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The $4,000 to win Kevin Ward Jr. Memorial Asphalt Spectacular is Sat. Aug. 17th at Evans Mills Raceway Park.

Each year the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) trade the dirt tires for asphalt slicks for one race.  This year the event will move back to the original site at the Evans Mills Raceway Park which is under new ownership of Lee and Peggy Gill.

On Saturday, Aug 17thth the event will be the Kevin Ward Jr. Memorial Asphalt Spectacular.  It will also post the largest purse to win of any asphalt events held in the past with $4,000 awaiting the winner of the 25 lap A-Main.

With $2,000 set aside for the runner-up, $1,000 for third and $500 just to take the green, many of ESS’ biggest names will be on hand to give the asphalt a whirl.  There is also lap money being offered and is already over the $600 mark and should top $1000.

Jeff Cook has a lot of friends and fans in the North Country of NY and has already done some laps at Evans Mills in promotion of the event. Matt Tanner, Shawn Donath, Kelly Hebing, Parker Evans, Dave Axton, Dylan Swiernik, Denny Peebles, Kyle Moffit, Tommy Wickham, Chad Miller and others are expected to be on hand.    

Fans will see the sprint cars compete in heat events and then a special autograph session right before the 25 lap A-Main takes the green flag at the 3/8ths mile oval.  Pit Gates open at 4, Grandstands at 5:00 with racing set to begin at 6:30.

The ESS merchandise trailer will also be on hand with the new line of 2019 apparel.

Saturday night Aug 17th is the date, the Evans Mills Raceway Park will be the site, the $4,000 to win Kevin Ward Jr. Asphalt Spectacular!

Past Lucas Oil ESS Asphalt Winners:

June 8, 2013 – Kevin Ward Jr. – Evans Mills

June 7, 2014 – Lee Ladouceur – Evans Mills

June 6, 2015 – Parker Evans – Evans Mills

Aug. 27, 2017 – Matt Billings – Autodrome Chaudiere

Aug. 26, 2018 – Steve Poirier – Autodrome Chaudiere

For more Information on the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints:
Web: www.empiresupersprints.com
Twitter: @ESSprints

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmpireSuperSprints

Instagram: empiresupersprints

For more Information on Evans Mills Raceway Park:
Web: http://evansmillsracewaypark.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evansmillsracewaypark/

Pit Gates – 4:00 PM, Racing 6:30 PM

The August 10th race at Evans Mills Raceway Park was rained out, all tickets for that date will be honored on August 24th.

Hot Action on A hOT nIGHT At Evans Mills Speedway

After two added event special race nights with large crowds, the question remained how many people would come to Evans Mills Raceway Park on a “regular” race night.  On Saturday, July 20, that question was answered with a resounding verdict as it was another full house at the speedway on a hot summer night.  Track operator Peggy Gill began the evening with a special memorial to Nicole Berry-Garnsey on Ovarian Cancer Awareness night.  Nicole’s brother Brad is the Evans Mills Raceway Park starter and flagman.

While the car count was light in all four divisions, the racing was hot and furious with a number of bumping and banging incidents.  This is often the time of year at race tracks when competitors start feeling their oats on hot summer nights and get a bit aggressive in their attempt to attain positive results. 

The first feature of the night for the Sport Compacts and the Serv Pro ThunderStocks had Craig Caskinette in the #19, Amanda Dafoe in the #61, and Trevor Halliday in the 61x all vying for the top spot.  Eventually Tim Dunn in the #96T joined the fray.  Dafoe was finally able to get to the front making what for her was a rare pass on the inside lane.  Amanda was jubilant in victory lane as she felt it was a hard fought race and had to work hard for the win.  Halliday and Dunn completed the top three.  Josh Verne Jr. in the 1V was declared the winner in the Serv Pro ThunderStock class even though he wasn’t on the track at the end.  In a bit of a crashfest for the ThunderStocks, Verne was the last car in competition before being slammed to the infield near the end of the race.  Josh lamented his destroyed car in the winner’s interview but said the team will be back.

Only six cars competed in the Fidelis Care INEX legends, but again it was tight racing throughout.  Heat winner Brianne Gilligan driving the #41 on this night after her own #33 sustained damage last week drew the #5 stick for the inversion, resulting in nearly the entire field being shuffled.  Racing was spirited amongst the top 5 drivers throughout much of the feature with Josh Marchese in the #31 getting his second feature win in a row.  Chris Malbeuf was second in the #10 and Colby Felber finished third in the #14.

The Caskinette Ford modified feature was a torrid 30 lap affair with a lot of chrome horns and nerf bar banging.  Heat winner Mason Spencer in the #30 drew the #2 stick out of the cup for the inversion meaning Brad Winters in the #92 would start on the pole.  Winters held the lead for the first half of the race but Spencer was right on his tail the entire time.  Winters was faster on the straights but slower through the turns, resulting in numerous bumps between the two.  Mike Ramos in the #09 ran third with Tony Pettinelli in the #2NY in fourth, making it a bumper to bumper show amongst the first four cars.  On a restart after a caution flag, Spencer chose the outside lane on the “cone” restart and manage to push his way to the front after some tire rubbing through the first and second turns.  Spencer would then distance himself from the rest of the field.  Lots of close racing was taking place behind him with the 2NY of Tony Pettinelli and the #09 of Mike Ramos getting into a bumper match.  Eventually the two would hit each other so hard that they spun and brought out the yellow flag, allowing Levi Arthur in the #25 and Brian Sykes in the #1 into the top four.  Spencer took the win followed by Winters, Arthur, and Sykes.

