[Special to uticaromespeedway.com]
In a day and time, where it seems like more and more tracks are working against one another, it’s refreshing to hear about two facilities working together. Such is the case for New York ovals, Thunder Mountain and Utica-Rome Speedway. The two facilities have joined forces for the Backroads Battle Series.
For 2020, the Backroads Battle Series will pay out the Top-10 positions in the points standings. The inaugural champion will receive $1,500. It is open to drivers in the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and the Street Stock division. The three divisions will compete against each other for one title.
Additionally, the champion in the series can come from any one of the three divisions. A driver’s best-eight finishes at each track will count towards the title.
Notably, a driver who competes at both tracks on the same weekend will receive a 10-point bonus. Last but not least, if a driver can sweep the weekend in any of the three divisions, a $200 bonus will be paid.
“This is something different we haven’t done before,” said Utica-Rome owner Bill Shea. “When Thunder Mountain decided to add the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds weekly we started having conversations and things kind of took off from there. I think we’ve come up with a pretty neat program.”
In an effort to promote racing in the area, New York’s Thunder Mountain Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway have formed the Backroads Battle Series
Like Shea, Thunder Mountain promoter Karl Spoonhower is looking forward to working together.
“We went out on a limb to change things up for this season with the DIRTcar and Hoosier program,” Spoonhower noted. “We’ve had a lot of really positive feedback about the change. When we started chatting with everyone at Utica-Rome it just made sense. We have a lot in common. We couldn’t think of a better way to help both our tracks and to give back to our drivers by adding some extra incentives to run both tracks.”
To be eligible for the point’s fund, a driver must start a minimum of eight events at each facility.