ESS: Knoxville ToC preview

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10, the fifth edition of the Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa will be held. Six of the best sprint cars teams in the ranks of the Empire ...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10, the fifth edition of the Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa will be held. Six of the best sprint cars teams in the ranks of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will be making the journey west in hopes for the Tournament championship.

The list of ESS representatives will be headed by current point leader and four time winner so far on the tour in Mercer, Pa.'s Mike Lutz. A veteran of both 410 and 360 competition Lutz brings a wealth of talent behind the wheel of a winged sprint car and will be an instant threat to pick up the victory at Knoxville.

Lance Yonge has entered the previous four ToC's and will wheel the Lane's Yamaha #5 for another attempt to the bring home the bragging rights for ESS. The Penn Yan, N.Y. star is locked in a tight point battle looking for his first ever championship and has already visited victory lane in 2003 as well.

Rob Dietrick will head to Knoxville for his first ever visit to the Marion County Fairgrounds. Last year the Farmington, N.Y. pilot was all set to make the Tourney when a blown engine the week before nixed his plans. Even though he is winless so far on ESS' 20th Anniversary Tour his blue #10 Maxim likes the big, wide open dirt ovals and Knoxville will fit into his style.

Bubby Kerrick has been a huge ESS supporter since he made his debut in a sprint car nine years ago. Always a consistent runner, the Stanley, N.Y. star always finishes the season in the top ten in points. Like Dietrick, Kerrick will run a Maxim built sprinter and he too likes the fast ovals.

The final two entries that will carry the ESS banner is the Mike Woodring owned racing team of Woodring and female sensation Erin Crocker. Both drivers already have Knoxville laps under their belt as they ran the 360 Nationals back in June with Crocker shocking many in attendance with a strong effort that put her in the Nationals A-Main. Like Yonge, Woodring has run the four previous ToC's and would like to add this National event to his resume' For Crocker, winning the ToC has a female sprint car driver will make headlines from coast to coast.

A total of 13 point leaders from 13 different sanctions make the 2003 version the most talented in the history of the event. On Saturday will be a special $1,500 to win "Night Before the Tournament" with a huge $4,000 pay day awaiting the winner of the A-Main on Sunday.

Last year saw Knoxville Raceway regular Josh Higday keeping the championship trophy in his own backyard. ESS will be sending a full arsenal of sprint car talent to the state of Iowa for the 2003 version in hopes of collecting the first ever title for the Northeastern based sprint car sanctioning body. August 9 and 10, the 360 sprint car world heads to the "Capital of Sprint Car Racing", it's the Brodix Tournament of Champions. Let the best team win!!

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