May 7, 2017
Chemung to Try Again: Opener Now May 13th
by Carol Houssock

  Despite having a rain date for the scheduled season opener, it wasn’t to be at Chemung Speedrome. The persistent, and sometimes heavy, rain made the decision to bail an easy one for track management. What isn’t easy is rescheduling the touring Race of Champions modifieds and the NYSS series, and they have not been rescheduled as of press time.

  Momentum now builds for the delayed opener, which will now showcase the track’s five regular divisions with a twin bill for the headline NASCAR Sunoco Modifieds. They will run a pair of 20-lap features while the NASCAR Super Stocks, NASCAR 4 Cylinders, INEX Legends and Bowen Racecars Bandoleros will also be in action for regular distance events.

  It remains to be seen how many of the 2016 track champions will return to defend their titles. Last year’s champs included TJ Zacharias (Sunoco Modifieds), Nick Robinson (Super Stocks), Monica Green (4 Cylinders), Alexandria Smith (INEX Legends), and both Garrett Zacharias and Bryce Bailey (Bandoleros). Green and Smith had said at the January banquet that they were contemplating either not running for points or doing something different this year. Regardless, there will be plenty of talent on hand based on off-season chatter and public appearances. Several drivers are moving up to another class, while others are moving in or coming out of ‘retirement’ to compete at the legendary Speedrome.

  Pits will open one hour earlier (3 PM) than they will in subsequent weeks to accommodate race teams for opening day. The grandstand gate will open at 5 PM and practice will get underway at 5 as well. The first green flag will fly at 6 PM. While the Speedrome reverts to its familiar Saturday night race date this season, the race time is now one hour earlier so fans should plan accordingly for the 6 PM start.

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