ESS Logo to be Flown at the USAC Eastern Storm Tour in 2014.

Empire Super Sprints ESS Logo

Empire Super Sprints ESS LogoFrom Dean Reynolds

Syracuse, N.Y. — (April 2, 2014) — It’s a special sponsorship program which will see the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints’ logo being donned on the Billy Pauch Jr. driven #36 sprint car that’s competing on the Eighth Annual USAC Eastern Storm Tour.  In a joint effort that has come to agreement between Gene Franckowiak, Brian Thomas and Bruce Engler with backing from Specialty Rigging of Reading Pa. and Wood Naturally, Inc. of Herford, Pa.


Billy Pauch Jr, the second generation star from Milford, NJ will make a full assault on the USAC Eastern Storm Tour which will take his talents to Grandview, Lincoln, New Egypt, Port Royal and Susquehanna Speedways from June 3-8.  His sharp, wingless F5 Twister chassied machine will be supplied by Franckowiak with Thomas and Engler providng the Engler Performance built powerplant and hauler.


The car will see unique sponsorship from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS), the Syracuse, NY based 360 sprint car organization that is celebrating their 31st consecutive season in 2014.  The well known club will be showcasing events in three states and two Canadian Provinces this season with over 30 events scheduled.


“To have our logo on the side of Billy Pauch Jr’s wingless sprinter for the Eastern Storm is a honor for us.” said ESS’ Vice President Dean Reynolds. “USAC has such a storied tradition and the annual swing through the Northeast gets more popular each year.”


Also, Pauch Jr. will see some action on the ESS tour. While details on which events he will attend will be announced at a later date he is possibly eyeing some of the ESS’ CNY Speedweek dates and also the Brett Deyo promoted event at Thunder Mtn Speedway, ESS’ first ever visit there.


“I have to thank Gene, Brian and Bruce so much for all their help with the USAC program.  I just love running the wingless sprints and I can not wait to be a part of the Eastern Storm swing at some really top dirt tracks.” noted the 26 year old driver. “I will also look to run a few ESS events which will be cool.  They have a neat club with some of the best drivers and going up to New York will be fun.”


Specialty Rigging from Reading Pa, will be a major force in the effort. Not only in sponsoring Pauch’s Eastern Storm effort but also is a sponsor on Franckowiak’s 410 sprint car team driven by Dave Ely. You will see Specialty Rigging’s logo placed on the ESS website for their contributions to all involved as well.


Specialty Rigging Company specializes in all types of rigging, machinery moving, plant relocation and installation, millwrighting, mill maintenance, heavy hauling and fabrication. They provide service to all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and the Eastern US. Specialty Rigging also provides crating and skidding of equipment for local moves as well as for shipments overseas.  For more information you can log on to


Additional sponsorship will also come from Easton and Hereford, Pa. based Wood Naturally. Wood Naturally has been serving Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southern New York with quality , garages, gazebos, swing sets,lawn furniture and other items to add to your landscape since 1988. You can visit


“I am just having fun helping out some really good people in our sport.  I think Billy is one of the best young talents around and he will have some good finishes with the wingless car in the USAC races.” said Franckowiak.  “Specialty Rigging has been great in helping and a I am also happy to put the ESS logo on our car as well.  We ran with ESS during their Speedweek with Dave (Ely) last year and just had a ball.  They really have fun with what they are doing up there in NY.”


The fun and excitement of USAC wingless sprint cars kicks off on Tuesday, June 3 at Grandview and ends on Sunday, June 8 at Susquehanna.  Billy Pauch Jr. will be making his first full effort and fans will be assured that this will be excitement guaranteed!