Sodus, NY - The Central New York Mini Sprints (CNYMS) made their first appearance of the 2000 racing season at the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse, NY, March 10-12. Five cars were on display at the CNYMS booth, and the steady stream of admirers and race fans were a sure sign of the continued resurgence of mini sprint racing in central NY and in the northeast. Club vice president and race coordinator Mike Emhof announced the 2000 version of the Woodard's Concrete Products/CNYMS Tour. In putting together the schedule, Emhof said the club was successful in its attempt to bring CNYMS racing back to central NY. The 2000 tour will be the 10th anniversary of CNYMS racing, and will feature several special events in addition to the regular races. Two "new" central NY venues have been added this year. The tour will visit the new 3/10 mile track at the New Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon, NY, on Sunday June 25th. CNYMS will sanction a special race at Fulton (NY) Speedway on Saturday, July 15th, the "Mini Sprint Sizzler." The Sizzler is independently organized by Branich Motorsports (Sodus, NY), and will be patterned after the popular 1999 Six Gun Shootout races. It will pay higher than the normal CNYMS purse, along with several contingency awards. The tour will return to Penn Can Speedway, in Susquehanna, PA, for three races. The mini sprints always put on an exciting show at Reed Miller's facility, and the changes made in the racing surface during the off season should make the racing fast and furious. The tour will also return to Albany-Saratoga Speedway in 2000, as well as the Devil's Bowl, in Fair Haven, VT. A total of three races will be run at the two Champlain Valley Racing (CVRA) facilities as part of a "tour within the CNYMS tour." The series format, co-promoted by Bruce Richards of CVRA, and Fred Kaempffe, of Branich Motorsports, is identical to the 1999 Mini Sprint Six Gun Shootout. The Dow Corning/Kaman Industrial Technologies CVRA Mini Sprint Challenge Cup will feature a series point fund separate from the CNYMS tour points fund, higher than normal CNYMS purses, and several cash and product contingency awards. Both facilities are well-suited to mini sprint racing, and Albany-Saratoga boasted the highest car counts on the mini sprint tour last year. As is the case with all CNYMS sanctioned events, the race is open to 750 cc machines, as well as the regular 1100 cc mini sprints. A cash bonus will be paid in each race to the highest finishing 750 cc car. After a one year absence, the mini sprints will return for three shows at Accord (NY) Speedway, and for at least one special show at Thunder Moutain, Center Lisle, NY. Two additional races at the "new and improved" Thunder Mountain are tentatively set. The tour will also travel north to Frogtown International Speedway, Hogansburg, NY, westward to the high banks of Woodhull (NY) Raceway, and eastward into Massachusetts for a single show at Whip City Speedway in Westfield. Talks are also underway to finalize two additional dates at Afton (NY) Speedway. The full schedule is listed below, and for more information about CNYMS, the 2000 Tour, and for membership applications, visit the website at www.speed, or write CNYMS at P.O. Box 66, Sodus, NY, 14551. <pre> 2000 Woodard's Concrete Products/Central New York Mini Sprint Tour

April 28 - Afton (NY) Speedway (tentative) May 12 - Accord (NY) Speedway May 19 - Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, PA) May 28 - Devil's Bowl, Fair Haven VT (CVRA Challenge Cup) June 3 - Frogtown International Speedway, Hogansburg, NY June 9 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY (CVRA Challenge Cup) June 25 - New Utica Rome Speedway, Vernon, NY July 2 - Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Lisle, NY July 3 - Penn Can Speedway July 15 - Fulton (NY) Speedway (Sizzler) July 22 - Whip City Speedway, Westfield, MA July 28 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway (CVRA Challenge Cup) Aug 5 - Woodhull (NY) Raceway Aug 12 - Thunder Moutain Speedway (tentative) Aug 25 - Afton Speedway (tentative) Sept 3 - Thunder Moutain Speedway (tentative) Sept 8 - Accord Speedway Sept 16 - Penn Can Speedway