"Garrett Zacharias, Ajay Potrzebowski Win Memorial Races to Close Out Chemung Season" By Carol Houssock (2022-09-18)
The Speedrome remembered the late George Swansbrough with a special $1,500-to-win Super Stock event, which grew to over $2,400 as additional money came in prior to the green flag. Garrett Zacharias, Seth Zacharias and Jake Christman won the heats and the top drivers in those heats drew for starting positions. Seth drew the pole while Jim House drew outside pole.
The Zacharias cousins led the way, but Garrett got around and took the lead prior to the first caution with five laps complete. Charlie Sharpsteen was on the move and got around S. Zacharias for second. Though he had the spot, he had to watch G. Zacharias get further away as the laps clicked off.
The second caution came with 30 laps complete. Garrett Zacharias led the way over Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo and 2022 track champion Nick Robinson. Charlie Sharpsteen spun and set up what became the final restart. Again, G. Zacharias prevailed while Gullo and Robinson put on a great battle for second.
With just a handful of laps remaining, Robinson passed Gullo but the pair had too few laps to chase down Zacharias. He held on for the big win, this time over Robinson, Gullo, Cameron Nichols and Christman.
Garrett’s car pulled into victory lane, but his winner’s interview took place up top outside the tower, where his father sat in his wheelchair. When Garrett arrived, RJ stood up to greet and hug his son. “Having my dad here, and to come back to Chemung and win this big race, is huge for me,” Garrett told the crowd. “This car has been super-fast all year, and we’ve won some big races. But his one is really special. I went to Shang 2 as a kid but never raced there. But I know what George meant to the racing community,” he added.
The 30-lap Hobby Stock feature remembered Tim Machuga, who passed away this summer. With lap sponsorships and money from businesses and individuals, the winner’s share of $1,100 drew a nice field of cars. Terry Potrzebowski, Tim Gullo and Ajay Potrzebowski won the three heats, after which the top finishers drew for starting positions. Terry Potrzebowski and Dave Decker made up the front row for the start.
The first caution came with just two laps complete when the motor on Johnathan Gunderman’s car let go. Terry Potrzebowski continued to lead until Gene Purvis passed him on lap seven. Purvis, driving a car owned by Gil Sharpsteen, started to pull away when caution came out again. Frank Chapman, Jr. had an engine problem and his season at Chemung was over.
At the halfway point Purvis was still in command while Terry P. and Gullo battled it out for second. With five laps remaining caution came out and set up a Purvis/Gullo restart. During that caution Purvis pulled off the track and was done. That gave the lead to Gullo and the outside front row spot to T. Potrzebowski. Row two included Ajay Potrzebowski and Dave Decker. As the field entered turn one, Gullo went high and opened up the inside lane. Ajay was there and took the lead. He had to survive two additional restarts, the last of which had Joe Heintzelman beside him in the front row.
Following the green/white/checkered finish it was Ajay Potrzebowski who got the big win, followed to the line by Heintzelman, Gullo, Decker and T. Potrzebowski. “I had a fifth-place car, but when Tim drove my father high in turn one it gave opened up the bottom and I took it,” Ajay said from victory lane. “This deal just came together when I asked Phil Yaw, the car owner, to see if he could get some racers to compete in this and he told me I could drive it.” Ajay also spoke highly of Dave Machuga and said it was an honor to win a race run in his son’s memory. Family members made sure Dave was wheeled to victory lane for the post-race festivities.
Nick Robinson, who won the 2022 championship in the 4 Cylinder division, won both their heat and the 20-lap feature. Robinson drew the pole for the race and led all 20 laps. Early on he had Greg Moldt behind him, but it was Ryan Hessler who passed Moldt for second by lap five. During the second half of the race the gap between Robinson and Hessler widened, and the champion went on to pick up a nice trophy and enhanced first place monetary prize. Hessler finished second, ahead of Moldt, Pete Johnson and Monica Robinson.
Former INEX Bandolero champion, Derrick Vogler, returned and he swept the action. The Outlaw division racer led all 10 laps of the feature, which also went caution-free. His lead over Bandit driver Devon Gullo increased as the race went on, but both pulled their cars in victory lane after the checkered flag flew. Chemung always runs both age groups together and presents a pair of trophies, claimed on Saturday by Vogler and Gullo.
The track will post information on the 2022 awards banquet on chemung-speedrome.com, and on the official Facebook page, Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome.
Associate race day sponsors included Waverly Pharmacy, Chemung Soft Water, RB Robinson Contracting, Zack’s Grill, and Sam’s Bar & Grill.
While businesses and individuals sponsored the race day or bought laps for certain races, fans in attendance helped as well. Prior to the George Swansbrough Memorial for the Super Stocks, a fan presented $260 to add to the winner’s share. The money was a collective donation from fans in turn four. And Jerry Sinsabaugh may have made history when he sold sponsorship for the white flag lap. Advertised as $1,500 to win, Garrett Zacharias collected $2,460, with extra money that poured in prior to the race.
When George Swansbrough raced, his #56 was always decked out with cartoon characters. Gary Noe wrapped his car in honor of his late family member, with Flintstone characters. His “Flintstone Flyer” #56 was a big hit with fans, and it led several pace laps.
Two special men were on hand for Saturday’s action. Tim Machuga’s father, Dave, was discharged from the hospital and arrived at the track just in time to see all 30 laps of his son’s memorial race. Similarly, RJ Zacharias was at the track. He watched his son, Garrett, win the Super Stock race. RJ is a resident of Elderwood at Waverly, where he continues to recover from aneurysms he suffered a year ago.
The grandstand 50/50 winner of $750 was celebrating her birthday, along with her mother. A separate 50/50 in the pits sent the winner home with $340.
Ransomville/Lancaster announcer Steven Petty joined Carol Houssock in the tower to call the race. They last worked together at the 2010 Race of Champions at Oswego.
Super Stocks - George Swansbrough Memorial (56 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Nick Robinson, Tim Gullo, Cameron Nichols, Jake Christman, Mike Nichols, Lee Sharpsteen, Seth Zacharias, Frank Chapman, Jr., Brian DeMark, Frank Chapman III, Aaron Cornell, Tim Faro, Charlie Sharpsteen, Robert Fink, Mark Taylor, Jim House, Gary Noe, Derrick Tarbox
Heats: G. Zacharias, S. Zacharias, Christman
Hobby Stocks - Tim Machuga Memorial (30 Laps): AJAY POTRZEBOWSKI, Joe Heintzelman, Tim Gullo, Dave Decker, Terry Potrzebowski, Luke Nickels, Dan Mathews, Greg Turner, Doug DeKay, Dennis Beardslee, Rick Sharpsteen, Ethan Roberts, Gene Purvis, Kalysta DeMark, Tom Shaffer, Mike Nichols, Cullen Sharpsteen, Randy Mathews, John Lane, Johnathan Gunderman
Heats: T. Potrzebowski, Gullo, Purvis
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): NICK ROBINSON, Ryan Hessler, Greg Moldt, Pete Johnson, Monica Robinson, Matt Jenkins, Ethan Decker, Justin Hall
Heat: N. Robinson
Bandoleros (10 Laps): DERRICK VOGLER, Devon Gullo, Dallas Harbst, Annabelle Decker
Photos by Clayton Vargeson: Top, Garrett Zacharias relaxes in victory lane; Center, Garrett Zacharias celebrates with his father and special friends; Bottom, Dave Machuga (left) celebrates with the top 3 - Tim Gullo (3rd), Ajay Potrzebowski (1st) and Joe Heintzelman (2nd)
Special thanks to Super Stock race sponsors: Noe Racing, Nalepa Well Drilling, Rusty Diamond Cores, Strong Haven Farm, Forbes Machine Shop, Chapman Racing 89 and 98, and RB Robinson Contracting.
Nick Robinson Wins a Pair of Chemung Championships; Feature Wins to Zacharias, Chapman By Carol Houssock (2022-08-28)(Chemung, NY) The regular 2022 season wrapped up at the Speedrome on Friday night, as both race winners and division champions celebrated in victory len. Three racers celebrated both, a win on the final race night and a division championship. Race winners on Flynn Energy night included Jimmy Zacharias (Sunoco Modifieds), Frank Chapman, Jr. (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Tim Gullo (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), Nick Robinson (4 Cylinders), and both Kalysta DeMark (Outlaw) and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit) in the INEX Bandoleros. The track will remain idle until a special show on Saturday, September 17th.
For decades, Sharpsteen racers in the twin tiers have represented tough competition and dominance on both asphalt and dirt surfaces. Those characteristics were evident this season at Chemung, as family members won several features and they earned three of the five division championships. Lee Sharpsteen won the Sunoco Modified title over his brother, Charlie. Nick Robinson, whose mother is a Sharpsteen, made history by winning both the Insinger Performance Super Stock championship and the 4 Cylinder title. Other 2022 titles went to Josh Parker in the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks, and both Kalysta DeMark (Outlaw) and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit) in the INEX Bandoleros.
