Davis races to narrow win in Utica-Rome feature

PILEUP ON THE TRACK — Toby Klish, front, collides with the stacked up cars of Jeff Leslie, left, CJ Castelletti, 117, and Craig Pope, 42c, on the first lap of the sportsman feature race at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night. Matt Junczak went on to win the race. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

VERNON — Jimmy Davis made a late-race pass over Kenny Tremont to win the modified feature event at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night.

After 10 laps of racing, Davis battled with Tremont lap after lap and would try to take away the lead from the veteran throughout each corner. Davis though finally got on the inside of Tremont heading into the fourth turn with two laps remaining and got the lead when Tremont slipped up the corner as they raced to the white flag for the final lap.

Davis managed to hang to win his first career Utica-Rome Speedway modified victory, as Tremont finished as the runner-up and Matt Sheppard captured third. Defending modified track champion Stewart Friesen finished fourth and Willy Decker raced to fifth. Defending track champion Matt Janczuk went on to win the 20-lap sportsman feature over runner-up Jeremy Vunk and third place finisher Heath Carney, while Rome’s Chris Mackey finished sixth.

Shawn Frost charged off to win the 20-lap pro stock feature over Pete Stefanski as Tom Denton finished third, and defending champion Ron Hawker recorded his second straight win in the 15-lap pure stock race as Chris Cunningham placed second and Frank Hyatt came in third.

The speedway will host a 50-lap, $5,000 to win modified feature next Sunday and will hold a regular show of sportsman, pro and pure stock races, as well. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with racing scheduled to begin at 6 o’clock.