Stewart Friesen Uses a Late Race Pass to Win 7th of the Year at Utica-Rome Speedway VERNON, NY- Despite having no caution periods to slow down the field, Stewart Friesen was able to overcome a huge lead by Dave Camara to win his 7th of the...
Stewart Friesen Uses a Late Race Pass to Win 7th of the Year at Utica-Rome Speedway
VERNON, NY- Despite having no caution periods to slow down the field, Stewart Friesen was able to overcome a huge lead by Dave Camara to win his 7th of the year at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Mike Button was able to claim the Sunoco Race Fuels East Region Sportsman Super DIRT Series event with Jason Rood the victor in the Pro Stocks; Chuck Cushman won the Pure Stock main, George Catanzano the winner in the IMCA Modified division, and Jim Money taking a thriller in the Four Cylinder Super Stocks
John Ramsey took the early lead in the 30-lap 358-Modified feature event as he was in search of his first win at Utica-Rome Speedway in 2004. Ramsey had built a comfortable lead over second place driver Don Mattison until Dave Camara moved by Mattison for the runner-up spot on lap 6. Camara, who had started 10th on the field, was on a mission as quickly caught Ramsey a lap later and passed him for the lead. Even though 2nd in points this season at the Utica-Rome Speedway, Camara hadn't led a single lap of a feature event in 2004 but that would change on this evening. Camara was setting a blistering pace out front and began lapping the field in wholesale fashion. While Camara was way out front, Stewart Friesen was charging from his 12th starting spot to move in 2nd on lap 11. At the halfway and still under the green flag racing conditions, Camara had a huge lead over Friesen, Willy Decker, Bobby Varin, and Todd Burley.
With Camara was way out front, Friesen was moving around the track looking for the fast line around the track and was beginning to reel in Camara. By lap 20, Friesen was on the same straightaway as Camara and seemed to get faster as Camara seemed to slow down. A lap later on lap 21, Friesen had cleared all the lapped traffic with the only car in front of him was the leader Camara. Lap 22 saw the two top runners running nose to tail around the speedway with Friesen looking for the first opportunity to get by Camara who was trying hold on for his first win of 2004. Friesen made his move on lap 26 and went around Camara to cap off his amazing charge to the front. Friesen opened up a comfortable margin at the end to record his 7th win of the season. Camara crossed the line for a fine 2nd place finish in the caution free race with Varin, Decker, and Burley finishing out the top 5 positions.
Elmo Reckner and Jessica Zemken led the Sportsman field to the green flag to start the 30-lap Sunoco Race Fuels East Region Super DIRT Series event. Reckner got the early advantage as he led the opening 4 laps. Chad Phelps took over the lead by using a lap 4 restart to his advantage, which dropped Reckner to 2nd. With a third of the race in the books, Phelps was out front with Mike Button now up to 2nd, Reckner in 3rd, Zemken in 4th, and Kevin Bates up to 5th. While Phelps and Button running out front, there was a furious battle for the 3rd spot between Zemken, Bates, and Paul Carey. On lap 17, Button made his move for the lead and got by the front running Phelps to take command of the field. Despite a couple of more cautions that brought Button back to the rest of the field, Button wasn't going to relinquish the lead for the remainder of the event. Button crossed in 1st with Carey moving up to 2nd by the end while Zemken, Bates, and Donnie Wetmore, Jr. chasing.
Jerry Holmes was the early leader of the non-point Pro Stock 15-lap main event with Tom Denton and Jason Rood in hot pursuit. Lap 5 saw Denton pass the front running Holmes to lead the next 5 circuits until he jumped the cushion in turn 1 to hand the lead back over to Holmes. The battle for the lead wasn't over yet as Rood hounded Holmes for the lead and his bid for the top spot was finally successful on lap 14 when Rood passed Holmes to lead the final lap and steal the victory. Holmes nipped Denton at the line for 2nd with Denton in 3rd. Ryan Lund finished in an impressive 4th place with Jim Normoyle coming home in 5th.
