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Zack Curren Backin Chemung’s Sunoco Modified Victory Lane by Carol Houssock (2021-07-31)

(July 31st 2021 Chemung, NY)  Race fans at Chemung Speedrome witnessed some great racing on Friday night with a 5-division program sponsored by ServiceMaster of the Tri Counties. This new sponsor also took on sponsorship of the 4-race Super Stock Challenge, with event #3 held on Friday. The Midstate Basement Authorities-sponsored victory lane was visited by winners Zack Curren (Sunoco Modifieds), Cameron Nichols (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Monica Robinson (4 Cylinders), Josh Parker (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros). All of Chemung’s regular divisions will be idle this week as the Race of Champions takes over the track for their own 3-division program of Modifieds, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders on Saturday evening.

His fans knew it was just a matter of time when they’d celebrate another Zack Curren feature win in the Sunoco Modified division. To do so he had to put an end to the win streak that Tony Hanbury had going. To do so on Friday he had to keep Hanbury behind him. “Everybody raced clean,” he said after exiting his car. It was a Zack sweep, as he had won the heat earlier in the evening. In the 30-lap feature, he chased early lead Charlie Sharpsteen for the first five laps but got ahead of him on lap six. He pulled away and left Sharpsteen to deal with both Hanbury and TJ Potrzebowski, both of whom passed him over the next four laps. The only caution came out a lap short of halfway for a solo spin by Lee Sharpsteen. Curren had Hanbury alongside for the restart, but he was able to keep his lead and, by lap 20, had a bit of breathing room. Curren held on and picked up his first win this year over Hanbury, Potrzebowski, Keith Youngs and C. Sharpsteen.  “We can run side by side as long as everyone races clean, and we did,” Curren added.

Many knew it was just a matter of time when Cameron Nichols, Mike’s son, would win. He earned it, passing veteran racer Lee Sharpsteen for his career-first win. The 25-lap race represented event #3 in the ServiceMaster of the Tri Counties Super Stock Challenge. Cameron first showed his muscle when he won his heat, then started fifth in the 25-lap feature. Lee Sharpsteen started from pole position and quickly put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. That distance was wiped out when the only caution flag came out. That brought Nichols, who had worked his way up to second, to the outside of Sharpsteen for the restart. Sharpsteen led the next lap, but Nichols made his race-winning pass on lap 16 and he, then, put distance between himself and a three-way battle for third. Sharpsteen had heat winner Nick Robinson and Tim Gullo right behind him. As the crowd reacted to Cameron’s win, they also watched the trio finish in that same order, with Mike Nichols rounding out the top five. “This feels great. We work long and hard and I can’t even explain it. I’m speechless,” Cameron told the crowd.

Fans have seen Monica Robinson win many 4 Cylinder races and a pair of track championships. What they saw Friday night was one of her toughest wins ever as she had to hold off two of her teammates. “I tried to make sure I held my line. There’s a lot of respect out there,” she said after winning for the third time this season. Greg Moldt and Tom Shaffer won their heats to help set the field for the 20-lap race. Joey Bevacqua started second but led early over Robinson and Moldt. Robinson fought hard and took the lead on lap eight. A lap later Moldt took over second and the intense race was on. With no caution to reset the field, it was up to Robinson to do exactly what she said and hold her line. She got the win over Moldt, Bevacqua, Zack Jaynes and Shaffer.

The Marion Decker Hobby Stocks hit the track for their 20-lap feature. Earlier in the evening Dave Decker won the heat, started the feature from pole position, and looked as though it might be his night to celebrate. Josh Parker, the winningest driver in the division brought out the only caution when he tapped the wall and flattened a tire. When racing resumed Decker’s car drifted high coming off turn. It was there that Parker made his race-winning move with two to go. “I got through after that flat. Everyone helps here,” he said. Decker was second with Randy Mathews third.

Derrick Vogler returned to victory lane in the INEX Bandolero division after a rough start in their 10-lap feature. A lap into the race he, Kalysta DeMark and Cullen Sharpsteen got together and brought out the first of two cautions. Vogler worked his way back to the front, passed Chase Sinsabaugh for the lead, and left him in a battle for second with DeMark. When it was over, Outlaw racers Vogler had the win, followed by Sinsabaugh (Bandit winner), DeMark, Devin Gullo and Joey Allowatt.

This week Chemung runs on Saturday evening for the annual Night Before the Glen event. The big race card includes the Race of Champions Rod Spalding Classic, a 75-lapper run in Rod’s memory. This year’s race will feature Ryan Preece, who will make the short haul from Watkins Glen International to run in one of Eddie and Connie Partridge’s cars. Also on tap are a 51-lap Ed McGuire memorial for the ROC Super Stocks and a 25-lapper for the ROC 4 Cylinder Dash Series. Gates open at 4, practice gets underway at 5:15 and opening ceremonies begin at 6 PM. Admission is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and Military, $10 for kids ages 5-11 and free for kids ages 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
A fan from Spencer, NY held the winning 50/50 ticket and took home $537.
Wayne Wilcox, announcer at Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California, knocked Chemung Speedrome off his bucket list with a visit Friday night. A native of the Smithfield, PA area, he had also never called a race on a paved track. He can no longer say that, as he announced the INEX Bandolero feature. Catch his podcast, Wylie’s Race Report, on YouTube.

ServiceMaster of the Tri Counties Night Results:
Sunoco Modifieds  (30 Laps)  ZACK CURREN, Tony Hanbury, TJ Potrzebowski, Keith Youngs, Charlie Sharpsteen, Lee Sharpsteen, Scott Reagan
Heat: Curren
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (ServiceMaster of the Tri Counties SS Challenge Race #3, 25 Laps)  CAMERON NICHOLS, Lee Sharpsteen, Nick Robinson, Tim Gullo, Mike Nichols, Garrett Zacharias, DJ Shaw, Brian DeMark, JP Harbst, Jason Duke, Jr., Dennis Beardslee, Aaron Cornell, Chad Lane, Jason Duke, Sr.
Heats: Robinson, C. Nichols
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  MONICA ROBINSON, Greg Moldt, Joey Bevacqua, Zack Jaynes, Tom Shaffer, Matt Jenkins, Dustin Pruyne, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane
Heats: Moldt, Shaffer
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):  JOSH PARKER, Dave Decker, Randy Mathews, Luke Nickles, Rick Sinsabaugh, Tyler Harbst, Chuck Nichols
Heat: Decker
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER, Chase Sinsabaugh, Kalysta DeMark, Devin Gullo, Joey Allowatt, Reese Faulisi, Michael Bast, Cullen Sharpsteen
Heats: Vogler, Sinsabaugh

HanburyCelebrates Win #5 in Chemung Sunoco Mods; Jason Duke, Sr. Takes NYSS (2021-07-24)

(July 24th 2021 Chemung, NY)
This story is a compilation of information provided by several individuals in my absence Friday night. Carol Houssock

Tony Hanbury has won in two different cars this year and on Friday night he picked up his fifth win in the headline Sunoco Modified division at Chemung Speedrome. The track welcomed back the New York Super Stock Series for their second appearance this year. They roll into town with their own team of officials and completely run their show. When their 50-lap race was over it was Jason Duke, Sr., who celebrated the win. Others who likewise celebrated on Chemung Soft Water night included Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Chuck Nichols (Marion Decker Hobby Stocks), and Kalysta DeMark (INEX Bandoleros).

Tony Hanbury took the lead on lap 12 of the 40-lap Sunoco Modified feature and never looked back. Early on Keith Youngs and Lee Sharpsteen brought out the caution five laps into the race while Zack Curren and Charlie Sharpsteen fought for the lead. That was the good news for heat winner Curren, who limped into the infield after completing just a handful of laps. His departure gave Hanbury an opportunity and he took full advantage of it while holding off TJ Potrzebowski. At the finish it was Hanbury, Potrzebowski, C. Sharpsteen, Lee Sharpsteen and Jesse Kent.  

Chemung regular Jason Duke, Sr. may have put everyone on notice when he was fast during hot laps. The 31-car field ran in four heats, won by Nick Robinson, Garrett Zacharias, Dylan Bancroft and Jimmy Steffenhagen. Paul Godby won the consi, which set the field for the 50-lap race. Early caution flags came out for troubles by Charlie Sharpsteen, Dennis Beardslee, Cole Hicks and Chad Lane. Past the halfway point Robinson and Lee Sharpsteen were battling for the lead. On lap 37 Steffenhagen, who likes running at Chemung brought out the caution with a car fire. Several caution periods toward the end of the race changed the outcome dramatically. NYSS officials made a call to put second place runner Zacharias to the rear for contact after the caution had come out. Just two laps remained, and it was another Chemung regular who took the lead, Jason Duke, Sr. He then held off Jacob Gustafson and hard charger Mike Hyman for the big hometown win.

The track’s 4 Cylinder division put on another clean race with just one caution. Greg Moldt, who earlier in the evening won his heat race, made an early pass to claim the top spot, a position he would not surrender. This one also featured some good three-wide racing action early on. At the finish it was Moldt winning his fifth feature in a row, this time over Zack Jaynes, Monica Robinson, Joey Bevacqua and heat winner Tom Shaffer.

In the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division Chuck Nichols produced a sweep of the action, as has been fairly common in the division this year. Their 20-lap feature went caution-free. Nichols had the lead by lap three and never surrendered. Nichols made his return after an absence due to injuries his car sustained the last time he was at the track. Dave Decker was the runner-up, followed to the line by Josh Parker, Luke Nickles and Randy Mathews.

Kalysta DeMark is a determined young lady running in the INEX Bandolero division. She set up her car, won her heat race, then won their 10-lap feature. She had to hold off repeated challenges from heat winner Justin Teresak, but she got the job done in a big way. Driving as an Outlaw, she finished ahead of Teresak, Michael Sinagra, Derrick Vogler and Bandit winner Chase Sinsabaugh.
 
This Friday is Town of Chemung Residents Night and the rescheduled Fan Appreciation Night. During intermission fans from the grandstand will go trackside to meet and greet the drivers. Residents of the Town of Chemung who show proof of residence will be admitted for $5. For everyone else admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids ages 5 and under. Friday night’s race car includes the Sunoco Modifieds, Insinger Performance Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks and the INEX Bandoleros. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The $700 50/50 was claimed, but the track donated the other $700 to the Sam’s Bar & Grill Ride for Rick.
Chemung had its largest crowd on hand so far this season.

