Story By: JOE GRABIANOWSKI / DIRTCAR – VERNON, NY – After a successful opening day last Wednesday at Utica-Rome Speedway, Bill and Kim Shea announced the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be in action for the first time this season on Sunday, June 21 for a $1,000-to-win Central Region Series Feature at the Vernon track.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division leads the way in competition, thrills, and wheel-to-wheel battles.
A large field of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers, all with a chance to compete and win on any given night, is expected to enter the event. All Sportsman Series races award a guaranteed start at the World Short Track Championship DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Invitational at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in October.
Plus, one random driver in the Feature will receive a free Hoosier Racing Tire.
Defending Series champion Kevin Root started his season off on the right track, both figuratively and literally. He won Utica-Rome Speedway’s season opener last Wednesday night taking the checkered flag in a hotly contested 30-lap Feature.
Behind Root and catching him in the late-race was Zach Sobotka, another contender. He finished sixth last year in Central Region points and will be looking to crack the top five in 2020.
Defending Utica-Rome Speedway Track Champion Matt Janczuk finished third in Utica’s opener and also finished third in Central Region points in 2019. Janczuk wants to hop up a couple more steps on the podium.
Those three top runners will be tough customers on Father’s Day, but a large field will make it difficult for any driver to get an edge.
As mass gathering restrictions remain in place to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, no fans will be allowed in the grandstands, but as the regulations evolve follow social media for any updates.