Garrett Zacharias #71z
New York Super Stocks
Checkered Flies for Jason Duke Sr. At Chemung
By: Colleen and Meghan D’Hondt
The 3rd New York Super Stock race of the season saw Jason Duke Sr. take the checkered flag at Chemung Speedrome on July 23, 2021. It was a beautiful Friday night for racing at the Drome. Drivers from all over, including Indiana, made the journey to race at Chemung. A stout field of 31 NYSS drivers battled in the heats for a qualifying position in the feature. Heat winners were Nick Robinson, Garrett Zacharias, Dylan Bancroft, and Jimmy Steffenhagen.
With so many cars, an 8 lap B main was run. Paul Godby won the B main followed by Tim Faro, Chad Lane, and Mark Taylor. All 4 would transfer to the A main. Amber VanOrden and Mike Hyman received the points provisionals and also transferred to the A main.
D.J. Shaw drew the pole position in the redraw and led the field to the green leading lap 1. On lap 2, Lee Sharpsteen rocketed to the lead and would remain there until lap 48. The first caution came out on lap 2 for a spin in turn 4 by Cole Hicks and Dennis Beardslee . The green flag flew once again until lap 9 when Charlie Sharpsteen slowed coming out of turn 4. Full Moon racing was rearing its ugly head resulting in a total of 14 cautions that would slow the
pace of the race. Most of the cautions were for spins and were a quick clean up. Former champion Jimmy Steffenhagen Jr. brought out the caution on lap 39 when his car stopped at the entrance of pit road. On the restart Lee Sharpsteen, Nick Robinson and Garrett Zacharias were the top 3. The 8 of Lee Sharpsteen and the 15 of Nick Robinson touched in turn 3 opening the door for Garrett Zacharias and Cameron Nichols to try and take over the top 2 spots. However, two laps later, Nichols spun in turn 3 causing the yellow flag to wave again.
The last 5 laps were riddled with excitement. With 2 laps to go, race leader Lee
Sharpsteen spun in turn 3. This put the 71z of Garrett Zacharias in the lead. Sharpsteen and Zacharias race weekly at Chemung and are 2 of the fan favorites. After reviewing video footage, Zacharias was sent to the rear for contact with the 8 as the NYSS rule book states any car involved in bringing out the caution must go to the rear. This penalty was used several times
throughout the race as other cars were sent tail for the same reason. When the green flew again for the green/white/checker finish, Jacob Gustafson was in the lead for half a lap before Jason Duke Sr powered his car to the front effectively taking the win. In victory lane, Duke Sr. was ecstatic thanking his sponsors, family, fans the New York Super Stock Series.
The next stop on the NYSS Tour is Oswego Speedway on August 14th.
Finish: Jason Duke Sr. (13), Jacob Gustafson(5), Mike Hyman (87), Amber VanOrden (54), Brian Hallett (36), Frank Chapman Jr. (89), Paul Godby (74), Dylan Bancroft (29), Cameron Nichols (72c), Nate Peckham (90), Nick Robinson (15), Garrett Zacharias (71z), Jason Duke Jr (18), Cole Hicks (46), Tim Faro (99), Lee Sharpsteen (8), Bill Frisbie (2), Jim House (75H), Jimmy Steffenhagen (3), Mark Taylor (75T), D.J. Shaw (0), Joel Gleason (25), Chad Lane (14), Anthony Gullo (51x), Dennis Beardslee (55), and Charlie Sharpsteen (34).
July 10, 2021
Gustafson Gets First Career Win
By: Colleen and Meghan D’Hondt
Mother Nature provided a beautiful day for racing at the Evans Mills Speedway where the New York Super Stock Series made their first of 2 appearances this year. The fans in the stands were treated to competitive heat races won by Brandon Ultra (13H), Jimmy Steffenhagen Jr. (3), and Garrett Zacharias (71). Spectators were able to get up close and personal with some of the cars and drivers during intermission.
Jacob Gustafson drew the pole position for the 50 lap feature. Alongside him would be the 36 of Brian Hallett. Gustafson took the lead at the drop of the green flag. As soon as the green dropped, the 29K of Ray Bancroft and 87 of Mike Hyman would be involved in a jingle in turn 1 resulting in the caution being thrown. Both R. Bancroft and Hyman would exit the track to make repairs. When the green flew again, Gustafson would prevail for a second time while Hallett remined side by side with him for a close battle. Bancroft would spin again on lap 9, but keep the car the moving to avoid the caution being thrown again. The race remained green until lap 36 when Brandon Oltra (13H) spins in turn 1. The field would double up to take the green again with Gustafson and Zacharias leading the way.