Chemung Soft Water Night Results:
Sunoco Modifieds  TONY HANBURY, TJ Potrzebowski, Charlie Sharpsteen, Lee Sharpsteen, Jesse Kent, Teddy Bowen, Zack Curren, Keith Youngs (DQ – ride height violation)
Heat: Curren
New York Super Stocks   JASON DUKE, SR., Jacob Gustafson, Mike Hyman, Amber VanOrden, Brian Hallett, Frank Chapman, Paul Godby, Dylan Bancroft, Cameron Nichols, Nate Peckham, Nick Robinson, Garrett Zacharias, Jason Duke, Jr., Cole Hicks, Tim Faro, Lee Sharpsteen, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Jim House, Jimmy Steffenhagen, Mark Taylor, DJ Shaw, Joel Gleason, Chad Lane, Anthony Gullo, Dennis Beardslee, Charlie Sharpsteen
Heats: Robinson, Zacharias, Bancroft, Steffenhagen
Consi: Godby
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  GREG MOLDT, Zack Jaynes, Monica Robinson, Joey Bevacqua, Tom Shaffer, Dustin Pruyne, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane
Heats: Shaffer, Moldt
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):  CHUCK NICHOLS, Dave Decker, Josh Parker, Luke Nickels, Randy Mathews, JOSH PARKER, Randy Mathews, Cliff Miller, Tyler Harbst (DNS), Mike Bailey (DNS)
Heat: Nichols
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  KALYSTA DEMARK, Justin Teresak, Michael Sinagra, Derrick Vogler, Chase Sinsabaugh, Cullen Sharpsteen, Michael Bast, Joey Allowatt (DNS)
Heats: DeMark, Tereak

Photo by Mark Ranalletta: (L to R: Jacob Gustafson, 2nd, Jason Duke, Sr., winner, and Mike Hyman, 3rd)

Chemung Fallsto Wet Grounds and Rain by Carol Houssock (2021-07-17)

(July 17th 2021 Chemung, NY) Ray Hodge, Promoter at Chemung Speedrome has gambled quite a bit this season and held ‘em on many race nights, but he also knows when to fold ‘em. By late Friday morning he had made what turned out to be the right call. "Due to already saturated grounds and a forecast for the chance of heavy rain this afternoon, we feel it's best to cancel the show for tonight. We have fought the rain the last few weeks and won so odds are mother nature has to win one and tonight she does.” Ms. Nature took the five-division program, along with Fan Appreciation Night, which will be rescheduled.
 
This Friday Chemung Soft Water comes on board to sponsor the night. Chemung welcomes back the New York Super Stock series for their second appearance. The race will be 51 laps in memory of the late Ed McGuire. Garrett Zacharias won their 50-lapper last month, then went on to finish second at their next race in Oswego. Joining the NYSS on the race card are the Sunoco Modifieds, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks and the INEX Bandoleros. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Luck Was a Lady for Tony Hanbury, Gets Win #4 in Chemung's Sunoco Modifieds by Carol Houssock (2021-07-11)

(July 11th 2021 Chemung, NY)  Track management tossed a coin, it landed on heads to go for it, and the program went on with just a minor interruption for a light shower midway through the evening. Firehouse Subs was on board to sponsor the evening and they brought with them their food truck as well as three pace vehicles. Winners on this special night included Tony Hanbury (Sunoco Modifieds), Tim Gullo (Chemung Speedrome SS Challenge), Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Josh Parker (Marion Decker Hobby Stocks), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros). All five divisions will be in action this weekend on Fan Appreciation Night, sponsored by Just in Time Roofing & Gutters.
 
Friday night the familiar phrase ‘sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good’ played out in the Sunoco Modified 40-lap feature. The event was the third in the four-race Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge Series. Tony Hanbury piloted the Noe #1, which got off to a slow start and didn’t appear to be factor for the win. His talent behind the wheel, along with some good racing luck, enabled him to park the car in victory lane for his fourth win of the season.

Teddy Bowen led the initial laps of the feature, followed closely by TJ Potrzebowski. Once he got around and took the lead, Potrzebowski left Bowen to battle it out with Jesse Kent and then Zack Curren for second. Hanbury slowed to a stop 16 laps in. During the caution period his crew performed service and he restarted at the rear. Potrzebowski prevailed over Curren on the restart, with Bowen and Bryan Sherwood behind them.

Over the next ten laps the caution flew on several occasions, most notably when heat winners Curren and Potrzebowski got together, gave up first and second, and handed the race lead back to Bowen. He held onto the lead for another dozen laps. When newcomer Cameron Ruggiero spun in turn four it gave Hanbury the opportunity he needed to take the lead on lap 33, and he took advantage of that chance. Hanbury held on over the final seven laps for the win, his fourth this season, over Bowen, Gunnar Zeiner, Potrzebowski and Ruggiero. “The motor went in my car, and I hope to have it back before the end of the season,” Hanbury stated. “I have to thank Gary for letting me use this car and I’m glad I was in a position to get this win. I also want to thank Jody Buckley for doing this series and putting up the extra money for us.”

The track addressed some unfinished business. Two weeks ago, the 42-lap Ed Bidlack Memorial event was halted 10 laps short of the scheduled distance due to a serious wreck involving Frank Chapman and the track’s curfew. Prior to that it appeared that this one find either Tim Gullo or Nick Robinson celebrating a victory. Cars running at lap 32 were allowed to finish the race first thing on Friday night. This one turned into an amazing battle between a veteran racer and an up-and-coming young gun. Cameron Nichols, the young gun, led with Tim Gullo, the veteran, virtually locked to his rear bumper. A late caution set up a four-lap run to the checkered flag. Gullo took over but his high exits off turn four set up his last-lap maneuver. Gullo stayed low but Nichols went higher than he had the previous laps. Had he run the same line the outcome may have been different. Gullo went on for the win over Nichols, Lee Sharpsteen, Robinson and Evan Rygielski. “This feels pretty good. People have been racing hard and running that way my whole life,” Gullo said from victory lane. This race was the second in the four-race Chemung Speedrome SS Challenge Series.

Garrett Zacharias, Cameron Nichols and Nick Robinson won the three heats for the regularly scheduled 25-lap Insinger Super Stock feature. While Nichols led the way off turn two on the opening lap, it was Nick Robinson who led lap one. Frank Chapman, running fifth at the time, experienced his second consecutive week of terrible luck. As he came off turn four his motor let go and his night was over. Robinson, meanwhile, remained atop the leader board until the lead started to swap between him and Nichols. Robinson led lap 15, Nichols led lap 16, and Robinson led lap 17. While working lap 18, both top cars spun and handed the lead over to 3rd place runner Garrett Zacharias. He held off Lee Sharpsteen on a trio of restarts over the final laps. Zacharias sailed to his fifth win in nine Chemung starts. This time it was Lee Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo, DJ Shaw and Robinson who made up the top five.
Greg Moldt is on a tear. The 4 Cylinder ace picked up his fifth win this season, and fourth in a row, in another caution-free 20-lap feature. Earlier in the evening Moldt had won the division’s heat race. Moldt took the lead from the get-go with a tap to Monica Robinson. She also put a lot of distance between herself and a battle for third. Tom Shaffer had the spot. Zack Jaynes wanted it and took over third on lap 13. Moldt was on cruise control and was the first to cross the finish line. Robinson finished second, ahead of Jaynes, Shaffer and Joey Bevacqua.

The first half of the Marion Decker Hobby Stock feature belonged to Dave Decker. The second half belonged to eventual winner Josh Parker. Once in front he checked out. Decker, meanwhile, went high in turn four and it cost him two positions. Heat winner Tyler Harbst and Randy Mathews went on by. In the closing laps, Harbst took second from Mathews, but he ran out of time to advance any further than second.  That was win #6 for Parker and third in a row.

Derrick Vogler earned his 7th win Friday night. The Outlaw driver was joined in victory lane by Michael Bast, who claimed his second win as the top Bandit. Chase Sinsabaugh led the opening lap before Vogler took over and never looked back. Kalysta DeMark ran second for most of the 10-lap race until a caution with two to go changed things drastically for her. Bast got around and finished second overall, with Sinsabaugh, Cullen Sharpsteen and Joey Allowatt rounding out the top five. Vogler and Bast won their heats.

This Friday is Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Just in Time Roofing & Gutters. During intermission, the race cars will be on the front stretch awaiting fans from the grandstand for their annual meet and greet. The racing card includes the Sunoco Modifieds, Insinger Performance Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks and the INEX Bandoleros. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
In addition to boosting the purse in the Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge, Jody Buckley put up $200 for the team that traveled the furthest. That bonus went to Gunnar Zeiner, from Bath, PA.
The 50/50 was unclaimed Friday night. The track posted the winning number on its Facebook page, and it was almost immediately claimed by a woman from Montrose, PA. She provided a photo of her half of the ticket and will pick up her $350 in winnings this Friday.

Firehouse Subs Results:
Sunoco Modifieds (Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge, Race #3, 40 Laps):  TONY HANBURY, Teddy Bowen, Gunnar Zeiner, TJ Potrzebowski, Cameron Ruggiero, Bill Chandler, Jr., Zack Curren, Jesse Kent, Brian Sherwood, Charlie Sharpsteen (DQ – ride height violation)
Heats: Curren, Potrzebowski
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (Chemung Speedrome SS Challenge, Race #2, 42-Lap Ed Bidlack Memorial): TIM GULLO, Cameron Nichols, Lee Sharpsteen, Nick Robinson, Evan Rygielski, Frank Chapman, JP Harbst, Jason Duke, Jr., Derrick Tarbox, DJ Shaw, Aaron Cornell, Mark Taylor, Russ Bulger, Sr., Mike Nichols, Gary Noe, Garrett Zacharias, Jason Duke, Sr., Brian DeMark, Cody Frantz (DNS)
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps):  GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Lee Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo, DJ Shaw, Nick Robinson, Evan Rygielski, Jason Duke, Jr., Aaron Cornell, JP Harbst, Cameron Nichols, Mark Taylor, Nick Bevacqua, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Dennis Beardslee, Derrick Tarbox, Cody Frantz, Jason Duke, Sr., Frank Chapman
Heats: Zacharias, Nichols, Robinson
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  GREG MOLDT, Monica Robinson, Zack Jaynes, Tom Shaffer, Joey Bevacqua, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane, Dustin Pruyne (DNS)
Heat: Moldt
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):  JOSH PARKER, Randy Mathews, Tyler Harbst, Dave Decker, Luke Nickels, Mike Bailey (DNS)
Heats:  Harbst
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER, Michael Bast, Chase Sinsabaugh, Cullen Sharpsteen, Joey Allowatt, Kalysta DeMark, Reese Faulisi
Heats: Bast, Vogler

TJ Potrzebowski Holds Off Zack Curren For 2nd Chemung Sunoco Modified Win by Carol Houssock (2021-06-27)

(June 27th 2021 Chemung, NY)  It was one of those nights when things were going along pretty smoothly and then everyone spotted the strawberry moon rising in the eastern sky. It was at that point that everything changed and what had been a great night of racing turned in the other direction. Drivers who had a great night included feature winners TJ Potrzebowski (Sunoco Modifieds), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Josh Parker (Marion Decker Hobby Stocks), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros). The 42-lap Ed Bidlack Memorial, race #2 in the Valley Auto & Collision Super Stock Challenge, came 10 laps short of completion and will be finished when racing resumes at Chemung on Friday, July 9th.
 
