Utica Rome Speedway – Red Clay and Thunder

The Utica Rome speedway is a half-mile red clay auto racing track with extremely high speeds situated on Route 5 near Vernon, New York. During the summer, the Utica Rome Speedway provides excellent dirt track action every Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Big Block/Small Block Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Sportsman, and Pure Stocks are featured each week. Utica-Rome Speedway, located on Route 5 near Vernon, has a more than 60-year history and has drawn some of the greatest names in Modified racing on asphalt and dirt tracks. Several of those all-star drivers won the much-awaited season opening every year.

A paved 1/4-mile oval, Utica-Rome Speedway debuted on August 6th, 1961. A 1/8-mile dragstrip was added in 1962 and used up until 1977. From 1963 through 1978, the oval is recorded as being a third of a mile, with the track being idle in 1976. In 1979, the track was sold and changed into a 5/8-mile clay oval.

To serve the venue, there are two concession stands. Each station serves Coca-Cola drinks and offers a full selection of cuisine. Chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, pizza, nachos, popcorn, cheese steaks, ice cream, sausage,  hot dogs, and sweets are available at the Utica-Rome Speedway concession stand.

Additionally, there are weekly concession discounts. There is also a beer booth available at the Utica Rome Speedway, coolers are allowed into the venue, but alcohol is not permitted.

There isn’t any reserved seating right now. First come, first served applies to all seating. On race day, the gates open during the day (before 5 p.m.) so that people can spread blankets in the grandstands. Every Friday at 5 p.m., tickets go on sale at the main racetrack gate. No purchase is necessary for advancement.

The event’s start time may vary, but our objective is always to put on a quick, effective performance that will send supporters home as quickly as feasible. Between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m., the main Sunoco Modified feature is often finished.

Every Friday night, hot laps start at 6:30 p.m., and racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Seats are first come, first served. Therefore, the earlier you arrive, the better your seating will be.

Since seating is first come, first served, the earlier you arrive, the better your chances are of getting a good seat. Every Utica-Rome Speedway race is broadcast LIVE on FloRacing, and there is handicapped seating just behind the flag stand.

Additionally, there is a fully equipped merchandising trailer with caps, hoodies, and t-shirts and additional goods like safety goggles and earmuffs. Along the parking lot’s tree border, overnight parking is permitted. Hookups are not available.

Cole Cup Races

In 2013, the first-ever “Cole Cup” competition was held, and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, New York, won it. The Canadian Steve Poirier and the New Yorker Shawn Donath were beaten out by the speedway’s all-time winningest Modified racer. The “Cole Cup” is back in 2022 for a 30-lap A-Main at the Route 5 oval, where $5,000 will be awarded as the season’s grand prize.

The Sunoco Modifieds will compete alongside the PST 360 Sprint Cars for 50 laps and their own $5,000 top prize. In the “Modern Day Outlaw 50,” which pays $5,000 to the winner, the Modifieds will attach sail panels. The last race of the Tuesday night schedule, the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman, will run for 25 laps and a $1,000 winner’s share.

The event awards a $5,000 prize to the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) 360 Sprint Car winner in honor of veteran racetrack owner and promoter Gene Cole. The “Cole Cup” will make its maiden appearance in 2019 at the conclusion of the 2022 season at Utica-Rome Speedway.

 ‘Modern Day Outlaw 50 & Cole Cup’ Race

This event is allowed to use sail panels. Side-by-side, the size, and shape of the sail panels must be the same, even, and mirror each other. The maximum height is 65 inches from the ground.

Sail panels may only reach as far back as the end of the quarter-panel and as far forward as the back of the driver’s seat. No modifications (louvers, cut-outs, etc.) to the sail panels are allowed. It is okay to have a roof spoiler or wicker bill that is no taller than four inches.

In heat races, starting places for the drivers are determined by drawing. Those who placed first or second in their heats advance to the redraw. All other heat-race qualifiers advance directly to the features. The remaining field will be established by consolation. The most accomplished racer at Utica-Rome Speedway in 2022 Sunoco A “buy-in” provisional starter will be introduced with modified points (relinquish green flag money).

$30 for adults; $28 for seniors age 65 and above; FREE for children under the age of 11. Pit Admission: $40 for PST members and Utica-Rome Speedway non-members. – $10 Kids (ages 6-12) (ages 6-12) – $2 for kids under the age of five.

A completed minor release form must be on file for any person who is under the age of 18. Pit entry costs $10 for children aged 6 to 12. Children under five are charged $2. Utica-Rome Speedway is a cash-only facility.


For $12 for Adult Grandstand Admission and $10 for Seniors, a weekly Friday night program is offered (ages 65 and over). With an accompanying adult, children under 11 are allowed FREE to the grandstands. Utica-Rome Speedway members pay $30 for pit admission, while non-members pay $35. For special events, prices will vary. Grandstand pricing per week: Adults pay $12, seniors (65 and over) pay $10, and children under 11 are free. Weekly Pit Admission: FREE Utica-Rome Member: $30; Non-Member: $35 (with spectators). Pricing for weekly pit admission (without spectators): Utica-Rome Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

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