ESS Sprints Coming To Thunder Mountain


CENTER LISLE, N.Y. – For the first time in speedway history, the lightning-fast 360 Sprint Cars of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will descend on Thunder Mountain Speedway in 2014.

The inaugural ESS appearance at Thunder Mountain has been set for Saturday, Aug. 30 during the series’ Lucas Oil-backed 31st anniversary tour.

The Labor Day weekend Saturday spectacular at Thunder Mountain will be co-promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media and speedway owner Karl Spoonhower. It will mark the second co-promotion of the ‘14 season for Deyo and Spoonhower, who have teamed up for the previously announced ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event on Tuesday, May 20.

The 360 Sprint Cars of ESS will run 25 laps for a minimum of $2,000 to win in their debut at Thunder Mountain, a racy, tire-wear-friendly three-eighths-mile clay oval located in Center Lisle, N.Y., minutes off the Whitney Point/Lisle interchange (Exit 8) on Interstate 81 (approximately 20 miles north of Binghamton).

Fireworks will be part of the ‘Sprint Car Saturday Night’ special, in addition to a pre-race holiday picnic/barbecue.

To complete the ‘Sprint Car Saturday Night’ theme, the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars and SRP 600cc Micro-Sprints will be part of the program.

ESS president Dean Reynolds is pleased to add Thunder Mountain to the fold.

“Thunder Mountain is a track we have targeted for years to hold an ESS event: it has a great location,” Reynolds said. “I’ve always wanted a show there. We’re thrilled to team up with BD Motorsports Media for this show. We know it will be special. And we are all happy to have Karl back at Thunder Mountain: we’ve heard about all the good things he’s done already. We’re proud to be aligned with Brett and Karl.”