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VERNON, NY- For the second consecutive week, the fans at Utica-Rome Speedway were treated to another thrilling Modified main event that saw two drivers battle side by side for nearly two-thirds of the race with a late race pass deciding the outcome.  Jimmy Davis scored the popular win over veteran Kenny Tremont as he made the winning pass with two circuits remaining.  In the other divisions, Matt Janczuk was the victor in the Sportsman while Shawn Frost scored the Pro Stock win.  Ron Hawker again took top honors in the Pure Stocks.

The front row of Casey Williams and Kenny Tremont led the charge to bring the 28 car starting field to the green flag to start the 30 lap Modified main event with Williams edging out front.  Tremont hounded Williams for the first three circuits and on lap four, Tremont went to extreme top of turn one and made the pass of Williams exiting off turn two.  While the battle for the lead raged, eighth place starter Jimmy Davis was on the move.

By lap three, Davis had cracked into the top five and three circuits he was up to the third spot.  A circuit later, Davis had made the pass of Williams and set off for the leader Tremont who had begun to pull away.  With 10 laps complete, the leader board show Tremont leading Davis, Williams, Willy Decker, and Ronnie Johnson with Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Steve Hulsizer, Mike Mahaney, and Alan Johnson rounding out the top ten.

At this point, Davis had reeled in Tremont and the duo would begin their race long battle that will have fans talking for a long time.  Lap after lap and corner after corner, Davis would duck underneath Tremont and pull even with him but Tremont would pull away on the exit of the turns.  With the thrilling battle going on up front, there were battles for position throughout the rest of field.  Williams, Willy Decker, and Sheppard went three wide for the third spot and by lap 19; Sheppard had wrestled the position away.  Two consecutive cautions at the lap 19 and 20 mark allowed the fans and drivers to collect their thoughts and prepare for the dash to the finish.  With 10 to go, Tremont still led Davis, Sheppard, Willy Decker, Williams, Ronnie Johnson, Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Stewart Friesen, and Ward.

When the green lights blinked back on to continue the race, Tremont and Davis renewed their battle for the top spot with Sheppard in tow, waiting for the leaders to make a mistake.  As the laps kept ticking down, Tremont and Davis were still side by side for the top spot and as they went into turn four on lap 28, Tremont made the mistake that Davis was waiting for.  Tremont slipped up over the cushion enough to slow his momentum and Davis had a nose in front as the duo took the white flag.  Davis would hang on to take his first ever career Utica-Rome Speedway Modified victory.  Tremont would finish in second with Sheppard in close pursuit.  Friesen made a late race charge to fourth with Willy Decker hanging on to the fifth spot.  Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Ronnie Johnson, and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top ten.

In the Sportsman 20 lap feature, Joe Harrington used his outside front row starting spot to his advantage as he led the first five circuits.  With Harrington out front, it was defending track champion and 12th place starter Matt Janczuk was making a beeline towards the front of the field as he was into the fourth spot by lap three.  With five complete, Janczuk made a daring move that saw him go from fourth to the lead in the span of two corners to be scored the leader on lap six.  Janczuk would dominate the remainder of the event with Jeremy Vunk, Heath Carney, AJ Filbeck, and Claude Hutchings, Jr. chasing him to the finish line.

Front row Mark Effner led the opening circuit of the 20 lap Pro Stock main event with Jeff Pastorella, nosing ahead to be scored as the leader for laps two and three.  Effner would regain the top spot on lap four and begin to slip away from the tightly bunched group of cars.  Eighth place starter Shawn Frost was making his way to the front as he moved into second on lap seven and immediately began to reel in Effner.  With half the feature completed, Effner and Frost were side by side for the lead and by lap 14; Frost had finally gained the position.  Frost would charge off to win his first of the young season while Pete Stefanski nipped the winner from previous week, Tom Denton, for the runner up spot at the checkered.  Effner and Glenn Forward rounded out the top five.

Ron Hawker continued his mastery of the Pure Stock division as the defending champion took the lead on lap 11 to score his second consecutive win of the season.  Hawker passed both Chris Cunningham, who led from the opening circuit until lap seven, and Frank Hyatt, who led laps eight through 10, in one bold move to gain the lead.  Cunningham would hold on for second followed by Hyatt, Rob Thieme, and Bill Mason.

Next week, Utica-Rome Speedway will remember one of its favorite drivers as it honors JJ Michaels with a special Modified event. The Modifieds will compete in a 50 lap main event which will pay $5,000 to win that will be presented by Luther Excavating.  Joining in on the action on the special “JJ Michaels Remembered” night will be the Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.  

May 6th

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH(30 LAPS)-JIMMY DAVIS, Kenny Tremont, Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Ronnie Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Bobby Varin, Pat Ward, Robby Bellinger, Casey Williams, Todd Burley, Larry Wight, Danny Varin, Alan Barker, Matt Hulsizer, Brad Alger, Jason Rood, Adam Roberts, Lance Willix, AJ Romano, Brian Murphy, Dave Rauscher, Phil Burkart Jr., and Steve Hulsizer.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH(20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, Jeremy Vunk, Heath Carney, AJ Filbeck, Claude Hutchings Jr., Chris Mackey, Danny Tyler, Jim Nagle, Rocky Warner, Steve Way, Stephen Denton, Joe Harrington, Craig Pope, Tye Scott Rood, Jack Miller, Bobby Heinz, Mike Stiles, Dave Moyer, Aaron Jacobs, Brian Thomas, Craig Ritchie, Randy Shantel, Toby Klish, CJ Castelletti, and Jeff Leslie.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH(20 LAPS)-SHAWN FROST, Pete Stefanski, Tom Denton, Mark Effner, Glenn Forward, Jeff Pastorella, Chris Carr, AJ Digsby, Jim Normoyle, Bill Knapp, Luke Horning, Ed Ostrander, Andy Lashure, Jim Money, Dan Lashure, Dave Arbes, Paul Rogers, Corie Locke, Dan Camenga, and Bret Belden.

PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH(15 LAPS)-RON HAWKER, Chris Cunningham, Frank Hyatt, Rob Thieme, Bill Mason, Stan Clark, Scott Wheelock, Bryan Owens, John Clark, Chris Watkins, Andy Szewczyk, Ricky Breed, Jim Thomas, and Brian Johnson.