Mother's Day races at Utica-Rome

VERNON, NY - Mother's Day Sunday May 13, the Utica-Rome Speedway will play host to Syracuse Qualifiers for the DIRT 358-Modifieds and the DIRT Sportsman. Scheduled on NICE N' EASY GROCERY SHOPPES night is a 100-lap Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified...

VERNON, NY - Mother's Day Sunday May 13, the Utica-Rome Speedway will play host to Syracuse Qualifiers for the DIRT 358-Modifieds and the DIRT Sportsman. Scheduled on NICE N' EASY GROCERY SHOPPES night is a 100-lap Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series feature and a "Dig Safely New York" Sportsman Super DIRT Series 30-lap event plus a regular show for the new Slingshot division. Both Super DIRT Series events will open the 2001 Super DIRT Series campaign, and Utica-Rome track points will not be issued.

A stellar field of greater than sixty 358-Modifieds is expected for the 100-lap Sunoco Race Fuels Super DIRT Series race, which will offer a guaranteed starting spot for Super DIRT Week Sunoco/A-Plus 150 358-Modified Championship at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The top names in DIRT 358-Modified racing will at Utica-Rome for a share of the huge purse, featuring $3,000 to the race winner. Just some of the invading drivers on hand will be Danny Johnson, Pete Bicknell, Brett Hearn, Steve Paine, Vic Coffey, Alan Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Jack Johnson, and rookie sensation Matt Sheppard.

Defending Utica-Rome track champion Ron Holmes will have his hands full as he tries to score his first Super DIRT Series victory at his home track. Holmes has been oh so close to winning one of these events, only to succumb to mechanical failure. Just last year, he was leading the September Super DIRT Series event with eight laps to go and unfortunately blew an engine. For sure, the popular Utica-Rome regular, whose best finish in a Utica-Rome Super DIRT Series event is third, would love to score an upset victory over the invading stars of the DIRT circuit.

Other Utica-Rome regulars looking to score a win include Todd Burley, John Barker, Gus Schmidt, Jason Barney, Dale Planck, Mitch Gibbs, Paul Jensen, Billy Wilcox, and J.J. Michaels, who nearly scored a major upset victory in the first Super DIRT Series event during 1999.

Just last year, Danny Johnson used a huge 100-lap victory in the Mother's Day event plus a string of eight consecutive 358-Modified Super DIRT Series victories to score the lucrative Mr. DIRT 358-Modified Championship, his third overall. For sure, Danny will be a favorite to score the victory, as will Jack Johnson who scored a photo finish victory over Brett Hearn in the season ending 100-lap Super DIRT Series event last September. Hearn should also be a favorite, as he has two Super DIRT Series triumphs at Utica-Rome in the 358-Modifieds.

The Sportsman division will also be featured with a special 30-lap "Dig Safely New York" Sportsman Super DIRT Series event, offering a guaranteed starting spot for the Syracuse Mile "Firecracker" Sportsman Championship feature event on Tuesday July 3 plus a cool $1,000 to the race winner. The top Sportsman drivers on the DIRT Circuit, including defending race winner Steve Gray, Chad Brachman, Justin Haers, Jim Spano, Stewart Friesen, David VanHorn, and Randy Chrysler will all be there to try to start the series off with a huge victory. Home track regulars Jamie Christian, Willy Decker, Mike Button, and defending track champion Kevin Crave will all try to protect their home turf from the invaders.

Treat your mother on Mother's Day May 13 to the opening of the 2001 Super DIRT Series at Utica-Rome Speedway, where some of the best racing on the DIRT Motorsports circuit takes place on the ultra fast half-mile, known as the "Action Track of the East". The gates on NICE N' EASY GROCERY SHOPPES sponsored program will open at 4pm and racing will begin at 6pm, with Slingshot heats taking the green from Starter Chip Burdick at 5:45pm. The speedway is located on Route 5 in Vernon, NY, and it is easily accessible from NYS Thruway Exit 33. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds.

For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or log on to www.newuticaromespeedway.com.

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