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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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The $5,000 to Win Ultimate Sportsman Showdown at Utica-Rome Speedway Coming Up this Sunday, July 23

VERNON, NY- The biggest dirt 602 Crate Sportsman event in the Northeast is rapidly approaching on Sunday, July 23, with the first ever Ultimate Sportsman Showdown at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  With a huge purse totaling over $23,000, the winner of the 50-lap main event will receive $5,000 while a minimum of $500 going to all starters.  This will be a stand-alone one division show.

Heat lineups will be determined by timed hot laps with an inversion draw of two, four, or six deciding the heat lineup.  Non-qualified cars from the heats will be placed into a B, C, or D Main (number of mains is dependent on car count), and all mains will have a payout.  There will be no provisionals, the best 24 cars of the night will start the feature.  Dave Marcuccilli holds the only guaranteed spot for the Ultimate Sportsman Showdown by virtue of his winning the Mike Martin Memorial on July 16.

Competitors should expect extensive post-race technical inspection for the top five finishers along with a random car, determined by draw, from positions six through 10.  DIRTcar Sportsman rules will be used for this event, and that includes rules concerning driver eligibility as this event is geared to Sportsman drivers.  Driver registration forms can be found on the track website.

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Pat Ward and Matt Sheppard Take Utica-Rome Speedway Modified Checkers while Dave Marcuccilli Scores Mike Martin Memorial Win

VERNON, NY- Fans at the Utica-Rome Speedway were treated to another action-packed night of DIRTcar racing this past Sunday, July 16, with double features for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, the $1,000 to win Mike Martin Memorial for Broedel Energy Sportsman plus Pro Stocks.  Pat Ward scored his first win of season in the first Modified 30-lap event while Matt Sheppard dominated the second feature.  Dave Marcuccilli was the victor in the Sportsman while Mike Welch dominated the Pro Stock main on A-Verdi Storage Containers, LaLonde Electric, and VP Race Fuels night.

In the makeup Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature from June 18, Steve Way used his pole starting spot to take the lead, a spot he held for the opening two circuits when the only caution of the event slowed the pace.  On the restart, sixth place starter Claude Hutchings Jr. blasted by Way to take the lead and he immediately started to pull away.  After destroying a car two weeks ago, Hutchings built a brand-new car and he had it operating to perfection as he set a quick pace around the half mile.  While Hutchings led, seventh place starter Alan Johnson and 11th place starter Pat Ward were charging through the field.  By lap five, Johnson was third with Ward in fourth and pressing for the third position.   Ward slipped by Johnson for third on the seventh circuit and then by second place running Way a lap later.

As the field completed the 15th lap of the 30-lap event, Ward was reeling in Hutchings and was on his rear bumper. Following Hutchings and Ward at halfway was Johnson, Bobby Varin, and 14th place starter Matt Sheppard. When lap 17 clicked on the scoreboard, Ward was scored the leader as he charged by Hutchings.  At this point, Sheppard was continuing his charge to the front as he slipped by Varin for fourth on lap 16.  Sheppard’s late race charge would fall short, however, as by the time he grabbed the runner-up spot from Hutchings on lap 29, Ward was nowhere to be found as he was way out front.  At the checkered, it was Ward over Sheppard, Hutchings, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Way, and Brandon Walters.

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Double Modified Features Plus $1,000 to Win Mike Martin Memorial for Sportsman Highlight ActionaAt Utica-Rome Speedway this Sunday

VERNON, NY- This Sunday, July 16, Lalonde Electric and VP Racing Fuels will present a huge show of DIRTcar racing that will feature two 30-lap Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified features plus the Mike Martin Memorial $1,000 to win event for the Broedel Energy Sportsman.  The Pro Stocks and Novice Sportsman will also be in competition on this exciting night of racing.  The best part for the fans is that they will get all this action for the weekly regular admission price of $13.
 
With two features (the first one is from 6/18) on the line for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, the point standings could see a big shakeup this Sunday evening.  Matt Sheppard currently leads Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Claude Hutchings Jr., and Alan Johnson in the standings.  In point events, Sheppard has two wins while Larry Wight has one victory.  Stewart Friesen and Erick Rudolph have also found victory lane during special events.
 
