ESS: Albany-Saratoga, Cornwall preview

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's the second two race weekend of the season for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) to help celebrate the 20th anniversary tour. A tale of two countries when the stars and cars of ESS visit the Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday ...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's the second two race weekend of the season for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) to help celebrate the 20th anniversary tour. A tale of two countries when the stars and cars of ESS visit the Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday night and then it's off to Ontario, Canada to the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday.

It's first of two visits to the Capital District of New York State as the winged warriors visit the 1/3rd mile speedplant in Malta, N.Y. The 25 lap feature event will also be the final Valvoline Cup A-Main of the season which brings the winners share to $1625.

Albany-Saratoga is fast and demanding and brings out the best of the drivers and cars. Last year top ESS star Lance Yonge and female sensation Erin Crocker took checkered flags at he Friday night facility. Once again Yonge is in the middle of a tight point battle for the championship and his familiar Lane's Yamaha will be in the field looking for a repeat performance. The victory for Crocker was special as many representatives from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, the college she recently graduated from) were on hand to see the RPI backed sprinter take the checkers first. The team cars of Crocker and Mike Woodring will be in the field. Also on hand will be Dan Kaszubinski, who has won here three of the last for years, as well as local favorites John Karklin Jr. and Jeff VanDusen.

A day off and then is leg two of the VSM Abrasives Canadian Invasion tour which will see the one and only visit to Ron Morin's beautifully prepared Cornwall Motor Speedway. One of the fastest quarter-mile built tracks this side of the Mississippi, the winged machines travel around in the 11 second bracket.

Yonge also took an A-Main win here in route to his runner-up placing for the 2002 season championship. A second visit at the oval in the province of Ontario last year saw newcomer to the ESS ranks in Mike Lutz picking up a victory. This year the Mercer, Pa. star has his sights on the ESS title with a car owned by Mike VanDusen. Canada will be well represented with Rick Wilson and Alain Bergeron in the pits along with other top ESS stars such as Bill Bailey, Justin Barger and Bill Coffey.

It's America's Race Cars and it's off to the east coast of New York and then to the western corner of Ontario, Canada. The 20th anniversary tour of the Empire Super Sprints are coming to Albany-Saratoga and Cornwall Motor Speedway--its excitement guaranteed!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker , Justin Barger , Bill Coffey