Utica-Rome Speedway preview 2002-06-09

Regular Show plus one on one spectator races on Big Frog 104 Night this Sunday June 9 at Utica-Rome Speedway. VERNON, NY -- Big Frog 104.3, the country music station that gets you closer to the stars, will present the DIRT Motorsports race ...

Regular Show plus one on one spectator races on Big Frog 104 Night this Sunday June 9 at Utica-Rome Speedway.

VERNON, NY -- Big Frog 104.3, the country music station that gets you closer to the stars, will present the DIRT Motorsports race excitement this Sunday June 9 at Utica-Rome Speedway. In race competition will be the 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus the return of the popular One on One Spectator Races. Race time at the historic Oneida County track is set for 6pm.

Mitch Gibbs and Gordy "Panic" Button are the drivers to beat so far this season, as both have taken home a win each in 358-Modified race action. However, teenager Matt Sheppard is the current points leader and is hungry for his first career win at the speedway. Other top drivers looking for the 30-lap Big Frog 104.3 feature victory include the legendary Jack Johnson, Steve Hulsizer, Ron Holmes, J.J. Michaels, Jason Barney, Gus Schmidt, John Ramsey, Ryan Baye, and Aaron Excell.

Jamie Christian, Kevin Crave, and Jim Roberts are the top three drivers in the competitive Sportsman division, while in the Pro Stocks, Bret Belden continues to defend his track title, with Jason Rood and newcomer Denny Smith right behind. Dave Mannise leads rivals Jeff Thorp and Chuck Cushman in the Pure Stock rankings to date. Race fans will be treated to great three and four wide fast paced race action this Sunday, with over 100 cars expected to be in competition.

Have you ever wanted to take a fast lap in your own personal vehicle around the half-mile "Action Track of the East"? Well, now you can this Sunday June 9 as the popular One on One Spectator Races will return for the first time this season. All you need is your car you drove to the track, a helmet, and a pit pass, and you can compete against other drivers in elimination rounds in an actual drag race lap around the speedway.

Big Frog 104.3 will be hosting weekly live Utica-Rome driver interviews starting on Friday June 7 on the "Matt and the Bullfrog in the Morning" show from 6-10am. Listen to the Frog this week and throughout the summer months for Utica-Rome Speedway promotions.

The gates this Sunday June 9 on Big Frog 104.3 Night will open at 4pm, with racing beginning at 6pm. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds. For more information, contact the track office at (315) 829-4557 or log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com.

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