By Clayton Johns
STIRLING, Ont. – May 20, 2016 – The Go Nuclear Late Model Series returns to action this Sunday with the 3rd annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY. The $1500-to-win and $175-to-start event is the second event of a 13-race 2016 schedule for the tour.
The season started on April 24 when Johns Waters of Whitesville, NY won at Utica-Rome in the Prelude to the Gnome Cup season opener. The veteran driver held off Bryce Davis of Hornell, NY and Sam Pennachio of Niagara Falls, Ont. to earn the victory.
If the 3rd edition of the Gnome Cup is anywhere near as exciting as the sophomore 2015 version, fans will certainly be thrilled. Utica, NY native Aaron Jacobs upset a very talented field of Go Nuclear tour drivers to earn an impressive victory. Last season’s event attracted 32 cars to compete for 24 starting positions at the big half-mile oval.
Trenton, Ont. native Charlie Sandercock won the inaugural edition of the race in 2014, forecasting his series championship, as he defeated Dale Caswell and Dustin Waters at the front of the field.
Rick Miller is the only other winner at Utica-Rome in the series’ six-year history when he parked in Victory Lane on July 21, 2013.
A large field is expected once again as several drivers look to make their season debut on the tour while several others hope to build on a successful debut last month.
The event, presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, also features the Race of Champions Big-Block Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Novice 602 Sportsman. Gates open at 3:00pm for the 5:30pm start time with hot laps scheduled for 5:00pm. Adult admission is just $20. Additional event information is available online at www.uticaromespeedway.com.
Lap Sponsors - 3rd Annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway
Lap 1 - Surefoot Inc. (6th)
Lap 2 - Techniseal (18th)
Lap 3 - Unilock (17th)
Lap 4 - Ganesh Mohan (19th)
Lap 5 - Hi Line Gifts (10th)
Lap 6 - C Smith Machine Shop (15th)
Lap 7 - AVAILABLE (3rd)
Lap 8 - Unilock (1st)
Lap 9 - AVAILABLE (14th)
Lap 10 - Guillevin International (7th)
Lap 11 - Tson Dang (10th)
Lap 12 - AVAILABLE (16th)
Lap 13 - King Landscaping (6th)
Lap 14 - AVAILABLE (11th)
Lap 15 - Techniseal (15th)
Lap 16 - Bellevue Fabricating (2nd)
Lap 17 - AVAILABLE (4th)
Lap 18 - Mix-Can Inc. (13th)
Lap 19 - CT Canada (12th)
Lap 20 - AVAILABLE (18th)
Lap 21 - Dynamic Diverse (14th)
Lap 22 - Surefoot Inc. (19th)
Lap 23 - AVAILABLE (22nd)
Lap 24 - Aqua Scape Inc. (2nd)
Lap 25 - C Smith Machine Shop (4th)
Lap 26 - Performance Auto (9th)
Lap 27 - King Landscaping (6th)
Lap 28 - Hi Line Gifts (14th)
Lap 29 - TriStar Pottery
Lap 30 - Action Imports (1st)
Hard Charger Award: Scott Jefferies Performance $50 Gift Card
Halfway Leader: Armour-All Products Tool Box courtesy of Dynamic Diversified
The Go Nuclear! Late Model Series is supported by several dedicated corporate sponsors including Excel Tower Service, Gillee’s Heavy Truck Parts, Adam Nayler Plumbing, Dibbits Excavating, Humber Nurseries, Tenace Diversifeid, Tenacious Sound, C. Smith Machine, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Victory Motorcycles, Valley Automation and Control, Laguna, Guillevin International, Superior Crane, Beyea Headers, and Scott Jeffrey’s Performance.
Follow the Go Nuclear! Late Model Series online all season long at www.gonuclearlatemodelseries.com. Get up-to-the-minute series news by ‘Liking’ the Go Nuclear! Late Model Series Facebook page at facebook.com/gonuclearlatemodelseries and by following @GoNuclearSeries on Twitter.
About Utica-Rome Speedway: The Utica-Rome Speedway is located on New York Route 5 in Vernon, NY.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media