New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
After the heat races:
Charlie Tibbitts talks with Allie after leading every lap to win his second crate Sportsman heat.
Casey Williams got the win in the second crate Sportsman race and talked with Camden Proud.
Rocky Warner moved to the front quickly in his heat win and told me about his two big passes.
Jack Miller told me about the low move he made in turn two to get the lead and win in his heat.
Randy Shantel led every lap to win his heat and talked about his win as well as his second place.
Matt Hulsizer pulled away early to win his heat and told me about the car that chased him late.
Larry Wight described the low move he made to get the lead and why he moved up afterwards.
Mike Welch explained how he missed a lap one crash and how he came from 5th to 1st in his heat.
Gus Hollner spoke about his win in the final Pro Stock heat race and how off he was with gearing.
After the feature races:
Rocky Warner won his eighth Sportsman feature of the year and spoke about being a little tight.
Matt Janczuk finished in 2nd place but kept the point lead and talked about chasing the winner.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained how a lapped car helped him get a win and a problem in hot laps.
Steve Way kept the point lead after his second place finish and talked about how he lost the lead.
Larry Wight earned his 2nd win of the weekend and described his battle up front with Tim Mayne.
Tim Mayne led 11 laps before finishing eighth and talked about what went wrong while leading.
Mike Welch told me how he won the Pro Stock feature race and the pass that earned him win #2.
It’s nice to see that Mother Nature was a race fan once again on Sunday night as Utica Rome dodged the weather to get in a nice show on a fast, tacky racing surface. The racing was intense and the fans got a good value for their admission with some of the fastest laps of the season.
Allie went with me and one of her chats is up today with another one coming later this week. And she will be doing national anthems soon so look for her to do that any time now. She’ll do the first few from the tower before going on the frontstretch for all to see.
It was also autograph night so fans got the chance to meet with drivers and chat about the racing. That is one of the biggest things I love about local racing is that the drivers are so available for fans and almost all of them are just like us and have a job to do tomorrow while racing as a secondary activity.
I felt badly for Tim Mayne as he led 11 laps in the Modified feature before getting a little nervous while leading. He and Larry Wight had a great side by side battle and never touched as they raced lap after lap for the lead.
Rocky Warner and Matt Janczuk had their own private race up front in the crate Sportsman race as they were well ahead of the rest of the field. Janczuk keeps his point lead but does see it trimmed to six after finishing second to Warner. I have a feeling this one is coming down to the last lap.
Claude Huctchings Jr. won the open Sportsman race as leader Steve Way was held up by a slower car that was running the bottom, the same lane Way was in while leading. Hutchings did not waste any time getting to the outside to seal the deal and win his third of the season. And he spit out a spark plug in hot laps thinking he blew his motor. Whew!
And finally Mike Welch won the Pro Stock race, his second win of the weekend and in the process trimmed Pete Stefanski’s point lead to 12. Stefanski may have hurt an engine finishing third but does have another one back at his shop if it is needed. We’ll see what happens there.
I hope you all have a great start to your work week and be sure to stop back as we have 18 interviews in the can for the week plus whatever I get in the studio. See you all tomorrow.