July 2, 2018 (Vernon, NY) – Saying it was hot Sunday night would be a gross understatement. It was blistering and the action on the track at Utica Rome matched the temperatures, as Billy Dunn and Dave Marcuccilli were red hot in pursuit of victory at the action track of the east.
What better way to Salute The Troops than kick off the fourth of July with a 40-lap Victoria Small Block Modified race, where Jack Lehner and Billy Dunn led the field to the green flag. Dunn would quickly take the race lead, with Rocky Warner moving into the runner up spot after lap one.
Lehner would be left to fend off the early challenges of Bobby Varin and Lance Willix for top five positioning, while the high flying Bobby Herrington, Genoa Giant Pat Ward, and hall-of-fame ‘AJ Slideways’ Alan Johnson all battled for position inside the top 10.
At the mid-way point the battle raged on up front between Newcomer Of The Year contender Rocky Warner and Super Dirt Week champion Billy Dunn. Warner actually used a high side pass to take the top spot from Dunn leaving him to fend off the impressive charge of Bobby Herrington who was pressuring for the top spot as well.
In the later stages Dunn proved too strong, as he’d motor home to the 40-lap Victoria win at Utica. It was his first at the track and on the KOD 358 Modified tour. Lance Willix ran an impressive race moving up into the runner up spot, with Pat Ward making his way to third, Warner fourth, and Alan Johnson rounding out the top five.
Bobby Herrington, Demetrios Drellos, Jessey Mueller, Marc Johnson, and Billy Whittaker rounded out the top 10.
“This car is pretty fast everywhere we take it. I had a fun time. I thought Rocky was going to take off on us, but I closed back in and took the lead back so here we are,” said Billy Dunn in victory lane.
Michael Sabia and Mark Effner brought the KOD Sportsman field to the green flag, with Sabia taking the early race lead. DIRTcar Sportsman champion Dave Marcuccilli who enjoys running KOD races when he can, wasted no time in taking the runner up spot.
Behind them a three wide battle with David Schilling, Connor Cleveland, and Matt Janczuk was shaping up just behind crown contender Chad Edwards, who were all battling inside the top 10.
A red flag slowed the field on lap four when a multi car tangle in turn three ended with Chris Mackey rolling over. Involved were Brian Hudson, Corey Barker, Chris Cunningham, Ricky Quick, Rob Maxon, and Chris Mackey. All drivers were uninjured, but Mackey would be done for the evening.
On the restart Marcuccilli wasted no time in taking the lead, while behind him Andrew Buff was making moves on the high side climbing into the top three running positions. Kyle Kiehn, Matt Janczuk, and AJ Filbeck were all making their presence felt racing for top five positions as well.
By the mid point of the race Marcuccilli had checked out with a sizeable lead, while behind him Janczuk wrestled the runner up spot from Kiehn, Kyle Inman was moving up into the top five, and former King Of Dirt champion Connor Cleveland was moving up as well challenging for top five positioning.
In the closing laps Inman would battle with Kiehn and eventually take over the third position, Cleveland solidified the fourth position, but nobody was catching Marcuccilli who rolled to his first career KOD Sportsman win. Janczuk, Inman, Cleveland, Filbeck, Kiehn, Sabia, Buff, Edwards, and Taylor Lamb rounded out the top 10.
“This is pretty cool. When we went for the redraw Rocky Warner drew for me and I drew for him. I didn’t know what those guys were doing behind me, but I was racing like they were on my ass the whole time. It’s pretty cool; it’s my first KOD win. It always seemed like Rocky stole them from me,” said a playfully happy Marcuccilli in victory lane.
