ESS: Black Rock II: Event preview

Empire Super Sprint Tour 2002 to rip through Central, N.Y. on July 5-7. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After two consecutive weeks of showcasing "America's Race Cars" to our friends and neighbors "North of the Border", the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2002...

Empire Super Sprint Tour 2002 to rip through Central, N.Y. on July 5-7.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After two consecutive weeks of showcasing "America's Race Cars" to our friends and neighbors "North of the Border", the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2002 will make three stops in Central, N.Y., the roots of ESS to celebrate our Nation's borthday. The wild action starts Friday night July 5th at the Black Rock Speedway, then move to Canandaigua on Sat. and cap off the three-race weekend in Weedsport with a stop at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway.

The 13th of April did prove to be unlucky as the opener of the season at Black Rock fell to Mother Nature. The Lin and Cindi Hough promoted speedplant is ready to let the winged warriors do their thing in front of what is expected to be a standing room only crowd. Local favorites Lance Yonge, Bubby Kerrick and Tim Kelly will be on hand in hopes of bringing the checkered flag home in front of their faithful. More than 30 sprinters will do battle in three Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events followed by the Lane's Yamaha/Walt's Hobby Dash and the KSE Racing Products B-Main which will lead up to the 20 lap A-Main finale.

After the trip to the Yates County Oval, it's off to the Ontario County Fairgrounds and the Canandaigua Speedway--proudly known in these parts at the "Land of Legends". Early season track conditions stole the headlines at this fast half-mile, but Jeff Farney and crew never gave in and Canandaigua is back to it's traditional multi-grooved and smooth racing surface. Back on May 11th Brian Dumigan passed both Mike Woodring and Dan Kaszubinski to post his first career ESS victory. All three drivers are now A-Main winners in 2002 and will be looking to take home another win. Mike Castner's Speedway Performance is the dash sponsor on this night.

The highbanks of the Cayuga County Fair Speedway (CCFS) will cap off the swing through Central, N.Y. Bobby Podolak, George Ely and Doug Emery can consider the Weedsport, N.Y. oval their home track. Last year, the 63 year old Ely collected his third win on the 2001 season as he received a loud ovation from the crowd. Ryan Coniam, Bill Coffey, Alain Bergeron and Rob Dietrick are close to the top in points and they will also be out in force to try to knock off seven-time champion Mike Woodring. Walt Throne and many of his family and employees from Walt's Hobby will be on hand to greet the dash winner on this Sunday night.

It's back to the friendly confines of Central, N.Y. Black Rock, Canandaigua and Cayuga County--it's the ESS Tour 2002 and it will be excitement guaranteed!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Coffey