Spearheaded by Carole Martin and family plus close friends, over $1,200 will be added to the weekly purse providing the top ten with some extra money plus some other bonuses.  This week’s 20 lap main event will pay $1,000, while the remainder of the top 10 will pay $550, $350, $250, $200, $175, $165, $155, $150, and $140 respectively.  Also, heat race winners will get $50 for efforts (based on four heats) while the ninth-place runner on lap nine will receive an additional $50.  The winner of the 20-lap main event will also be guaranteed for the $5,000 to win Ultimate Sportsman Shootout onSunday July 23.    Like last year, children in attendance can expect some additional activities or treats in addition to the weekly bike giveaway.

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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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New York Number: Friesen Flies to Victory at Utica-Rome

Sprakers, NY Driver Scores First Win of 2017 in New Yorker 100
VERNON, NY – July 2, 2017 – Stewart Friesen took the lead from Pat Ward on lap 55 with a pass in the slick outside lane after a lap 45 restart and withstood a fury of action, including a pair of red flags in the final 25 laps to win the New Yorker 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night. It was the first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season for the Sprakers, NY native and the 24th of his career to give him sole possession of 11th on the Series all-time wins list.
 
“What a race car, wow,” Friesen said in Victory Lane. “This Halmar team just worked so hard to be better on these slick tracks.”
The track was especially slick for the New Yorker 100, despite the excessive amount of rain over the last month in the area. After setting the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time and then winning his heat, Matt Sheppard pulled the pole for the 100-lap main event.
Sheppard came to the green flag with Max McLaughlin on the outside of the front row. The Waterloo, NY native Sheppard took the early lead while Ward, who is a weekly regular at Utica-Rome along with Sheppard, quickly jumped into third behind third-starting Billy Decker.
 
Decker kept pace with the Series point leader after they caught lapped traffic on lap 15 and on lap 37 drove to the outside of Sheppard for the lead in turn three. Off of turn four, Decker crossed lanes and raced inside of Sheppard in turn one and completed the pass exiting turn two to lead lap 38.

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Stewart Friesen Wins Wild New Yorker 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY- After a rough couple of days with the weather that included over four inches of rain, a tornado touchdown a quarter mile away, and localized flooding, Utica-Rome Speedway was greeted by sunny skies this past Sunday, July 2.  A blockbuster show presented by Clinton Tractor and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet featured the Super DIRTcar Series Modified Series New Yorker 100 that saw XXX get the win.  Chuck Hebing won the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint 25-lap battle over Danny Varin, but it was Varin who took the Donath MotorWorx ESS Speedweek war as he was crowned the champion of the five-race series.  Stewart Friesen won the firework filled New Yorker with Chuck Hebing taking the ESS Speedweek finale.  Mark Effner took home his first ever Broedel Energy Sportsman win.
 
Defending Utica-Rome Speedway Modified champion Matt Sheppard and Max McLaughlin led the 30-car Super DIRTcar Series New Yorker 100 field to the green with Sheppard grabbing the early lead.  The early portion of the race went incident free as Sheppard tried to pull away from the field, but third place starter Billy Decker kept pace with him.  As the duo started to reach lapped traffic, Sheppard show his mastery of the Vernon oval as he used the lap cars to stretch his lead over Decker.  With 25 laps complete, the leaderboard showed Sheppard over Decker, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, and Stewart Friesen.
 
Decker would not let Sheppard out of his sights as the veteran driver began to close the gap and on lap 37, Decker would get alongside Sheppard for the lead.  Contact with lapped car slowed Sheppard’s pace enough to allow Decker to grab the top spot on lap 38.  The complexion of the race took on a new look a lap later as Sheppard slowed with a left front flat tire, bringing out the caution.

$1,000 to Win Mike Martin Memorial for Sportsman and Double Features for Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds Highlight Huge Show this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY- Fans attending Utica-Rome Speedway this Sunday, June 25, were already going to be treated to some great DIRTcar sanctioned action that included the second annual Mike Martin Memorial for the Broedel Energy Sportsman, which will pay $1,000 to the winner, but also the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman. And thanks to Mother Nature this past Sunday, fans will get an additional Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature event at no extra cost which will kick off the night’s action on Wilber-Duck night.

