Utica-Rome schedule big block modifieds

VERNON, NY - Due to popular demand, the New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon has scheduled the second Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modified Super DIRT Series 100-lap event in two years at the speedway for Thursday August 23. Also scheduled to be in...

VERNON, NY - Due to popular demand, the New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon has scheduled the second Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modified Super DIRT Series 100-lap event in two years at the speedway for Thursday August 23. Also scheduled to be in the special midweek show will be the DIRT Pro Stocks for a regular points show.

"The Big Block Modifieds were our main class from 1981-192 and 1985-1987, and it was great to have them back in action last year at the speedway," said track publicist Doug Zupan. "The fans loved the show last year, and having former track champions Jack Johnson, Brett Hearn, and Dave Lape in action once again. We had a tremendous crowd and response from that race."

After a classic 100-lap battle last year with Steve Paine and Jack Johnson, Danny Johnson stood victorious over all drivers in the first Big Block event at Utica-Rome since 1987. The event brought some of the top names in the history of DIRT Motorsports competition to Utica-Rome, and this summer's event should be no exception.

This year's Super DIRT Series 100-lap $6000 to win event should be an all-out shootout on the lightning fast Utica-Rome half-mile clay oval. Just some of the top drivers on hand will be Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Steve Paine, Bob McCreadie, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Doug Hoffman, Pat Ward, Andy Bachetti, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Horton, Frank Cozze, and former track champions Dave Lape, Jack Johnson, Brett Hearn, and Kenny Tremont Jr.

The gates will open at 4pm, with time trials beginning at 6:15pm and heat races beginning at 7pm. Time Trials will set the lineups for the heat races, and the top six time trialers will advance on to the five lap 'Exiss Trailers' Dash for Cash. Heat races, along with consolation races will set the lineup for the much-anticipated 100-lap all-star feature event at "The Action Track of the East".

The Sunoco Race Fuels 358-Modified Super DIRT Series will be in action at Utica-Rome on Sunday May 13 with a 100-lap special and will close the season out on Sunday September 16 with the season ending 100-lap event.

-Doug Zupan

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