DIRT LATE MODEL STAR R.J. WINDHAUSEN READY FOR UTICA-ROME ULMS LATE MODEL SHOWDOWN by Doug Zupan VERNON, NY - Top Southern Tier Late Model Star, R.J. Windhausen, traveled to the New Utica-Rome Speedway this past Sunday July 16 and became ...
DIRT LATE MODEL STAR R.J. WINDHAUSEN READY FOR UTICA-ROME ULMS LATE MODEL
by Doug Zupan
VERNON, NY - Top Southern Tier Late Model Star, R.J. Windhausen, traveled to the New Utica-Rome Speedway this past Sunday July 16 and became the first modern style alcohol powered Dirt Late Model to turn laps on the fast half-mile clay oval, located in Vernon.
Windhausen, from Fabius, NY, ran about ten total laps on the tacky Utica-Rome clay racing surface in preparation for the Thursday August 17 United Late Model Series (ULMS) Dirt Late Model Showdown.
Shortly after his practice laps, Windhausen commented, "Man, this track is really fast and has a ton of bite. We had some problems with our carburetor, and we borrowed one from one of the Sportsman teams, so we were a little down on power. But, I know we can go much faster, next time when we come here we will be better prepared. I really hope that everyone comes out here to Utica-Rome to see our show on August 17. I think that everyone, especially fans that have never seen a Late Model race, will really love the show that night."
Windhausen will join an all-star field of Dirt Late Model teams, such as MACS drivers Jim Mazur and Ed Carley, along with STARS driver Todd Andrews. Other top teams scheduled to be at Utica-Rome include current McKean County Raceway point leader Bob Baldwin, Skyline/Penn-Can point leader Dan Stone, Mike Wonderling, Brady Wonderling, Allen Coy, Gene Sharpsteen, Ike Fanton, Jon Law, and many others. Both Stone and Coy are guaranteed starters for the $4,000 to win event at Utica-Rome.
An exhibition, with several Late Models, is currently being planned for Sunday night August 13, just four days before the August 17 special.
Weighing around 2300 pounds, Dirt Late Models are a sleek, low slung, and alcohol breathing racing machine. Complete with stock appearing nosepieces and big aluminum bodies, these 430 cubic inch monsters will reach very high speeds around the lightning fast NUR half-mile oval. The fans will be on their feet, as many of the drivers will be three wheeling their machines with the left front tire off the ground.
The anticipation is building for this monumental event at Utica-Rome on August 17, which will bring Dirt Late Models back into Central New York for the first time since Super DIRT Week in 1996.