Chemung, NY — If you hear any noise, it ain’t the boys – it’s ladies night. Those song lyrics played out at Chemung Speedrome on Friday. ‘Cool gangs’ gathered in victory lane following feature wins by a pair of tough, division-leading racers named Monica Green (4 Cylinders) and Alexandria Smith (INEX Legends). Others celebrating feature wins on Whelen Engineering Night included Jimmy Zacharias (Sunoco Modifieds), Tim Gullo (Super Stocks) and David French (Bandoleros).
Gene Sharpsteen may not have won the Sunoco Modified feature but he won over some fans with his driving abilities. He, Zack Curren and Jimmy Zacharias got things going by winning the three heat races that set the field for the 40-lap, double points feature. Sharpsteen took the lead early, and kept it when the field restarted after several caution periods. Zacharias stayed glued to his rear bumper in search of an opening that didn’t materialize until the ninth lap. From then on Jimmy Zacharias stayed in the top spot but he never broke free from Sharpsteen. Behind them Curren and TJ Zacharias engaged in a lively battle for third. Curren had the position until the halfway point but the pair was often side by side. Sharpsteen, known for his bonsai move in turn three, tried it several times but was never able to reclaim the lead. Drama hit while the field worked lap 24. Deemed a racing incident, tires touched and Curren hit the outside wall on the front stretch. Several others took evasive action and lost spots on the track. The Zacharias brothers brought the field back to green. Sharpsteen had fallen back to third, but when Sam Warren spun Sharpsteen was able to follow Jimmy Zacharias off turn two to reclaim second on the restart. One last caution gave everyone another shot at the leader but it wasn’t to be. Jimmy Zacharias pulled away over the final six laps and scored his third win in four races run this year. Sharpsteen finished second, with TJ Zacharias, Nick Morich and Connor Sellars all among the top five.
Turn two on the opening lap of the 25-lap Super Stock feature contained 16 tires and 32 cylinders. Defying the odds, the top two rows went four-wide and made it work. From his fourth starting spot, Tim Gullo made a great move and emerged as the race leader, with Lee Sharpsteen, Nick Robinson and Mike Nichols in tow. An early caution set up a restart that enabled Nichols to take over second. Just past the halfway point, after the field had reset following a caution, fans got treated to a terrific battle for the lead between Gullo and Nichols. It was Gullo on lap 13, Nichols on laps 14 and 15, Gullo on 16, Nichols on 17. But when Gullo reclaimed the lead on lap 18 it would be for good. Over the final few laps Terry Potrzebowski caught Nichols and their battle was just what Gullo needed to boost his advantage over second and third. When it was over the fans gave a thumbs-up to the drivers for the great race they had just witnessed. It was Gullo’s third trip to Chemung this year and third feature win. Nichols, winner the prior week, finished second, ahead of Potrzebowski, Sharpsteen and Robinson. Potrzebowski and Sharpsteen won the qualifying races.
Oh what a night, for 4 Cylinder racer Monica Green, point leader in the division who swept the action for the second week in a row. Green pulled away from the pack and left Stan Mathews and Greg Moldt battling for second. Moldt got it on the fifth lap, but RJ Mathews capitalized on a restart and took third from Stan. With five laps remaining Green slowed. “I thought I heard them say the 5 was leaking,” she stated. The Race Director and flaggers were actually directing the 55 off the track. As she slowed both Moldt and Mathews got around, dropping her to third. It was far from over and she had the best seat in the house when the lead duo spun off turn four on the money lap. From third to first in a matter of feet, she celebrated her second consecutive overall win. Justin Hall came across the stripe second, followed by Jordan Mathews, Eric Ellsworth and heat winner Stan Mathews. Jordan Mathews was the highest finishing RWD car.
The 20-lap INEX Legends race had both the calm and the storm. From the drop of the green, and for the first dozen laps, Alexandria Smith kept Brandon DeBrakeleer behind her. When the first of three caution periods came with eight laps remaining it gave DeBrakeleer and Daren Scherer an opportunity to capitalize on a restart. Only once did she lose the lead, to Scherer, but a caution cancelled that out. The final caution came when Wayne Walker spun in turn four. Up to that point Chuck Lohmeyer and Gary Ham had run side by side for fourth. The restart resulted in no change among the top five on the 19th lap, but it got stormy on lap 20. The leaders came off turn four, there was contact and then gone was the great battle for fourth. Both Lohmeyer and Ham were up against the concrete. Final rundown had Smith beating Scherer, DeBrakeleer, Matt Evans and Beth Scherer. Smith and Evans won the two heats.
