Utica-Rome ready for Mother's Day season opener

Special Utica-Rome Mother's Day show kicks off 2002 Super Dirt Series. VERNON, NY -- Utica-Rome Speedway will kickoff the 2002 edition of the 358-Modified and Sportsman Super DIRT Series on Sunday May 12. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and F.X.

Special Utica-Rome Mother's Day show kicks off 2002 Super Dirt Series.

VERNON, NY -- Utica-Rome Speedway will kickoff the 2002 edition of the 358-Modified and Sportsman Super DIRT Series on Sunday May 12. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and F.X. Caprara Car Companies will present the special Mother's Day program at 6pm on the ultra fast Utica-Rome half-mile clay oval.

A stellar field of greater than sixty 358-Modifieds is anticipated for the 100-lap Super DIRT Series race, which will offer a guaranteed starting spot for the Super DIRT Week 358-Modified Championship. The top names in DIRT 358-Modified racing will be 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, Alan Johnson, Pete Bicknell, Brett Hearn, Steve Paine, Pat Ward, Jason Barney, Frankie Caprara, and Vic Coffey.

Defending track champion Todd Burley will have his hands full as he tries to score his first Super DIRT Series victory at his home track. Burley has been close to winning one of these events, his best finish being a second in the same event two years ago. Just last year, he was leading the September Super DIRT Series event with eight laps to go and unfortunately blew an engine. Other Utica-Rome regulars looking to score a win include teenager Matt Sheppard as well as Mitch Gibbs, Jack Johnson, Ryan Baye, John Ramsey, Jim Rothwell, Aaron Excell, Ted Lamb, Gordy Button, and J.J. Michaels, who nearly scored a major upset victory in the first Super DIRT Series event during 1999.

The Sportsman division will also be featured with a special 30-lap Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman Super DIRT Series event, offering a guaranteed starting spot for the Syracuse Mile "Firecracker" Sportsman Championship feature event plus a cool $1,000 to the race winner. The top Sportsman drivers on the DIRT Circuit including Randy Chrysler, Stewart Friesen, Jim Spano, and David VanHorn will all be there to try to start the series off with a huge victory. Home track regulars Jamie Christian, Paul Carey, Mike Button, and defending race winner as well as track champion Tim Clemons will all try to protect their home turf from the invaders.

Treat your mother on Mother's Day May 12 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. The gates for the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes / F.X. Caprara Car Companies sponsored program will open at 3pm with 358-Modified time trails at 5:30 and racing on "The Action Track of the East" beginning at 6pm.

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

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