Category Archives: Chemung Speedrome



-Shangri-La (Tioga) Speedway and Chemung Speedrome Driver’s to Share Limelight-

Owego, N.Y. – (May 25, 2018) – On Saturday, August 4, 2018 the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s and the Race of Champions will partner to host a unique Driver’s Reunion at the Chemung Speedrome Race of Champions event. The day will feature famous drivers from those famous speedways as well as the traditional Spalding Foundation auction.

 “We have talked about hosting an event like this for some time,” stated Betty Sherwood of the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s. “This event provided all of the opportunity for us to bring everything together. We have a lot planned for the evening but it will be great to bring back the drivers, have some fun and share our time together. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone there.”

The Rod Spalding Classic for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will take center stage for 75 laps around the challenging Chemung track, joined by the Race of Champions Super Stock Series in the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 lap event. The INEX Bandoleros and INEX Legends will round out the four division show.

 There will be an autograph session for the reunion drivers as well as the Spalding Foundation auction. In lieu of raising the price of the ticket for a contribution to the Spalding Foundation, the Race of Champions will donate $1,000 and there will be a pass of the helmet by driver’s during the redraws for the evenings feature events.

A formal list of driver’s will be released in mid-June, however, the following have indicated their intention to attend the event; Brett Bodine, Dave Osgood, Bobby Osgood, Dave Jackson, Billy Griffin, Tim Connolly, Cal Lane, Wayne Miller, Billy Maynard, Wilson “Pete” Elston, Benny Stephens, Larry Nye, Ed Rafferty, Chris Pozzi, Eddie Roberts, Jerry Chandler, Lee Sherwood, Denny Shipman, Kirk Abbott, Randy Hedger, Ronnie Shepard, Terry Potrzebowski and Pete Turner.

Betty Sherwood can be contacted via e-mail at or at 607.759.7881.

 What: Rod Spalding Classic 75, Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 – Shangri-La Speedway / Chemung Speedrome Driver’s Reunion presented by the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s

When:                                     Saturday, August 4, 2018

Where:                                    Chemung Speedrome

Contact:                                   Betty Sherwood

Phone:                                     607.759.7881 (reunion)

E-Mail:                           (reunion)



Laura Schroeder Photograph

-August 4th and August 31st to Feature High Paced Exciting Nights-

Syracuse, New York (March 10, 2018) – The Race of Champions Modified Series will take part in the exclusive promotion of two additional events during the 2018 season. The series itself will be promoting the August 4th Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome event, and then it will be joining forces with two business partners to promote the August 31st event at Spencer Speedway just of east of Rochester, N.Y.

The Saturday, August 4th event at Chemung, which has become a Series tradition will feature the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series in the 75 lap Rod Spalding Classic. The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will join the program and compete in the Tribute to Ed McGuire ‘51’, honoring former Series car owner and his full-fender racing exploits. The INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros will join the program as well. The race will also once again play host to the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s Auction.

On Friday, August 31st the Series will return to Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., to close out the season at the 1/2 –mile speedplant. Spencer has a long standing tradition with Modified racing dating back to competitors like Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Jimmy Spencer, Tony Hirschman and the Leaty family, led by Father Jan and his son Mike, who is the reigning title holder on the Race of Champions Series. Mike Leaty and another well recognized name in Modified and Late Model racing circles throughout the Northeast and at Spencer; Jeff DeMinck have come onboard to assist in the promotion of the event.

The Modifieds will take part in a 75-lap tribute to Patsy and Joe Catalano event on the 31st while being joined by the Lancaster National Speedway type Street Stocks and the inaugural Race of Champions Four Cylinder Series race.

Tickets for the events will be available the night of the event. Pre-sale advance tickets will not be available. General adult admission for both events will be $22 for an adult. There will be $2 discount promotional coupons released this Summer prior to both events. All ticketing information will be released in the near future for both events.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 in North East, Pennsylvania at Lake Erie Speedway and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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-Andy Jankowiak and Matt Hirschman Chase Zacharias to Finish 2nd and 3rd-

Chemung, N.Y. – (August 6, 2017) – Jimmy Zacharias of Vestal, N.Y., is an accomplished racer when it comes to winning at the Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome, but he had never visited victory lane in a Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco event until this past Saturday. Zacharias, who has participated in a limited amount of events with the Series in 2017, claimed his first career victory in the 2nd Annual Rod Spalding Classic 75.

“This is a big night for me and my family,” beamed Zacharias from victory lane. “We’ve worked hard for this and we’ve been close before. During the last few laps, I was waiting for something to happen and it didn’t. I’m really excited and happy. Very proud for my family and all of our guys. It’s a great feeling and I can’t thank everyone who helped us get here enough. We are going to enjoy this win.”

