Steve Poirier Crowned Seven-Time Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Champion

Date: 11/20/2016 10:00:38 PM

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Steve Poirier Crowned Seven-Time Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Champion

Over $84,000 Handed out at Annual Awards Banquet!

 

VERNON, NY – Saturday night, November 12th, the luxurious Vernon Downs Casino Hotel hosted the annual awards banquet for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Steve Poirier was crowned now seven-time champion taking home $10,944 on the night including most of the hardware and special prizes

 

A record banquet crowd saw a total payout over $84,000 which included over $50,000 in cash.  That was also the highest totals on the 34 year history of ESS.

 

For the Quebec native, it was a one of the most successful seasons in ESS history taking nine A-Main victories and also placing in the top ten on 21 of the 22 point events.  Not only did he win the overall Lucas Oil ESS Championship but he was also crowned the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the US Champ, the Einstein Construction Group Tour of Canada Champ, the SUNY Canton Series Champ, the Donath Motorworx CNY Speedweek Champ, he will the Northwood 2 Construction Quebec/Ontario Challenge Weekend title as well as the Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader standings and the Insinger Performance Fuels Hard Charger points.

 

Jason Barney also had a season to remember as it took one of the best performances seen to top his effort.  Barney took second in almost every point standing category where he collected just shy of $8,000 on the night.

 

Paul Kinney was third in overall points with his take just over $5,900, with Matt Tanner fourth with $4,900 going his way.  Parker Evans was fifth but took home several special awards on the night which included the Pilat Graphic Design Most Improved Driver, the Cobra Coaches Dash Series Champ and the winning the 911 Restoration Point Title. He collected $5,440 on the night.

 

Many other special awards filled the evening as well, Chad Miller won the Lucas Oil Oustanding New Comer award and the $500 cash prize, Brandon Kidd won the Lane’s Yamaha Rookie of the Year which was worth $500, Lee Gurney was chosen as the Mach 1 Chassis Hard Luck team and he won a frame from Mark Smith at Mach 1. Kevin Loveys became the first second time winner as Mechanic of the Year.

 

The annual John Zentner Memorial Award in which produced a standing ovation went to ESS Photographer Randy Mallett. Randy’s son and ESS announcer Mike Mallett presented his father with the award in a very emotional moment.

 

The 2016 ESS Hall of Fame class consisted of Lance Yonge and Mike VanDusen which were two very popular choices. Yonge was a two-time ESS champion and has 39 career victories. Mal Lane who owned Yonge’s cars for a few seasons and also an ESS Hall of Famer sat at the table with young.

 

VanDusen had several runner-up finishes in the overall point standings (Ironically to Lane) as a driver and also as an owner with his son Jeff before taking home the coveted ESS Championship in 2003 with Mike Lutz as a driver.  Mike’s son Jeff flew in from Florida for the ceremony while Lutz drove in from Ohio as a surprise to his former car owner.

 

Teams that attended every point show which included Dave Axton, Kinney, Doug Emery’s $33, Evans, Miller, Barney and Tanner were acknowledged as well as every A-Main winner during the 33rd Anniversary Tour.

 

The debut of ESS CNY Speedweek video done by Matt Thomas from Thomas Racing Videos kicked off the night.  Special recognition to ESS sponsors and officials drew the night to a close before the DJ played past 2 AM.

 

The annual rules meeting preceded the banquet where only a tweak of the redraw cars was done. The Lucky Giveaway Program which saw nearly $15,000 in product given out was held during the meeting. Some of the big winners were a set of Brodix Heads to Jeff Cook, a 3000 watt Briggs and Stratton generator to Jason Barney, a set of pistons from JE Pistons went to Paul Kinney and Nouse Signs/K1 RaceGear Racing Suit to Chuck Hebing 

 

The schedule for the 2017, 34th Anniversary Tour is next on the agenda and teams can expect a few new tracks to the schedule along with many of the high paying specials that filled the calendar this past year.

 

2016 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Banquet Totals

(Drivers/Teams that ran 2/3rds of point shows)

Steve Poirier - $10,944

Jason Barney – $7,952

Paul Kinney - $5,952

Matt Tanner - $4,916

Parker Evans - $5,440

Chuck Hebing - $4,987

Jeff Cook - $5,002

Shawn Donath - $3,687

Chad Miller - $4,265

Tim Axton - $2,887

Paulie Colagiovanni - $3,177

Brandon Kidd - $3,147

Dave Axton - $2,872

Mike Stelter - $2,567

Pete Richardson - $1,905

Lee Gurney - $4,652

 

(Other Drivers and Teams cash and prizes)

Danny Varin - $1,755

Bryan Howland - $1,005

Mark Smith - $930

Larry Wight - $855

Davie Franek - $730

Dale Gosselin - $555

Lucas Wolfe - $530

Yan Bilodeau - $500

Jordan Poirier - $430

Lee Ladouceur - $430

Aaron Ott - $400

Jason Shultz - $400

Dylan Swiernik - $380

Sammy Reakes IV - $330

Greg Hodnett - $300

Jordan Thomas - $200

Mike Mahaney - $100

Parker Price-Miller - $100

Chris Donnelly - $100

Jared Hortsman - $100

Coleman Gulick - $100

Cody Keller - $100

 

Lucky Giveaway Program

Brodix Cylinder Heads Set of Heads – Jeff Cook
JE Pistons Set of Pistons – Paul Kinney

Briggs and Stratton 3000 Watt Generator – Jason Barney

Nouse Signs/K1 RaceGear Free Suit – Chuck Hebing

Simpson Safety Raceway Shark Helmet – Paulie Colagiovanni

Fastline Performance/Fox Shocks $800 Award – Shawn Donath

Panther Frameworx/M&W Alum. Front Axle Kit – Dave Axton

Keizer Wheels Front Hubs/Left Rear Wheel – Steve Poirier

Zamp Helmets/Highside Racewear Helmet – Chad Miller

Aero Wings/Panther Frameworx Dish Wing – Matt Tanner

Beyea Headers $500 Award – Pete Richardson

TI22 Performance Set of Parts – Brandon Kidd

Sam Reakes Snap-On Tools $500 of Tools – Tim Axton

Maxim Racing $500 Award – Jonathan Preston

Slade Shock Technology $500 Award – Lee Gurney

Adirondack Powder Coating Blast and Coating – Mike Stelter

ATL Fuel Cells 28 Gallon Shell – Parker Evans

Schoenfeld Headers Free Headers – Parker Evans, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jonathan Preston

 

Other Product Award Winners

Rod End Supply Set of Rod Ends – Mike Stelter

Design 500 Carbon X Underwear/AARN Simpson Racing Shoes – Pete Richardson

Graphics Girls $250 Award – Chad Miller

M&W Aluminum Products Wing Mount Kit – Chuck Hebing

Zemco Headers Set of Headers – Matt Tanner

Flach Performance Products Free Radiator – Parker Evans

XXX Race Products Carbon Fiber Pedal and Heel Risers – Dave Axton

DMI Engine Turn Wrench – Mike Stelter

Vahlco Wheels Front Wheel – Brandon Kidd

 


 

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