ESS: Empire SS stars hit the track

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Even though the opening event of the 18th season for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) was cancelled this past Sat. night at the Black Rock Speedway, several ESS stars did get their sprinters to a dirt track over the weekend. ...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Even though the opening event of the 18th season for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) was cancelled this past Sat. night at the Black Rock Speedway, several ESS stars did get their sprinters to a dirt track over the weekend.

Saturday afternoon the DIRT Motorsports flagship track, the Cayuga County Fair Speedway, held a special practice session where eight ESS race teams took in the sunny afternoon to try out their winged machines for the first time.

Bill Coffey was on hand with a beautiful new Maxim chassis sprinter and was fast right out of the box. The Sprinterexpress team also showed off their brand new, state-of-art hauler. Local star Dan Kaszubinski was putting in some quick times with his familiar #20 as was veteran Bobby Podolak. During the last warm-up session, Podolak put former Fulton Speedway small block champion Jimmy Phelps in the cockpit for his first ever try at a winged sprinter. Phelps looked right at home in the 1400 lb. machine.

R.C. Faigle and Kyle Drum debuted their new sponsorships. Faigle was sporting the Miller Lite Beer and Nice-N-Easy Grocery Shoppes logos with Drum showcasing the Speedracer.com sponsorship that was secured a short time ago. The 16 year old Drum will be shooting for the 2001 ESS rookie of the year.

Also taking several laps on the high banked Weedsport oval was former rookie of the year winners Rob Dietrick and Randy Years along with Mike Young who will be entering his second full season in a ESS sprinter.

In other action over the weekend, Lance Yonge ran his self-owned 410 sprinter at Port Royal Speedway where he came home with a fine 12th place finish right behind superstar Lance Dewease. Defending ESS champion Mike Woodring and Canadian rookie hopeful Ryan Coniam ran down in Western Pa. at the Mercer Raceway Park. Coniam finished a creditable tenth with Woodring placing 16th.

May 12 is now the date for the first event on the ESS Tour 2001, the "Land of Legends", the Canandaigua Speedway will be the site where the stars and cars of ESS take to the track for the first time on the 34 event tour. For more information, feel free to log on to www.empiresupersprints.com .

-Dean Reynolds

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Coffey