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Shea Takes Over the Reins at Utica-Rome Speedway for 2015 – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT It has been widely rumored over the last few months that the Utica-Rome Speedway in the process of being sold. That sale became official on Saturday morning as local businessman and long-time racing supporter Bill Shea along with his wife Kim purchased the facility from current owner Gene Cole ending his 13-year run. “Feels pretty good,” said Shea from the Parts Peddler show on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve been working on it for a while. We are pretty happy about it, my wife and I both.” Shea has been a race fan since childhood and was excited about the…More

Rossi & Hagen are Western World Champs

By LONNIE WHEATLEY PEORIA, Ariz. (November 22, 2014) – The 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships concluded in wild fashion with Matt Rossi and Darren Hagen posting what could be both classified as “upset” wins in Saturday night’s finale atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval. Rossi scored a popular hometown win with a stunning drive to victory lane in the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car main event while Darren Hagen struck his first blow of the year in Honda USAC National Midget action with the triumph. Rossi and Hagen both pocketed $7,500 for their…More

DIRTcar stars honored at 2014 Champions Banquet

(Dick Ayers Photo) LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – November 23, 2014 – The brightest DIRTcar Racing stars of the Northeast region gathered at the Holiday Inn Saturday to receive championship awards and other accolades during the annual Champions Banquet. Big Block Modified star Billy Decker took home the championship trophy for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, finishing out the season with a mere six-point lead over Matt Sheppard after November’s races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. “Part of the measure of an award is the competition, and I really have a lot of respect for my fellow competitors,” said…More

Styres Honored as 2014 Champion at Ohsweken

By TOMMY GOUDGE Ohsweken, Ontario – The 2014 Ohsweken Speedway season was celebrated on Friday night with the annual awards banquet at Carmen’s Banquet Hall in Hamilton. Glenn Styres was honoured as the champion of the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car Division, while Ryan Hunsinger was recognized as the first Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car champion, Dave Silverthorn, Jr. was crowned Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stock champion, Tyler Lafantaisie received HRW Automotive Mini Stock champion accolades, and Dusty DeBoer was awarded his trophy as champion of the Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bomber division. The following sponsors were recognized for their…More

Port Royal Bestows Honors At Annual Banquet, World Of Outlaws Return In 2015

PORT ROYAL, PA – The annual Port Royal Speedway awards banquet was held Saturday night, November 22 at the Port Royal Community Building. Feted were the track champions in all regular divisions: Aumiller’s Insurance 410 sprints, Jake’s Carts/Enviroman Products late models, Gray’s Auto and Towing econo late models, Len Krautheim Auto Sales xtreme stocks and River Valley Builders 305 sprints. While opening the awards portion of the banquet, speedway promoter Steve Oneal announced that the STP World of Outlaws sprint cars will return to the Juniata County Oval again in 2015. After a successful return to the track for the first…More

Attica Raceway Park crowns 2014 champions

By Brian Liskai ATTICA, Ohio (Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014) – Attica Raceway Park crowned four first time track champions during the season-ending banquet Saturday. Caleb Griffith, who is a former Attica 305 track champion, captured his first 410 sprint track title while Jeff Babcock won his first Attica late model title. Jordan Ryan became the second youngest track champion – ironically Griffith is the track’s youngest champion when he claimed the 305 title at the age of 15 – took the 305 sprint championship while Shawn Valenti took the track title in the dirt trucks. Griffith, from Castalia, was the…More

Cole Era is About to End at Utica-Rome Speedway as an Agreement has been Made to Sell Speedway

VERNON, NY- There has been a lot of rumors and speculation on the future of the Utica-Rome Speedway, LLC and the possible change in ownership in the past several weeks, and now that can be put to rest. A purchase agreement has been made between Gene and Gloria Cole, the current owners, and Bill and Kim Shea of Oneida. The agreement will have the Shea’s take total control of the speedway just before the 2015 season begins. Bill Shea has worked at Ferris Industries for 38 year and now is the Vice President of Commercial Sales for Ferris. Bill was…More

Bell & Bernal Bag Friday Western World Wins

By LONNIE WHEATLEY PEORIA, Ariz. (November 21, 2014) – Action at the 47th Annual Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships continued with Christopher Bell and Ryan Bernal snaring wins in Friday night action atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval. Bernal dominated the 30-lap USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature for his second win in as many nights while Bell earned his 26th overall win of the year in the 30-lap Honda USAC National Midget main event. A $7,500 winner’s share is up for grabs in both portions of Saturday night’s Western World Championships finale. USAC Southwest…More