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FOLLOWING RECORD BREAKING SEASON SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOURING SERIES POINTS FUND TO DOUBLE IN 2020; CHAMPION TO EARN A RECORD $12,000
By Mike Leone
 
November 12, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...On the heels of a record high car count average for the second consecutive year, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have announced that the 2020 Late Model Touring Series points fund will double to a minimum of $35,500 guaranteed to the top 10 racers with the champion earning a record $12,000!  In addition, Tour members that finish outside the top 10 in the final points and compete in 80% of the Marquee races will be guaranteed to receive $600.  An additional $15,000 in bonus programs will also be available to eligible racers throughout the 2020 Touring season.       

A major milestone was established not once, but twice in 2019 when the Series' first $10,000 to-win events were held at Lernerville Speedway for the "Bill Emig Memorial" presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply with the World of Outlaws "Firecracker 100" then again at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the "Jook George Steel City Classic"!  The season ending "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fab at Pittsburgh with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series increased to $5,200 to-win.

The "Battle of the Bay" presented by Wehrs Machine featured the $4,000 to-win "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" at Delaware International Speedway followed by $3,000 to-win events at Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways.  RUSH Late Models were again featured on MAVTV, which was presented by Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance, at the state-of-the-art Weedsport Speedway.  Over $30,000 in valuable product was distributed at the annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance at Pittsburgh. 

"The 2019 season was tremendous on so many levels," stated Emig.  "Our Weekly program was stronger than ever and our Touring Series was phenomenal!  Not only did we have several new major events, but many of our traditional events increased in stature.  Our Marquee car count average increased to more than 38 per event with a season high 53 at Lernerville's 'Firecracker'.  The championship battle was hotly contested between Jeremy Wonderling and Kyle Lukon and was decided by just one-point!  With so much positive momentum, we felt the time was right to substantially increase our points fund.  This is the time of the year racers starting asking about the new year so we felt now was perfect time to make this announcement as trade show season is upon us.  Even before this announcement, we've heard of several new drivers looking to tour with us in 2020."

"We had several drivers take home some serious money in our 2019 Tour events," added Leone.  "Max Blair earned $23,000 for his six Tour wins alone.  Charlie Sandercock swept our two Quebec events for $8,000 US.  Kyle Lukon went on a run winning the three consecutive Pittsburgh events for $18,800.  To be able to double our points fund with $12,000 going to the champion is really a testament the RUSH drivers, speedways, and of course our loyal corporate sponsors.  When everyone is pulling in the same direction exciting things happen!"
 
2020 RUSH Late Model Touring Series Points Fund ($35,500 guaranteed): 1. $12,000  2. $6,000  3. $4,000  4. $3,000  5. $2,500  6. $2,000  7. $1,800  8. $1,600  9. $1,400  10. $1,200.  In addition, any Tour member outside the top 10 in the final points that competed in 80% of the Marquee races will be guaranteed $600.

In addition to the Tour points fund, drivers will also eligible for an additional $15,000 in bonuses via the following programs.  The "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek $3,000 points fund that was presented by Wehrs Machine in 2019 will pay $1,000 to the champion with positions two through ten splitting $2,000; the top 12 drivers from the 2019 Tour points that compete will also receive a $150 travel package.  The Zarin Truck & Automotive "$500 Club" will award five $100 drawings at the majority of Tour events for drivers in the host track's top 15 points or the nearest two track's top 15 in points when not at a weekly-sanctioned track.   Tour members also will receive a free entry fee for every four consecutive Tour events competed in (excluding the "Battle of the Bay").

In 2019, Jeremy Wonderling became the Tour's first repeat champion.  Drivers will be honored at the 2019 Awards Banquet & Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center located just west of New Castle, Pa. on Route 422 in Edinburg, Pa. 

Stay tuned for more announcements on the 2020 season throughout the offseason. 

