June 3, 2017
Tony Hanbury, Jimmy Zacharias Split Sunoco Modified Twin
by Carol Houssock
Call it a case of fraternal twins – a pair of 20-lap
features with two different winners. Such was the case in
Chemung Speedrome’s Sunoco Modified division Saturday night.
Those feature wins went to longtime rivals Tony Hanbury and
Jimmy Zacharias. Other winners included Mike Nichols (Super
Stocks), Jacob Gustafson (4 Cylinders), Kevin Youngs (INEX
Legends) and Evan Rygielski (Bowen Racecars Bandoleros).
“The car gets better every week, but we’ve got a long year ahead,” Owego,
NY’s Tony Hanbury said in victory lane after leading every
lap in the first of two 20-lap Sunoco Modified features.
The six-car field inversion for the feature placed Hanbury alongside
pole-sitter Charlie Sharpsteen. Hanbury powered around him
and led the way. Jesse Kent and Connor Sellars then got
around Sharpsteen and made it a three-way battle for the top
The only caution came with 16 laps complete. Cody Jackson tagged Paul
Johnson and Nick Morich, all of whom spun in turn four.
Hanbury outdueled Kent when the race resumed, as TJ
Potrzebowski and Gene Sharpsteen put on a late-race push up
At the double checkered flags, it was Hanbury, Kent, Sellars,
Potrzebowski and G. Sharpsteen in the top five. “This (Pete)
Morgantini engine is one of the best I’ve ever had,” Hanbury
told the crowd.
Hanbury then drew #8 for the race two inversion, which placed Charlie
Sharpsteen and Zack Knowlden on the front row for the start.
Few could have predicted that the fourth different winner
would celebrate in victory lane after four 2017 features,
but Jimmy Zacharias established that fact.
A bad start resulted in Jesse Kent restarting at the rear and Knowlden
leading the way ahead of Jimmy Zacharias. Cody Jackson
stopped in turn four, forcing the second caution with five
laps complete. When the race resumed Lee Sharpsteen was
deemed at fault for trouble involving TJ Zacharias, Jackson,
Gary Coon, Paul Johnson and Nick Morich. All six restarted
at the rear.
But up front Zacharias took the lead from Knowlden when the green came
back out. TJ Potrzebowski, Connor Sellars and Hanbury were
on the move and all of them passed Knowlden, who fell back
Over the final few laps Potrzebowski tried to nose underneath Zacharias
coming off turn four but never could get beside him on the
front stretch. Zacharias, from Candor, NY, held on for his
first win of the year, over Potrzebowski, Sellars, Hanbury
In Super Stock action Frank Chapman and Jim Lamoreaux won the two heat
races. The inversion placed both in row three, with Mike
Nichols and Nick Robison in row one, for the start of the
25-lap feature. Robinson led the first two laps before
Nichols got around. Once in front he pulled away from
Robinson and RJ Zacharias. The field had pretty much thinned
out when Jordan Mathews came to a halt on the front stretch.
Twice earlier he had spun and got corrected before the
yellow had to be displayed but this time it was unavoidable.
That caution, however, served as fodder for four additional
yellows. The fourth caution, with 22 laps complete came when
Chapman and Terry Potrzebowski got together in turn two. The
final restart led to a green/white/checkered finish. Over
those two laps Nichols remained in charge and he sailed
across the finish line ahead of Tim Gullo, RJ Zacharias,
Lamoreaux and Potrzebowski. “This is a great car but we were
still a little off tonight,” Elmira, NY’s Nichols said.
Doesn’t much matter when you’re the race winner that night.
The Four Cylinder division has become the personal playfield for Jacob
Gustafson and Zack Bennett. After the first three 2017
races, they’re the only two to have pulled their front- and
rear-wheel drive cars into Chemung’s victory lane. It was a
sweep for Gustafson who, along with Monica Green, won the
two heat races. Kevin May started from pole position and led
until Greg Moldt took over. Bennett’s right front flat
brought out the first caution. His crew made quick work of
the tire change and he rejoined at the rear for the restart.
It was a four-wide deal on lap four involving Moldt, Ben
Perry, Gustafson and May but Gustafson came away the leader.
Once in front he pulled away and left behind a battle for
third among Perry, Moldt and Green. Gustafson’s nice lead
disappeared when Bob Chilson spun with 12 laps complete.
