VERNON, NY- For the second consecutive year, Gates-Cole Auto Insurance will be the title sponsor the headline Modified division at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  With the continuing support from Gates-Cole Auto Insurance, the Modified division will once again carry the name of the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds for the 2017 season.

Gates-Cole Auto Insurance has had a presence in the local motorsports scene for several decades, most notably on the car of recent New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame inductee Paul Jensen.  When Gene Cole took over Utica-Rome Speedway in 2002, Gates-Cole Insurance became more involved with title sponsorship of some the speedway’s biggest events, and their involvement will continue 2017 as they will again sponsor several nights throughout the season.

With over 100 years of experience, Gates-Cole Auto 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 Auto 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 Auto Insurance including locations, log on to  For outstanding service by outstanding people, make sure you call Gates-Cole Insurance for all your insurance needs.

The Utica-Rome Speedway is tentatively set to begin it’s 2017 season on Sunday with the first ever “Chill Factor 40” for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds which will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start.  The Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman will also be in action with a $1,000 to win event.  A King’s Smash’em and Crash’em Demolition Derby is also planned along with open practice for all other divisions.  Race time is scheduled for 2 p.m.  For more information including any potential updates on the season opener please log on to or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.  The speedway office can be contacted at (315)829-4557.