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King of Dirt Introducing Home Track Points

More Opportunity For Tour Drivers To Earn Points In 2018

November 28, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing is working towards 2018, which starts with the Banquet on February 10th to celebrate the 2017 season. News will certainly be coming before that starting with the addition of home track bonus points to the tour next summer.

There are moving parts to how home track bonus points will work in 2018, however simply put a driver on tour regularly will have an opportunity to earn extra points to be added in with their tour points through the racing season by racing their home track a set number of races.

The number of races that count towards King Of Dirt Racing tour point standings is based off how many races are scheduled per division. For example, if there are 8 Sportsman races scheduled, then a drivers best 8 finishes from one track will be used towards KOD point standings as home track bonus points.

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Varin and Warner Earn KOD Victories at Fonda

Marc Johnson and Rocky Warner are Kings of their Divisions

September 25, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing rolled into Fonda Speedway for the season finale in both the Small Block Modified and DIRTcar East Region divisions. When the dust settled Bobby Varin claimed his second consecutive tour victory and Rocky Warner captured his fifth of the season. Marc Johnson secured the Small Block Series title, while Rocky Warner earned the KOD/DIRTcar East championship.

Jessey Mueller and Matt DeLorenzo led the field to the green flag, with Mueller taking the early race lead. With DeLorenzo in the runner-up spot a battle shaped up with Elmo Reckner, Jeremy Wilder, and Bobby Varin inside the top five.

Just behind them Mike Maresca and Josh Hohenforst raced side-by-side, with Jeff Rockefeller and championship point leader Marc Johnson having a their own door-to-door slugfest. Allision Ricci, Brian Gleason, and Mike Mahaney were all racing hot and heavy for position inside the top 10.

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Fastline Speed & Performance Supports Nationals

Northeast Crate Nationals Set for September 8th at Albany Saratoga

August 30, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – Often drivers put pressure on themselves to perform at a high level. They understand starting off it may take time, but for some success comes quickly. Once a driver tastes victory the pressure to achieve it again can be overwhelming. Even the greatest of all-time will say they are their biggest critics. That’s a big part of why Mike Walton succeeds in helping so many stand out drivers reach victory lane.

Mike Walton has been around racecars his whole life. When he reached the age of 16 his interest in suspension had already grown to the point where he’d work on repairing damaged shocks. He got out of the shock business quickly though, because he was chasing another dream. Walton wanted to drive.

He grew his understanding for racecars from top to bottom and became a feature winning wheelman. Walton’s success behind the wheel created unbelievable pressure to perform as a driver from a familiar source, himself.
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JR Heffner is 358 King on the High Banks

Drellos Climbs To 6th In KOD Tour Point Standings

July 31, 2017 (West Lebanon, NY) – There were so many story lines going on Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway even George R.R. Martin himself couldn’t keep up, but at the end of the night the famed Game Of Thrones author would have been pleased with the dramatic outcome of the King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified 35-lap feature event. JR Heffner inherited the lead on lap 15 and never looked back holding off challenges from Demetrios Drellos to earn the $2,200 payday.

Peter Carlotto and Frank Harper led the 32-car field to the green flag, with Harper taking the early lead. All eyes quickly focused on J-Tees Screen Printing fast timer of the day Brian Berger driving the famous 115, who took over 2nd and began chasing down Harper.

Track regular Brian Peterson had his hands full mixing it up with tour regulars Demetrios Drellos and Neil Stratton for position inside the top five, while Dirt Rush driver Jason Herrington and fellow competitor Brett Haas began moving their way forward.
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Big Time Little Tim Scores Win #2 at the Ridge

Dave Richer Claims Victory On a Special Night for Fallen Father

July 23, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) – Big Time Little Tim soars to win number two in 2017 at the fastest ¼ mile on dirt, while Dave Richer earned an emotional Limited Sportsman feature win. Nick Stone, Chase Aussicker, Andy Graves, Jim Pollard, and Matthew Backus were also victorious at the ridge Sunday night.

