posted August 28, 2000 01:12 PM
"NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" PLUS ELS SPRINT CARS HIGHLIGHT LABOR DAY WEEKEND RACING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3 AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY – The final regular points show of the 2000 season at the New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon is scheduled for this coming Sunday September 3. On this special night, dubbed the "Night of Champions", track champions will be crowned in every division after the feature events. Scheduled in DIRT Motorsports sanctioned racing action are the DIRT 358 Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots plus the return of the highly popular ELS Sprint Cars. Race time is scheduled for 6pm.
Baldwinsville’s J.J. Michaels has a slim six point lead over Oneida’s Ron Holmes in the headline DIRT 358 Modified division heading into the final point show. Neither driver has been Modified track champion before, so both drivers will be gunning for every point they can get. Mathematically, both Dale Planck and Billy Wilcox also have a shot at glory as well. Drivers looking to solidify their top ten spot in point standings are Tim Clemons, Ronnie Johnson, Gus Schmidt, Todd Burley, John Barker Jr., and Jason Barney.
Kevin Crave, from West Winfield holds a 29-point lead over Willy Decker of Vernon in the DIRT Sportsman division. It looks as though Utica-Rome will have a first time ever track champion, as neither Crave nor Decker has won the title.
Bridgewater’s Tom Denton just needs to start this Sunday’s DIRT Pro Stock feature to win his second consecutive Pro Stock track championship. Other drivers battling it out for top five positions are runner up Bret Belden, Jerry Holmes, Jason Rood, and Wayne Archer.
Dave Mannise, of Fulton, needs to start the Pure Stock feature to win his fifth consecutive track championship, and eighth overall. Chad Ray, Jeff Pastorella, Jim Thomas, and new feature winner Mark Effner will try to hold their top five point positions.
Jackie Botindari from Weedsport and A.J. Kingsley from Fulton share the upper hand in the track championship battle in the Senior and Junior Slingshot divisions as the drivers head into the final points night.
What drivers will become part of history along with the likes of former Utica-Rome Champions such as Richie Evans, Lou Lazzaro, Rene Charland, Jack Johnson, Dave Lape, Paul Jensen, and Dale Planck? Only time will tell, and the excitement, along with the drama, continues to build towards this Sunday September 3.
The New Utica-Rome Speedway is a Sunday family tradition in the Mohawk Valley, and you can be a part of it as the racing season winds down for 2000. The gates on Sunday September 3 will open at 4pm and racing will begin at 6pm. The speedway is located just 20 minutes west of Utica on Route 5 in Vernon, and it is easily accessible from NYS Thruway Exit 33. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds.
For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or visit the official internet website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com.