Lee Sharpsteen and Zack Curren won the Sunoco Modified heats, which set up the starting lineup for their 35-lap feature. Trouble came on the opening lap when pole-sitter Charlie Sharpsteen spun in turn four. Lee led on the restart, but he was then involved in a wreck with Keith Youngs. Lee was done for the night. When Zack Curren was deemed the cause of that incident and told to start at the rear, he opted to park his car for the night. Those events handed the lead over to Jimmy Zacharias, who led from lap three on. The best battle in this one was for second, at one point involving C. Sharpsteen, Gary Noe and Bryce Bailey. Noeís car broke with two laps remaining, moving Evan Rygielski up to fourth and Jody Buckley fifth. Thatís how they would finish.
Jimmyís parents brought his Uncle RJ Zacharias, with them to watch the action from the infield. It was an emotional moment when, from his wheelchair, he held the checkered flag for his nephew. ìThereís more to life than racing. RJ was behind us for years and it's time for us to be behind him now,î he said. RJ continues to recover from aneurysms that first occurred a year ago. Lee Sharpsteen later pulled the Matt Jilson-owned MOB #17 into victory lane as well, celebrating his 2022 Sunoco Modified championship.
The Insinger Performance Super Stock title boiled down to a final 25-lap feature. It would go to either Nick Robinson, who led all season, or Jason Duke, Jr., who put together an impressive season and had the difference down to 31 points. Mike Nichols, Frank Chapman, Jr. and Charlie Sharpsteen won the heats. On the opening lap, Nichols broke and the field was reset. Sharpsteen led, with Chapman and Duke, Jr. right behind him. Following a restart, Chapman got around Sharpsteen, who had a nice gap behind him for third. Mark Taylorís flat put the field under caution nine laps in. Robinson found himself the victim of a caution just past the halfway point. He made a series of pit stops for wheel and tire issues, restarting last each time. What fans enjoyed most was the lively battle between Chapman, Jr. and his son, Frank III. While the elder Chapman pulled away, C. Sharpsteen was able to get around the younger Chapman for second. Robinson also made some late race moves that put him in the top five. ìAt this age, you donít know if youíll ever win again,î Frank Chapman, Jr. said in front of a mob of family and fans that greeted him in victory lane. His solid finish garnered Nick Robinson the 2022 Super Stock championship.
The trackís Hobby Stock division, sponsored by the Marion Decker Agency, has grown steadily since its inception a year ago. Josh Parker was looking to defend his title, and he succeeded. Ethan Rogers led the first handful of laps before Tim Gullo passed him for the lead. Terry Potrzebowski was on the move and up to second by lap seven. The gap between him and Gullo had begun to shrink when a spin by Rogers brought out the caution. Potrzebowski took the lead but soon lost it when Gullo reclaimed it with an inside move in turn four. He went on for the win, this time over Potrzebowski, Luke Nickles, Dave Decker and Doug DeKay. Tom Shaffer, Johnathan Gunderman and Gullo won the three heats. His sixth-place finish was enough for Josh Parker to lock up the 2022 championship.
In the 4 Cylinder division, Nick Robinsonís heat win took him to the final 20-lap feature with just seven points separating him from Zack Jaynes. Dustin Pryne led early before Jaynes took over on the third lap. The lead changed hands again, on lap six, when Robinson made what was his race-winning and championship-winning pass. For most of this one Matt Jenkins was a strong third. Pryne dove underneath him on the front stretch, made hard contact, and Jenkins was ok but done. Over the final laps Robinson stayed in front of Jaynes and earned a lot more than a another feature in. This win, over Jaynes, sealed the championship deal. Robinson celebrated his sweep and the title in victory lane. Earning a pair of championships puts Robinson in a league of his own.
It was also sweep time in the INEX Bandolero division. Outlaw Kalysta DeMark won the heat and the eight-lap feature. Michael Bast led early and had a nice advantage at the halfway point. With two laps remaining Joey Allowatt and Derrick Vogler got together in turn four and both cars were done for the night. DeMark, who restarted alongside Bast, waited until the last moment and passed him for the feature win. Bast finished second, ahead of Chase Sinsabaugh. As a Bandit, Sinsabaugh also parked in victory lane. Both he and Kalysta celebrated feature wins and their 2022 championships.
Track management has added a special race on Saturday, September 17th. With big, post-season money up for grabs, the event will feature the Hobby Stocks (Tim Machuga Memorial), Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Bandoleros. This being a Saturday afternoon event, pits gates will open at 11AM, with grandstand and practice at 1 PM and racing a 2PM. General admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under.
For information on the final event or to help with event or lap sponsorship, log on to the trackís website: chemung-speedrome.com, ëlikeí us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome ñ Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.
Ann Potrzebowski won $450 from the 50/50. ìFinally,î she said when turning in her ticket.
Chemung native Brett Bodine was in attendance to cheer on the MOB team for their Sunoco Modified championship, and to support Bryce Bailey. Bailey is dating Brettís daughter. He mingled with fans, and at the end of the night joined longtime friend Frank Chapman, Jr. in victory lane.
Flynn Energy Championship Night results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps): JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Charlie Sharpsteen, Bryce Bailey, Evan Rygielski, Jody Buckley, Gary Noe, Keith Youngs, Danielle Sharpsteen, Lee Sharpsteen, Zack Curren
Heats: L. Sharpsteen, Curren
2022 Champion: LEE SHARPSTEEN
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): FRANK CHAPMAN, JR., Charlie Sharpsteen, Frank Chapman III, Nick Robinson, Lee Sharpsteen, Jason Duke, Jr., Nick Bevacqua, Jason Duke, Sr., DJ Shaw, Derrick Tarbox, Bradley Mister, Mark Taylor, Randy Mathews, Gary Noe, Chad Lane, Mike Nichols, Brian DeMark
Heats: Nichols, Frank Chapman, Jr., C. Sharpsteen
2022 Champion: NICK ROBINSON
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): TIM GULLO, Terry Potrzebowski, Luke Nickles, Dave Decker, Doug DeKay, Josh Parker, Gary Taylor, Johnathan Gunderman, Kalysta DeMark, Chuck Nichols, Mike Lattimer, Cullen Sharpsteen, Ethan Roberts, Ben Perry, Tom Shaffer, Brian DeMark, Mike Ferris
Heats: Shaffer, Gunderman, Gullo
2022 Champion: JOSH PARKER
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): NICK ROBINSON, Zack Jaynes, Dustin Pruyne, Matt Jenkins, Peyton Shaw, Ricky Lane, Robert Decker, Jason Peck
2022 Champion: NICK ROBINSON
Bandoleros (8 Laps): KALYSTA DEMARK (Outlaw), Michael Bast, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit), Derrick Vogler, Joey Allowatt
2022 Champions: KALYSTA DEMARK (Outlaw), CHASE SINSABAUGH (Bandit)
Photos by track photographer Clayton Vargeson: Picture 1 - Lee Sharpsteen earns 2022 Sunoco Modified championship; Pictures 2 and 3 - Nick Robinson earns a pair of 2022 championships
“Jimmy Zacharias, Mike Nichols Grace Chemung’s Victory Lane” By Carol Houssock (2022-08-15)
“I’m better than everyone else,” Jimmy Zacharias said from victory lane following his win in the Sunoco Modified division, when asked how his car holds the inside lane so well in turn four. He and Zack Curren won the two heat races and started alongside each other for the 35-lap feature. Gunnar Zeiner led early, with the first of nine cautions coming out with four laps complete. Zacharias turned point leader Lee Sharpsteen, whose car sustained race-ending mechanical damage and Zacharias restarted from the rear. The game-changer in this one came when Zeiner and Zack Curren were battling for the lead. Zeiner entered turn two a little too hot and got together with Curren. While they dropped back to the rear for the restart, their incident handed the lead to Zacharias. Charlie Sharpsteen, second in points, also had a bad night when sparks were visible from his car and he retired from the race. Curren and Zeiner got together again with five laps remaining. That gave second place runner Bryce Bailey a shot at taking the lead from Zacharias. It wasn’t to be, and Zacharias went on to score his fifth win and fourth in a row. “It’s all about experience, which I have here,” he said. Bailey finished second, followed by the trio of female racers in the event - Peyton Arthofer, Abery Arthofer and Danielle Sharpsteen. Depending on the outcome in the season finale, it could be a top three sweep for the Sharpsteens – Lee, Charlie and Lee’s wife Danielle.
A familiar, yet new this year, face appeared in victory lane in the Insinger Performance Super Stocks. However, but it was déjà vu all over again, as they say, for point leader Nick Robinson. For the third time this year he’s been turned while leading a feature. Sharpsteen led the opening lap, then Robinson took over on lap two. Tim Gullo, who had started sixth, got up to second and ran behind Robinson for the lion’s share of the 25-lap feature. The only caution, with 17 laps complete, came when Gullo turned Robinson and both restarted at the rear. That handed the lead to Mike Nichols, who was making his first appearance at the track this year. Frank Chapman III started beside him in the front row. Nichols pulled away and got the win over Sharpsteen, Chapman, Jason Duke, Jr., and Jason Duke, Sr. “I came to shake the car down,” Nichols told the crowd. Earlier, Robinson and Sharpsteen won the heats. Either Robinson or Duke, Jr. will earn the championship on August 26th.
A smoking gun can give things away in law enforcement but not in racing Friday night in the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock 20-lap feature. Veteran drivers Tim Gullo and Terry Potrzebowski won the heats and later made up the fourth row for the start. Pole-sitter Luke Nickles took advantage of pole and led the way over Randy Mathews. With smoke visible from his tail pipe all night, Mathews closed in on Nickles and, at the halfway point Mathews took over and relegated Nickles to second. Caution came out when George Nichols, Jr. spun with 13 laps complete. Mathews held his lead while Tom Shaffer got around Nickles and was up to second. The final caution came with three laps remaining when Tim Gullo and Nickles got together in turn one. Shaffer tried to take the lead, but Mathews wasn’t having that. He held on and picked up his second win this year. “I’ll take a look at it now, but the smoke didn’t slow me down,” Mathews stated. Shaffer, Potrzebowski, Dave Decker and Johnathan Gunderman all posted top-five finishes. Josh Parker appears headed to defend his track championship.
In 4 Cylinder action, it was sweep time for Greg Moldt. Starting outside row one, he powered around Matt Jenkins and led the way in the 20-lap feature. Nick Robinson and Zack Jaynes ran together in second and third. On lap six Jaynes was able to get by Robinson for second. They ran together for most of the caution-free race, while Moldt added to his lead. Over the final five laps Jaynes put some distance between himself and Robinson but he lacked time to chase down the leader. Moldt held on for the win, this time over Jaynes, Robinson, Dustin Pruyne and Jenkins. The championship will go to either Robinson or Jaynes, who are separated by less than 10 points with one race remaining.
Michael Bast and Chase Sinsabaugh won the heats in the INEX Bandolero division. Sinsabaugh led the first lap, but the race went under yellow following a spin by Devin Gullo. On the restart, Bandit Sinsabaugh and Outlaw Kalysta DeMark took the green first, with Bast making it a three-way battle up front. DeMark was relentless and made her race-winning pass with three laps remaining. While Bast took second from Sinsabaugh, Chase scored the win for drivers in the Bandit division. The two race winners are headed for championship status, to be made official after the final point race on August 26th.
Racing resumes this Saturday, as the ROC takes over Chemung for a four-division show. Pit gates open at 3 PM, grandstand gate at 4:30, with racing anticipated to get underway around 6 PM. With this being the day of the Xfinity race at Watkins, and with some drivers planning to run Chemung after that race, the start time is approximate. General admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors (ages 65+) and Military, $12 for kids ages 6-11 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. For information specific to the ROC, visit their website rocmodifiedseries.com.
During opening ceremonies, fire vehicles from Waverly and Chemung were on track. A ladder truck from each Department jointly raised the American flag on the front stretch. They joined a pair of pace vehicles from Firehouse Subs, the night’s sponsor.
A longtime fan from Chemung went home with $350 from the 50/50.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 17th. Chemung is putting together an afternoon of racing, with details to be provided when finalized.
Firehouse Subs Night results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps unofficial): JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Bryce Bailey, Peyton Arthofer, Abery Arthofer, Danielle Sharpsteen, Jody Buckley, Zack Curren, Gunnar Zeiner, Charlie Sharpsteen, Keith Youngs, Lee Sharpsteen
Heats: Curren, Zacharias
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): MIKE NICHOLS, Charlie Sharpsteen, Frank Chapman III, Jason Duke, Jr., Jason Duke, Sr., Tim Gullo, Chad Lane, Nick Robinson, Frank Chapman, Jr., DJ Shaw, Bradley Mister, Joey Bevacqua, Mark Taylor, Dennis Beardslee
Heats: Robinson, Sharpsteen
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): RANDY MATHEWS, Tom Shaffer, Terry Potrzebowski, Dave Decker, Johnathan Gunderman, Josh Parker, Kalysta DeMark, Gary Taylor, Tim Gullo, Mike Lattimer, Ethan Roberts, Cullen Sharpsteen, Luke Nickles, George Nichols, Jr., Chuck Nichols, Ben Perry (DNS)
Heats: Gullo, Potrzebowski
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): GREG MOLDT, Zack Jaynes, Nick Robinson, Dustin Pruyne, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane
Bandoleros (10 Laps): KALYSTA DEMARK (Outlaw), Michael Bast, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit), Joey Allowatt, Dallas Harbst, Devin Gullo, Derrick Vogler
Heats: Bast. Sinsabaugh
Photos by Clayton Vargeson: Jimmy Z gets win #5; Mike Nichols wins first of the year
“Veteran Chemung Racers, Jimmy Zacharias and Charlie Sharpsteen, Get Wins” By Carol Houssock (2022-07-31)
Charlie Sharpsteen, doing double duty on Friday night, won the heat in his Sunoco Modified and led the first three circuits in their 35-lap feature. That’s when Jimmy Zacharias got around him and took the lead on lap four. The only caution came with six laps complete when point leader Lee Sharpsteen slowed to a stop on the back stretch. He was done for the night. Zacharias won the drag race to turn one with C. Sharpsteen and he was able to build what became a big lead. Sharpsteen then got chased down by Gunnar Zeiner, who got around him for second with four laps remaining. Zacharias rolled to his third consecutive win and fourth overall in five attempts this season. “I’m not always the fastest, but I have to say I guess I have the fastest 35-lap car,” he said following his win. He finished ahead of Zeiner, Sharpsteen and Jody Buckley.
In the Insinger Performance Super Stock division, Charlie Sharpsteen and Tim Gullo won the heat races, and both went on to be major factors in the 25-lap feature. Frank Chapman III led the field off turn two but, three laps in, caution came out. Dennis Beardslee, Jason Duke, Jr. and Chad Lane got together but Gullo joined them at the rear for causing the incident. On the restart DJ Shaw, Duke, Jr. and Brian DeMark got together in turn three. On the second attempt, Nick Robinson powered around Chapman from the outside of row one. He began to pull away, leaving a battle for second between Sharpsteen and Chapman III. Two more cautions slowed the action as Frank Chapman, Jr. and Gullo were then headed toward the front. While working lap 18, Gullo tagged leader Robinson, who spun. Both restarted at the rear, handing the lead to Sharpsteen with eight laps remaining. He went on to win for the first time in several years. “It’s been too long since I had this car here. I’m trying to shake it down, but I couldn’t do any of it without a lot of help,” he told the crowd.
The Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division brought about some special memories, including a sweep by Tim Gullo. While the 20-lap feature included five caution periods, watching the Dave Machuga-owned #78 power around the track drew lots of attention. He took the lead from heat winner Dave Decker on lap 12 and never looked back. Decker kept a battle between Kalysta DeMark and Josh Parker behind him. Gullo’s arrival in victory lane was the medicine Machuga needed as he battles poor health. “What do you expect, it’s a Machuga chassis,” Tim said in victory lane. “But the car stalled when we were under the red for that wreck, but at the last minute it started.” Machuga joined him in victory lane and said “we finally got one, huh? And I can’t think of a better driver to have in the car.”
Except for the opening lap, when Matt Jenkins spun in turn three, the 20-lap 4 Cylinder feature ran from start to finish. Dustin Pruyne led the first lap, with Greg Moldt and point leader Nick Robinson in pursuit. Both got around him, leaving Pruyne in a battle with Zack Jaynes for third. Jaynes got around him and began to close the gap separating him for Robinson. With a handful of laps remaining, Jaynes took over second. Moldt picked up his second win of the season, this time over Jaynes, Robinson, Pruyne and Jenkins. Earlier, Moldt won the heat so it was sweep night for him.
The 10-lap Bandolero race included a nice mix of the two ages groups – Outlaws and Bandits. The heats were won by a driver in each group, Kalysta DeMark (Outlaws) and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandits). Sinsabaugh led early. The race was slowed for three caution periods, and just a lap before the second one DeMark took the top spot away from Sinsabaugh. For the second week in a row, it was point leader DeMark who got the overall win in a car sporting a ‘for sale’ sign as she focuses more on her Hobby Stock ride. Devin Gullo parked his #71 in victory lane as well after finishing second, but best in the Bandit age group.
Race fans were wildly appreciative of the action they saw as mechanics in the 4 Cylinder division raced for five laps. Kyle Mortimer, part of Robinson Racing, drew the pole for the race, and led all five laps. To say he was excited as he exited the car is an understatement. Leading from start to finish did have one challenge, however. “I didn’t have anyone in front of me to follow,” he said as he clutched his trophy.
Mechanics representing the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks then took to the track for their five-lap feature. What made this one special was having promoter, Ray Hodge, out there. As Daltyn Decker took command, Hodge spun coming off turn four. Following his own instructions to other racers, he got the car turned around and kept the race under green. Decker was also excited when he was interviewed following his win.
The tire shortage has resulted in the cancellation of the program scheduled for this Saturday night. Racing will resume on Friday, August 12thre, with a regular five-division program sponsored by Firehouse Subs. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $14 for adults, $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.
A lucky fan from Binghamton, NY went home with $350 from the 50/50.
