VERNON, NY - The DIRT Pro Stock division at the New Utica-Rome Speedway always produces some of the best support division racing action you will see anywhere, and the 2000 season was no exception. Here is a look at the top ten in 2000 season...
VERNON, NY - The DIRT Pro Stock division at the New Utica-Rome Speedway always produces some of the best support division racing action you will see anywhere, and the 2000 season was no exception.
Here is a look at the top ten in 2000 season point standings listed with hometown, major sponsor, and body style:
1. Tom Denton - 578 Points - (Bridgewater, NY - JRM Paving / 1999 Monte Carlo No. 94) - "The Toe" Tom Denton won his second consecutive DIRT Pro Stock Track Championship at Utica-Rome in 2000, his second championship overall at the fast half-mile. Denton won five features, and doing so, became tied with Jerry Holmes for being the all-time Pro Stock feature winner at the speedway. Denton amassed an incredible portfolio of nine top fives, and ten top ten finishes, but for the year 2001, Denton has secured a deal to move up to the DIRT Sportsman division.
2. Jerry Holmes - 527 Points - (West Winfield, NY - Ralph's Collision / 2000 Grand Prix No. 16) - Jerry Holmes struggled with a new chassis during the first half of the 2000 season, but he came on like gangbusters in July and August with four wins, one which included the Utica-Rome Mr. Pro Stock title on September 19. "Mr. Excitement" led the most laps (64) out of all competitors and he also had eight top fives and ten top tens. Currently, Holmes and Denton share the title of being the all-time Pro Stock feature winner, with eighteen career wins each at Utica-Rome.
3. Jason Rood - 502 Points - (Oneida, NY - Law Manufacturing / 2000 Monte Carlo No. 18J) - Sophomore driver Jason Rood had a consistent season aboard the Predator chassied machine, and even picked up a teammate in the backup car in "Mighty" Mike Watkins halfway through the season. Although Rood did not win as he did in his rookie season, he was always one of the top competitors week in and week out. His best finish was second on three different occasions, and he compiled a record of seven top fives and ten top tens on the 2000 season at Utica-Rome.
4. Bret Belden - 500 Points - (West Edmeston, NY - Enchanted Forest Water Safari / 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix No. 81) - Former two time track champion Bret Belden enjoyed an excellent year at Utica-Rome in his second year back in action after a few years off. Belden was armed with two cars, the newer one which was debuted halfway through the season, and what a rocketship it was. On the first night out at Utica-Rome on August 20, Belden scored a dominating win with the car, his first win in over a year. "Bretski" also defended his home turf by dominating and leading all 25-laps of the ARANY Pro Stock Super DIRT Series event on September 22. Belden's stats for the year include eight top fives and ten top tens.
5. Wayne Archer - 498 Points - (Illion, NY - Ron Bunce Paving / 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix No. B52) - 1994 Pro Stock Track Champion Wayne Archer always seems to manage a consistent season in the top five in points at Utica-Rome. He did not visit victory lane in 2000, but his best finish was third on two different occasions. Archer had six top fives and eleven top ten finishes on the millennium season. Look for him to have a good season in 2001.
6. John Kiskiel - 470 Points - (Rome, NY - Race Ready Products / 1999 Chevrolet Camara No. 21K) - John Kiskiel returned to full-time racing this year for the first time in several years, and he certainly put together a strong season. Kiskiel, who won his first race at Utica-Rome in the Amateur division in 1981, had a best finish of second to Bret Belden on August 20. In addition, he had four top fives and nine top tens this year.
7. Dave Moyer - 454 Points - (Oneida, NY - Moyer Masonry / 1999 Pontiac Trans-Am No. 56) - Dave "Moyer the Mover" debuted a Predator chassis for the 2000 season, and he certainly had some good runs with the car. Dave, the nephew of the legendary Norm Moyer, had four top fives and ten top tens, along with a best finish of third on two different occasions.
8. Stan Clark - 444 Points - (Bouckville, NY - Clark Racing / 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix No. 71) - Stan Clark only managed one top five finish on the 2000 season, which was a second to Jerry Holmes on July 16. However, the former Pure Stock driver compiled six finishes in the top ten other than the second place finish.
9. John Roese - 402 Points - (Middleburg, NY - Beach's Logging / 1988 Ford Thunderbird No. 28) - "The Richmond Racer" John Roese has been a long time competitor at Utica-Rome in the Pro Stock division. This year, he had three top five finishes, including two third places which were his best runs of the 2000 campaign. The car that Roese drives is a former Late Model, driven by his father Bill Roese to three feature wins on the old 5/8-mile dirt track at Utica-Rome in 1979.
10. Doug Grimaldi - 392 Points - (Frankfort, NY - Precision Collision / 2000 Monte Carlo No. 5) - Doug Grimaldi was the highest finishing rookie in 2000 at Utica-Rome in the Pro Stock division, leading two laps on the season. He did not finish in the top five, but his best finish was seventh on August 13 with four top tens. He could be one to watch for in 2001. <pre> 2000 DIRT Pro Stock Feature Wins
Driver Wins Dates Tom Denton 5 (5/14, 5/28, 6/4, 7/23, 8/13) Jerry Holmes 4 (7/16, 8/27, 9/3, 9/17) Frank Twing 2 (5/7, 7/2) Bret Belden 2 (8/20, 9/22) 4 Drivers 13 Events 13 Dates
Written by Doug Zupan