Twin $5K Paydays For 360 Sprint Car Cole Cup & ‘Modern Day Outlaw’ Mod Race At Utica-Rome

Story By: BRETT DEYO / UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY – VERNON, NY – Twin $5,000s.  For one final time in 2022, Utica-Rome Speedway roars to life on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with a fan-pleasing program headlined by a pair of $5,000-to-win events at the Home of Heroes.

The lightning-fast 360 Sprint Cars of the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) invade for the annual Cole Cup, a 30-lap event offering $5,000 to the winner, $525 for 10th and $300 to start.

Utica-Rome’s Sunoco Modified division, outfitted with sail panels, are set for a throwback to the ‘Outlaw Circuit’ days of old in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event offering $750 for 10th and $400 just to take the green.

The PST Sprint Cars will take part in an open draw for heat races, with passing points utilized for the 8-lap heats. The top-eight drivers in passing points plus heat winners (not in the top-eight) will transfer to a 4-lap Dash. The B-Main is 12 laps leading into the 30-lap Cole Cup feature.

The Cole Cup, first run in 2013, honors longtime speedway owner and advocate Gene Cole. Past Cole Cup winners include Stewart Friesen (2013 & 2014), Mark Smith (2016), Jason Barney (2017) and Davie Franek (2019).

The ‘Modern Day Outlaw 50’ for the Modifieds offers a draw for heat-race starting positions and a redraw of top qualifiers.

Utica-Rome/STSS rules will be in effect with sail panels on the Modifieds. Tire rules are as follows: American Racer 48 or harder right-rear; American Racer 44 or harder left-rear; American Racer open fronts. Hoosier D300 or harder will be permitted, as well.

Completing the midweek tripleheader are the Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap event offering $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start utilizing STSS Crate 602 Sportsman rules (2,350 lbs., 6,200 rev chip). Tire rules are as follows: American Racer 48 or harder right-rear; American Racer 44 or harder left-rear; American Racer open fronts. Hoosier D300 or harder will be permitted, as well.

Crate 602 Sportsman will draw for heat-race starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers.

All gates open at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4. Hot laps hit the track at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $30 for Adults, $28 for Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 for members and $45 for non-members (ages 13 and up). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10 and Children (ages 5 and under) pay $2.

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