ESS Set to Invade Woodhull Saturday

 By Kenny Shupp JR.

WOODHULL, NY- For the first time since 2008 the Empire Super Sprints will make a return to the high banks of the Woodhull Raceway.  

Cory Sparks was the last competitor to visit Woodhull’s victory lane on July 12, 2008 when he added his name to a who’s who list of drivers that won an A-Main event at the popular Steuben County New York facility.

Former Series Champions, Malcolm Lane and Steve Poirier have won at Woodhull along with Tom Taber, Bobby Parrow, Tim Kelly Bill Coffey and Bill Peri.  George Suprick is the only driver to win more than one 360 ESS show at Woodhull as he claimed two checkers during his career.

The return of the Empire Super Sprints at Woodhull means a huge car count as Freedom Raceway will host the series the night prior on Friday, July 14, 2023.

According to Woodhull Raceway owners and promoters, Terry and Niki Brewer, “When we put the schedule together for the 2023 season we collaborated very closely with representatives of both ESS and Bob Reis of Freedom Raceway to bring the popular 360 Sprint Touring Series to this region.  By having them race at Freedom and then come to Woodhull the next night will mean that more teams will make the trek to the Southern Tier of NY.”  

With the two tracks just 75 miles apart and less than a two-hour drive, many teams will come to the area and compete in the two-night affair.

Also, on the card for the July 15 event at Woodhull it will be a Regular Great 8 Show featuring all the weekly classes including the Insinger Performance Modifieds, the NAPA 602 Crate Sportsman along with the Doug Gross Construction RUSH Crate Late Models.  In addition, seeing action will be the Southern Tier Customs Street Stocks, the KMD Excavation Hobby Stocks and a trio of Wicked Tee’s Sponsored Classes in the Mini, FWD and Youth Warriors.

If that is not enough there will also be a King of the Bull Ring one-on-one single elimination event for the Southern Tier Customs Street Stock Division.

In short, it will be one heck of a lot of racing for the low, low Adult General Admission Ticket price of just $18.

Pit gates open at 3:30 pm with grandstand gates swinging one hour later at 4:30 pm.

A trio of marketing partners will team up to sponsor the July 15 Woodhull Raceway event including Hometown Excavation of Addison as Brett Tuscany and his crew will return to Woodhull as a nightly event sponsor with 2023 marking the third consecutive year Hometown has been at the track.  

Hometown Excavation can do it all when it comes to moving dirt, concrete pads, septic systems, landscaping and block walls.  For more information or to get a quotation call 607-346-6919 or email at  

AA Contracting LLC is a locally owned company specializing in roofing, remodeling, additions and siding.  You can contact Anthony and Alex at 607-684-3236 or 607-684-8690 or check AA out on Facebook.

CS Tree Service and Landscaping is located in Corning, NY and like Southern Tier Customs and AA Contracting LLC, CS is a locally owned and operated company. For professional tree cutting service give them a call at 607-438-7914

All three headline sponsors will enjoy the night of competition from the comfort of the VIP Suites high atop Woodhull Raceway’s massive front straight away grandstand seating area.

The Woodhull Raceway does offer an Early Bird Special offering $1 off the Adult GA Ticket price for the first hour the main gates open.  Discounts are also offered for Senior’s (+62) and kids (8-12) with a paid adult.

Updates during the week leading up to the July 15 event including the nightly agenda will be posted at

Should weather become an issue, postings will also be made on Facebook.

The remainder of the 2023 schedule of events, current point standings, class rules and purse structures as well as a look at the history of the historic Steuben County oval click on at  

The Woodhull Raceway is located on CR. 102 just one mile off Rt. 417 in Woodhull, NY. 

25 miles west of Corning, 25 miles east of Hornell, 25 miles south of Bath and 25 miles north of Wellsboro.

Celebrating fifty-nine consecutive years of great race action, make the Woodhull Raceway your Saturday night race place.

For heat and feature event finishes, lap times along with other valuable information simply log on and register at    


 Shawn Donath after his popular 360 Sprint Car win at Woodhull Raceway in 2022.   

Photo by Joe Kaminski.  JGK Motorsports.