SYRACUSE, NY - It's a special sponsorship program which will see the Empire
Super Sprints' logo being donned on the Billy Pauch, Jr.-driven
#36 sprint car competing on the 8th Annual USAC Eastern Storm
Tour. The joint effort between Gene Franckowiak, Brian Thomas and Bruce Engler
will be aided by backing from Specialty Rigging of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Billy Pauch, Jr., the second-generation star from Milford, New Jersey, will make a
full assault on the AMSOIL National Sprint Car regulars at Grandview, Lincoln, New
Egypt, Port Royal and Susquehanna Speedways from June 3-8. His sharp, wingless
F5 Twister chassis machine will be supplied by Franckowiak with Thomas and Engler
providing the powerplant and hauler.
The car will see unique sponsorship from the Empire Super Sprints
(ESS), the Syracuse, New York-based 360 sprint car organization
celebrating their 31st consecutive season in 2014. The well-known club will
be showcasing events in three states and two Canadian provinces this season,
with over 30 events scheduled.
“To have our logo on the side of Billy Pauch, Jr’s wingless sprinter for the
Eastern Storm is an 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, Jr. will also see some action on the ESS tour. While details on which
events he will attend will be announced at a later date, he is possibly
eyeing some of the ESS CNY Speedweek dates and also the Brett Deyo-promoted
event at Thunder Mtn Speedway, ESS’ first-ever visit there.
“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 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, Pennsylvania will be a major force in the effort, not
only in sponsoring Pauch’s Eastern Storm effort but also as a sponsor on
Franckowiak’s 410 sprint car team driven by Dave Ely. You will see Specialty
Rigging’s logo placed on the ESS website for their contributions to all
involved, as well.
Specialty Rigging Company specializes in all types of rigging, machinery
moving, plant relocation and installation, millwrighting, mill maintenance,
heavy hauling and fabrication. They provide service to all of Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Maryland and the Eastern US. Specialty Rigging also provides
crating and skidding of equipment for local moves as well as for shipments
overseas. For more information you can log on to www.specialtyrigging.com
Additional help will come from Easton and Hereford, Pennsylvania-based Wood
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and southern New York with quality garages, gazebos, swing-sets, lawn
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“I am just having fun helping out some really good people in our sport. I
think Billy is one of the best young talents around, and he will have some
good finishes with the wingless car in the USAC races.” said Franckowiak.
“Specialty Rigging has been great in helping, and I am also happy to put
the ESS logo on our car as well. We ran with ESS during their Speedweek
with Dave (Ely) last year and just had a ball. They really have fun with
what they are doing up there in NY.”
The fun and excitement of USAC wingless sprint cars kicks off on Tuesday,
June 3 at Grandview, with subsequent dates at Lincoln (June 4), New Egypt (June 5),
Port Royal (June 7), and Susquehanna (June 8). For more information about on the
AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship, visit usacracing.com.
WEST COAST SPRINTS RETURN TO HANFORD APRIL 25;
JACE VANDER WEERD GRABS KINGS 30-LAPPER
Finnish driver Markus Niemela will lead the USAC West Coast sprint Cars back to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., where Saturday night he finished fourth in a 30-lap race. Niemela’s point lead stands at 12 over Jace Vander Weerd, Saturday’s feature winner.
Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., led the final nine laps in his Vander Weerd Construction/Stone Gate Development Maxim/Lawrence. He passed Michael Pickens on lap 22 and led the rest of the way to beat fast qualifier Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell, Markus Niemela and Pickens. Vander Weerd led the first 11 laps before Pickens led the next 10.
The win was Vander Weerd’s first at Hanford and his third in series history.