ESS: Grandview ESS/URC Challenge preview

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It will be a sprint car fans' dream, the second annual Empire Super Sprints/United Racing Club Challenge event at he high banked Grandview Speedway on Sunday night, May 4th. Last year 55 winged 360 sprint cars filled the pit...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It will be a sprint car fans' dream, the second annual Empire Super Sprints/United Racing Club Challenge event at he high banked Grandview Speedway on Sunday night, May 4th. Last year 55 winged 360 sprint cars filled the pit area for the Bob Miller promoted Thunder on the Hill series lid lifter.

The best drivers from two of the most successful sprint car organizations in the country will converge on the fast oval in Bechtelsville, Pa. to see who will bring home the bragging rights for the first ESS/URC Challenge event of 2003. The 30 lap event sponsored by Team Welsh Jeep Dealership in Far Hills, N.J. will pay the winner $3,000 making it one of the richest 360 sprint events on the East coast for this season.

Just one year ago, URC's Kevin Welsh led wire to wire as he held off five other URC mates for his biggest win of his young career. Welsh will again be on hand in hopes to repeat along with defending URC champion Bill Brian Jr., Dave Ely, Curt Michael, Chris Coyle and many other stars from the tour celebrating 56 consecutive years of competition.

ESS has a celebration of their own with their 20th anniversary tour. Heading the list of entries to Grandview will be eight-time champion Mike Woodring who will be looking for his first ESS/URC Challenge victory. Also from the ESS camp will be opening night winner Mike Lutz, past challenge winner in Dan Kaszubinski, Lance Yonge, lady sensation Erin Crocker along with many other stars.

The event for ESS is the second of four Valvoline Cup sponsored A-Mains. The highest finishing ESS driver will receive an extra $175 from Valvoline Cup, the nations true point championship.

Also on hand will be the ARDC midgets which will run the event wingless. With four sprint heats, C,B, and the 30 lap A-Main on tap, it will be an all-you-can-eat buffet of open wheel excitement. A special 6 p.m. starting time has been set up to get families home early for work or school.

It all started back in May of 1994, the first ESS/URC Challenge. Now, some nine years later the two great sprint car sanctioning bodies continue the tradition that has now been duplicated by many. Sunday night May 4th is the night, Grandview Speedway is the site--Let the battle begin!!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bob Miller