(Chemung, NY) The snow has melted, but the cold winter made for some interesting indoor work by a number of race teams set to go at Chemung Speedrome. The first race on the Sunoco Race of Champions (ROC) Asphalt Tour will be contested this weekend. Chemung is opening up the track for practice this Saturday beginning at 1 PM. Race fans are encouraged to stop over and enjoy free admission to the grandstand.
Then on Sunday, May 3rd, the ROC Modifieds headline the lid-lifter that will also include the Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and the INEX Legends and Bandoleros. Gates open at noon on Sunday, with practice for all divisions kicking off at 1 PM. The first heat race will begin at 2:15 PM. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for those ages 65 and older, $6 for kids ages 6-10, and free to children 5 and under.
Fans returning to Chemung can look forward to a few changes in the divisional driver rosters. Three racers – Nick Morich, Sam Warren and Cody Jackson – are jumping up from the 4 Cylinders to the track’s headline Sunoco Modified division. Morich, who won last year’s 4 Cylinder championship, will debut a beautiful #6 Sportsman this year. Nick wanted to run the number his father, Bill, had run for many years. Warren will also sport a new number, 58, on his ride. Former racer Dave Jackson used a bit of an incentive for his son, telling Cody that if his grades slipped that he, Dave, would be in the Sportsman. Cody produced his best marks to date following that pronouncement. Off-season conversations with former hot shoes in the division indicate that at least two will be back, further boosting the weekly count and competition level.
In the Street Stock division, look for Zack Curren’s name on the driver roster. Curren will return in his #94 Sunoco Modified but will also run Mike McDonald’s powerful #8 Street Stock. And former Street Stock champion Jim Lamoreaux, from Sweet Valley, PA, is planning to call Chemung home again this year with his stout #37. Race fans have established a special bonus for the Street Stocks. Each week, the Hard Charger and Hard Luck Award winners will pocket a minimum of $50 more for their efforts.
The Bandolero division, known as a stepping stone for many young racers, will feature a pair of cousins from a well known racing family. Both Seth Zacharias (Chris’ son) and Garrett Zacharias (RJ’s son) will be at Chemung, adding to their already busy Microd schedules on Saturdays.
These are just a few of the changes race fans can expect on a pair of opening days for all five regular divisions. The Sunoco Modifieds, not part of the May 3rd show, will be there on Sunday, May 17th for their first points-paying race.
Chemung has opted to honor mothers by not running on Mother’s Day this year. Regular Friday night action returns on May 22nd. That’s the same night Chemung’s sister track, Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY, holds their first events this season.
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-Chemung Speedrome Press Release. Photo Credit: Duane Canfield Photo