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CARBONE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP JOINS FORCES WITH UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO PRESENT NIGHT OF LEGENDS EVENT ON AUGUST 21

VERNON, NY- The staff and management of the Utica-Rome Speedway are proud to announce the return of the Carbone Auto Group as a major marketing partner in the upcoming annual Night of Legends event, scheduled for Wednesday August 20.  This year’s edition will pay homage to the popular Outlaw Circuit era of the speedway which will be capped off by the Race of Champions Modified Series where the stars of the northeast will battle in two 50 lap events, each paying $5,000 to win along with a full program of 602 Sportsman, who will compete for a $1,000 top prize.

The Race of Champions Modified Series point standings have a familiar feel to them as track point leader Stewart Friesen is the series point leader, who is followed by both by Matt Sheppard as well.  Rick Laubach sits in third in series standings followed by Anthony Perrego, Danny Johnson, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown, Rocco Infante, Jimmy Blewett, and Tyler Dippel.  Most of the series top 10 drivers are expected to be on hand plus track regulars Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, and Danny Varin and more.  Other top drivers that should be in action include Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, and many more.

With the Twin 50 format with each event paying $5,000 to win each and the companion 602 Sportsman event that will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start, the night’s total payout is approaching $40,000 which will make this one of the biggest events of the summer.

Fans fondly remember the Outlaw Circuit days as some of the best racing in Central New York region during the early 90’s to the mid 90’s.  Consisting of the Brewerton Speedway on Fridays, Fulton Speedway on Saturdays, and the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sundays, the circuit boasted strong cars counts and a dedicated group of racers that would run all three nights of the weekend.  Started by the late Bub Benway and Eric Kingsley, the Outlaw Circuit grew into a popular alternative to Glenn Donnelly’s DIRT circuit.  Not only were the tracks “Outlaw” by name, they were that way when it came to its loose rule packages which features small block alcohol powered Modifieds on drag rubber and the use of sail panels.  Many of the legends of the Central New York region made the Outlaw Circuit their home which included Dale Planck, Donnie Wetmore, Roger Phelps, Paul Jensen, JJ Michaels, Tom Kinsella, Jim Mahaney, Ted Lamb, and many more.

The night will also feature Fireworks by Majestic at the night’s conclusion.  Gates for this action packed event open at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated to go at 7 p.m.

In case of rain, this huge event will run on the following night on Thursday August 21 with the same time schedule.

The Carbone Auto Group was also the major sponsor of this event in 2012 for the hugely popular “Richie Evans Remembered” night.  On that night, the speedway celebrated the induction of Rome native Richie Evans into the NASCAR Hall of Fame who was the first ever short track racer inducted.

Started in 1929 by a then 19 year kid, Joe Carbone in Utica NY, the Carbone Auto Group is now celebrating its 85th year in business.  Not only do they offer a vast array of new cars; BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Subaru, Nissan and Toyota, they also have an extensive inventory of certified pre-owned and quality used cars to choose from.  Whether you’re shopping for a new or pre-owned vehicle or if you’re current one needs service, the Carbone Auto Group has it all.  With locations in Utica-Rome, Troy, NY and Bennington, VT areas, they are ready to serve you.  For more information, please visit them at www.carbonecars.com.

The Utica-Rome Speedway website can be accessed by typing www.uticaromespeedway.com into your browser, which has all the latest news plus schedule information, point standings, and more.  The speedway office can be contacted by dialing (315)829-4557.


Our Thoughts and prayers are with Richard Cross and Diana Chase with the passing of Richards Father. Both Richard and Diane work for Utica Rome Speedway...
MATT SHEPPARD MAKES LATE RACE PASS OF WILLY DECKER TO TAKE HOME SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY

VERNON, NY-Another beautiful summer evening greeted race fans this past Sunday evening, July 20, at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Hi-Skor Lanes and NAPA Auto Parts night.  The NASCAR Modified main event saw Matt Sheppard make a late race pass to score the $2,000 win while Claude Hutchings Jr. dominated the Race of Champions Sportsman Series event to take the $1,000 top prize.  Tom Denton was the winner in the Pro Stocks while Rob Thieme was the Pure Stock victor.

