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July 22nd.
FOUR IN ROW FOR STEWART FRIESEN AS HE TAKES ANOTHER WIN AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
In the Modified 30 lap main event saw Shannon Whaley and Steve Hulsizer lead the 24 car starting field to Matt Burdick’s green flag with Hulsizer jumping out to the point.  Hulsizer would show the way until lap six when sixth place starter Mike Mahaney getting by to lead the field.  Alan Johnson was on the move early also as he was looking for a weekend sweep after winning at the Brewerton and Canandaigua Speedways, going from the ninth spot to the runner up spot by lap eight.  With 10 laps complete, the leaderboard showed Mahaney, Johnson, 13th place starter Larry Wight, Hulsizer, and 18th place starter Stewart Friesen as the top five runners.

A lap 12 caution brought the field together for the final time, and the restart saw Mahaney, Wight, and Johnson go three for the lead with Johnson grabbing the lead while Friesen was able to charge by to grab second.  Johnson’s shot for the sweep ended on lap 14 when Friesen was able to driver by the outside of Johnson to take the top spot.  With 20 laps in the books, Friesen was in command of the field over Johnson, 17th place starter Matt Sheppard, Mahaney, and Jimmy Davis.

Friesen steadily pulled away while in front with the action really heating up for the second spot as Johnson and Sheppard battled hard for the spot.  Friesen would pull away to take his fourth consecutive win, fifth overall, in 2012 at the Utica-Rome Speedway while Johnson would barely hold Sheppard to take second.  Pat Ward made a late race charge to grab fourth with Davis coming home in fifth as Mahaney, Ryan Phelps, Wight, Chris Busta, and Willy Decker rounded out the top ten.

The front of Bobby Heintz and Stephen Denton led the Sportsman field to the green with Heintz going down as the leader for the first two laps.  Denton was able to slip by gain the lead on the third circuit only to have 10th place starter AJ Filbeck charge by to become the front runner on lap four.  AJ Filbeck looked to be the car to beat as he continued to lead the event while Chris Mackey, Steve Way, Jeremy Vunk, and Matt Janczuk battled their way towards the front.  Halfway through the 20 lap affair showed Filbeck out front over Mackey,Janczuk, Vunk, and Way.  A lap 17 caution changed the complexion of the race as it closed the field up to Filbeck’s bumper, and when the green flag flew, Way jumped to the top side and charged to take the lead on lap 19 and would race to his second consecutive win.  Filbeck would have to settle for second over Vunk, Janczuk, and Mackey.

Pole sitter Dana Camenga was the leader of the opening lap in the 20 lap Pro Stock feature only two have Shawn Frost charge by after starting in the seventh spot.  Several caution flags marred the beginning of the event, but once everything settled down, it was Frost, Tom Denton, and Pete Stefanski dueling for the top spot with it finally coming down to just Frost and Stefanski at the halfway point.  For the next five circuits, the duo battled side by side for the lead with Frost barely holding the advantage until lap 16 when Stefanski would nose ahead.  Stefanski would run off to score his first win of the season while Frost narrowly beat a charging Bill Knapp to the stripe for second.  Denton and Chris Carr rounded out the top five positions.

Frank Hyatt led the opening six laps of the Pure Stock 15 lapper from his front row starting spot until 11th place starter Ron Hawker slipped by to lead lap seven.  With Hawker came Ricky Breed, who immediately started to pressure for the lead until the ninth circuit when he completed the pass for the lead.  Breed’s shot at the win ended as he raced towards the checkered flag and Hyatt’s mount suddenly slowed in front of the field.  Breed made heavy contact with Hyatt and ended any chances he had for the win.  Hawker would survive the one lap dash to the finish to score the win over Rob Thieme, Bill Mason, Nathan Peckham, and Chris Cunningham.

This Wednesday, July 25, at the Utica-Rome Speedway it will be the Lucas Oil New York Invasion featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series plus the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with time trial starting at 7 p.m. for this huge midweek show.

602 Crate Sportsman will join a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, and Pro Stocks next Sunday, July 29, at the “Action Track of the East” on NYCM and Joe’s Jerky night. Race time is set for 6 p.m. with gates opening at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315) 829-4557.

HI-SKOR LANES & SCHACHTLER CONTRACTING INC RACE SUMMARY

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-STEWARD FRIESEN, Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Jimmy Davis, Mike Mahaney, Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Chris Busta, Willy Decker, Alan Barker, Adam Roberts, Jason Rood,Aaron Jacobps Chris Hile, Shannon Whaley, Tye-Scott Rood, Scott Boudinot, Phil Burkart Jr., Harry Murphy, Steve Hulsizer, Todd Thomas, Dave Moyer, and Casey Williams. DNS-Ronnie Johnson and Todd Burley.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-STEVE WAY, A.J. Filbeck, Jeremy Vunk, Matt Janczuk, Chris Mackey, Heath Carney, Jim Nagle, Craig Pope, Stephan Denton, Jack Miller, Brian Thomas, Claude Hutchings Jr., Mike Stiles, Chris McCoy, Kyle DeMetro, Robert Barker, Toby Klish, C.J. Castelletti, and Bobby Heintz.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-PETE STEFANSKI, Shawn Frost, Bill Knapp, Tom Denton, Chris Carr, Mark Effner, Bret Belden, Glenn Forward, AJ Digsby, Ed Ostrander, Jim Money, Dwight Johnson, Dana Camenga, Dan Lashure, Corie Locke, Andy Lashure, Jeff Pastorella, Jim Normoyle, Brent Tardy, and Glenn Weaver.

PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-RON HAWKER, Rob Thieme, Bill Mason, Nathan Peckham, Chris Cunningham, Tim Janczuk, Andy Szewczyk, Scott Wheelock, Chris Watkins, Mike Kazlauskas, Cale Hoffman, Bob Levine, Ricky Breed, Frank Hyatt, Jim Thomas, Bryan Owens, and Stan Clark. DNS-Brandon Greene and Chuck Cushman.
VERNON, NY- A brief rain shower couldn’t slow the action this past Sunday evening at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Hi-Skor Lanes and Schachtler Contracting Inc. night as the event started just a few minutes late and final checkered flag flew less than three hours later on the quick paced program.  Stewart Friesen would find himself in victory lane again in the $2,000 to win Modified main event to claim his fourth straight win at the Vernon oval.  Steve Way would make a thrilling late race pass to win the Sportsman win while Pete Stefanski would collect his first ever Utica-Rome Speedway Pro Stock victory.  Ron Hawker was the winner in the Pure Stocks.