Gustafson would go on to lead all 50 of the laps in the race and take home his first NYSS trophy. Car owner, Tom Brinser, met Gustafson in victory lane with a big bear hug celebrating his first career win as a car owner. Gustafson went on to thank his sponsors, family, car owner,
Jody London, and the fans. He gave a big shoutout to all the Polish people in honor of one of his sponsors, JG Autowerks. This would be his second win of the night, as he also took home the checkered in the 4cyl Compact Series at Evans Mills.
Shout outs: One driver who made his presence known was “Big Country” Bill Frisbie Jr. as he made his way through the field from 16th starting position to finish 5th. Barrett Schenk had one of his best finishes as he finished 7th. Rookie Tim Faro started on the pole in his heat and let the veteran drivers know he plans to be a forced to be reckoned with in the future.
Competition is clearly strong in this series!
Next up on the NYSS Tour is Chemung Speedrome on July 23rd . Come see if points leader, Garrett Zacharias, can defend his home track win from June 18th!
Evans Mills finish: Jacob Gustafson (5), Garrett Zacharias (71z), Jimmy Steffenhagen Jr. (3), Dylan Bancroft (91), Bill Frisbie Jr. (29), Brian Hallett (36), Barrett Schenk (51), Terry Cheetham (11), Tommy Markham (21), Jim Yamelski (98), Nate Peckham (90), Jason Duke Jr. (18), Amber VanOrden (54), Brandon Oltra (13H), Frank Petroski (89F), Jason Dinzer (37), Tim Faro (99), Mike Hyman (87), Ray Bancroft (29K), Cole Hicks (46) and Andy Cocilova (93).
June 18, 2021
Zacharias Dominates NYSS at Chemung
By Colleen and Meghan D’Hondt
The New York Super Stocks invaded Chemung Speedrome on June
18h with a whopping 27 cars showing up with hopes to win the first
race of the 2021 season. The last time the NYSS was at Chemung, Nick
Robinson won the shortened feature when the lights went out after
only 27 laps. He was back again looking to defend his opening day win.
Four heats were on tap for the New York Super Stock series and 3
of them would go caution free. The second heat was slowed when Kirk
Willis spun and hit the inside wall on the front stretch. Unfortunately,
this ended his night. The heat winners were Garrett Zacharias (71z),
Frank Chapman (89), Nick Robinson(15), and Charlie Sharpsteen (34).
The top 2 finishers from each heat race redrew for the top 8 positions in the feature. Amber VanOrden drew the pole position and led the field of 25 to the green flag. Garrett Zacharias immediately took the lead and never looked back. He dominated the field and led from green to checkered. He was challenged on several restarts as the race was marred with 2 red flags and 4 cautions. Each restart Garrett prevailed over his fellow competitors. Unfortunately, the field had to take the green single file on lap 38 due to so many cautions. A strong field of 25 that took the green flag saw only 16 take the checker.
It was a popular win for the 16 year old driver at his home track. In Victory Lane, he went on to thank his family, his crew and the fans in the stands. The top 10 finish was Garret Zacharias (71z), Frank Chapman (89), Nick Robinson (15), Dylan Bancroft (91), Jimmy Steffenhagen (3), Robert Fink (23), Nate Peckham (90), Evan Rygielski (27), Jason Duke Sr. (13), and Jason Duke Jr. (18).
The next stop on the NYSS tour is Evans Mills on July 10th .
June 6, 2021
Sunoco New York Super Stocks:
- Midstate Basement Authorities Presents
- Chemung Speedrome
- 50 Lap Main Event
- $1000.00 to win
- Friday June 18th 2021
- Practice starts 6pm
- Heats starting at 7pm
Don't miss the invaders headed to take the win. Or will the Chemung cars defend their home track?
Hoosier Racing Tires
Big Time Service
April 27, 2021
By NY Super Stocks
2021 Sunoco New York Super Stock Series season to get started.
- Oswego Speedway
- Friday May 28th 2021
- 50 Lap feature Event NYSS
- Also NYS Compact Championship 4cyl race
- Heats starting at 7:00pm
NYSS Team information: the first NYSS race teams can use 4 new tires. Teams must be registered. Driver meeting behind the back grand stands at 4pm. Teams enter the Track at 4:45pm. Practice starts at 6pm. Tires will be sold before the cars enter the track. See Chris Vogler for tire sales and pre orders. 50 lap feature. 8 lap heats. 26/30 cars to start feature. Depending on car count. 2 Provisional starting spots from 2019 nyss point standings. More details will be out soon. Time to get the party started.
