Diverse shows highlight Utica-Rome Speedway

Published Aug 12, 2018 at 9:00am

Next week promises to be very different for Utica-Rome Speedway race fans.

On Wednesday, they’ll host the first of three Wednesday night go-kart racing shows with Adrenaline Rush Racing.

Friday night, Tony Stewart and the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions, which includes 410 sprint cars, will be on tap along with a 358 modified $2,000-to-win 30-lap feature. Then, to top it all off, two days later focus will shift to the east end of the track for AMA motocross action.

Adrenaline Rush Racing owned by Doug Grimaldi has been selling karts out of his shop on East Dominick Street for the past six years. 

“We’ve been kinda bugging Bill and Kim (Shea) to open a kart track. All the tracks are about a hour and a half to two hours away,” stated Grimaldi.

Not any more.

“Our goal is to make Utica-Rome Speedway a complete racing/entertainment facility for families to enjoy,” remarked U-R Speedway owners Bill and Kim Shea. “The motocross track was added last year and the go-kart track added this year has lots of excitement.”

Excitment is what we’ll have.

There will be six different divisions competing Wednesday. They will be: senior clone, senior flathead, senior wing champ, junior one (6-10 year olds), junior two (10-12 year olds) and junior three (12-14 year olds). Each of the senior winners will take home $500 and pays back to 20 positions. Junior divisions will pay $100-to-win and pays for every position.

Each competitor will get five laps of practice. Each heat race will be eight laps and then all feature races will go 20 laps on the new clay inner track at the speedway.

George Bark, the race director and promotor of the Adrenaline Rush Race, hopes they’ll have at least 60 karts with “a maximum of 100 karts.”

The schedule will continue through to the next two Wednesday’s on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29. There are plans for more kart dates but they are going to see how these three dates go before any more plans are made. 

World Karting Association rules will apply to the Wednesday night kart races.

Tony Stewart will be the headliner when his Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions rolls into the speedway Friday, Aug. 17. The powerful 410 sprint cars will invade the track for the first time since 2012.

There will be an all-star lineup of drivers at the spacious Vernon track. Rico Abreu, Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney, Jac Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer and point leader Aaron Reutzel will all probably be on hand. In addition, Durhamville’s Empire Super Sprints star Paul Kinney might show up— we can only hope! Kinney, according to the meticulous track records kept at Utica-Rome Speedway, holds the fastest lap ever recorded at the speedway, 15.598 seconds set in Oct. 6, 2015. It was in his 360 sprint car.

The 358 division will also be on hand with a $2,000-to-win 30-lap feature where King of Dirt rules will apply.

Stewart and his gang will go 25-laps. Of the 32 races they have had so far this season Reutzel from Clute, Texas has seven wins.

I can’t wait for this race. The 410 sprint cars are phenomenally fast and if the Utica-Rome track has the bite it has had all season then we’re in for quite a treat.

Last, but certainly not least, on the hit parade is the Sunday, August 19 AMA motocross on the challenging layout at the speedway.

According to the AMA website “AMA Pro-Am Motocross events are open to both professionally licensed and A-class amateur motocross racers. These events allow amateurs to gain experience on America’s top motocross tracks and prepare for the fast pace and long motos that professional racing demands.”

This will be the second season for motocross action at the speedway. The racing is fantastic and what you do is find a corner or a jump you really like and hang out for the action. 

There are multiple divisions competing throughout the day with will over 100 competitors on hand to run the course.

So as you can see- your racing fix is just around the corner. Remember the dates Wednesday, Aug 15, Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19.

See you at the races.