Genesee Ready to Welcome Invaders for 1st Annual Topless Crate Nationals
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (September 11, 2017)- The 2017 Season is almost over, but not until it goes out with a bang.
This Saturday and Sunday, the Genesee Speedway will host the 1st Annual Topless Crate Nationals. It is a two-day event featuring nine enormous races, all with impressive payouts, over $50,000 in total payout is set for the weekend.
The most prominent payouts, of course, will be the $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start Features on Sunday for the Sportsman and Crate Late Models. To add to the fun, three of the divisions will peel the roofs off to see the sky while they race against the area’s top stars. Information about the rule adjustments is available on the website and on the Genesee Facebook page. In order to qualify for these Sunday features though, the teams will need to role in on Saturday to qualify for the big show. As an added bonus though, both divisions will run 25-lap, $1,500-to-win races on Saturday, with separate qualifying races included. These will be the two most heralded trophies handed out at Genesee all season long and a host of names are expected to be on hand to see if they can nail the setup on the 1/3-mile.
The street stock portion of the weekend has grown by leaps and bounds over the last month, with the division now running both afternoons in separate $1,000-to-win features. This is sure to bring in competitors from across the area to see if they can take home their share of the pie.
The mini stocks will also be running both days with a pair of $300-to-win features. To round out the racing card, the 360 Late Models make their final appearance this year on Saturday with a special $600-to-win race and, oh yeah, they will go topless too!
Racing on both Saturday and Sunday will start at 3:00 P.M., with hot laps possible at 2:00 P.M. Two-day passes are available and pit gates will swing open at Noon and plenty of camping will be available to make it a weekend that you simply can’t miss. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
Saturday, September 16
Pits open at Noon, Racing at 3:00 PM
Topless Crate Late Models: $1,500-to-win (plus Sunday Heat Races)
Topless Crate Sportsman: $1,500-to-win (plus Sunday Heat Races)
Topless 360 Late Models: $600-to-win
Street Stocks: $1,000-to-win
Mini Stocks: $300-to-win
Saturday, September 17
Pits open at Noon, Racing at 3:00 PM
Topless Crate Late Models: $3,000-to-win
Topless Crate Sportsman: $3,000-to-win
Street Stocks: $1,000-to-win
Mini Stocks: $300-to-win
Warner Pockets $5,000 in Ultimate Sportsman Showdown at Utica-Rome
VERNON, NY – It came down to a race between two of the best in the Sportsman division on Sunday night at the Utica-Rome Speedway in the first ever Ultimate Sportsman Showdown. Rocky Warner and Dave Marcuccilli battled during the 50-lap feature with Warner coming out on top and taking the winner's share of $5,000.
"This is pretty darn good," said Warner after a roof dance in victory lane. "I got to thank the sponsors that put the money up. I hope we put on a show for the fans. Dave (Marcuccilli) and I were so close the last few laps racing real nice and clean. That was exciting."
Warner, of Gloversville, N.Y., drew the pole position for the start of the star-studded Broedel Energy Sportsman feature which was run with support from Donath MotorWorx, Fastline Performance/FOX Shocks and Extreme Performance and contingency prizes from Beyea Custom Headers. He raced out to the lead at the green over outside pole starter A.J. Filbeck.
Warner remained in front with dicing for position going on behind him. Filbeck tussled with Scott Duell and eventual runner-up finisher Marcucilli. The trio worked each other over with Duell ending up second before five laps were complete.
The first of two cautions came on lap six as David Shilling clipped an implement tire on the bottom of turns one and two. He spun with several other cars involved including Zach Sabotka, Kyle Kiehn, Corey Barker and Jeff Taylor. Kiehn and Taylor were the only two drivers unable to continue.
Warner won the race off of four at the green beating Duell to the first corner. Duell now had to fight off Marcuccilli for the second spot. Marcuccilli tormented Duell before finally taking second on lap 11. All the while Warner continued to keep a solid advantage over the field.
