VERNON, NY -- New Utica-Rome Speedway track promoter, Eric Kingsley, is pleased to announce that the speedway will be holding a major high paying one day show for the DIRT 358-Modifieds to cap off the 2002-racing season on Sunday September 15....
VERNON, NY -- New Utica-Rome Speedway track promoter, Eric Kingsley, is pleased to announce that the speedway will be holding a major high paying one day show for the DIRT 358-Modifieds to cap off the 2002-racing season on Sunday September 15. Back is the historic "New Yorker 150", but with a new twist.
The event will be 150-laps in length, but it will be split in Twin 75-lap segments and part of the 358-Modified Super DIRT Series. That's just the beginning, you see, as this event has been in the planning stages now for several years. Remember the unfinished short track in the infield that still uses the current turns one and two? Well, that track will be completed in time for the 2002-season, and it will be a major part of this year's "New Yorker 150".
In an unheard of promotion, track promoter Eric Kingsley has decided to run the first 75-lap segment of the "New Yorker 150" on the fast 1/2-mile oval that Utica-Rome race fans have come to know and love. Then, there will be a halfway break and the Pro Stock Super DIRT Series will take to the 1/2-mile and hold their feature event.
After that, the second 75-lap segment will be run on the 3/8-mile "short track" in the infield, with the winner of the first half to redraw (16 being the highest number to invert) to determine the starting lineup of the second half. The overall event winner will be the driver with the best overall average finish following the completion of the "New Yorker 150". Both 75-lap races will have greater than a full standard 358-Modified Super DIRT Series payoff, but the total and the winner's amount have yet to be determined. The leader of each lap will also receive lap money in this prestigious event.
Drivers will receive plenty of warm-up time and hot lap sessions throughout the day in preparation. Time trials and heat races will be conducted on the normally used 1/2-mile, but the only event run on the 3/8-mile oval will be the last half of the "New Yorker 150."
When you look back through the Utica-Rome Speedway record books, a who's who of Modified racing in the Northeast has won the "New Yorker" title race at the speedway. When the track was a 1/3-mile asphalt oval, NASCAR stars such as many time track champion Richie Evans, Ed Flemke, Lou Lazzaro, Geoff Bodine, and Bill Wimble have all graced victory lane in the prestigious 400-lap event. In 1990, new track promoter Eric Kingsley resurrected the event, with dirt legend Billy Pauch victorious in the two "New Yorker 50s", and all-time track feature winner Dale Planck victorious in 1992. Pauch won the last "New Yorker" event, a 100-lapper, held in 1993.
The 2002-edition of the "New Yorker 150" promises to be one of the most talked about events of the upcoming season at Utica-Rome, as well as on the entire Super DIRT Series and DIRT Motorsports circuit. More details on the "New Yorker 150" scheduled for Sunday September 15, 2002 at Utica-Rome Speedway will be released in the near future. For more information on the 2002-race season at the freshly clayed track, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or log onto the newly redesigned website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com.