The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604.  The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 
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BLAIR ENDS 2019 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WITH 6TH WIN BUT WONDERLING EARNS 2ND STRAIGHT TITLE; 2ND RUSH MOD WIN FOR GABANY WHILE TEAMMATE KRUMMERT TAKES HOVIS TOUR & WEEKLY TITLES FOR 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR; MORROW ROUNDS OUT LERNERVILLE'S "STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" WITH RUSH SPRINT VICTORY WHILE TITLE TO RUHLMAN AGAIN
By Mike Leone
 
October 18-19, 2019             
 
(Sarver, PA)... The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance was part of the 11th annual "Steel City Stampede" this past weekend at Lernerville Speedway featuring the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, and the Bonnell's Rod Shop RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Series in their season finale events. 

Capturing wins were Max Blair (Late Models), Eric Gabany (Sportsman Modifieds), and Zach Morrow (Sprint Cars), while Chad Sines ended the night winning the Late Model Non-Qualifier.  The RUSH Pro Stock "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance took place on Saturday with over $8,000 in product giveaways.  A total of 93 Chevrolet Performance crate engine racers were in competition during the weekend.

Making his first "Steel City Stampede" start in four years, Max Blair became the first repeat winner in the 11-year history of the event for the RUSH Late Models.  Blair passed pole-sitter Jeremy Wonderling on the start and fended him off through lapped traffic during the second half of the event for his sixth Sweeney Tour victory of 2019, worth $2,000, and made it two-for-two at Lernerville following his $10,000 "Bill Emig Memorial" win in June.  Meanwhile, for the second straight year, Wonderling entered the event in second place in points, and for the second straight year finished second to win the $5,000 title- this time by just one point over Kyle Lukon!

"I got into those lapped cars and didn't know where to go," revealed the 29-year-old Centerville, Pa. winner.  "I was trying to be patient and I thought I heard something and looked down and caught a glimpse of yellow (Wonderling) getting off (turn) four one time.  I thought to myself, 'I need to make something happen right now', and we got through there.  I'm pumped for Jeremy and his guys that he won a championship again- great guy and family.  I can't congratulate him on that enough." 

Also for the second straight year, Wonderling won the dash to earn the pole position for the 25-lap feature.  He wouldn't lead a lap though as Blair made the outside work on the start to narrowly lead lap one over Wonderling followed by fifth starting Chad Homan, John Mollick, and Lukon..  A pair of cautions with one lap scored were the only stoppages of the event as the final 24 laps went caution-free. 

When racing resumed for good, sixth starting Lukon made his way to fourth nearly taking third from Mollick.  Wonderling hounded Blair getting alongside him on lap five, but Blair maintained the lead as the top three began to distance themselves from the field on lap six.  Blair caught the back of the back on lap 10 and found himself mired in heavy lapped traffic on lap 12.  Blair made a great move splitting a pair of lapped cars to open up some breathing room on lap 13. 

Meanwhile, Lukon needed to gain at least another position as he closed in on Mollick, but faced pressure from New York standout, Homan, who pulled even on lap 14.  Lukon was able to stave off Homan's challenges for now as he got alongside Mollick for third on lap 18.  While this was going on, Wonderling smelled victory and a championship as once again he put the heat on Blair- this tme on lap 18, but just couldn't make the move.  Homan did finally make the pass of Lukon for fourth on lap 20, but Lukon didn't go away regaining the position on lap 22 as his championship hopes began to run out of time.

Blair wouldn't let Wonderling get any closer as he took the checkered flag first by 2.143 seconds for his all-time leading 27th career Sweeney RUSH Tour win in his Murphy’s Logging/C&J Dairy/Previty’s Auto Wrecking/Specialty Products/Moody & Son Welding-sponsored #111.  Blair earned $23,000 alone for his six 2019 Tour wins plus another $2,500 for his two runner-up finishes bringing his total Tour feature earnings to $25,500 in eight starts!  Blair will also receive $8,000 for winning the National Weekly Series & Summer Chase Championships along with eighth place Tour and Weekly Track Pack monies.  Those monies alone total approximately $34,500!

