Rt 5 Vernon, NY
May 26 & 27, 2013
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With Phelps starting 14th, Jimmy Davis took the lead at the green after starting on the pole.  Davis held off the early challenges of Matt Sheppard and Tim Fuller.  Fuller eventually moved into the runner-up position on the 16th circuit and then he worked past Davis on the inside of turns three and four on lap 17.

On lap 20 Stewart Friesen caught an implement tire on the inside of turns one and two forcing him off the speedway surface.  At this point Fuller was your leader with Davis, Sheppard, Phelps and Todd Burley the top five.

Action got back underway with Fuller holding onto the lead as Davis attempted to work his way by for the top spot. Fuller though was too good, however, and he held onto the lead.  Fuller led in traffic as Phelps took second from Davis on lap 29. They remained the top two as they raced to traffic on lap 31.

Fuller and Phelps waged a torrid battle in slower traffic for several laps.  Fuller raced in the middle and Phelps stuck to the bottom trying to get the bite to take the top spot away from Fuller.

Finally, on lap 58, Phelps worked to the inside of turns three and four and he was able to wrestle the lead away from Fuller. Before another lap could be completed, Brad Alger spun in the first turn bringing out the final caution of the feature.

Phelps bolted from the field on the restart as Fuller, Sheppard and Davis resumed their race for the runner-up spot.  He was able to stay out in front as he caught traffic once again on lap 70. By this point Phelps had comfortable margin over Sheppard, who was now second, and Fuller.

Phelps worked through the traffic flawlessly over the final 30 laps en route to his second career victory at the speedway.  Sheppard ultimately finished in second while Davis flew by Fuller with five laps to go to move into third. Fuller ended up finishing in fourth while Burley held on to finish in fifth.

Tim McCreadie raced from 14th to sixth.  Danny Varin finished in seventh with New Egypt Speedway pilot Ryan Godown finishing in eighth. Danny Johnson finished ninth after starting 21st and Mike Mahaney drove his Skip Seymore owned No. 4 to tenth.

The 602 Sportsman competed in their first of four events with speedway regular Matt Janczuk taking home the 30-lap victory in a car normally piloted by Kyle Keihn.  Janczuk took the lead early and never looked back while grabbing his first feature win of 2013 and the $1,000 winner’s share.

Alan Fink joined Jack Gentile on the front row for the start with Fink watching John Scarborough take the lead from him on the opening lap after starting third.  His lead was short lived though, as Fink worked back by him for the first spot.

Fink was the leader on lap 10 as Connor Cleveland spun on the speedway and brought out the caution. On the ensuring restart, Janczuk muscled his way underneath Fink for the race lead.  Rocky Warner also followed suit and he took over second.

With 14 laps complete, Brett Wright hit the front stretch wall and forced the final caution of the race.  He immediately headed to the pits after the contact with Janczuk and Warner shown at the front of the field.

Once the green flag was shown again, Janczuk and Warner checked out on the field while Fink had to contend with the challenges of Dave Marcuccilli and Nick Guererri.  Guererri, who ran the consolation, was all over Marcuccilli for third and he took it over briefly.

In the final rundown it was Janczuk taking the checkered over Warner, Marcuccilli, Guererri and Ron Davis III who started in sixth.
VERNON, NY- Jimmy Phelps has been close to winning several of dirt Modified racing’s crown jewel events.  On Monday night at the Utica-Rome Speedway the Baldwinsville, N.Y., driver finally accomplished that feat as he won the VP Racing Fuels/Paul Kinney Motorsports Race of Champions Victoria 200 100-lap Modified main-event.  The win paid him a hefty $10,000 for his efforts.
Phelps’ day started on a sour note as he pulled nearly the highest number out of pill draw.  He started at the tail of his heat race and then proceeded to work his way up through to finish in the second position earning spot in the redraw.  That didn’t work either as he redrew 13 out of 14.
Casey Williams launched to the lead from his front row starting spot at the start of the Modified 30 lap feature with fellow front row starter Jason Rood giving chase.  The first two thirds of the event would go caution free which allowed Williams to open up a large margin over the field while Rood and veteran Alan Johnson put on a back and forth battle for the runner up spot.  Rood and Johnson would swap the position lap after lap until Johnson was able to wrestle the spot away for good on at the halfway point.  With 15 circuits complete, Williams was setting a quick pace with Johnson, Rood, Mike Bowman, and Ryan Phelps in pursuit.

With Johnson finally clear of Rood, he began to slowly close the gap on the leader but with the laps clicking down, it appeared he would run out of laps.  A pair of caution flags on lap 21 and 22 eliminated any advantage that Williams had and set up another classic duel to the finish.  When the green flag waved again, Williams jumped back to the top groove that carried him to the lead while Johnson drove around on the bottom as the duo would race side by side nearly every circuit.  With the white flag in the air, Williams seemingly had the win but Johnson would make his move for the win in the last set of turns coming to the checkered.  The pair raced side by side of the final turn with Johnson nipping Williams at the line with Johnson’s margin of victory just .014 seconds.  Williams took the second spot over Ryan Phelps, Willy Decker, and Matt Sheppard rounding out the top five.  The rest of the top ten spots were filled by Matt Fink, Todd Burley, Jimmy Phelps, Jimmy Davis and Bowman.  Johnson’s win was worth $2,000 and gained him a guaranteed starting in the following day’s big $10,000 to win Race of Champions Modified Series VP Racing Fuels Victoria 200.

