ESS: Black Rock and Syracuse preview

Empire Super Sprint Stars Looking to Take Top Dollars at Black Rock and Syracuse. SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Empire Super Sprints are again proud to be a part of the two biggest 360 sprint car shows of the year. On Sat., Sept. 8 at the Black Rock ...

Empire Super Sprint Stars Looking to Take Top Dollars at Black Rock and Syracuse.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Empire Super Sprints are again proud to be a part of the two biggest 360 sprint car shows of the year. On Sat., Sept. 8 at the Black Rock Speedway comes the running of the third annual Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals where the $22,000, 35 lap event awards the winner $3,000. Sat., Oct. 6 is the second running of the Empire Super Sprint (ESS)/United Racing Club (URC) Super Shootout held at the New York State Fairgrounds during Super DIRT Week. The 20 mile contest has a purse of $35,000 with the winner taking home over $5000.

In these two events, ESS has built up a rich history in a just a few short years. The 1999 running of the Bully Hill Nationals saw ESS runner Craig "Cricket" Keel take the checkered flag. The veteran will forever have his name etched as the first ever winner of the Nationals held at the Dundee, N.Y. oval. Last year, URC regular George Suprick blistered the field for the win. While Suprick indeed was flying the URC colors, he got his start in sprint cars a decade ago with ESS.

Last October was the first ever 360 Shootout at the Mile which pits the best from ESS and URC. Penn Yan, N.Y.'s Lance Yonge made all of ESS proud as he won the inaugural running of the richest 360 show ever held on the Eastcoast. Yonge's specially prepared Stealth built, Gaerte powered sprinter the best of 28 sprinters that entered the first time event.

During the ESS Tour 2001, many qualifiers were held for both races. The Black Rock Bonu$ Qualifier winners will receive a special trophy as well as getting an extra $100 if they qualify for the third annual Bully Hill Nationals. The Super Shootout Qualifiers award the winners a guaranteed starting spot if the driver does not qualify for the 20 lap event.

Randy Years (May 12, Canandaigua), R.C. Faigle (May 23, Fulton) and George Ely (July 1, Cayuga County) won the Bully Hill Qualifiers. Dan Kaszubinski (June 21, Can-Am), Lance Yonge (June 30, Canandaigua) and John Karklin Jr. (July 6, Black Rock) collected the wins to be awarded guaranteed starting status for the Super Shootout.

Both events will be a sprint car fan's dream. The Bully Hill Nationals is actually a full weekend as ESS will showcase a full point show the night before the Nationals. All runners from the clubs that were awarded Bonu$ Qualifiers (Eastern Limited Sprints, Southern Ontario Sprints, Keystone Auto Racing Series and the Freedom Raceway) will have their licenses honored to make for a big field.

After the Shootout on the famed Syracuse Mile, the stars from ESS and URC will head down the road to the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for another leg of the ESS/URC Challenge Series. The 25 lap event will pay the winner $2,500. It's possible for one driver to collect over $8,000 in twelve hours. What can be better than sprint cars in day and sprint cars in night!

The Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals, $3000 to win, 2000 for second, 1000 for fifth and $300 to start. The ESS/URC Super Shootout, $5000 to win, 3000 for second and 800 to take the green. That's a lot of money and with money will come glory. The ESS stars are ready to tackle the glory and make some history. Winged sprint cars at Black Rock in September and at Syracuse in October...It's excitement guaranteed!!!!

-ESS-

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