Utica-Rome Spreedway report 2000-07-22

BIG A AUTO PARTS PRESENTS A REGULAR SHOW PLUS NYSSCA NIGHT=20 by Doug Zupan VERNON, NY - The fastest family fun in Central New York continues Sunday July 30 at the New Utica-Rome Speedway. Scheduled in a professional five-star DIRT Motorsports...

BIG A AUTO PARTS PRESENTS A REGULAR SHOW PLUS NYSSCA NIGHT=20
by Doug Zupan

VERNON, NY - The fastest family fun in Central New York continues Sunday July 30 at the New Utica-Rome Speedway. Scheduled in a professional five-star DIRT Motorsports sanctioned racing program sponsored by Big A Auto Parts are the DIRT 358 Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots. Race time is slated for 6pm.

Oneida's Ron Holmes, who has a comfortable forty-two point lead over Dale Planck, seems as though he could be the man to beat for the remainder of the season at Utica-Rome in the DIRT 358 Modified division. However, recent new feature winner Ronnie Johnson is fast, and he could be tough as the season winds down. Other drivers looking for the big 30-lap feature win are Tim Clemons, Todd Burley, J.J. Michaels, Roger Phelps, Andy Bachetti, and Billy Wilcox.

West Winfield's Jamie Christian has four feature wins so far this season in the DIRT Sportsman division, but Willy Decker is running strong and could be a threat to win on any given night, as could other top runner, Kevin Crave.

Bridgewater's Tom Denton is the current DIRT Pro Stock point leader and has been the dominant car this year at Utica-Rome. He is ready to debut an all-new chassis, which could mean more bad news for the rest of the competitor. However, Frank Twing, who has won in both appearances at the track this summer, has informed speedway management he will be returning to try to win another feature.

Westmoreland's Jeff Pastorella and Vernon's Chad Ray have recently won a feature each and put an end to Dave Mannise's dominance in the Pure Stock division. Other drivers close to wins are Jim Thomas, Herm Staats, and Mark Effner.

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) is having their special night at the speedway this coming Sunday as well. NYSSCA has been a long time supporter of stock car racing in the state, and New Utica-Rome has been a member track for many years. NYSSCA will give their special safety awards to each division at NUR, but each division must have at least five members to participate. The first NYSSCA member to cross the finish line in each division will receive an extra $50 for their racing efforts and membership in the club. In addition, a wild card drawing will be held for the members that did not receive an award in their divisions. NYSSCA representatives, Ed and Betty Biittig along with John Keegan, will be on hand at the speedway to present the awards and to sign up new members.

NYSSCA is a dedicated organization for the betterment of local stock car racing. Fans, drivers, crews, media, and even sponsors may be in the club, and there are definitely many benefits to being a member. For more information on NYSSCA, check the NYSSCA website out at www.nyssca.com.=20

The New Utica-Rome Speedway is a Sunday family tradition in the Mohawk Valley, and you can be a part of it this summer. The gates on Sunday July 30 will open at 4pm and racing will begin at 6pm. The speedway is located on Route 5 in Vernon, NY, and it is easily accessible from NYS Thruway Exit 33. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds.

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