Tye-Scott Rood and CJ Castelletti brought the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature to the green flag, with Rood taking the early lead. Jason Rood, coming from fourth, mounted a challenge and took the lead away on lap two before a caution slowed the field on lap three. On the restart, Willy Decker took his machine to the outside and passed the top three to become the leader. Further back, Larry Wight was using the same line as the new leader and entered the top five, with ninth place starter Matt Sheppard on his heels.

Wight and Sheppard battled back and forth for the third position while Decker extended a sizable lead on the field. Sheppard won the spot before taking second from Jason Rood on lap 13. Behind them, a three car battle for fifth was raging between Pat Ward, Mike Mahaney, and Stewart Friesen. Ward set his car in the middle, with Mahaney and Friesen trying every line to try and get around him. By lap 20, Friesen had taken the position and was working over Wight for third.

Back at the front, Sheppard was closing in on Decker. They were both running the high side, but Sheppard dropped to the bottom of the racing surface to try and take the lead. Lap traffic was in front of the top two, and Sheppard got caught behind slower cars, allowing Decker to escape. With seven laps remaining, Sheppard had to once more catch Decker, who had taken the opportunity to rebuild his lead. Using the high side in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three and four, Sheppard caught Decker again. With two laps left, Decker stayed on the cushion at the top while Sheppard stuck to the bottom groove. The two raced side by side down the backstretch, with Sheppard taking the lead in turn three. Sheppard raced off to take home his second victory of the season while Decker came home in second, with Friesen, Wight, and Mahaney taking top five finishes. Ryan Phelps, Ward, Matt Janczuk, Jason Rood, and Steve Cummings filled out the top 10.

Claude Hutchings Jr. took the lead in the Sportsman feature event right from the green. Taking his car to the high side, he built a substantial lead on the rest of the field. Jeremy Vunk, starting in seventh, worked his way through the pack, taking the runner up spot on lap ten. Behind him, Heath Carney navigated his machine to the final podium position from his 10th starting spot. Despite a late race caution on lap 27 of the 30 lap event, neither could catch the leader Hutchings, and they would settle for their positions at the finish. Behind them followed Steve Way and Randy Shantel.

The Pro Stock feature came to the start with Chris Cunningham at the head. Tom Denton began his charge early, starting in sixth and passing his way up to the top three by the fourth circuit. He put pressure on the leader and took over the next lap. Bret Belden also had to battle his way to the front, passing three cars to get to the runner up position. He fought back and forth with Mark Effner for second, winning out as they came to the checkered flags. With Denton in first and Belden in second, Effner took third in front of Chris Carr and Glenn Forward.

The final feature of the night, the Pure Stocks, started with Jim Thomas and Frank Hyatt on the front row. Hyatt took the early advantage, being trailed by Rob Thieme. Hyatt led for a good portion of the race, but a soft left rear tire gave the top spot to Thieme on lap eleven. Ricky Breed had fought his way to second, and put the pressure on Thieme, but it was not enough. Thieme takes the win, Breed takes second, and they were followed by Ron Hawker, Bill Mason, and Rusty Marsden.

During intermission, the drivers went through the stands to collect money for Bobby Newman who had lost his fiancé and four month old daughter when a tornado ripped through their home last week.  Between the collection in the stands and the efforts of the Burkle family from Triple B Welding at the pit gate, over $2,200 was collected to help cover the costs incurred by the tragic storm.  Utica-Rome Speedway management would like to thank everyone who had helped collect and those who gave to this cause.

The final Sunday night event for the month of July hits the track next Sunday evening, July 27, when PERFEX Corp. presents a regular show of NASCAR Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.  Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.  For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.

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