ESS: 2006 schedule released

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The 2006 year marks the 24th consecutive season that the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will showcase some of the very best in winged sprint car action in the Northeastern United State and Canada. In all, 36 dates fill in what ...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The 2006 year marks the 24th consecutive season that the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will showcase some of the very best in winged sprint car action in the Northeastern United State and Canada. In all, 36 dates fill in what promises to be one of the most exciting seasons in ESS history and it will be brought to you by

Several tracks that have been absent from the tour schedule for several season have returned and along with special, high paying 360 events the 23rd Anniversary Tour will also be the most lucrative ever. It all kicks off on Saturday night, May 6th at the Fulton Speedway where ESS makes it's return after nearly four years and the final checkered flag will fall at the annual Sprint Challenge held at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Sat., Oct. 7 as a part of Super DIRT Week.

Also returning to the ESS schedule are the Brewerton (May 26) and Canandaigua Speedways (July 22). It's been a long 12 plus years since the winged warriors of ESS has visited the "D-Shaped Dirt Demon" called the Brewerton Speedway. But kicking off the Memorial Day Weekend in grand style is one of the highlights of this tradition rich oval. It's been since July 6, 2002 that ESS has roamed the Ontario County Fairgrounds in Canandaigua, but on this hot summer night fans will get to see some of the best 360 chauffeurs in the nation.

Adding spice to the Tour are added shows at Albany-Saratoga, Can-Am, Frogtown and Edelweiss:

It's called "The Race Fans Dream", on Tuesday night, June 27th ESS will join the Race of Champions Tour for big block modifieds for a special event that is a don't miss. Along with the annual Friday night May event (May 12) ESS is proud to visit the Capital District on two occasions.

The Shootout is back!! It has been one of the most successful shows in Can-Am Motorsports Park history and the Thursday ESS/358 Shootout is back on the schedule and will be held on July 27th. Along with the traditional Memorial and 4th of July Weekend dates, the Caprara Bros. half-mile will see record speeds three times in 2006.

Edelweiss Speedway is just north of Canada's capital Ottawa and always boasts a standing room only crowd when ESS makes it's annual visit. This season the Canadian sprint fans will get two chances to watch the winged machines with an added August date on the 18th.

Located right in the back yard of ESS' tour sponsor the Frogtown Speedway will bring down the point season with the final full point show on Sept. 23rd. The ultra-quick and wide half-mile is one of the favorite stops on the tour and bringing a close to the point season in Hogansburg, N.Y. is a welcomed addition.

Not to be forgotten are long-time mainstays on the schedule, three point shows at Utica-Rome and the Autodromes of Granby and Drummond, two visits to Brockville and Cornwall with single point shows at Little Valley, Ohsweken and for the first time ever, the South Buxton Speedway as a pairing with Ohsweken on June 23 & 24.

Several high paying specials will see many of the ESS faithful looking for added dollars in their pockets. The Knoxville Raceway 360 Nationals and Brodix Tournament of Champions will see the victor take home $10,000 and $5,000 respectively, ESS is proud to be a part of both events in August. The second annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at the Ohsweken Speedway will give over $6,000 to the winner in what is becoming the fastest growing major event for 360 sprint cars. The Bully Hill Vineyards Fall Sprint Nationals is back and $4,000 awaits the champion at the Black Rock Speedway, All-Star Dash Qualifiers are set on July 1 & 2 at Can-Am and Utica-Rome. Also, ESS teams are invited to attend the first ever Shot Drop Nationals on Fri. June 9th at the Williams Grove Speedway. The event run by the United Racing Company will award $4,000 to the winner as well.

Lance Yonge will be back with his familiar #17J looking for the three-peat in his / Johnson Farms backed Maxim. Challenges will be coming from ESS stars such as Jeff VanDusen, Dan Kaszubinski, Jeff Cook, Alain Bergeron, Donny Sharp Jr., Doug Norrie, John Karklin Jr. and many, many more. Not to mention the rookie crop of Steve Poirier, Jessica Zemken, Tommy Wickham and Jason Barney as well as the return of Gordy Button and Kyle Drum, the 2006 season will be one whale of a show from start to finish.

For the latest up to date information on the Tour for the Empire Super Sprints, please log on to . It's just a little over six weeks away where the stars and cars of ESS provide in what has become tradition, "Excitement guaranteed!!!"


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