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”Tony Hanbury Wins It All – Chemung Sunoco Modified Feature and 2021 Championship”

by Carol Houssock

(Chemung, NY) Officials at Chemung Speedrome successfully gambled once again with the weather so that the regular season could come to an end on the track’s terms. It was Championship Night, sponsored by Flynn Energy, and five titles were decided following the five feature events. Those feature winners included Tony Hanbury (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Randy Mathews (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks) and Chase Sinsabaugh (INEX Bandoleros). The 2021 champions include Tony Hanbury (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Josh Parker (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), and both Derrick Vogler and Chase Sinsabaugh (INEX Bandoleros, Outlaws and Bandits, respectively).

The Sunoco Modified championship battle was one for the ages. Tony Hanbury led by four points when he arrived. Zack Curren won the heat and the five points that go along with it, so he entered the 30-lap feature leading by one point. Pole-sitter Charlie Sharpsteen had Curren right beside him for the first five laps. When they touched, Hanbury did a bonsai move and dove underneath both, creating a three-wide situation. It worked for Hanbury who took the lead and never gave it up. He used every bit of his experience to withstand the pressure Curren was applying, and when he crossed the start/finish line on lap 30 he knew that the win paid five more points and it was back to a four-point advantage. Ironically, this is the same kind of situation Curren found himself in back in 2019, when his championship boiled down to a few points and that time it went in his favor by one point. Curren finished second, followed to the line by Lee Sharpsteen, Gunnar Zeiner and Charlie Sharpsteen.

The Insinger Performance Super Stock battle was also one for the ages. Tim Gullo led Garrett Zacharias by four points at the start of the evening. Each won his heat race, so they were still separated by four points at the start of their 25-lap feature. Nick Robinson and Zacharias made up the front row for the start. Zacharias powered his way into turn one and led the field off turn two on the opening lap. Once in front, Zacharias knew if he could win his eighth feature the title would be his regardless of where Gullo finished. Gullo, however, had already fought hard to win his heat race after a come-from-behind penalty. He ran third, right behind Robinson for the bulk of the event. After passing him for second he had little time and no cautions to help his cause. Zacharias scored the win, and the championship by a mere one point. Gullo crossed the stripe second, just ahead of Robinson, Charlie Sharpsteen and Derrick Tarbox.

In last week’s Insinger Performance Super Stock feature the flag – the yellow one – waved repeatedly. The 25-lap race was the fourth and final event in the ServiceMaster SS Challenge Series. Entering the race Cameron Nichols led Tim Gullo in points. In the race, Nichols led the first seven laps, Garrett Zacharias led lap eight, and Nichols had lap nine. A big pile-up occurred on the front stretch just short of the halfway point. Nichols and Gullo restarted from row one. Nichols led lap 12 then Gullo took over and he led until Zacharias got around him on lap 15. Over the remaining 10 laps the caution came out five more times, with the most critical taking place with two laps remaining. It involved Nichols and Gullo, with the latter sustaining heavy damage. Track officials parked Nichols and the series chase for the pair was done. The race, however, was not as Zacharias held on and scored his seventh win. Charlie Sharpsteen, Mike Nichols, Robinson and Dennis Beardslee made up the top five. Cameron Nichols won the Series.

The 4 Cylinder division also ran caution-free in their 20-lap feature, something they had done several times this season. Heat winner Monica Robinson had the early lead before being passed by teammate Greg Moldt. He led the division with feature wins and was driving away to another one. Robinson held on for second, followed by Zack Jaynes, Matt Jenkins, and Joey Bevacqua. Dustin Pruyne won the other heat race. Moldt’s solid year resulted in another championship, which he dedicated to Rick Dillon. His longtime friend passed away the day before, making for an emotional speech. Moldt also claimed another 4 Cylinder championship at Chemung.

The Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks put on the best race of the night, and it began as the Dave Decker/Luke Nickels show. At the drop of the green the pair ran side-by-side for the first eight of 20 laps. Randy Mathews, who had won the prior week, got around Nickels and then ran with Decker for five laps. He finally cleared Decker’s #11 and won the race. Decker was second, followed by Tyler Harbst, Nickels and Josh Parker. Parker had an insurmountable point lead so he is the 2021 track champion in this growing division.