David French picked up another win in the 10-lap Bandolero division after a healthy battle with fellow heat winner Lars McElravy. The race was slowed twice for cautions, but French kept McElravy behind him for the lion’s share of the race. Teddy Bowen, third at the stripe, was again the highest finishing Bandit. Damon Frutchey finished fourth, followed by Timmy Bowen. The Bandolero car count remains the strongest ever at Chemung.
Racing continues this Friday, June 5th, and focus on this one shifts to the Super Stocks. Chemung welcomes the NY Super Stock Tour for the second event on their 2015 schedule. The 50-lap race, a Gary Marshall Memorial, has a boatload of bonus money available and a large field of cars is expected. Also on the card Friday night are the Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps), 4 Cylinders (20), INEX Legends (20) and Bandoleros (10). Pits open at 4, grandstand opens and practice begins at 6, and racing gets underway at 7:15 PM. Admission: adults $12; seniors 65 and older $10; kids 6-12 $5; kids 5 and under free. Fans are reminded that their adult or senior ticket stub from May 29th is good for $2 off their admission this week. For additional information call the track office at 607-529-9998, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or check the track’s website www.chemungspeedrome.net.
Tim Janes, driving a 1937 Chevy Coupe sporting a 468 Big Block motor won the 10-lap Mid State Vintage race. Rob Whipple, John Alford and Al Weaver also brought their beautifully restored cars.
Jimmy Zacharias, Tim Gullo and Monica Green won ‘Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner’ gift certificates for a dozen wings at Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads, NY.
Fans are reminded to text IRTOOLSCHE to 313131 for a chance to win prizes from Ingersoll Rand, the official tools of NASCAR. The Speedrome is also eligible for prizes when fans text the Chemung code.
-Chemung Speedrome Press Release. Photo credit: MoJo Photos
Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps, double points) JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Gene Sharpsteen, TJ Zacharias, Nick Morich, Connor Sellars, Chris Clemens, Alan Bookmiller, Cam Ayers, Larry Jaynes, CJ Lacativa, Corey Mosher, Sam Warren, Zack Curren, Randy Brokaw, Cody Jackson, Terry Zacharias, Don Mosher, Ken Benjamin
Heats: J. Zacharias, Sharpsteen, Curren
Super Stocks (25 Laps) TIM GULLO, Mike Nichols, Terry Potrzebowski, Lee Sharpsteen, Nick Robinson, Joe Snell, Gary Noe, Charlie Sharpsteen, Rich Talada, Derrick Tarbox, Chuck Nichols, Jake Snell, Dusty Snell, Mitchell Wright
Heats: Potrzebowski, Sharpsteen
4 Cylinders (20 Laps) MONICA GREEN, Justin Hall, Jordan Mathews, Eric Ellsworth, Stan Mathews, Randy Mathews, Greg Moldt, Billy Groover, Fred Mathews, Trevor Williams, Jared Sullivan, Zack Jaynes (DNS – Triston Kline, Dave Cooke)
Heats: Green, S. Mathews
INEX Legends (20 Laps) ALEXANDRIA SMITH, Daren Scherer, Brandon DeBrakeleer, Matt Evans, Beth Scherer, Pat Judson, Kevin Youngs, Cody Frantz, Max Evans, Kevin Wilkins, Wayne Walker, Gary Ham, Chuck Lohmeyer, Anthony Riforgiato, Cliff Rought, Jimmer Ulrich, Kurt Knapp, Frank Morich (DNS – Jimmy Zacharias)
Heats: Smith, DeBrakeleer
Bandoleros (10 Laps) DAVID FRENCH, Lars McElravy, Teddy Bowen, Damon Frutchey, Timmy Bowen, Jade McElravy, Dom Wood, Bryce Bailey, Joey Bevacqua, Garrett Zacharias, Seth Zacharias (DNS – Ashalee Gullo)
Heats: French, McElravy