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Mother nature takes final Sunday night win at Utica-Rome Speedway

By UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY

VERNON, N.Y. - Mother Nature has claimed the final point event at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday, August 31, as persistent rain showers have continued at the track through the afternoon.  
 
With the rainout, Stewart Friesen has claimed the 2014 Utica-Rome Speedway Modified track championship, which was his fifth consecutive and seventh overall at the Vernon oval.  
 
Friesen edged Matt Sheppard by a mere ten points for his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title at the facility. He became the first NASCAR champion at the track in nearly two decades. 
 
Mike Mahaney finished third in the point standings followed by Fulton Speedway champion Larry Wight fourth and former multi-time champion Pat Ward in fifth.
 
In Sportsman action it was Jeremy Vunk claiming his first ever track title at the half-mile facility.  Vunk earned the championship on the back of six feature wins in 2014.  
 
He edged out Claude Hutchings Jr., by 19 points to earn the championship.  Steve Way finished in third spot with Jack Miller and first year Sportsman driver Mike Walton completing the top five. 
 
Tommy Denton's dominance of the Pro Stock division continued in 2014. 
 
Glenn Forward made a late season charge but he was no match for Denton's six feature wins on the season. For Denton it is his eighth track title and his third consecutive.  
 
Forward finished second with four wins to his credit.  
 
Following those two in the final standings were Mark Effner, Chris Carr and AJ Digsby.
 
Russ Marsden stopped Ron Hawker's dominance in the Pure Stock division as he returned to weekly competition in 2014.  Marsden got off to a hot start and never looked back as he earned five wins giving him just enough to hold off Bill Mason for the title.  
 
Mason made a late season charge winning multiple features in the final few weeks but it wasn't enough as he came up eight points short.  Ricky Breed finished third just ahead of Hawker and Chuck Cushman.
 

Racing resumes tomorrow afternoon at 6pm with the Race of Champions New Yorker 200 for the Modifieds as they race 100-laps for the $10,000 top prize.  GRIT Series Sportsman are also on the card and they will race 30-laps for $1,000 to win. 

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