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BOSS Series to highlight racing action this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway VERNON, NY- This Sunday June 1st, John's Auto Restoration and JM Uvanni Motors will present a regular show of DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, and DIRT Pro Stocks, plus...

BOSS Series to highlight racing action this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY- This Sunday June 1st, John's Auto Restoration and JM Uvanni Motors will present a regular show of DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, and DIRT Pro Stocks, plus the first race in the inaugural season of the Battle of the Street Stocks/Pure Stocks Series (BOSS). A demolition derby and rollover contest is also scheduled. Gates open at 4 p.m., with racing action set to begin at 6 p.m.

Dale Planck continues to set the pace in the DIRT 358-Modified standings so far in 2003 with a win on opening night and a pair of second place finishes. Currently sitting in second in the early season point standings, Willy Decker has shown so far that he can compete for the victory on a regular basis and many expect his first Utica-Rome Speedway 358-Modified victory soon. Consistancy has been the key for Todd Burley, Jeff Kotary, and Paul Kinney so far to place themselves in third, fourth, and fifth place in points, respectively. Burley is still looking for the speed he had in 2001 that helped carry to the championship, while Kotary is looking to build from his first career win in the 358-Modified division and win his first ever title. Kinney has shown flashes of what the future may hold the youngster from Oneida, with a sixth and fifth place finish the last two events. After his victory last weekend, 2002 Utica-Rome Speedway champion Matt Sheppard jumped to sixth in the standings. Jim Rothwell was the only other feature winner so far this season. Other threats to win on a weekly basis include Mitch Gibbs, Ryan Baye, JJ Michaels, John Ramsey, Gus Schmidt and more.

Paul Carey has used to three top 5 finishes to gain the point lead in the DIRT Sportsman division, with a 2nd, 4th, and a 5th place so far in this young season. Vermont invader John Scarborough is currently second in the standings over Jim Roberts, Jessica Zemken, and Bill Shantel Jr. Jamie Christian, Steve Way, and Tim Clemons have claimed the feature wins in the three events run. 2002 Utica-Rome Speedway Sportsman champion Christian has had some bad luck and is eight in the standings.

Jerry Holmes conitnues to lead the points in a very competitive field of DIRT Pro Stocks, taking home two wins (one non-point victory) with Buddy Hencke winning an event also. Currently, Bret Belden sits a close second in the standings, with Hencke, Eric Vanderhoof, and Wayne Archer trailing. Last year's Pro Stock track champion Jason Rood has struggled some so far, and currently sits in eighth in the overall standings.

Utica-Rome Speedway will be the site of the first event for the BOSS Series for Pure Stocks, which starts it's inaugural season this Sunday. The feature event is scheduled to be 20 laps in lentgh and will coint towards overall track. Invaders from across the region are expected to show and support this event. Herm Staats and Dave Pope are currently tied for the point lead in the Pure Stocks, with Waylan Wilczek, Art Newman, and Rick Trexler trailing. Feature wins have gone to Staats, Trexler, and Jim Thomas.

A rollover contest and a demolition derby are are scheduled for this Sunday evening.

Utica-Rome Speedway hosts racing events on Sunday evenings from late April until mid-September with the DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. The "Action Track of the East" is located on Route 5 in Vernon, a short distance from New York State Thruway Exit 34. For more information, log onto the website at www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315) 829-4557.

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