Signworks Night results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps): JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Gunnar Zeiner, Charlie Sharpsteen, Jody Buckley, Lee Sharpsteen, Danielle Sharpsteen
Heat: C. Sharpsteen
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): CHARLIE SHARPSTEEN, Brian DeMark, Chad Lane, Frank Chapman, Jr., Tim Gullo, Nick Robinson, Frank Chapman III, Jason Duke, Sr., Jason Duke, Jr., Mark Taylor, DJ Shaw, Bradley Mister, Derrick Tarbox, Joey Bevacqua, Dennis Beardslee
Heats: Sharpsteen, Gullo
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): TIM GULLO, Dave Decker, Kalysta DeMark, Josh Parker, Terry Potrzebowski, Tom Shaffer, Johnathan Gunderman, Tyler Harbst, Mike Lattimer, Ethan Roberts, George Nichols, Jr., Doug DeKay, Cullen Sharpsteen, Chuck Nichols, Luke Nickels, Ben Perry, Randy Mathews
Heats: Decker, Gullo
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): GREG MOLDT, Zack Jaynes, Nick Robinson, Dustin Pruyne, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane, Sidnie Decker, Peyton Shaw
Bandoleros (10 Laps): KALYSTA DEMARK (Outlaw), Devin Gullo (Bandit), Dallas Harbst, Joey Allowatt, Michael Bast, Chase Sinsabaugh, Reese Faulisi (DNS)s
Heats: Allowatt, Sinsabaugh
4 Cylinder Mechanics Race: (5 Laps): KYLE MORTIMER, Justin Millard, Jeff Robinson, Jacob Schuster, Jerry Sinsabaugh, Jr.
Hobby Stock Mechanics Race: (5 Laps): DALTYN DECKER, M.R. Taylor, Randy Matew, Tara Gullo, Kyle Lingerfelt, Wyatt DeKay, Ray Hodge, William Chillson
“Jimmy Zacharias Takes Chemung Sunoco Modified Feature; Tim Gullo in Super Stocks” By Carol Houssock (2022-07-24)
“This new car is running better than anything I had 10 years ago,” Jimmy Zacharias said after his second Sunoco Modified feature win in a row and third overall. He and Charlie Sharpsteen won the two heats and the field lined up for their 35-lap feature. Sharpsteen started outside pole but powered around Pat Judson for the lead. Zacharias went three-wide and moved from fourth to second on that opening lap. On lap five the lead was Jimmy’s and he began to pull away from Zack Curren, who had passed Sharpsteen for second. The first of just two cautions came out with 16 laps complete for a spin by Rob Shultz. Zacharias and Curren made up row one for the restart. Zacharias prevailed and his lead increased on each lap. That big lead went away when Sharpsteen hit the foam blocks in turn four. That set up a green/white/checkered finish. With Curren alongside Zacharias, and Lee Sharpsteen and Bryce Bailey right behind them, the win was within reach for any of them. Zacharias put the hammer down and sailed across the finish line for the win. “This Billy the Kid engine is amazing. I’ve never had anything like this before,” he said before thanking his crew and sponsors.
The 25-lap Insinger Performance Super Stock feature had several cautions and some ongoing issues among the racers, but none of it distracted eventual winner Tim Gullo. Seth Zacharias led the first few laps, but the first caution came out when Garrett Zacharias turned Nick Robinson shortly after he got the lead. Both restarted at the rear, just as they had done for the same reason in their heat race. Frank Chapman, Jr. got the top spot on the restart. He held it for three laps, enough time for Gullo to catch and pass him. By lap 13 Gullo led Robinson, Chapman, G. Zacharias and Evan Rygielski. Gullo was able to build a nice lead while the others ran nose-to-tail. On lap 17 Robinson turned G. Zacharias and, once again, both restarted at the rear. Two laps later the fourth caution came out when G. Zacharias turned Frank Chapman III, who let him know under caution that it was unappreciated. Both restarted at the rear. As the final five laps wound down, Gullo and Rygielski treated fans to spectacular racing action while G. Zacharias slowed on the track and then went down pit road. Gullo went on for the win, followed by Rygielski and Joey Bevacqua, with a very solid run. “I’m here getting the car ready for the ROC show on the 6th but want to dedicate this one to Dave Machuga,” Gullo said. The final rundown is unofficial as of press time.
Kalysta DeMark, Josh Parker and Brian DeMark won the trio of heat races for the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks. Handicapping set the lineup for their 20-lap feature, but no one could have scripted the outcome in this one. Kalysta led the opening lap, as her father followed right behind him in second. The first of three cautions came out for a George Nichols, Jr. spin. Daughter and father sat side-by-side on the front row for the lap six restart. Brian took the lead from his daughter, but caution flew again a lap later. Over the remaining 14 laps, Brian had two car lengths on Kalysta, with Tom Shaffer running third. The gap between first and second was shrinking but the race was nearing its conclusion. “I knew she was there. It was a great, clean race,” Brian said following his career-first win over Kalysta. “That was great, to be honest,” she said after a big hug but shortly before pouring a bottle of cold water over her father’s head.
In 4 Cylinder action, point leader Nick Robinson won the heat and took the early lead in their 20-lap feature. On the fifth lap his teammate, Zack Jaynes, was up to second and looking to take over the race lead. He did so on lap six and never looked back. “He wasn’t having that one,” Jaynes said from victory lane, where he celebrated his career-first feature win. Robinson had to settle for second in this one. “The plan is to be on rails, and tonight we were right on plan.” Jaynes sits second in points.
The 10-lap Bandolero feature also went caution-free. Michael Bast the opening lap, but he soon had heat winners Chase Sinsabaugh and Kalysta DeMark reeling in his early lead. Just past the halfway point DeMark had passed both Sinsabaugh and Bast. The lead was hers, and she preserved it over the final four laps. The Outlaw, DeMark, won. Bast, Sinsabaugh (Bandit winner), Joey Allowatt and Devin Gullo finished behind her. The win padded her point lead.
Seven ladies started the 5-lap Powder Puff, but it quickly became a three-way battle in Hobby Stock cars. Tara Gullo, who started fifth on the grid, made some neat moves after the green flag flew. She, Michelle Peters and Grace Dewert pulled away and, while battling for the lead, Peters spun off turn four and slapped the front stretch wall. Gullo went on to claim the win over Dewert and Makenzie Decker.
This Friday night Signworks presents a regular five-division program plus Hobby Stock/4 Cylinder Mechanics race. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $14 for adults, $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.
With $665 unclaimed two weeks ago, the 50/50 winner’s share swelled to $1,610. Kevin, from Athens, PA, couldn’t believe he had won. When asked what he would do with it, he said he would use some of it to return next Friday night.
Following her Hobby Stock heat race win, Kalysta DeMark hit her pit box when returning to her infield pit area. “The brakes were gone and then I had a panic attack,” she said. The ambulance responded, provided fluids, cleared her, and said she was able to finish the night in both cars.
The track crew had a major foam block clean-up when Dave Machuga lost his brakes and was unable to steer away from the blocks in turn one. He was ok, but he displaced every block from the point of impact to just past turn two. He stepped aside for the feature and put Tim Gullo in his Hobby Stock. They later had a similar, but smaller, clean-up in turn four.
Marion Decker Agency Night results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps): JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Zack Curren, Lee Sharpsteen, Bryce Bailey, Kevin Timmerman, Pat Judson, Rob Shultz, Seth Zacharias, Gunnar Zeiner, Charlie Sharpsteen, Damon Frutchey, Danielle Sharpsteen
Heats: C. Sharpsteen, J. Zacharias
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps - UNOFFICIAL): TIM GULLO, Evan Rygielski, Joey Bevacqua, Frank Chapman, Jr., Nick Robinson, Jason Duke, Jr., Chad Lane, Jason Duke, Sr., Mark Taylor, Bradley Mister, Frank Chapman III, Garrett Zacharias, DJ Shaw, Seth Zacharias, Dennis Beardslee
Heats: G. Zacharias, Gullo, Rygielski
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): BRIAN DEMARK, Kalysta DeMark, Tom Shaffer, Tim Gullo, Josh Parker, Dave Decker, Doug Dekay, Luke Nickles, Johnathan Gunderman, Tyler Harbst, Cullen Sharpsteen, Mike Lattimer, Ethan Roberts, Chuck Nichols, Gary Taylor, George Nichols, Jr., Randy Mathews (DNS)
Heats: K. DeMark, Parker, B. DeMark
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): ZACK JAYNES, Nick Robinson, DJ Shaw, Dustin Pruyne, Ricky Lane, Jason Peck, Sidnie Decker
Bandoleros (10 Laps): KALYSTA DEMARK (Outlaw), Michael Bast, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit), Joey Allowatt, Devin Gullo, Dallas Harbst
Heats: DeMark, Sinsabaugh
Powder Puff (5 Laps): TARA GULLO, Grace Dewert, Makenzie Decker, Timmerie Fletcher, LC Parker, Kayla Horn, Andrea Garrett, Michelle Peters
Zacharias Cousins, Jimmy and Garrett, Take Mod and Super Stock Wins at Chemung By Carol Houssock (2022-07-09)Race fans at the Speedrome were treated to six divisions of racing on Friday night. Buckley’s Automotive sponsored the night, which included a special visit by the Small Block Super Modified traveling series. Winners included Jimmy Zacharias (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Tim Shaffer (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Kalysta DeMark (Bandoleros), and Mike Bruce (Supers). The track is quiet this Friday but will return to action on Friday, July 22nd.