Joe Orlando and Alissa Cody led the 18-car field of Crate Modifieds to the green flag with Orlando jumping out to the early lead. A quick yellow slowed the field after one lap, as the 21c of Brian Calabrese took a hard hit on the front stretch. Thankfully he was uninjured in the accident.

On the restart Orlando went back to the lead, but Jeremy Pitts was coming in a hurry. Pitts made a bold move from 5th to 2nd and set his sights on the 818 of Orlando. By lap seven Pitts made his move and gained the lead, but it was short lived as the high-flying Tim Hartman Jr. found something to his liking on the topside of the speedway. Hartman took 2nd on lap 9 and by lap 13 he found a lane past Pitts for the lead.

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Watson Claims KOD Win at Lebanon Valley

KOD/DIRTcar East Point Lead Changes Hands

July 15, 2017 (Vernon, NY) – Jeff Watson was literally star of the show at Lebanon Valley Speedway Saturday, July 15th, as he picked up the KOD/DIRTcar East Sportsman Modified feature win. What made it particularly special; David Whitney and the film crew were on hand taping Watson’s episode of Dirt Rush to air this fall.

Chris Lynch and Rocky Warner would lead the field to the green flag, with home track stud Lynch in the 74 taking the early lead. Warner would tuck in for battle with then KOD/DIRTcar East Region Sportsman Modified point leader Chad Edwards and John Virgilio.

Jeff Watson who started 6th on the grid went to work on Edwards for 4th early in the race, while just behind that battle former Mr. Crate Track USA winner Michael Sabia was battling with Frank Hoard Jr. for position.

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Erick Rudolph Scores $3,000 King of Dirt 358-Modified Series Win for First Ever Utica-Rome Speedway Victory

VERNON, NY- This past Sunday, July 9, Erick Rudolph took his first ever Utica-Rome Speedway win over a solid 43-car King of Dirt 358-Modified Series field while Rocky Warner made a last lap pass to grab the Broedel Energy Sportsman win. Other winners on Marble Hill Inn and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night were Mike Welch in the Pro Stocks and Joe Abass in Novice Sportsman.

Matt DeLorenzo and Ryan Susice led the 31 car King of Dirt 358-Modified Series Victoria starting field to the green flag to begin the 40-lap event, and it is was third place starter Jessey Mueller taking the point as the completed the opening lap. Fourth place starter Erick Rudolph made the pass of Susice on lap four and set after Mueller. A lap five caution slowed the pace and on the restart, Rudolph made his move to the lead and was scored the leader on lap six. Rudolph immediately began to pull away from the field, and with ten laps complete it Rudolph, Mueller, Susice, DeLorenzo, and Alan Johnson trailing. A lap 18 caution slowed the pace which brought Rudolph back the rest of the field, and on the restart, Rudolph again flexed his muscles as he again pulled away. The restart saw Alan Johnson launch from fourth to second and as the field completed lap 20, it was Rudolph and Johnson out front with Susice, Mueller, and Anthony Perrego in a dogfight for the rest of the top five spots.

As the field settled in for the second half of the race, Marc Johnson started to come to life after starting in the 11th spot. He was in sixth on lap 20, and then made his move into the top five a lap later as he passed both Susice and Perrego to take the fourth spot. After a lap 27 restart, Johnson slipped by Mueller to grab the third spot and set his sights on Alan Johnson. With 10 to go, it was Rudolph over Alan Johnson, Marc Johnson, Susice, and Perrego. A couple cautions slowed the pace on laps 33 and 34, and Marc Johnson used the final restart to grab second over Alan Johnson. Marc Johnson kept pace with the leader but could not reel him in as Rudolph raced off to the $3,000 win and his first ever Utica-Rome Speedway victory. Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Susice, Mueller, Perrego, Neil Stratton, Ryan Arbuthnot, Ronnie Davis III, and Bobby Varin.
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Hartman Jr. Claims Victory at the Ridge

Jackson, Emigh, Bonoffski, Putnam, & McGrew Jr Also Victorious

July 2, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) – The Ridge was back in a big way Sunday Night, as Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin rang in a new era of racing at the fastest ¼ mile on dirt. Tim Hartman Jr. held off a hard charging Rocky Warner to win the Crate Modified 30-lap feature event. Mike Jackson, Brandon Emigh, Chris Bonoffski, Brett Putnam, and Derrick McGrew Jr. were also victorious.

