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CARBONE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP JOINS FORCES WITH UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO PRESENT NIGHT OF LEGENDS EVENT ON AUGUST 21
VERNON, NY- The staff and management of the Utica-Rome Speedway are proud to announce the return of the Carbone Auto Group as a major marketing partner in the upcoming annual Night of Legends event, scheduled for Wednesday August 20. This year’s edition will pay homage to the popular Outlaw Circuit era of the speedway which will be capped off by the Race of Champions Modified Series where the stars of the northeast will battle in two 50 lap events, each paying $5,000 to win along with a full program of 602 Sportsman, who will compete for a $1,000 top prize.
The Race of Champions Modified Series point standings have a familiar feel to them as track point leader Stewart Friesen is the series point leader, who is followed by both by Matt Sheppard as well. Rick Laubach sits in third in series standings followed by Anthony Perrego, Danny Johnson, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown, Rocco Infante, Jimmy Blewett, and Tyler Dippel. Most of the series top 10 drivers are expected to be on hand plus track regulars Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, and Danny Varin and more. Other top drivers that should be in action include Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, and many more.
With the Twin 50 format with each event paying $5,000 to win each and the companion 602 Sportsman event that will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start, the night’s total payout is approaching $40,000 which will make this one of the biggest events of the summer.
Fans fondly remember the Outlaw Circuit days as some of the best racing in Central New York region during the early 90’s to the mid 90’s. Consisting of the Brewerton Speedway on Fridays, Fulton Speedway on Saturdays, and the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sundays, the circuit boasted strong cars counts and a dedicated group of racers that would run all three nights of the weekend. Started by the late Bub Benway and Eric Kingsley, the Outlaw Circuit grew into a popular alternative to Glenn Donnelly’s DIRT circuit. Not only were the tracks “Outlaw” by name, they were that way when it came to its loose rule packages which features small block alcohol powered Modifieds on drag rubber and the use of sail panels. Many of the legends of the Central New York region made the Outlaw Circuit their home which included Dale Planck, Donnie Wetmore, Roger Phelps, Paul Jensen, JJ Michaels, Tom Kinsella, Jim Mahaney, Ted Lamb, and many more.
The night will also feature Fireworks by Majestic at the night’s conclusion. Gates for this action packed event open at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated to go at 7 p.m.
In case of rain, this huge event will run on the following night on Thursday August 21 with the same time schedule.
The Carbone Auto Group was also the major sponsor of this event in 2012 for the hugely popular “Richie Evans Remembered” night. On that night, the speedway celebrated the induction of Rome native Richie Evans into the NASCAR Hall of Fame who was the first ever short track racer inducted.
Started in 1929 by a then 19 year kid, Joe Carbone in Utica NY, the Carbone Auto Group is now celebrating its 85th year in business. Not only do they offer a vast array of new cars; BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Subaru, Nissan and Toyota, they also have an extensive inventory of certified pre-owned and quality used cars to choose from. Whether you’re shopping for a new or pre-owned vehicle or if you’re current one needs service, the Carbone Auto Group has it all. With locations in Utica-Rome, Troy, NY and Bennington, VT areas, they are ready to serve you. For more information, please visit them at www.carbonecars.com.
The Utica-Rome Speedway website can be accessed by typing www.uticaromespeedway.com into your browser, which has all the latest news plus schedule information, point standings, and more. The speedway office can be contacted by dialing (315)829-4557.
COLE CUP PRE ENTRY DEADLINE RAPIDLY APPROACHING
VERNON, NY-The second annual Cole Cup for 360 Sprints is still over a month away, but the pre entry deadline is rapidly closing in. Entry forms for the $10,000 to win event scheduled for September 6 event are available on www.uticaromespeedway.com and for a driver to get a free pit pass worth $35, the entry must be post marked by August 1.
Last season, a field of over 50 sprinters filled the pit area as they battled for the then $7,000 win. After battling weather and concluding a day later than originally planned, it was Stewart Friesen standing in victory hoisting the Cole Cup to become the first ever winner of the event. Friesen’s win didn’t come without any dramatics as he passed race leader Steve Poirier in the final turn on the final lap to grab the win.
Dave Franek is a guaranteed starter for this year’s version which he earned with his victory at New Egypt Speedway in the Turnpike 25 in June. Ironically, Franek was the first driver to send his entry in.
