ESS: Black Rock rained out for season opener

DUNDEE, N.Y. -- Rain from morning to night forced the cancellation of the Empire Super Sprint opener at the Black Rock Speedway. The event will not be rescheduled. This marks the second year in a row that Mother Nature will etch her name in the...

DUNDEE, N.Y. -- Rain from morning to night forced the cancellation of the Empire Super Sprint opener at the Black Rock Speedway. The event will not be rescheduled. This marks the second year in a row that Mother Nature will etch her name in the winner's column on the ESS' first show.

The 19th season of ESS will now kick off with a special twist as it is now Sunday, May 5 at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. Not only will the ESS Tour 2002 makes it's first ever visit to the fast, high banked, 1/3rd mile oval, but the event will also be the first of two Empire Super Sprints/United Racing Club Challenge events. The $17,000 event will pay the winner $2,500 which will pit the best from ESS and URC. The event will be part of Bob Miller's successful "Thunder on the Hill" Series and sprint fans can expect over 50 winged machines at Grandview.

The first full point show for ESS will now be Sat., May 11 at the Canandaigua Speedway. The event will also be the first of two Bully Hill Dash Qualifiers. ESS will still make four more appearances at Black Rock with point shows on Fri., July 5 and Aug. 9 as well as the two day Bully Vineyards Sprint Fall Nationals on Sept. 6 &7.

The ESS Tour 2002 is the largest and most lucrative in history, unfortunately the weather had other ideas on getting it started. Come May 5th, it will promise to be excitement guaranteed!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bob Miller