Twin $5,000s: 360 Sprint Car Cole Cup, ‘Modern Day Outlaw’ Modifieds Race for 5K Oct. 4
VERNON, NY – Twin $5,000s.
For one final time in 2022, Utica-Rome Speedway roars to life on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with a fan-pleasing program headlined by a pair of $5,000-to-win events at the Home of Heroes.
The 360 Sprint Cars Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) invade for the annual Cole Cup, a 30-lap event offering $5,000 to the winner, $525 for 10th and $300 to start.
Utica-Rome’s Sunoco Modified division, outfitted with sail panels, are set for a throwback to the ‘Outlaw Circuit’ days of old in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event offering $750 for 10th and $400 just to take the green.
The PST Sprint Cars will take part in an open draw for heat races, with passing points utilized for the 8-lap heats. The top-eight drivers in passing points plus heat winners (not in the top-eight) will transfer to a 4-lap Dash. The B-Main is 12 laps leading into the 30-lap Cole Cup feature.
The Cole Cup, first run in 2013, honors longtime speedway owner and advocate Gene Cole. Past Cole Cup winners include Stewart Friesen (2013 & 2014), Mark Smith (2016), Jason Barney (2017) and Davie Franek (2019).
The ‘Modern Day Outlaw 50’ for the Modifieds offers a draw for heat-race starting positions and a redraw of top qualifiers.
Utica-Rome/STSS rules will be in effect with sail panels on the Modifieds. Tire rules are as follows: American Racer 48 or harder right-rear; American Racer 44 or harder left-rear; American Racer open fronts. Hoosier D300 or harder will be permitted, as well.
Completing the midweek tripleheader are the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap event offering $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start utilizing STSS Crate 602 Sportsman rules (2,350 lbs., 6,200 rev chip). Tire rules are as follows: American Racer 48 or harder right-rear; American Racer 44 or harder left-rear; American Racer open fronts. Hoosier D300 or harder will be permitted, as well.
Crate 602 Sportsman will draw for heat-race starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers.
All gates open at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4. Hot laps hit the track at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Fulton Speedway, 36th Annual Outlaw 200 Time Is Here; Camping Opens This Wednesday, September 28
FULTON, NY – (September 26, 2022) – Race week is finally here where all roads will lead to the Fulton Speedway for one of the most prestigious events in Northeast racing, the 36th Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend Friday & Saturday, September 30th – October 1st.
Camping will open this Wednesday, September 28 beginning at 5:00 pm. There are no pre-sale camping spots, as they will be assigned upon arrival.
September 30 ‘Fast Friday’ will kick off all the racing action when traditionally the big and spacious pits are filled with race cars.
Racing will feature qualifying heats and consolations for the DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Series Shootout 50. Modified 15-Lap Qualifiers for the Outlaw 200. Winners will receive 17-20 starting sports in the Outlaw 200. Winners can advance their starting spots through Saturday qualifying heats.
Friday will also see qualifying and features for the $1200-to-win DIRTcar Pro Stocks Series, Mod Lite Showdown, Four-Cylinder Open, Hobby Stock Championship, plus the Novice Sportsman Championship.
Saturday, October 1 is two of the crown jewels in Northeast racing with qualifying to set the 36th Annual $20,000-to-win Modified outlaw 200, plus Last Chance Qualifiers for the $2500-to-win DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Series Shootout 50.
Defending Outlaw 200 Weekend Champions:
Outlaw Modified 200 – Mat Williamson
Sportsman Shootout 50 – Matt Janczuk
Mod Lites STARS East Coast Nationals 25 – Justin Williams
Four-Cylinder Open 25 – Mike Stone
Hobby Stock Championship 25 – Bob Buono
Novice Sportsman Championship 20 – Mark Potter
Will someone new add their name as a winner of the Outlaw 200 winner, or will a savvy ole veteran put another prestigious Outlaw 200 win in their trophy case?
Outlaw 200 Victories:
Billy Pauch – 6
Alan Johnson – 4
Billy Decker – 4
Danny Johnson – 3
Tim Fuller – 3
Jimmy Phelps – 3
Tommy Kinsella – 2
Frank Cozze – 1
Paul Jensen – 1
Kenny Brightbill – 1
Brett Hearn – 1
Pat Ward – 1
Matt Sheppard – 1
Michael Maresca – 1
Matt Williamson - 1
Everything Outlaw 200 weekend from tickets, pit vouchers, division registration, camping rules, and division & procedural rules are available by going to www.fultonspeedway.com once there click on the Outlaw 200 tab at the top of the page.
