Past winners of Utica-Rome 358-Modified

VERNON, NY - With the nationally recognized Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series heading to Utica-Rome Speedway for its 100-lap lidlifter this Sunday May 13, speedway mangement decided to take a look at past competition in Super DIRT...

VERNON, NY - With the nationally recognized Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series heading to Utica-Rome Speedway for its 100-lap lidlifter this Sunday May 13, speedway mangement decided to take a look at past competition in Super DIRT Series events held at the popular track.

Since DIRT Motorsports first sanctioned the Utica-Rome Speedway in 1981, Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series has competed five times, including two in each of the last two seasons.

Holding two wins each include Brett Hearn and Danny Johnson, with Hearn's first win in 1986 coming on the former 5/8 mile oval at the speedway. Jack Johnson, the speedway all-time DIRT Big Block Modified winner, won the last Super DIRT Series event, held last September.

Statistically speaking, both Hearn and Danny Johnson have an equal chance at a victory in this Sunday's Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series Mother's Day 100-lap special. Each driver has two wins, and three top fives out of the five Super DIRT Series events run for the 358-Modified division at the speedway.

Below is a list of the past Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series events, listed with date, laps, and top five: <pre> Date - Laps - WINNER - 2nd - 3rd - 4th- 5th

10/9/86 - 86 - Brett Hearn - Alan Johnson - Billy Schinkel - John Moravec - Billy Decker 8/25/99 - 99 - Danny Johnson - Steve Paine - J.J. Michaels - Ron Holmes - Pete Bicknell 9/24/99 - 100 - Brett Hearn - Steve Paine - Danny Johnson - Andy Bachetti - Tim Fuller 5/14/00 - 100 - Danny Johnson - Todd Burley - Ron Holmes - Pat Ward - Tim Clemons 9/22/00 - 100 - Jack Johnson - Brett Hearn - Dale Planck - Todd Burley - J.J. Michaels </pre> Who will be the next winner to add to this coveted list? Only time will tell, but you have to be there to know if Hearn or Danny Johnson can keep Utica-Rome track regulars including defending track champion Ron Holmes and J.J. Michaels from defeating the invaders in this all-star 100-lap special.

This show will be a must see show for all DIRT Motorsports racing fans in Central New York, as the smooth Utica-Rome half-mile clay oval always produces some of the most exciting three and four wide action of the entire DIRT Motorsports circuit. All the best names in the business will be on hand for a shot at becoming the first Super DIRT Series winner in the new season. Bring your mother out to the speedway for a Mother's Day she will not soon forget!

Also in action this Sunday May 13 will be the "Dig Safely New York" Sportsman Super DIRT Series in a 30-lap special plus the new Slingshot division during the NICE N' EASY GROCERY SHOPPES sponsored program. Race time is set for 6pm, with 358-Modified time trials taking the green at 5:30pm and the gates opening at 4pm. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds, which is easily accessible from NYS Thruway Exit 33.

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

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