ESS: Starting Field Upped To 24 Cars For Empire Super Sprints

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The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints have expanded their starting field to 24 cars this year. (Joe Johnson photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints are entering their 35th season of producing winged sprint car action in the northeastern United States and Canada.

For the first time in the club’s history the qualifying field has been upped to 24 A-Main starters in each full points event.

“Our purse structure was set at 22 starters since we have been holding events,” said ESS President Chuck Miller. “We have been getting such great support and hate to see cars go home with just tow money so we needed to add two more spots to the A-Main.  This will help in keeping car counts healthy which is good for the promoters and tracks that hold ESS events.”

Each full point A-Main will pay a minimum of $250 to take the green. If an event pays more to start, the last two spots will still pay that particular amount.  The provisional and buy-in perks for teams that follow two-thirds of the point events will stay the same, it will now be starting spots 25 and 26.

The Loyalty Program debuted in 2015 and it was well received. The 2017 season will now see it for the third year in a row.  Each team that follows 90 percent of the full point events will be rewarded with $500 in cash on top of all point fund monies earned.

“Last year we had 12 teams that benefited from the Loyalty Program. While we do have a good number of full point shows listed each year, you always lose some to weather or other circumstances,” Miller said. “Last year we ended up running 22 full point events, if you ran just 20 of them you got an extra $500. We try to keep the number of shows and miles of travel as affordable as we can and it shows in great support.”

The 34th ESS season begins April 8 with the annual Sprint Showdown at Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway, which pays $2,500 to win and $300 to start.

CREDIT: Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints

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