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VERNON, NY - With the success of the 602 Crate Sportsman event held recently on Sunday July 29th at Utica-Rome Speedway, news comes of the 602 Crate Sportsman division being added to the Saturday September 8th portion of New Yorker 200 Weekend. The 602 Crate Sportsman cars will compete in a 30-lap $1,000 to win, $100 to start affair and will be the support class for the Modifieds in the New Yorker 200.

Rules for this event are simple: Home track tire, 2450lbs for cars with aluminum wheels, 2400lbs for cars with steel wheels, and no rev box.

This event is intended to draw cars from the immediate Central New York region and well into Eastern New York as no tracks especially to the East are running 602 Crate Sportsman cars that day. Many of the teams in attendance on July 29th expressed their desire for more races and there were many others who had prior commitments and could not make it and now will be eligible to compete.

602 teams looking for track time prior to the race are welcome any Sunday night as part of the Open Sportsman division and can also race on Friday night of New Yorker 200 Weekend in the same Open Sportsman division.

To date, three 602 Sportsman events have been run at the speedway, 2 in 2010 which were won by John Scarborough and the July 29th event this year was won by Jeremy Pitcher.

New Yorker 200 Weekend kicks off on Friday September 7th when Turning Stone Casino and Resort presents a huge four division show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.  The mighty Modifieds will battle for 50 laps for $5,000 to win in preview of the following day’s New Yorker 200 main event when they will compete in a 100 lap affair for $10,000 to win.  The weekly open Sportsman will be chasing a $1,000 payday themselves as they will run a 30 lap feature event while the battle for a $700 payday.  The always entertaining Pure Stocks will also be in action as the winner looks to collect a $500 paycheck.  Gates will open 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Then the speedway comes back to life the very next day, September 8th, with the annual New Yorker 200 featuring a big 100 lap main event for the Modifieds paying a cool $10,000 to the winner.  The 602 Crate Sportsman will also be in competition for the second time at the “Action Track of the East” for a $1,000 to win in a 30 lap affair.  The action will kick off at 6 p.m. with the gates opening at 2:30 p.m.
Turning Stone Resort and Casino Presents
Plus Sportman $1,000 to win, Pro Stocks $700.00 to win and Pure Stocks $500.00 to win.
Modified Winner earns a guaranteed spot for the new Yorker 200 (New Yorker 200 rule apply)
Gates open at 4p.m. Racing starts at 7p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8th
General Admission
Adults $25.00
Ages 5 to 14 $10.00   
4 and under FREE
Pit:         $40.00    Pit Participant
              $45.00    Non-Participant
TWO DAY PIT PASS :   $60.00
Friday, Sept. 7th
General Admission
Adults $20.00
Students, Seniors and Military with ID $18.00  
9 and under FREE     
Pit :                       $27.00  Pit Participant
                              $30.00  Non-Participant

This season, Pauch has been competing weekly on Saturdays at the New Egypt (NJ) Speedway where he is the defending track champion. He has four feature wins on the 2012 campaign and had well over ten last season. Pauch has not done too much travelling this season, but does have a win also at Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway and has also raced at Grandview and Big Diamond. Pauch is always a top threat wherever he competes behind the wheel of the Kevin Bufilco owned Bicknell No. 1 machine.
One other guaranteed starting position will be given away to the driver who wins Friday night’s “Night Before the New Yorker” 50-lap feature event for the Modifieds. Without a doubt, it will be a great accomplishment for any driver to make the New Yorker 200 starting field. Having the extra insurance of a guaranteed starting spot can save the day for any Modified driver who has a bad day in warm-ups or the qualifying events.
The big question regarding Billy Pauch will be “Will he show?” as New Egypt Speedway is running a points show directly against the New Yorker 200 at Utica-Rome. Pauch is currently fifth in the New Egypt standings.
The New Yorker 200 Weekend kicks off on Friday, September 7, with the four weekly divisions of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stock all seeing action.  The sail paneled adorned Modifieds will compete in a 50 lap affair that will pay a healthy $5,000 to win while the Sportsman will chase after a $1,000 payday.  The Pro Stocks will battle for $700 to win while the Pure Stocks will race for a $500 check.  The Modified victor will receive the final guaranteed spot for the big New Yorker feature the next day.
On Saturday, September 8, the Modifieds will again be right back in action in the 23rd Annual New Yorker as they will pace the big half mile oval for 100 laps for the big $10,000 top prize.  The Sportsman will also be on hand, this time the 602 Crate Sportsman who will compete for the $1,000 to win payday.
For more information including rules, directions, and much more please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com.  The speedway office can be reached by calling  (315)725-5709.