Last year it was Wonderling finishing second at Lernerville to Colton Flinner to overtake Jason Genco to earn his first Tour championship; this time it was second to Blair at Lernerville for another $1,000 to overtake Lukon for the title.  Wonderling became the first repeat Tour champion in Series history.  New York racers have now won four straight Tour titles! 

"The last few races have been tough," acknowledged the 39-year-old Wellsville, NY driver.  "I thought I was in good shape throughout the summer then started to struggle real bad.  I wouldn't be here without 955 Automotive, CRS, Longhorn Chassis, Penske Shocks, Beyea Headers, Swift Springs, my family, and crew.  I changed about everything on this car except the seat.  When I entered the race, it was going to be what it was going to be.  During the race I was trying to keep pace with Max, and never looked at the board to see what Lukon was doing.  I had no idea what was going on until they came over the radio I told me I was the champion.  This means a lot.  Thank you also to Sweeney Chevrolet and everyone at RUSH- the work you put into this is a ton of help."   

After three straight heartbreaking Tour runs at his home track Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, Mollick was able to put together an entire feature to make the podium in third.  After winning three straight Tour races at PPMS for $18,800, Lukon finished a disappointing fourth and came home second in points in his first season on the Tour.  "Futures Cup" racer, Ryan Frazee, ended his rookie Tour campaign strong with his second straight fifth place run as he got past Homan late. 

After working his way to third early on, Homan backpedaled to sixth at the finish.  West Virginia racer, Garret Paugh, was seventh after starting 11th.  Robbie Scott made his second straight Tour start in a second Jim Zarin entry and finished eighth after winning the Non-Qualifier at PPMS.  Michael Duritsky, Jr. ended his first full-time season on the Tour in third place in points after charging from the 18th starting spot to ninth to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger gift card.  John Waters rounded out the top 10 and secured the 12th and final points-paying position in the Tour.

Logan Zarin finished 15th and received a $150 spoiler kit from Ontime Body & Graphic.  Former Crate Late Model standout, Bud Watson returned to his roots making his first start since 2012 after moving on to E-Mods and finished 18th.  Watson held off the fellow #21 of Kyle Murray for the fifth and final transfer spot in his heat race and was chosen as the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive of the Night" recipient.  Scott Waters was the only casualty from Friday night's heat race and was chosen as the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" recipient.  Justin Lamb, Collin Burke, Zarin, Jason Fosnaught, and Frazee were the lucky $100 recipients as part of the Zarin Truck & Automotive "$500 Club" drawings.

Chad Sines ended the weekend and season by leading all 10 laps of the Non-Qualifier race for his second win of the year.  Sines not only earned $200, but overtook 2017 champion, Jamie Wrightsman, to win the "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series Championship!   Sines' first ever Non-Qualifier win came just two events ago at Pittsburgh when that victory was worth $400 part of the "Jook George Steel City Classic".  Sines' Yuhasz Bros Farms/JD's Pit Stop/Cerni Motor Sales/Dar Slusher Trucking/NAPA/Midway Chevrolet/Russ King Racing/955 Automotive-sponsored #15 took the checkered flag first by 1.847 seconds over seventh starting Bobby Springer.  John Oaks was third.  Josh Stoica came back from an early caution to finish fourth over "Futures Cup" racer Jacob Peterson.     

On Friday, Ferree set a new track record in "Shock the Clock" Qualifying with a lap of 16.776 eclipsing the former standard of 16.893 set by Mike Pegher, Jr. on July 1, 2016 to earn $100 from FK Rod Ends driving the second Phil Lukon entry.  Picking up $25 FK Rod Ends heat race victories were Ferree, John Waters, Blair, and Mollick. 

