Double the Pressure: North Region & Elite Points on the Line Sunday at Utica-Rome New Yorker 50

Written by Chris Moore

VERNON, NY – Double the pressure.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco is set for a pivotal race at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 4.

F.X. Caprara Car Companies presents the 29th running of the historic ‘New Yorker’ and the 18th running on dirt after the first 11 were contested on asphalt.

The ‘New Yorker’ serves as a points-paying race for both the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series and the River Valley Builders North Region.

The purse for the ‘New Yorker’ totals over $80,000, with $1,000 reserved for the 16th-place finisher and $500 to take the green flag, the standard for the new ‘Elite’ Series.

For the ‘Elite’ Series, the 50-lap affair is Round No. 3 of the six-race series with Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown atop the standings thus far.

The champion of the six-race series earns a $25,000 paycheck at the end of the year. The ‘Elite’ Series offers a $69,000 point fund distributed amongst the top-12 in the year end standings.

Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard meanwhile sets the standard for the River Valley Builders North Region, leading by a healthy 60 points heading into Round No. 8 of the tour.

Top-12 in the North Region standings split a $46,650 point fund with $15,000 of it allocated to the champion.

The Labor Day weekend special sits at a pivotal point in the season for both regions, as the ‘Elite’ Series hits the halfway point on the season, while the North Region has two races remaining following the ‘New Yorker.’

The Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman, Next Generation Graphix Pro Stocks and Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman of Utica-Rome Speedway join the Sunday program.

Two days prior to the ‘New Yorker 50,’ Utica-Rome Speedway hosts its Championship Night on Sept. 2, making it a full weekend of racing at the Route 5 oval.

The entire night of racing, along with every STSS race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is and can be reached by phone at 315.953.4097.  Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @UR_Speedway.

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The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.