By Curtis Berleue
DELEVAN, NY-After a week off following a successful 2023 CNY Speedweek, the Empire Super Sprints are set to continue their 40th anniversary season this weekend with a pair of events at the Freedom Motorsports Park and Woodhull Raceway on Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15.
Leading the charge into Freedom on Friday is current point leader and defending champion Jordan Poirier. Poirier comes off a strong second place points finish in Speedweek, and already having notched two wins on the season he is looking to add another victory to that total. If he is to do so, however, he will have to beat defending Freedom winner Shawn Donath who currently sits 2nd in the standings. Donath has been a model of consistency thus far in 2023, with a win, 7 top 5’s and 10 top 10 finishes through 13 races contested.
The following night, the tour will head slightly east to the Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, NY. This will be the first appearance at the Woodhull Raceway for the Empire Super Sprints since 2008 when Cory Sparks sat in victory lane. Dating back to 1984, there have only been 10 ESS features held at Woodhull, and Sparks happens to be the only former winner currently active in 360 sprint car competition.
The Cobra Coaches Dash Series presenting sponsors for the weekend will be Mary Ennis on Friday at Freedom, and Walker Metalsmith Inc. will present the dash Saturday at Woodhull. Information regarding start times, admission prices and nightly schedules can be found on both tracks’ Facebook and web pages, along with the Empire Super Sprints Facebook page.
For the latest news, information, and schedule updates regarding the Empire Super Sprints be sure to check the series website (www.EmpireSuperSprints.com) and follow along on Facebook (Empire Super Sprints), Twitter (@ESSprints) and Instagram (@empiresupersprints).
The Empire Super Sprints would like to thank the following series sponsors for their continued support: Rifenburg Contracting Corp, PJC Spray Foam, Hoosier Racing Tire, Cobra Coaches, E&V Energy, Fondations 4 Saisons, Pinnacle Investments, LLC, Lacaillade Masonry, Inc., FX Caprara, ASI Racewear, Lanes Yamaha, Ashley Lynn Winery, Bicknell Racing Products, DirtTrackDigest.com and LC Design.
The ESS Road Ahead:
Friday, July 14 – Freedom Motorsports Park – Delevan, NY ($2,000 to Win)
Saturday, July 15 – Woodhull Raceway – Woodhull, NY ($2,000 to Win)
Friday, July 21 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway – Malta, NY ($2,000 to Win)