ESS To Support Pauch Jr.

Billy Pauch Jr., Andrew Deal and Mario Clouser go three-wide during early Chili Bowl heat race action Thursday night in Tulsa, Okla. (Frank Smith Photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will be among the sponsors supporting second generation driver Billy Pauch Jr. during the eighth annual USAC Eastern Storm Tour June 3-8.

Pauch’s sharp, wingless F5 Twister chassis will be supplied by Gene Franckowiak with Brian Thomas and Bruce Engler providng the Engler Performance built powerplant and hauler.

The car will see unique sponsorship from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, the Syracuse, N.Y., based 360 sprint car organization that is celebrating its 31st consecutive season in 2014.

“To have our logo on the side of Billy Pauch Jr.’s wingless sprinter for the Eastern Storm is a honor for us,” said ESS Vice President Dean Reynolds. “USAC has such a storied tradition and the annual swing through the Northeast gets more popular each year.”

Pauch will see some action on the ESS tour this season.

“I have to thank Gene, Brian and Bruce so much for all their help with the USAC program. I just love running the wingless sprints and I can not wait to be a part of the Eastern Storm swing at some really top dirt tracks,” noted the 26-year-old driver. “I will also look to run a few ESS events which will be cool. They have a neat club with some of the best drivers and going up to New York will be fun.”

Specialty Rigging from Reading Pa., will be a major force in the effort. Not only in sponsoring Pauch’s Eastern Storm effort but also is a sponsor on Franckowiak’s 410 sprint car team driven by Dave Ely.