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Yes it’s true so far this summer my lens has been full of sprint cars. I was born and raised on Dirt Modifieds, and I still love ❤️ attending a good Big block race. With this being said there is nothing like a winged sprint car running wide open on a tight dirt track. This summer I am shooting for Race Pro Weekly, so this has giving me more opertunities to cover races that I might not have been able to in the past. 

My Spring started at the Utica Rome Speedway for a 360 Sprint car show, as well as Big Block Modifieds. This years spring was very wet, so the Utica Rome track was a bit of a challenge for the track crew. It felt great getting back to the track to cover some of my favorite race cars on earth.  Both classes had a good amount of entries for the nights racing action. 360 sprint cars hit the track first for their heat races. A couple laps into the first race the dust was so bad they had to stop the race to apply more water. I know with all the rain we had you would think dust wouldn’t be an issue, but it was. After a ton of water was put on to the parched surface, and the sun made its way behind the grand stands, the track was all set for a good night of racing. A few teams pulled out early. They should have stayed put, because the track and racing was great for the rest of the night. 

Next up was a Sunday trip to Pennsylvania. We made our way to Action Track USA  for the 4th annual “Dick Tobias Classic”. This was my first visit to the popular track that runs SpeeedSTR’s, 600cc Micros, and Modified like Slingshots. The place was packed with both cars and fans. I absolutely loved this place. The racing was top notch, as well as the facility. Richie Tobias and crew do a fantastic job with this little jewel of a race track.  I hope to get back to The Action Track again this year. 

Third on my summer schedule was the World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Weedsport Speedway. If you haven’t been to the newly redone Weedsport Speedway I highly suggest you do. The WOO sprint cars do not make as many visits to upstate NY as they used to but, when they do it is awesome. I was blessed to be able to cover this race for Race Pro Weekly this year. Butterfly’s filled my gut as I walked into the pit area looking at the line of stacker trailers, and the best sprint cars in the nation. 

The track was perfect during hot laps, qualifying and the first few heat races. Unforchanitly Mother Nature thought the track needed some water. 😩 we waited it out for a while but the rain held on long enough that they had to reschedule the race in October. Sad night, but I was able to get some good shots. I will see you in October lol. 

In between these sprint car races that I was covering, I was also covering Flat Track motorcycles, and big block Modified action around central NY. 

Last winter I made plans to head to PA for the USAC Eastern Storm week. A full week of wingless sprint cars, Midgets, and the historic Silver Crown cars. My wife Tammy and I made our way to Lincoln Speedway for round two of the Eastern Eastern Storm. 

This was my first time seeing USAC Sprint Cars, and boy am I glad I did. These things are awesome. I love winged sprint cars, but this is a whole different deal. As far as picture taking they are just beautiful to shoot. Winged cars stay as straight as they can for speed, these guys do the complete opposite. They drive down into the corners and throw it completely sideways. Wow 😳 that is wicked. 

I was able to shoot from both the inside and outside of the track. I was smiling the entire night. It was great watching the top drivers from USAC battling on the popular tracks in PA. The racing was good from green to checkard at Lincoln. We absolutely loved it. 

Tammy and I left Lincoln and headed toward Williams Grove to spend the night. Thursday we woke up had breakfast and cruised  around PA killing time before we headed the the famous Williams Grove Speedway. Along with the sprint cars, we were also going to see some USAC/ ARDC Midgets on the fast 1/2 mile oval. 

We pulled into the track a bit early, so we set up our lawn chairs, and watched the race cars pull in for the nights action. I wasn’t shooting for anybody but my self at the Grove. It was fine because of the nice access that is avalible to the fans in the infield. We walked through the pits checking out the cars and drivers. It was very cool getting up close to these guys that we see on TV during the year. 

Tammy and I made our way over to turns 1 & 2 with our chairs to enjoy the nights races. Both races were great from start to finish. I have found a new love in racing. Wingless sprint cars are great to watch. A bucket list item for all race fans. 

After the full night of  racing we started our 3 1/2 hr trip home. We pulled into our driveway at 3:10am Friday morning. I’m not 18 any more but getting home that late was worth every minute of lost sleep. 😴

Again gin between these races I was going to motorcycle races and covered some local car shows. My summer was kicking into high gear for sure. 