Spearheaded by Carole Martin and family plus close friends, $1,500 will be added to the weekly purse providing the top ten with some extra money plus some other bonuses. This week’s 20 lap main event will pay $1,000, while the remainder of the top 10 will pay $550, $350, $250, $200, $175, $165, $155, $150, and $140 respectively. Also, heat race winners will get $50 for efforts (based on four heats) while the ninth-place runner on lap nine will receive an additional $50. Also, our friends at Extreme Speed and Performance are offering a $100 gift card to the first car across the line that is using Fox Shocks. Like last, children in attendance can expect some additional activities or treats in addition to the weekly bike giveaway.

The race is dedicated to Mike Martin who was a lifelong racing enthusiast, engine builder, and consultant to many drivers at the Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedways. His selfless passion for supporting drivers and “joining their families” in the sport will remembered by many. Aside from his infectious laughter, he was known for his attention to detail and to “do the right thing”, a belief he learned from his family. The race bonuses and kids club sponsorship for this event was organized by Carole Martin and the Martin family.
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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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DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Heats Up

Three Races In Two Weeks Starts Tues. June 20
CONCORD, NC – June 16, 2017 – The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region is about to get busy with three races scheduled in two weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 20 at Outlaw Speedway. The Series will then travel to Can-Am Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 28 and Weedsport Speedway on Monday, July 3 for the Sportsman Classic.
 
The Central Region has completed two races so far this season at the end of April where Todd Root picked up a victory at Fulton Speedway on April 28 and Rock Warner claimed a win at Utica-Rome Speedway on April 30. The Series averaged more than 40 cars through the first two events with nine different drivers earning top-five finishes.
 
“Fulton and Utica-Rome saw great car counts and very competitive racing,” says Cory Reed, DIRTcar Sportsman Series director. “We expect the same at Outlaw, Can-Am, and Weedsport.”

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A-verdi Storage Containers and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet Presents a Full Weekly Show Plus Go Nuclear Late Models and Novice Sportsman

VERNON, NY- The month of June at the Utica-Rome Speedway kicks off with another action-packed show of DIRTcar action on Sunday, June 4, when A-Verdi Storage Containers and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet presents the return of the GO Nuclear Late Model Series plus the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman.

The GO Nuclear Late Model Series will return to the Vernon oval for their annual running of the Gnome Cup, which will pay $1,500 to win which should draw many of the top Late Model teams in the region. This will be the third running of the event which has provided some incredible racing and surprise winners.  Charlie Sandercock was the victor in the inaugural event with Aaron Jacobs scoring the upset win in 2015.

In the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Matt Sheppard is again off to a quick start with two wins in the first three events.  A talented field of drivers is nipping at his heels, however, as they look to find victory lane.  Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Claude Hutchings Jr., Alan Johnson, and many more are part of the field on Sunday nights.

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Matt Sheppard Scores Career Win #34 Passing Richie Evans on All-time List on the Wild Animal Park/Broedel Energy Night at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY – Matt Sheppard continues to make history at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  The Waterloo, N.Y., made more of it on The Wild Animal Park/Broedel Energy Night.  The defending Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modified champion earned career win #34 on Sunday.  The win put him in front of Utica-Rome Speedway legend Riche Evans on the all-time win list.  Mike Welch captured the win in the DIRTcar Pro Stock feature and Alan Fink took home DIRTcar Sportsman honors.  Danny Varin passed Jason Barney to win the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint A-Main. 
The Gates-Cole Auto Insurance 30-lap DIRTcar Modified feature got underway with Jack Miller attacking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row.  Miller paced the field for the first handful of laps as Pat Ward moved in line behind him after starting sixth.  Ward stayed there until lap five when he went to the high-side of turns three and four to take the lead. 
Ward was challenged immediately as he felt pressure from Marc Johnson.  Johnson looked low several times as Ward worked the outside of the speedway.  Ward kept Johnson at bay with the caution slowing their battle.  Mike Maresca slowed in turns three and four with mechanical issues.   

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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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Utica-Rome Speedway Cancels Sunday May 7 Program Due to Inclement Weather

VERNON, NY- Due to heavy rains that have persisted the past several days with more forecasted on race day. Utica-Rome Speedway has canceled all planned racing activities scheduled for Sunday, May 7.  Wilber-Duck Chevrolet was to present a full slate of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Novice Sportsman, and Demolition Derby.  Track officials will consider rescheduling the King’s Smash’em Crash’em Demo Derby at a later date.

The next event on the schedule is Sunday, May 14, when Wilber-Duck Chevrolet presents a special Mother’s Day event that will feature the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds plus the opening rounds of the King of Dirt Sportsman and Pro Stock Series.  Pit gates will open at 3 p.m., grandstands at 3:30 p.m., with racing scheduled for 6 p.m.  More information on the King of Dirt Series can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kingofdirtracing/.

For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.  Utica-Rome Speedway can also be found on several social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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Todd Root Wins Sportsman Series Opener with Perfect Night at Fulton

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Continues April 30 at Utica-Rome

FULTON, NY – April 28, 2017 – Todd Root took the lead from Mike Phelps on lap 15 and paced the remaining 25 laps without difficulty to cap a perfect night at Fulton Speedway’s Highbank Holdup 40 on Friday night. The race was the season opener for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region.

Root earned the fastest time overall in time trials of the 52 cars in attendance before winning his heat race and then the 40-lap main event on a slick, but smooth Fulton track.

“This is what I was looking for,” Root said in Victory Lane. “We’re going to travel the series this year and I was looking for a really strong run right out of the gate. You don’t get much stronger than this.”

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Super DIRTcar Series for Sportsman and Pro Stocks Join Modifieds this Sunday Night at Utica-Rome Speedway, Start Time Pushed Back to 6 P.M.

VERNON, NY- After beginning the 2017 season this past Sunday, Utica-Rome Speedway is again ready for another exciting night of short track dirt racing this Sunday, April 30, as the Super DIRTcar Series for both the Sportsman and Pro Stocks makes their long-awaited return to the Vernon oval after a 13-year hiatus. They will be joined by a complete show of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds on Wilber-Duck Chevrolet Night.

This past Sunday, Larry Wight was both good and a little lucky as he scored his first win of the 2017 season in the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds. Running a very competitive second place on lap 16 when then leading Alan Johnson had driveline issues and limped to the infield, handing the lead over to Wight. It was a position that he would not relinquish as he outran Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Alan Barker, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, and Mitch Gibbs to the checkered. This Sunday, another full show of exciting Gates-Cole Auto Insurance is scheduled, thrilling fans they hustle around the spacious half mile.

Dave Marcuccilli dominated the Broedel Energy Sportsman main event last Sunday, as he outraced 49 other competitors to grab the win. This Sunday, many of the same competitors will be on hand to try to take the big Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series win including defending track champion Matt Janczuk, Rocky Warner, Chris Mackey, Jason Rood, Stephen Denton, AJ Filbeck, Brad Alger, Charles Tibbitts, Kyle Kiehn and more as they look to take on possible series invaders such as Shane Pecore, Ron Davis III, Brad Rouse, Martin Pelletier, Louie Jackson Jr. and many more. The last time the series made a stop at Utica-Rome Speedway was in 2004 when the Sportsman division still utilized open motors, and was won by veteran Mike Button.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Set to Open this Sunday, April 23, with Weekly Show in Return to DIRTcar Plus Gladiator Twin 20’s for 360 Sprints

VERNON, NY- It has been seemingly a long offseason since the final checkered flag ended the 2016 season back on October 4, but that will come to an end this coming Sunday, April 23, when Budweiser presents the 56th Season Opener. A huge night is planned with the first ever running of the Gladiator Twin 20’s for the 360 Sprints plus the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Crate Sportsman, and Pro Stocks. This Sunday will also be the first event since Utica-Rome Speedway has returned to the DIRTcar ranks.

