ESS: Four Race Fourth of July Weekend Promises Fireworks

Empire Super Sprints Celebrates Our Nation's Birthday with a Big Four Race Weekend. by Dean Reynolds SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2000 will provide many fireworks of their own leading up to the 4th of July holiday with...

Empire Super Sprints Celebrates Our Nation's Birthday with a Big Four Race Weekend.

by Dean Reynolds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour 2000 will provide many fireworks of their own leading up to the 4th of July holiday with a big four race weekend. It all kicks off Friday, June 30 at the Little Valley Speedway before moving to Canandaigua on Sat., Cayuga County on and Sun. and finally to the Black Rock Speedway for a special Monday night program.

Just a mere two weeks ago, Lance Yonge brought the Mal Lane owned sprinter to victory lane at Little Valley to mark his third win of the season. Yonge will head a large band of alcohol breathing winged sprint cars to the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds for the second of three visits to the big half-mile. Connecticut's Scott Holcomb won last years holiday event in front of a standing room only crowd and the Yellow #91 will be looking for that checkered flag once again.

Three Brodix Cylinder Heads Heat events will start off the night's action followed by the Walt's Hobby Dash which will be sponsored on this night by ESS competitor Tim Zimbardi and his Zimbardi Electric company. The KSE Racing Products B-Main will close the qualifying and set the field for the 20 lap Tour 2000 A-Main.

On Saturday, the traditional stop will be made to the Ontario County Fairgrounds and the Canandaigua Speedway. The famed half-mile known as the "Land of Legends" produced a wild 20 lap affair back in early May when Yonge made a late race pass on Canadian Rick Wilson for his second win of the 2000 season. Canandaigua's natural clay surface produces blinding speeds by the sprinters which play right into the hands of five-time ESS Champion Mike Woodring who has visited victory lane several times here. Woodring will be considered one of the favorites on this night along with locals Rob Dietrick and Mike Stelter.

Former ESS veteran Mike Lauterborn will co-sponsor the evening's activities with his Rochester based Lauterborn Electric. He will bring his colorful #41 sprinter to the pits for his third ESS run of the season. After nine years on the tour, Lauterborn has tried his hands with the USAC Silver Bullet Series this season.

The same program will be on tap with Canandaigua DIRT mod regular Scott Ridley picking up the sponsorship of the Walt's Hobby Dash Series event with his Ridley's Small Engine and Kart Supply.

The DIRT flagship speedway located on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in Weedsport will highlight the best of "America's Race Cars" for a big Sunday night program with the DIRT mods and sportsman. Last year saw Caledonia's Bill Coffey take the hard fought victory with his Sprinter Express #13. Coffey is already a winner in 2000 and will be ready to tackle some 30 other ESS chauffeurs. Local favorites Doug Emery, Bob Podolak, George Ely and R.C. Faigle will give the fans plenty to cheer about before the night concludes with the traditional fireworks display.

The weekend doesn't stop there!! Off of work on the 4th?? Head down to Dundee, N.Y. and the Black Rock Speedway the night before for the ESS' second stop at the fast 4/10ths mile oval. The Yates County oval kicked off the Tour 2000 back in April with Syracuse's Dan Kaszubinski proving the best of 36 sprints on hand. With a last lap pass on Mike Woodring, Kaszubinski brought the packed house to their feet and he will be there once again in hopes of another fine performance. Former Black Rock star Bubby Kerrick and local Ray Preston will be in the field as well bringing many fans to the stands.

Are you ready for this!!! Only the strong will survive. Four nights, four different dirt tracks, wild winged sprinters turning it lose and throwing mud in your eye!! What a country...Happy Birthday America!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Coffey