PAUL KINNEY SLAMS DOOR SHUT ON A CHARGING BOBBY VARIN TO WIN FIRST EVER 358-MODIFIED EVENT AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- June 18, 2006 - A night of exciting down to the wire finishes thrilled fans all evening long this past Sunday night at Utica-Rome Speedway on John’s Auto Restoration and JM Uvanni Motors night. Most events were in doubt until the checkered flag flew, especially in the 358-Modfieds as Paul Kinney won a thrilling race over Bobby Varin.
Dave Rauscher used the pole starting position to his advantage as he took command of the 30 lap 358-Modified feature event at the drop of the green. During the long green flag stretch in the first half of the event, Rauscher impressively stretched out a sizable margin in front as several drivers charged to the front. Mark Flach, Jamie Christian, and Paul Kinney battled for the runner up spot as Ted Lamb, Bobby Varin, and Willy Decker made their charge to the front after starting 10th, 13th, and 15th, .
The lone caution of the race for Todd Burley’s stopped car flew on lap 19; erasing Rauscher’s lead and bid for his first ever win. Flach used the restart to gain the lead with Kinney following him through to gain second. With five to go, Kinney slipped by for the lead with Flach falling to second, with Lamb, Decker, and Varin right in the mix. At this point, Varin made a furious charge to the front as he began using the extreme outside to pass a car each circuit. As lap 28 was scored, Varin was in second and closing fast on Kinney who was running the speedway’s bottom groove. Coming off turn four for the final time, Varin was making his run off the high side to make his run for the win, but Kinney slid up the track to cut off Varin’s run. Varin had to get on the brakes and settle for second as Kinney ran to his first career win. Lamb had another top three run as he finished third, Decker in fourth, and Rauscher falling back to fifth. Flach, Christian, Andy Bachetti, Gus Schmidt, and Bill Shantel Jr. rounded out the top 10.
2005 Utica-Rome Speedway Sportsman champion Paul Carey’s recent bad luck gave him an up front starting spot and when the green flag flew, Carey made the best of it as he raced away with the lead. 10th place starter Matt Janczuk began pressuring Carey for the lead on lap seven, and on lap 12 Janczuk was scored the leader. Carey battled back to regain the lead on lap 17 and raced away to win his second feature of the 2006 season. Janczuk settled for second while former Outlaw Modified campaigner Jeff Walton took third. Steve Way and Mike Button rounded out the top five.
Don Decker and Ed Ostrander took turns leading the first five circuits of the 20 lap Pro Stock main, until Jerry Holmes blasted by to lead the sixth lap. As Holmes led, Jim Normoyle and Bret Belden were making there way to the front and soon caught the leader. A torrid three way battle for the lead took place with Normoyle gaining the advantage on lap 10. Normoyle’s lead was short lived however as Holmes regained the top spot a lap later. As the leaders raced side by side, Belden chased, waiting for the front duo to slip up. Normoyle regained the top spot on lap 15 and would race away to his first win of the season. Holmes would hold off Belden for second with Belden settling for third. Fourth and fifth went to Tom Denton and Dave Moyer, respectively.
In Pure Stock action, Glenn Forward led the first half with Art Newman taking over on lap 10. Newman’s lead was short lived as 18th place starter took over on lap 11 of the 15 lap main. Marsden would claim his sixth win of the season with Ron Hawker, Art Newman, Chris Cunningham, and Chuck Cushman chasing.
George Catanzano’s first visit to Utica-Rome Speedway in 2006 proved that some things never change. After taking over the lead from Jim Roberts on lap six of the 15 lap IMCA Modified main, Catanzano would dominate the rest of the race as he did most of the 2005 to win his 100th career IMCA Modified A Main, his 17th at Utica-Rome Speedway. Roberts, Kevin Buff, Aaron Jacobs, and Dale Caswell followed.
Gregory Megerell won the One on One Spectator race.
This coming Sunday, June 25, at the “Action Track of the East” a regular show of 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks is on tap plus the Empire State Series for the IMCA Modifieds. Race time is 5:30 p.m. with gates opening at 3 p.m. More information can be found at www.uticaromespeedway.com or by calling (315) 829-4557.
JOHN’S AUTO RESTORATION/ JM UVANNI MOTORS RACE SUMMARY
358-MODIFIED FINISH (30 LAPS)-PAUL KINNEY, Bobby Varin, Ted Lamb, Willy Decker, Dave Rauscher, Mark Flach, Jamie Christian, Andy Bachetti, Gus Schmidt, Billy Shantel Jr., Todd Burley, Don Mattison, Mitch Gibbs, Jeff Kotary, David Orr, Bob Henry, Ken McGuire, Joel Thomas, John Ramsey, and Pete Taylor. DNS- Brian Weaver.
SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- PAUL CAREY, Matt Janczuk, Jeff Walton, Steve Way, Mike Button, Jeremy Vunk, Kyle Lewis, Brad Alger, Alan Barker, Casey Williams, Jeremy Wilder, Bill Price, Jeff Leslie, Danny Varin, Michael Teachout, Steve Kotary, Tim Mayne, and Tim Nye.
PRO STOCK FINISH (20 LAPS)- JIM NORMOYLE, Jerry Holmes, Bret Belden, Tom Denton, Dave Moyer, Mark Effner, Don Decker, Ed Ostrander, Bill Knapp, Harold Reed, Todd Fey, Jim Grippen, Rob Seavy, Chris Mackey, and Rob Langevin. DNS- AJ Digsby and Chad Ray.
