Rocky Warner Rolls To 3rd King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman Series Victory At Utica Rome


August 20, 2017 (Vernon, NY) – Over 100 drivers entered the pit area at Utica Rome Speedway to compete in King Of Dirt Racing events during Legends Night. A very large crowd of fans was not disappointed, as Matt Sheppard, Rocky Warner, Chuck Dumblewski, and Rob Yetman found their way to DKM Fabrication victory lane presented by R3 Graphics.


King Of Dirt Racing DIRTcar East Sportsman had a huge field on hand Sunday August 20th at Utica Rome Speedway. 47 competitors would vie for 24 qualifying positions. Defending KOD champion Connor Cleveland and young gun Jackson Gill would lead the field to the green flag, with Cleveland jumping out to the early lead.

Young AJ Miller found himself battling with some heavy hitting KOD/DIRTcar East tour drivers at Utica Rome. The youngster would find early pressure from former KOD champion Rocky Warner and former Nationals champion Chad Edwards for position in the top five.

By lap five Warner had the Jake Spraker 1J in the lead. Track regular Matt Janczuk enjoys when KOD comes to town despite having tough luck in series events. This time Janczuk was not answering the door when bad luck came knocking, as he rolled from 17th starting position to a 3rd place finish.

Central New York star and Weedsport winner Dave Marcuccilli was moving forward also. By lap 24 Marcuccilli had worked his way into the top five from his 10th place starting position.

It was all behind Rocky Warner though, as he rolled to his 3rd win on the KOD/DIRTcar East tour this season. He was followed by Kevin Root, Matt Janczuk, Dave Marcuccilli, and Chad Edwards rounding out the top five.

Root was later disqualified in post race tech for an illegal distributor moving David Schilling into the 5th position. Chris Mackey, Michael Sabia, Ronnie Davis III, Todd Root, and Kyle Inman rounded out the top 10.


  • 47 competitors were in the pits competing in the King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman tour event Sunday August 20th at Utica Rome Speedway.
  • Rocky Warner grabbed his 8th career KOD Sportsman win.
  • Central New York star Kevin Root was DQ’d for a rule infraction on the distributor.
  • Matt Janczuk typically struggles during KOD/DIRTcar East Sportsman tour events, but he found himself 2nd by the end of 30 laps this time around.
  • Chad Edwards who admittedly struggles at Utica Rome had and impressive run battling inside the top five before ultimately finishing 4th.
  • David Schilling once again charged from the rear to finish near the front this time in 5th.

AUGUST 20, 2017 1-800-GOT-JUNK? KING OF DIRT RACING DIRTcar EAST SPORTSMAN SERIES PRESENTED BY ANDY’S SPEED SHOP, DODSON CONSTRUCTION, & DEAN’S ELECTRICAL FEATURE RESULTS AT UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY (30 Laps) – 1) Rocky Warner, 2) Matt Janczuk, 3) Dave Marcuccilli, 4) Chad Edwards, 5) David Schilling, 6) Chris Mackey, 7) Michael Sabia, 8) Ronnie Davis III, 9) Todd Root, 10) Kyle Inman, 11) Brian Pessolano, 12) Glenn Forward, 13) Scott Duell, 14) Tyler Trump, 15) Dave Moyer, 16) Jack Lehner, 17) Jeremy Pitts, 18) Connor Cleveland, 19) Jackson Gill, 20) Kevin Chaffee, 21) Jeff Watson, 22) AJ Miller, 23) Cody Hunt, 24) Stephen Dent, 25) Jeff Taylor, 26) Rob Maxon, 27) Andrew Buff, 28) AJ Filbeck, 29) Darryl Nutting, 30) Kevin Root (DQ-Distributor).

Heat Race Winners – AJ Miller, Rocky Warner, Brian Pessolano, Chris Mackey, & Chad Edwards
DTD Lap Leaders – Connor Cleveland (1-4), Rocky Warner (5-30)
Hoosier Tire Hard Charger – David Schilling (+19)
Andy’s Speed Shop $250 Bonus – Rocky Warner (1st)
Fast Axle Superior Sixth – Chris Mackey ($50 Certificate)
J-Tees Fast Timer – Dave Marcuccilli (19.881)
Killer Crate Newcomer Of The Race – Chris Mackey (6th)

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