36th Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend Schedule
Wednesday, September 28
Camping lot opens for the weekend: 5:00 pm
No Pre-Sale Camping Permits. Camping Lots Assigned Upon Arrival. $75 for the weekend
Thursday, September 29
Early Hauler Parking: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, September 30
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series (30 Laps)
East Coast Nationals Mod Lite Championship (25 Laps)
Four-Cylinder Open (25 Laps)
Hobby Stock Open (25-Laps)
Sportsman Championship (20 Laps)
15-Lap Modified Qualifiers (Winners Earn 17th – 20th Place Starting Spots in Outlaw 200)
Sportsman Shootout DIRTcar Series Heats (8-Laps) Consolations (10-Laps)
Early Hauler Parking: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Ticket Sales/Will Call: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pit Gate Opens: 2:00 pm
Grandstands Open: 4:30 pm
Hot Laps: 5:00 pm
Heat Races Begin: 6:30 pm
Saturday, October 1
36th Annual $20,000-to-win Outlaw 200 for Modifieds
Last Chance Qualifiers & 50-Lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series Shootout
Pit Gates Open: 1:00 pm
Grandstands Open: 2:00 pm
Heat Races Begin: 5:00 pm
Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Championship: Approx. 8:00 pm
36th Annual Modified Outlaw 200: Approx. 8:30 pm
Sheppard claims sixth win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway heading into Super DIRT Week
MALTA, NY (SEPT. 24, 2022) – Matt Sheppard reminded fans and competitors why he is the eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar champion by claiming his first Series win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Saturday night.
Starting from 15th –after missing the redraw – Sheppard stayed out of the purview of onlookers for the first half of the Feature. While the focus was on the frontrunners, he gradually made his way up the field taking over 10th place by the halfway point.
With 17 laps left in the 100-lap matchup, things became interesting. Adam Pierson, who had led every lap besides the first up until that point, unexpectedly left the track with mechanical issues. Anthony Perrego moved into the top spot and was then tasked with holding off the advances of Billy Decker and Jeremy Pitts. As he held his focus there, Sheppard took every bit advantage of the extra time offered in the race’s duration to continue putting pressure on his competitors.
With 10 laps to go, the Waterloo, NY driver had made his way into fourth. But with some smooth maneuvering of his machine, he passed Jeremy Pitts and then soon after Billy Decker for the lead, crossing the finish line in first five laps later. It happened so quickly, it even surprised Sheppard himself.
“So, when we had the last caution on Lap 35 give or take, I was still 11th,” Sheppard said. “Adam Pierson was leading, and I know how good Adam runs here and I know Decker was running second. I got by Decker at the end there and I thought to myself we might have got second or third here. Finally, I looked over at the Jumbotron and saw my number on the top and I was like, what?! When they announced it on the one way, I actually believed it then, I guess.”
Second place finisher Decker battled for his runner-up position every step of the way. After starting on the pole, he dropped to third place where he battled to catch Perrego and Pierson. When Pierson left the track, he moved up and momentarily held the lead. But a hard charging Sheppard proved to be too much to handle as he was passed with five laps remaining.
“It got a little hairy over there,” Decker said. “I got facing down the backstretch there. I got a little aggressive getting into three there. I thought I could hook the cushion. Under that caution, it got a little slimy up there. This JSR team has been working really hard. We’ve been sneaking up on this a little bit. Not quite fast enough. The year is closing in. It was pretty close tonight, just not good enough.”
Anthony Perrego finished third, Marc Johnson finished fourth, and Jeremy Pitts finished fifth.
The contention offered the winner $10,000 and a guaranteed starting spot at the 50th Running of NAPA Super DIRT Week. Due to Sheppard having already secured a position at the prestigious race, the spot was then granted to the runner-up.
Feature (100 Laps): Matt Sheppard; 2. Billy Decker; 3. Anthony Perrego; 4. Marc Johnson; 5. Jeremy Pitts; 6. Peter Britten; 7. Demetrios Drellos; 8. Tim Sears Jr.; 9. Larry Wight; 10. Jimmy Phelps; 11. Max McLaughlin; 12. Mike Mahaney; 13. Jack Lehner; 14. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 15. Kevin Root; 16. Tim Fuller; 17. Mat Williamson; 18. Ronnie Johnson; 19. Brian Calabrese; 20. CG Morey; 21. Paul St Sauveur; 22. Neil Stratton; 23. Marcus Dinkins; 24. (DNF) Adam Pierson; 25. (DNF) Darren Smith; 26. (DNF) Stewart Friesen.
Phelps chalks up second career win at Albany-Saratoga
MALTA – It was supposed to be the prelim, but it sure looked like the main event.
