ESS: Can-Am pre-race notes

Special Weekend for the Empire Super Sprints Kicks off this Thursday Night. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A special weekend for the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will start this Thursday night at the Can-Am Motorsports Park with...

Special Weekend for the Empire Super Sprints Kicks off this Thursday Night.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A special weekend for the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will start this Thursday night at the Can-Am Motorsports Park with trips to the two Autodromes in Quebec the two nights after. The big three-race weekend will be vital in both the overall point title fight as well as the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion Series.

The "Shootout" is back! A long-time tradition at Can-Am is being brought back on Thursday night when the stars and cars of ESS share the bill with 358 modifieds. It all started back in the late 80's by the Thurston family and now is being carried on once again by the Caprara Bros. A large field in both classes will be on hand with the stands looking to be full as well.

This will be the third and final appearance of the ESS traveling road show. Female sensation Jessica Zemken was the best of a 37 car field back on Memorial Day Weekend with current point leader Justin Barger topping 35 other winged machines on the July 4th weekend visit. Barger has a slim lead in the points over many-time Can-Am winner Dan Kaszubinski, Quebec rookie Steve Poirier, Zemken and another Quebec native in Alain Bergeron. All these stars as well as some 30 other sprints are expected to be on hand for the exciting event.

After Can-Am it's off to Autodrome Granby on Friday and Autodrome Drummond on Sat. Back on June 16th the largest crowd in Granby history saw Doug Emery snap a long winless streak in a wild event. Emery along with stars such as Lance Yonge, Jeff Cook, Jeff VanDusen, Bubby Kerrick and others will be in the pits at the ½ mile located Southeast of Montreal.

On Sat. night it's off to Quebec's oldest running dirt track for the second of three visits. Back in June, Barger made his first noise of the season with win #1 of 2006, John Karklin Jr. and Doug Norrie joined the Montrose, N.Y. star on the podium. Along with Matt Norrie, another Quebec rookie in Michael Parent, Russ Bennett, Nick Fratto, Billy White and many more a big field will bring down the weekend in front of another big crowd.

It starts out with a good 'ole fashioned "Shootout" in the US and ends with many of the ESS teams brushing up on their French. This Thursday-Saturday--it's a busy weekend for the nativepoker.com Tour but as always, it will be excitement guaranteed!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Nick Fratt , Justin Barger