NEMA Adds Chemung To Schedule

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The Northeastern Midget Ass’n announced on Friday that it added an inaugural event at the Chemung Speedrome to its schedule for May 22.

Chemung will start an action packed weekend for NEMA, with an event the following day at Evans Mills Speedway. The NEMA Midgets will run extended 30 lap races at both tracks, with the Lites running 25 Laps.

An added bonus for the fans – reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby will be on hand competing in the No. 74 Bertrand Motorsports midget. In addition, NEMA will be providing a Lites car and are working with the Speedrome promoters to get Chemung regular Jimmy Zacharias into a car for the Lites event.

The Chemung Speedrome was originally built as a ¼ mile dirt track in 1951 by the Bodine family of Chemung, N.Y. it closed in 1978.

After buying the track in 1985, the Stapleton family started to rebuild the track in 1997 and in October of 2000 had its inaugural race event. The track is currenly owned by the White family, run by John White. Events at Chemung since its re-opening include The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Super Modifieds, Race Of Champions Modified Tour, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, SST Modified Tour, Cup Lite Racing Series and USAC Ford Focus Midget Series. The 3/8 mile Speedrome features all new TV-quality Musco lighting, a 3000 Seat Main Grandstand, a 28 stall paved pit lane and much more. The facility is situated on over 38 acres and is one of New York’s finest paved oval tracks.

“I grew up watching guys like Johnny Coy run midgets on Long Island. Chemung should be a perfect track for the midgets, plenty of room, long straightaways – it should be a good night of racing,” said owner John White.