In Pure Stock action, Ted Crawford led the opening 2 laps of the event until Chris Cunningham took over on lap 3 after starting in the 10th position. Cunningham would lead the next 4 circuits, holding off a determined Chuck Cushman in the process. Cunningham's efforts would prove to be futile though as Cushman would gain the lead on lap 7. For the next several laps, Cushman would fend off Russ Marsden for the lead until lap 11 when Marsden would lead the field across the line. Marsden's streak of dominating the Pure Stock field would be halted when he suddenly slowed on lap 12 with mechanical problems. Cushman would regain the lead and race off to his 1st win of 2004 at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Cunningham, Phil Norman, Bob Bird, and Dave Pope would follow in the top 5 positions.
Bill Anderson would lead the opening 2 laps of the 15 lap IMCA Modified affair only to give up the lead to George Catanzano on lap 3. Despite some spirited runs for the lead by Sean Lias, Catanzano would never give up the lead to win his 3rd race of the season at the speedway. Lias would finish in second with Kevin Buff, Skip Pabis, and Anderson chasing.
The Four Cylinder Super Stock feature event would see Lorraine Birmingham lead the first 2 circuits until Chuck Powelczyk would power by to lead lap 3. The previous week's winner Jim Money would quickly move into the 2nd position and close in on the leader Powelczyk. Exiting turn 4 on the final lap, Money would make his move for the lead and win his 2nd straight race in a photo finish over Powelczyk. Alan Barker, Jeff Leslie, and Joey Delacruz would round out the top 5.
This Thursday, August 26, the 100-lap Turning Stone Casino Super DIRT Series for 358-Modifieds rolls into the speedway for a special midweek show. Tracey Road Equipment will present the night's action that will include a regular show of Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks. Gates will open at 4 p.m., time trials at 6:30 p.m., and racing will begin at 7 p.m. The following Sunday, August 29, will see C-Weaver and Hanifin Tire & Service present Twin 20's for the 358-Modifieds which will conclude their point season. Also in action will be a regular show of Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, and the final night of points for the Four Cylinder Super Stocks. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with racing promptly at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit us on the internet at www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway at (315) 829-4557.
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DIRT 358-MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- STEWART FRIESEN, Dave Camara, Bobby Varin, Willy Decker, Todd Burley, Mitch Gibbs, Gus Schmidt, Brian Weaver, Jamie Christian, Jeremy Smith, Paul Jensen, Tony Ross, Paul Kinney, John Ramsey, Andy Bachetti, Mark Flach, Dave Rauscher, Dave Bargabos, Ken McGuire, Todd Thomas, Jeremy Bargabos, Joel Thomas, Rich Price, and Don Mattison.
SUNOCO RACE FUELS SPORTSMAN SUPER DIRT SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- MIKE BUTTON, Paul Carey, Jessica Zemken, Kevin Bates, Donnie Wetmore, Jr., Billy Price, Chad Phelps, Steve Way, Jeremy Vunk, Kyle Lewis, Butch Reiter, Kenny Stafford, Elmo Reckner, Eldon Payne, Jr., Matt Janczuk, Tim Nye, Casey Williams, Jim Dallett, Waylan Wilczek, Adam Ferri, Daryl Hagen, JJ Courcy, and Bill Shantel, Jr.
DIRT PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- JASON ROOD, Jerry Holmes, Tom Denton, Ryan Lund, Jim Normoyle, Dave Moyer, Bob Mills, Craig Hale, Bill Knapp, Jeff Whitt, Brian Belden, Dennis Valentine, Lou Ganzar, Todd Fey, Eric Vanderhoof, AJ Digsby, Bob Johnson, Mark Effner, Ed Ostrander, Dale Guernesey, and Scott Tift.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- CHUCK CUSHMAN, Chris Cunningham, Phil Norman, Bob Bird, Dave Pope, Shawn Dunn, Jim Thomas, Walter Koperda, Zeke McKeown, Rick Condes, Chris White, Rob White, Rob Seavy, Ricky Marshall, Dave Janczuk, Ted Craword, Frank Hyatt, Stan Clark, Russ Marsden, and Art Newman.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-
GEORGE CATANZANO, Sean Lias, Kevin Buff, Skip Pabis, Bill Anderson, Aaron Jacobs, JoJo Donato, Dale Caswell, Mark Webb, Dennis Vroman, Ron Root, and Tom Delaney.
FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (8 LAPS)-
JIM MONEY, Chuck Powelczyk, Alan Barker, Jeff Leslie, Joey Delacruz, Lorraine Birmingham, Lee Hartzog, Tom Delaney, Jack Hill, and Rich Murtaugh.