Chase Sinsabaugh saved his best for the last points race and put an exclamation point on his INEX Bandolero season. He and fellow Bandit racer Cullen Sharpsteen were in the front row for the 10-lap feature and Sinsabaugh led the way. The Outlaw battle between Derrick Vogler and Kalysta DeMark is the one that captured the most attention. Vogler was trailing DeMark and cleared her #5 with one lap to go. Sinsabaugh won the Bandit championship while Vogler got the Outlaw title.
Track promoter, Ray Hodge, thanked the fans, race teams, officials, and staff for the important role each has in the success of the track and weekly racing. “Stay tuned as we will be announcing plans for a two day show on September 17th and 18th. Setting up to be a great weekend at the ‘Drome,” he said.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The Waverly Volunteer Fire Department brought their ladder truck with them and honored the US Service Members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Heavy rain surrounded Chemung, with most tracks in the twin tiers area cancelling, but it never rained at the Speedrome.
The 50/50 winner took home over $350.

Flynn Energy Night Results:

Sunoco Modifieds (30 Laps): TONY HANBURY, Zack Curren, Lee Sharpsteen, Gunnar Zeiner, Charlie Sharpsteen, Keith Youngs, Pat Judson
Heat: Curren
2021 Champion: TONY HANBURY

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Tim Gullo, Nick Robinson, Charlie Sharpsteen, Derrick Tarbox, Cody Frantz, DJ Shaw, Evan Rygielski, Jim House, Jason Duke, Jr.,Dennis Beardslee, Mark Taylor, JP Harbst
2021 Champion: GARRETT ZACHARIAS
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (August 20th Official Finish): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Charlie Sharpsteen, Mike Nichols, Nick Robinson, Dennis Beardslee, Mark Taylor, Jason Duke, Jr., Dave Harbst, Tim Gullo, Cameron Nichols, DJ Shaw, Chad Lane, Lee Sharpsteen, Gil Sharpsteen, Jr., Aaron Cornell
Heats: Zacharias, Gullo
ServiceMaster SS Challenge Series winner: Cameron Nichols

4 Cylinders (20 Laps): GREG MOLDT, Monica Robinson, Zack Jaynes, Matt Jenkins, Joey Bevacqua, Dustin Pruyne, Jason Peck, Ricky Lane, Tom Shaffer
Heats: Robinson, Pruyne
2021 Champion: GREG MOLDT

Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): RANDY MATHEWS, Dave Decker, Tyler Harbst, Luke Nickels, Josh Parker, Doug Deekay, Rick Sinsabaugh, Kalysta DeMark
Heat: Parker
2021 Champion: JOSH PARKER

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps): CHASE SINSABAUGH, Derrick Vogler, Kalysta DeMark, Joey Allowatt, Devin Gullo, Cullen Sharpsteen, Reese Faulisi, Michael Bast, Alex Tuttle (DNS)
Heats: Vogler, Bast
2021 Champions: DERRICK VOGLER (Outlaw), CHASE SINSABAUGH (Bandit)

”Zack Curren Unstoppable in Chemung Sunoco Modified Action, Grabs Season First”

BY CAROL HOUSSOCK

(Chemung, NY) Officials at Chemung Speedrome gambled with the weather and came out on the winning end of that gamble. It was Kids Appreciation Night, sponsored by Just in Time Roofing & Gutters. A brief track-drying procedure delayed the start by just 15 minutes. Winners included Zack Curren (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Randy Mathews (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks) and Michael Bast (INEX Bandoleros). The bulk of the Insinger Performance Super Stock results were unofficial.

The Sunoco Modifieds ran a caution-free 30-lap feature, and it was a show of pure dominance by Zack Curren. He’s had an up and down season but on Friday night it couldn’t have been any higher up. He won the heat then powered his way around pole-sitter Charlie Sharpsteen on the opening lap. Point leader Tony Hanbury also passed Sharpsteen and was up to second. That left the Sharpsteen brothers, Charlie and Lee, in a battle for third. Keith Youngs, meanwhile, broke up that tussle and was in fourth. By lap 17 he was in third. Up front, the gap between Curren and Hanbury widened with each lap and he seemingly easily coasted to his first win of the season. “That’s what we needed,” he told the crowd then added “it was probably not that exciting for you fans. We all like to put on a show.” In the eyes of his family, friends and sponsors he had put on a one-man show. Hanbury finished second over Youngs, L. Sharpsteen and Gunnar Zeiner.

