Rt 5 Vernon, NY
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The Victoria 200 runs during the month of May each year and draw some of the best race teams in the Notth East.
A NEW VICTORIA 200 ERA AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
Current Utica-Rome Speedway owner Gene Cole purchased the Victoria 200 logo and rights to this race from Eric Kingsley.
The first race was ran Sunday May 11, 2008, using the same purse structure as the 2007 Gates-Cole/Dart Manufacturing New Yorker 200. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
The 2008 version of the Victoria 200 at the Utica-Rome Speedway featured a combined Big Block/Small Block Modified format with sail panels being allowed as well. $10,000 going to the victor with a huge $1,000 being paid to start the event. Dart Manufacturing was a major sponsor in the Victoria 200, as well as the New Yorker 200, in 2008.
For 22 years, the Victoria 200 has been run at the Fulton Speedway in honor of Victoria Benway, the late wife of Fulton Speedway owner Millard “Bub” Benway. Started in 1986 by Kingsley and Benway, the “Vic” has become a “must see” race event in the Fall for races fans throughout the Northeast, and now Utica-Rome Speedway carries on that tradition by making it a destination event for fans in the early part of the racing season.
The connection Benway and Utica-Rome Speedway is a strong one. Benway leased the idle Utica -Rome Speedway in 1989, then known as the New Venture Speedway. Benway teamed with niece Gisele and her husband Eric Kingsley to revive the legendary track back to life by bringing the same successful mix of classes they used at Fulton Speedway.
Kingsley took full ownership of the track in 1992, sold it in 1995 then regained possession of it again 1998 before selling to it's current owner Gene Cole in 2002. Right up until his death in 2004, Benway would still make the trek from his Phoenix NY home to the Vernon oval at least once a week to keep tabs on the track that he helped rebuild.
Victoria 200 Event History
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