Sprint Cars Return to Utica-Rome Speedway This Friday, August 20

Written by Chris Moore

VERNON, NY Sprint Cars and Modifieds.

For the second time this season, the CRSA Sprint Cars join the Sunoco Modifieds, headlining a full night of racing this Friday (August 20).

The Sunoco Modifieds will race 30-laps around the ‘Home of Heroes’ as just three races remain in the season long championship battle for all of the regular Saturday night divisions.

The Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman, Next Generation Graphix Pro Stocks, Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman, and Cool Stuff Antiques Four Cylinders will be on the program as well.

Turn II LLC and Broedel Energy are the night’s presenting sponsors.

The CRSA Sprint Cars are led to Utica-Rome Speedway by Altamont, N.Y., veteran Jeff Trombley, a two-time winner with the series this season. Trombley tops the standings over Josh Flint by 90 points.

In the most recent CRSA event at Utica-Rome in June, Alysha Bay picked up the victory over a stout 24-car field.

Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard continued his season long dominance last week, driving to his sixth win of the season as his point lead in the Sunoco Modified division continues to grow.

Sheppard now holds a 70-point advantage over Sheffield, Mass. native Andy Bachetti while Johnstown, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner rounds out the top three.

Oneida, N.Y.’s Matt Janczuk has joined Sheppard on the dominant train, racking up his seventh win of the season in the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman division.

Janczuk reclaimed the division point lead over Vernon, N.Y.’s Willy Decker Jr. and South New Berlin, N.Y., native Payton Talbot, who finished runner-up last Friday night.

Alysha Bay was the winner the last time the CRSA Sprint Cars ran at Utica-Rome. Bay went wire-to-wire for her first career win at the Route 5-oval back on June 25 over a stout 24-car field.

Schenectady, N.Y.’s Nick Stone and Grand Gorge, N.Y.’s Beau Ballard continue to set the bar with the Next Generation Graphix Pro Stocks.

Stone claimed his seventh win of the season last week while Beau Ballard grabbed his sixth consecutive runner-up finish and maintaining his point lead over Nick Stone.

The two sit just 24-points apart with Jim Normoyle being the next closest competitor, 98-points off Ballard’s pace.

Rotterdam, N.Y.’s Clayton DuMond rallied after an early spin last Friday to come home with a top five finish and maintain his point lead over Baldwinsville, N.Y.’s David Hackett Jr.

Hackett picked up his second consecutive win and third of the season, closing DuMond’s lead to just 20-points with three races remaining.

Justin Pope (DOHC) continued his winning ways in the Cool Stuff Antiques Four Cylinder division, claiming his seventh of the season. The win also vaulted Pope into the top spot in the Four Cylinder points chase.TJ Marlitt joined Justin Pope as the Single Cam winner for the Four Cylinders.

For the August 20 program, all gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $14 for Adults and $12 for Seniors (ages 65 and above). Kids 11 and under get in FREE.

Pit Admission is $30 for Utica-Rome Speedway members and $35 for non-members.

The event will be streamed live by Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv) for those unable to attend in-person.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com. Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway.