ESS: Tour heading east to the Champlain Valley Racing circuits

Empire Super Sprints To Invade CVRA Circuit. SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The dog days of Summer are here, but after a well deserved weekend off the stars and cars from the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2001 are ready to head east and take on the two ...

Empire Super Sprints To Invade CVRA Circuit.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The dog days of Summer are here, but after a well deserved weekend off the stars and cars from the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2001 are ready to head east and take on the two track Champlain Valley Racing Assoc. circuit.

On Fri., August 3, the winged machines makes their second appearance at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. After a "vacation day" in Lake George, the ESS traveling road show heads up to West Haven, Vt. to the Devil's Bowl Speedway on Sun., Aug. 5.

Back on June 15, Dan Kaszubinski brought the big crowd to their feet at Albany-Saratoga with a last corner, last lap, photo finish victory over 16 year old sensation Kyle Drum for his first of two wins so far in 2001. Bubby Kerrick and young Justin Barger trailed the leading duo to the checkered flag. All four stars will again be in the pits at the 1/3rd mile oval as well as local favorites John Karklin Jr., who won his first ever ESS feature at Black Rock, and Warren Alexson who lives mere minutes from the track. On this night, ESS A-Main winner Rich Wood Jr. will makes his first start in 2001 after a brief retirement.

The "Bowl" is Vermont's fastest half-mile dirt oval and when ESS makes their one and only appearance the stands fill quickly. It will mark the first visit in two years as the event on the schedule for 2000 was rained out. ESS star Lance Yonge was the last person to visit victory lane in the Green Mountain State. Yonge is currently chasing Kaszubinski and Mike Woodring in the points so he will be out in hopes to take his second feature win this year. New Hampshire's Don Sharp Jr. and Connecticut's Scott Holcomb treat the 1/2 miler as a home coming of sorts since it's the closest track to their homes.

The half a million dollar Tour 2001 has been the most competitive in the 18 year history of ESS where 12 different drivers have won in the first 15 events. With stars such as Kerrick, Barger, Drum and Holcomb along with Rick Wilson, Bob Podolak, Mike Stelter, Bill Coffey and Tom Taber yet to visit victory lane, fans will expect two wild shows.

It's "America's Race Cars" coming to the CVRA circuit. CVRA 358 mods and Empire Super Sprints on each night....It's excitement guaranteed!!! <pre> Empire Super Sprints

All Time Albany-Saratoga Speedway Feature Winners

Year Date Winner

1985 July 13th Gordy Button 1986 July 18th John Brutcher 1988 September 2nd Mal Lane 1992 July 10th John Birosh 1993 August 13th Bobby Parrow 1995 June 9th Craig Keel 1996 May 31st Doug Emery 1996 August 2nd Tom Taber 1997 May 30th Jeff Thomas 1997 August 1st Craig Keel 1998 May 15th Tim Kelly 1998 July 31st Dan Kaszubinski 1999 May 14th Dan Kaszubinski 1999 July 30th Craig Keel 2000 May 12th Lance Yonge 2000 July 28th Dan Kaszubinski 2001 June 15th. Dan Kaszubinski

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Series Sprint
Drivers Justin Barger , Bill Coffey