Rt 5 Vernon, NY
When starter Matt Burdickís green flag waved to start the 30 lap Modified feature, outside pole sitter Steve Hulsizer grabbed the lead immediately with the rest of the field shuffling for position behind him. The first two cars to make their presence felt both came from the third row as Jimmy Davis was up to second by lap two and Todd Burley into third a lap later. On the sixth lap, Burley was able to get by Davis for the runner-up spot and set his sights on the leader. The first caution of the night ended Davisí shot at the win when he was collected by a spinning lapped car. The restart saw Hulsizer continue his run out front and as lap 10 was being scored, he was still out front with Burley on his bumper. 12th place starter Pat Ward was starting to flex some muscle at this point as he was up to third over 14th place starter Larry Wight and Mike Mahaney.
A lap 14 caution for the disabled Ryan Phelps mount set up the final double file restart of the race and Burley took full advantage of it as he was able to get by Hulsizer for the lead by lap 15. It was at this point that point leader Stewart Friesen was making his presence felt as the 11th place starter was on the move. First cracking into the top five on lap 12, Friesen would continue his march towards the front as was in third by lap 15 and into second a circuit later. The final caution flew on lap 17, putting Friesen and Ward right behind Burley on the restart but Burley was up to the task as he held onto the point and with 20 laps down, the leader board showed Burley, Friesen, Ward, Ronnie Johnson, Hulsizer as the top five.
Burley was able to open an advantage over Friesen, who was now battling hard with Ward to keep the second spot. Lap after lap, Ward would pull alongside the top running Friesen but was unable to get by until lap 28 when he drove it deep into turn three and was able to slide up in front for the position. By this time, however, Burley was gone and would run off to his second win of the season at the Vernon oval. Ward, Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, and Mahaney would round out the top five. The top ten was filled out by Matt Sheppard, Hulsizer, Davis, Alan Johnson, and Wight.
In the Sportsman 20 lap main, Stephen Denton showed the quick way for the first three circuits until his motor expired, handing he lead to Bobby Heintz. Heintzís turn out front was short-lived however, as 13th place starter Jeremy Vunk grabbed the lead on lap five. While Vunk was setting the pace out front, 10th place starter Steve Way and 14th place starter Matt Janczuk were charging through the field. By lap seven, Way was in second and Janczuk was third as they looked to chase down Vunk. On lap 12, a caution period slowed the pace and allowed Janczuk, who was now in second, to get on the leaderís bumper and the restart saw Janczuk able to charge by the outside of Vunk for the lead. Janczuk would control the rest of the feature to score his sixth win of the season. Vunk, Way, AJ Filbeck, and Chris Mackey rounded out the top five.
Outside pole sitter Jeff Pastorella grabbed the early lead in the Pro Stock 20 lapper with fourth place starter Shawn Frost settling into the second spot. Frost would hound Pastorella for the lead lap after lap while Tom Denton and Pete Stefanski charged towards the front from 11th and 12th, respectively. On lap 10, Frost would get underneath Pastorella and get by to take the lead with Denton and Stefanski getting by Pastorella by lap 14. A great three car battle went on for the final five laps with Stefanski taking the lead on the final lap and run off to take his fourth win. Frost, Denton, Glenn Forward, and Pastorella rounded out the top five.
Bill Mason charged to the front of the Pure Stock 15 lap night cap from his sixth starting spot to take control of the field. Mason paced the field for the first nine laps while a pack of competitors battled for position behind him, including Frank Hyatt, Ricky Breed, Rob Thieme, Chris Cunningham, Ron Hawker, and Tim Janczuk. A flat tire on lap 10 for Mason ended his chances for the win, handing the lead to Hawker. Breed and Hyatt chased Hawker as the laps clicked off and on the last lap, Breed was able to slip by and take the win. Hawker settled for second ahead of Hyatt, Thieme, and Janczuk.
Next Sunday evening, September 2, will be the final Sunday event of the 2012 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway and it will be an action packed night. Gates-Cole Associates will present the nightís action that will include the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints plus the final night of points for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus fireworks. Race time will be at 5:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 3 p.m. For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
DARYLíS HEAVY TRUCK REPAIR AND SAFELITE AUTO GLASS RACE SUMMARY
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-TODD BURLEY, Pat Ward, Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Matt Sheppard, Steve Hulsizer, Jimmy Davis, Alan Johnson, Larry Wight, Willy Decker, Bobby Varin, Jason Rood, Mitch Gibbs, Casey Williams, Ted Lamb, Shannon Whaley, Aaron Jacobs, Dave Moyer, Todd Thomas, Steve Cummings, Ryan Phelps, Adam Roberts, and Jim Gleason.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, Jeremy Vunk, Steve Way, AJ Filbeck, Chris Mackey, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Rocky Warner, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Craig Pope, Mike Stiles, Brian Thomas, Bobby Heintz, Chris McCoy, CJ Castelletti, Toby Klish, Tye-Scott Rood, Heath Carney, and Stephen Denton.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-PETE STEFANSKI, Shawn Frost, Tom Denton, Glenn Forward, Jeff Pastorella, Chris Carr, Mark Effner, Bret Belden, Bill Knapp, Ed Ostrander, Andy Lashure, Dwight Johnson, Corie Locke, Jim Money, Dana Camenga, Jim Normoyle, and AJ Digsby.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-RICKY BREED, Ron Hawker, Frank Hyatt, Rob Thieme, Tim Janczuk, Nathan Peckham, Chris Cunningham, Mike Kazlauskas, Andy Szewczyk, Bryan Owens, Chuck Cushman, Bill Mason, Jim Thomas, Jim Richmond, Andy Jacobs, Scott Wheelock, Chris Watkins, Brandon Greene, and Dan Hill.
TODD BURLEY RACES OFF TO SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- The final four division Sunday evening show of the 2012 season at Utica-Rome Speedway saw Todd Burley shake some midseason bad luck to score a hard fought win that was worth $2,000. Other winners on Darylís Heavy Truck Repair and Safelite Auto Glass night included Matt Janczuk in the Sportsman, Pete Stefanski in the Pro Stocks, and the Pure Stocks saw Ricky Breed in victory lane.