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Tim Gullo Dominates “Gary Marshall Memorial 40” at Chemung Speedrome

Gullo Two-for-Two in Race of Champions Super Stock Action

Chemung, N.Y. – (May 20, 2017) – Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., ran to his second consecutive victory in Race of Champions Super Stock competition this past Saturday when he captured the running of the 3rd annual “Gary Marshall Memorial 40” at the Chemung Speedrome.

Gullo, who also won his qualifying race, started second in the feature, cleared pole sitter Bobby Shosek and ran to the victory.

“This race means a lot to our family,” smiled Gullo from victory lane. “Gary was my cousin, so this is a big night for all of us. The car was really good during the race. We work awful hard at this and I can’t thank all of my guys and my family enough. I am very lucky to be able to have the support that I do. Tonight is a great night and we are going to enjoy it.”

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Zacharias Brothers Lead Empire State

Rocco, Pulliam, Preece Top Whelen All-American Series Points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — This has been a banner season for asphalt modified drivers, but it’s not just Southern New Englanders enjoying success. A pair of western New York brothers are doing their own part to make this the year of the modifieds.As of the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I rankings, four of the top eight in the nation pilot asphalt modifieds, topped by leader Keith Rocco.

NATIONAL TOP 500 STANDINGS  |  STATE/PROVINCE TOP 20 STANDINGS

Candor, New York’s Jimmy Zacharias checks in at No. 7 this week. His younger brother, T.J., ranks 38th. They also sit first and third, respectively, in the NASCAR New York state standings.

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Modified Aces Coby & Zacharias Invade NEMA, Score Chemung Midget Wins

The Northeastern Midget Association is a club that boasts a loyal group of drivers and owners, but on this Friday night at Chemung Speedrome (NY) it was a couple racers that have been recognized for their skills in another open wheel machine that took the victories.

2012 and 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby has dabbled in the NEMA car on occasion when he has weekends off, and appeared to be the car to beat from the beginning after dominating his heat race. The Milford, Connecticut driver would have to start fifth in his feature and contend with a relative newcomer to the full powered Midgets for the top spot early on.

Massachusetts driver Danny Cugini fought off Coby for several laps, but when the caution displayed on lap 11 for an incident Cugini’s car would also slow and never come back to life. With Cugini on the sidelines, it was all Coby up front holding off teammate Todd Bertrand in the race that was shortened to 20 laps due to time constraints.

“(Danny) was gaining on me in certain spots and I was gaining on him, and I think in the long run I would have run him down,” Coby told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I think I was better than him in three and four, which were the critical corners here. When he broke and the track is covered in speedy dry, you don’t know who is going to be fast after that. Our car kind of settled in and it was pretty consistent the rest of the way.”

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Zacharias, Coby Highlight NEMA Trip to Chemung

NEMA kicks off its opening weekend action at Chemung Speedrome this coming Friday night.  Two of the headline drivers taking the main stage at Chemung will be 2013 New York State NASCAR Modified Champion Jimmy Zacharias and 2012/2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby.  Zacharias will be behind the wheel of the Motor Cars International 15B Lites car, and Coby behind the wheel of the Bertrand Motorsports #74 NEMA entry.

“I’m excited about making my first NEMA (Lites) midget start. The cars have always looked fun and racey whenever I’ve seen them run.  Being a regular at Chemung should help me and I’m looking forward to the race,” said Zacharias.

In the Lites division, one cannot count out the Bigelow family, brothers Scott & Paul, Scott, was very strong in the Lites season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The Cugini family brings their two strong family owned entries to the Speedrome – Danny proving very strong at Thompson and Anthony Payne in the Scrivani 21.  NEMA Champion Randy Cabral will have his family owned #35 on hand as well.  Paul Scally has been very strong in early starts so far this season in his new Lites ride, and will be on hand at both events.

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Spotter Bites

It’s called The Greatest Race in the History of Spring, the Spring Sizzler from Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Eight divisions strong, a packed house, and a full pit area, what else could you ask for? Okay, warmer weather. It’s near the month of May and the temperatures are still in the 30s and 40s. Despite Mother Nature, it was a great weekend of racing.

Running through the pits to check-in with the 4 teams I was spotting for was the first order of business.  Could they all park near each other next time? Trucks were way out back and it took me forever to get there and back. That was my exercise for the day. The Late Model team was on the way to the spotter’s area in another section of the pits, so I just waited to check in with them until I headed up there. The SK and the tour mods were near each other, so that made it a little easier, but not much.

DSC_0082Practice was not very good for the Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson, Inc. #75 Whelen Modified Tour car on Saturday. At about 5 laps or so into practice, it tasted the concrete wall at the exit of turn two. The car was running good and then just stepped out and slammed the right front into the wall. There was a lot of damage: Header, tire, rim, suspension parts, body tin, nerf bar and bumper to name a few parts that sustained damage. We only had a little bit of time to try and get it back together before time trials. In the midst of working on the car (yeah, I’m not just a spotter, I can wrench on them too), I had a mini heart attack when I asked someone who was on the track. They told me the SKs were on their way out there now. I thought I was late for the heat races and ran to get my gear and headed to the spotter’s area. I soon realized it was still practice and calmed down and headed back to continue working on the car. I hate it when that happens.

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Zacharias to Pilot NEMA Lite at Chemung

Jimmy Zacharias is unsure of his plans for this year, aside from a part-time TQ Midget ride. 
The four-time Modified track champion will race a Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Lite at the Chemung (NY) Speedrome. The May 22 race will be the inaugural event for the club’s two divisions there. They will race the next night at Evans Mills (NY) Motorsports Park. 
 
Zacharias described the 1/3 mile oval as “tight corners, decent sized straightaways, (a) fun little track.” He expects the Midgets “will be fast there for sure.”

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NEMA Adds Chemung Speedrome to Exciting 2015 Schedule; Coby to Compete

The Northeastern Midget Association proudly announced on Friday that it has added an inaugural event at the Chemung Speedrome to its schedule for May 22, 2015.  Chemung will start an action packed weekend for NEMA, with an event the following day at Evans Mills Speedway.  The NEMA Midgets will run extended 30 lap races at both tracks, with the Lites running 25 Laps. 

An added bonus for the fans – reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby will be on hand competing in the #74 Bertrand Motorsports midget.  In addition, NEMA will be providing a Lites car and are working with the Speedrome promoters to get Chemung regular Jimmy Zacharias into a car for the Lites event. 

The Chemung Speedrome was originally built as a ¼ mile dirt track in 1951 by the Bodine family of Chemung, NY it closed in 1978.  As the story goes, in an article written by Bob Johnson, “It was by sheer coincidence that the track came to fruition in the first place.  Eli Bodine Sr. was in Ithaca having his car repaired.  The mechanic working on the car asked him if he liked stock car racing.  Mr. Bodine’s reply was that he indeed did.  This led to a conversation about racing.  The mechanic, Karl Beilou, brought up the fact that the local racers from the Finger Lakes racing club had become disenchanted with the track they were running at.  The possibility of building a track on the Bodine farm was discussed.  Bodine jokingly agreed to the request not thinking it would ever come to fruition.  The next day was Saturday.  Much to Bodine’s surprise, members of the racing club came calling on the farm – and from there, the track was born.”

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NEMA Adds Chemung, Waterford Races

According to President Russ Stoehr, the NorthEastern Midget Association (NEMA), has added three dates to their schedule

The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will race at Chemung (NY) Speedrome May 22, and September 12 at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. The NEMA Lites will compete June 6 at New London-Waterford as well.

This will be the inaugural race for Chemung. The track is a 3/8 mile oval, which the Bodine family opened as a 1/4 mile dirt track in 1951. NEMA will also visit New York for its season opener on May 23 at Evans Mills Motorsports Park and Oswego Speedway on July 11 for King of Wings.

