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– Lee Sharpsteen Scores Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 and Andy Jankowiak Wins Inaugural Race of Champions TQ Midget Series Event –

Chemung, New York – (August 5, 2019) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., earned his 16th career Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series victory this past Saturday in the Rod Spalding Classic at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome.

Emerling’s win ties him with his crew chief, Jan Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., for 4th on the all-time win list.

Emerling started 10th and methodically worked his way through the field, ultimately wrestling the lead away from TJ Potrzebowski of Elmira, N.Y., on lap 45 and heading to victory lane.

“We’ve been challenged here, looking for speed,” stated Emerling from victory lane. “But we found it tonight. The car was good throughout the race and I just used some patience to get into a position to win. It can get wild here. I’m proud of my team, we’ve had a long weekend and this is a good way to end it.”

Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y., led the field to the green and led the first circuit before Potrzebowski claimed the top spot.

Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., took his turn out front after passing Potrzebowski, while the action was fast and furious behind him. Potrzebowski then slipped back into the lead just before halfway and led until Emerling went in to the top spot for good.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., finished second, while Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., finished third. Brian Defebo of Scranton, Pa., came home fourth while Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., finished fifth.

Hirschman posted the fastest time during group qreen-white-checker qualifying with a time of 14.903 (90.586 mph).

Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., and Jack Ely of Wall Township, N.J., won the qualifying races.

Lee Sharpsteen of Waverly, N.Y., won the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 for the Race of Champion Super Stock Series over Mike Nichols of Elmira, N.Y., who finished second. Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., won a thrilling first-ever Race of Champions TQ Midget feature event. Jankowiak topped Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y., who finished second. Joey Bailey of Monroe, N.J., finished third.

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Feature Finish

Rod Spalding Classic  (75-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

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

 1Start Pos 10No. 07Name Patrick EmerlingLaps 75 
2560Matt Hirschman  
3666Austin Kochensash  
41853Brian Defebo  
51988Scot Wyle  
61712Andy Jankowiak  
7272TJ Potrzebowski  
8322Chuck Hossfeld  
91225Mike Leaty  
101310lDaryl Lewis, Jr.  
11432Tyler Rypkema  
121145Eric Beers  
131595Bryan Sherwood  
14143Daren Scherer  
15222Kevin Miller 
16219Brandon Oltra 
172019Austin Beers 
18148Owen Bednasz74 
191640rJake Rought  
2084Zack Knowlden73 Accident 
21246Scott Hossfeld67 
22954eJack Ely50 Mechanical 
2375Kyle Ebersole36 Mechanical 
242394Zack Curren26 Mechanical 

Time of Race: 46 minutes 56 seconds                       Average Speed: 36.225 mph               Margin of Victory: .347 seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers. [48, Owen Bednasz) 0-1, [72, TJ Potrezbowski] 1-4, (32, Tyler Rypkema) 5-34, (72, Potrezbowski) 35-44, (07, Patrick Emerling) 45-75

“Chemung Schedule Changes Include a First for Two Sanctioning Bodies”

By Carol Houssock

(Chemung, NY) Officials with Chemung Speedrome announced some major changes to the schedule for the month of September. The first of those changes involves moving championship night from Friday, September 6th to Friday, September 20th with a rain date of Saturday, September 21st.

The first weekend in September will now feature a two-day show. On Friday, September 6th Chemung will run its own Super Stock division in a memorial race for the late Ed Bidlack. The 42-lap race distance represents his car number. Bidlack was murdered, along with his wife, earlier this summer. Also on tap that night are National Qualifiers for the INEX Legends and Bandoleros. Pit gates open at 4 PM, grandstand at 5 PM, practice at 6 PM and racing at 7 PM. Admission for this one is slashed to $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for kids ages 12 and under.

