Georgetown Speedway Joins NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series
GEORGETOWN, DE – A trio of historic dirt tracks in the Northeast will join the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series for the upcoming 2023 season.
Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway and New York’s Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedways, which are operated by promoter Brett Deyo, are the latest facilities to become NASCAR sanctioned.
“I’ve been looking at the option (to sanction with NASCAR) for the past couple of years,” said Deyo. “For Fonda and Utica-Rome, we have the same core racers that run both nights, Friday night at Utica-Rome and Saturday night at Fonda. It gives them an opportunity to run for a state championship, the regional championship and the national championship.
“From the Georgetown perspective, there is more growth here. We have a more ambitious schedule then we’ve run (recently). We’ve been a part-time track since 2016. We’re still not weekly at Georgetown, but we are racing more than we have in the past.”
Georgetown Speedway, located in Georgetown, Delaware, was constructed in 1949 by businessman Melvin L. Joseph. The track will host races on Thursday and Friday nights this year in addition to special events.
Major events on the 2023 calendar at Georgetown include the 12k for 12k Gary Simpson Memorial (July 21) and the Mid-Atlantic Championship (Oct. 27-28). Georgetown will open its season April 7.
Visit www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com for more information.
Utica-Rome Speedway, located in Vernon, New York, was built in 1961 by Joe Lesik as a quarter-mile asphalt oval before being transformed into a dirt track in 1979. Known as the ‘Home of Heroes,’ Utica-Rome will host weekly racing on Fridays throughout the upcoming season.
Some of auto racing’s best have won track championships at Utica-Rome. They include Richie Evans, who won four titles during Utica-Rome’s asphalt era, and current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Stewart Friesen, who is a seven-time track champion.
Major events at the half-mile dirt oval in 2023 include the Richie Evans Remembered 61 (July 20) and the New Yorker (Sept. 3). The season opener at Utica-Rome is scheduled for April 21.
Visit www.uticaromespeedway.com for more information.
Fonda Speedway, located in Fonda, New York, opened in 1953 and continues to operate today as a half-mile dirt oval. Dubbed ‘The Track of Champions,’ Fonda played host to four NASCAR Cup Series races in the 1950s and 1960s. Those events, known as the Fonda 200, were won by Junior Johnson, David Pearson and Richard Petty. NASCAR last sanctioned Utica-Rome Speedway in 2016.
The track will host weekly racing on Saturdays throughout the summer. Major events include the season opening Jack Johnson Memorial Montgomery County Open (April 22) as well as the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 (Sept. 14-16).
Visit www.thefondaspeedway.com for more information.
Modifieds will be the headlining class at the trio of tracks in 2023. Ryan Godown (Georgetown), Matt Sheppard (Utica-Rome) and Matt DeLorenzo (Fonda) are the defending Modified track champions at each venue.
The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series sanctions weekly short tracks across the United States and Canada. Layne Riggs is the defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Division I national champion.
For Deyo, giving competitors at his three tracks the chance to earn more money and the chance to race for state, regional and national championships made joining the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series a much easier decision.
“It opens up a whole other earning potential for our racers and that really got me excited because we’re always trying to give them the most opportunities to make money as we can,” said Deyo. “I felt like the NASCAR program gives them that opportunity without having to do anything different than they were already doing.
“It’s a great opportunity. We pride ourselves on paying well at our tracks. Anytime you can give them an opportunity to race for more money, it’s a good thing. Not to mention the exposure that comes with it, the honor of being a NASCAR champion. Especially during the 75th season, there is just a lot of hype that goes along with it.”
I am following up on a suggestion I spoke to you about the last race of the
season at Georgetown last October. Have you put any thought into running a
couple of Enduro races in the 2023 season. Some are run the last race of the
night at some tracks. Originally they were run as a stand alone race a day before
a holiday or a day after if the holidays fell on Friday or Monday. (1984)
As spectators can participate in these races many will like to try it. Anyone
16 years are older race. Generally cars can be bought for a few hundred dollars
for this race. It would be like putting on the Monster Truck show or maybe a
finally to the track show running last. Stand alone races are 150 or 100 lap races.
Until last year Trailways Speedway ran a 100 lap race every other month on
there schedule, June August and October. They had been run for over 6 years at
that track. The average car count was 30 cars. I myself ran Enduro’s for 3 years
there. I know most of the details of putting one on. With your fan base here it
could be 30-50 cars or more. There is no car limit for this race. I still have my car
from Trailways. The race does pay for itself. At Trailways it was $25 for a pit pass,
$25 to race and $10 for transponder rental. Some races paid $500 to win and
others paid $1,000. As I am retired I would donate my time to help out with the
details and other info running these races. Youtube : Linda’s Enduro and Caney
Valley and 2022 Gobbler Enduro at Boyds speedways. Regards, Wayne : Millsboro.