Laps clicked northward as Marcuccilli tried to track down the race leader Warner. Warner worked the top lane on the speedway with Marcuccilli making some progress at cutting into his lead by working the middle groove. They remained easily in front as Duell ran third.
The only other yellow was necessary on lap 18 as Sabotka had problems causing him to spin in the fourth corner. This put the two heavyweights on the front row. Like they'd done the whole race up to this point, Warner and Marcuccilli moved away from the field with Duell watching from third.
At the halfway point it was Warner leading Marcuccilli while Duell was busy waging a war with 13th starting Connor Cleveland. Cleveland worked and worked as he tried to take the third position away from Duell. He eventually got the spot on lap 35.
As the same moment as the pass for third occurred, Warner and Marcuccilli were working into traffic for the first time in the event. Marcuccilli closed up to Warner's back bumper. Warner bobbled on the top of turns three and four allowing Marcuccilli to take the lead on lap 37.
Warner regrouped the following circuit and pulled even with Marcuccilli on the back straightaway. They stayed side-by-side through turns three and four. As they exited the corner Warner made a three-wide move to get by a slower car to jump back in front of Marcuccilli at the line.
"I hate starting on the pole," commented Warner. "I like starting fourth, fifth, sixth or somewhere like that. You get to feel the race track out and see what's out there left for us. I thought I had a good line going. I think the last ten laps I used every inch of this race track to block off Dave."
Warner did lead the final 12 laps of the race to pick up the feature victory with Marcuccilli finishing in second. Marcuccilli, of Cayuga, N.Y., gave it all he had but just couldn't find the right line to keep Warner behind him.
"I'm happy with it," mentioned Marcuccilli. "I stayed on the same straightaway with him. I was able to move around as he was the leader. I think I was a little better than he was. Once we got into lapped traffic I thought I was going to be okay. That then lapped car kind of pinched me down. I'm happy. The car was really good."
Cleveland was the fastest car at the conclusion of the event. Unfortunately he hit a yuke tire late in the race bending up his front end. Had he not had the issue he may have had something for the top two.
"It was a few laps to go when I hit the tire and nocked the left front out," stated Cleveland. "I thought I was going to be able to be up there and battle for the win, but third is better than it could have been."
Duell held on to finish a strong fourth while Todd Root completed the top five.
Eight heat races were run with Warner, Filbeck, Duell, Jackson Gill, Marcuccilli, Tim Schneider, Kevin Root and Todd Root earning the wins. James Friesen was the winner of the B-Main, JaMike Sowle took the C-Main while Tyler Thompson scored the D-Main win for the 68 cars that attempted to qualify for the 24-car starting field.
Up next at the speedway the DIRTcar 358-Modified series returns for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, October 3, as the kick off to Super DIRT Week XLVI. Race time for that event is scheduled for 7pm. The Cole Cup for the 360 Sprints is also on the schedule as well the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman.
For more information on the remaining season schedule and more please visit our website at www.uticaromespeedway.com. More information is available by calling the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or by following us on Facebook at Utica Rome Speedway or on Twitter @UR_Speedway.
