Makin’ Tracks – Utica-Rome Night to Remember Jan Corcoran – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

It was only fitting that Shane Andrews shared the announcing duties with me at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Friday night as he had a long relationship with Jeremie Corcoran and knew Jeremie’s mom Jan quite well.

Jan Corcoran supported Jeremie in every one of his endeavors and was always there for him. She passed away at the age of 64 and when her son was running the Canandaigua Speedway he wanted to keep her memory alive with the Jan Corcoran Memorial 64.

Well, he has left the Finger Lakes area track and partnered with Bill and Kim Shea to keep his mom’s legacy alive with the event in her honor at the Utica-Rome Speedway.

It was fitting that several of his former Canandaigua drivers, including winner Matt Sheppard, supported the show and the fans saw a unique mix of big-block and small-blocks.

There was an added $640 bonus to the top finishing small-block and it was picked up by Rocky Warner while Sheppard won $3,064 for the win.

Keeping memories alive is part of racing and family.

Hopefully Jeremie Corcoran has found a home for his mom’s memorial event.

Jim Olin Passionate for Racing

The Dirt Nostalga Tour was on hand at UR and it is the first time I’ve seen them.

Many of the car are based in Ontario, Canada while some hail from New York.

However, their announcer is a passionate man when it comes to racing.

Jim Olin, former Can-Am announcer, donned his dad’s DIRT officials uniform that was common back in the days of Glenn Donnelly, walked the grandstand with giveaways from yester year and brought back the old days for a few of the night’s races.

Shane and I had a connection to the Olin family that we really weren’t aware of. Jim pulled out his phone and showed us a video of his dad Bobby last win in the Four-Cylinder at Fulton during the 1998 Outlaw Weekend.

Interestingly enough that was also the first time Shane and I had worked together and little did we realize that it would result in 12 straight years of every night together in the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway booths.

I love to see passion in the sport and Jim Olin carries that passion quite well. He is trying to keep alive racing memories with a tour that brings old time fans back several decades and exposes new ones to something that is quite different than they are use to seeing.

Sheppard and Janczuk Dominate

Every so often you get those nights that the leader grabs the top spot and disappears. Sadly, that was sort of the case on Sunday night.

For weeks the 358’s have put on a competitive show and the Sportsman were running tightly together.

Such wasn’t the case on Sunday.

Sheppard took the lead on lap three and when the first and only yellow came out on lap 31 for Lance Willix he had built up a 9.9 second lead. At least the action behind him was interesting as eventual runner-up Peter Brittan started back in 14th and systematically weaved his way through the field. His lap after lap race with Marc Johnson was fun to watch as the continually shifted second and third.

For Matt it was his 42nd UR win which ties him with “The Natural” Dale Plank for second in the all time list.

Another Matt, Janczuk, dominated the Sportsman event while Pete Stafanski walked away from the field in the Pro Stocks and Alex Payne along with Scott Mallette easy handled their Novice fields.

It just wasn’t a night for good racing at the front of the pack.

However, it was an atypical night so things should return to normal this week.

Utica Rome Pit Stops

28 Mods were pitside…

Erick Rudolph started ninth and finished fifth…

Billy Dunn started 12th and gained six spots on the night…

One of the most exciting races of the night saw Pat Ward start in back and far from his patient style he charged through the field to finish second…

Tim Mayne was a surprising heat winner as the small-block of Willix won a heat as did Sheppard…

Brandon Walters was back in the pits. He had torn up his race car big time recently at another speedway and was getting back in action…

Sportsman heat winners included Charlie Tibbitts, Nick Krause, Kyle Inman and Janczuk.

Chris Mackey behind the wheel of the Rood Racing 28…

Janczuk and Inman are one two in points and that’s the way they finished the feature…

Alan Fink is simply consistent with a fifth place Sportsman finish…

Podium finish for Chris Cunningham and he was all smiles after the third place run in the 29 car field…

Some newer faces in the pits included Mods Andrew Ferguson, Danny Johnson, Bodie Bellinger and Jessey Mueller while among the new Sportsman were Joel Hall, Tony Finch II, Aussie Chris Corbett, John Christian, Thomas Van Vorst, Troy Sperring and J.T. Speering, James Meehan, and Ryan McCartney…

Stefanski was only in his second visit to UR this year and finished first for the second time…

It was a fun time watching Shane Henderson, Mike Welch and Travis Welch all racing together throughout the Pro Stock main…

Twelve year old Alex Payne saw his initial ride go up in smoke during the make up Novice feature and the Speering’s let him run the second main where he won his first at UR…

In the Novice division Jake Davis was driving a second Backus owned 48. He broke his mount the night before at Fulton and they offered him a ride on Sunday…

Regular show this week but the Bobby Page Foundation giving away more than 50 back packs for school age children.  Open Sportsman have also been added to the schedule…

Mark down Friday August 17 as Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell and the stars of the Arctic Cat All Stars which include current Knoxville standout Carson Macedo and others will be in action at UR along with a 358 event…

That’s it for this time around any news, notes, comments, etc send along to foley395@hotmail.com.

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