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Old Timer's reunion at Utica-Rome Aug 20

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Old Timer's reunion at Utica-Rome Aug 20
Aug 16, 2000, 11:45 PM

VERNON, NY - The New Utica-Rome Speedway will be holding their first ever Old Timer's Reunion this coming Sunday August 20 at the popular Vernon half-mile track during the evening's racing action. Drivers from the asphalt era of Utica-Rome, ...

VERNON, NY - The New Utica-Rome Speedway will be holding their first ever Old Timer's Reunion this coming Sunday August 20 at the popular Vernon half-mile track during the evening's racing action.

Drivers from the asphalt era of Utica-Rome, including the 1960s and 1970s plus the early dirt era, will be in attendance to relive memories of the past and to enjoy a night of racing at the speedway they helped put on the map. Race fans will be able to meet the drivers, who will be introduced to the fans on the frontstretch during intermission. The evening will be dedicated to the memory of several of Utica-Rome's recently passed drivers, including Lou Lazzaro, Johnny "Pops" Michaels, Pete Corey, and Sammy Reakes.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the main division was of course, the NASCAR Asphalt Modifieds. Other divisions included the Chargers, the Mini Stocks, and Hobby division plus the drag racers. The early 1980's featured the Big Block Modifieds, along with the Late Models, and Amateur Races.

Utica-Rome has one of the most storied histories of any track in the Central New York area. Much of Utica-Rome's claim to fame is that many-time NASCAR champions, Richie Evans and Jerry Cook began their careers at the speedway on the old 1/3-mile asphalt oval, then promoted by Dick Waterman. Evans and Cook were the dominant early stars of Utica-Rome, along with legendary drivers Lou Lazzaro, Rene Charland, Bill Wimble, and Ed Flemke, Sr.

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