ESS: Bully Hill Nationals at Black Rock preview

DUNDEE, N.Y. - The qualifiers are set for the third annual Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals presented by S.P. Wilson/Lakes Gas held on Sept. 8 at the Black Rock Speedway, in Dundee, N.Y. Twelve different drivers from five ...

DUNDEE, N.Y. - The qualifiers are set for the third annual Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals presented by S.P. Wilson/Lakes Gas held on Sept. 8 at the Black Rock Speedway, in Dundee, N.Y. Twelve different drivers from five affiliations assures a star studded field for the $21,000 event.

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS), The Doorways Unlimited Keystone Auto Racing Series (KARS), the VSM Abrasives Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS), the Eastern Limited Sprints (ELS) and the Freedom Speedway Sprints (FSS) all will send top representatives to the Nationals which will see over 50 cars converge on the 4/10ths mile oval looking for the $3000 plus top prize.

By virtue of winning the special Black Rock Bonu$ Qualifiers the 12 winged sprint car chauffeurs will receive a special trophy upon entering the Nationals event and if they qualify for the 35 lap championship event an extra $100 will be in the pay envelope.

The 18 year old ESS organization will send 2000 co-rookie of the year Randy Years, four time ESS A-Main winner R.C. Faigle, six-time Champion Mike Woodring and 63 year old George Ely to the Yates County Oval. KARS will be represented by Jake Raudabaugh who won at the legendary Port Royal Speedway and Kevin Drury who currently leads the KARS Sprint Series points. The two best drivers in 2001 for SOS will be coming, Warren Mahoney is a three-time winner in 2001 and currently leads the points. Keith Dempster is a four-time winner this season. The defending SOS champion is right behind Mahoney in the points. The ELS banner will be flown by 17 year old Justin Barger who is fifth in points with the club and also has several top five finishes with ESS. Bill Bailey defeated the best in ELS and KARS by taking a special challenge race at the Penn-Can Speedway. Chris Mulheisen is a sophomore sprint car sensation and will come from his home Freedom Raceway as will Alfred State College school teacher Gary Troutman who is a two-time winner at the Delavan, N.Y. track.

In 1999, Craig "Cricket" Keel started the Bully Hill tradition with the first win, last year Pa. sprint star George Suprick etched his name in Nationals history. Along with the qualifiers from the five organizations, top stars such as Dan Kaszubinski, Dale Hammaker, Dan Bennett, Lance Yonge, Doug Emery, Ryan Coniam, Rick Wilson as well as over 30 other stars and cars will be looking to be the third ever Bully Hill champion.

Race teams are reminded that this is an open competition event, any driver from any organization can enter as long as they conform to Bully Hill rules. Fans are also reminded that a special ESS point show will be held Friday night, Sept. 7 making it an all sprint car weekend. Camping is free on the grounds so why not be a part of one of the most exciting sprint car weekends in the Northeast?

Central N.Y. wine country natives...it's that time of the year again. Winged sprint cars are invading your land. The eyes of the sprint car world will again focus on the Black Rock Speedway as top stars and cars from five states and two Canadian provinces will be out in force looking for that $3000 Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals pot of gold.

BULLY HILL QUALIFIERS: Randy Years ESS Canandaigua, NY (May 12) Warren Mahoney SOS Ohsweken, ONT (May 18) R.C. Faigle ESS Fulton, NY (May 23) Mike Woodring ESS Merrittville (St. Catharines), ONT (June 9) Chris Mulheisen FSS Freedom (Delevan), NY (June 15) George Ely ESS Cayuga County (Weedsport), NY (July 1) Keith Dempster SOS Brighton, ONT (July 14) Jake Raudabaugh KARS Port Royal, PA (July 21) Kevin Drury KARS Bedford, PA (July 27) Justin Barger ELS Fonda, N.Y. (July 28) Gary Troutman FSS Freedom (Delevan), NY (August 3) Bill Bailey ELS Penn-Can (Susquehanna), PA (August 3)

-ESS

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