Empire Super Sprints Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Thunder Mountain and Utica-Rome

2015 ESS Empire Super Sprints Top Story


2015 ESS Empire Super Sprints Top Story

By Dean Reynolds

SYRACUSE, NY – Memorial Day Weekend gets most racing fans into high gear with big events all over the United States. For the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) it’s no different with two big events which will be held at the Thunder Mountain Speedway on Saturday night and the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday.


This marks the first time ever that ESS will visit Thunder Mtn. on Memorial Weekend with the event showcasing one of the largest full point payoffs in history with $3,500 going to the winner, $2,000 for second, $1,000 for third and $300 set aside just to take the green. Points will be awarded for overall Lucas Oil Championship and the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour.


The next night, it’s like no other tradition when the stars and cars from ESS will invade the famed ½ mile in Vernon, NY where it does for every holiday weekend during the racing season.  The $2,000 to win, $275 to start A-Main will also pay points for the SUNY Canton Series and marks as a big tune up for the July 31st, $10,000 to win Cole Cup.


The Beard Sewer and Drain Timed Hot Laps will be at Utica-Rome only this weekend as there is no timing loop at Thunder Mountain.  Car Mate Trailers will bring you the heat events, Lacaillade Masonry backs the B-Main with the most recent sponsorship coming from Mach 1 Chassis as the title of the A-Main’s.


Trackside Products brings you the Cobra Coaches Dash event at Thunder Mountain with the dash sponsorship still available at Utica-Rome.


After two events, Steve Poirier is leading the points battle followed by Jason Barney, Bryan Howland, Parker Evans, Tommy Wickham, Paul Kinney, Jonathan Preston and Chad Miller who are expected to be in the field this weekend.  Other drivers such as Matt Tanner, Sam Reakes IV, Dave Axton, Mike Stelter, Shawn Donath, George Suprick, Paulie Colagiovanni, Keith Granholm, Tim Axton, Jeff Cook, James Hanson, Brandon Kidd, Thomas Radivoy and more also to be at both shows.


At Uitca on Sunday, we can expect to see Danny Varin, Larry Wight, Chuck Hebing, Kelly Hebing, Jared Zimbardi, Dain Naida, Cory Sparks, Pete Richardson, Paul Habeck and others to join in.


Thunder Mountain, $3,500 to win, Utica-Rome, $2,000 to win and the Lucas Oil ESS traveling road show.  It’s Memorial Day Weekend and time to honor all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.  What better way than with America’s Race Cars, it will be excitement guaranteed!



Past Empire Super Sprint Winners at Thunder Mtn. Speedway.

Aug. 26, 2014 Stewart Friesen
Sept. 5, 2015 Curt Michael



Past Empire Super Sprint Winners 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
July 4, 2010 Jessica Zemken
Sept. 4, 2010 Chuck Hebing
May 29, 2011 Steve Poirier
July 3. 2011 Chuck Hebing
Aug. 17, 2011 Chuck Hebing
Sept. 4, 2011 Shawn Donath
May 27, 2012 Shawn Donath
July 1, 2012 Justin Barger
July 25, 2012 Chuck Hebing
Sept. 2, 2012 Shawn Donath
May 26, 2013 Steve Poirier
July 7, 2013 Matt Tanner
Sept. 1, 2013 Jason Barney
Sept. 7, 2013 Stewart Friesen
May 25, 2014 Stewart Friesen
July 6, 2014 Stewart Friesen
Sept. 5, 2014 Matt Tanner
Sept. 6, 2014 Stewart Friesen
May 24, 2015 Chuck Hebing
Sept. 6, 2015 Stewart Friesen
Oct. 6, 2015 Stewart Friesen

For more Information on Thunder Mountain Speedway:
Web: http://thundermtnspeedway.com/

Twitter: @thundermtnspeed

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThunderMountainSpeedway/?fref=ts


For more Information on Utica-Rome Speedway:
Web: http://www.uticaromespeedway.com/

Twitter: @UR_Speedway

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/328099878556/


For more Information on the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints:
Web: www.empiresupersprints.com
Twitter: @ESSprints

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmpireSuperSprints

Android App: Empire Super Sprints


The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints are brought to you by: Lucas Oil, Mach 1 Chassis, Einstein Construction, SUNY Canton, NAPA Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tires, Donath Motorworx, Insinger Performance, Car Mate Trailers, Fondations 4 Saisons, Beard Sewer and Drain, Cobra Coaches, Westward Painting Company, Fondations 55, E&V Energy, Panther Frameworx, 911 Restoration, YorkMont Auctions, Engler Machine and Tool, Northwood 2 Construction, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Lacaillade Masonry, FX Chevy, ASI Racewear and many, many associate sponsors!!