To conclude the evening, several members of the Berry and Garnsey families gathered on the track for family photos, bringing the night to a spirited end.  The 50/50 jackpot was $570, the second largest prize of the year.  Saturday July 27 is Commercial Truckers Night, as anyone with a valid CDL license will be admitted free to the speedway, courtesy of Suburban Propane and Griffith Oil.  There will also be Spectator races.  Check the Evans Mills Raceway Park facebook page for procedures and rules.  Just a reminder to everyone to please park in rows of two in the parking lot of the speedway so as not to park people into a middle row where they can’t get out.

See you on July 27th!

Randy Brunelle Wins the Caskinette Ford Modified Feature at Evans Mills Speedway

A special night of tribute to the legends of the racing past at Evans Mills Raceway Park brought a throng of people to the track on Sat. June 22.  The largest crowd of this young season saw fans out near the road looking for parking on TJ Toyota night at the track.  Great names such as Neil Tooley, Glenn Rarick, Jeff Walts, Ally Amell, George Gordon, Denzil Billings, Adrian Flath, and others graced our presence.  Doug Flatterly had a nice display just inside the track entrance.  Adding to the nostalgic touch was a good field of race cars from the DIRT Vintage and Classic Asphalt Modified series.

After a microphone glitch, the large number of Canadian fans and racers who crossed the border were treated to a live rendition of the Canadian national anthem, performed by Indian River student Miranda Bert-Brown, followed by the American anthem.  All in all a great start to the first official summer night of racing at Evans Mills Raceway Park!

After the heat races, the vintage cars parked on the front straightaway and fans were invited down to the track to examine the cars and collect photos and autographs.  Several interviews were conducted with the enthusiastic drivers.  One former driver from Lowville NY had not been to the track in 44 years and was amazed at the changes at this historic 3/8 mile track.  The redraws for the feature inversion numbers were held and for the first time in three weeks, no one drew the number one stick.  Josh Verne Jr. drew the number 5 for the Sport Compact/Serv Pro Thunderstock feature for which he wasn’t too pleased.  First heat winner Dave Riopelle from Ottawa, ONT, Canada next drew the #4 stick for the INEX legends.  Larry Welling in the Caskinette Ford Modified #48 pulled the 5 stick, resulting in significant inversions for all three features.

While car count in the Sport Compact and Serv Pro Thunderstock classes is still weak, the racing was strong as Craig Caskinette in the #19 held off Tim Dunn in the 96T in the Sport Compacts for his first feature victory after four second place finishes in a row.  It was a big celebration in victory lane for the congenial pilot from Theresa.  Chuck Monica in the #32 also grabbed his first win over Justin Pope in the #100 in the Serv Pro Thunderstock class.

The DIRT Vintage cars in what may be their only asphalt race of the season put on a wicked display of adaptation to the macadam surface in their 15 lap feature with several cars slinging the back end around as if they were on the clay.  Darrel Billings Jr. was the top runner in the 70’s-80’s class with Patrick Charland topping the 50’s-60’s division.  One hallmark of any Vintage show is the enthusiastic victory lane interviews given by the drivers with the support of their families.

A special characteristic of the INEX Legends feature was that over half the field was from Canada!  Nile Tyson from Toronto in the immaculate #49 was not only making his first start in the U.S., but experienced his first ever border crossing.  Dalton Rombough from Watson was a late arrival in the #41 but had the car hooked up and won the feature, followed by Coleby Felber in the #14, points leader Josh Marchese in the #31, Bryce Norton the #8, and Niles Tyson in the #49.  This year Evans Mills Raceway Park is using the “cone restart” after a feature race caution, giving each driver from front to back the opportunity to choose whether to race the inside or outside lane.  Tyson made a bold move to try the outside lane on a restart and made it work, picking up three spots in the process.

The Classic Asphalt Modified Series was next with Shiloh Janes getting the win in the Ray Hedger built #16, followed by his father and CAMS official Tim Janes in the beautiful #50.  Fans enjoyed the loud roar and rumble of the big block motors as they cruised by the grandstand.

The Caskinette Ford modifieds put on a dramatic display during their 30 lap feature.  Our own racing legend Terry Gardner with 50 years of racing experience led from the drop of the green flag and appeared to be well on his way to his first feature win in years in the 2x.  Alas, the car took a spin between turns 3 and 4 with five laps to go and a dream moment for the modifieds was lost.  Randy Brunelle in the 007 inherited the lead but was pressured by Mannsville driver Russ Brown who was picked for the ride on the #1 car.  Brown knocked on the door several times but couldn’t get by the Malone pilot in the OO7 who picked up his third win in four tries.  Brunelle had helped set up the Gardner car and in victory lane expressed his sympathy for the driver of the 2x, then thanked the ownership of TJ Toyota (2009 National ASA Champion Tommy Cloce was in the house) for their great sponsorship of the evening.  Top five finishers in the Caskinette Ford modifieds were Randy Brunelle in the #007, Russ Brown in the #1, Dave Fuchs in the #4, Tony Pettinelli in the 2NY, and Terry Gardner who came back for a fifth place finish in the 2x.

The terrific crowd swelled the nights 50/50 drawing to $746.  During the evening, we learned that former track operator Vern LaFave was involved in a fiery crash in his 350 supermodified at the Oswego Speedway.  Vern appears to be ok but will likely have some healing to do.  Evans Mills Raceway Park wishes Vern the best in his recovery.

There will be no racing Saturday June 29 in recognition of local high school graduation activities.  The next night of racing is Saturday July 6 with a special Independence Day night celebration as flags will be distributed to many of the early arrivals to the track.  Evans Mills Raceway Park continues to draw increased interest and crowds and the rest of the summer promises to be a great one!