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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. Read More....
Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout and Fireworks Added to Cole Cup Weekend at Utica-Rome

VERON, N.Y. - The Utica-Rome Speedway has turned the Cole Cup into a two day event with the addition of the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout on Friday evening, September 5.  The Ward family has given their blessing to the speedway to run the race in honor of Ward who competed at Utica-Rome Speedway on multiple occasions during his career. 

The race will be 13-laps in distance while offering the winner a guaranteed starting position for the 30-lap, $10,000 to win, Cole Cup the following day.  Friday night’s A-Main for the 13 car field will pay $1,300 to the winner with $130 at minimum going to any driver that qualifies for the event.  Throughout the evening teams that do not qualify for the feature will be given additional hot laps as they prepare for the Cole Cup on Saturday night should weather and time permit.

The format for qualifying will feature timed warm-ups with heat races being lined up based on time.  From there a redraw will be utilized as well to set the feature line-up.  Three or four heat races will be used depending on car count for the event. 

Those drivers already entered for the second annual Cole Cup include 2013 winner Stewart Friesen.  Steve Poirier, the current Empire Super Sprint point leader, as well as United Racing Company point leader Davie Franek and Patriot Sprint Tour point leader Jared Zimbardi have all entered the event. They will be joined by a host of other 360 drivers as they vie for the Cole Cup trophy and the large payday.  Last season over 50 cars entered the event.

Friday night’s action will also include a 25-lap Pro Stock feature that will pay $700 to the winner and a 20-lap Pure Stock main-event paying $500 to the feature winner.  Home track rules will apply for the Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks, including tires which can be either American Racer or Hoosier.  Fireworks, by Majestic, have also been added to the Friday night portion.

The gates for the Friday night open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.

For more information including Cole Cup rules, entry form, and more is available while the speedway office can be contacted by calling (315)829-4557.

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VERNON, NY- For the past two seasons, the New Yorker event at Utica-Rome Speedway had fallen to rain but this year the event went on as scheduled and when everything was settled, a jubilant Larry Wight was standing in victory lane.  Wight dominated much of the 100 laps on Carbone Auto Group and Sowle Enterprises night to score the $10,000 win, his biggest so far in his young career.  In the companion GRIT Series event, Rocky Warner dominated that event to take the $1,000 payday.

Tim Mayne and Larry Wight led the 28 car starting field to the green flag to start the 100 lap Race of Champions New Yorker 200 Modified event, with Wight using the outside lane to grab the lead.  Fourth place starter Billy Decker quickly grabbed the second spot with third place starter Danny Johnson on his bumper, pressuring him for the runner up spot.  On lap five, the first yellow of the event flew when Brian Murphy made contact with an implement tire marking the inside of the speedway, and slowed down.  With the field reset and returning to green flag racing, Wight returned to the top lane as Decker and Johnson continued their duel for the second.

On lap seven, Johnson was able to wrestle the second spot away from Decker and try to close in on Wight.  Lapped traffic came into play by lap 15, which allowed Johnson, Decker, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Sheppard to close the gap on Wight, but on lap 26 the yellow lights flickered on again.  Johnson suddenly slowed and stopped in turns one and two to bring out the yellow and his problem was terminal as he was pushed back into the pit area.  When racing resumed again on lap 33, Wight again began to open another large lead over Decker with Friesen able to grab the third spot on the restart.  The yellow lights again came on several laps later for the disabled car of Ryan Phelps.  Green flag racing resumed on lap 41 with Wight again jumping way out front and at the halfway point, it was Wight running away with Decker, Sheppard now back up to third, Friesen, and Jimmy Phelps.

A lap 54 caution did nothing to slow down the high flying Wight as he again pulled away from the field when racing resumed but as the laps clicked off, Decker and Sheppard began to reel him in.  On lap 62, Decker was able to pull alongside Wight but was unable to complete the pass.  Decker spent the next five laps ducking underneath Wight, but every attempt to complete the pass was thwarted by Wight.  With the lead duo battling, Sheppard was able to close the gap on Decker as he was looking to take advantage of any mistakes by the leaders.  The final caution came out on lap 71, allowing the field a moment to pause as they prepared for the final quarter of the event.    At that point, the leader board showed Wight, Decker, Sheppard, Friesen, and Jimmy Phelps as the top five.

