Rainout Sets Up Double-Events at Utica-Rome Speedway in August
VERNON, NY – Utica-Rome Speedway fought the good fight on Sunday night but Mother Nature ended up winning out at the end of the day. This forced the postponement of the Ferris Industries Race of Champions Series fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels “Victoria 200” for the Modifieds as well as the Gnome Cup for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series which was on the speedway as the rains began falling.
In an effort to reward the fans and drivers for their support of Sunday’s event, series and speedway officials have rescheduled the conclusion of both races for Sunday, August 14th with a 1pm start time. All fans and drivers that were in attendance are asked to hold on to their rainchecks and wristbands for this event. Their admission tickets will be honored for this make-up date.
Series and speedway officials chose to utilize this date in order to save expense and travel time allowing teams to compete in two events on the same day. Following the conclusion of two features, the grandstands and pits will be cleared. At that point the Race of Champions Series Modifieds have another full round of qualifying before competing in a 60-lap Night of Legends, $6,000 to win event that was previously scheduled. The Crate Late Models have also been added to the Sunday night program allowing teams that travel back for the Go Nuclear Late Model portion of the race to compete in a second event which will be run as a non-sanctioned program.
Anyone that was not at the event can purchase tickets for the afternoon show for $13. Pit passes will also be available for the $27 for members and $32 for non-members.
Racing action for the second program is scheduled to go green at 6pm which includes the Race of Champions Modifieds, Crate Late Models, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman as well as the G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks. Prices are $22 general admission in the grandstands while the members are $27 and non-members are $32 for the pit area.
Gnome Cup Go Nuclear Late Models Running Order (lap 3):
1 Chris Fleming 2 Dale Caswell 3 Bill Eisele 4 Chuck Meyers 5 Sam Pennacchio 6 Charlie Sandercock 7 Bret Belden 8 Kyle Sopaz 9 Greg Belyea 10 Brandon Mowat 11 Chad Homan 12 Jeremy Wonderling 13 Jason Parkhurst 14 Aaron Jacobs 15 Brandon Ford 17 AJ Kingsley 18 Norman Mahew 19 Adam Turner 20 Alan Fink 21 Adam Nayler 22 Laslow Holleyfeld 23 Brian Down
Race of Champions “Victoria 200” Starting Line-Up:
1 Mike Mahaney 2 Vic Coffey 3 Matt Sheppard 4 Alan Barker 5 Danny Varin 6 Marc Johnson 7 Larry Wight 8 Rob Bellinger 9 Ryan Arbuthnot 10 Billy Decker 11 Ryan Phelps 12 Pat Ward 13 Alan Johnson 14 Bobby Varin 15 Matt Hulsizer 16 Billy Dunn 17 Vinnie Vitale 18 Kyle Coffey 19 Tim Fuller 20 Adam Roberts 21 Dave Moyer 22 Dave Allen 23 Colten Wilson 24 Tim Mayne 25 Kevin Bates 26 Mark Effner
Qualifying is closed for this event and no cars will be added to the field.
Pit gates open at Utica-Rome Speedway open on Sunday at 10:00am with the grandstand gates opening at 11:30am. Racing begins at 1:00pm. For more information visit www.uticaromespeedway.com. Gates times for the second event will depend on the conclusion of the first racing program.