Utica- Rome Speedway rained out 2001-05-27

VERNON, NY - Persistent showers and heavy thunderstorms forced Utica-Rome Speedway track promoter Eric Kingsley to cancel the racing events scheduled for Sunday May 27 just before hot laps were scheduled to take to the speedway. The entire NICE N'...

VERNON, NY - Persistent showers and heavy thunderstorms forced Utica-Rome Speedway track promoter Eric Kingsley to cancel the racing events scheduled for Sunday May 27 just before hot laps were scheduled to take to the speedway. The entire NICE N' EASY GROCERY SHOPPES/F.X. CAPRARA CAR COMPANIES program, including the WWF Monster Trucks, have been rescheduled for this Sunday June 3. Race time is set for 6pm.

A tremendous field of 29 DIRT 358-Modifieds, featuring the return of veteran drivers Mitch Gibbs and Ted Lamb, were all on hand and ready to do battle on the ultra fast Utica-Rome half-mile. Also waiting out the rain delay in the pits were 34 Sportsman, 23 Pro Stocks, and 12 Pure Stocks in addition to the 5 WWF Monster Trucks scheduled for a free style event plus kiddie rides. However, shortly after 5:15pm, the skies opened up and the rain began falling again, only to increase in intensity along with a heavy thunderstorm moving into the area, forcing speedway management to pull the plug on the program.

All events will revert to this Sunday June 3 at the speedway, including the WWF Monster Trucks. However, the Slingshots will not be in action once again, because of the Monster Trucks. Rain checks and pit wristbands from May 27 will be honored this Sunday June 3. General admission for Adults is $15, Seniors and Students $13, and 9 and under are admitted free of charge.

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 June 3 will open at 4pm, with racing beginning promptly at 6pm.

For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or visit the official speedway website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com. k -Doug Zupan

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