Utica-Rome Speedway Drops Dirt Sanction, Goes Independent For 2005 Season
VERNON, NY- After operating under DIRT banner for the past 6 seasons, Utica-Rome Speedway management has decided to part ways with the sanctioning body for the upcoming 2005 season. The stunning announcement adds Utica-Rome Speedway to a growing list of tracks leaving the DIRT fold, joining the Afton Speedway and Woodhull Raceway. The 2004 rulebook will be in effect for the 2005 season, with possible changes forthcoming to the tire and fuel rules.
After much debate, General Manager Dick Sweet and track owner Gene Cole made their decision on Wednesday December 22. "With drivers looking to freshen their equipment for next season, we had to make a decision either way so they could move forward," commented Sweet. Several factors led to the decision to leave DIRT MotorSports which include rule changes in the 3 divisions that compete at Utica-Rome Speedway and several items in the contract that tracks must complete to join the DIRT MotorSports organization. "While we agree in principle with the rule changes such as the rev limiters that will save the racers money in the long run, but we need a transition period to test the new ideas which they weren't going to make available. While highly successful in running the World of Outlaw Sprint and Late Model Series," Sweet continued, "we felt that DIRT falls short in the needs of our weekend warriors and the operation of a weekly short track. While DIRT may still be a future option of the Utica-Rome Speedway, we see little benefit in remaining part of the DIRT organization in 2005. We have a responsibility to our racers and fans of the Utica-Rome Speedway to put the best package together." Sweet also mentioned that they were several tire and fuel deals being researched to help keep the costs down for the competitors. Also, the weekly television show the premiered during the 2004 season will be again be televised in 2005 with work being done to penetrate more markets, adding exposure to the drivers and sponsors.
Be sure to keep up to date with all the late breaking news at the Utica-Rome Speedway by logging onto www.uticaromespeedway.com throughout the winter months. Along with all the latest information about the speedway, video of events from the 2004 season are available for viewing for absolutely free via the website. For more information, please call the speedway at (315) 829-4557 or Dick Sweet at (315) 725-5709.