Rain Postpones 3rd Annual Gnome Cup For Go Nuclear Late Models At Utica-Rome

Heat race action completed

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    Rain postponed the 3rd annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway. (Clayton Johns Media photo).

Rain postponed the 3rd annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway. (Clayton Johns Media photo).

VERNON, NY – May 22, 2016 – Officials with the Utica-Rome Speedway and Go Nuclear Late Model Series are disappointed to announce rain has forced the postponement of the 3rd annual Gnome Cup. Officials are working on a make-up date at this time.

Time trials and heat race action was completed for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and three laps were completed in the 30-lap main event before rain began to fall at the speedway. An early shower wet the track, but stopped allowing track crews to begin recovering the track. The rain, however, persisted and the track was lost.

Before the red flag was thrown due to rain, second starter Chris Fleming (No.10 Simons Agency) took the lead on the opening lap using the outside lane to pass polesitter Dale Caswell (No.118 Predator Chassis) out of turn two.  

A number of battles developed at the front of the field as Sam Pennachio (No.311 Duguay Haulage) challenged Chuck Meyers (No.125 Gillee’s NAPA Auto Parts) for the fourth position. Further back, 12th starting Charlie Sandercock (No.57 Bellevue Fabricating) began a march forward and drove to sixth by the time of a lap three caution for a spun Bret Belden (No.81 Enchanted Forest Water Safari) in turn one. 

While under yellow, rain began to fall on the speedway with three laps completed, causing a delay in the action.

Complete Results – May 22, 2016 – Go Nuclear! Late Model Series
3rd Annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway


Car Number Name (Hometown)

3J Jeremy Wonderling (Wellsville, NY)
4z Laslow Hollyfeld (Fulton, NY)
8 Brian Down (Trenton, ON)
9k AJ Kingsley (Fulton, NY)
10 Chris Fleming (Auburn, NY)
12 Kyle Sopaz (Trenton, ON)
16 Aaron Jacobs (Frankford, NY)
18 Brandon Ford (Cato, NY)
18e Bill Eisele (Watertown, NY)
18w Mike Wonderling (Scio, NY)
25 Greg Belyea (Stirling, ON)
28* Alan Fink (Central Square, NY)
38 Jason Parkhurst (Fulton, NY)
42 Adam Nayler (Wooler, ON)
46 Brandon Mowat (Brighton, ON)
57 Charlie Sandercock (Trenton, ON)
60 Norm Mayhew (Lakeport, ON)
81 Bret Belden (West Edmeston, NY)
91 Chad Homan (Macedon, NY)
92 Adam Turner (Picton, ON)
118 Dale Caswell (West Monroe, NY)
125 Chuck Meyers (Casterland, NY)
160 Johnny Hill (Hastings, NY)
311 Sam Pennachio (Niagara Falls, ON)

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 3 Redraw): 1. 18e Billy Eisele, 2. 25 Greg Belyea, 3. 10 Chris Fleming, 4. 38 Jason Parkhurst, 5. 91 Chad Homan, 6. 18 Mike Wonderling, 7. 60 Norm Mayhew, 8. 160 Johnny Hill (DNS).

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 3 Redraw): 1. 311 Sam Pennachio, 2. 125 Chuck Meyers, 3. 46 Brandon Mowat, 4. 16 Aaron Jacobs, 5. 92 Adam Turner, 6. 42 Adam Nayler, 7. 8 Brian Down, 8. 28* Alan Fink (DNS). 

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 3 Redraw): 1. 118 Dale Caswell, 2. 81 Bret Belden, 3. 12 Kyle Sopaz, 4. 57 Charlie Sandercock, 5. 3J Jeremy Wonderling, 6. 9k AJ Kingsley, 7. 18 Brandon Ford, 8. 4H Laslow Holleyfeld.

Time Trial Group 1 (Invert 4): 1. 25 Greg Belyea 22.073 seconds, 2. 10 Chris Fleming 22.271, 3. 91 Chad Homan 22.493, 4. 38 Jason Parkhurst 22.755, 5. 60 Norm Mayhew 23.091, 6. 160 Johnny Hill 23.356, 7. 18 Mike Wonderling 23.396, 8. 18e Bill Eisele No Time.  

Time Trial Group 2 (Invert 4): 1. 125 Chuck Meyers 22.207 seconds, 2. 16 Aaron Jacobs 22.637, 3. 92 Adam Turner 22.818, 4. 311 Sam Pennacchio 22.869, 5. 46 Brandon Mowat 22.919, 6. 28* Alan Fink 23.693, 7. 8 Brian Down 24.568, 8. 42 Adam Nayler 24.669. 

Time Trial Group 3 (Invert 4): 1. 118 Dale Caswell 22.214 seconds, 2. 57 Charlie Sandercock 22.289, 3. 81 Bret Belden 22.290, 4. 9k AJ Kingsley 22.622, 5. 12 Kyle Sopaz 22.646, 6. 18 Brandon Ford 22.734, 7. 3J Jeremy Wonderling 23.049, 8. 4h Laslow Holleyfeld 23.266.

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, Beyea Headers, and Scott Jeffrey’s Performance.

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media


Photo Attachment: Rain postponed the 3rd annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway.