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Dave Moyer and Shannon Whaley the Modified field to the opening green flag with Whaley grabbing the early edge to lead lap one. Third place starter Jason Rood was the next to set the pace as he took the lead by the second circuit with Whaley back to second ahead of Steve Hulsizer, Willy Decker, and Larry Wight. Rood would set a blistering pace as the leader as he opened nearly a straightaway lead over the rest of the pack. By lap five, Hulsizer had found himself up to second while Wight was working his way towards the front and taking the third spot by lap seven. With 10 laps complete, Rood was way out front with Hulsizer, Wight, Jimmy Davis, and Decker trying to keep up.
By lap 11, Wight had gotten by Hulsizer for second and immediately starting to cut into Rood’s lead. Lap after lap, Rood’s lead was shrinking to a closing Wight but at this point all eyes were on another driver marching towards the front. 14th place starter Stewart Friesen was on the charge and with 12 laps in the record book, he was into the top five. From there, he methodically picked off a position one at a time and with 20 laps complete, it was still Rood at the head of the field with Wight right at his heels followed closely by Friesen, Davis, and now Pat Ward.
On lap 22, Friesen took advantage of Wight jumping the cushion in turns three and four to take second away and then on lap 23, he completed his march to the front as he took over the lead from Rood. From there on, Friesen pulled away from the pack, leaving everyone else battling for position behind him. Rood and Wight had a back and forth battle until the duo went into turns one and two on lap 28. Wight and Rood went into the turns side by side and after slight contact between the two, Rood spun which ended his great run and bringing out the first caution of the event. The restart saw Friesen leave the field behind but now it was Ward on the move. Fourth on the restart, Ward blasted to the second spot on lap 29 where he would remain as Friesen collected his second consecutive win and his third overall. Ward comes to the stripe in second ahead of Wight, Davis, and Alan Johnson. Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Hulsizer, Ryan Phelps, and Mike Ward rounded out the top ten.
Jack Miller paced the Sportsman field to lead the opening lap of the 20 lap feature event with Claude Hutchings, Jr. slipping to lead the second circuit from his fifth starting spot. While Hutchings set the pace out front, 14th place starter Matt Janczuk was moving through the field. In the top five by lap six, Janczuk continued his march and was up to second by lap eight and setting his sights on the leader. On lap 11, Janczuk made his move and got by Hutchings for the top spot. Janczuk would run off to collect his second consecutive win, fourth overall, with Hutchings having to settle for second. Steve Way, AJ Filbeck, and Jeremy Vunk chased the top two across the line.
The Pro Stock feature saw Jim Money lead the first lap of the 20 lap main from the pole position with sixth place starter Chris Carr blasting by on the top side to take the point on lap two. With Carr leading, it was 14th place starter Tom Denton was on the charge as he broke into the top five by lap four and into second on lap five. A lap seven restart was all that Denton needed as he wrestled the lead away to lead lap eight. Denton would run off to claim his third victory with Glenn Forward, Carr, Jim Normoyle, and Shawn Frost trailing.
Andy Szewczyk led the opening two circuits of the 15 lap Pure Stock nightcap from his outside pole starting position, only to have sixth place starter Ron Hawker to motor by for the lead on lap four. While Hawker set the pace out front, Ricky Breed and Nathan Peckham battled back and forth for the runner up spot. Hawker would run off to collect his third win of the season with Breed winning the battle for second with Peckham holding on for third. Tim Janczuk and Chris Cunningham rounded out the top five positions.
Next event on the Utica-Rome Speedway is this coming Thursday July 12 when the Mirabito Fuel Group presents Fan Appreciation Night. A full show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks is scheduled for just five dollars with a canned good donation, or seven dollars without a donation. All donations will benefit the local food pantries. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing starting 7 p.m. More information is available at www.uticaromespeedway.com or by calling (315)829-4557.
BILL COLE RACE SUMMARY
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-STEWART FRIESEN, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Jimmy Davis, Alan Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Steve Hulsizer, Ryan Phelps, Mike Ward, Jason Rood, Chris Busta, Shannon Whaley, Willy Decker, Casey Williams, and Dave Moyer. DNS-Johnny Hill.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Steve Way, AJ Filbeck, Jeremy Vunk, Craig Pope, Stephen Denton, Jim Nagle, Jack Miller, John Scarborough, Heath Carney, Chris McCoy, Mike Stiles, Chris Mackey, Bobby Heintz, Chris Hulsizer, Kyle DeMetro, CJ Castelletti, Toby Klish, and Brian Thomas.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-TOM DENTON, Glenn Forward, Chris Carr, Jim Normoyle, Shawn Frost, Bret Belden, Ed Ostrander, Bill Knapp, Jeff Pastorella, AJ Digsby, Jim Money, Dan Camenga, Andy Lashure, Corie Locke, Mark Effner, Pete Stefanski, Glenn Weaver, Dwight Johnson, Eric Vanderhoof.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-RON HAWKER, Ricky Breed, Nathan Peckham, Tim Janczuk, Chris Cunningham, Rob Thieme, Bill Mason, Andy Szewczyk, Frank Hyatt, Stan Clark, Jim Thomas, Chris Watkins, Chuck Cushman, Scott Wheelock, and Bryan Owens. DNS-Jerry Streeter.
STEWART FRIESEN RUNS TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN
VERNON, NY- Every year there is one thing you can count on in the month of July, the temperatures heating up and a midseason charge by Stewart Friesen at the Utica-Rome Speedway as he tries to capture another track championship. Friesen would grab his third win of the season this past Sunday on Bill Cole night to give himself a little breathing room in the standings. Also victorious was Matt Janczuk in the Sportsman, Tom Denton in the Pro Stocks, and Ron Hawker in the Pure Stocks.