Always exciting when they visit the half-mile oval that is the Utica-Rome Speedway, the 360 Sprints will compete in the inaugural Gladiator which will be two 20 lap features that will pay $1,500 to win each. At the completion of the two complete programs, the overall point gainer will be named the first ever “Gladiator” and take home the overall Gladiator trophy. A competitive field is expected that should include Cole Cup winner Mark Smith, Super DIRT Week special winner Lucas Wolfe, Chuck Hebing, Kelly Hebing, Billy VanInwegan, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Coleman Gulick, Matt Tanner, Dan Douville, Paul Kinney, Cory Sparks, Pete Richardson, Chad Miller, James Hanson, Parker Evans, Jason Barney, Matt Billings, Dave Axton, and more. URC champion Davie Franek has also expressed interest in attending, depending on how the rest of his weekend goes. All 360 Sprint competitors will have the opportunity to pay a $20 Gladiator Challenge fee when they draw for heat race position. All the money raised will go to the highest overall point earner for the two 20 lap main events, as long as they paid the Gladiator Challenge fee. Cole Cup rules will be used for this event.

Matt Sheppard will be looking to collect another Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified title, his third consecutive and fourth overall, this season and hopes to use the opener to launch his title defense. Last season, Sheppard had to hold off Larry Wight, Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Marc Johnson, Vic Coffey, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, and more for the title and many of these drivers are expected to return with title aspirations of their own. Several new faces are expected as well with the return of DIRTcar as well as several of the Open Sportsman competitors that are making the move up. Multi-time Super DIRTcar Series champion and Super DIRT Week winner Billy Decker will compete in the opener as well with the potent Mike Payne owned ride according to the Mike Payne Racing Facebook page.

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Broedel Energy Returns as the Official Fuel Supplier of Utica-Rome Speedway and Title Sponsor for the DIRTcar Sportsman

VERNON, NY- Utica-Rome Speedway is proud the return of Broedel Energy as a marketing partner and the Official Fuel Supplier for the second consecutive season. Broedel Energy will take over as the title sponsor of the popular DIRTcar Sportsman division, which will now be labeled as the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman for the 2017 season.

Since 2001, the Hubbardsville NY-based Broedel Energy has been providing delivery of Propane Gas, Fuel Oil, Kerosene, Diesel Fuel, and Gasoline homes, farms, and businesses in the communities of Madison, Oneida, Chenango, and parts of Herkimer, Onondaga, and Otsego counties. In addition to these services, Broedel Energy is now offering Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service, and Installation. As a family owned company, Broedel Energy prides themselves in offering exceptional customer service, timely deliveries, and affordable pricing.

As previously mentioned, 2017 marks the second year that Broedel Energy will be the “Official Energy Supplier” of the Utica-Rome Speedway by keeping all the heavy equipment at the speedway moving with diesel fuel, while also supplying the propane gas to the concession stands. Broedel Energy has also shifted their title sponsorship for the Open Sportsman the DIRTcar Crate Sportsman. In addition, Broedel Energy also is sponsoring two big nights during the season with the first being on May 28 with the first visit by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and the second on September 3 for the final of the three holiday stops by ESS.
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Utica-Rome Speedway’s April 2nd Chill Factor Cancelled Due to Lingering Snow and Wet Grounds

VERNON, NY — The upcoming 2017 season opener at the Utica-Rome Speedway, scheduled for Sunday, April 2, has been canceled due to a recent winter storm and the accompanying snow melt that has followed the storm. Winter Storm Stella dumped 40” of snow on the speedway, which has made preparations for the scheduled opener nearly impossible to the wet grounds as the snow began to melt. The “Chill Factor” was to feature a $3,000 to win event for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds plus a $1,000 to win show for the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman.

Action will now begin on the track on April 23 when Budweiser presents the start of points season for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks plus the first ever Gladiator Twin 20’s for the 360 Sprints. The pit gates will open at 12:30 p.m. while the grandstands will open at 2 p.m. Racing is set to begin at 4 p.m.

Competitors are reminded that a DIRTcar license is needed to compete in any of the DIRTcar-sanctioned divisions and are encouraged to purchase a license beforehand to help alleviate any opening night lines. To help competitors do this, Bill and Kim Shea are hosting a pre-season pizza party at the Utica-Rome Speedway Club, which is located directly in front of the speedway in the former Tombstone Saloon location. $30 of each license purchased from Utica-Rome Speedway will be directly put into the 2017 drivers point fund. The party starts at 5 p.m. and will continue until 1 a.m.