*Attached photo is Billy Pauch receiving his New Yorker gauranteed starting spot at Selinsgrove Speedway in March.  Pauch is joined by Utica-Rome Speedway Race Director John Tiff.

By Doug Zupan

VERNON, NY - Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, New Jersey, is the current lone guaranteed starter for the Utica-Rome Speedway New Yorker 200. Pauch claimed the only guaranteed spot to date by virtue of his win in the Icebreaker at Selinsgrove (PA) Speedway on Saturday March 17. Pauch is a three time winner of the New Yorker event in 1990, 1991, and 1993, which represent all of his three career wins at the Vernon oval.
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VERNON, NY- The curtain is about to close on the racing portion of the 2012 Utica-Rome Speedway season with the final two events coming this weekend on September 7th and 8th with the annual New Yorker 200 Weekend.  On the Friday night portion of the huge weekend, the four weekly divisions of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks will be in action for raised purses while on Saturday, the Modifieds will be in action again for the big $10,000 to win New Yorker plus the 602 Crate Sportsman.

The following is the rules package in place for the weekend plus full schedule information.

Modifieds (This rule package will be in place for both days)-
1)     Must be Modified chassis.

2)     361 cubic inch or less - 2,400 pounds. (GAS ONLY)Small Blocks with Brodix Spec Aluminum heads-2350 lbs., Small Blocks with SB2 heads- Must weigh 2,500 pounds. As per weekly rules, no dome pistons allowed in Small Blocks.

3)     Big Blocks - 2,500lbs. (GAS ONLY).

4)     Cast iron blocks only - NO Aluminum blocks.

5)     No tolerances on weight, must make weight after qualifying and main event.

6)     No fuel injection.

7)     Sail panels allowed - Total height is to be measured from ground to the highest point, not to exceed 65”. Total length is to be measured from rear axle, 48” from the center line to rear of car and 12” from center line forward. Maximum vertical lips will be 2” from door up and 2” from door down. 1 1/2“ tolerance on width allowed. The degree of angle from vertical lips (Upper and Lower) to rear plane of driver’s seat is 22 degrees. Sail panels must have same dimensions on both sides of car.

8)     4” inch maximum roof spoiler allowed. Spoiler must be mounted on rear of roof.

9)     Tires -American Racer tires only. LF-SD-33 or harder, RF-SD-33/SD-38/SD-44/SD-48, LR-SD-33/SD-38/SD-44/SD-48, RR-SD-44/SD-48/SD-50 with McMod plating or other American Racer Cup track designation. No Late Model or non traditional Modified tread tires. Track has final say in tires. The speedway does not stock all available compounds and the following is a list what is normally available at the speedway- LF SD-33/SD-38, RF SD-33/SD-38, LR SD-33/SD-38/SD-44 RR SD-38/SD-44/SD-48.

10)  For rules not covered here, please refer to the 2012 Utica-Rome Speedway rulebook which is available at www.uticaromespeedway.com.

Sportsman-Weekly Utica-Rome Speedway rules for Friday night’s events which includes both the open Sportsman and 602 Crate Sportsman.  On Saturday, it is strictly 602 Sportsman with a home track tire rule in place (no block tread patterns) with the weight rule being 2,400 lbs for steel wheels and 2,450 for aluminum wheels.  A rev box is not required.