“There wasn’t much on the outside, but it stuck when I needed it,” said TJ Potrzebowski following his second win this season in the Sunoco Modified division. It was a sweep for the “Piranha” who, along with Zack Curren, won the heat races.

The 40-lap feature got underway with pole-sitter Teddy Bowen out in front for two laps. Curren passed him and started to pull away from the field. Tony Hanbury and Jimmy Zacharias were in chase mode, trying to reel him in. They had a chance on a lap 29 restart. Curren held on to his lead while Potrzebowski moved to third. With 10 to go it appeared the Curren could win the race. What he didn’t need, but got, was the second caution with seven laps remaining. Curren and Potrzebowski lined up side-by-side on the front row, and it was Potrzebowski who used the outside to power around and lead lap 34. From then on, he was on a mission that he accomplished when lap 40 clicked off. Curren had to settle for second in this one. Pat Judson was flawless and had his best finish, third, this year. Zacharias and Bowen rounded out the top five.

The Insinger Performance Super Stocks set out to run race #2 in the Valley Auto & Collision SS Challenge. The race was nearing completion, but several incidents occurred that kept the red flag out for an extended period. Promoter Ray Hodge issued a statement Saturday morning. “Due to the turn two accident and being past track curfew, the 42-lap Ed Bidlack Memorial race was stopped on lap 32 of 42. The sponsor of the race, Valley Collision & Auto Body have stepped up to give us this great 4-race series and we want to run these 4 races to completion. The Bidlack family also deserves to see a 42-lap memorial. With that said, the race is not over. The final 10 laps of that race will be run and decided on the track, not by us. The fans deserve it as much as the sponsor and drivers. On Friday night July 9th, the final 10 laps of the race will be run as the first race of the night. Only the cars running at the time we stopped the race will be allowed to run. We will start the race according to the lap 32 restart and run 10 laps to the checkered. We feel strongly that this is the right thing to do to give everyone what they paid for.”

The accident referred to in Hodge’s statement took place in turn two and resulted in an ambulance ride for Frank Chapman. He was hit hard by a lapped car that had not slowed down in time to avoid the cars involved in the tangle. As of Saturday morning, Chapman reports that he is ok but feels today like he went 10 rounds with a professional boxer last night.
 
The track’s 4 Cylinder division provided some pure, down to the last drop, excitement in their 20-lap feature. While run caution-free again, this one was not free of thrilling moments. Joey Bevacqua led early before losing the top spot to Greg Moldt. By lap five the lead had switched over to Bob Palmer, who had Moldt literally glued to his rear bumper. The two pulled away from Zack Jaynes and a battle for fourth between Bevacqua and Monica Robinson. She won that battle and began to reel in Jaynes, who held third. As the leaders circled the track for the final times it was Moldt who led off turn two but Palmer who led coming off four. Moldt gave it all he had on the final lap, gambled a bit in turn four, and beat Palmer to the checkered flag. “Bob Palmer is a great racer and we raced clean, it was a good win for us,” Moldt stated. Jaynes was third, followed by Robinson and Bevacqua.

Josh Parker scored his fifth win in the Marion Decker Hobby Stock division by proving you never give up until it’s over. Early on it was Dave Decker who led, he and swapped the lead once with Parker before reclaiming position number one. With five laps to go it looked as though Dave might win this one and celebrate with his division-sponsoring wife in victory lane. It wasn’t to be as Parker got by him on lap 18 of 20. From there he held on for the win, followed to the line by Tyler Harbst, Randy Mathews, Decker and Cliff Miller. “Dave ran a fantastic race, but I had a chance to pass him late and took it,” Parker stated.

The 10-lap INEX Bandolero feature was slowed by four caution periods, the first of which ended the night for heat winner Devin Gullo. Kalysta DeMark took the lead from Cullen Sharpsteen and held it for just a lap when Derrick Vogler charged to the top of the leaderboard. Once in front he built up a nice lead, only to lose it when caution came out and set up a green/white/checkered finish. DeMark stayed with him but watched Vogler take his seventh win in eight races. She had to settle for second in this one. Chase Sinsabaugh’s third place finish was best among the Bandit age group. Sharpsteen and Reese Faulisi completed the top five.
Racing returns Friday, July 9th on First Responders Night. Anyone showing an ID card or license as a First Responder will be admitted for $5. The program includes race #3 in the Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge (40 laps), along with the Insinger Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks and the INEX Bandoleros. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The 50/50 winner from Elmira, NY left with $466. Get that man a lottery ticket, as he also won the 50/50 three weeks prior.
Coaches Pizza in Waverly, NY provided a $50 bonus to the driver who drew the pole position. Makenzie Hanbury drew #1 for Gary Noe, who handed her the $50 bill.
Ed and Lia Brown Converters provided a $100 bonus to the drivers finishing first and second in their feature. TJ Potrzebowski and Zack Curren pocketed those bonuses.


Results:
Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps):  TJ POTRZEBOWSKI, Zack Curren, Pat Judson, Jimmy Zacharias, Teddy Bowen, Bill Chandler, Jr., Bryan Sherwood, Gunnar Zeiner, Tony Hanbury, Charlie Sharpsteen
Heats: Potrzebowski, Curren
Insinger Performance Super Stocks: Final 10 laps of the 42-lap feature to be completed July 9th
Heats: Lee Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo, Mike Nichols
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  GREG MOLDT, Bob Palmer, Zack Jaynes, Monica Robinson, Joey Bevacqua, Tom Shaffer, Russ Bulger, Jr., Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Dustin Pruyne, Alex Spencek, Ricky Lane
Heats: Moldt, Robinson
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):  JOSH PARKER, Tyler Harbst, Randy Mathews, Dave Decker, Cliff Miller, Mike Bailey, Chuck Nichols, Luke Nickels
Heats:  Parker, Harbst
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER, Kalysta DeMark, Chase Sinsabaugh, Cullen Sharpsteen, Reese Faulisi, Joey Allowatt, Devin Gullo
Heats: Vogler, Gullo

Hanbury Earns Chemung Sunoco Mod Hat Trick While Locals Dominate NYSS Opener by Carol Houssock (2021-06-20)

(June 20th 2021 Chemung, NY)
Chemung Speedrome welcomed Empower Federal Credit Union as the night’s sponsor for the first time. Employees watched a 5-division program won by Tony Hanbury (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Josh Parker (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks) and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros). The New York Super Stocks made their first of two stops this year at Chemung, where home track advantage played out, big-time. It was also a night when all five feature winners had also won their qualifying races earlier in the evening.
 
Tony Hanbury waited almost three years for a Chemung win and now has three in a row in the Sunoco Modified division. “This is the first time I’ve ever won three in a row,” he said from the Midstate Basement Authorities Victory Lane. He and Charlie Sharpsteen won the two heat races that helped set the field for their 40-lap feature. Sharpsteen led early but Hanbury passed him and took over on lap five, leaving Sharpsteen and TJ Potrzebowski in a battle with Teddy Bowen. Once Potrzebowski had second, he and Hanbury broke away from a new battle for third involving Sharpsteen and a hard-charging Zack Curren. At the halfway point Bowen spun and set up a great restart, with Tony and TJ running side-by-side for a few laps. The second, and final, caution came out with 14 laps remaining. Again, Hanbury was up to the challenge, and he held on over those remaining laps for his third win in a row. Potrzebowski finished second, followed by Curren, Keith Youngs and Lee Sharpsteen. “I felt the 72 a couple times and the car freed up a little tonight,” Hanbury said before thanking his sponsors, crew, family, and the fans. Empower Federal Credit Union is a sponsor on the colorful #72 driven by Potrzebowski.
 
Sometimes there really is such a thing as home track advantage. That turned out to be the case when the New York Super Stock (NYSS) series rolled into Chemung. Track regulars Garrett Zacharias, Frank Chapman, Nick Robinson and Charlie Sharpsteen won the heat races, where the top two from each drew for the top eight starting spots. Amber VanOrden and Zacharias drew the top two numbers and started the 50-lap race from the front row. Zacharias led from the get-go and survived five restarts for cautions. Chapman ran third and then second for the whole race, while Robinson worked the traffic to stay with the leaders. Dylan Bancroft was solid on this night and worked the traffic to perfection and he was up to fourth. Robinson ran with him and was able to make the pass for third. A late caution set up a green/white/checkered finish. Over those two laps Robinson took third, but no one was able to pass Zacharias. He held on for his first-ever NYSS win. “50 laps. That’s a lot of laps for me. I’m a little guy,” he said after climbing from his stout #71z. Runner-up Frank Chapman, one of Chemung’s veteran racers, had a different take on things after his solid run. “Let’s go another 50.” Robinson was third, establishing a Chemung sweep of the top three positions.
 
“That was exciting, for me at least,” Greg Moldt said from victory lane following his sweep of 4 Cylinder action. He and teammate Zack Jaynes won the heat races, and the field was set for the 20-lap feature event. The first of two cautions came out with just one lap recorded when a three-wide deal went sour, and Monica Robinson spun. Joey Bevacqua led lap two, but Moldt took over a lap later, leaving Bevacqua in a tight battle with Jaynes for second. While they rode side-by-side, Moldt pulled away and had a nice lead when Ricky Lane slowed and brought out the caution with seven to go. Moldt held off Jaynes on the restart and went on to score the win. Jaynes, Bevacqua, Robinson and Dustin Pruyne finished in the top five.
 
Josh Parker got back to his winning ways in the Marion Decker Hobby Stock division, winning both his heat race and 20-lap feature. Parker led every lap and only had to sweat one restart when Tyler Harbst turned Genevieve Yamelski in turn four. Randy Mathews, making his first start, was impressive. He and Dave Decker stayed with Parker over the final 13 laps, but Parker had his line well covered and he went on to win his fourth feature this year. Mathews finished second, with Decker, Harbst and Luke Nickles all in the top five.
 
Derrick Vogler is on a mission as evidenced by his performance in the INEX Bandolero division. It looked like an almost certain win got away just short of the finish. He regrouped, however, under caution then found victory after the green/white/checkered finish. The race got off to a sloppy start when all but Vogler and Kalysta DeMark spun. When the race resumed Vogler and Justin Teresak pulled away. Teresak got in to Vogler in turn four on the last lap, putting the race under caution. A subsequent caution moved Vogler closer to the front, and over the final three laps he reclaimed the lead and got the win over Michael Sinagra, Teresak, Michael Bast (Bandit winner) and Cullen Sharpsteen.
 
This Friday night Chemung closes out the month of June remembering the late Ed Bidlack in the Insinger Performance Super Stock division. The 42-lap race represents the second of four races in the Valley Collision & Auto Body Super Stock Challenge. The night also includes the Sunoco Modifieds (40 laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps) and the INEX Bandoleros (10 laps). Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The 50/50 winner from Nichols, NY left with $603 in winnings.
The Bandolero feature was halted for about ten minutes due to a very light rain when much of the area had what would have been race-ending showers.

Empower Federal Credit Union Night Results:
Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps):  TONY HANBURY, TJ Potrzebowski, Zack Curren, Keith Youngs, Lee Sharpsteen, Teddy Bowen, Pat Judson, Charlie Sharpsteen, Kyle Youngs, Bryan Sherwood
Heats: C. Sharpsteen, Hanbury
Sunoco New York Super Stocks (50 Laps):  GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Frank Chapman, Nick Robinson, Dylan Bancroft, Jimmy Steffenhagen, Nate Peckham, Evan Rygielski, Jason Duke, Sr., Jason Duke, Jr., Brian Hallett, Amber VanOrden, Jason Dinzler, Paul Godby, Andy Cocilova, Frank Petroski, Jim Yamelski, Cole Hicks, Lee Sharpsteen, Jacob Gustafson, DJ Shaw, Mike Hyman, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Charlie Sharpsteen, Tim Faro, Kirk Willis (DNS), Gary Noe (DNS)
Heats: Zacharias, Chapman, Robinson, C. Sharpsteen
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  GREG MOLDT, Zack Jaynes, Joey Bevacqua, Monica Robinson, Dustin Pruyne, Jason Peck, Matt Jenkins, Ricky Lane, Mike Ferris
Heats: Jaynes, Moldt
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):  JOSH PARKER, Randy Mathews, Dave Decker, Tyler Harbst, Luke Nickles, Genevieve Yamelski, Cliff Miller
Heat: Parker
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER, Michael Sinagra, Justin Teresak, Michael Bast (Bandit winner), Cullen Sharpsteen, Kalysta DeMark, Joey Allowatt, Chase Sinsabaugh
Heats: Vogler, Teresak

Photo: NYSS Top 3 (Frank Chapman, winner Garrett Zacharias, Nick Robinson) by Mark Ranalletta

Tony Hanbury Nabs Race #2 in Buckley's Automotive B Mod Challenge at Chemung by Carol Houssock (2021-06-13)

(June 13th 2021 Chemung, NY)

On a night dedicated to Veterans, Chemung Speedrome welcomed some new faces to victory lane to celebrate career-first wins. Tyler Harbst in the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks and Devin Gullo, winner in the INEX Bandolero’s Bandit age group, picked up popular wins and experienced the thrill and noise from the Speedrome’s appreciative fans. Other winners on Skyworks Equipment Rental night included Tony Hanbury, who claimed race #2 in the Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge, Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros Outlaw age group).
 
The Sunoco Modifieds competed in the second of four 40-lap races in the Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge. Drivers earn points for the series, not the regular track points, and after the fourth race they will crown a champion. Coming into the night Zach Knowlden, winner of race one, and Tony Hanbury were tied for the point lead. Knowlden and TJ Potrzebowski won the two heats and a drawing among qualifiers put Teddy Bowen on the pole and Hanbury alongside on the front row. A nice inside move by Potrzebowski gave him the lead. When Bryan Sherwood and Pat Judson got together on the turn one access road, the field went under the only caution period. Hanbury got the lead, with Knowlden, Potrzebowski and Bowen making up a four-car breakaway. By lap 10 Hanbury was clearly in command, leaving Knowlden and TJ in a battle for second. As the laps clicked off, Knowlden widen the gap between himself and Potrzebowski but Hanbury had no one around him and he padded his lead. He got the win, his second in a row but first in this series, over Knowlden, Potrzebowski, Bowen and Sherwood. “I got lucky on the start with the 4 and 72. I knew the 4 (Knowlden) was there  but I didn’t know how close he was,” Hanbury said from the Midstate Basement Authorities Victory Lane.
 
The 25-lap Insinger Performance Super Stock feature boiled down to a great battle between a young driver and a longtime veteran campaigner. Garrett Zacharias outpowered Tim Gullo and held on for his third win this year. Cameron Nichols led the way off turn two on the opening lap but Zacharias got around him and led lap one, the first of 25 he would lead on this night. Nichols stayed with him until the latter was passed by Gullo. The first of three cautions came out when Frank Petroski and Lee Sharpsteen got together, and both restarted at the rear. A lap later Nick Robinson spun in turn one, while two laps later some of the same players in the first two cautions got together and the third cautions flag came out. Twenty-one laps remained, and over those laps Zacharias kept Gullo behind him. The gap between them widened but then shrunk as the laps wound down. “I had a lot of fun especially running side by side with Cameron. That’s the way it should be, and I’m moving on,” he said in reference to some rough driving the week prior. Gullo, Nichols, Sharpsteen and Robinson all finished in the top five.

The track’s 4 Cylinder division ran another caution-free 20-lap feature, won this time by Greg Moldt. “I have the right transmission in there now and I have to thank everyone who helped me this week,” he said from victory lane. Moldt led all 20 laps while being pursued by his teammate Zack Jaynes. The best battle in this one was for third, between teammates Dustin Pruyne and Joey Bevacqua. At the halfway point Bevacqua found his way around Pruyne and was up to third. The field started to lap cars over the final five laps but nothing fazed Moldt, who picked up his second win this year and a sweep at that. Jaynes finished second, with Bevacqua, heat winner Monica Robinson and Pruyne in the top five.

Tyler Harbst capitalized on a pivotal moment in the Marion Decker Hobby Stock class. Josh Parker, a three-time feature winner and heat winner Friday night, led early but was pursued by two-time winner Chuck Nichols. When Nichols turned him just short of the halfway point in the 20-lap feature, the front row for the restart consisted of Harbst and Dave Decker. Harbst led while Nichols worked his way back up to second until a huge puff of smoke poured from the Nichols machine and his night was over. Harbst then had to hold off Parker and he did to score a career-first win. “That was a tough one. I thought I was going around a couple times but I saved it,” he said. Parker was second, followed by Genevieve Yamelski and Decker.

Devin Gullo made tremendous improvement in handling his INEX Bandolero and he proved it by winning their 10-lap feature in the Bandit age group. While Derrick Vogler solidified his lead in the points with his fifth win this season, Gullo pretty much stole the show by leading early on and showing strength. Just two cautions slowed the action. The last restart came with six to go. The overall win went to Vogler (Outlaw), followed by Gullo, Justin Teresak, and heat winners Chase Sinsabaugh and Michael Sinagra.

This Friday night Chemung welcomes the New York Super Stock Series for their first of two appearances at the track this year. The NYSS will run a 50-lap feature and are joined by the Insinger Sunoco Modifieds (40 laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps) and the INEX Bandoleros (10 laps). Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The Valley Color Guard led the opening ceremonies, which also included the introduction of several former service men and women in victory lane. Veterans were admitted free on their special night.
The 50/50 winner left with $621 in winnings.

Skyworks Equipment Rental Night Results:

Sunoco Modifieds (Buckley’s Automotive B-Mod Challenge, Race #2, 40 Laps):  TONY HANBURY, Zach Knowlden, TJ Potrzebowski, Teddy Bowen, Bryan Sherwood, Keith Youngs, Gunnar Zeiner, Bill Chandler, Jr., Charlie Sharpsteen, Pat Judson, Zack Curren (DNS)
Heats: Potrzebowski Knowlden

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps):  GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Tim Gullo, Cameron Nichols, Lee Sharpsteen, Nick Robinson, Frank Petroski, Jim Yamelski, DJ Shaw, Aaron Cornell, Jason Duke, Sr., Jason Duke, Jr.
Heats: Zacharias, Robinson

4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  GREG MOLDT, Zack Jaynes, Joey Bevacqua, Monica Robinson, Dustin Pruyne, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane, Matt Jenkins, Mike Ferris
Heats: Moldt, Robinson

Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):   TYLER HARBST, Josh Parker, Genevieve Yamelski, Dave Decker, Chuck Nichols, Luke Nickles
Heat: Parker

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER, Devin Gullo, Justin Teresak, Chase Sinsabaugh, Michael Sinagra, Cullen Sharpsteen, Michael Bast, Kalysta DeMark
Heats: Sinsabaugh, Teresak


Photos by Emily Knowlden:
1) Tony Hanbury wins race #2 in the Buckley's Automotive B Mod Challenge
2) Tony Hanbury racing hard with Zach Knowlden
3) Tyler Harbst picks up a career-first win in the Hobby Stock division

Tony Hanbury Ends 3-Year Drought, Dominates Sunoco Modifieds at Chemung;Sparks Fly in Supers by Carol Houssock (2021-06-05)

(June 5th 2021 Chemung, NY)

When three of your five divisions run caution-free features it makes for a quick night and that was the case at Chemung Speedrome on Friday. When a driver finds victory lane after a drought it makes for a burnout on the front stretch all the more meaningful. Such was the case for Tony Hanbury, who swept the action in the headline Sunoco Modified division. Other winners included Lee Sharpsteen (Insinger Super Stocks), Monica Robinson (4 Cylinders), Josh Parker (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros). Racing continues this Friday night, and Veterans with an ID will be admitted free as Chemung salutes all of our Veterans.
 