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Gates-Cole Insurance Returns as Title Sponsor for the Modifieds for the 2017 Season at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY- For the second consecutive year, Gates-Cole Insurance will be the title sponsor the headline Modified division at the Utica-Rome Speedway. With the continuing support from Gates-Cole Insurance, the Modified division will once again carry the name of the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds for the 2017 season.
 
Gates-Cole Insurance has had a presence in the local motorsports scene for several decades, most notably on the car of recent New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame inductee Paul Jensen.  When Gene Cole took over Utica-Rome Speedway in 2002, Gates-Cole Insurance became more involved with title sponsorship of some the speedway’s biggest events, and their involvement will continue 2017 as they will again sponsor several nights throughout the season.
 
With over 100 years of experience, Gates-Cole Insurance has become a trusted name in Central New York when providing customers with all their insurance needs.  Auto Insurance, Life Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Fire Insurance, Business Insurance, or whatever else you need insured, Gates-Cole Insurance has you covered.  With 10 locations in the region, Gates-Cole makes it easy for you to get the quote you need.  Whether you do it in person, on the phone, or online, their excellent customer service will meet all your insurance needs.  For more information on Gates-Cole Insurance including locations, log on to www.gatescole.com.  For outstanding service by outstanding people, make sure you call Gates-Cole Insurance for all your insurance needs. Continue reading ‘Gates-Cole Insurance Returns as Title Sponsor for the Modifieds for the 2017 Season at Utica-Rome Speedway’

Utica-Rome Speedway Closes the Door On 2016 Season with Awards Banquet, Prepares for the 2017 Season

VERNON, NY- On Saturday, March 11, the Utica-Rome Speedway held its annual Awards Banquet and honored its top drivers for the 2016 season in front of a crowd of nearly 200 patrons at the Vernon Downs Hotel in Vernon, NY. Matt Sheppard received top accolades in the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds as he captured his second consecutive title and third overall while Matt Janczuk was the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman champion. Steve Way was Broedel Energy Open Sportsman title winner for the second year in a row with Pete Stefanski securing his first ever G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stock championship.

After splitting with his previous car owner during the 2015 offseason, Matt Sheppard teamed up with Tom and Roxann Cullen in 2016 and never missed a beat. Winning on opening night and carrying that momentum throughout the season to win six events, including two Ferris Mower Race of Champions events plus the lone Super DIRTcar Series race in July, Sheppard took home another title in a season often marred by rainouts. Larry Wight kept the point battle interesting for much of the season, but the two-time feature winner had to settle for second in the season long point battle. Another two-time feature winner, Danny Varin, was honored for third place point finish while one-time victor Pat Ward and two-time race winner Rob Bellinger rounded out the top five. Marc Johnson, Vic Coffey, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, and Matt Hulsizer filled out the remaining top 10 positions.

Matt Janzcuk celebrated his first ever SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman title after a season-long dogfight with Sportsman kingpin Rocky Warner. A dozen points was the final margin as two-time feature winner Janzcuk used consistency to hold off five-time winner Warner for the highly-contested championship. Kyle Kiehn, Brent Joy, and Chris Mackey made up the rest of the top five point earners with Rocco Leone, one-time feature winner Jason Rood, Casey Williams, David Schilling, and feature winner John Christian also recognized for their efforts.
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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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Airborne, Freedom and Utica-Rome Speedways Join DIRTcar Northeast as Sportsman Modified Home Tracks in 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 26, 2017 – DIRTcar Northeast officials are proud to announce the additions of Airborne Speedway, Freedom Raceway Park and Utica-Rome Speedway as Sportsman Modified home tracks for the 2017 season. The addition of the trio of New York facilities increases the number of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified sanctioned tracks to 17 for the upcoming season.

Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY returns to a dirt surface in 2017 with promoter John Walker leading the conversion. The track will host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds on a weekly basis as well as a North Region tour event in September. Airborne is also the newest track to the Super DIRTcar Series tour. It will host the Big-Block Modifieds at the half-mile oval on Thursday, July 6.

Freedom Motorsports Park, located in Delevan, NY, provides a home track to drivers in the southwestern area of the state under the guidance of Bob Reis. The 1/3-mile clay oval hosts Friday night racing from May to September less than one hour southeast of Buffalo.

