NEW YORKER 200 SEPT. 15 & 16, 2007
Todd Burley was making his charge to the front from his eighth starting position.
Burley completed his charge as lap 17 was scored, gaining the lead from Varin. Other drivers that were moving through the standings in the first portion of the event were Alan Johnson, Stewart Freisen, and Vic Coffey as all three had moved into the top ten by lap 25 from starting spots 13th, 14th, and 21st, respectively.
On lap 28, the red flag was shown to the field when Don Mattison, from Wells, VT, flipped his ride in turn four as he slid over the banking and into the wall. Mattison was uninjured in the incident. When racing resumed, Alan Johnson continued his march to the front as he moved into the third spot on lap 33 and was looking for more as was Coffey as he cracked into the top five on lap 47. With lap 50 in the books, it was Burley, Varin, Friesen, Alan Johnson, and Coffey showing the quick was around the track with Romano, Mike Ricci, Pat Ward, Kevin Bates, and Decker filling out the top ten.
On cruise control out front was Burley as he was lapping competitors in wholesale fashion, but with about 10 laps to go, the Spencerport NY’s mount seemed to slow. With laps in the first 100 circuits winding down, Varin closed the gap on Burley, even showing his nose on a few occasions but Burley was able to hold on to until the caution flag flew to signify the completion of the first half of the event. Chasing Burley to the stripe was Varin, Friesen, Coffey, Mike Ricci, Alan Johnson, Decker, Ward, Romano, and Ramsey. Burley revealed at the halfway leader interview that needed to change the driveshaft.
After the halfway break, Burley continued to lead but on lap 101 Varin nosed ahead to gain the top spot but only for one lap as Burley regained it a circuit later. The top duo continued their battle for the lead until they got mired in lapped traffic. Varin saw an opening in the traffic and used it to his advantage as he took the lead on lap 117. While Burley and Varin battled for the lead, third place runner Friesen spun his ride in turn one but before the yellow was shown he continue on, losing one position in the process.
Friesen now was on a mission, as now he was looking to recover from his spin and the $10,000 top prize. His recovery was completed on lap 142, he charged by Varin for the top spot. Once out front, Friesen was gone from the rest of the leaders as opened up a huge margin over the field. Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Coffey, and Burley were fighting for the runner-up spot. Ronnie Johnson took over third on lap 148, and for the rest of the race, he hounded Varin for second with Coffey knocking on his back bumper, but they were all unsuccessful in their attempts. Burley’s fine run, he was fourth at the time, ended on lap 163 when he pulled into the pit area with rear end problems.
Out front, Friesen easily drove the rest of the distance to score the huge payday as Varin, Ronnie Johnson, Coffey, and Romano trailed. Rounding out the top ten were Ward, Mike Ricci, Alan Johnson, Jim Davis, and John Ramsey.
Seven heats and four consolation events were run on Saturday September 15 to trim the 64 cars entered to the 28 car starting field. Pat Ward, Jeff Kotary, Jack Johnson, Todd Burley, Bobby Varin, AJ Romano, and Mike Ricci all won heats with Paul Kinney, Jim Davis, Ted Lamb, and Jamie Christian taking the consi events. In a post race drawing, Frank Caprara was the recipient of an extra $1,000 while Rich Ricci Jr. received a set of heads, compliments of Dart Machinery.
In the companion Pro Stock event, Jim Normoyle grabbed the lead from Roy Fifield as lap three was being complete to take control of the 25 lap main, only to have Louie Jackson slide by for the lead and the win on lap 21. Normoyle would hold on for second with Russ Marsden, Mark Effner, and Rob Seavy rounding out the top five. Pro Stock heats were won by Bobby Newman, Jim Normoyle, and Roy Fifield with the consolation race going to Eric Vanderhoof.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 LAPS)- LOUIE JACKSON, Jim Normoyle, Russ Marsden, Mark Effner, Rob Seavy, AJ Digsby, Roy Fifield, Bret Belden, Bernie Companion, Jerry Holmes, Shawn Frost, Dave Moyer, Chris Mackey, Ed Ostrander, Ryan Lund, Joe Palmer, Phil Norman, John Warner, Rich Dauenhauer, Eric Vanderhoof, Bill Knapp, Bobby Newman, and Tom Denton.
Vernon , NY- Clear blue skies greeted the fans and drivers to Utica-Rome Speedway this past Sunday, September 16, which was in stark contrast to what it was when they left the previous evening when rain forced the postponement of the Gates-Cole Associates/Dart Machinery New Yorker 200. An early morning start was used to give fans and drivers alike the opportunity to go to other events or to make the long journey home. When the checkered flag flew at approximately 12:30 p.m., it was Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario native Stewart Friesen that stood in victory lane with the $10,000 check while Louie Jackson took home the $1,200 Pro Stock payday.
Johnstown , NY ’s AJ Romano jumped to the early lead when Matt Burdick’s green flag waved to start the Gates-Cole Associates/Dart Machinery, using outside pole starting spot to get the lead over pole sitter Willy Decker. Romano’s stint at the front of field would only last two circuits however as fourth place starter Bobby Varin sped by. While Varin out front in the first dozen laps,
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (50 LAPS)- BRAD ALGER, Matt Janczuk, Mike Button, Michael Teachout, Greg Doust, Russ Hefti, Jason Memrick, Jeff Leslie, Mike Loney, Jim Rothwell, Brandon Easey, Tom Juhl, Nick Rochinski, Bill Coleman, Jack Miller, Curt Prevo, Keith Hotchkiss, Casey Williams, David Towns, Steve Way, Paul Carey, Jim LaRock, Mike Lartz, Tim Nye, Robert Perry, Randy Shantel, Casey Plummer, Bill Trexler Jr., Jeremy Vunk, and Alan Barker. DNS- Mike Tholin.

PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- DAVE BRUNO, Dave Mannise, Russ Marsden, Ron Hawker, Chris Carr, Ron Marsden, Rocky Warner, Chris Cunningham, Mark Whooten, Scott Wheelock, Jim Richmond, Cale Hoffman, Tim Janczuk, Dave Bayes, Art Newman, Curt Prevo, Chuck Cushman, Glenn Forward, Frank Hyatt, Jim Thomas, Waylan Wilczeck, Keith Stevenson, Kevin Clawson, Herm Staats, and Dan Hatch.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- JIM ROBERTS, Aaron Jacobs, Dale Caswell, Jeff Jones, Bob Banks, Ron Santone, Mike Stoddard, Brad Weaver, and Ken Rogers.
VERNON , NY- The 18th edition of the New Yorker 200 weekend kicked off in fine style with Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and IMCA Modifieds starting the two day event off with their high paying events on Luther Excavating Night. Brad Alger, Dave Bruno, and Jim Roberts took the wins in their respective events.
2007 Utica-Rome Speedway Sportsman track champion out dragged pole sitter Michael Teachout into turn one at the start of the 50 lap Sportsman main event, leading the 30 car starting field on the opening lap. Tim Nye moved into the second spot on lap three, putting pressure on the leader Button. Several cautions marred the early portion of the 50 lap event, but Button was able to maintain his advantage on every restart.
Matt Janczuk was the man on the move, charging from the 17th spot and into the runner-up spot by lap 16. During the next 25 consecutive laps of green flag racing, Janczuk was all over the back bumper of Button as was looking for the $2,200 payday. At the halfway point, it was Button out front with Janczuk a close second while Teachout, Russ Hefti, and Casey Williams filled out the top five spots.
Janczuk made his move to gain the lead as lap 39 as being scored, dropping Button back into the clutches of Teachout, Hefti, and Brad Alger. As the field was taking the green on lap 41 restart, a pileup coming off turn four eliminated several top contenders, including David Towns . Janczuk continued to hold the top spot after the restart while Alger, who made an early race pit stop, slipped by Button for second and set after Janczuk. The final slowdown of the event happened on lap 48 when Jack Miller spun coming off turn four, setting up a two lap showdown for the lucrative win. Going into turn one after the restart, Janczuk left the bottom lane open for Alger, which Alger promptly filled. Alger nosed ahead coming off turn two to take the lead and the win. Janczuk held on for second with Button, Teachout, and Greg Doust nailing down the top five spots. Hefti, Jason Memrick, Jeff Leslie, Mike Loney, and Jim Rothwell rounded out the top ten.
Ron Hawker rocketed to the lead in the special 20 lap Pure Stock event, leading the opening four circuits. Hawker slipped off the banking in turns one and two, handing the lead over to 2007 Utica-Rome Speedway Pure Stock champion Russ Marsden. Marsden’s stint at the front was short lived however as sixth place starter Dave Bruno got by Marsden for the lead as lap seven was being scored. Bruno would hold on to score the $500 payday, while Dave Mannise, Marsden, Hawker, and Chris Carr rounded out the top 10.
In the IMCA Modified action, Aaron Jacobs grabbed the lead at the drop of the 15 lap event with Jeff Jones and Jim Roberts chasing. Roberts took advantage of a lap 11 restart to get by Jacobs for the lead and the win to cap off his 2007 Utica-Rome Speedway IMCA Modified championship in fine style. Jacobs, Dale Caswell, Jones, and Bob Banks followed Roberts to the finish.
Action resumes tomorrow with the 18th running of the Gates-Cole/Dart Machinery New Yorker 200. $10,000 will go the winner of the 200 lap with $1,000 being paid to take the green. Pro Stocks will also be in action in a 25 lap $1,200 event along with a Midstate Antique Car race and display. Gates open at 10 a.m. with racing set to go at 2 p.m.
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