Pro Stocks-Weekly Utica-Rome Speedway rules with the exception of the tire rule.  For this event, drivers will have the choice of the weekly American Racers used at the track or the DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier.  No block tread pattern or late model tires.
Pure Stocks-The weekly Utica-Rome Speedway rulebook will be in effect.
The 2012 Utica-Rome Speedway rulebook is available at www.uticaromespeedway.com and for more information, please contact Utica-Rome Speedway tech inspector Bernie Lukas at (315)271-3068.

The complete weekend schedule is listed below-
Friday September 7
Turning Stone Casino and Resort Night
4  p.m.              Gates Open
6:10 p.m.          Hot Laps
6:35 p.m.          Driver’s Meeting
7 p.m.               Heats for Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks
                        Consolation events
                        Pro Stocks (25 laps, $700 to win)
                        Sportsman (30 laps, $1,000 to win)
Modifieds (50 laps, $5,000 to win plus New Yorker 200 spot)
                        Pure Stocks (20 laps, $500 to win)

Saturday September 8
Gates-Cole Associates Night
2:30 p.m.          Gates Open - Draw for heats begins at pit gate
4:30 p.m.          Draw ends
4:45 p.m.          Hot Laps
5:30 p.m.          Driver’s Meeting
6 p.m.               Heats for 602 Crate Sportsman & Modifieds
Feature draw on frontstretch
                        Consolation events
                        Features:602 Crate Sportsman (30 laps, $1,000 to win)
                        Lineup of New Yorker 200 starting field on front stretch
                        23rd Annual New Yorker 200 (100-Laps, $10,000 to win)  


More information including direction, track history, and much more is available at www.uticaromespeedway.com while the speedway office can be contacted by calling (315)829-4557.
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Varin bolted on the sail panels and captured his sixth career win in a sail panel race at the track. He’s a three-time winner of the New Yorker and he is a two-time winner of the Victoria 200 including this season’s event back in May. Friday night was much like those wins in the past.

Varin started on the pole of the feature after earning the final spot in the redraw. He took the lead at the green flag with Larry Wight jumping into the second spot on lap one. They were in the top two positions when the first caution came out on lap four for debris on the speedway.

Varin started on the bottom for the restart and Wight took advantage flying to the outside and taking over the lead while Matt Sheppard moved into the second spot as Varin fell back to third. Those two remained the top two as the laps clicked closer to the halfway point.

Sheppard’s night ended on lap 21 when he broke while running second. The Waterloo, N.Y., driver pulled his No. 9s up to the high-side of the speedway and became the second caution of the race. This handed the second spot back to Varin who had Stewart Friesen directly behind him.

Wight tried to hold off Varin on the restart but he could not as Varin got the jump on him and Friesen also got by Wight to take over second. Varin and Friesen now pulled away as they raced one another at the front of the field. But like Sheppard earlier, Friesen’s night ended on lap 29 when something let go in the left rear of his Tom Cullen owned ride. He slowed and brought out the caution.

The single file restart suited Varin well as he opened the edge on Wight and new challenger Jimmy Davis. With ten laps to go those three were the top three racing through traffic. Varin held a comfortable lead while Davis was on the back bumper of Wight trying to take the second spot away.

One final caution bunched the field up on lap 46 giving everyone one final opportunity to get by Varin. Their attempts proved to be futile as Varin drove away over the last few laps to take home top honors. Wight held on the finish in second with Ballston Spa, N.Y., native Davis finishing in the third position. Ronnie Johnson came on late in the race to finish in fourth while Billy Decker put a second LJL Racing car in the top five as he finished in fifth.

In the Sportsman 30 lap feature event, pole sitter Steve Way led the opening lap with third place starter Matt Janczuk quickly moving to the point on the second lap.  Way wasn’t going to go away easy however, as he used the outside line to retake the on lap five with Janczuk regaining it on lap seven.  Janczuk slowly began to extend his lead while further back in the field, his chief rival for most of the season, Jeremy Vunk, was moving towards the front.  Starting in ninth, made his way into second by the seventh circuit and looked to chase down Janczuk.  Vunk was unable to close the gap to take a shot at the lead but it wouldn’t matter as Janczuk slowed on lap 16 with mechanical issues giving Vunk the lead.  Vunk would lead the rest of the way to score the big $1,000 payday with Claude Hutchings, Jr., Chris Mackey, Rocky Warner, and Brian Thomas rounding out the top five.

