Emhof/Stanhope to acquire CNYMS

Emhof/Stanhope to Acquire Central New York Mini Sprint Series The Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) series will be under new management and ownership for the upcoming season. Mike Emhof and Bob Stanhope, operating as International Speed Group...

Emhof/Stanhope to Acquire Central New York Mini Sprint Series

The Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) series will be under new management and ownership for the upcoming season. Mike Emhof and Bob Stanhope, operating as International Speed Group (ISG) LLC, have received approval by the CNYMS membership to purchase the series immediately.

CNYMS will compete at almost a dozen tracks in 2004 from Western Vermont to Western New York. CNYMS is one of the most successful mini sprint operations in the country. Each season, the series is graduating talent to full size sprint series' such as the Empire Super Sprints and the Patriot Sprint Group. Drivers that have used CNYMS as a stepping stone in their racing careers include Erin Crocker, a five-time ESS winner and now World of Outlaw Rookie of the Year contender, 2001 ESS Rookie of the Year Billy White, ESS A-Main winner Rich Wood along with Russ Bennett, Billy Bradshaw, John Lieto, and the young guns that will enter ESS and Patriot this year are Bryan Howland, Matt and Doug Norrie, as well as Blake and Bobby Breen.

"We are very excited by the support of the CNYMS membership," said Director of Business Development Bob Stanhope. "CNYMS is a very tight knit family of racers and I look forward to speaking with each member to gather feedback and to listen to recommendations as we move forward," continued Stanhope.

Stanhope and Emhof will be on hand for an open practice session on Tuesday, April 13th at the Skyline Raceway in Cortland, NY to introduce themselves to new members and to talk about their plans for the future of the series.

International Speed Group LLC will be comprised of Bob Stanhope, Director of Business Development, who brings over 10 years of motorsports marketing experience to the program. Stanhope owns Speedway Advertising LLC, a motorsports marketing firm providing services to more than 60 drivers, tracks, and tours across the United States. Stanhope is also the Director of Marketing for Sugar Hill Speedway in Weare, New Hampshire and the Operations Manager for the Canaan Fair Speedway asphalt track in Canaan, New Hampshire. In addition, Stanhope's son Anthony has begun to race in the Tiger Sprint division at Sugar Hill Speedway. Stanhope will use his experience to develop new business opportunities for ISG and its holdings.

Mike Emhof, Director of Race Promotions, has been involved in motorsports since his youth.

"In the beginning it was the love of the sport which developed into the constant involvement of today," states Emhof.

In 1998 he went to work for Branich Motorsports in his second 1200 Mini Sprint venture with solid backing that produced very sound results both on and off the track. Mike has been in management positions for the past 7 years with CNYMS and has devoted countless hours and dedication to the promotion of 1200cc Mini Sprints.

"I have been on the promotion side of things with a very successful Series within a series with the Six Gun Shootout and Dash for Cash programs as well as a solid scheduling with CNYMS in each of the last 7 years," comments Emhof.

Most recently the formation of MEM, Inc., a two car 1200 mini sprint team and also a parts business supporting all forms of open wheeled racing with a focus on Mini Sprints as well as the 360s. You will find MEM, Inc. solidly aligned with the Patriot Sprint Group, Empire Super Sprints and of course, Central New York Mini Sprints.

Tim Smythe will be the Director of Operations for the Central New York Mini Sprint Series. Smythe is from Malone, New York and is a past competitor on the series. In his position, Smythe will be responsible for the race day activities and communications with the competitors and the track promoters. Smythe will be a key player in the continued growth of CNYMS.

Lori Wallace will continue as the Secretary for CNYMS. Wallace lives in Otego, New York and recently became the Secretary for the CNYMS and has been instrumental in communications through the purchase offering to the current acquisition process.

"We will be developing the staff of CNYMS as the season proceeds," said Stanhope. "We encourage those that have experience in racing, whether it is as a photographer, announcer, or scorer, to contact us for possible openings on the series. CNYMS is recognized as the leading series in mini sprint racing and we will continue to build an organization that will set the bar as the most 'bang for your buck' in motorsports," concluded Stanhope.

Opening night for CNYMS is set for May 8th at Skyline Raceway. For more information about this event or a complete season schedule, log on to www.cnyms.com.


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Series Automotive , Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker