ESS: Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 Banquet Sat. November 11.

Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 Banquet Sat. November 11. by Dean Reynolds SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The final checkered flag for the Y2K season of the Empire Super Sprints will be waved Saturday, November 11 with the annual awards banquet. The Holiday...

Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 Banquet Sat. November 11.
by Dean Reynolds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The final checkered flag for the Y2K season of the Empire Super Sprints will be waved Saturday, November 11 with the annual awards banquet. The Holiday Inn at Carrier Circle, East Syracuse, N.Y. will once again be the site where ESS will recognize the best of the ESS Tour 2000.

The half-a-million dollar tour will conclude with the largest end of the season payoff ever in the 17 year history of the Empire Super Sprints. More than $35,000 in cash along with over $15,000 in other bonuses will be handed out to 21 different drivers who completed in more than 2/3rds of the ESS shows in 2000.

Eden, N.Y.'s Mike Woodring will again be honored as ESS champion. This years championship is a record tying sixth and also marks his fifth title in a row. Along with his four wins during the year came an incredible finishing record that saw his Tom and Mary Wade owned #19 not finishing an A-Main only twice during the season. A result of such a fine season will see Woodring go home with over $10,000 on Nov. 11.

Lance Yonge, Dan Kaszubinski, Mike Stelter and Doug Emery rounded out the top five in points and they will also have their moment in the spotlight honoring their successful season. Yonge capped off a solid year by winning the first ever ESS/URC Shootout at the New York State Fairgrounds during Super DIRT Week. The ever exciting Kaszubinski took his 1987 Bobby Allen built sprinter to victory lane four times in 2000 for his highest point finish of his young career. Stelter visited victory lane three times with the Ron Buckner built and powered coil-over sprinter for a fine year was well. Emery has been with ESS since the late 80's and his fifth place point effort ties his highest finish (1990).

Not only will the record point fund payoff be the highlight of the night but many special awards will fill the slate as well. The Walt's Hobby Dash Series point champ will be honored with $500 cash, the Jereco Engine and Parts Rookie of the Year will also see $500 come his way. The annual Foar-Score Fan Club Most Improved award will again be given out as well as the QA1 Precision Products/Thomas Racing Video Perseverance Award. Brodix Cylinder Heads is awarding a $2200 set of heads to a driver chosen at random along with many other prize awards by over 20 ESS sponsors. The special moment of the evening is marked by the John Zentner Memorial award given to a person who has given so much to the Empire Super Sprints over the years.

As in years past, the membership meeting will precede the banquet with check-in at 9:00 AM. ESS members will get a chance to vote on potential rule changes for the 2001 season. After the meeting, the banquet will be set with cocktails starting at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30.

For more information and tickets feel free to contact Deseree' Fabrizio at (315) 487-3476 or visit www.empiresupersprints.com .

Saturday Nov. 11 will see the most lucrative Empire Super Sprint season ever come to an end with a record banquet payoff. Let's be there to celebrate!!

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