VERNON, NY- For the 2016 season, the Modifieds will have a new name as a familiar name in local motorsports becomes the title sponsor of the headline division at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  Gates-Cole Insurance has long been involved in local racing and this they have again stepped their support of the Modifieds, which will be called the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds for the 2016 season. 

For decades, Gates-Cole Insurance has adorned the sides of cars in Central New York, most notably on the side of the popular veteran Paul Jensen’s Modified.  In recent years, Gates-Cole Insurance has also been the major sponsor of many of the big events at the Utica-Rome Speedway including the Cole Cup, Victoria 200, New Yorker 200, Night of Legends, and many of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint nights.  Gates-Cole Insurance has also been a major contributor to the huge point fund the Modified division has enjoyed for the past decade. 

With over 100 years of experience, Gates-Cole Insurance has become a trusted name in Central New York when providing customers with all their insurance needs.  Auto Insurance, Life Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Fire Insurance, Business Insurance, or whatever else you need insured, Gates-Cole Insurance has you covered.  With 10 locations in the region, Gates-Cole makes it easy for you to get the quote you need.  Whether you do it in person, on the phone, or online, their excellent customer service will meet all your insurance needs.  For more information on Gates-Cole Insurance including locations, log on to 

The Utica-Rome Speedway 2016 season gets underway on Sunday April 17 for its 55th season opener.   Busch Beer presents Twin 20’s for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds plus a full show for the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and Pro Stocks.  Race time is at 6 p.m.  An open practice session will kick off all on track activities on Saturday April 9.  For more information, log on to or call the speedway office (315)829-4557.