The 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature had a pair of former track champions and race winners this year battle it out for another win. Jimmy Zacharias and Zack Curren had earlier won their heats. Pat Judson and Charlie Sharpsteen made up row one for the start, with Sharpsteen powering around on the outside to take the early lead. A three-wide deal put Zacharias in second and point leader Lee Sharpsteen in third. Just three laps in, the first of four caution flags came out. On the restart Zacharias took the lead from C. Sharpsteen, who lost several positions. At the halfway point Zacharias had a nice lead, while L. Sharpsteen and Curren engaged in an exciting battle for second. Over the second half of the race Curren was able to take over second, leaving L. Sharpsteen and Bryce Bailey going for third. While the gap between Zacharias and Curren narrowed just a bit, it was another win for Jimmy Z, followed to the line by Curren, L. Sharpsteen, Bailey and C. Sharpsteen. “This car is great and it’s so special to win with my Uncle RJ here. I have a lot of people to thank for this,” he told the crowd.
DJ Shaw and Garrett Zacharias got things going in the Insinger Performance Super Stocks as winners of the two heat races. Joey Bevacqua and Shaw had front row seats for the start of their 25-lap feature, with Bevacqua leading lap one and Shaw lap two. Zacharias worked the traffic beautifully, from seventh to a battle for fourth and then to second. Nick Robinson, running third, brought out the first caution with a cut tire. A lap later both Frank Chapman and Shaw slowed with issues. Zacharias maintained the lead and, after the final caution, had Jason Duke, Jr. in pursuit of the top spot. It was then Robinson’s time to work the traffic, which he did over the last six laps. At the checkered it was Garrett Zacharias picking up another win, this one over Robinson, Duke, Jim House, and Bevacqua. While his father cheered him on from the suite, the top four cars had to go to the tech barn, so he did not see his son parked in victory lane. But he knew who had just won.
It was sweep time for Tom Shaffer in the growing Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division. Winner of heat three, he started their 20-lap feature from the pole and never surrendered that position. The race itself was slowed by five caution periods, but on each restart he was up to the challenge and kept the others behind him. Former feature winner Doug Dekay stayed with Shaffer the second half of the race but never mustered up enough to get around him. Jeremy Potrzebowski, making a return to Chemung in a car built over the winner, lost the grip in turn two while running second and had to work his way back to the front. He got as far as second in an impressive run. Problems for points leaders Josh Parker and Randy Mathews were good news for Luke Nickels, whose fourth-place finish tightened up the championship battle.
Defending 4 Cylinder track champ, Greg Moldt, returned to a place he has been many times – victory lane at he Speedrome. Moldt made just his second appearance in a 20-lap feature this year, but it was classic Greg at work. A three-wide move in the opening lap moved him from fourth to first. The bulk of this one was a battle between him and heat winner Zack Jaynes. The only caution came when Peyton Shaw spun. Over the remaining laps it became a three-man chase as Nick Robinson joined the duo. Robinson had been undefeated this year but had to settle for third behind Moldt and Jaynes.
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.
RJ Zacharias, who suffered multiple aneurysms in the fall of 2021, attended his first race and everyone was happy to see him. Thanks to his special friends he was able to visit the pit area, attend the drivers meeting, and catch all the racing action from his wheelchair in a suite. RJ smiled and gave thumbs-up signs when his son, Garrett, and nephew, Jimmy, won their features.
Fans and race teams witnessed a different kind of horsepower during the opening ceremonies. Serenity Clark-Conklin rode her horse around the track while carrying an American flag as Beth Bailey sang the anthem.
When the lights went out on Friday night, no one had claimed the 50/50. On July 22nd, if still unclaimed, the winner’s share will start at $665. The winning ticket is posted on the track’s Facebook page.
Buckley’s Automotive Night results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps): JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Zack Curren, Lee Sharpsteen, Bryce Bailey, Charlie Sharpsteen, Jody Buckley, Damon Frutchey, Danielle Sharpsteen, Pat Judson
Heats: Zacharias, Curren
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Nick Robinson, Jason Duke, Jr., Jim House, Joey Bevacqua, Jason Duke, Sr., Seth Zacharias, Frank Chapman, Frank Chapman, Jr., Aaron Cornell, Derrick Tarbox, Mark Taylor, Bradley Mister, DJ Shaw, Dennis Beardslee, JP Harbst (DNS)
Heats: Shaw, G. Zacharias
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): TOM SHAFFER, Doug Dekay, Jeremy Potrzebowski, Luke Nickels, Kalysta DeMark, Brian DeMark, Mike Lattimer, Tyler Harbst, Gary Taylor, George Nichols, Jr., Randy Mathews, Josh Parker, Dave Machuga, Chuck Nichols, Ethan Roberts, Ben Perry, Dave Decker
Heats: Mathews, B. DeMark, Shaffer
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): GREG MOLDT, Zack Jaynes, Nick Robinson, Dustin Pruyne, Ricky Lane, Jason Peck, Peyton Shaw, Matt Jenkins
Bandoleros (10 Laps): KALYSTA DEMARK (Outlaw), Devin Gullo (Bandit), Dallas Harbst, Reese Faulisi (DNS), Joey Allowatt (DNS)
Small Block Super Modifieds (30 Laps): MIKE BRUCE, Dan Kapuscinski, Noah Ratcliff, Jude Parker, Greg O'Connor, Tim Proud, Rob Wirth, Tony Pisa, Mark Denny Jr, AJ Larkin, DJ Shuman, Drew Pascuzzi
Heats: Kapuscinski, Bruce
Zack Curren Grabs Sunoco Modified Feature at Chemung; Garrett Zacharias Repeats in Insinger Performance Super Stocks By Matt Lewis (2022-06-27)Friday was Veterans night at Chemung Speedrome, as all veterans received free admission to the track. A special ceremony was held prior to the start of racing with the Valley Color Guard participating in a flag ceremony on the backstretch. Veterans in attendance were also interviewed to share memories and reflect back on their service. Empire Federal Credit Union sponsored the night’s action.
The caution free 35 laps Sunoco Modified feature was led to green by Pat Judson with 2nd starting Zack Curren moving into the lead on the first lap. Back in the field, a battle began to shape up as Jimmy Zacharias and TJ Potrzebowski battled side by side with both cars moving up into the top 5. Seth Zacharias decided to try his hand wheeling the families number 26 modified as he starts to get experience in this class. Kevin Youngs was the other mover in the field starting 4th and moving up to 2nd, but in the end, it was all Zack Curren as he took the feature win.
The 25 lap Insinger Performance Super Stock feature had it all, with edge of your seat racing and a photo finish. It was led to green by Joey Bevacqua with JP Harbst in pursuit. Back in the field, all eyes were on 5th starting Nick Robinson and 6th starting Garrett Zacharias, as both immediately started their drive towards the front. It was Robinson taking over the lead on lap 2, with Zacharias moving up into 2nd by lap 5 as Tim Gullo moved up into 3rd. The first caution flew on on Lap 8 as Jason Duke Jr spun out on the front stretch with Chad Lane, and Ron Underwood involved as well. Underwood's car ended up making contact with the wall at the beginning of turn 1. On the restart the battle at the front continued as Robinson held off Zacharias as he maintained the lead. The caution flag flew again on lap 22, and on the restart, an intense side by side 3 lap battle began to rage between Robinson, and Zacharias. In the end it was a clean side by side photo finish with Zacharias taking the win by less than half a bumper length.
The 20 lap Marion Decker Hobby Stock feature was led to green by Kalysta DeMark with Luke Nichols running in 2nd. The first caution flew on lap 4 as the race leader DeMark, spun in the middle of turn 1 and 2. This put Nichols in the lead for the restart, with Harbst starting 2nd. A 2nd caution flew on the same lap for Ethan Roberts, and on the restart it was Nichols taking command. The 3rd caution flew on lap 14 as DeMark spun once again on turn 1 and 2. On the restart, it was Josh Parker on the move as he moved up into 2nd position and started to reel in Nichols. A side by side battle ensued with Parker taking the lead on lap 17. And that's where he stayed to take the win.
The 20 lap 4 Cylinder feature was led to green by Dustin Pruyne with Zack Jaynes in 2nd. Back in the field it was 3rd starting Nick Robinson powering his way to the front and waiting for the right moment to take the lead. Back in the field, it was Micah Adams moving up to 3rd position, but when all was said and done, it was all Robinson as he took the win. - Matt Lewis
The 10 lap Bandolero feature was led to green by Joey Allowatt, with Kalysta DeMark in pursuit. The battle for the lead began with multi lap side by side racing between Allowatt and DeMark with each car edging into the lead multiple times. When all was said and done, it was DeMark taking the win for the Outlaws, with Chase Sinsabaugh taking the win for the Bandits.
Chemung is idle this Friday for competitors and fans to celebrate the 4th of July weekend. Racing will resume on Friday, July 8th. It will be a special night, as the Limited Super Modifieds join the regulars in a program sponsored by Buckley's Automotive. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $18 for adults, $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.
Empire Federal Credit Union results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps) Zack Curren, Kevin Youngs, Lee Sharpsteen, T Potrzebowski, Jimmy Zacharias, Scott Wylie, Charlie Sharpsteen, Andy Lewis. Jr., Seth Zacharias, Pat Judson (-10), Danielle Sharpsteen (-23), Johnny Rogers (-32) Heat Winners - TJ Potrzebowski, Jimmy Zacharias.
