Drivers Prepare to Push and Shove at Chemung Chemung, NY - Drivers anticipate a caution-filled race when the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division appears at the tight 3/8 mile Chemung Speedrome, in Chemung, NY for the running of the ...
Drivers Prepare to Push and Shove at Chemung
Chemung, NY - Drivers anticipate a caution-filled race when the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division appears at the tight 3/8 mile Chemung Speedrome, in Chemung, NY for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250.
Dan Abold, driver of the #6 RTI Telecom / A&P Auto Parts/ NYC Process Chevrolet, has turned a few laps on the fairly new facility. "This is a nice short track with tight corners. The front straightaway is a "D"- shaped turn, which helps you enter turns one and two. Both of these turns are similar, but tight, and then you enter the short backstretch. Turns three and four are similar to turns one and two, but the exception is exiting out of turn four, it feels like you have to turn 90 degrees."
Abold, who resides in Liverpool, NY is currently fourteenth in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series, Northern division points, says the season started out good for the team, but they've run into bad luck along the way. "Maybe our luck can change when we head up to Chemung. The fans, facility, and the track are all nice."
Another driver who hasn't had a good time with lady luck is Glenn Sullivan, driver of the #34 Solera Sunglasses Chevrolet. "Our luck has been bad this year. We get caught up in lapped traffic. Like last week at Indianapolis Raceway Park our fuel had water in it."
Sullivan has not seen the Chemung surface yet, but knows a little about the track, thanks to reports from other drivers who race in weekly shows in the modified division. "I have several guys who compete there and one of them won the track championship in the modified division last year. I have learned from him that in a modified car you have to use up a lot of brakes. Since we are running these heavier cars, I definitely see brakes playing a major role on who will win, which I hope will be us."
Sullivan also looks for a "true northern" to walk away with the checkered flag. "The team that wins this race will be the team who does their homework the best, takes care of their brakes the most for 250 laps and the team who stays in the low groove."
Pit gates open for the Hooters ProCup 250 at 8 a.m. with practice for the ProCup series beginning at 11 a.m. Practice for the local B-Modifieds will begin at 3 p.m. with grandstands opening at 3:30 p.m. The Northern field will compete and see who sets fast time to capture the Sunoco Fuel Pole Award starting at 5 p.m. with an autograph session beginning at 6 p.m. The Hooters ProCup 250 will take the green flag at 7 p.m., with the B-Modified race following.