Crate Modified action saw Jim Introne Jr. and Brian Calabrese lead the field to the green flag, but a yellow quickly flew when a front-running car went around sending the field scattering. Multiple cars were involved with Harry Shaffer II and Chad Edwards suffering damage that would end their evenings prematurely.

On the restart, Brian Calabrese took the lead, but was quickly challenged by Tim Hartman Jr. Jeremy Pitts, JaMike Sowle, and Adam McAuliffe were all on the move, but the flyin’ squirrel Rocky Warner was bad fast. Warner started 16th in the field and worked his way inside the top five by the midway point. While the 1J was charging, so was Kevin Chaffee. Chaffee started 15th and worked his way to 6th at one point in the feature event.

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Warner Powers to 3rd Strait KOD Wn at Utica

Pro Stock Feature Rain Delayed Until August 20th

June 19, 2017 (Vernon, NY) – Heading into the action track of the east, Rocky Warner was the favorite to win. He’s bad fast at Utica Rome Speedway and looking for his second King Of Dirt Racing crown and his first DIRTcar Sportsman title. After the 30-Lap main event, Warner showed why he’s won three KOD features in a row in Vernon, NY.

Cody Bleau and Nick Krause led the 30 car field to the green, but defending King Of Dirt Racing champion Connor Cleveland seized the lead on lap one leaving Krause to fend for second and Bleau third.

Caution flew on lap four when Matt Janczuk’s bad luck continued during KOD events at the action track of the east. He’d fall to the pit area with mechanical failure for the second time in three KOD Sportsman races held at Utica Rome Speedway.

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Johnson Makes King of Dirt Series History

Calabrese Wins Ron Casey Memorial Sportsman Shootout

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Marc Johnson made history on Tuesday, June 13, at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, winning the first-ever race for the new King of Dirt Series (KOD) Small Block Modified tour. “The White Knight” from Guilderland, N.Y., sailed through the 40-lap “Vermont Modified Mayhem” event sponsored by A-Verdi Storage & Office Solutions, to kick off the new series with a $3,000 victory.

Johnson started seventh and navigated his way through limited visibility on a dusty surface in the early laps. Five caution flags slowed the pace in the first nine laps, but action picked up once the race got into a rhythm and the dust lifted. Johnson was tested by Jessey Mueller on four restarts in the final 26 laps – including a green-white-checker restart with two laps left – but held his ground up front for the big payday.

Olmstedville, N.Y., driver Mueller, an 11-time winner on the 1/2-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl, ran in second place for most of the race and matched his career-best finish in dirt competition as the runner-up. Allison Ricci of New Paltz, N.Y., ran inside the top five all race long and parked her Halmar Racing entry on the podium in third place. Tim Fuller came out on top of a late battle with Kenny Tremont Jr. for fourth place.
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King of Dirt Sportsman and Pro Stock Series Join the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY- With the cooperation from Mother Nature, Utica-Rome Speedway looks to get back on track this Sunday, May 14, for a big Mother’s Day event. Wilber-Duck Chevrolet will present a weekly event for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds plus the return of the King of Dirt Sportsman Series and King of Dirt Pro Stock Series.

Matt Sheppard leads a group of fast and talented Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified competitors in the early season rankings. The standings show Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Claude Hutchings Jr., Rob Bellinger, Mike Maresca, and Marc Johnson among the top 10 with Alan Johnson, Alan Barker, Randy Shantel, Darwin Greene, Jessey Mueller looking to break in to the coveted top 10 spots. In the two events completed, Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard have taken the wins.

The King of Dirt Sportsman 30 lap main event will pay $1,000 to win plus a $250 bonus from Andy’s Speed Shop, making it a total of $1,250 to win. Some of the best Sportsman drivers in the region are expected to not only chase the top prize, but this event carries points for both the King of Dirt Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Series. This event is part of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series East Region in the new regional format for the series. In two events completed at the Utica-Rome Speedway, 62 different competitors have attempted to qualify with Dave Marcuccilli and Rocky Warner each grabbing wins.

