DUNDEE, N.Y. -- Six down and four to go, the Bully Vineyards Sprint Nationals Dash Qualifiers held in four states and two Canadian provinces continue throughout the 2003 season. Three events for the United Racing Club (URC), Empire Super Sprints...
DUNDEE, N.Y. -- Six down and four to go, the Bully Vineyards Sprint Nationals Dash Qualifiers held in four states and two Canadian provinces continue throughout the 2003 season. Three events for the United Racing Club (URC), Empire Super Sprints (ESS), the Patriot Sprint Group (PSG) and one event for the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) will guarantee the best drivers from the Northeast and Canada in the special 10 lap dash held on Friday night, Sept. 5 at the Black Rock Speedway.
West Lawn, Pa.'s Dave Ely won the latest Dash Qualifier at the Bridgeport Speedway in N.J. with URC. The sprint car veteran is currently leading the points with URC looking for his first ever title with the club which is celebrating it's 56th season. Joining Ely will be Curt Michael who won his qualifier at the Delaware Int'l Speedway. Michael is a former URC champion and like Ely will be a threat to win not only the special 10 lap dash but the Nationals itself. The final dash will be held on Sunday August, 31 at the Grandview Speedway.
ESS has run two qualifiers as well with their current point leader Mike Lutz picking up the first event at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Many fans remember that Lutz was leading last years Nationals with just five laps to go when his front wing mount broke handing the lead and the win to Mike Woodring. Joining Lutz in the dash as an ESS representative will be long-time veteran Bobby Podolak who picked up his victory at the Brockville-Ontario Speedway in Ontario, Canada. The final event under the ESS banner will be the first ever qualifier held in Quebec which is on August 29th at the Autodrome Granby.
The PSG group is under their inaugural year and they too have held two of their three qualifiers. Journeyman Scott Bonnell won their first event at the Eriez Speedway. Bonnell doesn't race with any sanctions regularly and likes to go where the money is and will be a welcomed addition to the Bully Hill field. Young Tim Barnard picked up his spot in the dash at the Canandaigua Speedway on July 5th. The final event for PSG will be on August 16th at the Can-Am Motorsports Park.
The SOS organization will hold one qualifier which is the next event up on the schedule. On August 9th the stars and cars from SOS will invade the Brighton Speedway in Ontario. Drivers such as Glenn Styres, who ran the Nationals last year, Dick Mahoney and Keith Dempster will be favorites to grab the checkered flag.
September 5 & 6, the Fifth Annual Bully Hill Vineyards Fall Sprint Nationals presented by SP Wilson/Lakes Gas is the richest event for 360 sprint cars on the East Coast side of the Mississippi. More than $40,000 in cash will be handed out over two days in the open competition event.
Friday will see time trials, heats and three 16 lap features known as the "Sweet 16's" that pay $1,000 to win each will join the special 10 lap dash making for an exciting first night of action. Drivers will be earning points under the famous "Knoxville Nationals" point system. Then on Saturday one more set of heats will be run to determine the starting line ups for the D,C,B, and A-Mains. All the action climaxes with the 35 lap Nationals which pays the winner over $4,000 in cash.
The first weekend in September will be a sprint car fans dream. Some of the best winged sprint car action will take place at the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. Make plans now to be a part of history and the excitement is guaranteed!
5th Annual Bully Hill Vineyards Sprint Nationals
Presented by S.P. Wilson / Lakes Gas #September 5 & 6, 2003 <pre> 2003 Bully Hill Vineyards Dash Qualifiers
Date Club [Track] Qualifier Sun May 25 ESS Utica-Rome [NY] Mike Lutz Sun May 25 PSG Eriez [PA] Scott Bonnell Fri May 30 ESS Brockville [Ont] Bob Podolak Sat Jun 28 URC Delaware Int'l [DE] Curt Michael Sat Jul 5 PSG Canandaigua [NY] Tim Barnard Sat Jul 12 URC Bridgeport [NJ] Dave Ely Sat Aug 9 SOS Brighton [Ont] Sat Aug 16 PSG Can-Am [NY] Fri. Aug 29 ESS Autodrome Granby [Que] Sun Aug 31 URC Grandview [PA]