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps) Garrett Zacharias, Nick Robinson, Tim Gullo, Frank Chapman, Jason Duke Sr, DJ Shaw, Jason Duke Jr, JP Harbst, Aaron Cornell, Bradley Mister, Seth Zacharias, Joey Bevacqua,(-6), Derrick Tarbox (-12), Chad Lane (-18), Ron Underwood (-18) Heat Winners Nick Robinson, Garrett Zacharias.
Bandoleros (10 Laps) Kalysta DeMark (Outlaw), Michael Bast, Joey Allowatt, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit), Devin Gullo, Derrick Vogler (-2), Dallas Harbst (-2), Reese Faulisi (-3) - Heat Winner - Kalysta DeMark
4 Cylinders (20 Laps) - Nick Robinson, Zack Jaynes, Micah Adams, Dustin Pruyne, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Peyton Shaw (-1), Ricky Lane (NG) Heat Winner - Zack Jaynes
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps) Josh Parker, Luke Nichols, Tyler Harbst, Dave Machuga, Randy Matthews, Cullen Sharpsteen, Mike Lattimer, Kalysta DeMark, George Nichols Jr, Ethan Roberts, Brian DeMark (-7), Tom Shaffer (-17), Chuck Nichols (-17) Heat Winners - Tom Shaffer, Josh Parker.
New Faces, Repeat Winners at Chemung Speedrome By Matt Lewis (2022-06-20)
The caution plagued 35-lap Modified feature fielded 13 cars that were led to green by Charlie Sharpsteen with Kevin Youngs taking the early lead. The first caution flew on lap 3 for Peyton Artoffer, with Youngs taking command once again on the restart. Cautions flying twice on lap 14 for Gunner Zeiner, and the second time on the same lap for Payton Arthofer. Lap 20 was another caution for Abery Arthofer. On Lap 24 yet another caution for contact between Keith Youngs and Lee Sharpsteen, which resulted in Keith Youngs being sent to the rear. On the restart, an intense battle raged between Kevin Youngs, and Jimmy Zacharias with side by side racing action. Zacharias took the lead on lap 25, with one last caution flying on lap 29. On the restart it was Zacharias powering away for the win.
The 25-lap Insinger Performance Super Stock feature was led to green by Aaron Cornell. 6th starting Nick Robinson began a fast charge to the front with Garrett Zacharias right behind. Robinson took the lead on lap 4 just as the caution flag flew for Seth Zacharias and Jason Duke Sr. On the restart, it was an intense battle in the front as Garrett Zacharias and Nick Robinson fought for the lead. That battle boiled over on lap 7 as both cars came together off turn 4 with both Nick Robinson and Garrett Zacharias making contact with the infield wall. As a result of the contact, both cars were black flagged and sent to the pits. It was now 3rd running Jim House having the front for the restart, as he led the field to green. And that's where House would stay to take his first ever feature win.
The 20-lap 4 Cylinder Feature was led to green by Peyton Shaw with Jason Peck in hot pursuit. Back in the pack, it was 4th starting Nick Robinson who started to make the charge to the front, as he powered around Zack Jaynes, Jason Peck, and then started reeling in Shaw. That battle was short lived as Nick Robinson took command and waved bye bye, as he powered away from the rest on the pack. It was all Robinson as he landed once again in victory lane.
The 20-Lap Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock feature fielded 14 cars that were led to green by Luke Nickels with Mike Lattimer in pursuit. 3rd starting Randy Matthews began to reel in Lattimer as he slowly worked his way around to make the pass and then went to work on Nickels. After side by side running and some edge of the seat racing, it was Matthews taking over the lead and staying there for the win. During his victory lane interview, he credited his early lead as the key to ensuring victory, resulting in not having to worry about whatever was going on behind him.
The Bandolero 10-lap feature was led to green by Chase Sinsabaugh with Joey Allowatt in hot pursuit. Both cars then proceeded to run side by side for multiple laps with each nosing ahead before falling back with Allowatt taking the lead briefly. When all was said and done, the field finished as it started, with Chase Sinsabaugh taking the win for the Bandits (his first overall win for the 2022 season), and Joey Allowatt taking the win for the Outlaws.
This Friday night’s action is being sponsored by Empire Federal Credit Union. It's a full 5-division program on a night when Chemung honors veterans. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $14 for adults, $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.
Sunoco Modifieds - (35 Laps) Jimmy Zacharias, Kevin Youngs, Lee Sharpsteen, Keith Youngs, Bryce Bailey, Rob Shultz, Gunner Zeiner, Payton Arthofer, Abery Arthofer, Pat Judson (-7), TJ Zacharias (_7), Danielle Sharpsteen (-7), Charlie Sharpsteen
Heats: Jimmy Zacharias, Kevin Youngs
Insinger Performance Super Stocks - (25 Laps) Jim House, Jason Duke Jr, Jason Duke Sr, DJ Shaw, Seth Zacharias, Chad Lane, JP Harbst, Joey Bevacqua, Aaron Cornell, Bradley Mister, Nick Robinson (D) (-18), Garrett Zacharias (D) (-18)
Heats: Nick Robinson, Garrett Zacharias
4 Cylinders (20 laps) - Nick Robinson, Zack Jaynes, Sidne Decker, Jason Peck, Dustin Pruyne, Peyton Shaw (-3), Ricky Lane (-11), Greg Moldt (DNS)
Heat: Zack Jaynes
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps) - Randy Matthews, Josh Parker, Tom Shaffer, Dave Decker, Luke Nickels, Doug Dekay, Mike Lattimer, David Machuga, Tyler Harbst, Cullen Sharpsteen, Kalysta DeMark, Ethan Roberts (-1), Chuck Nichols (-3), Dennis Beardslee (-19)
Heats: Randy Matthews, Mike Lattimer
Bandoleros (10 Laps) - Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit), Joey Allowatt (Outlaw), Kalysta DeMark, Dallas Harbst, Michael Bast
Heat: Joey Allowatt (Outlaw), Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit)
Bridesmaid No More, Lee Sharpsteen Wins Chemung Sunoco Modified Feature By Carol Houssock (2022-06-05)(Chemung, NY) Week three at Chemung Speedrome included a season-first winner, a pair of repeat winners, an undefeated winner, and a career-first winner. It also offered fans the opportunity to meet and greet the drivers, with cars on the front stretch and drivers ready with goodies and hero cards. Winners included Lee Sharpsteen (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Doug Dekay (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), Nick Robinson (4 Cylinders), and Michael Bast (INEX Bandoleros). The track is quiet this Friday night but roars back into action on Friday, June 17th.
Heat winner Keith Youngs, in the #5 car, drew number five for the invert following his heat race win in the Sunoco Modifieds. Pat Judson and Lee Sharpsteen made up the front row and it was Sharpsteen who led the way off turn two. By the fourth lap Zack Curren was knocked on the door trying to take the lead. Youngs, who had won their last feature, was behind Charlie Sharpsteen and eventually got around him. Things got a bit crazy with 25 laps complete. Caution came out for an incident involving C. Sharpsteen and Damon Frutchey. On the restart a three-wide attempt failed, and officials sent L. Sharpsteen, Curren and Youngs to the rear for either causing or stopping during the failure. Another caution, for trouble between L. Sharpsteen and Curren, led to the final restart. Pat Judson had inherited the lead and Bryce Bailey joined him in the front row for the restart. Bailey led the next lap, but Lee was on the move and passed him in turn one for the lap 27 lead. He held on, despite heavy pressure from Curren. Lee had finished second in the first two races this year, but he got the win on this night. "That was a good show for the fans. This is a war machine," he said as he stood in front of the Matt Jilson-owned #17 and surrounded by the entire team. This represented a season-first for the MOB team.
The Zacharias cousins won both heats for the Insinger Performance Super Stocks and when Seth drew number eight it put them in the fourth row for the 25-lap feature. Josh Duke, Jr. powered around Aaron Cornell and took the early lead. DJ Shaw got into Cornell with three laps in, and that brought Jason Duke, Sr. up alongside his son for the restart. Junior prevailed but lost the top spot to Nick Robinson on lap five. Defending track champion Garrett Zacharias was on the move and up to second by lap seven. He and Robinson put some distance between themselves and provided some exciting action, while the Duke's ran together in third and fourth. The second, and final, caution came out when Cornell spun on the back stretch with nine laps remaining. Zacharias got around Robinson on the outside and took over the lead, which he maintained until the checkered flag flew over the #71z. "That was a tough one. I like the way we raced; it was a clean race but I had to bide my time. This thing was rolling," he said following his second feature win in a row.
The Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock class continues to grow. Heat winner Josh Parker and Dave Decker started beside each other back in the sixth row following a 12-car inversion. The 20-lap race went under yellow just a lap in when pole-sitter Rick Sinsabaugh spun. Early on no one wanted to lead, as Mike Lattimer spun and put Doug Dekay in the top spot for the restart. He had to survive three more restarts, for spins and a flat tire that slowed Tom Shaffer. The caution for Shaffer was the last one and it took away a nice lead Dekay had built. However, he outraced Tyler Harbst and led the way. Harbst gave it a good fight but during the green/white/checkered finish he was unable to make a pass on the determined leader. Dekay, who had never won a race, was a bit speechless in the Ferrario Victory Lane. "I don't know what to say", but he did say thank you to those who support him.