Craig Pope led the opening two laps of the 20 lap Sportsman feature event from his outside front row starting spot, yielding the position to sixth place starter Mike Stiles on lap three.  Steve Way was the next to take a turn out front as he took over the lead on lap six, but that would be short lived as defending track champion Matt Janczuk would charge to the lead on nine after starting in the ninth spot on the grid.  While Janczuk was out front, last week’s winner Jeremy Vunk was moving through the pack from his 12th starting spot towards the front as he grabbed the runner-up spot on lap 10.  Vunk’s pursuit of the leader Janczuk was aided by a lap 13 caution, and the restart saw Vunk able to grab the top spot from Janczuk.  Vunk would lead the rest of the way, fending off a furious last lap attempt from Janczuk, to grab his second consecutive win.  Janczuk had to settle for second with Claude Hutchings, Jr., Way, and Jack Miller chasing.

The 20 lap Pro Stock main event saw 11th place starter Tom Denton waste little time getting to the front of the field as he charged to the lead on lap five, as he powered by early leader Shawn Frost.  Several cautions slowed the pace during the middle portions of the event of the event but Denton was up to all challenges as he collected his third win of the season.  Last week’s winner, Pete Stefanski, made a late run to take the second spot with Mark Effner, Frost, and Jim Normoyle rounding out the top five positions.

Chris Cunningham led at the drop of the green in the Pure Stock 15 lap main event but was immediately pressured by Bill Mason, which would turn into a race long battle for the win.  Mason briefly took the lead on lap four before Cunningham regained it a lap later.  The duo would continue the battle with Mason taking the lead for good on lap 11.  Cunningham would make several attempts to retake the point but Mason would hang on for the win over Cunningham, Nathan Peckham, Ron Hawker, and Russ Marsden.

Following the racing activity on the track, a huge fireworks display filled the night sky in celebration of the Memorial Day holiday.

See the official Empire Super Sprint release for complete details on the ESS portion of the evening.

A stellar field of cars packed the pits this past Sunday as 41 Modifieds, 29 Sportsman, 23 Pro Stocks, 14 Pure Stocks, and 29 ESS Sprints were on hand for the holiday weekend competition.

This coming Sunday, June 2, will see American Homes and Big Dog BBQ presents a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.  Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m.  Log on to the speedway website at www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the office at (315)829-4557 for more information.


MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-ALAN JOHNSON, Casey Williams, Ryan Phelps, Willy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Matt Fink, Todd Burley, Jimmy Phelps, Jimmy Davis, Mike Bowman, Jerry Higbie Jr., Mike Mahaney, Darwin Greene, Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Vic Coffey, Paul Jensen, Dale Planck, Pat Ward, Matt Hulsizer, Jason Rood, Ronnie Johnson, Adam Roberts, and Robbie Bellinger. DNQ-Elmo Reckner, Brad Alger, Justin Boehler, Mitch Gibbs, Brett Tonkin, Mark Kislowski, Billy VanInwegan, Brian Murphy, Dave Allen, Chris Hile, Ryan Bartlett, Joe August Jr., Aaron Jacobs, Steve Cummings, Roy Bresnahan, Mel Schruffer, and CG Morey.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-JEREMY VUNK, Matt Janczuk, Claude Hutchings Jr., Steve Way, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Chris Mackey, Chris Hulsizer, Heath Carney, Rocky Warner, Robert Bublak Jr., Mike Stiles, Tye-Scott Rood, Connor Cleveland, Dave Constantino, Robert Barker, Charlie Hendrickson, Bobby Heintz, Ivan Joslin, Chad Ray, Chris McCoy, Craig Pope, Tom Tophoven, and Brandon Kuhn. DNS-Joe Orlando DNQ-Shea Montgomery, Taylor Lamb, Cory Pike, and Daryl Barrett.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-TOM DENTON, Pete Stefanski, Mark Effner, Shawn Frost, Jim Normoyle, Ed Ostrander, Joe Palmer, Dan Lashure, Mike Welch, Dana Camenga, Jim Money, Dennis Joslin, Jim Gould, Cale Hoffman, Andy Lashure, Bret Belden, Luke Horning, Corie Locke, AJ Digsby, Gus Hollner, Glenn Forward, and Chris Carr. DNS-Bill Knapp.

PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-BILL MASON, Chris Cunningham, Nathan Peckham, Ron Hawker, Russ Marsden, Frank Hyatt, Chris Watkins, Ricky Breed, Dave Pope, Tim Janczuk, Keith Stevenson, Jim Thomas, Andy Szewczyk, and Bryan Owens.

EMPIRE SUPER SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (25 LAPS)-STEVE POIRIER, Jessica Zemken, Stewart Friesen, Chuck Hebing, Danny Varin, Dylan Swiernik, Paul Kinney, Robbie Stillwaggon, Jeff Cook, Cory Sparks, Lance Yonge, Jason Barney, Joe Trenca, Patrick Vigneault, Paul Habeck, Josh Pieniazek, James Hanson, Chris Jones, Shawn Donath, Michael Parent, Mike Stelter, Charlie Donk, Matt Tanner, Kevin Ward, Jr.

May 26th
VERNON, NY- Despite an early spring like chill in the air, fans and competitors alike filled the grounds at the Utica-Rome Speedway this past Sunday, May 26, to kick off the annual Victoria 200 Weekend at the Vernon speed plant.  As has been the case all season long, the large crowd on hand got their money’s worth as Alan Johnson won by mere inches in the weekly Modified division while Steve Poirier held off the challenges of Jessica Zemken to take the win in the visiting Empire Super Sprint main event.  Jeremy Vunk made it two in row in the Sportsman while Tom Denton collected another Pro Stock win.  Bill Mason was the victor in the Pure Stock ranks.
VERNON, NY- The first big weekend motorsports event of the season of the 2013 season in Central New York is rapidly approaching at the Utica-Rome Speedway and track officials have released the rule structure for the headline Modified event.  The weekend starts on Sunday May 26 when Gates-Cole presents the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints plus a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus a spectacular fireworks show.  Then on Monday 27, VP Racing Fuels will present the Race of Champions Modified Series Victoria 200 which will pay $10,000 to the winner of the 100 lap main event.  The 602 Crate Sportsman will join in on the action on Monday for a $1,000 event of their own.

The Modified rules are basically the same as the weekly rules the addition of sail panels.  The Modifieds will run under this rule package on both Sunday and Monday, giving the drivers in attendance on Sunday an opportunity to tune in their cars with the sail panels.  The rule highlights are below.

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 2013 Utica-Rome Speedway rulebook which is available at www.uticaromespeedway.com.

The 602 Crate Sportsman rules are simple with home track tire, 2350 lbs for cars with aluminum wheels and 2300 lbs with steel wheels, and no rev box is required.  Tires must be a traditional Modified type tread pattern.

Gates for the Sunday portion of the event open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks following the racing program.  On Monday, the gates will open at 2:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

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RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES VICTORIA 200 FEATURE FINISH (100 LAPS)-JIMMY PHELPS, Mat Sheppard, Jimmy Davis, Tim Fuller, Todd Burley, Tim McCreadie, Danny Varin, Ryan Godown, Danny Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Bobby Varin, Ryan Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Stewart Friesen, Willy Decker, Chad Phelps, Rick Laubach, Billy Decker, Matt Billings, Jimmy Horton, Mel Schrufer, Ronnie Johnson, Larry Wight, Neal Williams, Matt Fink, Dale Planck, Brad Alger, Alan Johson, Vic Coffey, Justin Haers

DNQ-Mark Kislowski, Casey Williams, Matt Hulsizer, Justin Boehler, Roy Bresnahan, Dave Allen, Mitch Gibbs, Mike Ward, CG Morey, Steve Cummings, Erik Nelson, Matt DeLorenzo, Peter Britten, Elmo Reckner, Jerry Higbie, Chris Hile, Craig Hanson, Brian Gleason, Brett Hearn, Brian Murphy, Heath Carney, Rob Bellinger, Jeremy Vunk, Ryan Bartlett, Jason Rood, Mike Bowman, Billy VanInwegen, Paul Jensen, Bodie Bellinger, Jeff Rockefeller, Jim Mahaney, Dale Welty, Pat Ward, Dave Rauscher

602 CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, Rocky Warner, Dave Marcuccilli, Nick Guererri, Ron Davis III, Alan Fink, Dave Constantino, Ray Zemken, Tyler Boniface, Jeremy Pitts, John Scarborough, Tony Finch II, Robert Bublak, Jon Miller, Gordy Burton, Brian Pesselano, Connor Cleveland, Chris Hulsizer, Mark Mortenson, Beth Schneider, Ivan Joslin, Nick Krause, Jack Gentile, and Brett Wright.

DNQ-Cody Bleau, Justin Thompson, Jack Speshock, Rocco Leone, Kyle Fink, Tim Hartman, Dusty Barton, Fred Muhlberger, Leo Soucie, Mike Jeske, Andrew Reeves, Joe Orlando, Gregg Kimball, Tim Murphy, Justin Auspelmyer, Taylor Lamb, Earl Rudy, George Dyer, Cory Barker, Dan Keyes, Rocky Grosso, Brandon Kuhn, Shea Montgomery, Curtis Hohensheldt, and Rick Lamont.