Eric Gabany passed teammate Rex King, Jr. on lap three following a restart and held him off throughout the final 18 caution-free laps to earn his second $800 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series victory in the past three races.  Gabany became the sixth different winner in as many "Steel City Stampede" events in the history of the division.  Like the Late Models, as part of a race within the race, Garrett Krummert came from 13th to fourth to earn both the Hovis Tour and $3,000 Hovis Weekly Series Championships for the second consecutive year for car owner Jerry Schaffer!

The Schaffer team cars of Rex King, Jr. and Eric Gabany led the 24-car starting field to green for their 20-lap feature as it was King taking the early lead in his first ever RUSH start over Gabany, Josh Deems, last year's winner Blaze Myers, and Brian Sadler.  Chas Wolbert saw his Weekly Series Championship hopes die when he got tangled up with Amelia Clay with two laps scored.  Wolbert was chosen as the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" recipient.

When racing resumed, Gabany snuck under King for what would turn out to be the winning pass.  Prior to the caution, Sadler had passed Myers for fourth then grabbed third from Deems on the restart.  Krummert cracked the top five on lap five before Deems would regain third from Sadler on lap six.  King continued to keep Gabany in his sights, but on lap 15 Gabany made a key move in lapped traffic slicing through Clayton Deems and Steve Slater that would help to secure the victory.

Gabany went unchallenged from that point on as he extended his lead and took the checkered flag first by 2.585 seconds in the Jerry Schaffer-owned, Turn 4 Toilets/Atlantic Timber Farms-sponsored #4s for his first career Lernerville win.  Gabany also received a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug.  King was second over a good run by Deems as he denied the Schaffer cars of a sweep of the podium.

Krummert finally got by Sadler for fourth on lap 17 after a long battle, and also earned the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger gift card.  "We got caught up in that first wreck a little bit and the right front was broke so I was just trying to maintain there and hold on," explained the 31-year-old Ellwood City, Pa. winner.  "It's good to win the championships; these guys are good and I had a lot of fun this year.  The deal with RUSH is good and I'd like to thank (Vicki) and everyone with the Series for all they do.  If you stick with it and run all of the races you can make a good bit of money at the end of the year.  I think these cars are harder to drive than big blocks.  I'd like to talk with Cooter (King) now after he kicked our ***** in the big blocks, and he'll probably say the same thing.  Jerry (Schaffer) had his cars up front and it's good to see Eric win."     

Sadler was fifth in his first Tour start since last year's "Steel City Stampede".  Rob Kristyak fended off Jim Rasey in a great battle for sixth and was selected as the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive of the Night" recipient.  Tony Tatgenhorst was eighth.  Myers dropped to ninth.  After winning the last chance B main, Kole Holden raced from 19th to 10th and was chosen as the Sherwood Wheels "Man of Steel" recipient.  Friday's heat race winners over the 26-car field were Kristyak, King, and Gabany.

Zach Morrow has taken quite a liking to Lernerville Speedway.  Last year, Morrow's only two RUSH Sprint Car wins came at the track not far from his Gibsonia, Pa. home.  Earlier this season, Morrow topped a record 21-car field at Lernerville during "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance in what was one of the best races in Series history, and on Saturday night out-dueled "Futures Cup" Champion, Kevin Ruhlman, for his fifth career win with four of them coming at the Sarver, Pa. oval.  Morrow earned $800 for his win and secured the $2,500 runner-up spot in points behind now two-time $5,000 Bonnell's Rod Shop Champion, Chad Ruhlman.

Third starting Kevin Ruhlman snuck under front row starters Greg Beach and Tyler Powell on the opening lap of the 20-lap feature with his uncle Brian moving into second from the fourth starting spot.  It was three-wide for second on laps two and three with seventh starting Shawn Smith finding good bite on the bottom to race to second with sixth starting Morrow halfway to the front in third.

Morrow then drove around Smith in turn four on lap four for second and two laps later ran down leader Kevin Ruhlman.  The two traded sliders battling for the lead on lap 11 before Dave Hawkins spun to bring out the first caution with 11 laps scored.  One more lap was completed before a four-car accident in turn one involving Beach, Powell, Arnie Kent, and Brad Blackshear.  That would be the final caution as the last eight circuits went green-to-checkered.

