Robinson Takes Home Gary Marshall Memorial Race at Chemung Speedrome
Story By: Shylo Fuchs/NYSS
Photos By: Mark Ranalletta/RacersGuide.com
What better way to spend Labor Day weekend than at the race track?? Sunday afternoon in the blistering heat there were 26 New York Super Stocks ready to race 50 laps at the Chemung Speedrome.
The feature field set by qualifying heats and redraw of the top 12 cars would be led to the green by the #15 of Nick Robinson and the #17 of Amber VanOrden. Robinson would take the early lead and VanOrden would settle into second place until the #73 of Jason Duke would take over the position on lap 5.
Caution would fly for the first time on lap 6 for the #04 of JP Harbst who had a little help getting spun around in turn 2. The field would regather and complete one lap before the #04 would spin again causing a second caution on lap 7.
Robinson would continue to lead maneuvering his way around the track like a pro. Lap 11 caution would fly for an accident in turn 4 that had started when the #23 of Mark Shipman had been helped around in front of the back half of the field causing him to collect several of his fellow competitors including the #3 of Ron Underwood, the #04 of Harbst, the #64 of Scott Dinzler and the #77 of Jim Helt. Helt would return to the field without losing any laps but the others would remain in the pits trying to repair damage they had sustained.
Several green flag laps would be put into the books before caution would again fly on lap 18. The #25 of Joel Gleason and the #71 of Aric Hadley would find themselves in the grass inside turn 2 after they had come together while racing through the turn.
After the white flag had been shown to the field and they were rounding through turn 3 coming to green the #3 car of Ron Underwood would be released from the pits in front of the field causing a second caution on lap 18 after a wrench had been tossed from his ride into the racing groove between turns 1 and 2.
Two laps later another caution would fly for the #77 of Jim Helt and the #25 of Joel Gleason who had come together hard in turn 3 damaging both rides and ending Helts afternoon. Gleason would return after heading pit side to have the car checked out by his crew.
Robinson would stand strong through caution after caution and get the drop on anyone who tried to give him a challenge on the restarts. Laps 20 through 42 he would lead through lapped traffic, out racing the field until the #34 of Charlie Sharpsteen would take the lead from him on lap 42.
Sharpsteen would lead laps 43 through 50 and Robinson would finish in the runner-up position on the track however during post race tech inspection Sharpsteen would refuse to pull his motor and the win would be awarded to Robinson later in the day. Robinson & Lamearux both removed the oil pans for crankshaft inspection. After inspection Robinson gets the win and $2000.00. Lamearux walks away with $1000.00 for second.
Thanks go out to Ray and Carol Marshall for putting together this afternoon event at the Drome, working tirelessly to get extra bonuses and payout for these guys as well as having 30 children’s bikes on hand to be given away to kids in the crowd. Next up will be Sleepy’s Shoot Out, 75 lap event at Evergreen Raceway in Drums, Pennsylvania on Saturday September 15th. Heats starting at 4:00 pm.
Thank you to all the race sponsors that made this possible:
Midstate Basement Authorities, FNR racing, Original Italian Pizza, Buckley’s Automotive, Buckley’s Discount Tire, Marshall Family’s, Bobby Osgood Auto Sales, Greg’s Auto Body, Dave Osgood Auto Sales, Rick Curren Auto Sales, Cedar Flea Market, Scott Clemens, Specialty Fitters Inc, Wilbur Auto Sales, Nu-way Auto Parts
Sunoco New York Super Stocks Feature Finish: #15 Robinson, #39 Lamearux, #29 Frisbie, #73 Duke, #75 Willis, #68 Adams, #72 Potrzebowski, #71 Hadley, #13 Higgins, #25 Gleason, #43 Duke Jr., #40 J. Dinzler, #76 House, #37 Petrie, #17 VanOrden, #38 Frarey, #90 Peckham, #23 Shipman, #0 Frante, #77 Helt, #12 Larrivee, #80 Chapman, #3 Underwood, #04 Harbst, #64 S. Dinzler, #34 Sharpsteen DQ
Heat Winners: #15 Robinson, #72 Potrzebowski, #73 Duke