April 22nd, 2016
Speedrome Welcomes RoC Mods and NYSS for May 1st Opener,
by Carol Houssock
All systems are ‘go’ for the 2016 season opener, despite the
questionable departure of winter and the arrival of spring.
We’ll be hosting two touring series events along with two of
our regular divisions for the May 1st lid-lifter. Track
management and personnel have also worked hard during the
off-season to improve our state-of-the-art facility and race
The first race on our 2016 schedule is a dandy. The 75 lap race for the
Modifieds represents the second stop on the Ferris Mowers
Race of Champions (RoC) Asphalt Tour. Last year Chuck
Hossfeld got the win and said it was a deal where being in
position to win paid off in a big way. With a car that he
said was clearly not the fastest one on the track, he held
off Andy Jankowiak and TJ Potrzebowski for that win. The
series will be back on Hoosier tires, so team notes from
last May could prove to be key.
The New York Super Stocks (NYSS) return as part of our
opener, much to the delight of Tim Gullo. His opening round
win at the Speedrome a year ago set the stage for what
became a NYSS championship run. The race distance is 30
laps.INEX Legends and Bandoleros are also on the May 1st
race card, with 20 and 8 lap features, respectively. A year
ago Matt Kurzejewski and David French captured the two
This Saturday, April 30th, we’re holding a test and tune session starting
at 12 PM. Race fans are encouraged to stop over and enjoy
free admission to the grandstand.
Gates open at noon on Sunday for the season opener, with practice for all
divisions kicking off at 1 PM. The first heat race will
begin at 2:15 PM. Admission is $22 for adults, $20 for those
ages 65 and older, $6 for kids ages 6-12, and free to
children 5 and under.
Returning race teams and fans will notice some changes. Chemung now
boasts the newest Mylaps scoring system, and drivers in all
five regular divisions must now use transponders. This will
provide the race teams and fans with the most accurate
“We’re adjusting our start time once we go to Friday nights (May 20th).
We’ll be starting at 7 PM instead of 7:15,” stated owner
John White. “This should help us avoid bumping up against
our curfew.” We’re also slightly adjusting the weekly
admission prices. “Adult admission is $13, and $11 for
seniors 65+ in the grandstand. But if fans bring back their
ticket stub from the prior week it’s worth $3 off for each,
so the pricing nets out the same as last year,” White
American Racer is now the official tire of the Speedrome,
and tires are available at the track. Several veteran
drivers praised this move as being much more affordable for
them in the long run. Teams will be able to run them for
three or four weeks versus one or two previously.
Tech is also beefed up and race teams in the INEX Legends and Bandoleros
will have more eyes watching them. Following some off-season
meetings/trainings in Charlotte and Orlando, both Chet
Bennett and White are now licensed INEX tech inspectors.
Chemung personnel were busy engaging more of the business community in
Comfort Inn on 2160 Elmira Street in Sayre, PA is now the official
lodging of Chemung Speedrome. They will offer special
pricing for racers and fans for the next three years. And
Culligan is the official water softener at the track.
Announcer Carol Houssock is pleased that Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads,
NY will be back with the popular “Winner Winner Chicken
Dinner” bonus for feature winners in the 3 NASCAR divisions.
The restaurant has also expanded our Home Team Advantage
program to a year-round, whereby guests present a card that
translates into money for the Spalding Foundation for
These improvements go along with the excitement of opening day this
Sunday, May 1st. Don’t forget – we’re quiet on Mother’s Day,
but we’ll roars back into action on Sunday, May 15th at 2:15
PM. That will be the first time all five regular divisions
(Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, INEX Legends
and Bandoleros) will be in competition this year. Race time
is 2:15 PM. It will then be a short turnaround leading to
week number 3, with racing under the lights on Friday, May
20th at 7 PM.
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