Monday, July 4, 2016

Brad Rouse doubles up with RoC Sportsman 602 feature wins at Freedom and Utica-Rome

Brad Rouse in Victory Lane at Utica-Rome
credit: Alex and Helen Bruce/RoC
Brad Rouse of St. Catherines picked up the win Saturday night in the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Sportsman 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco event at Freedom Motorsports Park in Delevan, N.Y. Rouse won his heat race and redrew sixth for the 30-lap feature.

“We’ve been racing here weekly at Freedom and it helped us out tonight,” said Rouse in victory lane. “We got to third behind Kyle (Inman) and James (Henry). They were both running the bottom and I knew I wasn’t going to pass them there, so we went to the top where they weren’t racing and the track was good. We got a good run and were able to pass them up top and head to victory lane. It’s pretty cool. I’ve got to thank Bob Reis for having the event here and giving us a good track and a nice place to race. He works hard at this and we’ll keep digging.”

At the checkered Rouse was followed by Inman, Henry, Mark Chiddy and Ray Bliss.

Rouse, Henry and Inman won the qualifying races, with Inman posting the overall fastest time in the timed hot lap sessions.

On Sunday night, Rouse took the checkered flag again in the RoC Sportsman 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified feature at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y. This time, Rouse redrew the pole but slipped to the back of the field early. He battled back to pass Utica-Rome Speedway top-gun Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., on the bottom in the closing laps to capture his second consecutive victory in as many nights. The win came in Rouse’s first visit to the legendary Utica-Rome half-mile. Rouse and Warner were followed to the line by Chris Johnson, Glenn Forward and Chris Mackey.

“This is big for us tonight,” said Rouse. “My guys volunteer and work hard to get us here. It feels really good to win here and to beat Rocky (Warner) like that, it’s just awesome. We started a bit too tight and the car got better as we went. I’m just excited about this win. We have had a great weekend.”

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Quotes in this piece provided by the Race of Champions.

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