ESS: Syracuse preview 2001-10-06

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - No less than $50,000 will handed out in less than 12 hours to the best drivers from the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and United Racing Club (URC) on Sat., Oct. 6. The second annual ESS/URC Super Shootout on the Mile in the afternoon...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - No less than $50,000 will handed out in less than 12 hours to the best drivers from the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and United Racing Club (URC) on Sat., Oct. 6. The second annual ESS/URC Super Shootout on the Mile in the afternoon and then the ESS/URC Challenge Series later that night.

It's the richest purse in the history for both clubs. Twenty Miles, $35,000, $5000 to win. The Super Shootout will again be a big part of Super DIRT Week held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. On Saturday afternoon, The "Moody Mile" will be the challenge, holding the checkered flag at the end of the 20 mile dual will be the victory.

After the event in Syracuse, it's time to pack your bags and head 15 minutes west to the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge. The ESS/URC Challenge Series enters it's eighth year at the "Fast Track" with a $2500 winners take up for grabs from $15,000 purse. It's a sprint car fan's fix, in less than half a day you can see over 50 winged sprinters on two different tracks with more money in the history of ESS and URC being offered.

Last year, ESS and URC battled to a draw. ESS standout Lance Yonge conquered the Syracuse Mile as well as 25 other competitors to win the first ever "Shootout" to etched his name in sprint car history. Even though URC's Dave McGough and Mike Haggenbottom followed, Yonge's Mal Lane owned #5 was indeed the class of the field.

Later that night it was URC's turn to make a statement and it was female sensation Becca Anderson that created the headlines. In winning her heat, dash and 25 lap A-Main, Anderson held the URC banner proud aboard the Bill Turpin/Fred Kennedy #56. Haggenbottom capped off a fine day with a runner-up finish to Anderson with teammate Greg Coverdale in third.

It's a new year and the same battle lines have been drawn. ESS will throw out Yonge along with Mike Woodring, Dan Kaszubinski, Rick Wilson, Justin Barger, R.C. Faigle as well as other stars from N.Y., CT, and Canada. URC's team will again be headed by Anderson with top stars Kramer Williamson, Doug Emery, Mike Haggenbottom, Bill Brian Jr. and others from Pa., N.J. and Del.

Saturday, Oct. 6 is the date, Syracuse and Elbridge, N.Y. are the sites, a $50,000 pot of gold is the quest. Sprint fans, it's time to head to the Empire State for a winged warrior tango. The best from ESS and URC are ready to put on a show for you. It's going to be excitement guaranteed. <pre> PAST WINNERS ESS/URC CHALLENGE SERIES. New York State Fairgrounds: Oct. 7, 2000 - Lance Yonge (ESS)

Rolling Wheels Raceway Park" Sept. 24, 1994 - Craig Keel (ESS) Sept. 23, 1995 - Craig Keel (ESS) Oct. 12, 1996 - Kramer Williamson (URC) Oct. 11, 1997 - Kramer Williamson (URC) Oct. 10, 1998 - Dan Kaszubinski (ESS) Oct. 9, 1999 - Kramer Williamson (URC) Oct. 7, 2000 - Becca Anderson (URC)

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Series Sprint
Drivers Justin Barger , Becca Anderson
Teams Williams