Rt 5 Vernon, NY
The restart saw fourth place starter take over the lead and as field complete lap two, the caution lights blinked on again, this time for point leader Stewart Friesen who had slowed in the fourth turn. Friesen ducked into the pits and never returned.
Taylor held on to the lead when the green lights came back on with eighth place starter Casey Williams now in pursuit. By lap six, Williams was hounding Taylor for the lead and as the duo went through turn four to complete lap seven, there was contact with Williams getting by for the lead and 12th place starter Ronnie Johnson also going by to grab the runner up spot. Moments later, the caution flag flew for the final when Kenny Tremontís mount came to a stop in turn two.
Williams again jumped out front when the green flag was waving again with Johnson in his tracks. During the long green flag run, Williams steadily pulled away from the field and at the halfway point Johnson, Steve Hulsizer, Bill Trexler, Jr., and Matt Hulsizer rounding out the top five.
The last half of the event went caution free and nobody had nothing for Williams as he ran off to score his second career win with Ronnie Johnson, Steve Hulsizer, Trexler, and Todd Burley chasing. Rounding out the top ten positions were Matt Hulsizer, Pat Ward, Alan Johnson, Jason Rood, and Willy Decker.
In the Race of Champions Sportsman Series 30 lapper, third place starter Matt Janczuk wasted little time getting to the front of the field as he charged by Chris Mackey on lap two to take the lead. Despite several cautions, Janczuk was able to hold off any challenges from Mackey, tour regular Jeff Crambo, Jeremy Vunk, and Steve Way to continue to lead the way.
A lap 26 caution allowed the field to back on to the rear bumper of Janczuk, but he proved to be too strong again as he pulled away to take his sixth win of the season at the Vernon half mile with Mackey, Vunk, Way, and Crambo rounding out the top five positions. Positions six through ten were filled by Claude Hutchings, Jr., Jack Miller, Joe Harrington, AJ Filbeck, and Tye Rood.
The Pro Stock 20 lap feature was on the track with one lap complete when the rains came, halting the eveningís activities and postponing the remainder of the event until August 28, along with the Pure Stock 15 lap feature event.
The next event at the Utica-Rome Speedway will be on August 28 when Darylís Heavy Truck Repair, Clinton Auto Service, and Clinton Car Wash presents Twin 20 lap features for the Modifieds plus a regular show for the Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus the makeup Pro Stock and Pure Stock features. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 6 p.m.
VERNON, NY- With rain falling everywhere but at the speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway outran the precipitation to complete the Modified feature event and the Race of Champions Sportsman Series event. Casey Williams took his first win of the season in the 30 lap Modified event to become the 10th different winner of the season. The Sportsman series event saw Matt Janczuk score another win and take the $1,000 win on Keith Pylinskiís Appraisal and Quality Manufacturing night.
Phil Burkart, Jr. and Steve Hulsizer brought the 24 car starting field to the green flag to start the 30 lap main event with Hulsizer jumping out front to lead the first lap. Just after the field complete lap one, a multi car melee in turns one and two with Willy Decker, Ted Lamb, Chris Busta, and Mark Kislowski getting the worst of it.
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY DODGES RAINDROPS AS CASEY WILLIAMS MARCHES TO FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-CASEY WILLIAMS, Ronnie Johnson, Steve Hulsizer, Bill Trexler Jr., Todd Burley, Matt Hulsizer, Pat Ward, Alan Johnson, Jason Rood, Willy Decker, Ted Lamb, Pau Jensen, Alan Barker, Paul Kinney, Pete Taylor, Brian Murphy, Brad Godshalk, Bobby Varin, Mark Kislowski, Phil Burkart Jr., Chris VanBuren, Kenny Tremont, Stewart Friesen, and Chris Busta.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- MATT JANCZUK, Chris Mackey, Jeremy Vunk, Steve Way, Jeff Crambo, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Jack Miller, Joe Harrington, AJ Filbeck, Tye Rood, Mike Button, Randy Shantel, Sammy Piazza, Aaron Jacobs, Brian Thomas, Bobby Heinz, James Cornell, Brad Szulewski, Rich Townsend, Mike Dougherty, and Craig Pope. DNS-Jim Rothwell, Jeff Leslie, and Heath Carney.
Keith Pylinski Appraisal