Preliminary Race Action Was Completed May 22
STIRLING, Ont. – August 10, 2016 – The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is set to return to action on Sunday, August 14 for the completion of the third annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY. All preliminary race action and the first three laps of the scheduled 30-lap A-Main were completed on May 22 before rain washed out the remainder of the event.
The $1500 US-to-win, $175 US-to-start race will resume with the running order from the caution point on lap three with no new drivers permitted to enter the race. However, substitute drivers will be permitted to a previous driver’s entry, but must restart the race at the rear of the 24-car field.
The Go Nuclear Series will join the also rescheduled Race of Champions Modified Tour for a 1:00pm start time with pit gates scheduled to open at 11:30am. Following the completion of the rescheduled events, an unsanctioned Crate Late Model race will be run alongside a regularly scheduled Utica-Rome program. Drivers will pay a separate entry fee for the second event.
At the time of the lap three caution flag, Auburn, NY native Chris Fleming led West Monroe, NY pilot Dale Caswell and Watertown, NY driver Billy Eisele. Caswell, Eisele and Sam Pennacchio of Niagara Falls, Ont. won the qualifying heats earlier in the day. Greg Belyea of Stirling, Ont was the fast qualifier around the big half-mile oval with a lap of 22.073 seconds.
Drivers will evidently face different track conditions for Sunday’s race given the night will start immediately with the feature events.
The Go Nuclear Series has been idle since competing at Ohsweken (Ont.) Speedway’s Northern Crate Nationals on July 25 when John Waters of Whitesville, NY went to victory lane.
Trenton, Ontario’s Charlie Sandercock enters what is now the series’ sixth feature of the season at the top of the championship standings. Sandercock has two wins this season, both of which came north of the border at Brighton and Cornwall speedways. He leads Brighton, Ont. natives Brandon Mowat and Phil Potts by 44 and 47 points, respectively. Fleming and Belyea occupy fourth and fifth in the standings. The one allotted drop race has not been calculated.
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 – Brighton Speedway (3rd)
Lap 8 - Unilock (1st)
Lap 9 - Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada (14th)
Lap 10 - Guillevin International (7th)
Lap 11 - Tson Dang (10th)
Lap 12 – Mayhew Graphics (16th)
Lap 13 - King Landscaping (6th)
Lap 14 - Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada (11th)
Lap 15 - Techniseal (15th)
Lap 16 - Bellevue Fabricating (2nd)
Lap 17 - Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada (4th)
Lap 18 - Mix-Can Inc. (13th)
Lap 19 - CT Canada (12th)
Lap 20 - Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada (18th)
Lap 21 - Dynamic Diverse (14th)
Lap 22 - Surefoot Inc. (19th)
Lap 23 – Mayhew Graphics (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
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)
Qualifying Results – May 22, 2016
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.
SEASON WINNERS: John Waters – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on April 24, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25); Charlie Sandercock – 2 (Brighton Speedway on June 25, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 3); Brandon Mowat – 1 (Humberstone Speedway on July 24)
The Go Nuclear! Late Model Series is supported by several dedicated corporate sponsors including Excel Tower Service, Humber Nurseries, Gillee's Heavy Truck Parts, Adam Nayler Plumbing, Dibbits Excavating, B Tech Concrete & Construction, Tenace Diversified, Tenacious Sound, C. Smith Machine Shop, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Victory Motorcycles, Valley Automation and Control, Laguna Ponds, Guillevin International, Superior Crane, Klotz Sysnthetic Lubricants Canada, Beyea Headers and Scott Jeffrey's Performance.
Media Contact: Clayton Johns Media
Photo Attachment: Auburn, NY driver Chris Fleming will lead the Go Nuclear Late Model Series back to the green flag for the remaining 27 laps of the third annual Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway. (Rebecca Eisele photo).