Jim Normoyle took the lead at the drop of the green in the 25 lap Pro Stock main event from his front row starting spot with the rest of the field shuffling for position behind him. Shawn Frost was the first to challenge Normoyle as he moved into second on lap three with several other competitors still trying to make their way to the front including Glenn Forward and track champion Tom Denton.  Forward had just slid into second when he and Denton made contact that sent both of them pit side to change flat tires.  This put Frost back into second with Chris Carr now tight on Frost’s bumper.  Normoyle continued to hold the point until lap 20 when the final caution period and ensuing restart that saw Normoyle’s advantage erased.  Frost, Carr, and Pete Stefanski all were able to get by and they immediately began an impressive three car battle for the win with Frost narrowly hanging on to collect the $700 win over Carr, Stefanski, Mark Effner, and Denton.

Dave Bruno, starting third, took command of the 20 lap Pure Stock nightcap at the drop of the green flag and even though he led every lap to score the $500 to win event, there were several occasion where he had the fend off challengers.  Ninth place starter Bill Mason gave chase early as he moved into second by lap three and chased after Bruno.  On lap 13, Ron Hawker passed Mason for the second spot after charging from 14th and then began his pursuit of Bruno.  Hawker closed the gap but Bruno was too strong as he took the big win over Hawker, Ricky Breed, Mason, and Russ Marsden.


MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (50 LAPS)-BOBBY VARIN, Larry Wight, Jimmy Davis, Ronnie Johnson, Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Roy Bresnahan, Tim McCreadie, Danny Varin, Jason Rood, Casey Williams, Matt Janczuk, Alex Tonkin, Chad Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Steve Hulsizer, Randy Chrysler, Matt Sheppard, Ted Lamb Jr., Alan Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, and Todd Burley.
DNQ-Willy Decker, Phil Burkart Jr., Derrick Podsiadlo, Dave Moyer, Mike Bowman, Rob Hile, Aaron Jacobs, Steve Cummings, Chris Hile, and Chad Homan.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-JEREMY VUNK, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Chris Mackey, Rocky Warner, Brian Thomas, Tye-Scott Rood, Craig Pope, Mike Stiles, Robert Bublak, Jr., Bobby Heintz, Jim LaRock, Toby Klish, Dan Keyes, Kyle DeMetro, Heath Carney, Taylor Lamb, Bucky Hayes, Steve Way, Matt Janczuk, and Randy Shantel.  DNS-Stephen Denton.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 LAPS)- SHAWN FROST, Chris Carr, Pete Stefanski, Mark Effner, Tom Denton, Jeff Pastorella, Jim Normoyle, Glenn Forward, Kenny Gates, Bernie Companion, Ed Ostrander, Bret Belden, Glenn Forward Jr., Joe Palmer, Corie Locke, Dwight Johnson, Dana Camenga, Sid Harmer Jr., AJ Digsby, Jeff Piersall, Paul Rogers, and Ivan Joslin.

PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-DAVE BRUNO, Ron Hawker, Ricky Breed, Bill Mason, Rusty Marsden, Rob Thieme, Chris Cunningham, Frank Hyatt, Eric Chapman, Chuck Cushman Jr., Tim Janczuk, Mark Chrzanowski, Andy Szewczyk, Jim Thomas, Bryan Owens, Mike Kazlauskas, Scott Wheelock, Jim Richmond, Jerry Streeter, Quenton Burton, Andy Jacobs, and John Holder.  DNS-Skip Greene.
VERNON, NY - Over the past few years Bobby Varin has been a dominant force in special rules events at the Utica-Rome Speedway. The Sharon Springs, N.Y., driver has been unbeatable in the two big money events held at the track. Friday night he continued that streak in the 50-lap, $5,000 to win Night Before the New Yorker feature.

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