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Racing Around: Zemken records ESS win

May 28, 2009
By JAMES A. ELLIS, The Leader-Herald

Memorial Day Weekend did not start out the way Jessica Zemken would have liked it to.

Saturday at Fonda Speedway, after qualifying for the ESS sprint car feature, Zemken pulled onto the track for the main event then promptly went back to the pits with no brakes.

Sunday night, she put that behind her and won the ESS main event at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Sunday, she switched from the ESS to the World of Outlaws in the "Wings and Warriors Tour" at Canandaigua Speedway.

The 23-year-old college student raced the No. 1Z to a sixth place finish behind some guys you may have heard of - Danny Schatz, Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Jason Sides and Joey Saldana and ahead of Kraig Kinser.

She was also received the Gater Racing News "Outstanding Woman in Racing" award at the 2009 Northeast Modified Hall of Fame ceremonies Sunday at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds. She shared the honor with Gloria Katona Scarpati and Serenity Sutherland.

Zemken has several wins to her credit in the sportsman, modified and sprint car divisions as well as making her mark as the first female to qualify a modified during Super DIRT Week competition on the Syracuse Fairgrounds Mile.

How time flies. I remember her racing go-karts and climbing out of Ray's racecar after taking her first laps at Fonda Speedway at the end of the preseason warm-up session when she was 13.

Congratulations, Jessica.

Late night win

Rain Saturday night extended Fonda Speedway's race program, but also made the track exceptionally fast.

Unfortunately, a good portion of the large crowd on hand for the Memorial Day Weekend race program had opted to leave before one of the best races of the night took the green.

Rain forced a shuffling of the race program, moving the Pro Stock feature to the final event of the night.

Chucky Dumblewski and Ivan Joslin put on a show for the fans with Joslin outdragging Dumblewski on the last lap to pick up his first career Pro Stock feature victory.

Ironically, it started to rain again during the final Victory Lane ceremonies of the night.

Big CCR weekend

Caroga Creek Raceway will host two days of racing this weekend at the Ephratah facility.

Friday, a regular race program is on tap for the karts with twin-20 lap features for the slingshot division.

Saturday, racing returns to the track with the Tobias Slingshot Tour moving in and joining a regular race card

Monster show

Monster Trucks, featuring Big Foot, are scheduled to take over Albany-Saratoga Speedway Saturday and Sunday for the Night of Fire and Destruction Show.

Saturday's show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., while Sunday the show is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. and go to approximately 5:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids under eight years of age. There are combination and VIP tickets also available.

Double features

Fonda Speedway's race program will feature double features this weekend for all divisions.

These are the main events from the rain-shortened program two weeks ago. The held over program will be run first, followed by qualifying and features of the regularly scheduled program. Kiddie Rides that were canceled that night are also listed on the program.



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