ESS: Grandview: Event preview

ESS/URC Challenge Series to make first ever stop at Grandview on May 5th. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It will be an exciting night of firsts on Sunday, May 5th at the ultra-exciting Grandview Speedway. For the first time ever, the ever popular Empire...

ESS/URC Challenge Series to make first ever stop at Grandview on May 5th.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It will be an exciting night of firsts on Sunday, May 5th at the ultra-exciting Grandview Speedway. For the first time ever, the ever popular Empire Super Sprints/United Racing Club Challenge Series will invade the high banked, 1/3rd mile oval and also for the first time, the Challenge Series is a part of Bob Miller's "Thunder on the Hill" Series.

Not only will the ESS/URC confrontation be a first at Grandview, but for the first time in the 19 year history of ESS, the stars and cars will take to the oval in Bechtelsville, Pa. It will mark the first of two Challenge Series events this year with the second coming on Oct. 12th at the Rolling Wheels Raceway as part of Super DIRT Week.

The $17,000 contest will see the winner go home with over $2,500 and the best from the two successful 360 sprint organizations will be out not only for the cash but also for the bragging rights. It's an unique scenario as well. URC could be coming off their fourth event run so far in 2002 while ESS will see it's season getting started at Grandview after their opener was rained out on April 13th at the Black Rock Speedway.

Veteran Greg Coverdale and young star Trevor Lewis have already cracked the winner's circle for URC. Defending URC champion Mike Haggenbottom, Pete Green and Dave Ely are also off to hot starts on the young URC season and are billed as contenders at Grandview.

Heading the list for the ESS faithful will be seven-time champion Mike Woodring. Even though the ESS season is still looking to get underway, Woodring has already raced nearly a dozen times in 2002 and will be out looking for his first ever ESS/URC Challenge win. Lance Yonge will also be in the thick of the battle and is one of the few ESS drivers to tour the Grandview facility. The last ESS/URC winner, Canadian Rick Wilson, will be in the field looking for another checkered flag to bring back to his homeland. Mike Stelter, Steve Dow and Bill Coffey will be drivers to watch as well/

Sprint fans can expect a field of over 50 sprinters and excitement from start of finish which is a norm for a Bob Miller promotion. It's the 55th season for the United Racing Club, the 19th for the Empire Super Sprints and the ninth year that the two clubs have worked together in bringing some of the best dirt track sprint car action this side of the Mississippi. You can bet it will be excitement guaranteed!!!

Past Winners ESS/URC Challenge Series.
May 30, 1994 Kramer Williamson Black Rock Speedway/Dundee Raceway Park
Sept. 24, 1994 Craig Keel Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
Oct. 1, 1994 Greg Coverdale Seacost Speedway
July 8, 1995 Kramer Williamson Selinsgrove Speedway
Sept. 9, 1995 Craig Keel Fulton Speedway
Sept. 23, 1995 Craig Keel Rolling Wheels
Oct. 15, 1995 Fred Rahmer Bridgeport Speedway
July 6, 1996 Rick Koenig Selinsgrove
Oct. 12, 1996 Kramer Williamson Rolling Wheels
Oct. 4, 1997 Sean Michael Delaware Int'l Speedway
Oct. 11, 1997 Kramer Williamson Rolling Wheels
Oct. 10, 1998 Dan Kaszubinski Rolling Wheels
July 14, 1999 Bobby Parrow Black Rock/Dundee
Oct. 9, 1999 Kramer Williamson Rolling Wheels
Oct. 7, 2000 Lance Yonge New York State Fairgrounds
Oct. 7, 2000 Becca Anderson Rolling Wheels
Nov. 4, 2000 Kramer Williamson Delaware Int'l
Oct. 8, 2001 Curt Michael N.Y.S. Fairgrounds
Oct. 8, 2001 Rick Wilson Rolling Wheels

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bob Miller , Becca Anderson , Bill Coffey
Teams Williams