PURE STOCK FINISH (15 LAPS)- RUSS MARSDEN, Ron Hawker, Art Newman, Chris Cunningham, Chuck Cushman, Mike Watkins, Jim Donaldson, Jim Thomas, Frank Hyatt, Phil Norman, Jim Lewis, Tim Janczuk, Chris Carr, Rick Condes, Herm Staats, Glenn Forward, Abbey Thorp, George Schulz, Shawn Dunn, Warren Jones, Matt Ball, Andy Potter, Dan Sandford, Kelly Pope, Brandon Warner, Nate Jacobs, Keith Stevenson, and Curt Prevo.
IMCA MODIFIED FINISH (15 LAPS)- GEORGE CATANZANO, Jim Roberts, Kevin Buff, Aaron Jacobs, Dale Caswell, Kevan Cook, Mark Chrzanowski, Pete Anderson, Bill Anderson, Jojo Donato, and Ken Rogers.
RAIN HALTS MAY 21ST PROGRAM AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- After several days of soaking rain leaving the Utica-Rome Speedway grounds unmanageable and with the forecast showing more rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, management decided to cancel racing scheduled for tonight, May 21.
Next week, on May 28, racing will resume with a huge holiday program when Gates-Cole Associates presents the Memorial Weekend Special. The Empire Super Sprints will invade the half mile oval for their first appearance of the 2006 season with the Central New York Mini-Sprints joining them. The 358-Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks will compete in a regular show while the Sportsman will compete in a 40 lap Race of Champion Sportsman Tour event. Race time is 5 p.m. with the gates opening at 2:30 p.m. Please visit www.uticaromespeedway for more information or call the speedway office at (315) 829-4557.
ALAN BARKER, TOM DENTON,
BRANDON WARNER, AND KEVIN BUFF POST WINS ON MIRABITO “THE ENERGY LEADER”
NIGHT AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
Alan Barker took off from his pole starting position at the drop of the green flag of the 20 lap Sportsman main, looking to shake off opening night’s bad luck. Despite several early cautions and challenges from a host of drivers that included Michael Teachout, Casey Williams, Tim Mayne, Tim Nye, Mike Button, and Kyle Lewis, Barker wasn’t about to let this race out his grasp as he raced away to his first career Utica-Rome Speedway win. Lewis, Nye, Billy Price, and Button followed Barker across the line.
Another driver looking shake early bad luck was Pro Stock driver Bill Knapp led the opening laps of the Pro Stock main event. Chad Ray and Don Decker pressured Knapp throughout the first half of the 20 lap event with Decker getting the advantage at the halfway point. Decker led for the next three circuits until 13th place starter Tom Denton grabbed the top spot as lap 13 was being scored. Denton would hold to score his first win of the season with Decker holding on to second. Filling out positions three through five were Chris Mackey, Knapp, and Jim Normoyle.
In the Pure Stock feature event, Shawn Dunn beat fellow front row starter Abbey Thorp to turn one to lead lap one with Chuck Cushman charging from 10th to lead the second circuit. Cushman would immediately be pressured by Curt Prevo with Prevo leading lap four. Cushman regained the lead on lap five and would off all challengers throughout the mid portion of the 15 lap event. On lap 12, Prevo would sneak by again to lead the event and would lead the field across the finish line. Prevo would come up light at the scales, giving Brandon Warner the win who chased Prevo across the line. Ron Hawker, Cushman, Chris Cunningham, and Russ Marsden filled out the top five spots.
Dale Caswell and Kevin Buff traded the lead several times in the early portions of the IMCA Modified A Main with Buff finally taking the lead for good on lap eight. Caswell would take the runner-up spot with Jim Roberts, Mark Chrzanowski, and Mike Smith trailing. Action resumes on May 21 at the “Action Track of the East” when North Norwich Motors and Trailer Sales presents a regular show 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and IMCA Modifieds. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5:30 p.m. More information can be found at www.uticaromespeedway.com or by calling (315) 829-4557.
MIRABITO “THE ENERGY LEADER” RACE SUMMARY SPORTSMAN FEATURE (20 LAPS)- ALAN BARKER, Kyle Lewis, Tim Nye, Bill Price, Mike Button, Casey Williams, Matt Janczuk, Tim Mayne, Brad Alger, Danny Varin, Jeff Leslie, Jeremy Vunk, Paul Carey, Michael Teachout, John DeForest, Jamie Yankowski, Craig Pope, Jessica Zemken, Steve Kotary, and Steve Way.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE (15 LAPS)- KEVIN BUFF, Dale Caswell, Jim Roberts, Mark Chrzanowski, Mike Smith, Aaron Jacobs, Bob Banks, Pete Anderson, and Bill Anderson.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- TOM DENTON, Donnie Decker, Chris Mackey, Bill Knapp, Jim Normoyle, Chad Ray, Dave Moyer, Bret Belden, Mark Effner, Rob Seavy, Jim Money, Bernie Companion, Todd Fey, Ed Ostander, Dave Cushman, AJ Digsby, Jerry Holmes, and Dwight Johnson.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- BRANDON WARNER, Ron Hawker, Chuck Cushman, Chris Cunningham, Russ Marsden, Darl Ellis Sr., Dave Mannise, Shawn Dunn, Jim Lewis, Dan Hofmann Sr., Tim Janczuk, Kelly Pope, Jim Donaldson, George Schulz, Chris Smiedy, Art Newman, Jim Thomas, Herm Staats, Keith Stevenson, Abbey Thorp, Frank Hyatt, Matt Ball, Pete Kowalski, Phil Norman, Andy Potter, Nate Jacobs, Chris Carr, and Curt Prevo.
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