ESS: Bully Hill Fall Nationals set

DUNDEE, N.Y. - What has quickly become one of the largest sprint car events in the Northeast will again take place on Saturday, September 8. The third annual Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals presented by S.P. Wilson-Lakes Gas...

DUNDEE, N.Y. - What has quickly become one of the largest sprint car events in the Northeast will again take place on Saturday, September 8. The third annual Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals presented by S.P. Wilson-Lakes Gas will take place at the 4/10ths mile Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, N.Y.

The show will boast a total purse of over $21,000 with the best sprint car drivers from several sanctioning bodies making their way to the Finger Lakes Wine Country area. The Empire Super Sprints (ESS), Doorways Unlimited KARS Sprints, VSM Abrasives Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) and the nearby Freedom Raceway have all freed up their schedules so their drivers can wage a war in the lucrative open competition event.

This year fans will see an unique twist to the event that should make this year's Bully Hill Nationals even more exciting. On Friday night, September 7, fans will get to see all the stars and cars from the Empire Super Sprints battle it out in a full points event showcased as the "Night Before the Bully Hill". As the season begins to close, this $1100-to-win show will be a key event in crowning the 2001 ESS champion.

On Saturday the title of Bully Hill Nationals Champion will be handed out. Heats, a C-Main and a B-Main will decide the 24 car starting field for the 35 lap, $3000 to win, $21,000 contest. A field of over 50 sprints are expected to fill the pit area at the Yates County oval to make this night a dream for winged sprint car fans all over the Northeast and Canada.

In 1999, Craig "Cricket" Keel brought the Earl Pottorff owned sprint home for the first Bully Hill title as he edged out Delaware's Greg Coverdale and local favorite Lance Yonge in an event where the fans were on their feet more than their seats. Last season equaled the excitement when Pennsylvania's George Suprick beat out six-time ESS champion Mike Woodring and Canadian sprint star Rick Wilson.

Special "Black Rock Bonu$" qualifying races will be held by each affiliated organization during the Summer. The winning drivers will be rewarded with a special trophy and $100 from the Black Rock Speedway if they qualify for the Bully Hill event. An additional challenge fund will also be set up whereby all teams from the top affiliate, determined by A-Main points accumulated from it's best three finishers, will receive 50% of the pot.. The other 50% of the money to be handed out will go to the top organization itself.

September 7 & 8 are must dates to be highlighted for all sprint fans, as over $32,000 will be available to the top sprint teams in the Northeastern United States and Canada. The Bully Hill Vineyards Sprint Fall Nationals presented by S.P. Wilson-Lakes Gas is ready to showcase some good ole' fashioned wheelie poppin', mud slingin' sprint car action on the high banks of the Black Rock Speedway.

by Dean Reynolds

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