3rd annual Gene Kotary Memorial Race 


Sun., August 25, 2019

Utica Rome Speedway
5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike)
Vernon, NY

$13 General Admission


  • 30 lap feature event
  • Draw for heats
  • Top 3 in heats REDRAW
  • Show up points awarded

315-794-7805 or email

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Payout Information

$1,000 to Win
$500 (2nd)
$300 (3rd)
$250 (4th)
$200 (5th)
$175 (6th)
$150 (7th)
$140 (8th)
$130 (9th)
$120 (10th)

Thank you for your support at the chicken BBQ in June!


Sunday, June 2, 2019
Noon to 6 p.m.

Villa Verona Vineyard
4914 State Route 365
Verona, New York

enjoy the winery and food

Plus live music from Gridley Paige and Tiger Acoustics

And a basket raffle

Funds raised at both events will be donated to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

About Us

This is the third consecutive year the Utica-Rome Speedway is playing host to the Gene Kotary Memorial. Not only is this the biggest event of the year for the division at the Utica-Rome Speedway, but it’s one of the highest paying events in the Northeast for the competitive full-fendered division with entries expect from all corners of New York and parts of Canada.

Gene Kotary was a mainstay at Utica-Rome Speedway in its final days as a pavement facility. He was the 1978 track champion in the asphalt Sheet Stock’s winning the final feature for the division.

On the night in 1978 he shared the spotlight with NASCAR Hall of Fame member and legendary Rome, NY, driver Richie Evans. Overall Kotary had 10 career feature wins at Utica-Rome.

In 2018 Pete Stafanski was able to best out a strong field of Pro Stocks with Justin Knight finishing in the runner-up position at the Gene Kotary Memorial Race. As a result of the success of that event, it returns in 2019 with the second edition being bigger and better. It has a purse of over $4,000 including $1,000 going to the winner and $100 just to take the green flag.

If you or your business would like to get involved, please contact the event organizers or call 315-794-7805.