The rules are set up to accommodate drivers from the major series in the northeast including the Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Group, and United Racing Company.
MATT SHEPPARD MAKES IT TWO WINS IN A ROW AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WITH ANOTHER LATE RACE PASS
VERNON, NY-Matt Sheppard made it two in row this past Sunday night, July 27, as he again made a late race pass to score the $2,000 victory. A miscue by the leader Larry Wight on lap 28 gave Sheppard the opportunity he needed and he capitalized on it. Other winners on PERFEX Corp. night was Jeremy Vunk in the Sportsman, Chris Carr, in the Pro Stocks, and Bill Mason in the Pure Stocks.
Get Well Wishes for Ed Ostrander. Hope to see you soon back at the track.
The staff and management of the Utica-Rome Speedway would like to extend their condolences to the Ward family on the passing of Bud Ward.
Bud was one of the most respected and well like people in the pits. Also quick with a joke or a good story, he was always a class act. The saying that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree is a perfect way to describe Bud and Pat Ward. Like Bud, Pat works hard and races hard and treats his competitors with respect.
Bud, you will be missed...RIP
MONTH OF MONEY FOR MODIFIEDS AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY STARTS THIS SUNDAY WITH TWO $2,000 TO WIN 20 LAP FEATURES
VERNON, NY-This Sunday, August 3, begins what could be the richest month of racing in the speedway’s history for the headline Modified division. Gates-Cole.com and NYCM present Twin 20 lap features, each paying $2,000 to win, for the Modifieds plus regular show of Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing starting at 6 p.m.
With a month to go until the $13,000 Modified track championship is decided, Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen are in a dogfight for the point lead. Coming into last week’s event, Sheppard was second in the standings but with the victory, he left as the point leader by eight points. Now Friesen is in second in the standings coming into this Sunday. Mike Mahaney sits in third, with Larry Wight and Pat Ward rounding out the top five. Ryan Phelps, Willy Decker, Jason Rood, Tye-Scott Rood, and Tim Mayne fill out the remaining top ten spots in the standings. With each 20 lap feature this weekend offering full points, the standings could have a big shake up by evening’s end.
In NASCAR Whelen All American Series New York State standings, Friesen remains the highest ranked Utica-Rome regular as he is currently in third. Sheppard is in sixth, Mahaney in ninth, and Larry Wight in tenth. Other regulars in the top 20 include Pat Ward in 13th, Ryan Phelps in 16th, and Willy Decker in 19th. Friesen in the highest ranked UR driver in the NWAAS national standings as he currently sits in the 27th spot while Sheppard sits in 49th.
Jack Miller is the point leader in the hotly contested Sportsman ranking as he sits just three points ahead of Jeremy Vunk. Steve Way, Claude Hutchings Jr., and Mike Walton complete the top five in the standings. Just 38 points separate the top five in points.
A quick look at the Pro Stock standings show Tom Denton still leading the way with Glenn Forward, Mark Effner, Chris Carr, and AJ Digsby. Forward and Effner are tied for the second spot, 42 points behind Denton.
Russ Marsden continues to lead the Pure Stock ranks, just six markers ahead of Ricky Breed. Ron Hawker and Bill Mason are tied for the third spot, 18 points back while Chuck Cushman closes out the top five, 30 points back.
What is being dubbed the “Month of Money” for the Modifieds at the Utica-Rome Speedway starts this weekend and goes until September 1 with the running of the New Yorker 200. During this time, $34,000 in first place money will be up for grabs if Mother Nature cooperates. This total does not include any point fund money that will be available to drivers at the season ending banquet.
This Sunday, children 15 and under will be admitted for free and with each paid full price adult general admission or pit pass, a chip will be given to the payer. The chip will serve as a $5 voucher at the concession stand, good on anything served except alcoholic beverages. The chips have no cash value and change will not be given if full amount is not used.
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY REVISES CHILDREN ADMISSION FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST, ADDS INCENTIVE FOR PAID ADULT ADMISSION
VERNON, NY-With a the final full month of racing upon us at the Utica-Rome Speedway and the schedule loaded with special events for the remainder of the 2014 season, track management has revised some of its pricing policies for the remainder of the year.
