Story By: STEVEN OVENS / CRSA – SODUS, NY – One of the more anticipated CRSA Sprints series kickoffs in recent history is set to kick off on Friday night in Center Lisle, NY at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
Friday night will start an 18-race schedule that will span the states of New York and Pennsylvania to crown the 2022 Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprints champion.
Jeff Trombley returns to CRSA competition as a now four-time champion after an impressive battle all season in 2021 with Josh Flint, Trevor Years, Dana Wagner and breakout competitor Kyle Pierce. In all, Trombley wrestled home three wins and poured it on over the Summer with that veteran consistency behind the wheel of Warren Alexson’s No. 3a.
But the youth movement will be a major theme in 2022 as several former go-kart competitors & 600cc Winged Sprint drivers are stepping up to try and take the torch from Trombley, Darryl Ruggles, Dana Wagner, Dan Craun and John Cunningham. There has been an impressive influx of youthful talent for the “Future Stars of Sprint Cars” which could have the series dancing in B-Main territory on a nightly basis.
As the series heads to Thunder Mountain, all eyes will be on McDonough, NY’s Dalton Herrick. Herrick dazzled the Thunder Mountain crowd with his daring pass of Jeff Trombley in Turn 4 to win in 2021. Herrick now has four career CRSA wins- all coming at Karl Spoonhower’s Thunder Mountain Speedway.
“We started the season so well, then had some trouble, so it feels really good to get the job done here,” said Herrick after hearing the roars of the crowd from his wing dance in the Fall of 2021.
When asked about the thrilling move for the lead, Herrick was very matter of fact about the pass.
“I saw an opportunity and just went for it and it worked.”
Will Herrick bring that same magic on Friday night- bring a friend and come see for yourself!
CRSA Sprints Will Make Historic Return To Skyline Raceway Sep. 10
A date on the 2022 Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprints schedule that had previously been held as a placeholder now has a home. For the first time in ten years “The Future Stars of Sprint Cars” are headed back to Brad Smith’s Skyline Raceway on September 10, 2022.
There has only been one stop in series history at Skyline, June 16th, 2012. On that night up on the hill at Skyline it was 14-time CRSA Sprints winner Scott Goodrich who captured the checkered flag. Goodrich’s 14 wins (2012-2016) ties him for the most in series history, tied with Danny Varin (2011-2014) and Josh Pieniazek (2010-2018).
“We are ecstatic with the continued growth of the CRSA Sprints and adding a date with Skyline is just another example of that excellent growth,” stated CRSA Sprints owner/promoter Mike Emhof.
“The series in the last couple seasons has seen a real youth movement to add to our already fierce flock of veterans and loyal series followers. We’ve been flirting with full fields but 2022 will have us in B-Main territory which will be exciting for the fans.”
For new Skyline promoter Brad Smith, sprint cars are a welcome addition back to the track he will spearhead in 2022.
“We’re thrilled to have the CRSA Sprints as part of our annual ‘Turbo Blue’ program in September,” noted Smith.
“There are a lot of fans that enjoy sprint car racing, this brand of racing has such a rich history in New York and Pennsylvania and I want to bring that back to Skyline. It’s been awhile since we’ve had them and I think the drivers and the fans will love what they see on September 10th.”
Jeff Trombley returns as a now four-time CRSA Sprints champion, but as mentioned already there is a massive youth movement entering 2022. Trevor Years, Kyle Piece and Dalton Herrick are now going to be looking out the sides for young guns Jordan Hutton, Ethan Gray, the Emmons boys, Timmy Lotz, 14-year old Calvin Wheelock and Chase Moran.
The CRSA Sprints kick off their season this Friday night at Thunder Mountain, which saw a thriller between Herrick and Trombley in 2021.