(Chemung, NY) They’re baaaaack! They are the Sunoco Modifieds.
After a successful season opener, followed by a break for Mother’s Day, racing gets back in full swing this Sunday, May 17th, at Chemung Speedrome. Drivers in the track’s regular divisions all start on equal footing this week as points were not awarded two weeks ago.
This Sunday will also be the first 2015 outing for the headline Sunoco Modifieds. As in past years, they will run not once, but twice, in a pair of 25-lap features. Last year TJ Potrzebowski parked in victory lane after each of those two races. The winner of the first race draws a number to determine how many top finishers are inverted for the start of the second half of the twin bill.
Jimmy Zacharias, defending Sunoco Modified track champion, hopes to go for racing’s “hat trick”. The Candor, NY hot shoe has multiple Sunoco Modified titles at Chemung but he’s going for three in a row in the NASCAR home track’s top division. He’ll be joined by a strong field of veterans and rookies alike.
While Tim Gullo won the open show on May 3rd, he’ll miss several races at Chemung this year and likely won’t defend his Super Stock title. When not at Chemung, Gullo will race at the Speedrome’s sister track, Spencer Speedway, on selected Friday nights in the NYSS series. The Chemung field will still be strong, with Terry Potrzebowski, Mike Nichols and several newcomers going for the wins.
The track will also crown a different 4 Cylinder champion this year. Nick Morich moved up to the Sunoco Modified division, leaving the title chase wide open. If the season opener two weeks ago is any indication, the division is strong and competitive. Chemung recognizes the top finishers in both the RWD and FWD categories.
Alexandria Smith is back to defend her INEX Legends title but she’ll face tough competition from Chuck Lohmeyer and Alex Bowen, among others. In the INEX Bandolero division, Chemung will crown a new champion this year as David French will only make a few races. He is moving onward and upward in his racing career and tossing in events in a dirt sprint car.
This weekend is the only remaining Sunday date on Chemung’s 2015 schedule. Grandstand gates open this week at 12 noon, practice starts at 1 PM and racing gets underway at 2:15 PM. Admission: adults $12; seniors 65 and older $10; kids 6-12 $5; 5 and under free. Fans are reminded that their ticket stub from May 3rd is good for $2 off adult or senior admission this week. For additional information call the track office at 607-529-9998, ‘like’ Chemung Speedrome on Facebook, or check the track’s website www.chemungspeedrome.net.
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-Carol Houssock Press Release. Photo Credit: Rick Ibsen/Speed51.com photo