ESS: Empire Sprints banquet preview

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - On Saturday evening, November 17th at the Holiday Inn at Carrier Circle in East Syracuse, N.Y., the final checkered flag of the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2001 season will be thrown. The annual awards banquet will cap off...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - On Saturday evening, November 17th at the Holiday Inn at Carrier Circle in East Syracuse, N.Y., the final checkered flag of the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2001 season will be thrown. The annual awards banquet will cap off the half-a-million-dollar tour and the 18th season of showcasing the best in "America's Race Cars". A record amount of over $58,000, which includes over $35,000 cash, will be distributed to 25 different drivers that competed in the majority of the long and grueling 2001 season. The 28 event tour was the most successful and competitive in ESS history and nearly 200 guests will be out in force to congratulate the best of the best. For the seventh time and sixth year in a row, Eden, N.Y.'s Mike Woodring will be seated at the head table as he will be honored once again as ESS champion. It was a milestone year for the sprint car driver aboard the familiar black #19 as he not only clinched a record seventh championship but also topped the 50 career win mark. Woodring will be taking home the lions share of the cash and prizes that will be handed out during the night. ESS stars Dan Kaszubinski, Lance Yonge, Steve Dow and Bill Coffey followed Woodring and they will also reap many awards as well. Along with the distribution of over $31,000 in point fund money, many other special awards will be given out on this night of celebration. The Jereco Engines and Parts Rookie of the Year award will reward a special first year driver with a $500 cash award. A total of $300 awaits the Foar Score Fan Club Most Improved Driver of the Year as well as the Car-Mate Trailers Outstanding New Comer Award. Walt's Hobby of Syracuse has $500 cash to be given to Yonge for winning the dash series point championship. ESS competitor R.C. Faigle and his Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar will hand out $1000 cash to the top ten in the Canadian Invasion Points. A $500 cash award from Brodix Cylinder Heads will be given to the hard luck driver of 2001 and QA1 Precision Products along with Thomas Racing Video will hand out the Perseverance Award. Two other special awards on the night will be the annual Empire Super Sprint Mechanic of the Year award and the most prestigious of them all is the John Zentner Memorial Award. Special drawings will highlight the night was well. The top the list is a set of $2200 Brodix ASCS spec heads. Also to be drawn will be a $800 Simpson Vudo Helmet, TW Metals will be giving away tubing and nerf bars to build a complete sprint car, two lucky drivers that finished in the top ten in points will have a chance at this draw. A $350 Bieffe Helmet courtesy of Richard LaBrie will be drawn as well as free radiators by C&R Racing Radiators and Griffin Thermal Products. Hi-Performance Racing Cards will award three drivers with a set of 1000 5x7 autograph cards as well. More than 20 other faithful ESS sponsors will distribute awards to the 25 drivers throughout the night making this the richest ESS banquet ever The rules meeting will kick off the long day and night at 8:00 AM. ESS teams that competed in at least 10 events will have a say and vote for possible rule changes for next year and the distant future of ESS. Cocktails will be ready a 6:00 PM with the banquet starting at 6:30. November 17th is the date, E. Syracuse is the site. It's time to honor some of the most exciting sprint car drivers in the Northeast...the best from the Empire Super Sprints!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Coffey