posted November 02, 2000 08:19 AM
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO RECEIVE NEW CLAY RACING SURFACE
VERNON, NY – Track officials at the New Utica-Rome Speedway are busy preparing for the 2001-racing season at the popular DIRT Motorsports sanctioned half-mile oval on Route 5 in Vernon. Construction crews will be working on several projects before the bad winter weather sets in, including improving the track surface.
During the 2000-racing season, drivers praised Utica-Rome track management on the track conditions. Ronnie Johnson, who won his first career Utica-Rome 358 Modified feature in a thrilling race over Roger Phelps on July 23 said, "What a race track! This is probably the best-prepared racetrack I have ever been on. Eric Kingsley and the guys do a heck of a job."
Andy Bachetti, who also won his first career Utica-Rome 358 Modified feature on May 7, echoed Johnson’s sentiments. "I really like Utica-Rome because it is always smooth and tacky with three distinct grooves and it fits right into my driving style."
During the coming month of November, Track Promoter Eric Kingsley, in an effort to continue and improve the good track conditions, will be adding many truckloads of clay to the current racing surface. This move is to make the racing action more exciting and competitive in 2001 and also to keep the dust at a minimum.
The T.H. Kinsella Stone Quarry in Fayetteville will be providing a screening machine to screen out rocks from the current surface as well as the new clay that will be laid down.
For more information on the 2001 racing season at the New Utica-Rome Speedway, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 and for the latest updates, visit the official speedway website at www.newuticaromespeedway.com.
Photo - turn1.jpg - The fast half-mile at New Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon is due to receive a new clay surface this coming month.