SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After a much needed weekend off, the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2000 resumes full bore with a three special nights of racing in a row. What is fast becoming one of the most look forward to trips of the season, the ESS winged...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After a much needed weekend off, the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2000 resumes full bore with a three special nights of racing in a row. What is fast becoming one of the most look forward to trips of the season, the ESS winged sprinters take off to the Can-Am Int'l Speedway on Thurs. June 22 and then head to the Autodrome's Granby and Drummond in Quebec on Fri. and Sat.
The annual Pabst Shootout at Can-Am kicks off three exciting nights of action. The Thurston Family always rolls out the red carpet for all in ESS and the wide, fast half-miler brings out the best in winged sprint car action.
A special program that will also bring you the best in DIRT 358 small block action as well as IMCA modifieds is traditionally the largest crowd of the year at the LaFargeville, N.Y. oval. Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski will lead the field of nearly 30 sprinters to Can-Am and is ready to assume the role of the favorite. Kaszubinski won the ESS show last year and also won a special six car, five lap dash just two weeks ago in a special "tune-up" session at Can-Am.
Former small block regular Rick Wilson will be out in force to take on Kaszubinski with the Charlie Price owned sprinter. Wilson is hoping to collect his first ever ESS A-Main victory which will give the Can-Am faithful someone to cheer for also.
Fans will get a chance to see three Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events followed by the F.X. Caprara Car Companies/Walt's Hobby Dash and the KSE Racing Products B-Main. All that will lead up to the 20 lap, $1150 to win A-Main.
With little rest, the ESS traveling road show makes it's first trek to the French speaking province of Quebec on the next night for a battle at Autodrome Granby, Southeast of Montreal. The ultra-modern half-mile produces some of the best action on the tour and this night will prove no different. Last year Granby hosted one of the wildest victory lane ceremony's of the season as Mike Stelter took his first ever ESS checkered flag.
Stelter will bring the much talked about Ron Buckner built coil-over sprint to Granby in hopes for a repeat. For the first time ever, Quebec fans will get a chance to root for one of their own as St. Pie, Quebec's Alain Bergeron has joined the ESS tour in 2000 in hopes for the rookie of the year crown. Just two weeks ago, Bergeron became the first Canadian winner in ESS history as he won the A-Main at the Cornwall Motor Speedway. The always enthusiastic French-Canadian dirt track fans will become louder than ever on this night. The final night takes the sprinters North of Montreal to the newly revamped Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec.
Quebec's oldest running dirt track had a new look last season with a fast, circular 1/3rd mile oval replacing the monster 1/2 mile track that was Drummond's fame. While the track changed, the name in victory lane didn't last June as Mike Woodring made another visit to victory lane at Drummond, a spot he has become very familiar with.
While Woodring is currently atop the 2000 points, he only boasts a slim lead over Lance Yonge, Kaszubinski, Stelter and Bill Coffey.
The three consecutive nights will become a vital part in hopes for the Tour 2000 title and the lions share of the $25,000 cash point fund.
Fans and teams are reminded that Sunday could be used a possible rain date for the Quebec shows. Sprint cars are heading North...Can-Am, Granby and Drummond fans, are you ready to let the best from ESS throw some mud in your eye!!! <pre> Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 Points:
1. Mike Woodring 942 * 2. Lance Yonge 935 *** 3. Dan Kaszubinski 876 * 4. Mike Stelter 852 5. Bill Coffey 831 * 6. Rick Wilson 807 7. Doug Emery 789 8. Scott Holcomb 766 9. Steve Dow 751 * 10. Rob Dietrick 736 * 11. R.C. Faigle 732 * 12. Bubby Kerrick 720 13. Ray Preston 677 14. Kris Dow 637 15. Bob Podolak 614