JIMMY ZACHARIAS CLAIMS FIRST RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES FUELED BY SUNOCO

CHEMUNG, NY – Jimmy Zacharias of Vestal, N.Y., is an accomplished racer when it comes to winning at the Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome, but he had never visited victory lane in a Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco event until this past Saturday. Zacharias, who has participated in a limited amount of events with the Series in 2017, claimed his first career victory in the 2nd Annual Rod Spalding Classic 75.

“This is a big night for me and my family,” beamed Zacharias from victory lane. “We’ve worked hard for this and we’ve been close before. During the last few laps, I was waiting for something to happen and it didn’t. I’m really excited and happy. Very proud for my family and all of our guys. It’s a great feeling and I can’t thank everyone who helped us get here enough. We are going to enjoy this win.”

Matt Galko of Meriden, Conn., who was making his first-ever series start, led the field to the green. Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., who started next to Galko was able to take the lead over, but not before Zacharias moved to the top spot on lap 6.

Zacharias maintained his advantage throughout the event while Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., worked his way through the field to second from the seventh place starting position. Jankowiak looked to gain an advantage on a late race restart, but was held off by Zacharias.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Penn., started eleventh and worked his way to third before his seven race win streak came to an end.

Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., continued to record consistent finishes with a fourth place finish while current series championship point leader, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., finished fifth.

Galko, Hirschman, Leaty and Emerling scored qualifying race victories while Zacharias posted the fastest overall qualifying lap during group qualifying.

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Feature Finish
Rod Spalding Classic ’75’
Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, NY.
Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos No. Name Laps
1 71 Jimmy Zacharias 75
2 12x Andy Jankowiak 75
3 60 Matt Hirschman 75
4 25 Mike Leaty 75
5 07 Patrick Emerling 75
6 2t Austin Kochenash 75
7 54 Tommy Catalano 75
8 51 TJ Potrzebowski 75
9 9 Brandon Oltra 75
10 32 Tyler Rypkema 75
11 10L Daryl Lewis Jr. 75
12 17k Danny Knoll Jr. 75
13 71tj TJ Zacharias 75
14 72 Jesse Kent 75
15 64 Amy Catalano 75
16 27 Matt Galko 75
17 95s Bryan Sherwood 75
18 95m John Markovic 75
19 59 Karl Hehr 74
20 3 Daren Scherer 74
21 40r Tommy Rought 74
22 65 Andy Lewis 16
23 17c Roger Coss 8
24 8 Lee Sharpsteen 5
25 01 Cam Barber 1

Time of Race: 42 minutes 10 seconds Average Speed 42.402 mph
Fast Qualifying Lap: Jimmy Zacharias / 14.578 seconds
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers (Matt Galko 0-1, Daryl Lewis, Jr., 1-6, Jimmy Zacharias 6-75)

Qualifying Race Results:
Qualifying Race 1
Pos No. Name
1 27 Matt Galko
2 51 TJ Potrzebowski
3 12x Andy Jankowiak
4 17c Roger Coss
5 17k Danny Knoll Jr.
6 59 Karl Hehr
7 40r Tommy Rought
Qualifying Race 2
Pos No. Name
1 60 Matt Hirschman
2 2t Austin Kochenash
3 3 Daren Scherer
4 01 Cam Barber
5 64 Amy Catalano
Qualifying Race 3
Pos No. Name
1 25 Mike Leaty
2 71 Jimmy Zacharias
3 10 Daryl Lewis Jr.
4 72 Jesse Kent
5 71tj TJ Zacharias
6 9 Brandon Oltra
Qualifying Race 3
Pos No. Name
1 07 Patrick Emerling
2 54 Tommy Catalano
3 32 Tyler Rypkema
4 95 Bryan Sherwood
5 95m John Markovic
6 65 Andy Lewis

Point Standings following Chemung Speedrome (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 08/05/2017:

Pos No. Name Total
1 07 Patrick Emerling 915
2 25 Mike Leaty 872
3 12x Andy Jankowiak 803
4 54 Tommy Catalano 778
5 32 Tyler Rypkema 702
6 65 George Skora 681
7 60 Matt Hirschman 640
8 95 Bryan Sherwood 593
9 64 Amy Catalano 577
10 3 Daren Scherer 573
11 22 Chuck Hossfeld 568
12 66 Austin Kochenash 523
13 10 Daryl Lewis 480
14 59 Karl Hehr 463
15 40 Tommy Rought 420
16 51 TJ Potrzebowski 313
17 22jr Scott Wylie 242
18 40 Alan Bookmiller 240
19 01 Cam Barber 227
20 71 Jimmy Zacharias 182
21 19 Brandon Oltra 169
22 99 Bill Mislin 163
23 11 Kirk Totten 160
24 76 Zane Zeiner 159
25 17 Danny Knoll Jr. 157
26 1 Chris Ridsdale 108
27 7ny Kevin Miller 107
28 17 Roger Coss 107
29 24 David Rigan 106
30 45 Timmy Catalano 101
31 76 Randall Richards 91
32 5 Kyle Ebersole 72
33 27 Matt Galko 63
34 12x Tom McGrath 58
35 1 Mike Barnes 56
36 7 T.J. Zacharias 54
37 72 Jesse Kent 52
38 01x John Barber 48
39 4 Kreig Heroth 48
40 72 David French Jr. 48
41 10f Mike Fiebelkorn 47
42 95m John Markovic 46
43 65 Andy Lewis 42
44 8s Lee Sharpsteen 40
45 25r John Ramsay 20