ESS: Memorial Day weekend Brewerton, Stateline, Eriez preview

Three races spice up Memorial Day weekend for the Empire Super Sprints. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Empire Super Sprints Tour 2002 kicks into full gear on May 24, 25 & 26 with events at the Brewerton, Stateline and Eriez Speedways. The Friday night...

Three races spice up Memorial Day weekend for the Empire Super Sprints.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Empire Super Sprints Tour 2002 kicks into full gear on May 24, 25 & 26 with events at the Brewerton, Stateline and Eriez Speedways. The Friday night show at the 1/3rd mile oval just 10 minutes North of Syracuse marks the first time the winged warriors of ESS will visit Brewerton since Oct. of 1993. The Sat./Sun. circuit of Stateline and Eriez has been a traditional Memorial Day Weekend stops for several years.

In one of the most talked about events of the 2002 season comes the return of ESS to the track called the "D-Shaped DIRT Demon". Brewerton Speedway is the Friday night home of the DIRT big block modifieds in Central N.Y. Joining the card with the mods will be the wheelie popping excitement of the ESS sprint cars. Brewerton is a tight, quick, multi-grooved oval and the sprinters will put one a wild show for what is expected to be a sell-out crowd.

Seven-time ESS champion Mike Woodring will head the list of entries to Brewerton, Woodring along with top star Lance Yonge are one of the few drivers that have ESS experience at the dirt oval. With that experience comes the expectations of victory. The top stars on the Tour 2002 will be joined by young guns Dan Kaszubinski, Jeff VanDusen and 21 year old female competitor Erin Crocker.

Leading the ESS point fight coming into the May 24th event is local favorite Brian Dumigan. Shortly after Brian won his first ever ESS A-Main May 11th at the Canandaigua Speedway, his father passed away in the pit are just after the victory lane presentations. Brian's racing plans as well as family concerns are being taken one day at a time and all in the ESS organization continue to have the entire Dumigan family in our thoughts.

After what is expected to be a wild Friday night, the stars and cars of ESS will then travel Southwest to the Jamestown, N.Y. area and the first of two appearances at the Stateline Speedway. This 1/3rd mile oval always produces exciting sprint car events in front of huge crowds. Quebec's Alain Bergeron and Ray Preston copped A-Main victories last year at Stateline and they will be in the field along with local stars Tom Taber, Phil Mott and Tim Zimbardi.

The big weekend will be capped off on Sunday night with a trip to the Erie, Pa. area and the Eriez Speedway. New to the sprint cars this year will be a new surface on the 3/8ths mile oval which should produce record speeds. Only one of scheduled two events in 2001 was recorded in the books with 64 year old George Ely claiming his third win of the year. Ely is again back with the ESS tour and he will be hoping to add to his career A-Main win list with a possible repeat.

Memorial Day Weekend is time to honor all those that have helped in giving us the freedom that we enjoy today. Memorial Day is tradition, dirt track sprint cars are tradition--. "America's Race Cars". Brewerton, Stateline and Eriez, the ESS Tour 2002 is coming to your home and it will be excitement guaranteed.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker