Empire Super Sprints Makes Long Awaited Return to the Fulton Speedway by Dean Reynolds Syracuse, N.Y. - Not Since October 4, 1996 has the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) graced the high banked Fulton Speedway located just mere minutes North of ...
Empire Super Sprints Makes Long Awaited Return to the Fulton Speedway
by Dean Reynolds
Syracuse, N.Y. - Not Since October 4, 1996 has the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) graced the high banked Fulton Speedway located just mere minutes North of Syracuse, N.Y. Once a mainstay on the ESS Tour, Fulton has finally returned after nearly four and a half years to host the best of "America's Race Cars".
A special Wednesday night, May 24 date has been set up for what is billed as "Wing Fling 2000" The ESS super sprinters will be paired up with the ever popular DIRT sportsman in what will be an action packed evening at the Fulton speedplant. It will be a chance to start your Memorial Day Weekend a bit early with this unique mid-week affair.
While it's been over four years for the return of ESS to Fulton, the "Wing Fling" event was on the calendar for the 1999 season. However, Mother Nature decided that it would be best to make the event a part of the ESS Tour 2000 instead. A second try will be the charm where Central, N.Y. fans can see some of the best winged sprint car action seen anywhere.
The wide, fast and high banked Fulton surface is always multi-grooved where sprints will either be way down low, right up against the outside concrete or somewhere in the middle. Promoter Harvey Fink is in his second full year as promoter of one of the most successful facilities in N.Y. State.and is really looking forward to seeing full blown sprint cars on his track for the first time. While school is still in session, the two division show is set up to get the fans home early as well as making this a night to remember.
On that October night in '96, Eden, N.Y.'s Mike Woodring collected his ninth win of the season in route to his second ESS championship. Woodring won the event over Bubby Kerrick, local favorite Doug Emery, George Suprick and Craig "Cricket" Keel. All these exciting ESS stars are expected to be in the field when the sprints make their return. Kerrick's runner-up tied his best ESS finish ever as he is still looking for his very first A-Main victory. Emery lives just 30 minutes away from Fulton and would love to win in front of the home crowd. Even though Suprick is now running with the United Racing Club, the former ESS star likes to be in the field whenever URC has a night off. If there's a driver waiting for the Fulton date more than anyone, that would be Keel as he's a multi-winner at the track and will be one of the top threats to hold the checkered flag on this night.
Sprint fans will get to see three Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events, the KSE Racing Products B-Main as well as the special four lap Walt's Hobby Dash Series event. All that action will culminate with the 20 lap A-Main that will pay the night's winner $1150 cash along with many added bonuses which could put the total well over $1500.
Hey, 90210 is no longer on FOX so why not spend your Wednesday night (May 24) at the Fulton Speedway. Dirt trackin' and sprint cars, it's like baseball and apple pie, a true American tradition!