ESS: Rules changes for 2005 announced

Rules Changes for Empire Super Sprints to Help Cut Costs and Boost Car Counts for 2005. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After coming off a very successful Empire Super Sprints (ESS) Tour 2004, one of the nation's leading 360 sprint car organizations continues...

Rules Changes for Empire Super Sprints to Help Cut Costs and Boost Car Counts for 2005.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After coming off a very successful Empire Super Sprints (ESS) Tour 2004, one of the nation's leading 360 sprint car organizations continues to strive to bring the very best sprint car racing to each and every race throughout the Northeast and Canada. Several rule changes will make the 22nd Anniversary Tour even bigger and better.

The most notable rule change for 2005 will be a mandated left rear tire compound of RD12 for each full point show on the ESS Tour. After two years of success using a Hoosier tire on the right rear at a very low cost of $152, now teams that enter an ESS will use a left rear Hoosier at the same low price. Over the years the cost of left rear sprint tires have sky rocketed and with the help of Bicknell Racing Products as well as Hoosier Tire Western New York and Canada, all race teams will be saving on their rear tires. In return, the Hoosier Tire Company/Bicknell Racing products will increase its contribution to the ESS season end point fund.

Some changes to the handicapping/inversion will help entice more competitors to the ESS family for 2005. While the largest nightly A-Main purse for 360 sprint car racing this side of the Mississippi, which includes $250 just to start the feature as well as a annually lucrative point fund, will keep the pits full. Some tweaking in the rules were voted on by the membership to welcome more cars at all the point shows. While attending 2/3rds of all point shows remains a staple point for ESS in paying contingencies and point fund monies, there was a need to help teams that just either don't have the available time or the finances to run the entire tour.

In years past, if a driver wanted to pick and choose ESS shows or join the tour mid-season he/she could get in the inversion by attending four shows in a row and being eligible on the fifth. Now, that driver will only need to enter two consecutive shows and will be right in the thick of the battle on their third appearance. Also, the 200 mile radius, running on the same night penalty as been eliminated.

"We realized that not all the sprint teams in New York and Canada could follow the entire ESS tour and with the increase in number of total sprint cars in the area ESS members noticed that we needed to open up some of the rules to make it easier to run with ESS when they can." noted ESS Competition Director Chuck Miller. "These rules in the past have worked to keep ESS strong and the numbers strong, but now they began to work against us in welcoming new teams. We noticed that some teams stayed away when either they couldn't get enough shows in to be involved in the inversion or they fell under the 200 mile penalty."

"Last year we had a great crop of new drivers, Jeff Cook, Billy Krull, Kyle Moffit, Luke Eriksen, Alex Mosher and others and we hope to see the same in 2005." Said Miller, "Not only can teams run for the most money they also will run side by side with the very best drivers in the area. But, if some can not make all the shows, we want them to feel welcome whenever they can and with the changes they have a better chance on not starting in the back every time they come to race."

The ESS Tour 2005 schedule is taking shape with over 25 shows already booked and that number will again top 30 when the preliminary schedule will be announced in late January. Lance Yonge will be back to try to follow up his 2004 title, but challenges from Dan Kaszubinski, Doug Emery, Jeff VanDusen, Bubby Kerrick and a slew of others will be strong. For more up to date information feel free to log on to www.empiresupersprints.com .

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