When the green lights came on for the final time, Wight again jumped to the top side of the speedway that he used to dominate so far and again began to pull away.  Decker fell into the clutches of Sheppard, who finally made the pass on Decker on 84 in lapped traffic.  Sheppard began his pursuit of Wight as the leaders again hit lapped traffic but never was able to track him down as Wight masterfully negotiated his way through the slower traffic.  When the checker flag flew, it was Wight taking the big win by nearly two seconds over Sheppard.  Friesen was able to nip Decker at the line for third while Phelps came home in the fifth spot.  Rounding out the top 10 was Danny Varin, Tim McCreadie, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, and Rick Laubach.

Rocky Warner vaulted to the lead from his outside pole starting spot in the 30 lap GRIT Sportsman Series event and immediately began to pull away from the rest of the field.  Fourth place starter Dave Marcuccilli settled into the second spot with pole sitter Glenn Forward slipping back to third in the early going.  Track regulars in the open Sportsman division, Jack Miller and Mike Walton, found themselves rounding out the top five as Warner continued to dominate the event.  The first caution flag waved on lap 13 with Jeremy Pitts facing the wrong way in turn one, giving the rest of the field a chance at the high flying Warner.  When the green lights came back on, Warner continued his quick pace with Marcuccilli, Miller, Forward, and Walton rounding out the top five.

During the second half of the event, despite three more cautions for minor incidents, Warner was still the class of the field as he pulled away and left the battle for position to the rest of the field.  The second place running came under heavy pressure by Miller and Walton, with Miller making the pass for the spot on lap 28.  Warner would race unchallenged to the $1,000 payday followed by Miller, Marcuccilli, Walton, and Rocco Leone. Filling out the top 10 was Corey Barker, Mike Button, Robert Bublak, Kyle Inman, and Forward.

During intermission as part of the Night of Legends/Outlaw Circuit Reunion ceremony, many of the stars from the 1989-1995 Outlaw Circuit years were brought on to the racing surface and introduced to the crowd.

The final weekend of racing at the “Action Track of the East” is coming up this Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6, as part of the SUNY Canton and Gates-Cole Insurance Cole Cup Weekend.  On Friday, it will be the first running of the Kevin Ward Jr, Shootout for the 360 Sprints which will pay the winner $1,300 for 13 laps of work plus a guaranteed spot into the following day’s $10,000 to win Cole Cup.  The Pro Stocks ($700 to win) and Pure Stocks ($500 to win) will also be in action with home track rules applying.  Saturday will be the running of the 2nd annual Cole Cup plus 602 Sportsman for $1,000 to win and $100 to start.  Many of the best Sprint Car drivers in the region are expected to converge on the Vernon oval to try and take the big payday.  Action on both days starts at 7 p.m. with gates opening 5 p.m. on Friday and at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, please log on to or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.


RACE OF CHAMPIONS NEW YORKER 200 FEATURE FINISH (100 LAPS)-LARRY WIGHT, Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Varin, Tim McCreadie, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Davis, Randy Chrysler, Bobby Varin, Peter Britten, Ryan Phelps, Matt Janczuk, Brett Hearn, Heath Carney, Chris Mackey, Tim Mayne, Brian Murphy, Eldon Payne Jr., Tyler Siri, Dave Moyer, Vic Coffey, Aaron Jacobs, Danny Johnson, Anthony Perrego.

DNQ-Jim Walsh, CJ Castelletti, Adam Roberts, Tim Fuller, Jeremy Vunk, Willy Decker.

Sowle Enterprises $100 heat winner bonus-Billy Decker, Danny Johnson, Danny Varin, Larry Wight.
Sowle Enterprises $100 consolation winner bonus-Mike Mahaney.

DIG SAFELY GRIT 602 SPORTSMAN SERIES FINISH (30 LAPS)-ROCKY WARNER, Jack Miller, Dave Marcuccilli, Mike Walton, Rocco Leone, Corey Barker, Mike Button, Robert Bublak, Kyle Inman, Glenn Forward, Nick Guererri, Ronnie Davis III, Kyle Kiehn, Cody Clark, Nick Krause, Connor Cleveland, Brian Pesselano, Chris Stevens, Ivan Joslin, Daryl Nutting, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Robert Barker, Jeremy Pitts, and Jack Gentile.

DNQ-Brent Joy, Haiden Burdick, Troy Arnold, Shea Montgomery, John Baker, Taylor Jackson, George Dyer, Kevin Ward, Chris Hulsizer, Todd Root, Joseph Buonagario, Taylor Lamb, Chad Edwards, and Kyle DeMetro.

NYSSCA Hard Charger bonus-Corey Barker.