Utica-Rome Speedway July 15th preview

Federated Auto Parts Nascar Craftsman Truck To Be On Display This Sunday At Utica-Rome Speedway VERNON, NY - The Federated Auto Parts NASCAR Craftsman Truck, driven by Ken Schrader, will be on display in the midway this coming Sunday July 15 at...

Federated Auto Parts Nascar Craftsman Truck To Be On Display This Sunday At Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY - The Federated Auto Parts NASCAR Craftsman Truck, driven by Ken Schrader, will be on display in the midway this coming Sunday July 15 at Utica-Rome Speedway. In thrilling race competition on Federated Auto Parts Night will be the mighty DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman (Non-Point), DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots. Race time at the popular half-mile celebrating its 40th anniversary, is set for 6pm.

Todd Burley and the ageless Jack Johnson lead all competitors in the DIRT 358-Modified division with three victories apiece, and are one-two in the points respectively. Other drivers that have won this season include J.J. Michaels, Danny Johnson, and John Ramsey, but several top drivers, including defending track champion Ron Holmes are still winless as the season hits the halfway mark. Holmes, who has been shut out of victory lane twice by new rival Todd Burley, is hungry and gaining momentum as the season wears on. Other drivers challenging for the huge win in the Federated Auto Parts 30-lap event this Sunday will be Steve Hulsizer, Gus Schmidt, John Barker, Mitch Gibbs, Paul Jensen, Jason Barney, and Ryan Baye.

The DIRT Sportsman division will have a 20-lap non-points affair, due to the Super DIRT Series event at the Gasport Speedway in Ontario. Expect top drivers Jamie Christian, Dan Yankowski, Kevin Crave, Gordy Button, and Mike Button to all be in contention for the win at Utica-Rome this Sunday on Federated Auto Parts Night.

Jerry Holmes and John Pietrowicz have dominated the DIRT Pro Stock division this season, but drivers such as a consistent Bret Belden, Jason Rood, Wayne Archer, and Jim Normoyle are looking for their first victories of the season. Dave Mannise and Jeff Pastorella are the drivers to beat in the Pure Stock ranks, but veterans such as Jim Thomas, George Schulze, and Herm Staats as well as teenager Waylan Wilczek will be tough to contend with as time wears on. The second year Slingshot division has been very competitive this season, with six different winners including J.J. Courcy, Brian Thomas, Randy Marsh, Dave Barrows, Mike Teachout, and points leader Denny Tilison.

You can be a part of all the family fun and excitement this summer at Utica-Rome Speedway, a Sunday tradition in the Mohawk Valley that produces some of the most-thrilling three and four wide racing on the entire DIRT Motorsports circuit. On average, over 110 cars show up weekly for the action packed five division show, which is completed around 10pm to allow everyone 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.

The gates this Sunday July 15 at Utica-Rome Speedway on Federated Auto Parts Night will open at 4pm, with racing taking the green from Starter Chip Burdick at 6pm. For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or log onto the official website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com.

-NURS-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , John Barker , Brian Thomas