Rudolph wins second of season at Utica-Rome Speedway


VERNON — Utica-Rome Speedway completed its third racing program of the season on Sunday, July 7. Feature winners were Erick Rudolph, Davie Franek, Matt Janczuk, Luke Horning and Carter Gibbons.

For DIRTcar 358-Modified winner Rudolph, it was his second triumph of the season at Utica-Rome. He was able to quickly get forward from 12th starting spot to earn the win.

“I found a nice line down here and down there,” commented Rudolph. “The car was just going tonight. We made a couple of fine tune adjustments before we came out. I was really happy with how the car worked. I like racing here at Utica-Rome. It’s always in mint condition and easy on equipment.” 

Rudolph took the checkers while Pat Ward finished second. Billy Whittaker had his best run of the season in finishing third after starting sixth. Billy Dunn motored his way forward from 13th to finish in fourth.

The Super Sprints capped off another edition of Central New York Speedweek. A red flag after one lap affected Ryan Harrison and Larry Wight. Franek would not lead until lap 24 of 25. He went on to score his second win of 2019 at Utica-Rome in Sprint Car competition.  

Lucas Wolfe finished second with Chuck Hebing third. Jordan Poirier ended the nigh fourth with Danny Varin rounding out the top five. 

In the Sportsman Series, Janczuk earned the checkers for the second time in 2019. He took an early lead and dueled back and forth with Kyle Inman throughout.

Inman crossed the line in second while Jackson Gill was third. Connor Cleveland took home the fourth position. Alan Fink advanced from 14th to complete the top five. 

Horning made a rare start in the DIRTcar Pro Stocks and took home his first win of the year at Utica-Rome. Horning went off for the 20-lap feature from the outside of row four and quickly made it toward the front. After a lap three restart he got a run to the outside of Shane Henderson to gain the lead.

Josh Coonradt made some moves late to finish second with Henderson hanging on to third. Pete Stefanski and Mike Welch completed the top five. 

The final feature of the evening was the 15-lap Rookie Sportsman feature.

Payton Talbot and Rich Christman battled up until the final lap. The pair raced side-by-side into third turn only to have contact between the pair end both of their nights. Gibbons inherited the lead and held on to it on the final lap to take home the feature win for his first of the season at Utica-Rome.

This Friday Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions makes its only appearance at the Speedway. Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas, leads the point standings over series champion Dale Blaney. Stewart is expected to compete.

The All-Stars will be joined by the Modifieds in an open competition event. The 30-lap event allows numerous motor combinations along with an open tire format. No sail panels are allowed. 

The grandstands admission price for this event is $30, $27 for seniors, military members and students. Children 16 and under get in for $5. Pit prices for the event are $40 for all competitors. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. while spectator gates open at 4:30. Racing starts at 7.


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