Undefeated, three-peat, hat trick. That's the scenario for Nick Robinson in the track's 4 Cylinder division, where he's doing double-duty this year. Dustin Pruyne won the heat then drew six for the inversion. That put Peyton Shaw and Joey Bevacqua on the front row. Shaw got into Bevacqua on the opening lap, forcing a complete restart. That brought Robinson to the outside of row one and he took off, leaving teammate Zack Jaynes in a battle with Bevacqua for second. He got that spot but broke on the second lap and pulled in for a quick repair. As Robinson approached Jaynes to lap him, Zack tagged the inside wall in turn one and put the race under caution. Robinson chose the outside for his front row restart, and it worked. He went on to win the 20-lap race and has now claimed all three features in the division. "The worst part of that race was watching my teammate wreck," he said from victory lane.
The caution-free Bandolero feature was light in car count but not in action. The invert put Michael Bast on the outside of row one for the start. While pole-sitter Joey Allowatt was the first into turn one, Bast powered around him in turn two for the lead. A lap later heat winner Kalysta DeMark and Chase Sinsabaugh passed Allowatt for second and third. At the halfway point Bast, Sinsabaugh and DeMark were running tight. With two to go it was a battle between the top two and Bast hung on for the Outlaw win. Sinsabaugh, a Bandit, finished second but first among his age group.
The 50/50 winner from Elmira pocketed $360.
Dave Decker celebrated his Hobby Stock win from two weeks ago when the apparent winner was disqualified.
Sunoco Modifieds (35 Laps): LEE SHARPSTEEN, Zack Curren, Keith Youngs, Bryce Bailey, Charlie Sharpsteen, Pat Judson, Damon Frutchey, Danielle Sharpsteen, Kevin Youngs (DNS)
Heat: Keith Youngs
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Nick Robinson, Jason Duke, Jr., Jason Duke, Sr., Seth Zacharias, Joey Bevacqua, Chad Lane, JP Harbst, Aaron Cornell, Mark Taylor, DJ Shaw, Bradley Mister
Heats: Seth Zacharias, Garrett Zacharias
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): DOUG DEKAY, Tyler Harbst, Kalysta DeMark, Dave Decker, Mike Lattimer, Josh Parker, Cullen Sharpsteen, Luke Nickles, Tom Shaffer, George Nichols, Jr., Randy Mathews, Rick Sinsabaugh
Heats: Parker, Decker
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): NICK ROBINSON, Joey Bevacqua, Dustin Pruyne, Sidnie Decker, Peyton Shaw, Zack Jaynes, Matt Jenkins (DNS)
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps): MICHAEL BAST, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit winner), Kalysta DeMark, Joey Allowatt, Dallas Harbst
Chemung Recap May 20th by Matt Lewis (2022-05-22)
The Bandolero feature was lead to green by by Kalista DeMark with Chase Sinsabaugh in hot pursuit as a battle shaped up in the 10 lap feature. The caution flew on lap 8 as both cars came together on the backstretch, knocking them both out of the race. This put 3rd place runner Micheal Bass in the lead on the restart and that's where he stayed to take the win for the Outlaws with Devon Gullo taking the win for the Bandits.
The 20 lap 4 Cylinder Feature was led to green by Sidnie Decker with Payton Shaw in hot pursuit. It was Nick Robinson who started 6th and continued his hard charge to the front of the pack powering around Jason Peck, Matt Jenkins, and Payton Shaw. It was Robinson taking over the lead on lap 8 from Zack Jaynes as an intense battle ensued between both cars with side by side running. In the end it was Nick Robinson holding on for the win.
The Modifieds 35 lap feature started as Charlie Sharpsteen took command. The pressure was on for the lead as Gunner Zeiner powered to the front and the lead with pressure being applied as Keith Young moved up to make the pass for second position. It was all Young as he took over the lead and held on for the feature win.
An impressive field of 15 Hobby Stocks was led to green by Kalysta Demark with Tom Shafer in hot pursuit for the 20 lap feature. It was an intense battle all the way thru the pack with 9th place starter Joe Heintzelman worked his way all the way thru the pack to second position as around to take the lead with Demark falling back to 9th. 10th starting Dave Decker also made his way to the front as a 3 car battle shaped up for the remainder of the feature between Shafer, Heintzelman, and Decker. When all was said and done, it was Tom Shafer holding on and taking the win.
The 25 lap Super Stock feature shaped up to be one of the most competitive of the night for all 25 laps. The feature was led to green by Joey Bevacqua and Jody Buckley on the first row. The competition was just beginning between Garrett Zacharias and Nick Robinson on the second row starting 3rd and 4th. An intense battle began to shape up as both powered to the front with Zacharies taking the lead with side by side running before Garrett began to pull away. The feature seemed to be over when contact on turn one between Frank Chapman and a spinning Jody Buckley brought out the red flag on lap 24 with just one lap remaining. There was a massive amount of fluid on the track as the safety crew worked to remove Chapman's car and clean up. When racing resumed about 15 minutes later it was a white checker finish as Garrett Zacharias held on for the win.
Chemung is off this weekend but will return to action on Friday, June 3rd at 7 PM.
TJ Potrzebowski Lands Rocketship in Chemung's Sunoco Modified Victory Lane By Carol Houssock (2022-05-17)(Chemung, NY) The 2022 season opener proved worth the wait. Veteran racers demonstrated the value of experience, and a career-first race winner celebrated his victory in the track's newest and growing division. Northeast ATV sponsored the program and some unique trophies that went home with feature winners TJ Potrzebowski (Sunoco Modifieds), Tim Gullo (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Luke Nickels (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), Nick Robinson (4 Cylinders), and Kalysta DeMark (INEX Bandoleros). All return to battle this Friday, May 20th.
The 35-lap Sunoco Modified feature got underway with Charlie Sharpsteen leading Gunnar Zeiner. The first of five cautions came out when Zeiner spun, brining Kevin Youngs up to the front row for the restart. TJ Potrzebowski made an incredible three-wide move when racing resumed and ended up leading the race. His nice lead went away just before the halfway point when Kevin spun off turn two. Lee Sharpsteen, who had been on the move, was then up to second and he restated beside Potrzebowski. TJ easily built up another nice lead while Sharpsteen and heat winner Keith Youngs ran together in a battle for second. The fifth caution ended the night for Kevin Youngs who pitted during the yellow for an oil leak. On the final restart Lee Sharpsteen gave it a valiant effort but TJ had the perfect set-up and he stayed out in front over the remaining laps. Potrzebowski got the win over L. Sharpsteen, Zeiner, Keith Youngs and C. Sharpsteen. "This is one of my favorite tracks," Potrzebowski said upon exiting his car. "This new car is a rocket ship and Ray Marshall has it all together." The memorable move to get him the lead came easy to him. "I was comfortable and confident that I could pull that off."
Winning a heat in the Insinger Performance Super Stock division did earn defending track champion, Garrett Zacharias, and Nick Robinson points. But the 12-car inversion had them starting their 25-lap feature from row six. Seth Zacharias and Brandon Mister started on row one but Jason Duke, Jr. went from third to lead lap one over Zacharias. With just one lap in the books, a four-car incident brought out the yellow. A lap later Frank Chapman hit the back stretch wall, sustaining race-ending damage. On the lap four restart Tim Gullo pulled off a beautiful move to put his car in the lead. Robinson and G. Zacharias were also moving forward. At the halfway point, the race was under caution for the eighth time. On every restart Gullo held off Robinson and stayed out front. With six to go G. Zacharias took over second and started to reel in Gullo. He ran out of time, and the win went to veteran racer Gullo. Zacharias finished second, just ahead of Robinson, DJ Shaw and Duke. "My clutch was starting to slip a bit, and with all those restarts I had a little luck tonight," Gullo said from victory lane.
The Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division continues to grow in both numbers and excitement. Two heats and an inversion set the field for their 20-lap feature, where Kalysta DeMark and Luke Nickels started on the front row. DeMark led the opening lap before being passed by Nickles. Just two cautions slowed the action but not Nickles. For most of this one he was pursued by defending track champion, Josh Parker, and Randy Mathews. Dan Mathews broke with three laps remaining, setting up a final charge. Nickels held on and scored his career-first race win, something the crowd appreciated. "That was lots of fun, hearing people cheer for me," he said. Regarding that final restart he said that Josh raced him clean like he always has. Randy Mathews was able to finish second, followed by Parker, Tyler Harbst and Mike Lattimer.
"I literally only had to pass one car even though I started eighth," stated 4 Cylinder race winner Nick Robinson. "I survived all the carnage." That carnage resulted from eight caution periods over the course of their 20-lap feature, some for incidents or spins and others due to motor issues. Three cautions in the first four laps slowed any race momentum and had already seen Dustin Pruyne and Zack Jaynes atop the leaderboard. By the fourth lap it was Robinson in the top spot with Pruyne in pursuit. At the halfway point Robinson and Jaynes had a nice lead, cut short by more caution periods. The final restart came with five laps remaining, and the two-way Robinson/Pruyne battle continued from the front row. Robinson prevailed and scored the win over Jaynes, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck and Joey Bevacqua.
Kalysta DeMark swept the action by winning both the heat race and their caution-free 10-lap feature. The caution-free event began with Michael Bast leading the way. DeMark had the race lead by lap four and, once out in front, pulled away. She left behind a great battle for second between Bast and Chase Sinsabaugh. Last year's Bandit champion, Sinsabaugh, waited until the last minute to overtake Bast. Chemung celebrates both the overall winner and the highest finisher in the other age group, so both DeMark (Outlaw) and Sinsabaugh (Bandit) pulled into Ferrario Auto Victory Lane.
This Friday night Skyworks presents a full 5-division program of Sunoco Modifieds (35 Laps), Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps), Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps), 4 Cylinders (20 laps), and INEX Bandoleros (10 laps). Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand gate at 5, practice at 6 and racing at 7. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 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.
The night began with an emotional tribute to Marie Hodge, daughter of Promoter Ray Hodge, who passed away unexpectedly from an arterial dissection at the age of 39. She, along with others lost to the racing family over the off-season, were remembered with a moment of silence. Hodge thanked the track's staff for stepping up in his and Ellen's absence.
The 50/50 from Elmira pocketed $421, enough to fill up his two vehicles and not much else, he said.
Northeast ATV Night Results:
Sunoco Modifieds (35 Laps): TJ POTRZEBOWSKI, Lee Sharpsteen, Gunnar Zeiner, Keith Youngs, Charlie Sharpsteen, Paeyton Arthofer, Kevin Youngs, Danielle Sharpsteen
Heat: Keith Youngs
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): TIM GULLO, Garrett Zacharias, Nick Robinson, DJ Shaw, Jason Duke, Jr., Seth Zacharias, Jody Buckley, Frank Chapman, Jr., Jason Duke, Sr., Aaron Cornell, Bradley Mister, Cody Frantz, Mark Taylor, Joey Bevacqua, Chad Lane, Frank Chapman, Sr.
Heats: G. Zacharias, Robinson
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): NICK ROBINSON, Zack Jaynes, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Joey Bevacqua, Peyton Shaw, Sterling Kepner, Dustin Pruyne, Gene Purvis, Greg Moldt, Ricky Lane
Heats: Robinson, Jaynes
Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): LUKE NICKELS, Randy Mathews, Josh Parker, Tyler Harbst, Mike Lattimer, Cullen Sharpsteen, Kalysta DeMark, Dan Mathews, Chuck Nichols, Fred Mathews, DQ: Tom Shaffer
Heat: D. Mathews
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps): KALYSTA DEMARK, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit winner), Michael Bast, Devin Gullo, Dallas Harbst
Chemung Loses Season Opener, ROC Show Postponed By Carol Houssock (2022-05-06)
(Chemung, NY) Race teams, fans, and track employees were ready to roll on Saturday, May 7th for the 2022 season opener at Chemung Speedrome. Uninvited guest, Mother Nature, spoiled the party, saturated the grounds, and promised more of the same on Saturday. Track officials had no choice but to cancel the event on Friday afternoon.
We're talking with Joe Skotnicki from the ROC to come up with a date that will work and not conflict with the race teams, many of whom race at other tracks or another series, Promoter Ray Hodge stated. We hate to lose an event, but we want our teams to be able to compete and put on a great show for our fans here at the "Drome." That new date will be released once it has been determined.
The opener will now take place on Friday, May 13th on Northeast ATV Night. The track's five regular divisions will now all kick off their season on the same night. The program this Friday now includes the Sunoco Modifieds (35 laps), Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 laps), Marion Decker Hobby Stocks (20 laps), Four Cylinders (20 laps) and Bandoleros (10 laps).
"Based on two weeks of open practice and private testing, all five championships will be hotly contested this year," Hodge added. Many veteran drivers are returning to mix it up with some rookies. Tony Hanbury (Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Super Stocks), Josh Parker (Hobby Stocks) and Greg Moldt (Four Cylinders) and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandoleros) will return in defense of their 2021 titles, leaving one of the two titles open for a new face this year. Derrick Vogler has moved up to a Super Stock and plans to run closer to home.
Pit gates open this Friday at 4:30 and grandstand opens up at 5:00. Practice gets underway at 6 PM, with the first competitive heat race taking the green at 7 PM. Anyone wanting more information can find it on the track's Facebook page (Chemung Speedrome - Racing at the Drome) or website (chemung-speedrome.com). Or, call the track at 607-483-3468.
Calling All Race Fans - Chemung Speedrome's Big Opener is This Saturday Afternoon! (2022-05-01)(Chemung, NY) They've practiced the past two Saturdays. Now it's for real, and it all starts this Saturday, May 7th at 2:15 PM. The 2022 season opener at Chemung Speedrome is set to go with a big show for the fans. On tap, four of the track's five regular divisions and the season opener for the Race of Champions 2022 Tour. Just a few months ago they capped off their season and crowned Austin Beers as the 21 champion. A good, solid finish at Chemung can set up a team for a successful season.
Their 75-lap feature event isnít the only race on tap this Saturday. Four of the track's regular divisions will also be in competition. They include the Insinger Performance Super Stocks, Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and INEX Bandoleros. The Sunoco Modifieds get their season rolling on Friday, May 13th.
The track's 2021 champs will look to defend their titles. Garrett Zacharias won his first Super Stock title by a single point last season in what became a dream season for the third-generation racer. He'll be debuting a new car on Saturday afternoon. Josh Parker will likely face a lot of competition this year in the Hobby Stock class, based on the number of new drivers who showed up for the two practice sessions.
Greg Moldt put together another fabulous season a year ago in his stout 4 Cylinder. Some of his tough competitors have moved up while others will likely sit out the season. Heís sure to have a fast car, though. And in the INEX Bandolero division, Derrick Vogler is moving up and will not be defending his title, which opens it up to a field of others.
As previously announced, the track is going silent one week in May, June, July and August. This has been welcomed by race teams facing increases in the costs of tires, race fuel, parts, and all aspects of their operations. In May the off night will be the Friday of Memorial Day weekend (May 27th).
Sam's Bar & Grill in Sayre, PA is again sponsoring the opening day event. The pit gate opens at 11 AM, with the grandstand opening at 12 Noon. Fans can then enjoy practice, which will get underway at 1 PM. Race time is set for 2:15 PM. Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, and always free for kids ages 5 and under.
Fans and racers can keep up to date at the track's website (chemung-speedrome.com) and on the official Facebook page (Chemung Speedrome - Racing at the Drome). Race teams with questions can contact Ray Hodge at 607-483-3468 or Jerry Sinsabaugh at 607-738-8829.
Chemung Gearing Up for 2022 Season By Carol Houssock (2022-03-28)Track officials are displaying the white flag lap in preparation for the 2022 season at Chemung Speedrome. Teams can test their rides during an open practice to be held on Saturday, April 16th from 3 PM to 7 PM. Admission to the pits is $25 while fans can watch from the grandstand free of charge.
Engines roar to life for competition on Saturday, May 7th when Chemung welcomes the Race of Champions Modified Tour for their season opener. They'll be joined that day by the Insinger Performance Super Stocks, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinders and INEX Bandoleros. The Sunoco Modifieds, the track's headline division, will debut in '22 the following weekend when the track moves to its popular Friday night program, on May 13th.
This year the track is running a slightly different schedule. "We have cut back the schedule, with one week off each month," said Promoter Ray Hodge. "Right now we're looking at a 12 race schedule but we could add some races on at the end."
While the track will run fewer races for its regular divisions each month, they'll preserve popular specials from years past. They'll also introduce some exciting new events. "We're adding at least one Powder Puff race and a Mechanic's race," stated Operations Manager Jerry Sinsabaugh. "These were always popular in the past and we're bringing them back. We're also keeping Big Wheel races for the kids, our Fan Appreciation Night, Veterans' Night, and kids' rides in the cars."
Hodge has also added a couple more, new events to the schedule. "In July we'll host the Antique Modified Club as well as the Oswego Limited Super Modifieds. We're really excited to have the Limited Supers here, as they've worked hard to expand their schedule and up their purse," he stated.
The track's newest division, the Marion Decker Hobby Stocks, has grown in popularity and numbers as was the hope. "This year we're looking at a 15 to 20 car field," Hodge stated. Toward the end of the 2021 season the numbers in this division were on the rise, and that trend is continuing.
The business community has stepped up again this year through signage and by sponsoring race nights. Zack's Grill will continue to run the main concession stand, but two other businesses will be present this year. "We'll have Serendipity Ice Cream in our souvenir building, and Coaches Pizza in the pits," Sinsabaugh added.
Two important details remain uncertain. "We're not sure of increases in fuel and tires for competitors, but we'll let everyone know about those prices just as soon as we clarify them," Hodge added. Given the rising costs of everything, however, Chemung will raise the price of general admission by $1 this year.
The track is available for rentals beginning on Friday, April 15th and again on April 23rd. Anyone interested in renting the track should contact either Ray Hodge (607-483-3468) or Jerry Sinsabaugh (607-738-8829) for dates, times, and pricing.
More information is available on the track's Facebook page (Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome), and it will be updated on the website (www.chemung-speedrome.com). "We'll be posting all new prices and the final schedule, in detail, in both places," Hodge explained. Hodge and Sinsabaugh are also available to answer general questions by phone at the numbers provided above.