ESS: Stateline, Utica-Rome previews

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The first big two-race weekend for the Empire Super Sprints' (ESS) 20th Anniversary Tour will see the green flag waved on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 & 25 to help celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend. The exciting action of ...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The first big two-race weekend for the Empire Super Sprints' (ESS) 20th Anniversary Tour will see the green flag waved on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 & 25 to help celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend. The exciting action of "America's Race Cars" will visit the Stateline Speedway near Jamestown, N.Y. on Sat. and then trek to the Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y. for an exciting Sun. night affair.

The 1/3rd mile Stateline oval has been hosting the winged warriors of ESS since 1985 and is one of the longest running facilities for ESS in their 20 year history. A field of stars and cars which will be highlighted by last years winners in Lance Yonge and Tim Kelly will fill the pits at the track that sits near the Pa./NY state lines. Other top drivers that will be on hand include current ESS point leader Mike Lutz, who hails from nearby Mercer, Pa. and will have a lot of fans in the stands, as well as other past winners in Dan Kaszubinski, Mike Stelter, Don Sharp Jr. and Alain Bergeron.

The Stateline event is the third of four Valvoline Cup A-Mains which means that the winners share for the 25 lap A-Main will be $1625 cash and with added bonuses from many associate sponsors, the total will top $2000 in total prizes.

On Sunday night it's then East to the first of three ESS events at Tom Cole's Utica-Rome Speedway where speeds of well over 100 m.p.h. will be the norm on the big half mile. The Vernon, N.Y. speed plant will host the winged sprinters on three holiday weekends with the July 4th and Labor Day Weekends also being book in 2003.

Last year Kaszubinski and Doug Emery blitzed the dirt surface at Utica and will head the list of 30 plus sprinters that are expected to be on hand. On this night you can expect eight-time ESS champion Mike Woodring and his team mate in Erin Crocker in the field as well along with other top ESS chauffeurs in Bill Coffey, Rick Wilson, Bob Podolak and John Karklin Jr.

Highlighting the Sunday night event will be the first Bully Hill Vineyards Sprint Nationals dash qualifier. The winner of the 25 lap A-Main will have a guaranteed starting berth in the lucrative dash event that will be a part of the 5th annual national event held at the Black Rock Speedway on Sept. 5 & 6.

Memorial Day Weekend will be a special time to remember all that have given their lives to give Americans the freedom that we all enjoy today. The winged sprint car is a big part of American history in the world of Motorsports and the Empire Super Sprints are proud to bring you some of the best--for over 20 years.

-ess-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker , Bill Coffey