July 24, 2020
Robinson Victorious at New Chemung Speedrome
By Colleen and Meghan D’Hondt
The NYSS series invaded the Chemung Speedrome on July 24th for their first race of the 2020 season sponsored by Midstate Basement Authorities. A stout field of 35 competitors came to put on a spectacular show for the fans and they did not disappoint!
Drivers of all ages were ready to battle it out in the heats for one of the coveted 26 spots in the feature. The 5 heat races were won by Jimmy Steffenhagen Jr., Andy Cryan, Tim Gullo, Cameron Nichols and Garrett Zacharias. The top 20 were now qualified for the A main! The 12 lap B main provided some excitement for the fans. At the checkers it was Mike Hyman collecting the win. Nik Welshons, Derrick Tarbox and Josh Hunter followed him across the line. Keeping with NYSS procedures, regular competitors of the series, Amber VanOrden and Cole Hicks, were given the nod for the 2 provisional starting spots on the field.
The lineup for the A main which is usually determined by a redraw, had a new and exciting twist for the NYSS series. On Facebook Live, series director Bobby Lippa Jr. had a Chemung County Sheriff draw a popsicle stick from the cup which inverted the top 15 cars of the starting grid! This allowed drivers who would have started in the middle of the pack to start closer to the front of the field.
Before the start of the race, the NYSS leadership and drivers decided to do something special to honor our country. When the field began its pace laps, the crowd erupted into cheers and gave a standing ovation as the drivers proudly carried American flags. It was a moment to never be forgotten! When the green flag dropped, Barrett Schenk and Brian Hallett led the field into turn one. Jacob Gustafson drove to the lead from his 5th position starting spot to take the lead and would remain there until lap 21 when the first caution waved for Charlie Sharpsteen spinning. Throughout those 21 laps, the heat winners were passing cars and making their way to the front. Side by side racing all around the track made for a very exciting race! The top 3 on the restart were Jacob Gustafson, Nick Robinson and Tim Gullo. They would only get as far as lap 24 before the caution flew again for a spinner on the backstretch. On the ensuing restart, Jacob Gustafson spun his car around coming out of turn four in front of the field. Garrett Zacharias was the only car that could not make it through and crashed hard into the inside wall on the front stretch. As the tow trucks were working to remove both cars from the track, the track went dark. It was determined that someone intentionally turned off the power button on the generator effectively cutting off all power to the track. It would be the deciding factor to end the race. Nick Robinson was the winner at the end of the shortened 27 lap feature. The 2018 NYSS Champ gets bragging rights for winning the first race of the 2020 season. Congratulations to Nick and his entire team on bringing home the trophy!
The final results were Nick Robinson(15), Jimmy Steffenhagen (3), Tim Gullo (71x), Andy Cryan (09), Dylan Bancroft (91), Cameron Nichols (72c), Evan Rygielski (27), Robert Fink (23), Nate Peckham (90), Frank Chapman Jr. (89), Josh Hunter (7), Anthony Gullo (51x), Jason Duke Sr.(13), Charlie Sharpsteen (34), Trevor Catalano (54PJ), Barrett Schenk (51), Brian Hallett (36), Jacob Gustafson (5), Garrett Zacharias (71z), Mark Spencer (23), Nik Welshons (41), Cole Hicks (46), Derrick Tarbox (42), Mike Hyman (87), Bob Palmer (32) and Amber VanOrden (54).
June 22, 2020
Hoosier Tire Update
NYSS is accepting prepaid orders for the 1070 Hoosier Tire(s). Preorders are due by Friday 6/26. Cost of the 1070 is as follows:
Check or cash: $125.00 + $10.00 tax each = $135.00 per tire.
PayPal: $130.00 + $10.40 tax each = $140.40 per tire.
For cash or check send to NYSS 13 Bellmawr Rochester, NY 14624 or contact Bobby or Chris.
For PayPal use: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let Chris or Bob Sr. know what chalk mark you are looking for.
June 20, 2020
Now taking orders for our series Hoosier 1070 tires. Call Chris Vogler @ 585.727.1354 or Bob Jr. @ 585.943.4587 for more information.
June 8, 2020
Sunoco New York Super Stocks Update
Saturday July 11th at Evens Mills Raceway Park will be the first series race. The schedule will keep the original format other than losing the May and June races. Teams need to contact Chris Vogler for your tire order. See rule page on 2020 tires rules.