ESS: Fulton season opener preview

The 24th Season for the Empire Super Sprints Kicks off May 6th at the Fulton Speedway; $2,000 Awaits the A-Main Winner. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Anticipation is at an all-time high and finally the first green flag of the 2006 racing season for the ...

The 24th Season for the Empire Super Sprints Kicks off May 6th at the Fulton Speedway; $2,000 Awaits the A-Main Winner.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Anticipation is at an all-time high and finally the first green flag of the 2006 racing season for the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will be dropped Saturday night May 6th at the historical Fulton Speedway. The opening event that kicks off the 23rd Anniversary Season will pay the winner of the 25 lap A-Main $2,000 in cash along with nearly $1,000 more in contingencies.

It marks the return of the ESS winged warriors to the high banks since July of 2002 and fans can expect a possible record setting field of cars. With the open draw used for the first show the pole for the heats and the A-Main as well will be pulled from the can. All sprint car drivers with seat experience and being a full ESS member will be eligible which will bring in a solid field of outsiders for the event.

While the "luck of the draw" could play a big part in the outcome, two-time and defending ESS champion Lance Yonge is hoping to be the man to beat with his nativepoker.com/ Johnson Farms #17J as the season gets started. Yonge's title is what all the drivers on hand will be gunning for and the list of challengers will be a long one.

Young and exciting drivers such as Jeff VanDusen, Dan Kaszubinski and Jeff Cook are back and ready to take on the tour champion. Quebec's Alain Bergeron is locked in and set to go along with names such as Donny Sharp Jr., Doug Norrie, John Karklin Jr., Bubby Kerrick, Nick Fratto, Kyle Moffit, Doug Emery, Bobby Podolak, Matt Norrie, Russ Bennett, Luke Eriksen, Billy White and Mike Stelter set for a full tour assault.

Not to mention the return of three-time ESS champ and local favorite Gordy Button and 2001 rookie of the year Kyle Drum for the full season. The rookie crop for 2006 could very well be the strongest ever with Steve Poirier, Tommy Wickham, Jason Barney and the nativepoker.com backed #1Z of Jessica Zemken heading the list. Fans can also expect to see top sprint chauffeurs Bryan Howland, Brooke Bowman, R.C. Faigle, Dave Ely, last years opening event winner Ray Preston, the Breen Bros, Blake and Bobby, Rich Swarthout and others in the field as well.

At least four Car Mate Trailer Heat events will kick off the action followed by the four lap Walt's Hobby Dash, and one or two KSE Racing Product B-Mains that will lead up to the 25 lap A-main. The DIRT Big Block Modifieds will also be on hand in what promises to be an exciting night if racing.

May 6th is the date, Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. is the site, the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints are coming back and the tradition is ready to continue; It will be excitement guaranteed!! For more information either log on to www.empiresupersprints.com or www.fultonspeedway.com .

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