When green replaced yellow on lap 13, Brian Ruhlman reclaimed third from Smith.  Back up front, Morrow and Kevin Ruhlman resumed their battle for the lead again trading sliders, but this time Morrow made the pass stick in turn four on lap 15 to deny Kevin a shot at his first career win.  Brian Ruhlman and Shawn Smith would both get by Kevin in the closing laps for second and third.  Out front though, Morrow was too strong taking his Alternative Power Sources/Generational Dental/ConsumerLaw365.com/Wood's Rod & Customs/FK Rod Ends/Precise Racing Products-sponsored #27 to victory lane by 1.374 seconds. 

Brian Ruhlman, who also won the $1,000 UMP Modified feature on Saturday, was second for the second straight year at the "Steel City Stampede".  It also marked Ruhlman's fourth runner-up finish this season in just eight starts as he continues to be close to his first career Sprint Car win.  Smith was third for his third podium finish of the season.  After leading the first 14 laps, Kevin Ruhlman dropped to fourth.  Brian Woodhall charged from the 16th starting spot to fifth.  Completing the top 10 were Jeremy Weaver, Steve Pedley from 12th, Chad Ruhlman from 14th, Brandon Hawkins from 19th, and Brian Hartzell.  Brian Ruhlman and Shawn Smith won the heat races over the 20-car field.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series Race #15  (25 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. MAX BLAIR (111)  2. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  3. John Mollick (Bentz 60M)  4. Kyle Lukon (184)  5. Ryan Frazee (11F)  6. Chad Homan (91)  7. Garret Paugh (03)  8. Robbie Scott (Zarin 5)  9. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  10. John Waters (LeBarron 11)  11. Braeden Dillinger (14)  12. Brad Mesler (24B)  13. Alex Ferree (Lukon 184X)  14. Brian Knowles (7)  15. Logan Zarin (1z)  16. Kyle Murray (21)  17. Jamie Wrightsman (21J)  18. Bud Watson (21)  19. Justin Lamb (93x)  20. Zach Kane (10)  21. Bill Kessler (09)  22. Jason Fosnaught (J19)  23. Collin Burke (41)  24. Joey Zambotti III (948)  25. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. (3).  (Note: Bill Kessler took a Tour provisional.)

Non-Qualifier (10 laps, $200 to-win): 1. Chad Sines (15)  2. Bobby Springer (42)  3. John Oaks (11S)  4. Josh Stoica (22J)  5. Jacob Peterson (112)  6. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x)  7. John Boring (58B)  8. Tyler Allison (25BAD)  9. Ricky Steigerwald (Jablonski 3)  10. Khole Wanzer (01W)-DNS  11. Scott Waters (53)-DNS.
 
Car Count: 36
Feature Margin of Victory: 2.143 seconds
Feature Lap Leaders: Max Blair (1-25)
Zarin Truck & Auto "$500 Club" Winners: Justin Lamb, Collin Burke, Logan Zarin, Jason Fosnaught, Ryan Frazee
Ontime Body & Graphic “Spoiler Alert”: Logan Zarin
Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger”: Michael Duritsky, Jr. (+9)
TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night": Scott Waters
Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive of the Night": Bud Watson
 Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug: Max Blair

RUSH Late Model FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock Qualifying" ($100 for fast time) (Prior track record 16.893 by Mike Pegher, Jr. on 7/1/16): 1. Alex Ferree 16.776 (NTR)  2. John Waters 16.878  3. Max Blair 16.946  4. John Mollick 16.982  5. Kyle Lukon 16.997  6. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 17.012  7. Ryan Frazee 17.066  8. Chad Homan 17.114  9. Bill Kessler 17.134  10. Logan Zarin 17.140  11. Jason Fosnaught 17.147  12. Josh Stoica 17.169  13. Robbie Scott 17.206  14. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 17.206  15. Garret Paugh 17.286  16. Brian Knowles 17.330  17. Zach Kane 17.330  18. Jeremy Wonderling 17.349  19. Brad Mesler 17.405  20. Braeden Dillinger 17.439  21. Kyle Murray 17.554  22. Scott Waters 17.643  23. Ricky Steigerwald 17.678  24. Jamie Wrightsman 17.695  25. Bud Watson 17.699  26. Justin Lamb 17.806  27. Khole Wanzer 17.980  28. John Oaks 18.025  29. Chad Sines 18.055  30. Eric Hamilton, Jr. 18.071  31. Jacob Peterson 18.179  32. John Boring 18.377  33. Bobby Springer 18.468  34. Tyler Allison 18.622  35. Joey Zambotti III DSQ (light)  36. Collin Burke NT.

RUSH Late Model FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, $25 to-win, top 5 transfer to A): 1. Ferree  2. Lukon  3. Scott  4. Kane  5. Watson  6. Murray  7. Sines  8. Springer  9. Kessler.
 
RUSH Late Model FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, $25 to-win, top 5 transfer to A):  1. J. Waters  2. Wonderling  3. Zarin  4. Hordusky  5. Duritsky  6. Lamb  7. S. Waters  8. Hamilton  9. Allison.
 
RUSH Late Model FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, $25 to-win, top 5 transfer to A): 1. Blair  2. Frazee  3. Paugh  4. Mesler  5. Fosnaught  6. Zambotti  7. Wanzer  8. Peterson  9. Steigerwald.   

RUSH Late Model FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, $25 to-win, top 5 transfer to A): 1. Mollick  2. Homan  3. Dillinger  4. Knowles  5. Burke  6. Stoica  7. Boring  8. Wrightsman  9. Oaks.   
 
RUSH Late Model Dash (6 laps): 1. Wonderling  2. Blair  3. Frazee  4. Mollick  5. Homan  6. Lukon  7. Waters  8. Ferree. 

RUSH Late Model Last Chance B Main 1 (8 laps, top 2 transfer to A): 1. Lamb  2. Murray  3. Sines  4. Hamilton  5. Allison  6. Springer  7. Kessler  8. S. Waters-DNS.

RUSH Late Model Last Chance B Main 2 (8 laps, top 2 transfer to A): 1. Zambotti  2. Wrightsman  3. Oaks  4. Stoica  5. Jablonski  6. Wanzer  7. Boring  8. Peterson.

Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Touring Series Race #6 (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. ERIC GABANY (Schaffer 4s)  2. Rex King, Jr. (Schaffer 14)  3. Josh Deems (9D)  4. Garrett Krummert (Schaffer 10s)  5. Brian Sadler (5)  6. Rob Kristyak (00)  7. Jim Rasey (32)  8. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T)  9. Blaze Myers (43JR)  10. Kole Holden (2)  11. Kyle Martell (8)  12. David Kalb, Jr. (11J)  13. Kyle Fink (Schaffer 44)  14. Brandon Ritchey (17)  15. Jacob Jordan (28J)  16. Greg Porter (25)  17. Shayne Izzo (86)  18. Steve Slater (29)  19. Clayton Deems (55R)  20. Joe Gibson (19)  21. Jeremy Weaver (Clay 12)  22. Chas Wolbert (c3)  23. Amelia Clay (16c)  24. Brandon Albert (30).

Did not qualify for the feature: Mike Smith (0), Phil Kapcewich (93).

RUSH Sprint Cars Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Race #19 (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. ZACH MORROW (27)  2. Brian Ruhlman (49)  3. Shawn Smith (36)  4. Kevin Ruhlman (23)  5. Brian Woodhall  6. Jeremy Weaver (Hull 41)  7. Steve Pedley (21)  8. Chad Ruhlman (87R)  9. Brandon Hawkins (27H)  10. Brian Hartzell (69)  11. Brandon Blackshear (10)  12. Scott Hawkins (37)  13. Andy Feil (Mahoney/Eckart 9J)  14. Nolan Groves (25)  15. Dave Hawkins (27)  16. Tyler Powell (35)  17. Greg Beach (Clever 33x)  18. Matt Sherlock III (55)  19. Arnie Kent (18)  20. Brad Blackshear (19).