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JULY 1, 2018 ELMO’S SPEED SUPPLY KING OF DIRT RACING 358 MODIFIED SERIES PRESENTED BY BOSS MECHANICAL A-MAIN RESULTS AT UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY (40 Laps) – 1) Billy Dunn, 2) Lance Willix, 3) Pat Ward, 4) Rocky Warner, 5) Alan Johnson, 6) Bobby Herrington, 7) Demetrios Drellos, 8) Jessey Mueller, 9) Marc Johnson, 10) Billy Whittaker, 11) Mike Mahaney, 12) Bobby Varin, 13) Jeremy Wilder, 14) Jack Lehner, 15) Lucas Heintz, 16) Allison Ricci, 17) Matt Pupello, 18) Steve Way, 19) Billy Shantel Jr., 20) Randy Shantel, 21) Don Ronca, 22) Brian Murphy, 23) Brad Godshalk.
23 Cars Entered
Super Six Qualifiers – 1) Billy Whittaker, 2) Jessey Mueller, 3) Bobby Varin, 4) Demetrios Drellos, 5) Pat Ward, 6) Bobby Herrington. (1 Bonus Point)
Qualifying Main Winners – Bobby Varin (B-Main), Lance Willix (C-Main), & Pat Ward (D-Main).
Consolation Winners – None
Hoosier Tire Hard Charger – Jessey Mueller (+6)
Top Tour Finisher – Rocky Warner (4th)
Newcomer Of The Race – Rocky Warner
Fast Axle $50 Certificate – Bobby Herrington
JULY 1, 2018 ANDY’S SPEED SHOP KING OF DIRT RACING SPORTSMAN SERIES PRESENTED BY DODSON CONSTRUCTION A-MAIN FEATURE RESULTS AT UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY (30 Laps) – 1) Dave Marcuccilli, 2) Matt Janczuk, 3) Kyle Inman, 4) Connor Cleveland, 5) AJ Filbeck, 6) Kyle Kiehn, 7) Michael Sabia, 8) Andrew Buff, 9) Chad Edwards, 10) Taylor Lamb, 11) Brian Calabrese, 12) Dave Moyer, 13) AJ Miller, 14) Mark Effner, 15) Rocco Leone, 16) Tyler Thompson, 17) Brian Hudson, 18) Stephen Denton, 19) Jeff Taylor, 20) Marty Kelly III, 21) Rob Maxon, 22) Ricky Quick, 23) Chris Cunningham, 24) Joe Williams, 25) Alan Fink, 26) Charlie Tibbits, 27) David Schilling, 28) Corey Barker, 29) Chris Mackey.
DNS – AJ Digsby, Darren Smith, John Strickler, Aaron Jacobs, Kyle DeMetro, Addison Bowman, Jeremy Nevsted, CJ Castelletti, Brandon Carvey.
38 Cars Entered
Super Six Qualifiers – 1) Dave Marcuccilli, 2) Matt Janczuk, 3) Dave Moyer, 4) Taylor Lamb, 5) David Schilling, 6) Kyle Inman
Qualifying Main Winners – David Schilling, Matt Janczuk, Connor Cleveland, & Dave Marcuccilli
Consolation Winners – Rocco Leone & Chris Mackey
Andy’s Speed Shop Bounty – Dave Marcuccilli
Hoosier Tire Hard Charger – Matt Janczuk (+8)
Newcomer Of The Race – Marty Kelley III
Top Tour Finisher – Connor Cleveland (4th)
Fast Axle $50 Certificate – Kyle Kiehn
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified Series Schedule
06/06/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (40 Laps)
Winner: Bobby Varin
07/01/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (40 Laps)
Winner: Billy Dunn
07/18/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (50 Laps)
07/29/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (67 Laps)
09/14/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (40 Laps)*
09/15/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (35 Laps)
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman Series Schedule
05/27/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (30 Laps)
Winner: Josh Sunn
07/01/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
Winner: Dave Marcuccilli
07/06/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)
07/14/18 – Fonda Speedway (30 Laps)
09/01/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/07/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (100 Laps)*
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Pro Stock Series Schedule
07/22/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
08/01/18 – Fonda Speedway (29 Laps) *
08/10/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)
08/25/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/09/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (30 Laps)
09/16/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (29 Laps)
*= Indicates Championship Point Scale Events
Schedule Subject To Change