Utica-Rome results 2004-08-01

VERNON, NY- Another large crowd was on hand to see Brian Weaver win a thriller over Stewart Friesen on Wilber-Duck Chevy/Buick and Ferris Industries night. Billy Price won his first-ever Sportsman feature while Jerry Holmes took his second ...

VERNON, NY- Another large crowd was on hand to see Brian Weaver win a thriller over Stewart Friesen on Wilber-Duck Chevy/Buick and Ferris Industries night. Billy Price won his first-ever Sportsman feature while Jerry Holmes took his second consecutive Pro Stock main. The Pure Stocks saw Chris Cunningham take his first career win; George Catanzano was the victor in the IMCA Modifieds while Chuck Powelczyk took home the Four Cylinder Super Stock win.

In the DIRT 358-Modified feature event, Willy Decker led the opening circuit from his 3rd place starting spot as he was looking to end his recent string of bad luck at Utica-Rome Speedway. Decker's lead was short-lived as Brian Weaver, charging from 6th, took over the lead. Several cautions for minor incidents slowed the field in the early going, but Weaver was able to hold off all challengers until Todd Burley grabbed the top spot on lap 10. At that point is was Burley, Weaver, Mitch Gibbs, Willy Decker, and Danny Johnson who was making a rare Sunday night visit to the Vernon oval.

Burley began to open a sizable margin as Stewart Friesen began to make his presence felt as he broke into the top 5 on lap 11. During a long green stretch that followed, Weaver was able to run down the leader Burley on lap 21, he was able to retake the top spot. The caution flew again on lap 22 when the cars of Paul Kinney and Danny Johnson spun in turn 2. Both drivers retired for the night. At that point, it was Weaver, Friesen, Burley, Gibbs, and last week's winner Bobby Varin.

When the green flag flew again, Friesen immediately began to pressure Weaver for the lead but Weaver was able to fend off all his challenges. On lap 27, the yellow flag flew again as Burley jumped the cushion in turn 4 and spun off the racing surface. On the next circuit, Varin was up to third and repeated Burley's feat as he went off the track in turn 4. One more restart would give Friesen the chance he needed to get by Weaver and steal the victory. Despite getting a flat tire on the final of the last lap, Weaver was able to barely hang on for his second win of 2004 at the speedway, with Friesen, Gibbs, Mark Flach, and Dave Camara chasing.

Matt Janczuk was early leader of the DIRT Sportsman 20-lap event as he grabbed the early advantage over fellow front row starter Pat O'Hanlan. Several early cautions kept the field on Janczuk's rear bumper, but Janczuk was up to the task in the early going. On lap 5, point leader Jessica Zemken moved up to the runner-up position and quickly grabbed the top on the following circuit. Janczuk wasn't going to give up easily as he ran side by side with Zemken for the next several laps, regaining the lead on lap 9. Lap 11 saw Zemken retake the lead as Bill Price was looking for his best finish of the season as he took over the second spot. Price immediately began to pressure Zemken and on lap17, Price took control of the field. Despite several late cautions, Price led the rest of the way for his first ever Utica-Rome Speedway wins. Paul Carey nipped Zemken at the line for second, Mike Button was 4th, and Kenny Stafford crossed in position number 5.

Looking to add to his slim point lead in the Pro Stock main event, Roy Fifield took command of the 15-lap main. Last week's winner, Jerry Holmes quickly moved into the runner-up spot on lap 6 and made quick work of Fifield as he took the lead on lap 7. At halfway, it was Holmes, Fifield, Mark Effner, John Pietrowicz, and Jason Rood. Rood steadily made his way into second and looked to run down the leader Holmes. Holmes was too fast as he was able to win his 3rd main event of the year. Rood, Fifield, Tom Denton, and Bret Belden all followed in the top 5.

In Pure Stocks, Chuck Cushman led the first 2 circuits until Russ Marsden made his usual dash to the front and took over the lead on lap 3. Marsden's string of wins would be put in jeopardy as he got a flat tire on lap 5. Marsden would pit on the ensuing caution and come back out on the lead lap. Chris Cunningham was the leader after Marsden's flat tire and would hang on to the end for his first ever career Pure Stock feature win. Dave Pope, Cushman, Marsden, and Zeke McKeown filled out the top 5.

George Catanzano was the leader of the opening 2 laps of the IMCA Modified 15-lap affair until JoJo Donato was able to sneak by him on lap 3. Donato would lead the field until Catanzano regained the lead lap 6 and never looked back. The winner from the previous week, Dale Caswell, was able to finish in second with Donato, Kevin Buff, and Richard Townsend chasing.

Chuck Powelczyk took the lead from the opening lap leader Jack Hill in the Four Cylinder Super Stock feature event and never looked back as he took his 5th win of the year. Jim Money, Joey Delacruz, Rich Murtaugh, and Jeff Leslie chased Powelczyk across the line.


DIRT 358-MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- BRIAN WEAVER, Stewart Friesen, Mitch Gibbs, Mark Flach, Dave Camara, Willy Decker, Gus Schmidt, Jamie Christian, Paul Jensen, Rich Pratt, Jr., Dave Rauscher, Todd Burley, John Ramsey, Don Mattison, David Orr, Joel Thomas, Mark Tily, Kory Gurney, Bobby Varin, Steve Hulsizer, Paul Kinney, Joe August, Jr., Danny Johnson, Todd Thomas, Tony Ross, and Ken McGuire.

DIRT SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- BILL PRICE, Paul Carey, Jessica Zemken, Mike Button, Kenny Stafford, Jeremy Vunk, Matt Janczuk, Steve Kotary, Matt Butler, Waylon Wilczek, Butch Reiter, Steve Way, Kyle Lewis, Sam Reakes, Jr., Randy Meka, Jason Memrick, John Cunningham, Tim Nye, Stewart Garrison, Jim Meka, and Pat O'Hanlan.

DIRT PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- JERRY HOLMES, Jason Rood, Roy Fifield, Tom Denton, Bret Belden, Craig Hale, Bob Mills, Eric Vanderhoof, Brian Belden, Dale Guernsey, Ed Ostrander, Scott Tifft, Dave Moyer, John Pietrowicz, Mark Effner, Chris Palmer, Dave Bruno, Bill Knapp, and Ryan Lund.

PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- CHRIS CUNNINGHAM, Dave pope, Chuck Cushman, Russ Marsden, Zeke McKeown, Bob Bird, Art Newman, Frank Hyatt, Rick Condes, Dave Janczuk, Phil Norman, Jim Thomas, Ted Crawford, Rob Seavy, Ricky Marshall, and Walt Koperda. DNS- Steve Delano and Shawn Dunn.

IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- GEORGE CATANZANO, Dale Caswell, JoJo Donato, Kevin Buff, Richard Townsend, John Mason, Aaron Jacobs, Skip Pabis, Bill Anderson, Mike Smith, Kurt Olsen, Lyle Smith, Chris Thurston, Rich Riggs, Ken Rogers, and Shawn Simmons. DNS-Darcy Vomans.

FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (8 LAPS)- CHUCK POWELCZYK, Jim Money, Joey Delacruz, Rich Murtaugh, Jeff Leslie, Lee Hartzog, Mike Stringer, Lorraine Birmingham, and Jack Hill.


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Series Stock car
Drivers Bobby Varin , Mike Smit