Utica-Rome September 9th preview

The open competition Modified Run Whatcha' Brung 30-lap event is sure to be a wild and wacky affair, definitely different from the usual Sunday night jaunt. The rules for this event are simple -- there are no rules and ANYTHING GOES, except that...

The open competition Modified Run Whatcha' Brung 30-lap event is sure to be a wild and wacky affair, definitely different from the usual Sunday night jaunt. The rules for this event are simple -- there are no rules and ANYTHING GOES, except that ONLY Small Block Motors will be allowed. Race fans are sure to see some zany creations and surely the return of sail panels, drag rubber, and alcohol to the speedway for the first time since 1998. It will be just like the days of the old Outlaw Circuit all over again, and a great deal of fun to boot! Don't be surprised to see some Modified teams take the body panels off their machines, add a Sprint Car wing, and a nose wing to their cars to make them hooked to the speedway in search of victory lane!

George Kostelansky of Saylorsburg, PA leads a list of invading teams for this popular open competition event from non-DIRT sanctioned tracks of the Southern Tier and Pennsylvannia. Don't be surprised to see popular drivers such as Brian Weaver, Doug Worthing, Jim Mahaney, and Mike Colsten also in action as well, although their entries are not yet confirmed. Utica-Rome track regulars such as track champion Todd Burley, J.J. Michaels, Roger Phelps, Jason Barney, Ryan Baye, Ted Lamb, Jim Rothwell, John Ramsey, and Mitch Gibbs should all be on hand to challenge the invading drivers. It will be interesting to see what the track faithful will do to change their cars to attempt to beat the invading non-DIRT sanctioned teams.

The support divisions will all run extra distance races for extra purse money with the DIRT Sportsman going for $500, the DIRT Pro Stocks racing for $400, and the Pure Stocks vying for $300 to win. On average, over 100 cars show up weekly for the action packed five division show, which is normally completed before 9:30pm to allow everyone time to go home and prepare for the week ahead.

Utica-Rome Speedway gates on Sunday September 9 will open at 4pm, with racing taking the green flag from Starter Dick Sweet at 6pm sharp. The track is located just off the NYS Thruway on Route 5 in Vernon. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds. For more information, call the track office at (315) 363-2056 or log on to www.newuticaromespeedway.com.

-NURS-

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