Utica-Rome Speedway is an 1/2 mile red clay oval, located on Route 5 in Vernon, New York. At one time the track also featured a 1/8 mile drag strip, although it does not appear to have been used since the track was converted from pavement to dirt in 1979.
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Utica-Rome Speedway opened on August 6th, 1961 as a paved 1/4 mile oval. In 1962, a 1/8th mile dragstrip was added which operated until 1977. The oval is listed as 1/3 mile from 1963 through 1978, with the track not operating in 1976. The track was sold in 1979 and was converted to a 5/8 mile clay oval. The track is currently listed as 1/2 mile, which may have happened in 1989. A 1/10 mile dirt oval for slingshots operated in 2000 and 2001.
A more detailed history is available Here on the official web site.
The track has also operated as New Venture Speedway and New Utica-Rome Speedway.
|Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 . Order from National Speedway Directory|
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Utica-Rome Speedway is on the north side of SR 5, opposite Lampman Road.
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