(Chemung, NY) Chemung Speedrome closed the books on 2014 at their annual banquet, held at Roundinâ€™ Third Regale in Horseheads, NY. Drivers representing the track’s six divisions were on hand, along with their family and crew members, track employees and fans.
Jimmy Zacharias picked up his 4th Speedrome championship in the headline NASCAR Weekly Modified division. Winner of a division-leading 6 features, he claimed the title prior to the end of the season. But he returned for the season-finale on September 7th to run the 71-lap Shirley Zacharias Memorial. He won the race, run in memory of his late grandmother. Jimmy spoke about the importance of several individuals in his racing career and the commitment his family makes to racing. Last month he received laurels from NASCAR at their annual banquet honoring the countryâ€™s best in the Whelen All-American Series. Connor Sellars, who finished 2nd in points, took home the track’s Rookie of the Year Award. Track announcer Carol Houssock presented a plaque she commissioned for Jody Buckley, whose burnouts following his 2 feature wins in 2014 were most impressive.
Tim Gullo won the Super Stock championship following a hotly contested battle with Lee Sharpsteen for that honor. Gullo, who has also won a title on the dirt, proved his versatility and talent in capturing 4 feature wins on his championship chase. In 15 features he had just one finish outside the top 10. Jake Snell, one of 3 in the family competing in the division, took home the “Close, But No Cigar” Award, while Bob Ripley was named Sportsman of the Year.
Nick Morich, who picked up 8 wins along the way, is the track’s overall 4 Cylinder (RWD) champion. Morich also received a check, plaque and scholarship from the University Of Northern Ohio (UNOH) should be pursue college at the school. Sam Warren, representing the FWD contingent, also received his championship hardware. Chemung began recognizing the front wheelers mid-season.
In the Dirt Crate Sportsman division Chris Clemens was the dominant racer. Winner of all but 1 feature event, he expressed thanks to the track for running the division and hope that it will continue.
INEX Legend racer Alexandria Smith became the first female to win a championship in one of the Speedrome’s regular divisions. Early on she put together a string of 8 top-5 finishes and won 2 features in â€˜14. Her lively battle with Alex Bowen ended when she had an insurmountable lead at the end of the year. Fellow racer John Bacon was name the track’s Most Improved Driver.
In the INEX Bandolero division David French picked up the championship, one of two for him in 2014. The other came at Bethel Motor Speedway. French led all Speedrome drivers with 10 feature wins and ended the year 3rd nationally in the INEX Outlaws division. He’s moving on to a 305 Sprint Car this year.
Kathy Grodski, Track Manager, and Race Director Ray Hodge presented several awards to track employees for excellence in their respective areas.
Chemung kicks off the 2015 season on Sunday, May 3rd with the first of two Race of Champions Modified Tour events. The trackâ€™s Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros are also part of the opening day show.
The tentative 2015 schedule is available on the trackâ€™s website www.chemungspeedrome.net. Information is also posted on Chemung Speedrome’s Facebook page.
-Chemung Speedrome Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com