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Accidents, Brawls Mar Racing's Week

Two near tragedies marred Saturday's racing at Tioga Motorsports Park, while a series of fights at Chemung Speedrome on Friday have clouded the future of the historic track.



Tioga Motorsports Park

A pair of frightening accidents during the Modified feature shortened last Saturday's program in Owego, NY.

On the first lap of the Modified feature, Billy Maynard's car was bumped into the infield where it struck Charlie Brown, the turn three flagman.

According to Carol Houssock, the track spokesperson, Brown suffered a number of injuries, the most serious of which was a hairline fracture of a hip.

After Brown, who like Maynard lives in Wysox, was life-flighted to Robert Packer Hospital, the race resumed.

On lap 14, Maynard and Mike Marollo came together on the front straight to avoid a spinout by Bill Chandler. Marollo's car became airborne, flying into the catch fencing. Marollo's car ended upright on the track, but the fence, a light pole and other support poles were badly damaged.

Track officials suspended racing for the night because the damage was too extensive to be repaired Saturday.

In other action from Saturday, Phil Slater won the B-Modified feature held over from July 17. Jim Lamoreaux won in Late Models, Geary Rinehimer captured the Factory Stock feature and Matt Priscott won the Legends race.

The unfinished Modified feature, as well as the 25-lap B-Modified feature that was also postponed because of the accident, will be made up this Saturday when the track hosts the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers Night. The night also includes Twin 20s for the Mods, along with regular shows by the B-Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Legends. Racing will begin at 6 p.m.



Chemung Speedrome

Three separate fights during Friday's twin B-Modified features may have finally accomplished what years of financial woes were unable to do—convince the owners that it is time to sell.

According to a published report in the Elmira Star-Gazette, owners Bob Stapleton and Chad Silver stated that they plan to sell the track.

"I didn't build this place to have this kind of activity go on," Stapleton told the Star-Gazette.

Chad Silver, Stapleton's partner, added, "It's not fun anymore. I want out of it."

The owners reported that they planned to open this Friday, but that security would be beefed up in light of the incidents.

An on-track incident between Josh Smith and Dan Kurzejewski led to two separate fights in the pits. During the second bout, two women from the stands crossed the track and joined in the fray.

Terry Zacharias, who saw his B-Modified severely damaged in an accident during the second feature, left the pits looking for Stapleton. When he found him near the control tower, he allegedly threw punches at the owner.

Zacharias received a life suspension from Chemung for his actions.

Chemung County Sheriff's Deputies twice responded to the track but no arrests were made. No injuries were reported in the incidents.

On the track, Jimmy Blewett won both of the B-Modified features.

Other winners included Mike Nichols in Street Stocks, Matt Priscott in Legends and Jake Snell in Chemung Juniors. Gene Purvis, who finished second in the Four-Cylinder feature, was awarded the victory after race winner Chad Millard was disqualified for a technical violation.



Redline Raceway

At Granville, on Aug. 6, Mike Schane won the Modified feature on Scotty Cole Memorial Night.

Other winners were J.T. McKernan in Street Stocks, Ernie Martin in Pure Stocks, Chuck Leasure in Mini Stocks and Lyle Smith in IMCA Modifieds.

On Aug. 8, Dick Stark won the $500 winner's purse for the Hurricane on the Mountain Pure Stock qualifier.

In Enduro races also held that day, Mark Griffin won the Eight-Cylinder race, Ken Shedden won the Six-Cylinder race and Dave Babcock captured the Four-Cylinder race.



Penn Can Speedway

At Susquehanna, PA, on Aug. 6, Brian Weaver won the Modified feature to claim the Mid-Season Championship.

Other winners were Randall Paxton in Late Models, Bill Deckelman in Sportsman, Denny Decker in Super Stock and Chris Wood in Pure Stock.

The track will host Fan Appreciation Night this Friday with a regular show that will conclude with a fireworks display.



Five Mile Point Speedway

At Kirkwood, NY, Ed Strada, Jr. won the Modified feature.

Other winners were Kurt Decker in Street Stocks, K.C. Cole in UMP Modifieds, Chris Wood in Pure Stocks and Scott "Guido" McGonigile in Figure Eight



Skyview Dragstrip

At Tioga Center, on Aug. 7, Mark Mitchell, Jr. won the Super Pro final over Don Kiekeo with a time of 5.6 seconds over the 1/8th mile dragstrip.

In the Pro final, Mike Thompson defeated Towanda's Ray Thurston with a time of 6.89 seconds.

Dave Beierle won the Street Money final when Joe Patelunas redlighted.

Tony Ferrisno won the Street Trophy race over Jim Barker with a time of 10.06 seconds.



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