September 22, 2016
Chemung Speedrome Returning as Saturday Night Hot Spot
by Carol Houssock
Beginning in the 2017 season, Chemung Speedrome will return
to Saturday night racing. For the past several years Chemung
operated on Friday nights, in direct competition with its
sister track, Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY. Chemung
also plans some Sunday shows in 2017 but this early notice
of the switch back to Saturday is being sent out to benefit
the race teams, fans, and employees alike.
“It's never an easy decision to uproot staff and competitors and move a
venue to a new day, but several race teams have been asking
us to do this for a while,” said track owner John White. As
the owner of both Chemung and Spencer, White has heard from
competitors wishing to run for points at both tracks. Both
facilities are NASCAR home tracks, offering competitors the
opportunity to run for New York State and national points.
Some of the Chemung regulars have gone to Spencer and vice
versa, especially when one track competed on Sunday
“After considering many options, we feel that for the future of the track
and asphalt racing in this area, Saturday night racing under
the lights will grow into something special and make Chemung
the premier short track it has the potential to be,” White
White is currently in discussion with INEX for a sanction to add the
Legends, as possibly the Bandoleros, to the program at
Spencer Speedway. “We’ve had good luck with them at Chemung
and are hopeful to run them at Spencer as well,” White
stated. Driver safety for the Bandoleros has been a concern
at Chemung, and that will be regulated beginning in 2017.
“We’re adding a mandatory restrictor plate and gear rule for
the Bandoleros at Chemung next year,” he added.
Change is never easy, and Chemung’s management team thanks everyone for
their support of the Speedrome on Friday nights. “We
appreciate everyone’s support and we now hope that this
early notice will allow teams and fans to make the switch to
Saturday nights an easy one.” Early reaction to the change
has been positive.