ESS: Night races for 2004

Empire State Series Kicks Off New Season With Night Races NEW YORK-Racers in the Empire State Sprint Series have an exciting 2004 season ahead of them. The series offers 4-cycle and 2-cycle road course competitors a chance to chase divisional...

Empire State Series Kicks Off New Season With Night Races

NEW YORK-Racers in the Empire State Sprint Series have an exciting 2004 season ahead of them. The series offers 4-cycle and 2-cycle road course competitors a chance to chase divisional points and boost their World Karting Association national points ranking through transfer points. This year adding to the excitement their first two races will compete under the lights.

"It's just a lot of fun and a lot of great competition and the people there are just so friendly it makes for great racing," returning Briggs Lite and Medium champion Jim Lipari said of the series. "It's going to take a lot of horsepower and some good setups to win there this year," he added.

Returning Senior Sportsman champion Charles Powell said he likes the Empire State Sprint Series because, "You get to travel a lot and you get to race different tracks some are bigger and some smaller. My biggest challenge will be trying to find the time to run all of the tracks and practice on all of them."

Series competition begins May 29th with a Grand National race sponsored by National Kart News at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ where feature races will be held under the lights. "Englishtown is a new track for our series," Series President Anthony Rapachietta described, "It's a class act facility with an NHRA drag strip on the grounds."

Night feature racing continues with the second race scheduled for June 19th at Oakland Valley in Cuddebackville, NY, which will also be a night race. "Night racing is unique and it's always exciting," Rapachietta, said, "We had our first night race there two years ago.

Then as the summer heats up so does the competition which continues with a three day event at Genesee Valley Kart Club in Avon, NY July 9-10. "Avon is a 1/2-mile track with tight racing," Rapachietta said. "It's a 40-year old, 10-turn 1/2-mile track owned by Coyote Products owner Wayne Wispilarie," Rapachietta said. Friday July 9th will be a practice day and that Saturday and Sunday will be the fourth and fifth races of the series

Three weeks late a two-day race is scheduled for July 30th to August 1st at BeaveRun Motor Sports Complex in Wampum, PA, which boasts a 7/10-mile road course where WKA national Gold Cup competitors and Stars of Tomorrow compete.

For more information on the Empire State Sprint Series call Series President Anthony Rapachietta at 585.266.2794 or e-mail him at Anthony@empirestateseries.com.

By Bruce C. Walls

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