Utica-Rome June 30th preview

Double Modified features plus Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks this Sunday June 30 at Walton's Farm & Auto Repair Night at Utica-Rome Speedway. VERNON, NY -- The competitive 358-Modified division will take center stage at Utica-Rome...

Double Modified features plus Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks this Sunday June 30 at Walton's Farm & Auto Repair Night at Utica-Rome Speedway.

VERNON, NY -- The competitive 358-Modified division will take center stage at Utica-Rome Speedway this Sunday June 30 on Student Night with double features. Joining them in race action on the fast half-mile during the program sponsored by Walton's Farm & Auto Repair will be the Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. DIRT Motorsports sanctioned race time at the historic Oneida County track is set for 6pm. The rain delayed 358-Modified feature from June 16 will begin at that time with the regularly scheduled program to follow.

Young Matt Sheppard is the current 358-Modified point leader, although he is still winless in the 2002 campaign. Mitch Gibbs, Gordy Button, Gus Schmidt, and Todd Burley each have one win each, but several of the top competitors including the legendary Jack Johnson, Ryan Baye, J.J. Michaels, Jim Rothwell, John Ramsey, Mike Hulsizer, Aaron Excell, and Jason Barney have yet to visit victory lane. It will be an important night with two 30-lap Modified features on the line, and any of these drivers could win a feature or pull off a sweep of Walton's Farm & Auto Repair Night.

Mike Button appears to be the driver to beat as we head into the halfway point of the season in the Sportsman division. Jamie Christian, Kevin Crave, Paul Carey, and defending champion Tim Clemons have struggled recently but are hungry for the laurels of victory. Jason Rood, Bret Belden, and newcomer Denny Smith lead the way in the Pro Stock ranks, while it's Dave Mannise, Chuck Cushman, and Jeff Thorp the top dogs in the Pure Stocks.

The gates this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway on Walton's Farm & Auto Repair Night will open at 4pm with racing beginning at 6pm. Students ages 10-14 that present a passing report card will be admitted FREE to the grandstand area for the evening's racing action. Speedway management feels this is a great way to reward students for their long school year full of hard work. Regular show admission prices will be in effect for the bonus race program. The track is located on Route 5 in Vernon, just minutes off New York State Thruway Exit 33. For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com.

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