For the remaining Sunday evening shows for the month of August, all children 15 and under will be admitted for free with an adult. Previously, 9 and under were free. For the special events such as the Night of Legends on August 20, the New Yorker 200 on September 1, and the Cole Cup on September 6, children 15 and under will get a discounted rate of $10 per child.
Also, with each paid adult admission for every event through August 31, a chip will be given to the ticket holder that will serve as a $5 voucher at the concession stand. These chips will hold no cash value and will only be valid until August 31. If the full amount is not used at the time of purchase, change will not be given. The chip can be used for any food item at the concession stand except for alcoholic purchases. The chip will be available not only to patrons on the grandstand side but to those who purchase pit passes as well and the chips will be given to paid adult admission only and will not be given to children or anyone else admitted for free or at a discounted rate such as children special events. The chips will not have to be used on the night of purchase, but as stated before, are only valid until August 31.
Season pass holders and tickets sold at a discounted rate (such as children tickets) are excluded from the $5 chip program.
Between this Sunday, August 3 and Monday, September 1, it will be the “Month of Money” for the Modified division at the Utica-Rome Speedway as $34,000 in first place money will be available during that period. With the money being offered and the point title still being up for grabs, it should prove to be an exciting month of racing.
ENTRIES CONTINUE TO ARRIVE FOR UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY’S COLE CUP, HEAT RACE BONUS ALSO ADDED TO LUCRATIVE EVENT
VERNON, NY- The pre entry deadline continues to close in for the 2014 edition of the Gates-Cole Insurance and SUNY Canton Cole Cup at the Utica-Rome Speedway and entries have been trickling in for the $10,000 extravaganza that will be held on Saturday, September 6. The rain date for the huge one day 360 Sprint event is scheduled for Sunday September 7.
So far, the point leaders in the top three 360 Sprint touring series in the northeast have submitted entries. The United Racing Company point leader Davie Franek of Wantage, NJ was the first driver to submit his entry and currently is the only guaranteed starter for the event. Franek’s spot in the Cole Cup came from his victory in Brett Deyo’s Turnpike 25 event at the New Egypt Speedway in June.
Current Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint point leader, Steve Poirier, has also put in his entry as he looks to redeem himself after watching the win in the inaugural Cole Cup slip by in the final turn on the last lap in 2013. Making the long haul down from St. Mathieu de Beloeil Quebec, Poirier should be a huge factor in this year’s event as well.
Bradford PA resident Jared Zimbardi, the current Patriot Sprint Tour point leader, is having a stellar year in 2014 as he has picked up several wins so far, with four wins on the PST tour as well have as wins in the 410 Sprints. He recently picked up his first ESS win at the Yates County Speedway.
Stewart Friesen’s entry has also been received as he hopes to continue to be the only winner of the Cole Cup. Last year, Friesen took advantage of Poirier’s miscue to become the first driver to pose with the Cole Cup in victory lane. If there is a such thing as home track advantage, Friesen would have it at the Utica-Rome Speedway as he is the all time winner at the Vernon oval.
Bryan Howland and Jeff Cook are also among the early entrants with many more expected in the next few days. Drivers are reminded that if their entry is postmarked by August 1 they will receive a free pit pass with their $100 entry fee.
Rules are set up to allow competitors from ESS, URC, PST, and other local groups to participate with minimal changes. Rules and entry forms are available on www.uticaromespeedway.com.
Another added bonus this year will be a $100 bonus for winning a Cole Cup heat event thanks to the Einstein Construction Group. The Einstein Construction has been a big contributor to local 360 Sprint racing in 2014, sponsoring the cars of Shawn Donath and Tommy Wickham along with having a big role in the SUNY Canton Speedweek.
Like last year, Dirt Track Digest will sponsor the fastest time award with a bonus going to the fastest time of the event.
In addition to the 360 Sprints, the 602 Sportsman will also be in competition with a $1,000 to win, $100 to start 30 lap main event. GRIT Series rules will be in effect.
The night before the Cole Cup, September 5, the Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks will be in on the fun as the Pro Stocks will compete for $700 to win and the Pure Stocks will chase a $500 payday. Home track rules will be used for this event, allowing outsiders to compete with no changes and no NASCAR license will be required. The 360 Sprints will have timed practices throughout the night with the fastest time getting a guaranteed spot for the Cole Cup.