ESS: 2004 Awards Banquet preview

Empire Super Sprints to Honor it's Champions at the Annual Awards Banquet on November 13th SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Saturday night, November 13th, hundreds will gather at the Double Tree Club Hotel in Liverpool, N.Y. to honor the very best of ...

Empire Super Sprints to Honor it's Champions at the Annual Awards Banquet on November 13th

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Saturday night, November 13th, hundreds will gather at the Double Tree Club Hotel in Liverpool, N.Y. to honor the very best of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the 21st Anniversary Tour. Several different champions will be showcased at the gala affair with another large point fund and contingency pay out again awaiting some of the very best 360 sprint car drivers in the nation.

Sitting at the head table for the very first time will be Penn Yan, N.Y.'s Lance Yonge. With a heated season long battle with rival Dan Kaszubinski, Yonge's incredible consistency earned him his long awaited ESS championship. The former DIRT modified driver came to the exciting world of ESS sprint cars in 1992 and has placed in the top five in points every year since. But, for the Tour 2004, the combination of patience, skill and some luck has found him a champion.

Not only will the driver of the Lane's Yamaha, Johnson Farms #17J Maxim will take home the lions share of the Tour 2004 point fund, he also was crowned the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion Champion which makes his banquet total even higher. It's the first time since 2001 when Mike Woodring claimed both the ESS and Canadian titles.

This years Walt's Hobby Dash Series Champion is St. Pie, Quebec's Alain Bergeron. Even though the 2004 season turned out to be a year the likeable driver would like to forget, the Dash Series title will make it a memorable night for the driver of the Coffrage Daniel Lampron #8B. On the strength of winning all three dashes during ESS' opening Memorial Day Weekend, Bergeron held off late charges from last years Dash champ Jeff VanDusen and Bobby Podolak. Not even a season ending broken hand which saw him miss the final three races would keep him from getting the large check from Walt Throne.

This years Gater News Lap Leader title winner is Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski. Even though he just missed his first ever ESS title, the tally of six A-Main victories and a total of 120 laps led was a large margin over John Karklin Jr. Members of the Gater News family will be on hand to give the driver of the Autotech of Syracuse #20 his award.

Other drivers will be highlighted are the feature winners for 2004, Jeff Cook, John Karklin Jr., Rick Wilson, Billy Krull, Jeff VanDusen, Justin Barger and Nick Fratto are in that group. Also, the Jereco Engines and Parts Rookie of the Year will be honored as well as the annual John Zentner Memorial and the Mal Lane Award of Excellence will be handed out.

Sponsorships will be at a record amount and will be announced in the forth coming weeks. Tickets are available at $35 and you can order yours by calling Deseree' Kaszubinski at (315) 484-7290.

Come out on November 13th and celebrate some of the very best to wheel "America's Race Cars". It's the annual Empire Super Sprints award banquet and for the final time this season it will be excitement guaranteed!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Nick Fratt , Justin Barger