The Insinger Performance Super Stocks competed in the fourth and final race in the ServiceMaster SS Challenge. As of press time, Garrett Zacharias won the race to record his seventh win this year. The remaining results are unofficial. The full race report will be provided next week.

The 4 Cylinder division ran their 20-lap feature with just one caution period. Dustin Pruyne led the first four laps before being passed by Monica Robinson. She led just two laps when Greg Moldt made what was his race-winning pass on lap six. The pair ran together with Pruyne holding on to third. Behind him, Joey Bevacqua and Zack Jaynes ran a good battle for fourth until Tom Shaffer entered the mix. Jason Peck spun going through turns three and four with 13 laps complete, setting up the only restart. Moldt outpaced Robinson and held his lead over the final seven laps to score the win, his eighth this season and the reason he leads the points going into the final event this Friday. Robinson was second, followed by Tom Shaffer, Bevacqua and Pruyne. Moldt and Bevacqua won the two heat races.

The Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks also ran a caution-free 20-lap feature. This one boiled down to proving the old saying that you don’t have to lead a lot of laps, just lead the last one. Heat winner Dave Decker led the field off turn two on the opening lap. In the early stages he was chased by heat winner Tyler Harbst and Luke Nickels, as Randy Mathews closed a gap and was on the move toward the front. At the halfway point it was a four-man race. Mathews passed Nickels, then Harbst, and he was up to second. With two to go he still trailed Decker but made his race-winning pass to pick up a career-first in the division. “We had trouble earlier and had to replace the water pump,” he said from victory lane. Harbst, Nickels, Decker and point leader Josh Parker all posted top-five finishes.

Michael Bast backed up last week’s overall Bandolero win, as a Bandit, when he turned in a sweep on Friday night. He and Chase Sinsabaugh won the heat races and the field was set for their 10-lap feature. While Bast took off and led the way, point leader Derrick Vogler had mechanical issues and came to a stop in turn two. When the caution came out Kalysta DeMark pitted to have her bumper bolted back on after it came off. Both restarted and wasted no time running behind Bast when the race resumed. Sinsabaugh spun with two laps to go and set up a final chance for anyone to take the lead. Bast was perfect and scored his second win in a row, this time over DeMark, Sinsabaugh, Devin Gullo and Vogler.

This week the regular season comes to a close on Championship Night, sponsored by Flynn Energy. All 5 regular divisions (Sunoco Modifieds, Insinger Performance Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks and INEX Bandoleros) will be in action for regular distance events. Gates open at 5, practice gets underway at 6 and racing begins at 7 PM. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 5 to 11, and free for kids under age 5.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
For the first time in many years, kids had rides in the race cars during intermission. This was well received by the kids who waited in line to go aboard one of the cars for a lap around the track. Many thanks go out to the drivers who participated and made those special memories for the kids.
The 50/50 winner from Elmira left with $350.
The Firehouse Subs SUV paced the field for all feature events.

Just in Time Roofing & Gutters Night Results:
Sunoco Modifieds (30 Laps): ZACK CURREN, Tony Hanbury, Keith Youngs, Lee Sharpsteen, Gunnar Zeiner, Charlie Sharpsteen
Heat: Curren
Insinger Performance Super Stocks (ServiceMaster Super Stock Challenge Series, Race #4, 25 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS
The remainder of the rundown is unofficial
4 Cylinders (20 Laps): GREG MOLDT, Monica Robinson, Tom Shaffer, Joey Bevacqua, Dustin Pruyne, Zack Jaynes, Gene Purvis, Matt Jenkins, Jason Peck, Patti Hanbury, Ricky Lane
Heats: Bevacqua, Moldt
Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): RANDY MATHEWS, Tyler Harbst, Luke Nickles, Dave Decker, Josh Parker, Doug Deekay, Tom Shaffer, Rick Sinsabaugh, Kalysta DeMark
Heats: Decker, Harbst
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps): MICHAEL BAST, Kalysta DeMark, Chase Sinsabaugh, Devin Gullo, Derrick Vogler, Joey Allowatt (DNS), Reese Faulisi (DNS), Alex Tuttle (DNS)
Heats: Sinsabaugh, Bast

Tony Hanbury a Double Winner at Chemung – Wins Sunoco Modified Feature and the Buckley’s B-Mod Challenge Series Championship at Chemung”

BY CAROL HOUSSOCK

(Chemung, NY) Chemung wrapped up the first of its championships on Friday night when Tony Hanbury claimed the Buckley’s Automotive B-Mod Challenge. Winner of three of the four races, Hanbury sealed the deal with his win in the 30-lap feature. Race runner-up, TJ Potrzebowski, ended the series as the runner-up as well, finishing 27 points behind Hanbury. Other winners on Jimmy Joe’s BBQ Night included Garrett Zacharias (Insinger Performance Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Dave Decker (Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks), and Michael Bast (INEX Bandoleros). All five divisions will be in competition this Friday night as the Speedrome salutes kits. Chemung will also crown a champion in the four-race ServiceMaster of the Tri Counties Super Stock Challenge Series.

Jody Buckley paced the field for the final race in the Buckley’s Automotive B-Mod Challenge series. The four-race mini-series paid more money to the drivers and crowned its own champion. Just one driver celebrated after 30 laps, as Tony Hanbury got the win and the title.

TJ Potrzebowski had the early lead over Hanbury. When the Sharpsteen brothers, Lee and Charlie, got together it brought out the first of just two caution periods. On the restart Potrzebowski had the edge over Hanbury as they came off turn two. Hanbury led lap seven and it went back to Potrzebowski on lap eight.

Keith Youngs slowed to a stop in turn two and the caution waved again with nine laps complete. This time Potrzebowski led for two laps before losing the lead for good to Hanbury on lap 14. Over the remaining 16 laps the pair pulled away from Gunnar Zeiner, who had worked his way up to third.

Hanbury then doubly celebrated. “It was nice of Jody to do this for us, and it was good racing with TJ,” Hanbury said from the Midstate Basement Authorities victory lane. That company, along with Jimmy Joe’s BBQ, are sponsors on Hanbury’s #42. “I’ve been struggling with the handling the last couple weeks,” he added. The struggle didn’t seem real on Friday night as he also won his heat. Potrzebowski finished the race in second.

When you have 25 laps to work with and a fast race car, you can take an early penalty and recover. That was the case for Garrett Zacharias in the Insinger Performance Super Stock feature. Three laps in, JP Harbst spun and both he and Zacharias restarted at the rear. The front row for that restart had Nick Robinson and Lee Sharpsteen side by side. Trouble developed in turn four and Tim Gullo, Robinson, Zacharias and Brian DeMark were all involved and restarted at the back, some after pitting. This time it was Sharpsteen and Cameron Nichols on the front row. Sharpsteen led Nichols, but Zacharias was working his way back toward the front and had third five laps after the restart.

With ten laps remaining Zacharias had passed Nichols and was right there with Sharpsteen. Zacharias took the lead on lap 23, just before the third and final caution. It took two attempts to get it right, but when racing resumed it was the 71z of Zacharias that held the top spot for the green, the white, and the checkered. “We got our homework done,” Zacharias said from victory lane. “We raced from the back, that was a hard charge.” Gullo, who entered the night leading Zacharias by four points in the championship chase, finished second. Nichols, Robinson, and Charlie Sharpsteen rounded out the top five when Lee Sharpsteen was disqualified after an issue in post-race tech.

Joey Bevacqua, driving his back-up car, and Greg Moldt won the heats in 4 Cylinder action. As the field was lining up, former track champion Monica Robinson slowed to a stop near her pit when her car broke. Teammate Zack Jaynes pulled in and a driver switch took place. Robinson, second in points and just six behind Moldt at the beginning of the night, exited her car and climbed in the qualified #15 car. Bevacqua led the first two laps in the 20-lap feature, but he lost that lead when Moldt passed him. The only caution came with seven laps complete. Dustin Pruyne slowed and came to a stop in turn two. He returned to the race after service from his crew. Moldt outran Bevacqua on the restart, and the pair pulled away from Matt Jenkins and Pruyne. At the checkered it was Moldt with the win, this time over Bevacqua, Pruyne, Jenkins and Robinson.

