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ELBRIDGE, NY-Just one year ago, Bill and Kim Shea agreed to purchase Utica-Rome Speedway from Gene Cole which they operated throughout the 2015 season.  In 2016, in addition to successfully operating Utica-Rome Speedway weekly, they will operate Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for track owners Bill Mendick and Bert Butler.  Mendick and Butler approached the Shea’s in early February about running the Elbridge speed plant after Glenn Donnelly stepped away from promoting the speedway.
“We were flattered when Mr. Mendick and Mr. Butler contacted us,” commented Bill Shea.  “They said they like the direction we were going in at Utica-Rome and reached out to us, and after some discussions, we decided to do it.  We feel very fortunate to be operating two of the most historic tracks in the northeast.”
“We realize the work that will go into making this work,” added Kim Shea “but we expect much of the staff that works with us on Sundays to be with us at Rolling Wheels and that will help make it easier.  We also feel that both tracks will feed off of each other, benefitting both speedways.”
A preliminary schedule has been set that includes seven firm dates and two to be announced events.  The first event to kick off the 2016 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park season will be a Thursday night affair on June 23, featuring the 602 Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, and Vintage Modifieds plus an open practice for Modifieds and Sprints.  The second event on the schedule is the highly anticipated Race of Champions Modified Series and Short Track Super Series Modified Series combination event on Wednesday July 13.  The two series, headed by Joe Skotnicki and Brett Deyo respectively, will bring the best drivers of both series together on the same track in the same time for the first time ever.  The Race of Champion Sportsman Series will also be in on the action, wrapping up an exciting night of racing.
The Race of Champions Modified Series will have two more events at the “Fast Track”, on Thursday August 4 and Wednesday August 24.  On August 4, the GRIT Sportsman Series will join the RoC Modifieds while the 360 Sprints will be on the card on August 24 for an open competition show.
The Super DIRTcar Series will have a double header at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Wednesday, August 17 as the DIRTcar Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman will both compete in their respective series events.  Both series have a long and rich history at the fast 5/8 mile oval.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will headline the action Thursday August 11, being joined by the GO Nuclear Late Model Series and a combination Race of Champions and GRIT Sportsman Series event.
The final event of the 2016 season will be the traditional October stop by the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series.  Some of the best 410 Sprint drivers in the nation will be competition for a rare Central New York stop.  The Modifieds will also compete in a format that will be released at a later date.
A new website for Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is under construction and will be up and running in the coming days but you can keep up to by visiting Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RollingWheelsRP.  Rolling Wheels Raceway is west of Syracuse on Route 5 in Elbridge and has had a storied history where some of the best drivers in dirt Modified racing have competed over the years.  Opening in 1969, Rolling Wheels was one of the charter members of the upstart Drivers Independent Race Tracks (DIRT) and operated weekly until the early 80’s when it switched to a specials only format.  Some the sport’s best drivers have conquered the “Fast Track” including legends Will Cagle and Bob McCreadie to today’s stars Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, and many more.
Utica-Rome Speedway is also located on Route 5 but east of Syracuse in the Village of Vernon and operates weekly on Sunday evenings from late April until early September.  Utica-Rome Speedway is the only short track in the United States that can claim having the only two drivers not in the top three levels of NASCAR in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Richie Evans, Class of 2012, and Jerry Cook, Class of 2016, both started their stellar careers by competing weekly at Utica-Rome Speedway.  Utica-Rome Speedway continues to operate under the NASCAR banner as part of the Whelen All-American Series.  More information can be found at
Date                             Track Event
Thursday, June 23         602 Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models,  and Vintage Cars plus Open Practice for Modifieds and Sprints
Wednesday, July 13      Race of Champions and Short Track Super Series Combination Modified Race plus Race of Champions Sportsman Series
Thursday, August 4       Race of Champions Modified Series and GRIT Sportsman Series
Thursday, August 11     Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, Race of Champions/GRIT Sportsman Series, and GO Nuclear Late Model Series                        
Wednesday August 17   Super DIRTcar Modified Series and Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series                               
Wednesday, August 24  Race of Champions Modified Series  and 360 Sprint Open
Monday, September 5   TBA
Friday, October 7          TBA
Saturday, October 8      World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Modifieds



