VERNON, NY - The New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, which is now closed for the 2000 season, is pleased to announce the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Safety Award winners based on the racing held at the speedway on August ...
VERNON, NY - The New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, which is now closed for the 2000 season, is pleased to announce the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Safety Award winners based on the racing held at the speedway on August 13th.
Each driver that won a NYSSCA award that evening won an extra $50 for their efforts, which was based on NYSSCA membership and being the first NYSSCA member to finish the feature event.
In the headline DIRT 358 Modified division, Todd Burley, who won Utica-Rome Newcomer of the Year at last year's NYSSCA banquet, dominated the 30-lap lap feature event for his second win of the season at Utica-Rome. Burley, who lost his entire racing operation earlier in the year after it was stolen from a motel parking lot in Cornwall, Ontario Canada, won an extra $50 for his efforts and for being the first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line.
In the DIRT Sportsman division, Kevin Crave, who would go on to be the 2000 Track Champion, won the event plus the extra NYSSCA money. Crave was the NYSSCA Newcomer of the Year and Outstanding Performer for 1999 at Utica-Rome.
In the DIRT Pro Stocks, defending Track Champion Tom Denton, who has accumulated numerous NYSSCA awards over the years including 1999 Driver of the Year for Utica-Rome, took the lead on the final lap from Wayne Archer and went on to his fifth win on the season. Denton was the highest finishing NYSSCA member, and incidentally, he would go on to his second consecutive Track Championship.
In the Pure Stocks, longtime NYSSCA member and 2000 Track Champion Dave Mannise finished second to Chad Ray and took home the extra $50 courtesy of NYSSCA.
In the Slingshot division, A.J. Digsby finished fifth, and as the highest finishing NYSSCA member, won the extra money.
NYSSCA also held a Wild Card Award, which is picked out of all the Utica-Rome NYSSCA members, and the winner was Bill Knapp from the Pro Stock division.
"We would like to congratulate our NYSSCA Safety Award winners for all their hard work and dedication to the sport we all love," said Utica-Rome Track Publicist Doug Zupan.
Now that the 2000 racing season is over at Utica-Rome, attention focuses on the 2000 season NYSSCA banquet, to be held on January 20, 2001 at the Polish Community Center in Albany, NY. Awards for each division will be given out, including Newcomer of the Year, Outstanding Performance, and Driver of the Year plus other possible special awards given out to NYSSCA members. In addition, NYSSCA will also have their yearly introductions to the NYSSCA Hall of Fame. Former Utica-Rome drivers that are members of the Hall of Fame are Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Eddie Flemke Sr., and Rene Charland. Who will be the year 2000 NYSSCA award winners at the banquet, and will any former Utica-Rome drivers be inducted in the Hall of Fame? Only time will tell, but you have to be at the much-anticipated banquet to find out first hand.
"The NYSSCA banquet is one of the highlights of the winter banquet season, and is truly an enjoyable evening," said Zupan. "We are proud to be involved in NYSSCA with the other capital area tracks and be a part of the banquet. Currently, we are working with NYSSCA on nominations for the 2000 banquet awards."
Other NYSSCA tracks involved in the banquet and the awards include Lebanon Valley, Fonda, Afton, Devil's Bowl, and Albany-Saratoga Speedways.
Utica-Rome drivers, officials, fans, and sponsors can still join NYSSCA, even though the 2000 season is over. Yearly memberships are $25 and include access to the injured driver's fund, eligibility for NYSSCA awards, NYSSCA membership card, and a monthly newsletter.
NYSSCA is not only for drivers, and all members can benefit from this great racing organization. For more information and for a membership form, go to NYSSCA on the web at www.nyssca.com or see Utica-Rome's website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com.