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Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 14, 2017 – On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.

Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions – North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.

Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver’s home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Joins DIRTcar in 2017

Speedway set to sanction weekly action for the first time since 2004

VERNON, N.Y. (December 5, 2016) – After a three-year run as a NASCAR home track, the Utica-Rome Speedway is making a change for the upcoming season. The owners of the facility, Bill and Kim Shea, have elected to make a move into the DIRTcar Racing fold. It is the first time in over 10 years that the facility will fly the DIRTcar banner.

“We had a great run with NASCAR but after looking at our options going forward Kim and I think it’s time to try something different,” said speedway owner Bill Shea. “Last season we ran a Super DIRTcar Series event and we had a great response from the fans and the drivers. We want to build upon that for this year. We look forward to furthering the relationship with DIRTcar going forward as we continue to grow Utica-Rome Speedway.”

The speedway and DIRTcar officials have been working behind the scenes over the past few months to iron out the details of the deal. Mike Perrotte, the Director of Series and Sanctioning for DIRTcar Northeast, was excited about finally being able to bring Utica-Rome Speedway into the mix.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Sets 2017 Weekly Divisions

VERNON, NY – Utica-Rome Speedway management is diligently working on the schedule for the 2017 season. Although dates have yet to finalize for special events, the weekly program has taken shape over the past few weeks. The speedway plans to feature a weekly program that includes the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks as well as a new to the speedway Novice Sportsman division.
As they’ve been the past several seasons at Utica-Rome, the Modifieds remain as the Sunday night highlight for weekly action at the half-mile facility. Matt Sheppard captured his second consecutive track championship at the speedway, his third overall in 2016. He dominated the season parking his self-owned No.9s in Victory Lane on five different occasions. Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Rob Belling and Danny Varin also took home triumphs in the Modifieds last season. Fans can expect the same quality field to compete at the track in 2017 with several new faces ready to add to the top division ranks.
Although the 602 Sportsman became a weekly division just two seasons ago, they’ve quickly become one of the most popular at the speedway. The division saw strong weekly car counts averaging in the mid 20’s with several nights seeing car counts break the 30-car threshold. Matt Janczuk wrestled the 2016 title away from Rocky Warner as the chase for the title came down to the final night of action back in September.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Modified Regulars Make Presence Felt with Strong Efforts in Time Trials at Super Dirt Week

VERNON, NY- When the final event of the 2016 season was completed this past Tuesday, the focus for drivers, crews, and fans alike shifted to the 45th running of Super DIRT Week. For the first time since the inception of the event, Super DIRT Week is being held at a different venue than the New York State Fairgrounds and with the 2016 version being held on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario at the Oswego Speedway.

Despite the new location, a familiar name has claimed the pole for the Bud Light 300 which will be held this Sunday, October 9. Matt Sheppard, the 2016 Utica-Rome Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified track champion, bested a huge field of DIRTcar Big Block Modified competitors in time trials as he toured the now clay covered 5/8ths mile track in 22.783 seconds to gain the pole award. In DIRTcar 358-Modified time trials, Sheppard was fourth quick. Both efforts were good enough to guarantee starting spots in Saturday’s Riccelli-Northern Salute to the Troops 150 and Sunday’s Bud Light 300.

While Sheppard was grabbing headlines with pole-winning effort for the Bud Light 300, other Utica-Rome Speedway Modified regulars were also making their presence felt. Third place point man Danny Varin raised a few eyebrows with his Bud Light 300 qualifying effort as he tripped the clock at 23.283 seconds, good enough for the fourth spot in Sunday’s main event.

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Matt Sheppard Super in Utica-Rome Speedway Season Finale, Takes $5,500 Win While Lucas Wolfe Scores $3,000 360 Sprint Checkered Flag

VERNON, NY- The Utica-Rome Speedway concluded it 2016 season this past Tuesday, October 4, with a special event presented by Broedel Energy to coincide with the beginning of Super DIRT Week in Oswego NY.  The event saw Matt Sheppard take the twice delayed Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series (originally scheduled for May 22) Victoria 200 55 lap victory, worth $5,500, while Pennsylvanian Sprint star Lucas Wolfe take the $3,000 360 Sprint checkered flag.  Paul Klager won the TUSA/Pro Race Car Mod Lite main event.

Mike Mahaney and Vic Coffey brought the 26 car Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series to the green flag to start the 55 lap main event with Coffey immediately launching to the lead.  2016 Utica-Rome Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion Matt Sheppard quickly settled into the second spot in pursuit of Coffey. A lap one incident caused by several car getting together and stopping in turn one slowed the pace and when all cars got moving, Coffey held on to the lead on the restart.  With Coffey running the top side of the track and Sheppard on the bottom, the duo put on a spirited battle for the lead throughout the first handful of circuits.

On lap eight, the leaders started to encounter lapped traffic, with Coffey getting bottled up behind a slower car which allowed Sheppard to slip by to lead lap nine.  With Sheppard now the leader, Coffey kept pace with the him and was not allowing him to get away.  As the top two battled for position, there was an early crowd pleasing battle throughout the rest of the top as Alan Barker, Mahaney, Danny Varin, Pat Ward, and Bobby Varin all diced for position with Barker holding the edge for third early over Mahaney and Danny Varin.

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$3,000 to Win 360 Sprints Open, Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series and Mod Lites at Utica-Rome Speedway to Kick Off Huge Week of Racing in Central New York

 This coming Tuesday, October 4, will be the final on track event of the 2016 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway will a thrilling three division show featuring the completion of the Victoria event for the Race of Champions Dirt Modifieds, from May 22, plus a $3,000 to win 360 Sprint Car open event plus the Pro Race Car Mod Lites. Broedel Energy, which is the Official Fuel Supplier of the Utica-Rome Speedway, will present the night’s action.

Track officials are hopeful that the “Tuesday Night Thunder” program this Tuesday will finally see the conclusion of the $5,500 to win Victoria event that was originally set to be completed on May 22. On that day, qualifying was completed and a preliminary feature was on the track when rain came, ending the day’s action. An attempt was made to complete the event on Sunday, August 14, in conjunction with the annual Night of Legends program but rain again dashed all hopes of getting racing in that day. Hopes are high that the third time will be the charm, and the long range forecast supports those hopes, and the 55 lap Race of Champions main event will be completed. For drivers that were not in attendance on the original date, there will be a last chance qualifier where a minimum of four drivers will be added to the feature lineup that will pay a minimum of $250 to start. If an already qualified driver does not return, another car will be added to the field. A 30 car starting field is planned.

For the second consecutive year, the 360 Sprints will be part of the action in the special “Tuesday Night Thunder” program where they will compete in $3,000 to win and $300 to start A Main. Last season when the cars hit the track, Paul Kinney blasted around the track while setting the track record of 15.598 seconds. Stewart Friesen took home the win in the main event. Many of the best 360 Sprint drivers are expected to attend for the curtain call in the speedway’s final event of the 2016 season. So far, Lucas Wolfe and Billy VanInwegan have stated they plan on attending to join the talent laden field. A draw will set the heat lineups with a redraw setting the top 12 in the A Main. Cole Cup technical rules will be effect.

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Mark Smith Beats Danny Varin and Chuck Hebing for $10,000 Cole Cup Win at Utica-Rome Speedway, Matt Sheppard and Rocky Warner also take wins

VERNON, NY-It was a battle right down to the end, but Mark Smith made the Pennsylvania Posse proud by capturing Sunday night’s Gates-Cole Insurance/A-Verdi Storage Containers Cole Cup at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  It was Smith’s first ever win at the half-mile facility and one of the biggest of his career as he took home a $10,000 payday.  Matt Sheppard took the companion Race of Champions New Yorker 40 for the Modifieds while Rocky Warner took the $1,000 Race of Champion Sportsman Series win.

For Smith, of Sunbury, Pa., it was his third Empire State victory of the season.  He’s taken a knack to running the slicker tracks in New York, including the tricky surface at Utica-Rome

“Everyone talks about how slick these tracks are,” said Smith.  “I like it like this.   I think the guys did a hell of a job with this racetrack.  It is really fun.  Our tracks down home are really big and fast.  You get strung out.  I like these tracks.  They are wide, slick and racey.”

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