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ROCMT: 2015 Schedule Announced

The 2015 Race of Champions Modified Tour schedule was announced today by the series.

Sunday, April 19th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, May 3rd – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, May 9th- Oswego Speedway
Sunday, May 24th- Shangri La II Motor Speedway
Friday, June 5th – Spencer Speedway
Thursday, June 25th- Lancaster National Speedway
Saturday, July 11th – Holland Speedway
Friday, July 24th – Spencer Speedway
Saturday, August 8th – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, August 15th – Lancaster National Speedway
Friday, September 4th – Oswego Speedway
Saturday, September 19th – Oswego Speedway
Sunday, September 27th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, October 4th – Shangri La II Motor Speedway

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NEMA General Membership Meeting Cites Strong Progress for 2015

Thompson, CT — NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, Lee USA and White Mountain – with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years – with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O’Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted – 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

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Zacharias Continues Championship Run

Four NASCAR Track Titles In Five Years At Chemung

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmy Zacharias’ past success at Chemung Speedrome has elevated his expectations to the point that winning 40-percent of this year’s modified races qualified as just okay.

“It wasn’t bad,” Zacharias said of his latest championship season at the .375-mile oval located in the hills of New York’s Southern Tier. “It wasn’t as good as the previous four, but it was still good.”

2014 NASCAR TRACK CHAMPIONS

The 23-year-old Zacharias won six of 15 Sunoco Modified division races at Chemung in 2014. While that was technically a step back from wins in eight of 17 features a year ago, it was still plenty sufficient to take home the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship for the second season in a row, and fourth time in five years.
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Jimmy Zacharias to Drive BRE #3 at Spring Sizzler

One of the most successful cars in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history will return for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. Rookie Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, NY will pilot the Boehler Racing Enterprises (BRE) #3 at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 26-27.

” My dad and Michael (Boehler) just started talking and put the deal together,” Zacharias said. “… Hopefully all goes well and we can continue out the season on the tour and run for Rookie of the Year. I’ll also be at Chemung Speedrome on Friday nights defending my NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship.”

Zacharias will be driving for one of the most storied team’s in local Modified racing. The Boehler family has fielded a race car since 1957. Bugs Stevens became the first driver to win three consecutive national Modified championships in Lenny Boehler’s Ole Blue. Wayne Anderson captured the 1994 crown, while Tony Hirschman, Jr. captured back to back championships in 1995 and 1996. The inaugural Spring Sizzler was won by the late Fred DeSarro in 1972.

“It’s awesome ,” Zacharias said. “I’m so thankful that they allowed me an opportunity. The car and team have been around Modified racing for a very long time. And the car has a great deal of success over the years with some great Modified drivers behind the wheel.”

Zacharias is hopeful that his sponsors will provide financial support to the BRE team. The BRE crew will work on the car, with possibly some of Zacharias’ crew members assisting. 

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2014 ROC Modified Asphalt Modifid Tour Schedule Released

2014 RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED TOUR DATES
Date Site Location Lap
Sun. May 4th Chemung Speedrome Chemung, NY 75
Sat. May 10th Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 75
Sun. May 18th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Sat. May 24th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 75
Fri. June 6th Spencer Speedway Rochester, NY 75
Sat. July 5th Holland Speedway Holland, NY 100
Sun. July 27th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Fri. Aug. 29th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 100
Sat. Sept. 6th Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 14th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 200*
Sun. Sept. 21st Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 29th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 100

(Two additional dates likely to be added but could not be confirmed for release of this schedule).

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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Zacharias Branches Out to Earn N.Y. Title

Chemung Champion Adds Dates To Claim Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A member of one of the iconic family names in New York short-track racing put his name on the NASCAR state championship trophy this year.

Jimmy Zacharias, 22, of Candor, N.Y., hustled to win New York’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship with stops at all four NASCAR Home Tracks in New York. Zacharias won the Sunoco Modified division track championship at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome for a third time and entered five events during August at Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex to enhance his chances in the state point race. Additionally, he also made three early-season starts at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway and two August starts at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y.

“We were running second in state points and needed to run more races, so we added Holland on Saturday nights and gave it a shot,” said Zacharias.

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Pulliam Continues Historic Short-Track Run

Joins Elite Company With 2nd Whelen All-American Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam is now an iconic champion in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

He won NASCAR’s national championship of weekly short track auto racing for a second consecutive year in 2013. Pulliam becomes just the third driver in the series’ 32 years to win the national championship more than once and to win consecutive titles.

Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., scored the maximum of 810 points available this season. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series has had various points systems since it began in 1982, and Pulliam is just the fourth to win the title with a “perfect record.”

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ROC Asphalt Modified Tour Readies for 20th Season

Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Readies for 20th Anniversary Season in 2013

BINGHAMTON, NY — The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour will approach a milestone 20th Anniversary season in 2013. The tour will once again see an ambitious schedule taking place with the majority of the dates in place for the upcoming season. The Annual Race of Champions Banquet will take place on Saturday, March 2nd and will honor Matt Hirschman as the Champion for an impressive fifth time. George Kent is the all-time series champion leader with six titles.

The 2013 version of the RoC Asphalt Modified Tour will see at least eleven races with ten confirmed dates locked in at this time. The traditional Chemung Speedrome event has been moved to the spring opener on Sunday, May 5th. The 125 lap event is always one of the most exciting on the series and a great way to get the New York State swing underway. The Shangri-La II Speedway will once again play host to three events on the concrete 5/8th mile oval with the first taking place on Sunday, May 19th. The other two dates have been set for Sunday, July 28th and the tour finale Fall Brawl on Sunday, September 29th.

Oswego Speedway returns to hosting three RoC events again in 2013. The traditional Memorial Day Weekend Richie Evans Memorial will take place on Saturday, May 25th. The mid-summer 63rd running of the Sunoco Race of Champions will take place at the “Steel Palace” on Saturday, July 20th. The RoC Mods will return to the International Classic Weekend on Friday, August 30th in what is always a must see weekend.

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‘Rapid Roman’ Richie Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

New York Star Won Nine NASCAR Modified Series Titles In Hall Of Fame Career

Daytona Beach, FL — Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

Evans will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, one of five members of the Hall’s third class comprised of the New York native, legendary crew chief Dale Inman, team owner Glen Wood and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He is the first of 15 inductees without a connection to NASCAR’s premier series.

The 2012 enshrinement ceremony kicks off NASCAR Acceleration 2012 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, where fans can interact with the sport’s legends and current stars in person, get autographs and catch a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Fans can go to NASCARacceleration2012.com for more information.

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Measure of the Man

Equal parts talent, lifestyle and legend earn Evans his Hall call

Every Christmas Day, no matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, Richie Evans would drive his race car over to The Rusty Nail, the Rome, N.Y., bar that also sponsored his famous orange and black No. 61, to celebrate the holiday. For Evans was never far from his roots.

This week, short-track fans up and down the East Coast were celebrating the announcement that Evans would be one of five people inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Evans made his name with eye-popping statistics from his career in a Modified.

But Evans cemented his legend a long time ago with the stories that surrounded his career.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Date At Chemung Cancelled

Event Scheduled For Aug. 29 Was Rained Out

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR and Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome have announced that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the track, that was rained out on its originally scheduled date of Aug. 29, will not be made up this season.

“We worked really hard at trying to find a suitable date to reschedule and unfortunately, we just weren’t able to find one,” said Chad Little, series director of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. “We looked at several options with the promoter, John White, and discussed those with the competitors, but it just wasn’t going to be possible. We were really looking forward to racing at Chemung. The track has a lot of Modified racing history and the fans up there are great.”
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Rain Postpones Whelen Modified Tour’s Trip To Chemung

Chemung, NY — Due to a forecast for heavy rain Friday and Saturday, NASCAR and Chemung Speedrome officials have decided to postpone Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Chemung 120.A makeup date for the event will be announced at a later date.

With this postponement, up next for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Budweiser 150 at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 3. The second of three trips for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Thompson was originally scheduled for Aug. 13 but was moved because of weather.
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News & Notes: Chemung To Welcome Whelen Modified Tour

For the second year in a row – and just the third time in series history – the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome for the Chemung 120 on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Coming off one of the biggest events in the 25-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Tour will return to it’s roots – local short-track racing – this week at the .375-mile asphalt oval in New York’s Southern Tier.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour first went to Chemung in 2001 after the track had been shuttered for more than two decades. Tony Hirschman earned the Coors Light Pole Award and Jerry Marquis the win in the inaugural event. After a seven-year absence, the Tour returned to Chemung in 2008 in an event that saw Tony’s son, Matt Hirschman, dominate. The younger Hirschman captured the pole and one of the two qualifying heats before leading wire-to-wire in the 122-lap main.
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Lee USA Speedway Leads 16 Tracks Openings In May

Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H., kicks off its 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American season on Friday, helping lead the final 16 NASCAR Home Tracks to open in May.

Lee opens for its 22nd season of operation by John “Red” MacDonald and his wife Judy. The .375-mile paved oval hosts six divisions weekly. They include Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Small Block Supermodifieds, Roadrunners, Hobby Stocks, and the Ironman Division.

The MacDonalds have been making some moves recently with the fans in mind.

“Last year, we rolled back our general admission from $12 to $10; That helped our fans and it helped us keep them,” Red MacDonald said.
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Clean Sweep: Hirschman Turns In Dominating Day At Chemung

Chemung, NY — Matt Hirschman led start-to-finish Saturday in the Chemung 120 to capture his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season and gained on the championship points lead of Ted Christopher with two races remaining.

Hirschman (No. 59 Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet) was the car to beat from the time they unloaded at the Chemung Speedrome on Saturday morning. He was fastest in practice, earned his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, captured the first of two 25-lap heat races, then led wire-to-wire in the 120-lap main.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Chemung 120

Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Chemung

With just three races left in the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, the series will head to  Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Chemung 120 will mark just the second time in the 24-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour that the series has contested a race at the .375-mile oval. Jerry Marquis reached Victory Lane in the only previous race on Aug. 10, 2001.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on the Air: Week of Sept. 29 – Oct.5

Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers that will appear on radio shows during the week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 5.

Monday, Sept. 29
Eric Beers – “Track Talk,” WACK (1420 AM or 1420wack.com), 6 – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Eric Beers – “Sirius Speedway,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 3 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5
Chemung 120 winner – “Carey & Coffey Show,” ESPN Radio Local (940/1510 AM or careyandcoffey.com), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

Joe Gosek Takes First-Ever Chemung Speedrome ISMA Event as Leaders McKnight & Cicconi Crash Out with 23 to Go

Chemung, NY — A lot of the racing clichés fell on the description of Friday night’s inaugural ISMA 75 lapper at the Chemung Speedrome. “You’ve got to be there at the end.” “You win some and lose some” “That’s racing.” Oswego, NY’s Joe Gosek was the victor of the event after Lou Cicconi and Dave McKnight crashed out while battling for the lead. It was simply one heck of a battle out front until their demise. Gosek, who had led from lap 6 until lap

19 when McKnight took over, retook the lead after the lap 53 incident between the 2001 ISMA Champ McKnight and two-time feature winner in 2002, Cicconi.

Gosek was aware that he had been in the right place at the right time. “We didn’t have a great car tonight. Dave and Lou were both faster than me in practice. We decided we were junk and changed the whole setup on the car before the heat race. I liked that setup better, but I knew we were still too loose and they were still too quick. They got racing there like wild men with about thirty to go and in the meantime I had changed the brakes after that restart just before they crashed. My car felt better. And, you hang in there and get the best you can from it. The next time I came around the lead cars were out and I was in front. You win some and lose some. This time we were fortunate. The guys worked hard and it’s nice to turn the season around after those first two races where we weren’t too good.”

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