UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO CELEBRATE MOTHERS DAY WITH TWIN 20’S FOR THE STAMPEDE STEAKHOUSE MODIFIEDS THIS SUNDAY
VERNON, NY- After three exciting events to open the season, Utica-Rome Speedway will go right back at this Sunday, May 10, with another big Mothers Day event. Gates-Cole Insurance will present another round NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing with Twin 20 lap features on tap for the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds plus a regular show of 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks. Each 20 lap feature for the Modifieds will pay full purse, equaling a potential $4,000 to win, $300 to start payday for 40 laps of racing.
After another edge of your seat thriller this past Sunday, two-time winner Matt Sheppard came out of the weekend as the point leader in the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds on the strength of his second place finish. Veteran Pat Ward sits just one point of the lead with teammate Larry Wight in third place, 15 points back. Newcomer Erick Rudolph sits in the fourth spot with defending champion and one time winner Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five. Winner of this past Sunday night’s thriller, Mike Mahaney, vaulted into the top ten and into the sixth spot ahead of Vic Coffey, Tim Fuller, Mike Bowman, and Danny Johnson. Mat Williamson, Brett Wright, Dave Rauscher, Darwin Greene, Dave Moyer, and Tim Mayne are some of the other regulars looking to crack into the top ten point positions.
The 602 point standings show Alan Fink using consistent top five runs to his advantage as he is shown at the top of the standings, just four points ahead of former Open Sportsman champion Matt Janczuk. Two-time winner Rocky Warner is nine points off the lead in third with one time winner AJ Filbeck in fourth. Cody Clark fills out the top five with Glenn Forward, Connor Cleveland, Daryl Nutting, Dave Marcuccilli, and Chris Cunningham rounding out the top ten.
The point leader in the Open Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr., has dominated the last two events to put after mechanical problems sidelined him on opening night. Steve Way is just two points behind however, Jack Miller, Mike Richmond, and Randy Shantel filling out the rest of the top five spots. Mike Stiles, Heath Carney, defending champion and opening night winner Jeremy Vunk, Tom Tophoven, and Craig Pope making up the remainder of the top ten.
The Pro Street Stocks have been as competitive as any other division has been on a weekly basis with three different winners in the three event completed so far. Mike Welch has a slim two point edge over Mark Effner in the standings with Chris Carr, Glenn Forward, AJ Digsby, Bill Mason, Gus Hollner, Travis Welch, Bill Trexler III, and Kevin Winton trailing. Welch, Effner, and Forward have all won one feature each so far into the young season.
Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m. As with most Sundays, kids 16 and under will be free.
Utica-Rome Speedway is located on Route 5 in Vernon NY and is just minutes from the New York State Thruway. Operating on Sunday evenings throughout the summer, Utica-Rome Speedway offers some of the best racing in the region with some of the best Modified drivers vying for the $13,000 track championship with the potential to claim the NWAAS NY State title, worth another $12,000. Operating under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner, Utica-Rome Speedway paid out over $100,000 in point money last season to the four weekly divisions. For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.