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VERNON, NY – Stronger together.

Broedel Fuel Group and the management team of Utica-Rome Speedway have signed a multi-faceted partnership for the upcoming 2021 season. Broedel Fuel Group is now the official energy supplier of the Route 5 facility.

Broedel Fuel Group was founded in the fall of 2001 by Jason Broedel with its office in Hubbardsville, N.Y. In 2017, Broedel purchased Ferguson Fuels of West Winfield, N.Y., expanding the company’s coverage area. 

Broedel Fuel Group offers propane gas, fuel oil and kerosene, diesel fuels and gasoline. Heating and air conditioning services include sales, service and installation of furnaces, boilers, residential hot water and steam boilers, central air conditioning, natural gas heating systems, water heaters and vented space heaters.

The Hubbardsville Broedel Fuel Group location delivers to the following areas:

The West Winfield location delivers to the following areas:

Via the agreement, Broedel Fuel Group will serve as presenting sponsor of two major events at the speedway: the first-ever Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco event at the track on Thursday, July 22: the ‘Richie Evans Remembered’ program.

Broedel will also present the return of the New Yorker event paying $10,000 to the Modified winner on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5). The New Yorker will be joined by the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint Cars, Crate 602 Sportsman and Pro Stocks.

The Broedel Fuel Group name will be featured prominently on signage throughout the speedway.

To learn more about Broedel Fuel Group, visit the website at or “like” Broedel Fuel Group LLC on Facebook.

A new era of racing at Utica-Rome Speedway gets underway on Friday, May 7 with a ‘Grand Reopening’ of the half-mile oval. A pair of practices will precede the opener on Friday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 4.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway. 


Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Racing Will Continue at Utica-Rome Speedway; Friday Nights Under BD Motorsports Media for 2021

VERNON, NY – After a winter of uncertainty, the 2021 plans for Utica-Rome Speedway have become much clearer.

Speedway owner Gene Cole has turned over operations of the half-mile clay oval, motocross track and adjacent speedway club to Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC. Cole had reassumed ownership of the Vernon facility following a six-year run by Bill and Kim Shea as the speedway’s promoters.

The historic ‘Home of Heroes’ will now operate on Friday nights in lieu of the longtime Sunday niche. Friday night racing is expected to get underway at 7:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. to allow travel time for teams and fans leaving work.

“Mr. Cole wants nothing more than to see Utica-Rome continue as a speedway,” Deyo said. “There were certainly other lucrative offers received which would have effectively ended auto racing at Utica-Rome. Mr. Cole put the legacy of auto racing at Utica-Rome first and afforded us this opportunity.”

Cole hopes the new promoters can carry the speedway into the future.

“I want this group to be around long enough to write the 75th anniversary book,” he said, referencing the ‘Home of Heroes’ 50th anniversary book written by Mark ‘Bones’ Bourcier following the 2010 season.

Utica-Rome will operate in conjunction with Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway, located approximately one hour east, mirroring rules and pay structures with the historic Track of Champions also operated by BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Both American Racer Tires, through Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels via Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., will service the speedway.

The new Utica-Rome Speedway management team will consist of Jamie and Denise 

Page of Bainbridge, N.Y., the current General Managers at Fonda Speedway and past promoters of I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., and 25-year-old Chris Moore of Smyrna, Del., who will relocate to Vernon for race season. Moore will also serve as the announcer at both Fonda and Utica-Rome.

Regularly featured divisions will include Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Four Cylinders with other classes expected to be included during selected events.

The ’21 season will get underway in May following a pair of Open Practice sessions.

Weekly racing will continue through Labor Day weekend with several special events penciled in.

In addition to Utica-Rome Speedway points, a ‘Thunder on the Thruway’ mini-series will be contested between Utica-Rome and Fonda speedways in the Modified, Crate 602 Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions.

Both the Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions will be eligible to compete for the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco cash awards and complimentary tire certificates.

Weekly payouts will match those offered at Fonda, including $2,400 to win, $500 for 10th and $250 to start for the Modifieds, $1,000 to win and $100 to start for the Crate 602 Sportsman and $800 to win, $75 to start for the Pro Stocks.

A tribute to the late Richie Evans and a return of the New Yorker event are expected to highlight the ’21 Utica-Rome schedule, which will be released in the coming weeks.

Look for additional information in the coming days as the ’21 season approaches. Details will be finalized quickly with the race season approaching.

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or @UR_Speedway.


