Utica-Rome Memorial weekend special race preview

50-Lap Memorial Weekend Championship special for 358-Modifieds plus Demolition Derby this Sunday May 26 at Utica-Rome Speedway. VERNON, NY -- The Memorial Day Weekend is set to climax this Sunday May 26 at Utica-Rome Speedway with a special...

50-Lap Memorial Weekend Championship special for 358-Modifieds plus Demolition Derby this Sunday May 26 at Utica-Rome Speedway.

VERNON, NY -- The Memorial Day Weekend is set to climax this Sunday May 26 at Utica-Rome Speedway with a special 50-lap Championship event for the powerful DIRT 358-Modifieds. Also in stock car race competition during the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes holiday program at "The Action Track of the East" are the DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus a $500 to win Demoliton Derby. Race time is set for 6pm.

The headline 358-Modified division is set for a 50-lap extra distance Championship event to help celebrate the Memorial Weekend. The top 358-Modified drivers from Central New York will converge on the fast half-mile in search of a valuable victory in what will be the third points event of the year. Current point leader Mitch Gibbs will lead the charge, as will others including J.J. Michaels, Matt Sheppard, Gordy Button, Ron Holmes, Jason Barney, Steve Hulsizer, Ryan Baye, Gus Schmidt, and John Ramsey.

Jamie Christian, who drives a self-built chassis, will pace the Sportsman division as does Kevin Crave, Mike Button, and defending champion Tim Clemons. Bret Belden is the current Pro Stock point leader and is looking for his fourth title overall, but drivers such as Wayne Archer, Jason Rood, and Dave Moyer are looking to win as well. Dave Mannise and Jeff Thorp have an early season rivalry in the Pure Stock ranks that could continue throughout the season.

The first Smash and Crash Demolition Derby of the year with over twenty cars will be let loose on the frontstretch following the feature events. Expect an exciting action filled race program full of family fun this Sunday May 26. Track gates will open at 4pm and racing will begin at 6pm sharp on Nice Easy Grocery Shoppes Night. The historic track is located on Route 5 in Vernon, just 5 minutes off New York State Thruway Exit 33.

The Mother's Day Special, rained out on Sunday May 12, has been rescheduled for Wednesday June 19. Featured will be a 100-lap Turning Stone Casino 358-Modified Super DIRT Series event plus a Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman Super DIRT Series 30-lap affair on Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes/F.X. Caprara Car Companies Night.

For more information, contact the track office at (315) 829-4557 or log onto the official website at www.uticaromespeedway.com.

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