In June I made my way back to Weedsport Speedway for the first ever Ultimate Wingless Shootout. Empire Super Sprints/ URC drivers removed their wings for a shot of winning $5000 at Weedsport.  Again rain threatened us all night long. It did rain a bit early on, setting the race back a bit, but we were able to get the entire show in. Along with the sprintcars, the very popular Sportsman Modifieds were on the card as well. 

The night was full of action, from great side by side racing to sprint cars flipping and landing in trees. Yes I said landing in trees. Three laps into practice one driver launched his car over the turn one wall perching himself in a tree just outside of the track. The driver was un injured, and the track crew learned how to get a race car out of a tree. That wasn’t the only incident we had during the night. Three or four more cars got in their top before the final checkard flag flew. 

Below is Mark Smith the winner of the A-Main and $5000. 
My self I really enjoyed the show, and I hope this becomes a regular thing up here in NY. I think this might be a way to get more young race fans to the track. 

July 1st I made my way back to the Fulton Speedway for some 360 Sprint Cars, Big block mods, sports and, latemodles, and fireworks 💥. I know that’s a full night of racing. This was the second to last night of Sprint week for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS). The weather was great and the pit area was full of top runners in all divisions. With all of the rain we have had the track was fast and heavy the entire night. 

As usual The racing was excellent in all classes. Fulton is a great place for dirt track racing. It seems like there is always a battle going on in the front of the field. Above ESS Feature winner Jason Barney at speed during his heat race. 

So that’s if for now, my summer is cranking up with lots more racing ahead of me for the three months. And yes a lot more sprint cars. Look for my Motorcycle, and Modified post coming here soon.

Take Care

 I will see you at the track. 


Yesterday my wife and I traveled west to Rochester, NY to visit the George Eastman House. Most of us know that George Eastman played a huge part in the history of cameras and film. Eastman founded The Eastman Kodak Company. In 1988 George introduced a box camera that was small enough to hand-hold, and was inexpensive to purchase. In 1930 Eastman gave away 500,000 cameras to children in America that were 12 years old. This was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kodak.

The Brownie Box Cameras

The museum was a wonderful experience with all of the old and famous cameras that have captured important images of this country and its important people.

Churchill- Roosevelt- Stalin

Leica say no more

Muscle Beach

George Eastman and friend Thomas Edison working on commercial roll film in Edison’s motion picture camera.

The Eastman house is a beautiful home located in the heart of Rochester, NY. George built this huge house, but was never married or had any children of his own to enjoy it with. His sister and her children lived with him until he took his own life in 1932. Eastman donated his estate to local colleges and schools. He was a very generous and humble man.


Part of his library

Here is a elephant that Eastman shot while on safari. This elephant had only one tusk so George had two tusk made out of wood and he displayed the original tusk down on the floor of his home.


We enjoyed going through the house looking at the way he lived as a very well know person in his day.




I think that this is a great place to visit for anyone that is into photography or just a history buff. This place is amazing, well worth the $12 admission. In October (Space) will be the Gallery exhibition on display. So put this on your To- Do list you will love it.
John Zachary Photography



As the days are getting shorter and the nights a little cooler, it must be time for some High School Football.


Homer High School Football is a timely tradition in our small town of Homer, NY. Coach Gary Podsiedlik will travel north with his 2013 varsity football team to the Syracuse Carrier Dome for their season opener. The Trojans will take on the Phoenix Firebirds on the big stage at the Dome. Playing in the Carrier Dome seems to be a bid deal for all of the players that are involved, so it’s pretty neat that this years team gets to open their season in SU.

Tickets are on sale now for $6 through the Homer Athletic Department, call 749-1213 between 8am-3pm mon- fri. Tickets will be $8 at the gate game day.Come support this home town tradition and cheer on the Trojans.



The The Trojans end their regular season at home on October 18th against cross town rivals, the Cortland Purple Tigers. This game is always a great match up, each team is playing to win the Home-Cort Jug. Homer has displayed the jug for past year after beating Cortland 16-6. Cortland will bring their A- game to try and get the jug back to their High school.


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New Day Date OPPONENT H/A Site Time Depart Return Comment Score
SU 9/8/13 PHOENIX A CARRIER DOME 4:00 PM 1:00 PM 8:00 PM Equip Bus
F 10/4/13 SOLVAY A HIGH SCHOOL 6:30 PM 3:15 PM 10:30 PM Equip Bus
F 10/11/13 MARCELLUS A HIGH SCHOOL 7:00 PM 3:45 PM 11:00 PM Equip Bus
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