WKA: Empire State Sprint Series season preview

ROCHESTER, NY-Over $3,000 in prizes and awards to be presented, a primer night race, a WKA National, and a huge season ending awards Bar-B-Q will make 2002 one of the best seasons ever for the Empire State Sprint Series. This year all six of New...

ROCHESTER, NY-Over $3,000 in prizes and awards to be presented, a primer night race, a WKA National, and a huge season ending awards Bar-B-Q will make 2002 one of the best seasons ever for the Empire State Sprint Series. This year all six of New York's sprint tracks will host a New York Sprint Kart Series race backed by corporate partners; Baker Racing Engines, G-Man Kart Works, Regional International, Rocket Sprockets, Tuff Kart Motorsports, MY-Chron Engines, Romeo Motorsports, McDonald Motorsports, Bonsignore Kart Shop, Keller's Motorsports, Coyote Race Products, Dr. Mario E. Bortolussi and Burris Racing.

The series kicks off its 2002 season at Westhampton Karting Stadium May 3-4 where 4 and 2 cycle racers will compete in a variety of WKA Sanctioned Divisional classes. Rotax Max classes will be offered at all six races and three of the six, starting with Westhampton; will count towards the Max Challenge Series. For information on that race call: (516) 665.0886.

Round two is scheduled for Batavia Motorsports Park May 31st-June 1st in Batavia, NY which will also be hosting the WKA/George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Matt-Con Servies/Abbale Builders Nationals September 20-22 marking the return of WKA National Sprint racing to New York after a 10-year absence.

"It's taken almost 10-years, but we have nationals back in New York with the Manufacturer's Cup at Batavia in September and we hope to get a Gold Cup there next year," said Empire Sprint Series President Anthony Rapachietta.

For information on the race at Batavia call: (716) 345.9680.

On Saturday June 15th the first ever Empire Sprint Series night race will be held at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddeback, NY. "This promises to be an exciting race," Rapachietta says, "It will give drivers new challenges on a historic kart track that has undergone many improvements including the new lighting system."

From there the Series travels to another jewel in Empire Sprint Series crown, Genesee Valley Kart Track in East Avon, NY where WKA Manufacturer's Cup nationals were a season staple until about 10-years ago. According to co-ownerWayne Wispelaere, who also owns Coyote Race Products, the 1/2-mile 11-turn road course, built in the late 1960's, was designed after one of the original kart sprint tracks in Azuse, CA. The track boasts a hard right hand turn with 15 degree banking and is wide enough for two and three wide racing. Wispelaere also pointed out that half of the track was just repaved. For information on Genesee Valley Kart Track call (585) 226.2940.

One of the more challenging courses racers in the Empire State Sprint Series will compete on is the new Saint. Lawrence Motorsports Park in Ogdensburg, NY a 3/4-mile, 11-turn track that boasts a long straight of 650-feet with 10-foot elevation changes and corners that are a mix of constant radius and increasing radius turns. Completed in the summer of 1999 this state of the art facility was a three-year dream of owner J.D. Bertrand who wanted to build a world-class kart racing facility since his first experience in an 80cc shifter kart.

In upstate New York just a few miles from the Canadian border Bertrand found the land he needed. The land was cleared and a lot of dirt was moved to begin building that vision into Saint Lawrence Motorsports Park. Since its completion two years ago St. Lawrence Motorsports Park has hosted a number of prestigious karting events including the SuperKarts USA-Liberty Region, SuperKarts Ontario, CN, The Sports Car Club of Vermont, The New York State Challenge Series, NCKC-The National Capital Kart Club of Ottawa, CN and has scheduled the Vermont Shifter Club for 2002.

Empire Sprint Series racers will compete a St. Lawrence Motorsports Park July 19th-20th. For more information on St. Lawrence Motorsports Park call (315) 375.8923.

Cherry Valley Motorsports Park in Lafayette, NY will host the Empire Sprint Series season finale along with an awards Bar-B-Q where winners of the day and series champions will be crowned, prizes will be presented and a new Coyote Racing Chassis will be raffled off from tickets sold throughout the season.

This 4/10-mile long road course track located on Route 20 just 4-miles west of Interstate 81 Lafayette Exit #15 boasts left and right hand 90-degree turns and a hairpin.

Race results will appear on the Series' web site at http://www.empirestatesseries.com or you can reach President Rapachietta at (585) 266.2794 or by e-mail at crapach1@Rochester.rr.com.

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