32 Races For Empire Super Sprints
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — As the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints get ready to embark on the 2012 season, a total of 32 dates at 18 different tracks in two states and two Canadian provinces will make for what is anticipated in as another exciting year.
Once again the core of the tour will be the full point events which has grew this season by one more event with three new tracks adding spice to schedule.
“We are very happy with how the schedule turned out for 2012. We had a tremendous year last season and hope to continue to build on the momentum,” said ESS President Chuck Miller. “We have several new teams looking to do the tour this year, the tradition of having the largest point fund on the area will continue and could very well top last years totals as we are finishing up a couple of more sponsorship opportunities.”
The staple of tracks that return each year is the backbone of ESS with Gene Cole’s Utica-Rome Speedway holding four full point events with one being a midweek affair sharing the bill with the Lucas Oil Late Models. The Fonda Speedway, Can-Am Motorsports Park, Autodrome Granby and new for 2012, the Mohawk International Raceway will hold two full point events. Returning to hold a single full point shows are Autodrome Drummond, Brewerton Speedway, Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Lebanon Valley Speedway and Le RPM Speedway.
Three fine dirt facilities will be making their return in holding full point events. The Albany Saratoga Speedway is back on the tour for the first time since 2006. The Merrittville Speedway makes its return after last holding an ESS event in 2009. While ESS has been to this track over the years, it’s been since 1993 that a full point event will be on the slate at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
As always there will be a chance of ESS’ finest taking home some hefty cash payouts with several special events sprinkled throughout the schedule. Heading the list will be the Eighth annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at the Ohsweken Speedway where ESS is proud to be a part of all eight events. This year the winner will take home $12,000.
New for 2012 is the two-day Can-Am Challenge at one of ESS’ faithful supporters, Autodrome Granby. The winner of the Saturday finale will collect a cool $5,000.
Returning to the schedule will be the June swing of the Northern Summer Nationals which visits Ohsweken and South Buxton. The Quebec Wingless showdown at Le RPM that comes one day after the winged full point ESS event is back as well.
An agreement with the Mach 1 Series sees four of their events on the schedule with the first event actually getting rained out this past Saturday and will be run this Saturday. The Selinsgrove and Lincoln Speedways hold the Mach 1 events highlighted by the $8,000 to win National Open.
Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Schedule
March 31 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove, Pa.
April 28 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville, N.Y.
May 11-12 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec
May 26 Fonda Speedway Fonda, N.Y.
May 27 Utica-Rome Speedway Rome, N.Y.
June 1 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec
June 2 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Quebec
June 8 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Hogansburg, N.Y.
June 16 Lebanon Valley Speedway W. Lebanon, N.Y.
June 20 Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown, Pa.
June 22 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, Ontario
June 23 South Buxton Raceway South Buxton, Ontario
June 30 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario
July 1 Utica-Rome Speedway Rome, N.Y.
July 3 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge, N.Y.
July 6 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Hogansburg, N.Y.
July 7 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville, N.Y.
July 13 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Fultonville, N.Y.
July 25 Utica-Rome Speedway Rome, N.Y.
Aug. 5 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove, Pa.
Aug. 10 Albany-Saratoga Speedway Malta, N.Y.
Aug. 11 Canandaigua Motorsports Park Canandaigua, N.Y.
Aug. 17 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton, N.Y.
Aug. 24 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec
Aug. 25-26 Le RPM Speedway Sorel, Quebec
Sept. 1 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove, Pa.
Sept. 2 Utica-Rome Speedway Rome, N.Y.
Sept. 14-15 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, N.Y.
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