ESS: Black Rock holds the season opener

Empire Super Sprint Tour 2001 Kicks Off April 14 at Black Rock. SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It was September 23, 2000...Rookie of the year hopeful Randy Years collected his first ever Empire Super Sprint (ESS) A-Main victory and Mike Woodring clinched his...

Empire Super Sprint Tour 2001 Kicks Off April 14 at Black Rock.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It was September 23, 2000...Rookie of the year hopeful Randy Years collected his first ever Empire Super Sprint (ESS) A-Main victory and Mike Woodring clinched his sixth ESS championship. That Saturday night in Little Valley, N.Y. closed the points for the 17th year of ESS.

This Sat., April 14, the 18th consecutive season for the winged machines of ESS will see it's first green flag waved. Lin Hough's beautiful, high banked and ultra-fast Black Rock Speedway will once again kick off the year long campaign for ESS. The Yates County Oval, located a mere 10 miles North of Watkins Glen, has been a huge supporter of ESS and has now become the traditional opening event.

Last year, Dan Kaszubinski made a last lap pass of Woodring in a thrilling event to collect his first of four checkered flags in 2000. Woodring did win four feature events himself on his way to his fifth championship in a row and sixth overall. Both Kaszubinski and Woodring will head the list of 35 plus entrants expected to tackle "The Rock".

Local favorite Lance Yonge will be behind the wheel of the Mal Lane owned #5 in hopes for his first ever win in a sprinter at the Dundee, N.Y. oval. Yonge is a former DIRT big block and small block champion at Black Rock.

The list of favorites doesn't stop there: Mike Stelter will bring the Ron Buckner built and powered coil-over sprinter to the event. The 1996 rookie of the year won three events and finished fourth in points last season with the unique creation recently featured in Open Wheel Magazine. Canadian and former DIRT small block star Rick Wilson will again pilot the Charlie Price owned sprinter and he will be looking for his first ever ESS A-Main win. Bill Coffey, Steve Dow, R.C. Faigle, Scott Holcomb, Tom Taber and a slew of other stars will fill the pits to put on a wild, wheelie poppin' show for the expected sell-out crowd.

Fans will get to see three Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events paying $25 to win, the KSE Racing Products B-Main, the $100 to win, four lap, Lane's Yamaha/Walt's Hobby Dash and the $1150 to win, 20 lap A-Main which marks the start of the 35 event ESS Tour 2001.

April 14 is the date, Black Rock Speedway is the place, the Empire Super Sprints are the attraction...ah, it sounds like excitement guaranteed!!! <pre> Past Empire Super Sprint Winners at Black Rock Speedway/Dundee Raceway Park.

8/3/84 Lenny Krautheim III 5/5/85 Gordy Button 7/17/87 Mal Lane 9/11/87 John Zentner 7/22/88 Mal Lane 8/19/88 Gordy Button 9/9/88 John Brutcher 6/2/89 Rick Crane 7/14/89 Tom Taber 8/11/89 Rob Hart 9/8/89 Mal Lane 5/6/90 Mal Lane 7/29/90 Jeff Thomas 7/5/91 Mal Lane 8/9/91 Kim Gagliardi 8/30/91 Tom Taber 9/20/91 Jeff Thomas 5/10/92 Jeff Thomas 7/3/92 Bobby Parrow 8/7/92 Bobby Parrow 9/4/92 Bobby Parrow 5/9/93 Mal Lane 7/2/93 Tom Taber 8/6/93 Craig Lane 5/30/94 Kramer Williamson (ESS/URC Challenge) 7/3/94 Craig Lane 9/4/94 Craig Keel 9/8/95 Craig Lane 4/20/96 Craig Lane 9/6/96 Scott Holcomb 9/5/97 Tim Kelly 4/18/98 Mike Woodring 9/11/98 Bobby Parrow 4/30/99 Mike Woodring 7/14/99 Bobby Parrow (ESS/URC Challenge) 9/10/99 Greg Coverdale Rob Dietrick Dan Kaszubinski (Bully Hill Nationals Sweet 16's) 9/11/99 Craig Keel (Bully Hill Nationals) 4/15/00 Dan Kaszubinski 7/3/00 Mike Woodring 9/8/00 Scott Holcomb Tom Taber George Suprick (Bully Hill Nationals Sweet 16's) 9/9/00 George Suprick (Bully Hill Nationals)

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Coffey
Teams Williams