By: Carol Houssock
CHEMUNG, NY :
A large contingent of INEX Legend cars turned out for the national qualifier. The three heats, won by Matt Kurzejewski, Kevin Youngs and Brandon DeBrakeleer helped set the field for the 20-lap feature. The race took two tries to get going after Kurt Knapp slapped the back stretch infield foam blocks. Anthony Riforgiato led Pat Judson when the race did get underway but many watched some early and bold moves by Kurzejewski that brought him up to third in a real hurry. By the seventh lap Kurzejewski was setting up a pass on the leader, which he pulled off on lap eight. From there he checked out on the field. The best battle was for second, a position held by Daren Scherer but sought by DeBrakeleer. A late caution set up a two-lap dash to the finish. Kurzejewski was ready and scored his fifth win this year and fifth sweep, keeping intact his perfect attendance in victory. DeBrakeleer was second, Scherer third, Carl Vilardo fourth and Chuck Lohmeyer fifth.
He’d come close before, but on Friday night all the hard work paid off for third generation racer Teddy Bowen. Fast off the trailer, he won his heat race and led the field at the drop of the green in the 10-lap Bandolero feature. Damon Frutchey got around him on the second lap but Bowen reclaimed the top spot and held off both Frutchey and David French. French got to second while point leader Lars McElravy, on his own charge, took over third and dropped Frutchey to fourth. Over the final laps Bowen held his line then took the checkered flag, a career-first, ahead of French, McElravy, Frutchey and Dominick Wood. A young man of few words, he told the crowd it “felt amazing to get the win.”
Racing continues this Friday, July 17th and includes the Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps), Super Stocks (25 Laps), 4 Cylinders (20) INEX Legends (20), Bandoleros (10 Laps) and the final 20 laps of last week’s Super Stock feature. Pits open at 4, grandstand opens and practice begins at 6, and racing gets underway at 7:15 PM. Admission: adults $12; seniors 65 and older $10; kids 6-12 $5; kids 5 and under free. Fans are reminded that their adult or senior ticket stub from July 10th is good for $2 off their admission this week. For additional information call the track office at 607-529-9998, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or check the track’s websitewww.chemungspeedrome.net.
INEX Legends (20 Laps) MATT KURZEJEWSKI, Brandon DeBrakeleer, Daren Scherer, Carl Vilardo, Chuck Lohmeyer, Max Mead, Pat Judson, Anthony Riforgiato, Alex Bowen, Beth Scherer, Nick Peterson, Matt Evans, Kevin Wilkins, Cody Frantz, Breanne Gilligan, Kevin Youngs, Max Evans, Charlie Lohmeyer, Jimmer Ulrich, Cliff Rought, Alexandria Smith, Frank Morich, Wayne Walker, Kurt Knapp
Heats: Kurzejewski, Youngs, DeBrakeleer
Bandoleros (10 Laps) TEDDY BOWEN, David French, Lars McElravy, Damon Frutchey, Dominick Wood, Garrett Zacharias, Joey Bernatavitz, Timothy Bowen, Jade McElravy, DJ Shaw, Bryce Bailey, Sean Verwys, Joey Bevacqua, Shea Bailey
Heats: French, Teddy Bowen