Friesen makes it two straight U-R victories

BRUSH PAST — Utica-Rome Speedway driver Stewart Friesen, top, overtakes Jason Rood for the lead in the 30-lap modified feature race on Sunday night. Friesen went on to win the race and Rood spun after contact with another car and finished in 11th place. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

VERNON — Stewart Friesen picked up his second consecutive and third win of the season at Utica-Rome Speedway by beating out Pat Ward in the 30-lap modified race on Sunday night.

Friesen fought his way through the field from his 14th starting position and made it inside the top five after 12 laps of competition.

On lap 22, Friesen drove past Larry Wight for second and completed his march to the front by taking over the lead from Jason Rood on the next lap.

Wight and Rood battled side-by-side for second and brought out the race’s first caution when Rood spun out after the two made contact. Friesen still managed to drive away from the field on the restart to later take the checkered flag as Ward drove from fourth on the restart to the runner-up spot over the third placeman Wight on the final lap. Jimmy Davis came home in fourth, and Alan Johnson rounded out the top five.

Matt Janczuk charged from 14th to the victory in the 20-lap sportsman race for his second straight win and fourth overall this year, as Claude Hutchings Jr. finished second and Steve Way captured third.

Tom Denton was the winner of the 20-lap pro stock feature for his third win, while Glenn Forward raced to second and Chris Carr picked up third.

Ron Hawker collected his third win of the season in the 15-lap pure stock race, as Ricky Breed picked up second and Nathan Peckham finished third.

Utica-Rome Speedway will host a special Thursday night event this week with Fan Appreciation Night. A full show of modifieds, sportsman, pro stocks and pure stocks is scheduled for a $5 admission price with a canned good donation or $7 without a donation. All donations will benefit the local food pantries.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 7.