VERNON, NY- The Open Sportsman now have a title sponsor for the upcoming 2016 season as Broedel Energy has become a marketing partner with Utica-Rome Speedway.  The exciting division, which provides a stepping stone between the 602 Sportsman and Modified divisions, will be known as the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman in all releases and results in 2016.  Also, Broedel Energy will be the “Official Energy Supplier” of the Utica-Rome Speedway by keeping all the heavy equipment on the move by supplying diesel fuel and providing the propane gas for the concession areas.
Located in Hubbardsville NY, Broedel Energy has been providing energy products in the region since 2001.  They deliver propane gas, fuel oil, kerosene, diesel fuels, and gasoline to homes, farms, and businesses in the communities of Madison, Oneida, Chenango, and parts of Herkimer and Otsego counties.  Broedel also prides themselves on offering exceptional customer service, timely deliveries, and affordable pricing.
Broedel Energy has a great appreciation of auto racing and have been involved for years as owner Jason Broedel and his father, Bruce, have competed in the Mod Lite division while Jason has also competed in the 305 Sprints.  Broedel Energy have also been longtime sponsors in the sport by sponsoring Mod Lite competitor Sam Usborne and Pro Stock veteran driver Bret Belden.  The Sales and Marketing Director at Broedel Energy, Shane Andrews, is a well-known announcer in the sport as well, having been at Utica-Rome Speedway and other local speedways as well as some internet and television broadcasts.  Broedel Energy will be sponsoring four event at the Utica-Rome Speedway in 2016 with two of the them being when the popular Empire Super Sprints visit on May 29 and September 4.  They will also sponsor the Super DIRT Week special on Tuesday October 4 and another event on May 1.
For more information on Broedel Energy and the services they provide, visit or call (315)691-2323.  They also can be found on Facebook at
On track action at the Utica-Rome Speedway kicks off a Test and Tune practice session on Saturday April 9.  Practice will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Then on Sunday April 17, the official start of the 2016 season will begin when Busch Beer presents Twin 20’s for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds plus a complete show of SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and the Pro Stocks.  Racing to start the 55th season at the Vernon oval will begin at 6 p.m.  For more information, log on to or call the speedway office at (315) 829-4557.


“Corporate Jet” To Land Friday At Georgetown Speedway; Brett Hearn To Drive Petruska Family No. 66 For Deron Rust Memorial

$3,396-To-Win Small-Block Modified Event

GEORGETOWN, DE – “The Corporate Jet” Brett Hearn will land this Friday, March 25 at Georgetown Speedway.

Hearn, the Sussex, N.J., superstar driver, invades the First State for the first time since 2008 to take part in the Deron Rust Memorial at the historic half-mile oval. On Friday, the small-block Modifieds take the limelight in a 33-lap, $3,396-to-win event offering $396 to take the green flag.

Hearn will pilot the potent Petruska family Atlas Paving No. 66 small-block, replacing a vacationing Duane Howard.

“We had a good time racing at Georgetown for the opener with Duane and wanted to get back down there,” Jared Petruska said. “Duane is on vacation this week and Brett was available. We’re looking forward to it.”

Hearn, when contacted by phone, said it had been many years since he won at Georgetown.

“I think I won one there back in 1981,” he reflected, noting his most recent start there was a Super DIRTcar Series event under the Jay James management team on July 17, 2008.

Hearn’s memory was correct. He actually has two career Georgetown Speedway victories: the first came on November 8, 1981 and the second on May 15, 1988.

Hearn and the Petruska family have a longtime friendship. He drove the car once last season as a sub for Howard in the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ event at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. The pairing looks for better results this time around at Georgetown.

“We ran our open motor for the first time Saturday with Duane at New Egypt (the track’s March 19 opener) and feel good about it,” Petruska said. “Our lap times were right there.”

Joining the small-block Modifieds on the Friday card are Crate 602 Sportsman ($700 to win, $100 to start), Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.

Adult grandstand admission is just $15. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $12. Kids 9-12 pay $8 and children under eight years old are admitted free.

Pit admission is $30, with no license required.

Bonuses and special awards are adding up to make this prestigious event more lucrative.

Spec Bonuses: The first three Big Diamond/Grandview/New Egypt-sealed engine combinations across the line in the Deron Rust Memorial 33-lap main will share in cash bonuses of $500, $300 and $200, respectively.

American Racer Bonuses: At the pre-race drivers’ meeting, the names of three small-block Modified drivers signed in for competition will be drawn. Each driver will receive a certificate for a FREE American Racer tire courtesy of the speedway and regional distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa.

VP Racing Fuels Bonuses: Three names of small-block Modified drivers will be drawn at the drivers’ meeting. Each driver will receive a $50 certificate toward the purchase of any VP Racing Fuel.

DNQ Passes: Drivers in the Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions that were unable to qualify for the season-opening Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will receive a free pit pass for the March 25 Deron Rust Memorial.

Crate 602 Bonuses: The drivers finishing third, ninth and sixth in the Crate 602 Sportsman feature during the Deron Rust Memorial will receive $50 cash bonuses and commemorative awards courtesy of the Rust family. Additionally, the family has boosted the winner’s share to $700 and there will be a drawing for $100 cash of the drivers finishing 11th-15th.

Lap sponsorships for the small-block Modified 33 are on sale for $20 per lap and can be reserved by e-mailing

The event welcomes a number of small-block engine combinations to Georgetown. Small-blocks (maximum 363 cubic inches) weigh 2,400 lbs. Big Diamond/Grandview/New Egypt-sealed spec head engines weigh 2,350 lbs. using methanol and 2,275 lbs. on gasoline.

All sealed engines will need a pre-race tech inspection by George McKelvey.

There are no pre-registration forms or car entry fees for this event.

Gates will open for the pit area at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates to follow at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:20 p.m. approximately, with racing at 7:15 p.m.

Following the Deron Rust Memorial on March 25, Georgetown Speedway will be silent through May 13 when the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars invade. The “one event per month” schedule runs through the summer season.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A new website is live the speedway at Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail or contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 during business hours for more information.