Jimmy Phelps won a wild battle with Marc Johnson before pulling away to win the 40-lap big block modified feature to kickoff Malta Massive Weekend at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night.
The victory was just the second of Phelps’ career at Malta, and was worth $4,000. His first win at the historic Malta track came in 2015, when he won Brett Hearn’s “Big Show 7”.
With Johnson drawing the third starting position and Phelps starting fourth, the two were never far apart, and Johnson took his first lead of the race when he slid past pole-sitter Brian Calabrese in the second turn on lap six on a restart.
Track champion Matt DeLorenzo, who started fifth, used the same restart to move into third, but just three laps, his night was done, as he pulled into the infield. Phelps then took over the runner-up position on lap 10 and began cutting into Johnson’s lead.
Johnson was running the high groove, with Phelps on the inside, and Phelps was getting an awfully good run through turns 1 and 2. But as soon as Johnson saw the nose of Phelps’ car on lap 19, he turned up the wick, and went back out to a four-car length lead.
But Phelps was not done, and on lap 30, the two were side-by-side as they passed the flagstand. Phelps then got a good run down the inside going down the backstretch and grabbed the lead on lap 31, but just as quickly, he and Johnson changed lanes, and Johnson got his nose in front to lead lap 32.
Rich Ronca blew his motor on lap 36, leaving a trail of oil around the track, and the race was red flagged while the track crew spread a drying agent on the oil spill. Phelps timed the restart perfectly, charging out front and leaving Johnson to battle with Stewart Friesen for second. Friesen, who had started eighth, was rim-riding for the last two laps and caught Johnson with one lap to go to finish second. Johnson was followed by Adam Pierson and Anthony Perrego.
“I just wanted to keep it straight, and I guess the tires stayed better than his did,” said Phelps after the win. “I was able to get by him on the bottom, but then like an idiot, I moved back to the top and he got back by me. But that last restart really helped.”
Heat race winners were Perrego, Jeremy Pitts and Mike Mahaney.
The other highlight of Day 1 of Malta Massive Weekend was the 40-lap DIRTcar Fall Championship Series race, which paid $3,000 to win, through sponsorship from Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Dean’s Electrical Services and Agway True Value of Ballston Spa.
The win went to Quebec driver Cedric Gauvreau, who was making his first appearance ever at Albany-Saratoga.
Pat Jones, a three-time winner at Albany-Saratoga during the 2022 season, returned after a month-long layoff and drew the pole. He then set the pace for the first 29 laps., continually holding off Travis Witbeck and invader Mike Fowler.
But Gauvreau, who had started seventh, eventually moved into third and then used a restart to get the jump on Jones, clearing the leader coming out of the second turn and taking the lead on lap 30.
Witbeck also got past Jones on lap 32 and finished second. Jones hung on for third, with Chad
Edwards fourth and Fowler fifth.
Gauvreau said after the race that the victory made the long ride from his home in Chelsea, Quebec worth it.
“It took about five hours,” Gauvreau said after chalking up his sixth overall win of the season. “It was a long drive, but now I have the trophy. Now we’re going to drink a few beers to celebrate.”
Sportsman heat race winners went to Gauvreau, Jones, Tyler Corcoran, Cody MacPherson, Derrick McGrew Jr. and Mike Ballestero, as 67 sportsman signed into the pits.
MODIFIEDS: JIMMY PHELPS, Stewart Friesen, Marc Johnson, Adam Pierson, Anthony Perrego, Ronnie Johnson, Max McLaughlin, Demetrios Drellos, Brian Calabrese, Mike Mahaney CG Morey, Ken Tremont Jr., Don Ronca, Keith Flach, Darren Smith, Mat Williamson, James Meehan, Jeremy Pitts, Jack Lehner, Rich Ronca, Neil Stretton, Josh Marcus, Peter Britten, Brandon Daley, Kenny Aanonsen Jr., Matt DeLorenzo, Jack Speshock.
DIRTCAR FALL SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONSHIP: CEDRIC GAUVREAU, Travis Witbeck, Pat Jones, Chad Edwards, Mike Fowler, Cody MacPherson, Tim Hartman Jr., Andrew Buff, Tyler Corcoran, Derrick McGrew Jr., Cameron Tuttle, Zach Buff, Cody Ochs, Mike Coffey Jr., Zach Sobotka, Davis Boisclair, Jessica Powers, Dave Rogers, Chris Mackey, Willy Decker, Kyle Devendorf, Gerard LeClair, Darryl Nutting, Cody Castell, Dave Baranowski Jr., Nick Giardini, Dylan Madsen, Tyler Stevenson, Marty Kelly III, Ron Proctor, Mike Ballestero.
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