The lineup for day two took a bit of negotiating to make happen, and it will be a first for the groups involved. On Saturday, September 7th the show will feature the RoC 4 Cylinders (25 Laps), the RoC Sportsman Modifieds (75 Laps), and the New York Super Stock (NYSS) series (50 Laps). This will be the second appearance at Chemung this year for the 4 Cylinders, the first for the Sportsman Modifieds, and the third for the NYSS series. Admission for the Saturday portion of the double-header will be $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pits will open at 2 PM, grandstands at 3 PM, practice at 4 PM, and racing at 5 PM.
The other change is that the track has added a make-up night for the show lost on July 19th. This will be a regular show, on September 13th.

As mentioned previously, the point races for the track’s five regular divisions will end on Friday, September 20th. That show is sponsored by Laser Art Studio.

These changes will appear on the track’s website: and on its Facebook page, Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome.


Owego, N.Y. – (July 28, 2019) – On Saturday, August 3, 2019 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 appearances from several famous drivers and racing personalities from those famous speedways as well as the traditional Spalding Foundation auction.

“This is our second year doing this and the response has been tremendous,” stated Betty Sherwood of the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s. “This event provides 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 and the first-ever Race of Champions TQ Midget Series event.

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.

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 3, 2019

Where:                                    Chemung Speedrome

Tickets:                                   $20 – General Admission; $17 Seniors (65 years) and Military; Children 5 and under FREE

Contact:                                   Betty Sherwood

Phone:                                     607.759.7881 (reunion)

E-Mail:                           (reunion)

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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, and The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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List of confirmed drivers attending event;

Jesse Snell – Chemung Speeedrome 1968                                                               *Lee Sherwood-Shangri-La Speedway     

Ben Stephens – Shangri-La Speedway 1966-1978                                                    *Jan Leaty -Shangri-La Speedway            

Tom Gush – Chemung Speedrome  1967-1978                                                        *Paul Bennett – Shangri-La Speedway                    

Jim Zacharias – Shangri-La Speedway & Chemung Speedrome 1952-1990’s             Jim Burleigh – Shangri-La Speedway                       

Billy Griffin – Shangri-La Speedway & Chemung Speedrome 1969-1995                  Ron Doebler – Shangri-La Speedway                       

Bill Matzel – Shangri-La Speedway 1967-1981                                                         Gary Gitchell – Shangri-La Speedway                      

Cal Lane – Chemung Speedrome  1958-1969                                                          Bob Ripley – #99 replica modified

Joseph Buchek – Shangri-La Speedway 1968-1990’s                                                *Bob Curren – Shangri-La Speedway                       

Gary Zack – Chemung Speedrome & Shangri-La Speedway 1974-1977                     *Tom Swarz – Shangri-La Speedway                        

Jerry Housworth – Shangri-La Speedway 1974-1982                                                *Dave Osgood – Shangri-La Speedway

Jim “Fuzzy” Visingard – Shangri-La Speedway 1964-1968                                         *Dean Rypkema – Shangri-La Speedway

Dale Merz – Shangri-La Speedway 1959-1980                                                          *Chet Bennett – Chemung Speedrome  

Gil “Buck” Sharpsteen – Chemung Speedrome                                                        *Gary May – Chemung Speedrome                         

Ed Conoran – Shangri-La Speedway                                                                          Dan Koonman – Shangri-La Speedway1986-’87,’88                         

Ken Canestrari – Shangri La Speedway 1962-2016                                                   Kirk Abbott – Shangri-La Speedway 1985-2003

Billy Maynard – Shangri-La Speedway 1996-2004                                                     “Chub” Kennedy – Chemung Speedrome 1970-73

Glen Lawrence – Chemung Speedrome & Shangri-La Speedway 1975-1995              DJ King – Shangri-La Speedway                  

Grant Frisbie – Chemung Speedrome 1968-1985                                                     Glen Canfield – Shangri-La Speedway  Flagger

Denny Shipman – Chemung Speedrome 1973-1976                                                Bill  Chandler – Shangri-La Speedway

Mike Casterline – Chemung Speedrome & Shangri-La Speedway  1964-1996          *Tony Hirschman- Shangri-La Speedway

*Roger Evanek – Shangri-La Speedway                                                                     *Daryl Lewis – Shangri-La Speedway