That led to a series of restarts, the last of which came
when Ricky Lane’s motor let go. Perry passed Gustafson, who
reclaimed the lead with a lap remaining. Bennett was also on
the move and passed Perry on the last lap. At the checkers,
it was Gustafson, Bennett (RWD), Perry, Tyler Harbst and
The 6-car inversion for the INEX Legends moved heat winner Kevin Youngs
to the sixth starting position. His starting spot was of
little significance, as twenty laps later he parked in
victory lane for his second consecutive win. Teddy Bowen and
Keith Youngs brought the field to the green and Bowen led
the way off the second corner. He led the first three
circuits before losing the top spot to Mike Alcaro. Heat
winner Gary Ham spun entering turn four and brought out the
first of two caution periods. On the restart Alcaro and
Keith Youngs made contact and it required a second attempt
to get going again. The restart brought Kevin Youngs and
Chuck Lohmeyer to the front row. Youngs prevailed and led
the eighth lap. At the halfway point the best battle was for
second, as Pat Judson caught Lohmeyer and they ran together
for several laps. Their battle helped Youngs build his race
lead while Alcaro was storming back toward the front. With
five laps to go Judson was ahead of Lohmeyer but it changed
on the final lap. Kevin Youngs, from Pine City, NY, won
easily over Judson, but Alcaro nipped Lohmeyer at the stripe
for third. Alex Bowen rounded out the top five.
For the second week in a row the Bowen Racecars Bandolero winner came
from the Bandits. Evan Rygielski, new to the division this
year, swept the action by first winning his heat. The 10-lap
race got underway with Josh Duke leading the first three
laps. Dominick Wood, who was right with him, made a pass and
led the fourth lap. Heat winner Garrett Zacharias and
Rygielski were on the move and Zacharias snagged the lead on
lap seven. The only caution came out when Bryan Rygielski
spun. Three laps remained and Zacharias was hoping to pick
up his second win. Evan Rygielski, however, was hoping for a
career-first. He stayed with Zacharias and set up his
race-winning pass on the final lap. This was the second
consecutive week a first-time winner graced victory lane.
Zacharias shared victory lane as the winner among the
Outlaws by finishing second. Wood finished third, ahead of
Duke and Seth Zacharias.
This Saturday night (June 10th) fans will go trackside during
intermission for the annual Meet and Greet the Drivers. It’s
a regular show of Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks, 4
Cylinders, INEX Legends and the Bowen Racecars Bandoleros
all beginning at 6 PM. Pits open at 4 PM, grandstand gates
open and practice gets underway at 5. Admission is $13 for
adults, $11 for seniors 65+, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for
kids 5 and under.
· Tony Hanbury, Jimmy Zacharias, Mike Nichols and Jacob Gustafson won
free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads, NY in
their ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ bonus program.
· Allyson Chapman, the 14-year-old granddaughter of Frank Chapman, sang
the national anthem to the delight of the crowd.
· A young fan drew #6 as the feature inversion number for all five
· The 2+ hour haul from Webster, NY has been worthwhile for Jacob
Gustafson, who has three wins in three features as his new
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Sunoco Modifieds (20 Laps): TONY HANBURY, Jesse Kent, Connor
Sellars, TJ Potrzebowski, Gene Sharpsteen, Jimmy Zacharias,
Zack Knowlden, Charlie Sharpsteen, Lee Sharpsteen, Jody
Buckley, TJ Zacharias, Nick Morich, Cody Jackson, Paul
Johnson, Gary Coon
Heats: Potrzebowski, J. Zacharias, Sellars
Sunoco Modifieds (20 Laps): JIMMY ZACHARIAS,
TJ Potrzebowski, Connor Sellars, Tony Hanbury, Jesse Kent,
Gene Sharpsteen, Zack Knowlden, Jody Buckley, TJ Zacharias,
Nick Morich, Lee Sharpsteen, Paul Johnson, Cody Jackson,
Gary Coon, Charlie Sharpsteen
Super Stocks (25 Laps): MIKE NICHOLS, Tim
Gullo, RJ Zacharias, Jim Lamoreaux, Terry Potrzebowski, Nick
Robinson, Frank Chapman, Jason Duke, John Lane, JP Harbst,
Ed Kelly, Jordan Mathews, Chad Lane
Heats: Chapman, Lamoreaux
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): JACOB GUSTAFSON, Zack
Bennett (RWD), Ben Perry, Tyler Harbst, Greg Moldt, Monica
Green, Kevin May, Andy Speer, Sarah Gooch, Allen Stephenson,
Bob Chilson, Triston Kline, Ricky Lane, Paul Platt
Heats: Gustafson, Green
INEX Legends (20 Laps): KEVIN YOUNGS, Pat
Judson, Mike Alcaro, Chuck Lohmeyer, Alex Bowen, Daniel
Carter, Gary Ham, Teddy Bowen, Keith Youngs, Matt Evans,
Timothy Bowen, Max Evans, Charlie Lohmeyer, Jamie Mullen,
Heats: Kevin Youngs, Ham
Bowen Racecars Bandoleros (10 Laps): EVAN
RYGIELSKI, Garrett Zacharias (Outlaw), Dominick Wood, Josh
Duke, Seth Zacharias, Jeffrey Noe, Bryan Rygielski, Griffin
Montfort, Steve Mitch
Heats: E. Rygielski, G. Zacharias