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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES TO CLOSE OUT 2019 SEASON THIS WEEKEND AT LERNERVILLE IN "STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" WITH LATE MODEL & HOVIS SPORTSMAN MOD TOURS PLUS SPRINT CAR FINALE; TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE IN LM TOUR & MOD WEEKLY SERIES
By Mike Leone
 
October 16, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Sarver, PA)...The 2019 racing season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model and the Sportsman Modified Touring Series powered by Pace Performance along with the RUSH Sprint Cars will come to a close this weekend (October 17-19) at Lernerville Speedway for the "Steel City Stampede".  The RUSH Late Models will compete in a Sweeney Marquee Tour event, while the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will battle in a Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Touring Series event, and the RUSH Sprint Cars in a Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series special.  Though not in competition, the RUSH Pro Stock "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance will take place in the registration tent at 2 p.m. on Saturday with $7,000 in product giveaways.
 
An open practice will be held Thursday night (October 17) with heat races for all divisions on Friday night followed by the conclusion of the events on Saturday.  Group qualifying for the RUSH Late Models will be at 7 p.m. on Friday with racing starting early at 4 on Saturday.  The rain date is Sunday.
 
"This is always a great way to end our season," said RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Our Late Model racers are always excited to get the chance to compete at Lernerville.  The car counts have always been strong and the racing at Lernerville is always some of the best of the season.  Our championship annually comes down to this event.  The Sportsman Modifieds have been given the opportunity to race numerous times over the past six seasons at Lernerville.  It's been a great way to continue to grow this division, and we expect a large turnout this weekend.  Lernerville was a very important part of getting our RUSH Sprint division off the ground in 2018, and their races this year at the track have been tremendous.  We'll also reward the Lernerville RUSH Pro Stock racers on Saturday with their Manufacturers Night."
 
The RUSH Late Models are coming off a very successful record-setting "Bill Hendren Memorial" event presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication as part of the "Pittsburgher 100" at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway two weeks ago where Kyle Lukon won $5,200.  Saturday's event will pay $2,000 to-win.  There will also be a $200 to-win, $150 to-start non-qualifier.
 
This year’s “Steel City Stampede” will be the 11th edition of this huge event that includes most of the region’s racing divisions all showcased in this end of the season blowout for the region.  There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Crate Late Models; past winners include Josh Holtgraver (2009), Bryan Force (2010), Butch Lambert (2011), Max Blair (2012), Dennis Lunger, Jr. (2013), Chad Ruhlman (2014), Jacob Hawkins (2015), John Mollick (2016), John Waters (2017), and Colton Flinner (2018).
 
On the heels of three straight Sweeney Tour wins, Kyle Lukon has exploded into the points lead for the first time in his career.  Lukon is up just three on defending champion, Jeremy Wonderling, who had to overtake Jason Genco last year in the finale at Lernerville to win the points.  Wonderling has struggled of late with finishes of 12th or worse in four of the last five races.  Michael Duritsky, Jr. has pretty much secured third in points, but would love to capture his first career Tour win at a track he runs well at.  Braeden Dillinger, Ryan Frazee, and Logan Zarin are fourth through sixth in points in their first year on the Tour.  Completing the top 12 points paying positions are Bill Kessler, Jason Genco, Max Blair, Kyle Murray, Chad Sines, and John Waters. 
 
