VERNON, NY -- Several special shows, including the return of the Big Block Modifieds in a midweek special and the 40th anniversary celebration, highlight the busy month of August at Utica-Rome Speedway on Route 5 in Vernon. August will be the...
VERNON, NY -- Several special shows, including the return of the Big Block Modifieds in a midweek special and the 40th anniversary celebration, highlight the busy month of August at Utica-Rome Speedway on Route 5 in Vernon. August will be the final full month in the track championship battle for each division, and drivers will be racing intensely for each and every point they can earn, so the racing action is expected to be hotter than ever.
Sunday August 5 kicks off the important month with a regular program presented by Pepsi-Cola, the official soft drink supplier of the speedway. In race competition on Pepsi-Cola night will be the DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots, with race time set for 6pm.
August 12 will feature the Nice N' Easy Grocery Shoppes/F.X. Caprara Car Companies rained out program from May 27. Scheduled are the headline DIRT 358-Modifieds, plus the DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. In addition, the Monster Truck Madness event will be held, featuring Monster Trucks being the likeness of WWF Superstars -- The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Undertaker in a thrilling free-style car-crushing competition. Although the wrestlers themselves will not be in attendance, a special WWF -- The Rock Ride Truck will be on hand to give FREE Monster Truck rides for children as well. The Slingshots will not be in race action, which will kick off at 6pm.
Sunday August 19 will be a night to remember at Utica-Rome Speedway, as the 40th anniversary celebration and Old Timer's Reunion will take place, featuring the cars and stars of the past at the speedway. In race action will be the DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots with racing beginning at 6pm. The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) will also be on hand to conduct their Millennium Hall of Fame ceremonies inducting former Utica-Rome greats Sonny Seamon, Bernie Miller, and Jon Button into the coveted NYSSCA Hall of Fame. NYSSCA representatives will also present their annual Safety Awards that evening to the current Utica-Rome drivers.
Popular top drivers of the past expected to be on hand for this event include the legendary Bill Wimble (coming up from Florida) and Rene Charland as well as many of the track's local favorites from the lower divisions. Track management also excepts several restored race cars of Utica-Rome's past on hand including those of Bill Wimble, Sonny Seamon, Bernie Miller, Jon Button's, as well as possibly former cars of Dick Clark, Lou Lazzaro, and Richie Evans.
Former track owner Dick Waterman will also return to the track for the first time since his family sold it in 1978. Murals, complete with photos, old newspaper clippings, programs, and other Utica-Rome memberboila will all be on hand. It will definitely be a night to remember and a very special night for everyone in attendance -- young and old.
Thursday August 23 will be the only midweek program of 2001 at Utica-Rome and the most-anticipated race of the season as Tracey Road Equipment will bring on the return of the DIRT Big Block Modifieds in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series. The 100-lap race will feature some of the biggest names in DIRT racing today including Utica-Rome all-time Big Block winner Jack Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Doug Hoffman, Chuck Bower, Pat Ward, Tim McCreadie, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Kenny Tremont, Vic Coffey, Dave Lape, and many more. The Tracey Road Equipment 100 will surely be a barnbuner, as it will be only the second time the Big Blocks will have raced Utica-Rome since they were the main division in 1987. Also in competition will be the DIRT Pro Stocks in a regular points show, with the gates opening at 4pm, time trials for the Modifieds at 6:15pm, and racing beginning at 7pm.
Sunday August 26 will end the long road of crowning the Utica-Rome Speedway DIRT 358-Modified champion for 2001 as it will be the final points night for the 358-Modifieds. Todd Burley of Spencerport looks to have the upper hand as the month begins, and could very well be on his way to his first career track title. In race action will be the DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots, with racing taking the green from Starter Dick Sweet at 6pm.
The final points night for the DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots will be Sunday September 2.
You can be a part of the "Fastest Family Fun in Central New York" as this summer winds down at Utica-Rome Speedway, a Sunday tradition in the Mohawk Valley that produces some of the most exciting three and four wide racing of the entire DIRT Motorsports circuit. Weekly Sunday evening racing action with over 100 cars runs from May until mid September, and racing is completed usually by 10pm to allow people time to go home and prepare for the week ahead.
The track is located just east of the village of Vernon on Route 5 and is easily accessible from New York State Thruway Exit 33. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds.
For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or visit the official internet homepage www.newuticaromespeedway.com.