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During Cole’s tenure as owner of the facility the track has undergone major improvements including several resurfacing projects, renovated bathroom facilities, improved walls and fencing along with paved walkways for fans.
He’s also been behind major purse increases for the modifieds and a point fund that pays $10,000 to the speedway champion of that division. He also oversaw the return of the New Yorker and purchased the naming rights of the Victoria 200 holding both events at the speedway which pay the winner $10,000.
The greatest part of the Cole legacy may be the efforts he put into having a history of the speedway written by noted racing writer Bones Bourcier. The Home of Heroes book was released in 2011 covering the 50 years of the speedway’s history including its days as a small asphalt track which Richie Evans called home to the modern era which has seen a dominant Stewart Friesen.
Although the qualifying format for the Cole Cup is still being discussed teams can find entry forms available.
Click Here. Stay tuned to the website for more information in the coming weeks regarding this event and the upcoming 2013 racing season which is set to get underway on April 21.
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Winner of Utica-Rome 360 Sprint Race to Receive $7,000 and the Cole Cup
VERNON, N.Y. - Once the announcement was made that the Utica-Rome Speedway will host a $7,000 to win, $500 to start 360 sprint car event; speedway officials went to work to come up with a proper name for the first time event which will be held on Saturday, September 7 with a rain date of the following day.
After much discussion it was decided the winner will not only receive the large payday but also the first ever Cole Cup named after speedway owner Gene Cole. Cole was initially reluctant to have the event named after him but after much prodding from the speedway staff he agreed to the idea.
Kinney First Official Entrant in Utica-Rome Speedway’s Cole Cup
VERNON, NY - The First Annual Cole Cup for the 360 Sprint Cars at the Utica-Rome Speedway is still many months away but interest is rapidly growing for the event. Scheduled for Saturday, September 7th, with a rain-date of the following day (Sunday, September 8), the event promises to one of the largest is track history. It will pay $7,000 to the winner with $500 go any driver that qualifies for the A-Main.
This past week Paul Kinney became the first official entrant for the prestigious event. Kinney, a three-time winner at the Vernon, N.Y., track in Sportsman and Modified competition made the jump to Sprint Car competition last season. Kinney’s last win at Utica-Rome came in July of 2011 and last season he secured his first ever Sprint Car win at the Le RPM Speedway in Quebec with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints.
Kinney will prepare for the Cole Cup on three different occasions as the Empire Super Sprints make three stops at the speedway. The first appearance comes on May 26 as part of Memorial Day weekend. The series returns on July 7th as part of the first ever SUNY Canton Speedweek. The final event for the Empire Super Sprints comes just one week prior to the Cole Cup as part of New Yorker weekend on Sunday September 1.
The Cole Cup will feature drivers from all of the major Sprint Car sanctioning bodies including United Racing Company, Patriot Sprint Group, the Empire Super Sprints and more.
Rules Package set up for 2013 Cole Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway September 7th, $7,000 to win.
(Note* - Rules could change between release and race date, teams will be notified.)
All basic 360 sprint car rules for ESS/PST/URC/ASCS will apply.
The following rules below have been put into place to allow as many cars from all sanctions to participate.
The decision set forth by the technical inspectors applied by the Utica-Rome Speedway will be final.
Tires: Right Rear only - ESS/PST/URC Compounds allowed - All other three options open.
Allowed compounds are: Hoosier: HTC/RD15, ASCS Medium, RD25, D25. Ameican Racer: MC1, URC2, MC2.
Wings: Flat or dish with 2" wicker allowed, only 1 1/4 "edge, turn" out on the 4 sides allowed. 1" wicker on front
Other Rules of Note:
Bolt on weight is allowed
Cockpit adjustables is allowed
Weight is 1475 with driver (No tolerance)
360 C.I. with 1% allowance
Injectors can be 2 7/16.
Fuel will have no additives of any kind including top lube.
Mufflers are mandatory (Can be any kind of muffler).
VERNON, NY - Support for the first ever Cole Cup at the Utica-Rome Speedway is growing as title sponsorship has been secured for the $7,000 to win event for the 360 Sprint Cars. Both SUNY Canton and Gates-Cole Associates will be the presenting sponsor of the September 7thevent (rain date September 8th).
SUNY Canton is located in upstate New York near the Canadian border. SUNY Canton’s 555 acre campus was charted in 1906 and the institution has been a long time supporter of the dirt racing in New York. SUNY Canton offers a wide range of programs including 23 career-driven bachelor’s degrees, 22 associate degrees and seven one-year professional certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine offers nearly 200 courses with eight bachelor’s degrees available online. More information about SUNY Canton and their programs is available on their website at www.canton.edu or by calling 1-800-388-7123.
Like SUNY Canton, Gates-Cole Associates has always supported the racing at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Gates-Cole has 10 offices located throughout the Central New York area offering a wide variety of insurance coverage. They’re coverage comes from a wide array of companies. They can help whether large or small, business or individual. They will develop a program that meets your needs. Their website address is www.gatescole.com for more information about their services.
Paul Kinney became the first entrant into the Cole Cup just a few weeks ago and it is expected that several more drivers will join that list as the event draws closer. Entry forms and rules are currently available on the speedway website for the race. Drivers from all over the Northeast are expected to be in attendance. The first 360 Sprint Car event is coming up in just a few weeks as the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints take to the speedway for the first of three sanctioned appearances on Sunday, May 26.
SUNY Canton and Gates-Cole Associates to Sponsor Cole Cup