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY RESULTS 9/10/17
A-MAIN FINISH (50-LAPS): Rocky Warner, Dave Marcuccilli, Connor Cleveland, Scott Duell, Todd Root, Matt Janczuk, Tyler Trump, Kevin Root, Jackson Gill, Kyle Inman, Willy Decker, Will Shields, A.J. Filbeck, James Friesen, Glenn Forward, Zach Sobotka, Corey Barker, Tim Schneider Jr., Tommy Collins Jr., Mark Effner, Tye-Scott Rood, David Schilling, Kyle Kiehn, Jeff Taylor
B-MAIN FINISH (15-LAPS): James Friesen, Willy Decker, Corey Barker, Mark Effner, Jeff Taylor, Kyle Kiehn, Glenn Forward, Will Shields DNQ Willy Decker Jr., Dave Moyer, Jason Shipclark, JaMike Sowle, Ben Wheeler, Alan Fink, Chad Edwards, Jeremy Pitcher, Joe Isabell, Rick Miller, Brad Alger, Rocco Leone, Anthony Stockman, Charlie Tibbitts, Andrew Buff, Joe Abbass
C-MAIN FINISH (12-LAPS): JaMike Sowle, Jason Shipclark, Anthony Stockman, Joe Isabell, Jeremy Pitcher, Charlie Tibbitts, Rick Miller, Rocco Leone DNQ A.J. Miller, Mike Phelps, Kane Bristol, Tony Komuda, Brent Joy, Tyler Thompson, Aaron Jacobs, Sean Berdsley, Nate Higgins, Tim Baker, Garrison Krentz, Allan Hodge, George Dyer, Kevin Ridley, Stephen Denton, Chris Mackey
D-MAIN FINISH (10-LAPS): Tyler Thompson, A.J. Miller, Sean Beardsley, Aaron Jacobs, Brent Joy, George Dyer, Allan Hodge, Garrison Krentz DNQ Andrew Wren, CJ Castelletti, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Joe Orlando, Jake Granacker, Lucas Heintz, Tyler Rodgers, Jeremy Nestved, Mike Block, Ben Karlsen, Kelly Smith, Richard Hunt
RACE OF CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCES NEW TRADITION WITH SPECIAL TROPHY FOR TONIGHT
AT HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY
-Also Announcement in Regard to Tonight's Racing Eligibility-
Port Colborne, Ontario – (August 22, 2017) – In 1951 a tradition began that has spanned 67 racing seasons. Each year since 1951 there has been a Race of Champions winner and the winner's name was etched and placed on a perpetual trophy topped by an iconic silver cup that was dedicated to and renamed the Al Gerber Memorial Trophy, one of the most recognized trophies in motorsports today.
Originally the race was run on a dirt surface at the legendary Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway and Hully Bunn of Connecticut claimed the victory in 1951. The race was run on dirt 14 times until the track was paved in 1965. Modified driving icon, Dutch Hoag of Bath, N.Y., was the only driver to win the race on both dirt and asphalt.
Tonight, at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario, the dirt racing tradition that was originally created will be brought back to life with the running of the Pete Cosco Memorial Race of Champions. The winner will receive a trophy with a silver cup and the Race of Champions is creating a perpetual trophy which will debut tonight, that will be dedicated in Pete Cosco's name, but recognize the great driver's that win it year-after-year.
"It has been my goal of establishing a Race of Champions on dirt that provides the winner with something special that will be recognized year-after-year," offered Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions. "When Linda Cosco, Bob Davidson and myself originally spoke, this was not something we had originally discussed. Over time I began to think about all that Pete Cosco meant to racing in the Niagara and Western New York regions, the people he helped, the work he did with Humberstone, his dedication and passion about the sport. Linda has done an incredible job of carrying on that passion, along with her family. It is a racing family, dedicated to the betterment of short track racing at a grassroots level and that's what the Race of Champions was built around."
The Pete Cosco Race of Champions Trophy will be awarded each year. The event will be determined and scheduled by Race of Champions management and the Cosco and Davidson families. The winner will also get to keep the perpetual trophy for a time after the event and receive a keepsake replica silver cup that signifies being a Race of Champions winner.
In addition, at the request of several Dirt Sportsman Competitiors, Dirt Sportsman racers that are in the top-five in either the Race of Champions Dirt 602 Modified Series or Humberstone Speedway championship standings as of today, will be permitted to attempt to qualify for tonight's Race of Champions Dirt Modified race at Humberstone Speedway provided they upgrade their Membership to a Modified level and enter by purchasing a second pit pass to compete.
Where: New Humberstone Speedway
When: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2017. Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, Racing at 6:30 pm
Directions: The track is located is just a short drive from Niagara Falls and St. Catherines, Ontario as well as just 20-miles from downtown Buffalo and the Peace Bridge at 1716 HWY 3 in Port Colborne, Ontario.
What: The Pete Cosco Memorial Weekend Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco; Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Rankin Construction Pete Cosco Memorial