ESS: Super DIRT Week preview

Empire Super Sprints become a big part of Super DIRT week SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's the 31st version of DIRT Motorsports' extravaganza--Super DIRT Week. Once again the winged machines of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will be a big part of the...

Empire Super Sprints become a big part of Super DIRT week

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's the 31st version of DIRT Motorsports' extravaganza--Super DIRT Week. Once again the winged machines of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will be a big part of the five day, $365,000 event.

ESS will showcase some of the best dirt track sprint car racing on two separate nights with two special events. On Wednesday night, Oct. 9th ESS will be a mere 30 minutes East of the New York State Fairgrounds at the ultra-fast Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y. Then on Saturday night, Oct. 12th it's the annual challenge race with the United Racing Club (URC) sprinters at the fast track, the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park just 15 minutes West if Syracuse.

The midweek show at Utica-Rome marks the second time ESS has visited the half-mile this season. Back on Labor Day weekend, 39 sprints filled the pits and put on a wild, fast paced event with local star Dan Kaszubinski coming away with the victory. The tacky track produced record speeds in the low 17 second range which was an average of over 102 m.p.h. Fans can expect more of the same as the events marks the final full point show for ESS in the 2002 season.

Eden, N.Y.'s Mike Woodring just has to take a green flag in warm-ups and the eighth ESS championship is all his. While the title fight might be all but over, the points are close throughout the field. Top stars such as Lance Yonge, Ryan Coniam, Mike Lutz and Bill Coffey will be in the pits looking for the checkered flag.

ESS and URC have set the stage from sea to sea in producing the most competitive challenge races since 1994 and the yearly visit to Rolling Wheels is a great way to cap off the season. Well over 50 sprint cars will be pit side for the $17,000 event that will pay over $2,500 to the winner.

Just one year ago Canadian Rick Wilson flew the ESS banner proud by taking the 25 lap A-Main event. Wilson will again be on hand was well as former Challenge winners Kramer Williamson, Becca Anderson, and Kaszubinski along with top drivers like Curt Michael, Mike Stelter, Bill Brian Jr. and Mike Haggenbottom.

It's time for bragging rights, ESS and URC will be ready to put on a show for you. Super DIRT Week XXXI is promising to be the most exciting ever with the return of the Salt City 100 for the USAC Silver Crown Series as well as two shows of winged sprint cars. All eyes will be on Central, N.Y. and it will be excitement guaranteed!!!

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Series Sprint
Drivers Becca Anderson , Bill Coffey
Teams Williams