posted May 11, 2001 07:22 AM
UTICA-ROME DIRT MOTORSPORTS RACING ACTION CONTINUES SUNDAY MAY 20
VERNON, NY – Professional DIRT Motorsports stock car racing excitement returns to the ultra fast half-mile Utica-Rome Speedway this Sunday May 20. Scheduled in a regular program at "The Action Track of the East" are the mighty DIRT 358-Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots. Race time is set for 6pm.
J.J. Michaels claimed the win in the DIRT 358-Modified season opener nearly two weeks ago and has established himself as a driver to watch week in and week out. Michaels would like nothing more than to win some races and even a track title after the disappointment of losing the championship last year. Other top contenders including defending track champion Ron Holmes, Jack Johnson, Todd Burley, Ryan Baye, Roger Phelps, Steve Hulsizer, John Barker, Gus Schmidt, Jason Barney, Paul Jensen, and Mitch Gibbs, will all look to win their first feature of the young season. Rookie sensation Matt Sheppard will also be on hand to try to take home his first career Utica-Rome victory in the 30-lap feature set for this Sunday.
Other divisions in action this Sunday will be the DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Slingshots. So far this season, car counts are up in each division and management expects that trend to continue throughout the year as teams discover the excellent competition at the speedway.
You can be a part of the "Fastest Family Fun in Central New York" this summer at the Utica-Rome Speedway, a Sunday family tradition in the Mohawk Valley. The speedway is located just east of the village of Vernon on Route 5 and is easily accessible from New York State Thruway Exit 33. Free parking and overnight camping is allowed on speedway grounds. The gates this Sunday will open at 4pm, with Slingshot heats beginning at 5:45pm and racing taking the green from Starter Chip Burdick at 6pm.
For more information, contact the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or log onto www.newuticaromespeedway.com.