ESS: North of the Border preview

Big Three Race Weekend North of the Border for the Empire Super Sprints. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This coming weekend will see the stars and cars of the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) heading "North of the Border" for...

Big Three Race Weekend North of the Border for the Empire Super Sprints.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This coming weekend will see the stars and cars of the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) heading "North of the Border" for three events that will kick off the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion Series. Autodromes Granby and Drummond along with the Cornwall Motor Speedway will be the sites in Canada.

With the rain out at the planned Spectro Oils opener at the Brockville Ontario Speedway, Autodrome Granby now has the role of kicking off the separate point system which carries it's own point fund with some 13 dates for 2006. Drummond on Saturday and Cornwall the following night will make this a very important weekend.

Lance Yonge has won the ESS title the past two seasons and he also can lay claim to the Canadian Invasion title as well. While the 2006 season hasn't been too kind to the Penn Yan, N.Y. star thus far, he will come ready with his nativepoker.com/Johnson Farms backed #17J. Current point leader Dan Kaszubinski, Justin Barger, Jeff Cook, Jeff VanDusen and Doug Emery along with some 25 other winged machines will fill the pits on each night.

Last year only one of three scheduled events beat the rain at Granby with Yonge taking the win, one of six total on the season. John Karklin Jr. has two victories at the fast half-mile and he will be in the field with his familiar #69K. Joining Karklin will also be the likes of Bubby Kerrick, Nick Fratto along with French-Canadian chauffeurs Alain Bergeron, Steve Poirier, Michael Parent and Kayle Robidoux.

The next night it's North of Montreal with a visit to the historical Autodrome Drummond, Quebec's longest running dirt track. VanDusen, Bergeron and Yonge claimed the popular victories last year with all three having special meanings. VanDusen passed his father Mike late in the race and made for a special one-two family gathering. For Bergeron, anytime you win in front of your hometown fans is a wild celebration and the victory for Yonge sealed up the ESS and Spectro Oils titles.

New, higher banked turns will great the teams for the first visit which is also the 21st in the history with ESS. Eight-time ESS champion Mike Woodring leads the all-time win list at Drummond with five victories.

The ultra-fast quarter-mile in Cornwall, Ontario will bring down the curtain of the three event weekend. Cornwall has the knack for producing first time winners on the ESS trail and that has been the trend so far in 2006 with Bryan Howland, Jessica Zemken, Poirier and Chuck Hebing collecting their first ever A-Main victories with the now 24 year old organization. Drivers such as Gary Drum, Dan DeCracker, Chris Shuttleworth, George Ely, Bill Bailey, Jeff Cook and others had their first ESS win or their one and only ESS win here.

Billy White, Russ Bennett, Matt Norrie, Tommy Wickham, Luke Eriksen and others will be hoping that this will be "their" night at Cornwall.

Three nights in Canada, three events to kick off the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion Series on the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints. As tradition, it will be excitement guaranteed!, just with a little French thrown in for some spice.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Nick Fratt , Justin Barger