Service Machine & Tool had posted an additional $400 to the winner of the 40-lap Sunoco Modified feature, bringing the winner’s share to $1,200. Tony Hanbury and Bryan Sherwood were strong in their heats and picked up wins that put them in the front row for the start. Zack Curren, who had started fourth, made some great moves and ran second on the opening lap. TJ Potrzebowski advanced from fifth to third by the fifth lap and the trio pulled away from Sherwood and Zach Knowlden. Hanbury, with a clear track in front of him and a powerful motor underneath his #42, began to put distance between himself and that battle behind him for second. Curren held the spot for several laps but just past the halfway point Potrzebowski took over second. On lap 32 Knowlden got to the inside of Curren and he was up to third. With five laps to go Hanbury was solidly in front but the gap between him and Potrzebowski had lessened. Hanbury scored the win, his first at Chemung in nearly three years. Despite a national Hoosier tire shortage, he lit his up and did a burnout before pulling in to the Midstate Basement Authorities victory lane following a dominating performance in a caution-free race. He thanked Service Machine & Tool for the extra money, his crew and sponsors. “I was running hard, but I didn’t feel anybody near me,” he said. Then he made a special dedication. “Thanks to Gary and Rianna Noe, but I’m dedicating it to their new daughter, Dalila.” Good runs by Potrzebowski and Knowlden were negated when both of their cars failed post-race tech. That moved Curren to second, followed by Sherwood and Charlie Sharpsteen.
 
Caution flags. Called-off restarts. Rough riding. Black flags. That pretty much sums up what took place in the Insinger Performance Street Stock 25-lap feature. Lee Sharpsteen survived all that, and more, to record his second win of the year. Handicapping put Frank Chapman and Garrett Zacharias in row one for the start and Zacharias led the way. Sharpsteen wasted little time working his way up to second and restarted alongside Zacharias after cautions with less than ten laps recorded. Sharpsteen waited and took over the lead on lap 14. It was then that a series of events took place, including sloppy restarts. With Sharpsteen in command, Zacharias was inches behind, or less at times. That’s when Chapman and RJ Zacharias swapped paint several times and it culminated as they came off turn four and worked their way down the front stretch. With sparks flying and both cars spinning in turn one, track officials gave both the black flag, and they were done for the night. Up front the drama continued between Sharpsteen and Zacharias. A rough driving, two-position penalty, assessed against Zacharias, relegated him to fourth on the final restart. Sharpsteen held off Nick Robinson for the win, with Tim Gullo, G. Zacharias and Cameron Nichols all in the top five at the finish. “We did our homework and kept digging. Racing at this place is fun,” Sharpsteen stated. It was a sweep for him as he, Gullo and G. Zacharias won heats.
 
Monica Robinson, who has said that she’s having more fun this year than ever before, needed a broom Friday night after her sweep in the 4 Cylinder division. From her outside pole starting position, she led the way from the get-go and never looked back. She pulled away and left behind a tight battle for second between her teammates Greg Moldt and Zack Jaynes. With this one staying caution-free and with Robison’s lead increasing as the laps clicked off, there was little anyone could do to change the outcome on this night. Robinson sailed across the finish line and scored her second win of the season. Jaynes did pass Moldt for second, followed by Joey Bevacqua and Mike Harris.
 
“Went the wrong way on an adjustment but my Uncle Gene helped out and got it back where it needed to be,” Josh Parker said following his third win in the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division. Their 20-lap feature also ran caution-free and boiled down to a two-man race between Parker and Chuck Nichols. Both had won two features coming in to this one and each was hoping for racing’s ‘hat trick’. “I have to thank Dave Decker, who loaned me some parts,” Parker added about the sportsmanship among racers in this growing division. Newcomer Genevieve Yamelski finished third, followed by Tyler Harbst and Decker.
 
Derrick Vogler continued his winning ways in the INEX Bandolero division with a sweep of the action. He and fellow Outlaw Kalysta DeMark won their heats, and she provided his closest competition in their 10-lap feature. The race was slowed just once for a caution four laps in. Over the remaining six laps Vogler pulled away to a comfortable advantage and held on for his fourth win. “I kept it smooth, clean and green,” he told the crowd. Chase Sinsabaugh, who finished third behind DeMark, was the top-finisher in the Bandit age group.

This Friday night Chemung thanks Veterans who provide an ID with free admission for their selfless service. Drivers in the Sunoco Modified division will run race #2 in the Buckley’s Automotive B Mod Challenge, a special 4-race series that offers more prize money for the 40-lap race, and the series will crown its own champion in August. Zach Knowlden won the first race but enters race #2 in a tie with Tony Hanbury. Joining them Friday night are the Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps) and the INEX Bandoleros (10 laps). Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
A Hanbury family member won the $500 50/50/ winner’s share, doubling the family’s winning ways.
Matt Lewis from WEBO and Choice 102 was on hand and provided several live updates throughout the evening.

Service Machine & Tool Night Results: 
Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps):  TONY HANBURY, Zack Curren, Bryan Sherwood, Charlie Sharpsteen, Teddy Bowen, Bill Chandler, Jr., Gary Noe, TJ Potrzebowski (DQ, 2nd), Zack Knowlden (DQ, 3rd)
Heats: Hanbury, Sherwood

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps):  LEE SHARPSTEEN, Nick Robinson, Tim Gullo, Garrett Zacharias, Cameron Nichols, Jim House, DJ Shaw, Robert Fink, Jason Duke, Sr., Derrick Tarbox, Frank Petroski, Jason Duke, Jr., Aaron Cornell, Gil Sharpsteen, Nate Peckham, Chad Lane, Gary Noe, Frank Chapman (DQ), RJ Zacharias (DQ)
Heats: L. Sharpsteen, Gullo, G. Zacharias

4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  MONICA ROBINSON, Zack Jaynes, Greg Moldt, Joey Bevacqua, Mike Ferris, Dustin Pruyne, Jason Peck, Matt Jenkins, Ricky Lane, Nick Bevacqua (DNS)
Heats: Moldt, Robinson

Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps):   JOSH PARKER, Chuck Nichols, Genevieve Yamelski, Tyler Harbst, Dave Decker, Jim Hollister
Heat: Nichols

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER (Outlaw), Kalysta DeMark, Chase Sinsabaugh, Cullen Sharpsteen, Michael Bast, Joey Attowatt, Devin Gullo
Heats: Vogler, DeMark
 
 
 Pictures from Emily Knowlden Photography: Tony Hanbury parked it in victory lane after a nearly 3 year drought; Lee Sharpsteen (8) holding off a challenge from Garrett Zacharias (71z)

"TJ Potrzebowski Flawless in Chemung Sunoco Modifieds, Garrett Zacharias Takes SS Super Payday" by Carol Houssock (2021-05-23)

(May 23rd 2021 Chemung, NY)

Race fans at Chemung witnessed some great racing on a hot night, sponsored by the Marion Decker Insurance Agency. TJ Potrzebowski returned to victory in the headline Sunoco Modified division, while Garrett Zacharias pocketed a $1,000 top prize by winning race #1 of the four-race Valley Collision & Auto Body SS Challenge for the Insinger Performance Super Stocks. Other winners included Monica Robinson (4 Cylinders), Chuck Nichols (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros). This week Chemung moves to a 2 PM Sunday racing program.
 
The Sunoco Modifieds put on another outstanding show in their 40-lap feature. Zack Curren led early with Bryan Sherwood and TJ Potrzebowski behind on the opening lap. Potrzebowski made a great move to take second, and by lap 10 had overtaken Curren for the lead. Tony Hanbury was also on the move and got around Curren for second. Their battle would continue over the next 10 laps, giving Potrzebowski the opportunity to build on his lead. By lap 20 Hanbury had some distance between himself and Curren and he started to chop away at Potrzebowski’s big lead. It appeared he would run out of laps to close up the gap, but when Damon Frutchey spun on the back stretch it set up a restart with just three laps remaining. It was a textbook restart, and the top three ran together over those three laps. The running order did not change, however, and Potrzebowski held on for the win over Hanbury, Curren, Sherwood and Zach Knowlden. It was sweep time for TJ, who had earlier won his heat along with Hanbury. When told he made it look easy he replied “it wasn’t easy. Those last couple laps Tony was on it,” he said from the Midstate Basement Authorities victory lane.
 
The Super Stock division ran their first in a four-race series sponsored by Valley Collision & Auto Body SS Challenge. These races provide a $1,000 first place prize and a separate points tally for a series champion. The division ran three heats, won by Frank Chapman, Cody Frantz and RJ Zacharias. Number 10 was drawn for the number of cars inverted for the 25-lap race. “That invert put us on the pole,” Garrett Zacharias stated after winning the big race and becoming the first repeat winner in the division this year. Zacharias led early over Tim Gullo and Cameron Nichols. By lap 12 he had caught the back of the pack, and a lap later the first of two cautions came out. With Gullo alongside, Zacharias led, leaving Gullo and Nichols in a tussle for second. While their battle went on, Zacharias pulled away. The field got bunched together again with two laps to go. This time Nichols started beside the leader but he could get no further. Zacharias got the win over Nichols, Gullo, Chapman and Nick Robinson. Zacharias, who left a week ago with another major engine problem, thanked everyone for their help in getting it back to top-running speed. “I also want to thank everyone for a clean race,” he said before thanking the fans.
 
Teammates Joey Bevacqua and Monica Robinson won the two 4 Cylinder heats. Robinson, who said she’s “having more fun this year than ever”, was in search of a sweep of her own. Their caution-free 20-lap feature gave her that opportunity and she completely dominated the race. Early on Bevacqua, Greg Moldt and Zack Jaynes ran together while Robinson built her lead. Jaynes kept after it and had second at the halfway point. He tried to whittle away her full staightaway lead but he ran out of time. Robinson grabbed her first win of the year over Jaynes, Moldt, Bevacqua and Dustin Pruyne. Robinson especially thanked some new sponsors who came on board as well as her teammates for their help every week.
 
In the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division, it was nearly a carbon copy of their action from a week ago. Chuck Nichols swept the action by winning both the heat and the 10-lap feature. In the early going two-time winner Josh Parker stayed right with Nichols, but he faded back over the final five laps. At the stripe Nichols had his second consecutive win, over Parker, Dave Decker and Tyler Harbst.
 
Derrick Vogler is demonstrating more comfort and control each week in his INEX Bandolero, sweeping the action. The opening lap saw contact between Michael Bast and Chase Sinsabaugh and both cars were done for the night. When racing resumed it ran caution-free for its 10—laps distance. Vogler led the way and was never challenged for the top spot. Isaiah Anderson and Kalysta DeMark offered up the only battle, and DeMark was able to take over second at the race neared completion. Vogler, an Outlaw, won, followed by DeMark and Anderson (Bandit winner).
 
This weekend only Chemung switches to Sunday afternoon racing for a show sponsored by Just In Time Roofing & Seamless Gutters. The track’s Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks will remember the late Lace Decker, with a cool $500 going to the winner. Fans can watch the Sunoco Modifieds (40 laps), Super Stocks (25 laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), INEX Bandoleros (10 laps), and the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps). Pit gates open at 11 PM, grandstand gate at 12, practice at 1 and racing at 2. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
A fan from Apalachin, NY won $500 in the 50/50 drawing.
Track promoter, Ray Hodge, interviewed all of the Bandolero competitors by their cars prior to their feature.
All three Sharpsteen brothers competed in the 25-lap Super Stock race.

Marion Decker Insurance Agency Night Results:

Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps):  TJ POTRZEBOWSKI, Tony Hanbury, Zack Curren, Bryan Sherwood, Zach Knowlden, Teddy Bowen, Charlie Sharpsteen, Damon Frutchey, Bill Chandler, Jr., Pat Judson
Heats: Hanbury, Potrzebowski

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (Valley Collision & Auto Body SS Challenge Race #1, 25 Laps):  GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Cameron Nichols, Tim Gullo, Frank Chapman, Nick Robinson, RJ Zacharias, Charlie Sharpsteen, Steve Shultz, Gil Sharpsteen, Jr., Mark Taylor, Derrick Tarbox, DJ Shaw, Lee Sharpsteen, Cody Frantz, (DNS: Chad Lane, Dennis Beardsley, Jason Duke, Jr., Aaron Cornell)
Heats: Chapman, Frantz, RJ Zacharias

4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  MONICA ROBINSON, Zack Jaynes, Greg Moldt, Joey Bevacqua, Dustin Pruyne, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane, Matt Jenkins
Heats: Bevacqua, Robinson

Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (10 Laps):   CHUCK NICHOLS, Josh Parker, Dave Decker, Tyler Harbst
Heat: Nichols

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER (Outlaw), Kalysta DeMark, Isaiah Anderson (Bandit), Cullen Sharpsteen, Michael Bast, Chase Sinsabaugh, Devin Gullo (DNS)
Heats: Sinsabaugh, Vogler
 
PHOTOS by Emily Knowlden Photography:
1)     TJ Potrzebowski holds off a hard charging Tony Hanbury
2)     Tj Potrzebowski celebrates a hard fought win
3)     Garrett Zacharias picked up the Super Stock Challenge win and the $1,000 first place payout

Zach Knowlden Impressive in Nail-Biting-Exciting Sunoco Modified Chemung Win by Carol Houssock (2021-05-16)

(May 16th 2021 Chemung, NY)
Fans left Chemung Speedrome Friday night after just watching a superb Sunoco Modified feature. The final dozen laps of the Buckley’s Automotive B-Mod Challenge race were textbook driver respect, with Zach Knowlden holding off hard-charging Tony Hanbury and TJ Potrzebowski . Other winners on Buckley’s Automotive night included Tim Gullo (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), John Byrd (4 Cylinders), Chuck Nichols (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), Anthony Riforgiato (INEX Legends), and Derrick Vogler (INEX Bandoleros).

Sunoco Modified heat winners TJ Potrzebowski and Tony Hanbury became part of the terrific fight for the win in their 40-lap feature. Zach Knowlden was the third part of that fight, and he emerged after an intense battle as the winner in a nail-biting final dozen laps. Knowlden and Gary Noe started from the front row and Knowlden led the way over Hanbury and Potrzebowski, while Noe and Charlie Sharpsteen battled for fourth. Bryan Sherwood was on the move and by lap 10 he was up to fifth. At the halfway point in this caution-free event it was shaping up as a three-car battle. Both Hanbury and Potrzebowski were looking low, then high, for a way around the feisty #4 but he repeatedly held them off. With six laps to go Hanbury got to the inside of Knowlden coming off turn four and it appeared the Potrzebowski would pass him as well. Knowlden, then on the outside lane, powered his way around Hanbury and the lead was back in his hands. Over the final two laps Knowlden fought hard and did some great defensive driving that earned him the fan-pleasing win over Hanbury, Potrzebowski, Sherwood and Zack Curren. 
“I thought I lost it right there at the end, but the car responded well, and I was able to get the lead back,” he said from the Midstate Basement Authorities Victory Lane. “This win pretty much ties for my all-time favorite win,” and his large family and fan following boisterously agreed. Knowlden now leads the separate point standings for this 4-race special series. Series race #2 is scheduled for June 11th.

Driver respect also came into play in the 25-lap Insinger Performance Super Stock feature. The father and son Zacharias team of RJ and Garrett won the two heats early in the evening. Tim Gullo and Nick Robinson had front row seats for the feature. Robinson used the outside lane to his advantage and took the early lead over G. Zacharias. For the second time in three weeks white smoke blew out of Garrett’s car and he was done early. Gullo prevailed on the restart but Robinson led at the halfway point, with RJ Zacharias third and Lee Sharpsteen fourth. The third of four cautions came when Cameron Nichols spun coming off turn two. That brought the field together again and the lead went back to Gullo by lap 15. He and Robinson demonstrated lap after lap the respect they have for each other running side by side and never touching. Robinson got caught up in a tangle involving Frank Chapman and Sharpsteen, who was sent to the rear for causing the spin. Gullo then had Zacharias alongside for the final restart and he made quick work of leading the way and leaving Zacharias to do battle with Nichols over the final few laps. Tim Gullo parked it in victory lane for his first win of the year and third different winner in the class. Zacharias was second, followed by Nichols, Robinson and Sharpsteen.

John Byrd turned a likely third place finish into a win in the 20-lap 4 Cylinder feature. Joey Bevacqua and Monica Robinson won the two heats, but Byrd and Dustin Pruyne started from row one. Byrd led early while Russ Bulger, Jr. and Greg Moldt swapped second. Moldt prevailed in that battle and took the lead on lap six. The only caution came a lap later when Robinson’s car slowed and stopped, ending her night. Moldt prevailed on the restart as Bulger got around Byrd for second.  Moldt appeared to be headed for his second consecutive win. As they negotiated turn four on the last lap Bulger got into him and Moldt spun. Bulger crossed the finish line, hearing Race Director Tom Bellinger say he was DQ’d for rough riding. Moldt gave him a return bump but then on the cool-down lap he turned Bulger around on the back stretch. He, too, was disqualified for the same reason. Byrd inherited the unlikely win from third.

Chuck Nichols swept the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock action by winning both his heat and their 10—lap feature. This one boiled down to two races within the race. Nichols was challenged by Josh Parker, while JP Harbst had a battle going with Dave Decker. When it was over it was the #9 of Nichols that parked in victory lane.

In the INEX Legends division it was a good night gone bad for James Anderson and Chuck Lohmeyer. Anderson won the heat, started their 20-lap feature from the pole and led the first eight laps. Lohmeyer got to the inside, passed, and led lap nine. Two laps later his car broke, he suddenly slowed, and Anderson had nowhere to go but into him. Both were done and the lead then went to eventual winner Anthony Riforgiato. Chelsea Sellars finished second.

Isaiah Anderson and Derrick Vogler won the two INEX Bandolero heats and made up row one for the start of their 10-lap feature. They ended up being the class of the field in the race. Following their only caution, Vogler led lap three, Anderson lap four, and then Vogler reclaimed the top spot that he would not lose over the final five laps. Kalysta DeMark appeared to have a solid third place finish but she was disqualified for the team’s removal of her restrictor plate, discovered in post-race tech. Anderson, a Bandit, was the overall winner with Vogler, the Outlaw, finishing second.

This Friday night the Marion Decker Agency presents a full night of racing including race number one in the Valley Collision & Auto Body SS Challenge. This is a four-race series-within-a-series for the Insinger Performance Super Stock division. In addition to their 25-lap feature, fans can watch the Sunoco Modifieds (40 laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), INEX Bandoleros (10 laps), and the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps). Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 3, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.
Fans and racers are reminded that Chemung will race on Sunday, May 30th instead of the originally scheduled date of May 28th. That one will be a 2 PM start.
For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.
Of Note:
Gary Ham, former head flagger and INEX Legends champion, put up $50 for the Sunoco Modified driver running fifth on lap 20. The money went home with Bryan Sherwood.
The 50/50 winner had previously answered a trivia question correctly and left with a #17 Jilson Racing t-shirt in additional to nearly $400.
Buckley’s Automotive Night Results:  
Sunoco Modifieds (Buckley’s B-Mod Challenge Race #1, 40 Laps):  ZACH KNOWLDEN, Tony Hanbury, TJ Potrzebowski, Bryan Sherwood, Zack Curren, Gary Noe, Teddy Bowen, Charlie Sharpsteen, Damon Frutchey, Bill Chandler, Jr., Pat Judson, John Wilber (DSN)
Heats: Potrzebowski, Hanbury
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps):  TIM GULLO, RJ Zacharias, Cameron Nichols, Nick Robinson, Lee Sharpsteen, Jim House, Frank Chapman, Cody Frantz, DJ Shaw, Jason Duke, Jr., Mark Taylor, Garrett Zacharias, Dennis Beardslee
Heats: G. Zacharias, RJ Zacharias
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  JOHN BYRD, Zack Jaynes, Joey Bevacqua, Randy Mathews, Russ Bulger, Sr., Dustin Pruyne, Bob Palmer, Megan Schoelles, Monica Robinson, Matt Jenkins, Greg Moldt (DQ), Russ Bulger, Jr., (DQ)
Heats: Bevacqua, Robinson
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (10 Laps):   CHUCK NICHOLS, Josh Parker, JP Harbst, Dave Decker
Heat: Nichols
INEX Legends (20 Laps):  ANTHONY RIFORGIATO, Chelsea Sellars, Chuck Lohmeyer, James Anderson
Heat: Anderson
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  DERRICK VOGLER (Outlaw), Isaiah Anderson (Bandit), Chase Sinsabaugh, Michael Bast, Cullen Sharpsteen, Devin Gullo, Kalysta DeMark (DQ)
Heats: Anderson, Vogler

Emerling Holds Off Hirschman for Chemung RoC Win; Garrett Zacharias Parks It in Super Stock Action by Carol Houssock (2021-05-08)

(May 8th 2021 Chemung, NY)
Someone needs to load up Ray Hodge, Chemung Promoter, and Joe Skotnicki, RoC Director, and take them to a casino. On a day when racetracks all over NY were cancelling, they decided to gamble and go for it. They came out on the winning end as the event ran with just one minor snag.  A brief shower paused the action for about 30 minutes, but it was otherwise a cold and sunny afternoon. Patrick Emerling took the 75-lap RoC event after a nail-biting, final few laps. Other winners on Northeast ATV night were Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Super Stocks), Greg Moldt, and Josh Parker (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks). Chase Sinsabaugh, Bandit, and Kalysta DeMark, Outlaw, took wins in the INEX Bandolero division.

The Race of Champions Modified Tour rolled into Chemung for their first event in New York State in over 600 days. Following their three heats and redraw the field was set. Patrick Emerling, defending Tour champ and fresh off his Whelen Modified Tour win, drew the pole with Tony Hanbury drawing second. Emerling led the field off turn two, with Daryl Lewis, Jr., early mover Tommy Catalano, and Hanbury in pursuit. Emerling had to survive restarts following four cautions and he did so seemingly easily. Austin Beers and Matt Hirschman were also consistently moving up through the field and the trio ran together for many laps. As lap 50 was scored, Emerling was still leading Beers. By lap 59 Hirschman took over second and the race was on. By lap 68 Emerling and Hirschman approached heavy lap traffic. Hirschman got to the inside of Emerling but a lap car forced him to back off and he lost some momentum. At that point Hirschman had run out of time. Emerling sailed across the finish line ahead of Hirschman, Beers, Zane Zeiner and Catalano. “We fought all week to get the car done. It ran good all race long. I ran hard, it’s never easy, and I knew they were saving their tires for the late charge,” Emerling said.

Garrett Zacharias left Chemung a week ago after a tough night, made even tougher when the motor in his Super Stock blew. The team had him back and ready to race, and he was virtually flawless Saturday afternoon. Lined up alongside his father, RJ, for the start of the 25-lap feature, the outcome was good for the son but not for the dad. RJ got into Tim Gullo in turn three, bringing out the first of three cautions. Once the racers settled in, they were all in pursuit of a pair of former Bandolero champions in Zacharias and Evan Rygielski. Gary Noe held down third until Nick Robinson took that spot temporarily. The final caution came with four laps to go. Once again, Zacharias was flawless and kept Rygielski behind him. That’s how they would finish this one, with Gullo, Robinson and RJ Zacharias finishing in the top five. “The car was awesome, rotated good and we had a good setup in it,” Zacharias said before offering his trademark salute to all the fans.

The 4 Cylinder feature winner was guaranteed to represent Nick Robinson’s racing stable since he maintains all six of the cars in the 20-lap event. Joey Bevacqua and Greg Moldt made up row one for the start and Moldt wasted no time taking the lead and pulling away. The best battle was the one between Bevacqua and Monica Robinson. It took her several laps to get around Bevacqua, but she eventually did. When a brake rotor malfunctioned, she nearly lost control in turn four, but she held on to the car while Bevacqua reclaimed second. The only caution came out with seven laps to go. Moldt held off Bevacqua and, again, built up a nice lead that took him to the feature win.

Josh Parker is now two-for-two in the Marion Decker Hobby Stock division. Dave Decker started from the pole and led the way off turn two with Parker close behind. While working lap four Parker got around Decker and the lead was his. Once in front he began to pull away and took the checkered flag in the 10-lap feature over Decker and Tyler Harbst.
It took two tries to get the 10-lap INEX Bandolero race underway. Derrick Vogler led Kalysta DeMark with Isaiah Anderson running third over the first half of the race. DeMark took the lead and the pair ran together as the laps clicked off. As they negotiated turn four on the final lap, Vogler dove low but tapped the DeMark #5 and both spun. That brought Chase Sinsabaugh to the top spot for the restart. He held on for the green/white/checkered end and scored his second consecutive overall win as a Bandit. DeMark, running her first race of the year, was second and best of the Outlaws.

This week Chemung switches to Friday night racing with a big show sponsored by Buckley’s Automotive. This will be the first of four races in the B Mod Challenge Series, also sponsored by Buckley’s Automotive. This series will crown its own champion and drivers are competing for a higher payout to the winner in each of the four events. Friday’s program also includes the Insinger Super Stocks (25 laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps), INEX Legends (25 laps) and INEX Bandoleros (10 laps).  Pit gates open at 5 PM, grandstand at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The 50/50 winner is a week away from her college graduation and she majored in auto technology.

Ken Canestrari brought his legendary #17 Modified to the track, not to race it but to be there in support of the other racers competing in the RoC event.

Chase Sinsabaugh experienced what it’s like to be someone’s hero. Chase Nichols, 4-year-old son of Mike and Katrina, not only met his favorite driver but he went home with some special hardware. Sinsabaugh gave his biggest fan the trophy he had just won in the Bandolero feature.

Northeast ATV Night Results:  
ROC Modifieds (75 Laps)  PATRICK EMERLING, Matt Hirschman, Austin Beers, Zane Zeiner, Tommy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Brian DeFebo, Timmy Catalano, TJ Potrzebowski, Tyler Catalano, Daren Scherer, Danny Knoll, Jr., Scott Wylie, Sean Verwys, Jody Buckley, Kirk Totten, Tony Hanbury, Jim Gavek, Bryan Sherwood, TJ Zacharias

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps):
GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Evan Rygielski, Tim Gullo, Nick Robinson, RJ Zacharias, Cameron Nichols, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Jim Yamelski, Lee Sharpsteen, Frank Chapman, Frank Petrosky, Jason Duke, Jr., Gary Noe, Gil Sharpsteen (DNS)
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):   GREG MOLDT, Joey Bevacqua, Monica Robinson, Randy Mathews, Dustin Pruyne, Nick Bevacqua

Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (10 Laps):
JOSH PARKER, Dave Decker, Tyler Harbst
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  CHASE SINSABAUGH (Bandit), Kalysta DeMark (Outlaw), Derrick Vogler, Isaiah Anderson, Devin Gullo, Cullen Sharpsteen

Daryl Lewis, Jr. Gets It Done at the ‘Drome, Picks Up Big ChemungSportsman Modified Win by Carol Houssock (2021-05-04)

(May 2nd 2021 Chemung, NY)
Chemung Speedrome opened the 2021 season with a big show that honored two men and ended with several new faces in victory lane. While rain washed out the Friday portion of the track’s planned two-day opener, promoters Ray and Ellen Hodge added three scheduled divisions to the Saturday program. Sam’s Bar & Grill in Sayre, PA sponsored the show,which included a 75-lap memorial for the late Gary Marshall. During intermission the track presented a plaque to Gil “Buck” Sharpsteen as their Grand Marshall. Sharpsteen, well known in the area racing community, was deeply moved in receiving this honor in front of so many family members and friends.

 Three heats and a draw among the top four in each set the field for the75-lap headliner. Heat wins went to Daryl Lewis, Jr., Tony Hanbury and ZachKnowlden while Bill Chandler, Jr. and Lewis drew the two best starting spots.

 Lewis sailed around on the outside during the opening lap and led the way,with Zack Curren in hot pursuit. Curren waited for the right moment coming off turn four and the lead was his on lap 12. TJ Potrzebowski and Tony Hanbury werealso marching forward and when Chandler went high, they took over the inside lane. By lap 45 the top four had about 8 cars lengths between each of them.

 The first caution came out with 51 laps complete when Gary Noe spun. There start was disastrous for Curren, who got turned around in turn four. Hanbury was sent to the rear for initiating the action that resulted in both Curren and Teddy Bowen spinning. With Curren restarting at the rear, Lewis reclaimed the top spot.

 A few more single car spins put the field under caution. Lewis faced challenges on those restarts by Potrzebowski, Bryan Sherwood and Knowlden. Meanwhile,both Hanbury and Curren were working the traffic and moving closer to Lewis.

 The final caution came with six laps remaining. For this restart it was Charlie Sharpsteen alongside Lewis, with Knowlden and Curren right behind them.Over the final five laps Curren passed Sharpsteen but ran out of time to fight for the lead. Lewis went on to notch a career-first win at Chemung, followed to the line by Curren, Sharpsteen, Knowlden and Hanbury.

 “That was a great race ‘til lap 51, and Zack was the class of the field,”Lewis said in victory lane. “I had a good ca that was tight in the center and we had a distributor problem earlier. But I’m glad it ended this way.” Racing at Chemung, challenging to drivers with the track’s unique corners, was different for Lewis for another reason. “It’s weird running with no mirror here. I kept looking and there was no mirror there.”

 A lucky draw, on a day honoring his father, put heat winner Lee Sharpsteen on the pole for the 25-lap Super Stock feature. The race got off to a bad start when a sloppy start and bumping on the front stretch resulted in a wreck in turn one. As Anthony Gullo and Nick Robinson sat together in the turn under yellow, Paul Godby approached at speed. He drove up and right over Robinson’scar, and he continued with part of Robinson’s back bumper. Four more cautions came out by the time six laps had been recorded. Robinson got caught up in another incident that removed even more sheet metal from him battered #15.During the seventh caution Garrett Zacharias caught the back of Frank Chapman’s car as they entered turn two and turned him around. Both restarted at the rear,as had many cars up to that point. The race resumed with Cameron Nichols alongside Sharpsteen and with Tim Gullo and RJ Zacharias right behind them.

 The end of the race was not good for either of the Zacharias racers.Garrett’s motor blew with seven laps remaining, and a lap later his father, RJ,lost the grip and spun by himself coming off turn four. It cost him an almost certain top-5 finish. The final six laps saw Gullo working hard to get around Sharpsteen. Gullo seemed to have the advantage in turns three and four but Sharpsteen had him covered in one and two.

