WILBER-DUCK CHEVROLET AND CERTIFIED AUTO OUTLET INC. TO PRESENT FUN FILLED NIGHT OF NASCAR SHORT TRACK RACING THIS SUNDAY AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY-This Sunday, May 17, another night of exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is on tap when Wilber-Duck Chevrolet and Certified Auto Outlet Inc. presents a full regular show. The four weekly divisions of Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks will see action for some fast paced family entertainment.
Matt Sheppard currently leads the chase for the $13,000 plus Stampede Steakhouse Modified title, holding a slim lead over Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph, and defending champion Stewart Friesen. Mike Mahaney, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Mike Bowman, and Danny Johnson round out the top 10 point positions with Mat Williamson, Brett Wright, Dave Rauscher, Darwin Greene, Dave Moyer, and Tim Mayne just some of the drivers to crack into the top ten spots. So far into the young season, every event has been in doubt until the checkered flag dropped with Sheppard victorious twice so far with Friesen and Mahaney each grabbing one win each.
Although winless so far, Alan Fink is shown atop the 602 Sportsman rankings with top five runs in all three events completed propelling to the top spot. Former Open Sportsman champion Matt Janczuk is also using the strength of his three top five finishes to hold on to the second spot while two-time winner Rocky Warner is in the third spot. One-time winner AJ Filbeck is in the fourth positon with Cody Clark holding on to the fifth spot. Filling out the top ten spots are Glenn Forward, Connor Cleveland, Daryl Nutting, Dave Marcuccilli, and Chris Cunningham.
By winning the past two events in the Open Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr. has put himself into the point lead with always consistent Steve Way in second. Jack Miller, Mike Richmond, and Randy Shantel fill out the top five positions followed by Mike Stiles, Heath Carney, defending champion Jeremy Vunk, Tom Tophoven, and Craig Pope rounding out the top ten.
In the full fendered Pro Street Stock division, Mike Welch has a slim two point lead over long time regular Mark Effner while Chris Carr, Glenn Forward, and AJ Digsby give chase. The remainder of the top 10 is being held by Bill Mason, Gus Hollner, Travis Welch, Bill Trexler III, and Kevin Winton. Welch, Effner, and Forward all have one win each so far.
Gates for the night of action packed night of short track racing open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to get underway at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is set at $13 while kids 16 and under are 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.