By Joe Grabianowski 

CONCORD, NC – DIRTcar OktoberFAST is a unique opportunity for Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified drivers and teams to experience a true speed week. Six storied DIRTcar tracks set the stage for six heart-pounding nights of action all broadcast live on DIRTVision without fans in the stands as per state COVID-19 guidelines. 

Notably, all six DIRTcar OktoberFAST events pay a full Series purse for all divisions including five $7,500-to-win Super DIRTcar Series races, three $4,000-to-win DIRTcar 358 Modified Series races, three DIRTcar Pro Stock Series races at $1,000-to-win, and five DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series races also for $1,000-to-win. The final races at Weedsport have increased purses of $10,000-to-win for the Big Blocks and $2,000 for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. 

While these events do not award Series points, they do count towards the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for each division. 

On Tuesday, October 6, the highly anticipated roadshow begins at “The Great Race Place” Albany-Saratoga Speedway where the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series will race for 60 laps and $7,500-to-win. The Big Blocks are joined by the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stocks where they race 30 and 25-lap features respectively for a full night of DIRTcar racing. 

Vernon, NY’s Utica-Rome Speedway hosts race two of DIRTcar OktoberFAST. The famous half-mile track has hosted Super DIRTcar Series races since 1982 when “Jumpin” Jack Johnson took the checkered flag. Jimmy Phelps, in the HBR no. 98H, grabbed the win in 2018 at the last completed Series race there. Also on the card are the DIRTcar 358 Modified for a 40-lap Feature and Pro Stock Series. 

Then the Series digs in at Fulton Speedway for the third 60-lap scrap of DIRTcar Big Blocks. The high banks will also feel the roar of the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds as well. 

Friday, October 9 OktoberFAST the Series rolls north to “The Nasty Track” for another triple threat of Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks, DIRTcar 358, and Sportsman Modified Series races. 

Can-Am was supposed to host the first point-paying Series race of 2020 back in April but the pandemic caused it to be canceled. Big Block drivers are eager to challenge the reworked LaFargville, NY track. Added banking in turns one and two has created another lane of action at Can-Am thanks to the investments by the Bartlett family. 

Then it’s a Saturday special at Land of Legends Raceway, where DIRTcar Big Blocks have been rocking all season long against the odds. Look for home track favorites like track champion Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph and Matt Sheppard to be on the pointy end of the field after 60 laps. The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series joins the Big Blocks as well. 

The grand finale to DIRTcar OktoberFAST takes place Sunday, October 11 at Weedsport Speedway. The Super DIRTcar Series will race for $10,000 over 75 laps on the one-third mile Central New York staple. Weedsport has been on the Serie tour since the beginning and has hosted the best of the best. 

The DIRTcar Sportsman will go 35 laps for their $2,000 to win payday and on this night the DIRTcar Pro Stocks make their return to the DIRTcar OktoberFAST trail for another $1,000-to-win battle. 

Race fans can now experience what it is like to race at Weedsport Speedway on iRacing after the release of the new digital version of the track on Wednesday, September 9. Be sure to drive the track before you watch the track! 

Race teams can note that the online registration process and competition notes will be available no later than Monday, Sept. 14.  A reminder that all pit passes will be purchased online as there will be no sales on race night and the deadline to enter is set at Sept. 30th.

Now the drivers write a new chapter in history with this unprecedented Big Block Modified speed week. Race fans do not want to miss this incredible week of racing, which will be streamed live on DIRTVision

Keep up to date on upcoming DIRTcar OktoberFAST news regarding special awards, digital fan engagement, track spotlights, and committed driver announcements by following the Super DIRTcar Series on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision Schedule

Tuesday, October 6 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – 25 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Wednesday, October 7 – Utica-Rome Speedway 

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series – 40 laps, $4,000-to-win, $250-to-start

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – 25 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Thursday, October 8 – Fulton Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series – 40 laps, $4,000-to-win, $250-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Friday, October 9 – Can-Am Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series – 40 laps, $4,000-to-win, $250-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Saturday, October 10 – Land of Legends Raceway

Super DIRTcar Series – 60 laps, $7,500-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 30 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

Sunday, October 11 – Weedsport Speedway

Super DIRTcar Series – 75 laps, $10,000-to-win, $500-to-start

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – 35 laps, $2,000-to-win, $100-to-start

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series – 25 laps, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start

All races will be broadcast, without fans in attendance, on