"The Action Track of the East"
Utica Rome Speedway
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Mark Your Calendar , "The Action Track of the East" Utica Rome Speedway Kicks off the 2015 season on Sunday April 19.
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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY CLOSES THE 2014 SEASON AND THE COLE ERA WITH SEASON ENDING BANQUET VERNON, NY- The 2014 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway officially came to a close this past Saturday, November 29, at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona at the annual Awards Banquet. Nearly 400 attendees looked on as the top 10 were honored in the four weekly divisions of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. Before moving into the awards portion of the night, new track owners Bill and Kim Shea took to the stage with Bill introducing himself and his wife to the crowd and thanked them for supporting the speedway in the past and how much they looked forward to carrying on the rich tradition of the speedway. He also thanked Gene and Gloria Cole building the speedway to what it is today.
Race Director John Tiff was the next on stage and touched a little on the 2014 season before moving on to the plans for the upcoming 2015 season. He stated that the Modifieds will go back to the traditional body without the sail panels on them and said the decision on what tire brand to be used is still pending. He also stated that the 602 Crate Sportsman will be a weekly division along, running separate from the Open Sportsman. The Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks will be a combined division in 2015 and the rules for that division will be released shortly. In closing, Tiff thanked Gene and Gloria Cole for everything they have done for local racing. Closing out the night’s activities was Director of Operations Barb Clark as she took to the stage. She then thanked everyone for their continued support and thanked all the speedway employees for their hard work and dedication. Calling up each employee in attendance one by one, she had one final group photo taken with Gene and Gloria Cole. In all, a total of $119,612.75 was paid out in season ending awards, which included track point funds, 2015 pit pass awards, tire rebates, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series payout, and Lias Tire cash and product payout. The 2015 season will get underway on Sunday April 19 with many of the specials that have run in the past still on the schedule for the upcoming season.
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In the Sportsman division, Jeremy Vunk was honored for his first ever Utica-Rome Speedway title which he won on the strength of his six wins of the season. Vunk had to hold off three time winner Claude Hutchings, Jr. down the stretch to collect the title. Finishing in third in the standings was Steve Way followed by Jack Miller and four time winner Mike Walton. Following the top five across the stage was Randy Shantel, Mike Stiles, Heath Carney (one win), Craig Pope, and Kyle Kiehn.
Piloting the Tom and Roxann owned mount again in 2014, Stewart Friesen raced to his fifth consecutive Utica-Rome Speedway championship and his seventh overall. Friesen grabbed seven wins on his way to the title which was worth $10,000 from the speedway and another $5,121.28 for being part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for a whopping total of 15,121.28, plus another $12,000 for claiming the NASCAR New York State title for a grand total of $27,121.28. As part of the American Racer Cup, Friesen collected another $10,083.00 in cash and product for a huge grand total of $37, 204.28. Matt Sheppard came just a few points shy from grabbing his second Utica-Rome Speedway title, but will still walk away a total of $11,810.64, including the NASCAR and Lias Tire cash and product contribution. Sheppard finished the season with four victories. Finishing in the third spot was two time winner Mike Mahaney, followed by another two time victor Larry Wight. Rounding out the top five was Pat Ward, who was able to score one win this past season. Ryan Phelps, Willy Decker (two wins), Danny Varin, Jason Rood, and Tim Mayne filled out the remaining top 10 positions
Tom Denton was on hand to collect his third consecutive, and eight overall, Utica-Rome Speedway Pro Stock championship. Denton led the division with six wins on the year. Finishing in second was five time winner Glenn Forward followed by Mark Effner (one win), Chris Carr (two wins), and AJ Digsby. Bret Belden (one win), Chris Cunningham, Ed Ostrander, Dana Camenga, and Ryan Lund filled out the top ten positions.
Russ Marsden returned to weekly Pure Stock competition in 2014 and was able to claim five wins on the season en route to the 2014 championship, which was his fifth overall. In his best season to date with three wins, Bill Mason fell just short of the title to come home second in the standings. Ricky Breed, Ron Hawker (three wins), and Chuck Cushman (three wins) rounded out the top five positions with the rest of the top ten filled out by one time winner Rob Thieme, Frank Hyatt, Jim Thomas, Ernie Staelens, and Bryan Owens.
After the top ten in each division were honored, a short video clip from NASCAR was played which included messages from NASCAR President Mike Helton, Whelen Engineering Vice President of Motorsports Phil Kurze, and NASCAR Vice President of Regional and Touring Series George Silberman. They congratulated all award winners and thanked everyone for their support of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the top three in each division were all presented with a special plaque for their accomplishments. Sportsman competitor Kyle Kiehn was also presented with the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.