Victoria 200 – RoC Dirt Modified Series – Utica-Rome Speedway (NY) – 10/4/16
Last updated: October 5, 2016 at 21:13 pm
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What Won the Race: Matt Sheppard took the lead for the final time on lap 27 and pulled away on a restart with 15 laps to go to win the Victoria 200.
The (Unofficial) Finish:
|12||84||Claude Hutchings, Jr.|
The Skinny: Vic Coffey had control of the lead early on before Matt Sheppard made a pass for the lead on lap 9. Coffey retook the lead on lap 19, only to give it back up to Sheppard in lapped traffic on lap 27. From there it was all Sheppard on his way to a $5,500 win.
Winning Quote: “There was a lot of bite out there, it was hammer down fast. It was a lot of fun racing with Vic out there. I can’t say enough about the night, the track and everybody who showed up here tonight.” – Matt Sheppard
Winning Crew Chief: Randy Kisacky
Winning Chassis: Bicknell
Winning Shocks: Integra
Winning Engine: CC Performance
On the Move: Claude Hutchings, Jr. started on the last row in 25th and charged to a 12th-place finish, a gain of 13 positions.
Biggest Loser: Rob Bellinger started 17th but retired early and finished 22nd, a loss of 15 positions.
-Four cautions slowed the pace of the 55-lap feature.
-Matt Sheppard kept his No. 9s primarily on the bottom of the race track, while Vic Coffey kept the No. 32c on the high side.
-The Victoria 200 was originally scheduled for May 22, but was postponed after qualifying due to rain. A make-up attempt on August 14 was also a victim of Mother Nature. With a much better forecast this time around, track and series officials are hopeful that the race will finally see its conclusion on Tuesday night.
-Qualifying for the 55-lap race has already been completed, but there will be a chance for new participants to make the field through a qualifying race tonight. Currently, 26 drivers are on the starting grid for the race.
-Larry Wight and Tim Fuller are among the drivers who have not returned for the third attempt at the Victoria 200. Unofficially, there are 10 new participants hoping to qualify into the show tonight.
-All 10 cars in the qualifying race will qualify to the main event.
Starting Lineup (Updated):
|25||84||Claude Hutchings Jr.|
Qualifying Race Results:
|9||84||Claude Hutchings Jr.|
Qualifying Race Lineups:
|9||84||Claude Hutchings Jr.|
Hot Laps Results:
|18||84||Claude Hutchings Jr.||20.637|
|21||56||Dave Moyer||No Time|
|22||35||Alan Barker||No Time|
|23||93||Colten Wilson||No Time|
Car Count: 26 Dirt Modifieds originally qualified for the race. Seventeen of those cars have returned, while unofficially there are 10 additional competitors attempting to qualify for the race through a qualifying race. That gives us a field of 26 cars to start tonight’s 55-lap main event.
Qualifying Format: The first 26 spots on the grid were set back in May, but there will be a qualifying race for any drivers hoping to race their way into the Victoria 200.
Event Schedule: Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. ET. Joining the RoC Dirt Modifieds will be a 360 Sprint Car open race and Mod Lites.
Who to Watch For: Matt Sheppard will be the man to beat tonight as he looks to continue his impressive 2016 season. Sheppard has six wins at Utica-Rome this season including the RoC New Yorker 40 in September and a Super DIRTcar Series win in July.
Title Fight: Matt Sheppard leads Vic Coffey by 65 markers in the RoC Dirt Modified Series standings.
The Track: Utica-Rome Speedway is a semi-banked, half-mile oval located in Vernon, New York.
Weather: The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lows 60s.
Next Series Race: This is the final scheduled event for the RoC Dirt Modifieds this season.