 When lap 25 clicked off Sharpsteen had led every lap and parked his new-to-him #8 in victory lane. Gullo finished second, followed by Nichols, Robinson,and Evan Rygielski. “I got a little tight. Tim raced me clean. Some others not.But I appreciate that he did,” Sharpsteen told the crowd. He was joined in victory lane by his father and many other family members on a special day. Bill Frisbie, Jr. and Rygielski won the other heat races.

 The 4 Cylinder division ran a caution-free 20-lap race. Earlier Russ Bulger,Jr. and Greg Moldt, the track’s 2019 champion, had won their heats. Luck of the draw put Joey Bevacqua and Bulger on the front row while Moldt started fourth. As the field negotiated turns one and two, Moldt went three-wide and emerged as the race leader. He held that lead, over Bulger, for the first six laps before losing it to Bulger. Bevacqua and Monica Robinson waged a great battle for third and they were soon joined by John Byrd. Just as the checkered waved for Bulger, his father was involved in an incident on the back stretch.

 The Marion Decker Hobby Stock feature was reduced to 10 laps, but fans saw some history made, nonetheless. Jason Peck swept the action. However, his previous racing was not on a pavement. The caution-free race was a great battle between Peck and Dave Decker, who tried repeatedly to find a way around the leader but came up a couple car lengths short at the finish. Tyler Harbst finished third. “I’vebeen a dirt guy for 20 years. I live nearby and thought I’d try something different,” Peck said from victory lane.

 The youngsters in the INEX Bandolero division had a tough time keeping their machines out of the spin cycle. But some much-needed adjustments mid-race worked for Chase Sinsabaugh. Devin Gullo led the first few laps before yield ingto heat winner Derrick Vogler. The final restart, with three to go, set up agreat battle among the trio, but it was Sinsabaugh who got the overall win as a Bandit. Vogler’s second place finish gave him the Outlaw win. Gullo and Cullen Sharpsteen completed the rundown.

 The visiting NYPA Midgets provided some scary moments during their 20-lapfeature. The bulk of the race was a classic battle between heat winners Kyle Hutchinson and Bobby Holmes. Moose Rutherford kept his streak, of rolling hiscar, alive when he ended up on his side in turn four just three laps into the20-lap race. Hutchinson led the first 11 laps before Holmes made what was his race-winning pass. With four laps remaining Hutchinson rolled his car and slammed the turn four foam blocks. Holmes went on for the win. “Kyle had a little faster car than me, but when we got tagged up in four it knocked the wheel right out of my hands,” he said from victory lane. “I hope he’s ok.”

 This Saturday Northeast ATV presents the Race of Champions Modified Tour for their first of two appearances this season. They’ll be running a 75-lap feature event and joined on the race card by the Insinger Super Stocks (25 laps), 4Cylinders (20 laps), Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 laps), and INEX Bandoleros (10 laps).  Pit gates open at11 AM and grandstand at 12 Noon. Practice will begin at 1 PM and racing at 2PM. Admission is $23 for adults, $18 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 andfree for kids 5 and under.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com,‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.


Of Note:

Ten boys and girls won free bicycles, donated as part of the Marshall Memorial event.

The 50/50 winner’s share went across the border with a fan from Gillette,PA.


Sam's Bar & Grill Night Results:

Sunoco Modifieds (75 Laps)  DARYLLEWIS, JR., Zack Curren, Charlie Sharpsteen, Zach Knowlden, Tony Hanbury, TJ Potrzebowski,Bryan Sherwood, Andy Lewis, Teddy Bowen, Gary Noe, Bill Chandler, Jr., Leo Becker, Pat Judson, Shawn Nye, Ed Dachenhausen (DNS)

Heats: D. Lewis, Hanbury, Knowlden

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps):  LEE SHARPSTEEN, Tim Gullo, Cameron Nichols,Nick Robinson, Evan Rygielski, RJ Zacharias, Frank Chapman, Jim Yamelski, PaulGodby, Garrett Zacharias, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Jason Duke, Jr., Mark Taylor, Derrick Tarbox, Anthony Gullo, Frank Petrosky (DQ – weight)

Heats: RJ Zacharias, Frisbie, Rygielski

4 Cylinders (20 Laps):   RUSS BULGER,JR., Joey Bevacqua, Monica Robinson, Greg Moldt, John Byrd, Russ Bulger, Sr.,Ricky Lane, Mike Ferris, Paul Flye, Jason Peck, Dustin Pruyne, Nick Galusha

Heats:  Bulger, Jr., Moldt

Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (10 Laps): JASON PARKER, Dave Decker, Tyler Harbst

Heat:  Parker

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  CHASESINSABAUGH (Bandit), Derrick Vogler (Outlaw), Devin Gullo, Cullen Sharpsteen

Heat:  Vogler

NYPA Midgets: (20 Laps): BOBBY HOLMES

Heats:  Kyle Hutchinson, Holmes

To AARN: Attached victory lane photos by track photographer Emily Knowlden. Other pictures are also coming from other photographers.

Chemung SpeedromeSwinging Open the Gates with a Season-Opening Two-Day Show By Carol Houssock (2021-04-16)

(April 16th 2021 Chemung, NY)
All systems are ‘go’ for the 2021 season openerat Chemung Speedrome, and for the first time ever it will be a Fridaynight/Saturday afternoon double-header event. Following a pair of practicedates on April 17th and 24th, competition begins onFriday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st.

On opening night fans willsee the growing Marion Decker Hobby Stock class (20 laps), 4 Cylinders (25 laps),INEX Legends (25 laps) and INEX Bandoleros (10 laps). Saturday afternoon, onSam’s Bar and Grill Day, Chemung will hold the annual Gary Marshall Memorial, withthe Sunoco Modifieds running an extra-distance 75 lap event. The big show alsoincludes the Insinger Super Stocks (25 laps), and the visiting, popular TQ Midgets.Race time for that one is 2 PM.

In addition to theSpeedrome’s regular classes, the track welcomes back the Race of ChampionsModified Tour for two shows. The first will be on week two, Saturday, May 8th,with the second on the annual Watkins Glen weekend (August 7th). TheNew York Super Stocks will also compete twice at the Speedrome, on June 18thand July 23rd.

The Speedrome is comingoff a disappointing 2020, where just one event was held before the pandemic’s strictrules put an end to the season. It is important that fans and race teams willcomply with all rules and regulations so that a full season can run withoutissues or interruptions. Fans must wear a mask upon entry and when walkingaround. Social distancing, except among family groups, must also be observed. Thetrack received approval to open, providing these rules are followed. Seatingwill be limited to 20% of capacity.

In addition to the openpractice sessions, Chemung is also holding its first, of what is hoped to be anannual, car show and swap meet on Sunday, April 25th from 1 to 5 PM.“We scheduled this last year but with COVID it neverhappened. This year it’s happening, and we’ve had a lot of interest,” saidPromoter Ray Hodge. “We’ll have space set up for anyone that wants to displayand sell anything they have, for a $25.00 fee per booth.” The show itself iffree to the public. “We’ll also have a chicken BBQ for those wishing topurchase food.” For information, or to reserve a spot, contact Hodge at 607-483-3468or Jerry Sinsabaugh at 607-738-8829.

For the double show onApril 30th/May 1st, gates open to the public at 5 PM onFriday night, with practice at 6 and the first competitive laps gettingunderway at 7. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids 6 to12, and free for kids 5 and under. On Saturday the pits open at 11 AM, withgrandstand and practice at 1, and racing at 2. Admission is $15 for adults, $13for seniors, $5 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. The track willhonor Gil (‘Buck’) Sharpsteen during the May 1st show, when he’llserve as Grand Marshall.

Fans and racers can keepup to date at the track’s new website (chemung-speedrome.com) and on the officialFacebook page (Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome).

"Cautiously Optimistic Chemung Speedrome Releases 2021 Schedule" by Carol Houssock (2021-02-03)

(Feb. 3rd 2021 Chemung, NY)
“We have no idea right now if the State will allow us to open. We’re waiting for direction from state and local health departments as well as the Governor, but we’re planning to open on schedule if allowed,” stated Speedrome Promoter Ray Hodge. Hindsight is 20/20, but in 2020 Chemung saw just one event before the shutdown that wiped out the rest of the season.

Hodge and Race Director Jerry Sinsabaugh have worked tirelessly to bring an energetic and intriguing schedule to race teams and fans for the upcoming season. Like bookends, the Speedrome is scheduled to begin and end 2021 with two-day programs.

“One of the big changes this year we’re really excited about is we’re holding a four-race series using track rules for both the Sunoco Modifieds and the Super Stocks,” Hodge added. “These are non-Chemung points races (Cup Series) and we’ll have a champion for each.” Buckley’s Automotive has come on board to sponsor the Modified series, with each of their races paying $1,000 to win.

While the pandemic had a dreadful impact on racing in New York’s southern tier, the business community is being supportive of racing’s return in a big way. “We’re thrilled that so many businesses have come on board to be the title sponsor for a division, to sponsor race nights, and to purchase signage at the track,” Sinsabaugh stated. Division sponsors now include the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks and the Insinger Super Stocks.

The Race of Champions Modified Series will roll into Chemung twice again this year. Their first visit will be on May 8th, with the annual Watkins Glen weekend event on August 7th. Both of those shows will take place on Saturday evenings. The popular New York Super Stock series also returns for a pair of events, on June 18th and July 23rd.

Chemung is also planning to honor several racing greats and special groups this year. “We’ll have $5 admission nights for Law Enforcement, Firefighters/EMT’s/First Responders, and Town of Chemung residents. And we’re continuing to honor Veterans on one special night, with free admission for them,” said Sinsabaugh. Other honorees include Buck Sharpsteen (Grand Marshall) and memorials for Ed Bidlack, Gary Marshall, Ed McGuire, and Russ Tubbs. Fans can cheer on the Sunoco Modifieds, Insinger Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks, INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros.

Cars return to the Speedrome for testing on April 17th and 24th, with a double-header the following weekend, April 30th and May 1st to get the season going. Day 2 of the opening weekend will include the TQ Midgets.

The schedule and the track’s new website are still being tweaked but racers and fans are reminded to go to the official site on Facebook, ‘Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome’ for all the latest news. When construction is complete, the new website will have details on race nights, sponsors, and where to go for more information.

“Fans in general, and kids in particular, have their own Appreciation nights this year, but everyone at the Speedrome greatly appreciates the support we’ve all received. We’re hopeful that we can move forward with our plans to bring the sights, sounds, and smells of racing back to this legendary facility,” said Hodge.

For more information call Ray Hodge at 607-483-3468.

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