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A-Verdi to Present King of Dirt Small Block Modified Race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

New era begins for KOD as 358-Modifieds return to Vermont on Tuesday, June 13

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will help usher in a new era in 2017 for the King Of Dirt Racing Series, and the excitement surrounding the KOD organization has helped to usher in a new partnership at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The Vermont track welcomes A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions to present the first-ever KOD “358” Small Block Modified race in history on Tuesday night, June 13.

The event kicks off the brand-new tour for Rob Hazer’s KOD group, which will complement championship schedules for KOD’s Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. While all three classes will run at the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in highly-anticipated events in 2017, the 40-lap inaugural for the Elmo’s Auto Body King of Dirt Small Block Modified tour has been the talk of the town.

A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions will be the presenting sponsor of that event, putting an official title on a working relationship that began in earnest several years ago. Devil’s Bowl Speedway has utilized storage containers and services from A-Verdi since 2013, and in addition to supporting the KOD race, the family owned and operated company will be an official season-long partner at the facility in 2017. Based in nearby Washington County, N.Y., and serving most of Vermont as well New York State, the A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions group has been a big supporter of several forms of motorsports for many years.

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Excitement Building for King of Dirt Series Events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Vermont track will host all three KOD tours in 2017

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The buzz is getting louder around Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the new stock car racing season, and lots of attention is being centered on the King of Dirt Racing Series (KOD) coming to the Vermont facility.   One of the fastest-growing dirt track racing organizations in the country, KOD begins its third season of competition in 2017 and its three exciting classes will each make their Devil’s Bowl debut during the year.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its 2017 Dirt Track schedule on Sunday, May 28, with the KOD/DIRTcar East 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Sportsman Modifieds presented by Dean’s Electrical Services and Dodson Construction.  The “Green Mountain State Clash” event should certainly live up to its billing as local NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman drivers will defend the home turf against the KOD invaders.  The 35-lap race is expected to draw a large field of stout entries from across New England and New York.

Devil’s Bowl champion Bobby Hackel will have his hands full with home-track stars Kenny Tremont Jr., Tim LaDuc, Vince Quenneville Jr., Justin Comes, 2016 Rookie of the Year Justin Severance, and more.  KOD Sportsman stars expected include defending champion Connor Cleveland, 2015 titleholder Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Michael Sabia, Cody Bleau, Mark Mortensen, Kevin Chaffee, Brian Pessolano, Scott Duell, and more.  The KOD Sportsman tour carries DIRTcar Eastern Region sanctioning, and drivers seeking the prestigious Mr. DIRTcar title may also enter the event.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Ready for Ambitious 2017 Schedule

VERNON, NY – After a 2016 season that saw Mother Nature take her toll on the Utica-Rome Speedway, owners Bill and Kim Shea are ready for a fresh start in 2017. The schedule for the speedway is jam packed with some new events as well as old as the track looks to diversify its offerings to reach a wider variety of race fans.

New for 2017 is the Chill Factor 40 for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds scheduled for April 2. This is one of the first events, if not the first, scheduled in New York for the Modified and 602 Sportsman divisions. The 40-lap feature offers a $3,000 to win purse with $300 going to drivers who qualify. Also on the docket that day is the DIRTcar 602 Sportsman. Their 30-lap feature is set to pay $1,000 to win with $100 reserved for any drivers that qualifies. Drivers from other divisions are welcome to attend with several open practice sessions scheduled throughout the day for them regardless of division. The nightcap for the race is the only appearance in 2017 by Kings Smash’em Crash’em Demolition Derby.

After the Chill Factor the speedway goes silent for two weeks before returning for the traditional season opener for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks on April 23. This year these divisions are joined by the Gladiator Twin 20’s for the 360 Sprint Cars. For first time at Utica-Rome, Sprint Car teams have the chance to compete in a pair of $1,500 to win 20-lap features. Rules and qualifying procedures for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. This visit by the 360 Sprint Cars is the first of many as Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints return for their traditional dates on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends while the 360 Sprint Car open Cole Cup is set for October.
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