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Richest Fourth of July Weekend Ever for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints

By Dean Reynolds

SYRACUSE, NY – When the schedule was released for the 27th Anniversary edition of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS), the one of the weekends that was being circled was the Fourth of July celebration. Three events total, back to back affairs at Can-Am Motorsports Park capped off by the second event of the season at Utica-Rome Speedway. What makes the weekend even more special is the pot of gold awaiting all teams on July 2,3 and 4.

Friday night will kick off Shootout Weekend at the “Nasty Track of the North” with a $2,000 to win event. Teams from Friday will then stay over, be joined be several new teams on Sat. and do it all over again for $4,000 to win, $2,000 for second, $1,000 for third, $450 for 10th and a generous $300 just to take the green. Riverside Bar and Grill has picked up the sponsorship of the A-Mains with Rt. 37 Building Supply backing the sprint portion of the weekend for Can-Am.

After an exciting two nights in LaFargeville where over $25,000 total will be handed out its off to Vernon, NY. where the DTD Motorsports Media brings you another $2,000 to win 25 lap A-Main. For the second event this year Dove Brake and Clutch will also back the Cobra Coaches Dash Series event.

If a driver is fortunate enough to sweep the events, over $8,000 will be pocketed, making for the richest weekend ever in the 28 year history of ESS. Leading the brigade of winged machines will be current Lucas Oil point leader Chuck Hebing, he will be joined by Glen Ridge winner Lance Yonge, Steve Poirier, Justin Barger, Dan Kaszubinski, Jessica Zemken, local star Jeff Cook and Michael Parent.

They will be matched up with stars like Tommy Wickham, Anthony Cain, Alain Bergeron, Chris Jones, Mike Stelter, Rick and April Wilson, the debut of Jason Barney with his new self-owned team, Brian McDonald, James Hanson, Shawn Donath, Dave Wickham, Normand Beaudreault, Daniel Lampron, Paul Pekkonen and others. The 2010 version of the ESS “Young Guns” will be out in force such as Devin Caron, Zach Weigand, Kevin Ward Jr., Dylan Swiernik, Jami Russell, Tyler Rice and Shayne Ely.

Drivers that have shown interest in running the weekend or possibly coming on Saturday after running Friday night at different venues include Glen Styres, Travis Cunningham, Mikey Kruchka, The Breen Bros. of Blake and Bobby, Tyler Rand, Jimmy Stitzel with a possibility of even more surprises.

On Sunday, a new wave of cars that have interest to be on hand at Utica-Rome such as Bobby Varin in the Demitraszek #61, Matt Tanner, Warren Alexson, Josh Pieniazek, Mark Zemcik along with the possibility of Davie Franek, Dave Camara, Trevor Lewis, Davey Sammons and others.

Its our Nation’s birthday, the fireworks will be not only in the sky but on the dirt racing surface as well. Can-Am, Utica-Rome, Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints…Its going to be excitement guaranteed!!

For more information:

www.canammotorsports.com

www.uticaromespeedway.com

www.empiresupersprints.com

Past Empire Super Sprint Winners at Can-Am Motorsports Park.

July 30, 1987

John Brutcher

July 28, 1988

John Birosh

July 27, 1989

John Birosh

Aug. 2, 1990

Mal Lane

Aug. 1, 1991

Jeff Thomas

July 30, 1992

Tim Kelly

July 28, 1994

Mike Woodring

June 22, 1995

Craig Lane

June 19, 1996

Mike Woodring

June 19, 1997

George Suprick

June 18, 1998

Mike Woodring

June 24, 1999

Dan Kaszubinski

June 22, 2000

Dan Kaszubinski

June 21, 2001

Dan Kaszubinski

Aug. 25, 2001

Alain Bergeron

June 20, 2002

Ryan Coniam

Aug. 17, 2002

Dan Kaszubinski

May 29,2004

Rick Wilson

July 3, 2004

May 28,2005

Rick Wilson

Lance Yonge

July 2, 2005

Dan Kaszubinski

May 27, 2006

Jessica Zemken

July 1, 2006

Justin Barger

July 27, 2006

Jeff VanDusen

July 5, 2008

Justin Barger

July 4, 2009

Justin Barger

Past Empire Super Sprint Winners at Utica Rome Speedway

May26, 1986

Dave Kelly

July 27, 1986

Bill Peri

May 25, 1987

Gordy Button

Oct. 3, 1987

Mike VanDusen

June 11, 1989

George Sifo

July 9, 1989

Rob Hart

Aug. 20, 1989

Mal Lane

July 8, 1990

Bob Podolak

Aug. 11, 1990

Jeff Thomas

Aug. 9, 1992

Lance Yonge

May 29, 1994

Bobby Parrow

May 26, 1996

Mike Woodring

Sept. 1, 1996

Mike Woodring

Sept. 2, 2001

Steve Dow

Sept. 1, 2002

Dan Kaszubinski

Oct. 9, 2002

Doug Emery

May 25, 2003

Mike Lutz

July 6, 2003

Justin Barger

Aug. 31, 2003

Justin Barger

May 30, 2004

Jeff VanDusen

July 4, 2004

Dan Kaszubinski

Sept. 5, 2004

Lance Yonge

May 29, 2005

Dan Kaszubinski

July 3, 2005

Mike Stelter

Sept. 4, 2005

Lance Yonge

May 28, 2006

Steve Poirier

July 23, 2006

Chuck Hebing

Sept. 3, 2006

Jeff VanDusen

May 27, 2007

Justin Barger

July 1, 2007

Chuck Hebing

Sept. 2, 2007

Steve Poirier

May 25, 2008

Jason Barney

July 6, 2008

Jason Barney

Aug. 31, 2008

Steve Poirier

May 24, 2009

Jessica Zemken

July 6, 2009

Dan Kaszubinski

Sept. 6, 2009

Jason Barney

May 30, 2010

Jessica Zemken

The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints are brought to you by: Lucas Oil, Northwood 2 Construction/LaSalle Motorsports, SUNY Canton, 730 Truck Stop, Hoosier Racing Tires, Les Constructions Ultra, Cooks Contracting Services, Fondations 4 Saisons, Car Mate Trailers, The National Parts Peddler Newspaper, WestFront Construction, Cobra Coaches, The Ohsweken Speedway, Mohawk Racing Parts, Engine Research, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Total Race Supply, Riverside Bar and Grill, Coffrage Daniel Lampron, Mohawk Valley Community College, FX Chevy and many, many associate sponsors.