August 19, 2017
Thunderstorms Wash Out Chemung; Championships on the Line
This Saturday Night
by Carol Houssock
A forecast of thunderstorms in
the afternoon and evening was enough to pull the plug on
Chemung Speedrome’s scheduled program Saturday night. While
the skies remained partly cloudy for most of the day the sky
opened up and it poured at what would have been race time.
With so few races remaining on the schedule and so many
close point chases, drivers had hoped it would not all boil
down to a double points race. Unfortunately for some
competing in the three NASCAR divisions, that is how 2017
will shake out.
Things are looking pretty good for Jimmy Zacharias, who takes a 76-point
advantage over Connor Sellars into the final. Zacharias is
looking for his 6th Sunoco Modified championship and he also
leads the NY State NASCAR standings. While 76 is more than
the points available in any given week, double points do
leave a small window of opportunity for both Sellars and
Zack Knowlden. Currently second and third in points, the
pair is separated by just 24 points going into the finale.
The chase to finish in the top five is also hotly contested
by Gene Sharpsteen, Jesse Kent, and Paul Johnson, currently
fourth through sixth with just 21 points the difference
Two consecutive feature wins vaulted former Super Stock champ, Tim Gullo,
to the top of the points. Defending champ, Nick Robinson, is
just 17 back, while 34 points separate Frank Chapman, Jim
Lamoreaux and RJ Zacharias in third, fourth and fifth. Jason
Duke, John Lane and Terry Potrzebowski are also within
striking distance of those coveted spots.
Jacob Gustafson takes a healthy lead into the final 4 Cylinder race. His
FWD machine leads overall, while Zack Bennett is second and
right now best of those in RWD cars. They have won most of
the races this year, as the track celebrates in victory lane
with the top finisher in each drive class.
Points for the INEX divisions will be settled at the season finale on
Sunday, September 3rd. Kevin Youngs leads Pat Judson in the
Legends, while defending champ, Garrett Zacharias (Outlaw),
and Evan Rygielski (Bandit) are ranked first and second
overall in the division. While they will have one additional
race week to settle things they will also be gunning for
double points this week.
This Saturday night starting at 6 PM (August 26th) the track presents a
4-division program of NASCAR Sunoco Modified Twin 20's, Super Stocks
and 4 Cylinders, along with INEX Legends paying double
points for all divisions. Champions will be determined in the three
NASCAR divisions. Pits open at 4 PM, grandstand gates open
and practice gets underway at 5. Admission is $13 for
adults, $11 for seniors 65+, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for
kids 5 and under.
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