Fans gave Dave Decker a nice reaction when he climbed from his #11 car after winning for the first time in the Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock division. He had come close on numerous occasions this year but had been unable to keep the lead through lap 20. That all changed Friday night. “It’s been a long time coming,” were his first words from victory lane. Decker had the pole for the feature and led over Luke Nickels and heat winner Chuck Nichols early on. A caution just shy of the halfway point tested the Beaver Dams driver but he was on his game. Multi-time winner Josh Parker, who struggled in qualifying, came on strong over the final laps, but this one belonged to Decker. “It took a while to figure out the car and at one point I felt a tap, but I didn’t lift,” he said. Parker finished second.

“My day isn’t going well. The chain keeps coming off,” Michael Bast told the crowd during driver introductions for the INEX Bandolero feature. Ten laps later Bast had his day end very well when he picked up his first overall feature win as a younger driver in the Bandit division. This one appeared it would be a battle between Outlaw division racers and heat winners Kalysta DeMark and Derrick Vogler. She led early but on lap five Vogler took over. With two laps to go Vogler spun in turn two and set up a green/white/checkered finish. DeMark and Bast made up row one and Bast powered around her and led the way. He held on for a career-first outright win. He then went home with chain intact and trophy in hand. “This is great, and I want to thank my family and sponsors,” he said from victory lane.

This week Chemung focuses on kids who follow the sport with Kids Appreciation Night, sponsored by Just in Tyme Roofing & Gutters in Elmira Heights. During intermission kids will get rides around the track in the race cars, something that has not taken place at the Speedrome in many years. The Insinger Super Stocks will be running the final of four races in the Service Master of the Tri Counties SS Challenge and a champion will be crowned. Joining them on the race card are the Sunoco Modifieds, 4 Cylinders, Marion Decker Hobby Stocks and INEX Bandoleros. Gates open at 5, practice gets underway at 6 and racing begins at 7 PM. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 5 to 11, and free for kids under age 5.

For information, log on to the track’s website: chemung-speedrome.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.

Of Note:
The track donated $1 per admission ticket sold to a fundraiser being on Saturday by Sam’s Bar & Grill in Sayre, PA. Young Jamison Root served as Grand Marshall Friday night. He lost his mother a few years ago, and more recently his father was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Jamison gave the command to fire up the Bandoleros after thanking the crowd for their help. Jeff Lantz, owner of the restaurant, said he and his staff are committed to ensuring that by age 18 Jamison will be on his way to a good life. The Quincy’s Cause Ride for Jamison, BBQ and auctions are part of the 2021 Sam’s Summer of Giving.
The 50/50 winner’s share was $320, won by a very happy young couple from Waverly.

Jimmy Joe’s BBQ Night Results:
Sunoco Modifieds (Buckley’s Automotive B-Mod Challenge, Race #4, 30 Laps): TONY HANBURY, TJ Potrzebowski, Gunnar Zeiner, Charlie Sharpsteen, Zack Curren, Keith Youngs, Lee Sharpsteen
Heat: Hanbury
Buckley’s Automotive B-Mod Challenge Series Champion: Tony Hanbury

Insinger Performance Super Stocks (25 Laps): GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Tim Gullo, Cameron Nichols, Nick Robinson, Charlie Sharpsteen, DJ Shaw, Brian DeMark, Jason Duke, Jr., JP Harbst, Aaron Cornell, Dennis Beardslee, Chad Lane, Cody Frantz, Mark Taylor, Lee Sharpsteen (DQ)
Heats: Gullo, Sharpsteen

4 Cylinders (20 Laps): GREG MOLDT, Joey Bevacqua, Dustin Pruyne, Matt Jenkins, Monica Robinson, Ricky Lane, Jason Peck, Zack Jaynes (DNS), Tom Shaffer (DNS)
Heats: Bevacqua, Moldt

Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stocks (20 Laps): DAVE DECKER, Josh Parker, Luke Nickels, Tyler Harbst, Randy Mathews, Doug Deekay, Chuck Nichols, Rick Sinsabaugh
Heat: Nichols

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps): MICHAEL BAST, Kalysta DeMark, Cullen Sharpsteen, Derrick Vogler, Chase Sinsabaugh, Devin Gullo, Joey Allowatt, Alex Tuttle
Heats: Vogler, DeMark