Battle for Lucas Oil ESS Championship Begins this Friday at Outlaw Speedway

2015 ESS Empire Super Sprints Top Story

2015 ESS Empire Super Sprints Top Story

By Dean Reynolds


SYRACUSE, NY – It all started in 1983, the birth of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) now sponsored by Lucas Oil.  This Friday marks the opener of the 33rd Anniversary Season and it starts at one of the old stomping grounds, the Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY.


Outlaw Speedway is under new ownership of Tyler Siri, the Yates County oval has hosted 64 ESS events dating back to 1984 when Lenny Krautheim graced victory lane.  On Friday, the battle for the 2016 Tour Championship begins with a $2,000 to win event and it’s all part of the big opening Outlaw Sprint Nationals that kicks off their season as well.


The stars and cars of ESS will be out in force headed by Six-Time Champion Steve Poirier.  His famed #28FM will make the long haul from Quebec.  He will be joined by Jason Barney, Paul Kinney, Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni, Tommy Wickham, Shawn Donath, Dave Axton, Parker Evans, Denny Peebles, Pete Richardson, Keith Granholm and more.


New for 2016 will see the return of Sammy Reakes IV to the tour, Chad Miller will pilot Lee Gurney’s mount for a full tour assault and just announced this week former late model pilot Brandon Kidd will be aboard Doug Emery’s #33 at all ESS events.


Many outside travelers and part-time tour followers will fill the pits as well on Friday.  Mark Smith will be aboard Patrick Vigneault’s #55, Davie Franek will trek up from New Jersey, the last ESS winner at Outlaw , Jared Zimbardi will make his return, Larry Kelleher, Steve Collins, George Suprick, Dane Lorenc, Dan Douville, Dave Just, Tyler Graves, Paul Habeck, Derrick Juliano and others are expected to see the work Siri has done with his new project.


The Beard Sewer and Drain Timed Hot Laps will be followed by the Car Mate Trailers Heat Events.  Lane’s Yamaha will be sponsoring the Cobra Coaches Dash with the Lacaillade Masonry B-Main all leading up to the 25 lap A-Main paying $2,000 to win.


Pit Gates open at 4:30 with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00.


It’s the point opener for the Lucas Oil ESS Gang, we are back at in Dundee and the Outlaw Speedway will play host.  Let’s kick off 2016 in grand style and it will be excitement guaranteed!!!


Past Empire Super Sprint Winners at Outlaw Speedway.


Aug. 3, 1984 Lenny Krautheim III
May 5, 1985 Gordy Button
July 17, 1987 Mal Lane
Sept. 11, 1987 John Zentner
July 22, 1988 Mal Lane
Aug. 19, 1988 Gordy Button
Sept. 9, 1988 John Brutcher
June 2, 1989 Rick Crane
July 14, 1989 Tom Taber
Aug. 11, 1989 Rob Hart
Sept. 8, 1989 Mal Lane
May 6, 1990 Mal Lane
July 29, 1990 Jeff Thomas
July 5, 1991 Mal Lane
Aug. 9, 1991 Kim Gagliardi
Aug. 30, 1991 Tom Taber
Sept. 20, 1991 Jeff Thomas
May 10, 1992 Jeff Thomas
July 3, 1992 Bobby Parrow
Aug. 7, 1992 Bobby Parrow
Sept. 4, 1992 Bobby Parrow
May 9, 1993 Mal Lane
July 2, 1993 Tom Taber
Aug. 6, 1993 Craig Lane
May 30, 1994 Kramer Williamson
July 3, 1994 Craig Lane
Sept. 4, 1994 Craig Keel
Sept. 8, 1995 Craig Lane
April 20, 1996 Craig Lane
Sept. 6, 1996 Scott Holcomb
Sept. 5, 1997 Tim Kelly
April 18, 1998 Mike Woodring
Sept. 11, 1998 Bobby Parrow
April 30, 1999 Mike Woodring
July 14, 1999 Bobby Parrow
Sept. 10, 1999 Greg Coverdale
  Rob Dietrick
  Dan Kaszubinski
Sept. 11, 1999 Craig Keel
April 15, 2000 Dan Kaszubinski
July 3, 2000 Mike Woodring
Sept. 8, 2000 Scott Holcomb
  Tom Taber
  George Suprick
Sept. 9, 2000 George Suprick
July 6, 2001 John Karklin Jr.
Aug. 10, 2001 Randy Years
Sept. 7, 2001 Phil Mott
Sept. 8, 2001 George Suprick
July 5, 2002 Brian Dumigan
Aug. 9, 2002 Mike Lutz
Sept. 6, 2002 Chris Coyle
  Dave McGough
  Erin Crocker
Sept. 7, 2002 Mike Woodring
April 12, 2003 Mike Lutz
July 4, 2003 John Karklin Jr.
Aug. 8, 2003 Lance Yonge
Sept. 5, 2003 Mike Lutz
  Kevin Welsh
  Chris Coyle
Sept. 6, 2003 Scott Bonnell
Aug. 14, 2004 Blake Breen
Sept. 10, 2004 Midge Miller
  Dave McGough
  Curt Michael
Sept. 11, 2004 Trevor Lewis
Aug. 19, 2005 George Suprick
Sept. 10, 2005

Sept. 9, 2006

Apr. 12, 2008

May 9, 2011

July 8, 2011

July 18, 2014

Trevor Lewis

Curt Michael

Justin Barger

JJ Grasso

Chuck Hebing

Jared Zimbardi




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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, YorkMont Auctions,, Engler Machine and Tool, Northwood 2 Construction,Brodix Cylinder Heads, Lacaillade Masonry, FX Chevy, ASI Racewear and many, many associate sponsors!!