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The Modified feature event would begin with Dave Allen on the pole and Jason Rood on the outside. Allen would lead the first lap, but Rood made a pass on the outside to claim the top spot when the second circuit was completed. All the while, Ronnie Johnson began a run to the front from his fifth starting position. He would follow Rood around until the yellow flag came out on lap five for the slowing machine of Todd Burley. On the restart, Johnson would stick to the bottom and complete the pass for the lead in turns one and two. Robby Bellinger and Matt Sheppard, who had started fourteenth, also got past Rood to take second and third.
As another caution came out on lap seven, Stewart Friesen, who had began the race one spot behind Sheppard in 15th, sat in the eight position after using the high side to navigate the field. When the green flag waved once more, Friesen again jumped to the high side to get past Rood and the 77x of Dale Planck. While the current point leader, Sheppard, ran the bottom, Friesen stuck to the top and made his way into the third position. He would battle with Bellinger for two laps before he was able to steal away the runner up spot.
Johnson had gained a sizable lead over the rest of the pack off of the restart on lap eight, but he began to hit lap traffic on the seventeenth circuit. For five laps, Johnson passed car after car with Friesen trying to catch up. When the fourth caution came out for Larry Wight, Johnson had a two second lead over Friesen, but it was all erased as the field gathered for a restart. As the flagger Matt Burdick let loose the green flag once more, Friesen used the same lane that had taken him through the field to take the top spot away. Even with two more cautions coming out on lap twenty three and twenty six, nobody had anything for Friesen and he took the win, with Johnson, Sheppard, Willy Decker, and Pat Ward finishing out the top five.
Friesen became the first repeat winner at Utica-Rome, with his first victory coming on Mother’s Day. It had been the third win for Friesen this week as well, as he won the Hall of Fame 60 at Rolling Wheels Raceway and the feature event at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday.
Robert Barker led the opening lap of the Sportsman 20 lap main event from his outside front row starting spot, only to yield the spot to third place starter Craig Pope a lap later. While Pope was setting the pace out front, defending champion Matt Janczuk was charging to the front in search of his first regular Sportsman event win of the season. By lap five, Janczuk was up to the second spot after starting in the 10th position and was looking for more. Janczuk would apply pressure for the next several laps only to have Pope fend him off, but on lap nine, Janczuk was able to complete the pass. Janczuk would then motor off to score the win with Heath Carney, Pope, Jack Miller, and Steve Way chasing.
The Pro Stock 20 lap feature saw Luke Horning lead the opening lap with Joe Palmer, from the fourth spot, take over on lap two. Palmer would show the way until lap four when fifth place starter would charge by for the lead. Tom Denton, after starting 14th on the field, would find himself in the runner-up spot by lap seven and applying heavy pressure for the lead. Carr and Denton would put on a crowd pleasing show for several laps with Denton finally making the pass for the lead on lap16. Denton would race off to the win, making him the all time winner in the Pro Stock division at the speedway. Carr, Glenn Forward, Mark Effner, and AJ Digsby would round out the top five positions.
Chris Watkins was the leader of the opening lap of the 15 lap Pure Stock nightcap with Nathan Peckham taking over on lap two. For the next 10 laps, a four car battle for the win would ensue between Peckham, Chris Cunningham, Bill Mason, and Ron Hawker with Peckham holding off all challengers. On lap 12, Hawker was finally able to slip by for the lead and the win with Mason, Peckham, Cunningham, and Watkins chasing him across the line.
The Race of Champions Sportsman Series makes its return to the Utica-Rome Speedway next Sunday, June 16, when Quality Manufacturing and Big Dog BBQ present the $1,000 to win event. A full show of Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks is also scheduled. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. More information can be found at www.uticaromespeedway.com or by calling the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
KEITH PYLINSKI APPRAISAL AND AMERICAN HOMES RACE SUMMARY
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- STEWART FRIESEN, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Willy Decker, Pat Ward, Todd Burley, Robby Bellinger, Ryan Phelps, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Casey Williams, Mike Bowman, Darwin Greene, Jimmy Davis, Dave Allen, Aaron Jacobs, Jason Rood, Brad Alger, Phil Burkart Jr., Dale Planck, Larry Wight, and Steve Cummings. DNS-Jim Walsh.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- MATT JANCZUK, Heath Carney, Craig Pope, Jack Miller, Steve Way, Randy Shantel, Tye-Scott Rood, Jeremy Vunk, Rocky Warner, A.J. Filbeck, Chris Mackey, Robert Barker, Chris Hulsizer, Stephen Denton, Chad Ray, Shannon Whaley, Bobby Heintz, Brandon Kuhn, Ivan Joslin, Claude Hutchings Jr., Tom Tophoven, Chris McCoy, and Mike Stiles.
PRO STOCKS FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- TOM DENTON, Chris Carr, Glenn Forward, Mark Effner, A.J. Digsby, Bret Belden, Pete Stefanski, Shawn Frost, Gus Hollner, Mike White, Luke Horning, Jim Normoyle, Corie Locke, Cale Hoffman, Ed Ostrander, Dana Camenga, Andy Lashure, and Joe Palmer.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- RON HAWKER, Bill Mason, Nate Peckham, Chris Cunningham, Chris Watkins, Frank Hyatt, Tim Janczuk, Jim Thomas, Andy Szewczyk, Bryan Owens, and Brent Tardy.
STEWART FRIESEN CONTINUES WINNING WEEK, BECOMES FIRST REPEAT WINNER OF THE SEASON AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY-After several days of heavy rain throughout the region, sunny skies greeted the fans at the Utica-Rome Speedway and they would be treated to another high speed show which would see defending Modified champion Stewart Friesen score the $2,000 win to become the first repeat of the 2013 season on Keith Pylinski Appraisal and American Homes night. Other winners on the night were Matt Janczuk in the Sportsman, Tom Denton in the Pro Stocks, and Ron Hawker in the Pure Stocks.