CHEMUNG — Friday night’s action at Chemung Speedrome was overshadowed by a scary incident involving a race vehicle exiting the racing surface and striking a parked truck in the overflow truck/trailer parking area.
Sunoco Modified driver Damon Frutchey was contacted by another race car on the front stretch, which damaged Frutchey’s car to the extent that he had no brakes and little steering capability. He headed down the turn one access road leading to the car hauler parking lot not knowing what would stop him.
Everyone watched in disbelief as he partially slid off a retaining wall and slammed into a pickup truck owned by fellow competitor Jeff Noe. Officials arrived on the scene immediately and reported that Damon was ok, but the passenger truck was not. No personal injuries were reported from the incident.
Just a week prior, Charlie Sharpsteen turned heads by winning a pair of 40-lap Sunoco Modified features on a night when many of his family members weren’t there to see it. Friday night he won again, capturing his third win in a row, and they were all there.
Racing resumed after a lengthy red for the Frutchey excursion with Pat Judson and Zack Curren on the front row. Gene Sharpsteen inherited the lead of the race after a caution with his cousin Charlie Sharpsteen restarting alongside.
Charlie’s power move off turns two and four put him atop the leaderboard, a place where he would stay for the remaining 30 laps. Sharpsteen was near perfect again, putting distance between himself and the battle for second between Gene and Zack Knowlden.
Knowlden had his final opportunity to get the better of Sharpsteen on a restart, but the veteran driver’s car and talent behind the wheel were just too much again for everyone else. Sharpsteen scored his third win in a row, this time over Knowlden, Zane Zeiner, Tim Gullo and Judson.
“We really haven’t changed anything on the car, and I’m just glad I have a job running this for another week,” Sharpsteen joked in front of a huge gathering of family and other supporters.
Regarding Frutchey’s spin, Sharpsteen said “It’s tough not knowing anything until you get the word over the radio that your fellow competitor is okay.”
In New York Super Stock action, 30 cars signed in and ran the four heats, won by Nick Robinson, Frank Chapman, Robert Fink and Lee Sharpsteen. Luck of the draw set the field, which placed Robinson on the outside of the front row with Scott Wylie on pole.
Robinson led every lap but faced intense pressure from Wylie, who remained in second. The race was slowed by five caution periods, the most impactful coming when Tim Gullo and Jim Steffenhagen hit the front stretch wall coming off turn four. Both had been running in the top five at the time. On the final restart, Wylie had his last shot at Robinson, whose car was handling anywhere he chose. Robinson scored the big win of the Gary Marshall Memorial over Wylie, Lee Sharpsteen, Chapman and Zach Willis. The New York Super Stock Series will return to Chemung on August 16.
Ricky Lane celebrated a career-first win in the 4 Cylinder division, becoming the third driver in the class to do so this year. But it was a controversial victory post-race. Lane crossed the stripe third, but apparent winner and runner up, Monica Green and Joey Bevacqua, came up light on the scales after the race ended.
Lane started the 20-lap feature in second but powered his way around Alex Brown to lead the opening lap. This one was slowed just once when DJ Shaw got tapped and turned by Ben Perry. Lane celebrated his first win, over Greg Moldt, Mark Taylor, Shaw and Perry.
Kyle Youngs swept the action in the INEX Legends division. Daniel Carter started from the pole, but caution came out before the lap was completed. Both Jody Buckley and Youngs spun and the field was reset for a second attempt to get going.
This time, when the field hit turn two Gary Ham and Youngs went three-wide with Carter in the middle. Youngs emerged with the top spot. He pulled away while Ham and Carter ran together battling for second.
Josh Duke scored his fifth feature win in a row In the Carpenter’s Karts INEX Bandolero division. Chase Sinsabaugh led early; however, his spin coming off turn four with four laps complete brought out the only caution. Kaden Rogers crossed the line in third place to take the Bandit division victory.
This Friday Chemung closes out the month of June with Fan Appreciation Night, sponsored by McDonald Contracting. All five regular divisions will be in action. Admission has been cut to $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free to kids ages 5 and under.
Woodhull Raceway massive fireworks show Saturday
Addison-based Instant Heat Wood Pellets will present a full show including the Jim Williams Memorial Fireworks extravaganza. This night is the hottest ticket of the season at Ted and Brandi White’s Woodhull Raceway.
Fireworks will take place during the regular racing program, when it becomes dark enough to do so successfully. Racing activities will go on like normal; however, when it becomes dark enough to hold the fireworks, the next feature’s green flag will be held until the conclusion of the fireworks.
On the racing card for Saturday night is a complete show. That includes the Insinger Performance Modifieds, NAPA Crate Sportsman, Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Street Stocks, Woodhull Auto Supply Hobby Stocks, Cummings Trucking Crate Late Models, Johnson’s Auto Supply FWD, and Daugherty Auto Sales and Service Mini Stocks and Warriors.
Fans can find their way into the grandstands at 4:30 for only $13. Adults 65+ and kids ages 8-12 will be only $7 while kids 7 & under are free. Fans can reserve seats early Saturday from 10-12. The first green flag will be dropped at 6:30.