VERNON, N.Y. --- For the first time in more than a year fans returned to the Utica-Rome Speedway, now under new ownership. In 2020, racing on the track was limited and fans were not allowed to attend.
Now that the world has turned over a new page in the pandemic, Track Promoter Chris Moore said he's thrilled to see the fans return.
"We've been working hard. Last year was tough with COVID for everybody. We've been working hard, the weather has been kind of rough on us this year, but we're excited. We're glad to have everybody back and hopefully, the hard work is gonna pay off. We will continue to grow and get better. The stands look full, it's awesome hopefully it keeps getting better," said Moore.
Last year, fans looking to get their racing fix had to take a road trip to other tracks across Upstate New York. Racing fan Tiffany Kiefer said she's glad to be able to return to her home track.
"You had to drive a couple of hours going whichever way. Going to Fulton, Brewerton, It's not the same this is close to home," said Kiefer.
NASCAR World Truck Series driver Stewart Frisen also getting behind the wheel. Frisen said he's raced at the Utica-Rome speedway a number of times and said he always enjoyed the energy.
"I've spent a lot of years racing with Utica-Rome. It's been probably 4 or 5 years since I've been here. You know now with all the new stuff going on, we're back and I'm looking forward to it," said Frisen.
If you'd like to attend a race, the full 2021 race schedule can be found here.