They dodged raindrops to begin the NASCAR era at The Utica Rome Speedway. Mike Mahaney took the 1st checkered flag of the era in the modified division.  CLick to check out the top 5 finishers in each division.

The speedway opened their 53rd season with a complete schedule of races in the Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock and Pure Stock divisions.  With the speedway's NASCAR affiliation, drivers can now compete on a state wide and national level, and see a bump in season ending points money.  Here's the top 5 finishers from opening night.

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES MODIFIED FINISH (30 LAPS)
  1. MIKE MAHANEY
  2. Stewart Friesen
  3. Matt Sheppard
  4. Jimmy Phelps
  5. Billy Decker
NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)
  1. A.J. FILBECK
  2. Jeremy Vunk
  3. Jack Miller
  4. Steve Way
  5. Brandon Walters
 NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES PRO STOCK FINISH (20 LAPS)
  1. TOM DENTON
  2. Bret Belden
  3. Mark Effner
  4. Glenn Forward
  5. Chris Carr
NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES PURE STOCK FINISH (15 LAPS)
  1. RON HAWKER
  2. Tim Janczuk
  3. Rob Thieme
  4. Bill Mason
  5. Rusty Marsden
Get more details on the night's racing and complete race results.  Utica Rome Speedway is back in action next Sunday with another full slate of racing.  Gates open at 3:30, racing at 6.