ESS: East Bay Friday race notes

Empire Super Sprint Stars plugging away at the King of 360 Nationals.   TAMPA, FL. - The third night at the Ronald Laney King of 360 Nationals for the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) stars showed tough luck and determination as the end result after a...

Empire Super Sprint Stars plugging away at the King of 360 Nationals.   TAMPA, FL. - The third night at the Ronald Laney King of 360 Nationals for the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) stars showed tough luck and determination as the end result after a wild night at the East Bay Raceway Park.   Only three of the of the six ESS teams cracked the A-Main starting line-up.  Second-generation, Canadian star Ryan Coniam timed ninth fastest and took second in the B-Main to Lance Dewease.  This found the VSM Abrasives #6 starting in third for the 25 lap finale.  While solidly in the top five, Coniam's top winged collapsed ending what could have been a fine run, he finished in 26th place.   Eight-time ESS champion Mike Woodring once again made the A-Main and he was also the highest finishing of the three with a 21st place tally in the event won by Texan star Gary Wright.   Young Jeff VanDusen made his second A-Main in a row but troubles early saw him muster just a 25th place finish.  VanDusen's teammate and former All-Star Circuit of Champions rookie of the year Mike Lutz failed to make the feature event for the first time this week.  Lutz and the VanDusen family assembled a brand new car after a hard flip on Thursday.  Lutz rewarded all with a victory in the Goodson Farms Strawberry Dash.   Lady racer Erin Crocker once again had to bring home the hard luck award for the night.  After timing a strong eighth, she was involved with lapped cars while running in second in the B-Main knocking her from contention.  Crocker did salvage a third place finish in the Strawberry Dash.   Freehold, N.Y.'s John Karklin Jr. continued to struggle with the Dick Goff backed #69K missing the A-Main for the third night in a row.  Karklin did take home a sixth place finish in the Dash.   Tonight finds the final event of the 360 Nationals with the Ronald Laney Memorial paying the winner over $10,000. 

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker