ESS Stars Crocker, Woodring and Coniam make the Ronald Laney Memorial at East Bay. TAMPA FL. - Four strait days for some of the best 360 action to be seen this year culminated Saturday night at the East Bay Raceway Park with the running of the...
ESS Stars Crocker, Woodring and Coniam make the Ronald Laney Memorial at East Bay.
TAMPA FL. - Four strait days for some of the best 360 action to be seen this year culminated Saturday night at the East Bay Raceway Park with the running of the first annual Ronald Laney Memorial. Florida's own Sport Allen backed up Thursday nights win with the 40 lap A-Main victory worth over $10,000.
Three of Empire Super Sprints (ESS) finest cracked the starting lineup for the final event of the King of the 360 Nationals. Fairing the best in the event and finally shedding some of her bad luck was Wilbraham, Massachusetts' Erin Crocker. Driving her Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute backed J&J, Erin beat the "boss", Mike Woodring, by taking a fine 14th place finish, one spot ahead of her car owner.
For Woodring and the Upstate Kenworth sponsored #19, it was a successful week as he was the only ESS regular to make the starting lineup for the feature event on each of the four nights. Woodring and Crocker will no switch their focus to the Weld Racing Silver Crown Tour with a special test session at Homestead in south Florida. Crocker will then enter the annual Copper Classic in Phoenix, AZ.
Finishing in 16th place ending and up and down week was Canadian Ryan Coniam. The King of the 360 Nationals will be one of the few 360 events the young star will run in 2003 as he now moves to the All-Star Circuit of Champions tour in hopes to achieve the rookie of the year honors.
Mike Lutz, a former All-Star rookie of the year, ended a long and difficult week with a 13th place finish in the B-Main, five spots from qualifying. Lutz also took fifth in the Goodson Farms Strawberry dash. For Lutz, he will now drop a 410 engine in the VanDusen family owned Maxim to run with the All-Stars.
Jeff VanDusen was shooting to win the annual Young Gun Challenge held for drivers 21 and under but fell short in the 15 lap event won by 16 year old Danny Martin. VanDusen took eighth with his ProSpas #56D. The young ESS star will stay in Florida until the ESS opener in April to gain more experience.
John Karklin Jr. didn't have a week that he would like by not qualifying for any A-Main during the week, he took 18th in the B-Main on Sat. But, a brand new J&J sprinter is being ready in upstate N.Y. for a full assault on the ESS championship.
While plans are already in the works for the second annual Ronald Laney Memorial at East Bay, the ESS stars now get ready for the 20th year anniversary tour. The first green flag of 2003 will be dropped Saturday night, April 12, at the Gary Montgomery promoted Black Rock Speedway. More than 30 of the winged machines will fill the pits at the Yates County oval for the 25 lap A-Main paying over $2,000 in cash and prizes to the winner. For more information fans and competitors are urged to log on to www.empiresupersprints.com for updates.