Improvements continue at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY - Preparations and improvements are well underway for the 40th anniversary-racing season in 2001 at the popular DIRT Motorsports sanctioned half-mile New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon. Construction crews have been very busy this ...

VERNON, NY - Preparations and improvements are well underway for the 40th anniversary-racing season in 2001 at the popular DIRT Motorsports sanctioned half-mile New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon.

Construction crews have been very busy this off-season preparing for the Sunday May 6 opener, which will kick off the 40th anniversary season at the history rich track.

The speedway will receive a new clay surface, with rock free red clay recently screened with a screening machine provided by T.H. Kinsella Stone Quarry. Many truckloads of clay will be added to the current surface, in an effort to make the racing even more exciting and competitive in 2001.

The Slingshot track will be enlarged for the 2001 season, at least 80 feet longer on the straightaways with some banking in the turns. This will be good news for Slingshot competitors, as many of them felt that the track should be expanded for higher speeds and better racing.

Also receiving attention will be the concession area in the pits. The concession trailer will be removed, and a permanent and bigger concession stand will be built to better serve drivers, crewmembers, and spectators. This will help to alleviate the long lines at all the concession stands at the speedway.

In weekly competition at Utica-Rome in 2001 will be the headline DIRT 358 Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots. Everyone is anxiously awaiting Starter Chip Burdick's first green flag on Sunday May 6.

The 2001 schedule of events is currently being formulated, and will be available in February on the speedway website.

-Doug Zupan

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