ESS: Memorial Day weekend preview

Empire Super Sprints Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Three Big Events. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With the rain out of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) opening show on May 15th at the Mercer Raceway Park, the stars and cars from one of the nations most...

Empire Super Sprints Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Three Big Events.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With the rain out of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) opening show on May 15th at the Mercer Raceway Park, the stars and cars from one of the nations most successful 360 sprint car organizations are ready to put on an exciting three race weekend. To help celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend, ESS will visit the Brockville Ontario Speedway on Friday night, May 28th and then trek to the Can-Am Motorsports Park on Sat. and the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sun.

The three action packed events will be the first full point shows of the season where come season's end the 21st. Anniversary Tour champion will be crowned. Brockville is a tight, quick quarter-mile oval where 12 second laps are the norm. The rest of the weekend will see the winged sprinters going flat out around the big ½ mile ovals at Can-Am and Utica-Rome which makes this one of the most challenging three days in ESS history.

Brockville, Ontario is shadowing the picturesque St. Lawrence Seaway and the sprint car friendly town will host the first event on the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion point series. A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs to the top ten in points at the end of all events held "north of the border: Three Engler Machine and Tool heat events will kick off the action followed by the Foster/Wilson Memorial-Walt's Hobby Dash and the KSE Racing Products B-Main. All the qualifying events will lead up to the 25 lap A-Main paying the winner over $2,000 in cash and prizes.

Last year Bob Podolak picked up his only feature event win of 2003 in May and Bubby Kerrick won his first ever finale' in August at Brockville. Both drivers will be on hand along with father and son favorites Rick and Kyle Wilson, Quebec's Alain Bergeron and a whole slew of other top chauffeurs.

After a fun night in Canada, it's back to the USA with the first of two events at the Caprara Brothers owned and promoted Can-Am Motorsports Park. After a one year lay off, the alcohol breathing ESS sprinters are back to the ultra-fast track located just north of Watertown, N.Y.

When you think of ESS at Can-Am you think of Dan Kaszubinski, the Syracuse, N.Y. star has won four of the last six feature events at the wide and fast oval. Past winner Tim Kelly along with local favorite Jeff Cook will make up the large field that is expected.

The A-Main will be backed by the Valvoline Cup, the Nations true point championship chase, and will pay the winner $1,700 in cash. Not only will the victor earn a boat load of money but he or she will also take home a guaranteed starting berth in the Beam Mack/Western Snow Plow All-Star dash at the Bully Hill Nationals in September.

On Sunday, the sprints will head south to the Chip Burdick run, Gene Cole owned Utica-Rome Speedway for the first of three holiday ESS visits. The A-Main will have the same perks as Can-Am with Valvoline Cup dollars and Bully Hill Dash qualifying spot up for grabs.

Last year, 20 year old sensation Justin Barger took two of the three visits to the Vernon, N.Y. oval and will be the odds on favorite come May 30th. Barger missed the ESS title by a mere six points to Mike Lutz and will be focused on a quick start to the ESS Tour 2004. Top stars such as John Karklin Jr., Lance Yonge, Doug Emery, Jeff VanDusen, Mike Stelter, Don Sharp Jr. and many more will be in the field all three nights looking for a quick start to the season.

Memorial Day is annually a time to remember those that gave their lives for the freedom that we all share today. Sprint cars are known as "America's Race Cars" and it's fitting to give a toast to all that are true heroes to every American. From Brockville to Can-Am to Utica-Rome--It's the Empire Super Sprints traveling road show and it will be excitement guaranteed!!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Justin Barger