Chemung Speedrome Puts On Spectacular Show For Don Mosher Memorial Race
By: Jeremiah Fish - June 17,2006
Chemung, NY – A full slate of hot racing action on the docket last Saturday night kept an appreciative crowd strapped to the bleachers all evening long at the 3/8 mile Chemung Speedrome. While that meant not much time to grab a burger and a hot dog, the action on the track was intense for the Don Mosher Memorial. First up were the mighty Legend cars. A 25-lap event that was as well run as any race you’ll see on any track, anywhere, despite a few early race caution flags. The Legends worked through those cautions and supplied fans with some spectacular fender-to-fender action throughout their main event, an event that was won by JD Trenary in the 73. Trenary would drive a clean line, staying out of trouble and lead the entire 25-lap distance. Following JD to the line were the 52 of Mark Bakaj in second, then it was Daren Scherer in the 3, 4th was the #77, driven by Justin Petcosky, & rounding out the top 5, the 56 of Brian Terrell, coming up to 6th, all the way from a 15th starting position was Zach Truesdail, next was the 29 car, driven by Pat Albor, then Art Priscott, Cody Frantz in the 0 and in 10th Jeff Decker in the 18 car. Fighting it out to the finish further back in the field were Jimmy Zacharias, Kyle Pierce, Jimmy Kostarelos, Rob Brierton, Ben Moore, David Polenz, & Matt Priscott.
battle of this heavyweight card was the Gold Cup for the SST Super Stocks.
The Gold Cup was a 75 Lap Slugfest that would see some of the toughest and
sharpest racing action on the night. The SST Stocks would run their entire
feature event in full sunlight, not finishing until about 25 minutes before
the sun would mercifully retreat below the horizon, with track temperatures
in the mid 90’s, and temp in the cockpits of these full bodied stockers
approaching 25 to 30 degrees hotter, driver and vehicle were put to the
ultimate test. Five different drivers would lay claim to the lead through
the race, Jay Mudra in the 16 would lead the most laps on the night,
controlling the event from lap 24, after getting by Chad McDonald in the 24
car, all the way until lap 66. Lap 66 was R.J. Zacharias time. Zacharias had
been in the hunt all day with the lead pack. Battling hard enough to stay up
front for the first 50 laps, but not to hard where he didn’t have any car
left for the stretch run. Zacharias was passing cars on the high side and on
the low side on the multi-line racing surface that the fast 3/8-mile of the
Chemung Speedrome can provide. After getting by Mudra on the 66th
lap, Zacharias willed his golden 71 to victory lane, holding on for the win.
In victory lane R.J. would take a few minutes to catch his breath before
getting out to greet the raucous fans, applauding him and all of the drivers
of the SST Super Stocks for a well raced and hard fought classic. SST Super
Stock top 10: 1. 71 R.j. Zacharias 2. 77 Paul Johnson 3. 99 Glen Lippolis 4.
28 Todd Stone 5. 74 Bob Ziegler 6. 42 Derrick Tarbox
The grand finale of the night for the SST Modifieds saw defending 2005 SST Tour champion Tony Hanbury stay calm and cool while piloting his Papa John’s sponsored #68 into victory lane at the beautiful Chemung Speedrome on a scorching hot night. In victory lane Hanbury was quick to thank his crew and spotters. “I had spotters Darrell Lewis and Terry on once in a while, just to keep me calm, that was the biggest thing.” This race was anything but a walk in the park for the young Owego, NY driver.
Hanbury had started from the pole, after picking up the win in heat race three, along side the 77 of Tom Zacharias. He would then take the 68 modified to the front for the first 23 laps of the Don Mosher Memorial. Hanbury knew however, that this race wouldn’t be won or lost in the first laps of the race. “I knew it was a long race, I just had to be there at the end.” After getting the car nearly completely sideways coming out of turn number four in the early going, he managed to get the car heading back in the right direction and lost only a few spots without incident or bringing out the yellow flag. At that very moment, the 47 of Brian Bowen would inherit the lead. Bowen heading into the nights action on Saturday, was the #2 points-man at the Chemung Speedrome with a pair of top fives to his credit already on the young season. Bowen would put on a hectic pace while out front leading from lap 24 until he was overtaken by the resilient Tony Hanbury on the 99th circuit of the main. “They told me that we needed to get going with about 25 to go.” Hanbury said of his lead capturing pass, following the guide of his trusted spotters. For the last 25 laps Hanbury would fight off challenge after challenge and would hold on to secure his first win of the season at the Speedrome. The SST Modified top 10 looked like this: 1. 68 Tony Hanbury 2. 47 Brian Bowen 3. 11 Kirk Rutherford 4. 27 Rick Zacharias 5. 99 Pete Brittian 6. 51 T.j. Potrzebowski 7. 4 John Wilber 8. 95m John Markovic 9. 94 Wayne Lent 10. 3 Daren Scherer
Next Saturday night the excitement returns to the Speedrome with a 6:30pm start time. SST Mods will run a 40 lap feature and the SST Super Stocks will thunders to a 25 lap main event on “Pack The Track Night.” In addition to each of those great races, a super inexpensive $6 admission ticket will also get you Street Stock, 4 cylinder, JR’s, legends and midgets all in one night of racing at the Chemung Speedrome.