Utica-Rome August 23rd preview

Advance Auto Parts Super Dirt Series Rolls Into Utica-Rome Speedway This Thursday For Tracey Road Equipment 100 VERNON, NY -- Round eighteen of the twenty-five race Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series rolls into Utica-Rome Speedway on Route 5...

Advance Auto Parts Super Dirt Series Rolls Into Utica-Rome Speedway This Thursday For Tracey Road Equipment 100

VERNON, NY -- Round eighteen of the twenty-five race Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series rolls into Utica-Rome Speedway on Route 5 in Vernon this Thursday August 23 for the Tracey Road Equipment / Freightliner Selec Trucks 100. This will be the second appearance of the DIRT Big Block Modifieds at Utica-Rome in fourteen years, and it will surely be a night to remember. Time trials for the midweek special will begin at 6:45pm, with race time on the fast half-mile set for 7:30pm.

The very best names in DIRT Motorsports racing will converge on the Utica-Rome half-mile clay oval for the $6,000 winners share of the 100-lap Tracey Road Equipment special. Last year’s winner Danny Johnson of Rochester will lead current Super DIRT Series point leader Steve Paine of Waterloo into Utica-Rome. A host of other popular stars will also be on hand including Tim McCreadie, Bob McCreadie, Jack Johnson, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Chuck Bower, Jimmy Horton, Brett Hearn, Dave Lape, Kenny Tremont, Doug Hoffman, Pat Ward, and A.J. Romano.

A strong contingent of Utica-Rome’s regular 358-Modified teams will also be on hand, racing for bonus money as well as a coveted guaranteed starting position for Fulton Speedway’s Victoria 200, which will go to the first 358-Modified to finish the event. All track regulars supporting the event will be given 20 bonus points toward the season-long track point standings, and that could be very important with only one point race remaining on August 26. Except Mitch Gibbs, J.J. Michaels, Roger Phelps, John Barker, Gus Schmidt, and Ron Holmes all on hand to challenge their Big Block counterparts.

The DIRT Pro Stock division will also be racing in a regular track points event, and it will be a very important night for Jerry Holmes and Bret Belden, who are racing neck and neck for the Pro Stock track championship.

This season on the Super DIRT Series, Paine leads all drivers in the standings as well as in the victory column with six victories. Both Brett Hearn and Tim McCreadie have four wins apiece, with Jack Johnson, Billy Decker, and Danny Johnson with one win each. Neither Paine, McCreadie, nor Billy Decker have won at Utica-Rome before, so there could very well be a new winner in victory lane at the conclusion of the Tracey Road Equipment 100.

Utica-Rome Speedway gates on Tracey Road Equipment night this Thursday August 23 will open at 5pm, with time trials beginning at 6:45pm and racing taking the green from Starter Dick Sweet at 7:30pm. The track is located on Route 5 in Vernon and is easily accessible from New York State Thruway Exit 33. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds. For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or log onto the official website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com.

Past Super DIRT Series Events at Utica-Rome Speedway

August 17, 1982 -- 82 laps - Jack Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Danny Johnson, C.D. Coville, Dave Lape.

July 16, 1985 -- 85 laps -- Dave Lape, Bob McCreadie, Alan ohnson, John JBirosh, Jimmy Horton.

July 15, 1986 -- 86 laps -- Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Charlie Rudolph, Bob McCreadie, Doug Hoffman.

July 22, 1987 -- 87 laps -- Kenny Tremont,Jr., Mike Romano, Jimmy Horton, Chuck Akulis, Dave Lape.

August 24, 2000 -- 100 laps -- Danny Johnson, Steve Paine, Jack Johnson, Brett Hearn, Alan Johnson.

-NURS-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brett Hearn , Tim McCreadie , John Barker