy Z took over on lap five and he never looked back. Two more caution periods slowed the race but not the leader. He remained six car lengths ahead of Sellars, Jesse Kent and TJ Zacharias. Nick Morich and Curren waged a great battle for fifth. When it was over Zacharias had his second win, this time over Sellars, Kent, TJ Zacharias and Nick Morich. For the first time this year Zacharias was pleased with his car’s performance. “Old faithful is back where she needs to be, we’re good now,” Zacharias said from victory lane. Knowlden and Potrzebowski won their respective heats.

  Coming in to the 25-lap Super Stock feature Frank Chapman and Nick Robinson had won every feature and all but three heat races, and it’s still that way. Robinson took the heat win Friday night while Chapman earned his third feature win. Robinson led from his pole position start with Chapman right behind him. Randy Davenport, making his 2016 debut, was third. The first caution came when Robinson spun by himself in turn two, handing the lead to Chapman. On the restart Robinson went three-wide. Although there was no contact, others ran out of race track. Derrick Tarbox, Chad Lane and Jim House stacked up, stopped, and put the race under its second caution period. Robinson passed Davenport when the race resumed but he could get no closer to Chapman, who went on to score the win. Robinson was second, followed by Davenport, Lane and House. “I’m just getting the dirt out,” Chapman said from Chemung’s paved victory lane. For 39 years he left asphalt racing for various dirt venues and has found a satisfying home at Chemung.

  The gals have this place figured out. Female drivers have won every 4 Cylinder feature this year. With Spencer Speedway’s rainout three invaders rolled into town, and one rolled out with trophy in hand. Maddy Virts, who won the season opener, got the win and made her two-for-two in Chemung events. The 20-lap race was slowed by four caution periods, but the battle throughout was between Virts and Monica Green. Green has won every other feature this year, leads the points, and is right where she needs to be to defend her 2015 title. Green held off Virts on all of the restarts, leaving behind a good battle between Greg Moldt and Jason Gustafson. With five laps to go the lead duo was catching the back of the pack. As Green and Virts came off turn four on the last lap there it was, a lap car. Virts went low, Green went high, and Virts won by the closest of margins. Green finished second, ahead of Gustafson, Zack Bennett and Jordan Mathews. Bennett was the highest finishing RWD car. Virts and Triston Kline won the two heat races.

  The 20-lap INEX Legends feature was a dandy that could have gone any number of ways. Chuck Lohmeyer had the pole and led early, with Matt Evans, David French and Pat Judson in tow. The only caution, with eight laps complete, came when Timothy Bowen spun in turns three and four. When the race resumed Evans took over the lead, leaving Judson in a tight battle with Keith Youngs. Behind them Alexandria Smith and French were also engaged in a great battle. As the laps went on Judson broke free from Youngs, but Lohmeyer was right there making it a three-way tussle for the lead. Both Judson and Lohmeyer passed Evans, putting any one of the three in position for the win. Judson went for it coming off turn four on the final lap and nipped Lohmeyer by inches at the stripe. Evans, Smith and French rounded out the top five. Qualifying events were won by Lohmeyer, Judson and Alex Bowen.

  A spin and a win sums up Friday night for Garrett Zacharias in the Bandolero division. His spin on the second lap of the 10-lap feature put him to the rear and Bryce Bailey to the top spot. The restart, with two laps complete, resulted in a messy traffic jam in turn two. Teddy Bowen, DJ Shaw, Dominick Wood and Nathan Musso all were involved. When racing resumed Zacharias reclaimed the lead on the fourth lap. He held it, and it was another one-two finish for ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Zacharias scored his seventh overall win, while Bailey took the hardware as the Bandit winner. Shea Bailey, Bowen and Joey Bernatavitz rounded out the top five. “It was wild out there tonight,” Zacharias told the crowd.

  This Friday, July 15th it’s a regular show of NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders, along with INEX Legends and Bandoleros. 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 July 8th will receive $3 off their admission price on July 15th.

  Of note:
  · Jimmy Zacharias, Frank Chapman and Maddy Virts took home the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner bonus for free wings at Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads, NY.
  · An honest race fan turned in a woman’s wallet. Everything – money, credit cards, and driver’s license – was intact.
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  Results:

  Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps):
JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Connor Sellars, Jesse Kent, TJ Zacharias, Nick Morich, Zack Curren, Charlie Sharpsteen, Gene Sharpsteen, Chris Clemens, Paul Johnson, Joe Lane, TJ Potrzebowski, Cody Jackson, Zack Knowlden, Kenny Hammond
Heats: Knowlden, Potrzebowski

  Super Stocks (25 Laps): FRANK CHAPMAN, Nick Robinson, Randy Davenport, Chad Lane, Jim House, Derrick Tarbox
Heat: Robinson

  4 Cylinders (20 Laps) MADDY VIRTS, Monica Green, Jacob Gustafson, Zack Bennett (RWD winner), Jordan Mathews, Triston Kline, Greg Moldt, JP Harbst, Sarah Gooch, Kyle Lingerfelt, Ben Perry, Ricky Lane, Zack Jaynes, Jason Peck, James Peck (DNS)
Heats: Virts, Kline

  INEX Legends (20 Laps): PAT JUDSON, Chuck Lohmeyer, Matt Evans, Alexandria Smith, David French, Brandon DeBrakeleer, Kevin Youngs, Jimmy Zacharias, Keith Youngs, Gary Ham, Timothy Bowen, Max Evans, Mike Bollen, Kevin Wilkins, Patti Pruitt, Charlie Lohmeyer, Daniel Carter, Alex Bowen (DNS)
Heats: Chuck Lohmeyer, Judson, A. Bowen

  Bandoleros (10 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Bryce Bailey (Bandit winner), Shea Bailey, Teddy Bowen, Joey Bernatavitz, Seth Zacharias, Griffin Montfort, Nathan Musso, DJ Shaw, Dominick Wood
Heats: B. Bailey, Bowen

 

                               

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