Matt Galko of Meriden, Conn., who was making his first-ever series start, led the field to the green. Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., who started next to Galko was able to take the lead over, but not before Zacharias moved to the top spot on lap 6.

Zacharias maintained his advantage throughout the event while Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., worked his way through the field to second from the seventh place starting position. Jankowiak looked to gain an advantage on a late race restart, but was held off by Zacharias.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Penn., started eleventh and worked his way to third before his seven race win streak came to an end.

Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., continued to record consistent finishes with a fourth place finish while current series championship point leader, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., finished fifth.

Galko, Hirschman, Leaty and Emerling scored qualifying race victories while Zacharias posted the fastest overall qualifying lap during group qualifying.


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Feature Finish

Rod Spalding Classic ’75’

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, NY.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              71            Jimmy Zacharias       75

2              12x          Andy Jankowiak        75

3              60            Matt Hirschman       75

4              25            Mike Leaty               75

5              07            Patrick Emerling       75

6              2t             Austin Kochenash     75

7              54            Tommy Catalano      75

8              51            TJ Potrzebowski       75

9              9              Brandon Oltra          75

10            32            Tyler Rypkema         75

11            10L          Daryl Lewis Jr.          75

12            17k          Danny Knoll Jr.         75

13            71tj          TJ Zacharias              75

14            72            Jesse Kent                75

15            64            Amy Catalano           75

16            27            Matt Galko               75

17            95s           Bryan Sherwood       75

18            95m         John Markovic          75

19            59            Karl Hehr                 74

20            3              Daren Scherer          74

21            40r           Tommy Rought         74

22            65            Andy Lewis               16

23            17c          Roger Coss               8

24            8              Lee Sharpsteen        5

25            01            Cam Barber              1

Time of Race: 42 minutes 10 seconds              Average Speed 42.402 mph

Fast Qualifying Lap: Jimmy Zacharias / 14.578 seconds

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers (Matt Galko 0-1, Daryl Lewis, Jr., 1-6, Jimmy Zacharias 6-75)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              27            Matt Galko

2              51            TJ Potrzebowski

3              12x          Andy Jankowiak

4              17c          Roger Coss

5              17k          Danny Knoll Jr.

6              59            Karl Hehr

7              40r           Tommy Rought

Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              60            Matt Hirschman

2              2t             Austin Kochenash

3              3              Daren Scherer

4              01            Cam Barber

5              64            Amy Catalano

Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              25            Mike Leaty

2              71            Jimmy Zacharias

3              10            Daryl Lewis Jr.

4              72            Jesse Kent

5              71tj          TJ Zacharias

6              9              Brandon Oltra

Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              54            Tommy Catalano

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              95            Bryan Sherwood

5              95m         John Markovic

6              65            Andy Lewis

Point Standings following Chemung Speedrome (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 08/05/2017:

Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              07            Patrick Emerling       915

2              25            Mike Leaty               872

3              12x          Andy Jankowiak        803

4              54            Tommy Catalano      778

5              32            Tyler Rypkema         702

6              65            George Skora           681

7              60            Matt Hirschman       640

8              95            Bryan Sherwood       593

9              64            Amy Catalano           577

10            3              Daren Scherer          573

11            22            Chuck Hossfeld         568

12            66            Austin Kochenash     523

13            10            Daryl Lewis              480

14            59            Karl Hehr                 463

15            40            Tommy Rought         420

16            51            TJ Potrzebowski       313

17            22jr          Scott Wylie              242

18            40            Alan Bookmiller       240

19            01            Cam Barber              227

20            71            Jimmy Zacharias       182

21            19            Brandon Oltra          169

22            99            Bill Mislin                 163

23            11            Kirk Totten               160

24            76            Zane Zeiner              159

25            17            Danny Knoll Jr.         157

26            1              Chris Ridsdale          108

27            7ny          Kevin Miller             107

28            17            Roger Coss               107

29            24            David Rigan              106

30            45            Timmy Catalano       101

31            76            Randall Richards       91

32            5              Kyle Ebersole           72

33            27            Matt Galko               63

34            12x          Tom McGrath           58

35            1              Mike Barnes             56

36            7              T.J.  Zacharias           54

37            72            Jesse Kent                52

38            01x          John Barber             48

39            4              Kreig Heroth            48

40            72            David French Jr.       48

41            10f           Mike Fiebelkorn       47

42            95m         John Markovic          46

43            65            Andy Lewis               42

44            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        40

45            25r           John Ramsay            20