Meanwhile, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will join the "Steel City Stampede" for the sixth consecutive year.  Greg Martin won the inaugural race in 2014, while Nick Ritchey won his first ever at Lernerville in 2015.  Rocky Kugel topped what was at the time in 2016 was a record field of 29 cars.  Steve Slater won the 2017 event, while last year saw teen Blaze Myers score a popular first Tour win after coming out of the B main to also win the "Futures Cup" title.  The Sportsman Mods will complete their fifth season of Bicknell Touring Series competition and will be featured in an $800 to-win event.

By virtue of three wins, Garrett Krummert leads the Tour points by 26 over Jim Rasey, who is in his first year of RUSH racing.  Krummert can clinch his second straight title by finishing 22nd or better on Saturday night.  The Hovis Weekly Series Championship is a different story as Krummert, Chas Wolbert, and Rob Kristyak are in a three-way tie for the lead.  A win by any of the three drivers will earn them the $3,000 title.  If none of the three wins and one finishes second, that driver will earn the title.  If none of the three finish in the two top, then Krummert wins the tiebreaker.  David Kalb, Jr. has already clinched the "Futures Cup" title.
 
The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds have only raced once thus far this season at Lernerville.  Back on July 26, Kristyak topped a 28-car field for the Weekly Series win, and will now look to perform the feat again and take the title. 
 
The RUSH Sprints will wrap up their sophomore season this weekend racing for $800 to-win, $160 to-start.  Chad Ruhlman has already clinched up his second $5,000 Bonnell's Rod Shop Championship.  Ruhlman has won 10 times in 2019 including one of the two Lernerville races.  Zach Morrow won the other on August 31 for the "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance, which had an all-time high 21 cars in action.  Morrow, who finished third in last year's points, sits second over Brian Woodhall, who led the points for much of the season.  Jeremy Weaver and Brandon Blackshear are fourth and fifth in points in their first season of Sprint Car racing.
 
The annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance for the RUSH Pro Stocks will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the registration tent.  The 14 drivers that competed at least six times in 2019 at Lernerville will be eligible for the $7,000 in product giveaways.  There will be one prize per driver.  Each driver will also receive a buy one get one free Landrum Spring for an additional total value of more than $1,000.  Due to the Stampede being an "open" rules event, drivers do not need to be present or compete to be eligible to win the prizes. 
 
FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat" will be utilized on Friday night for the Late Models meaning the fastest qualifier will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25.  The pole position dash will also be run on Friday night this year.
 
For both the Late Models and Modifieds, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase for both classes.
 
RUSH Sportsman Modified Series Officials will determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels "Man of Steel" award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly each night.  The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel. 
 
The Ontime Body & Graphic "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler to the 15th place finisher of the Late Model feature.  The Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" will go to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night in both the Late Models and Modifieds.  This award chosen by RUSH Officials will award a $40 Dirt Defender product package.  A Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug will go to the winner of each Tour race.
 
RUSH Late Model Feature Payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $235  17. $230  18-24. $225.
 
RUSH Late Model Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $200  2. $190  3. $185  4. $180  5. $175  6. $170  7. $165  8. $160  9. $155  10-24. $150. Tow $125.

RUSH Sportsman Modified Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $250  6. $220  7. $180  8. $175  9. $170  10. $165  11. $160  12. $155  13. $150  14. $145  15. $140  16. $135  17. $130  18-24. $125.  Tow $75.
 
RUSH Sprint Car Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $400  3. $300  4. $250  5. $225  6. $220  7. $210  8. $200  9. $190  10. $185  11. $180  12. $175  13. $170  14-18. $165  19-24. $160.  Tow $75.
 
2019 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Kyle Lukon 1146  2. Jeremy Wonderling 1143  3. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1114  4. Braeden Dillinger 1086  5. Ryan Frazee 1051  6. Logan Zarin 1010  7. Bill Kessler 972  8. Jason Genco 787  9. Max Blair 766  10. Kyle Murray 685  11. Chad Sines 632  12. John Waters 595  13. Brian Knowles 579  14. Sam Pennacchio 537  15. Jared Kane & Jamie Wrightsman 506  17. Darrell Bossard 498  18. J.J. Mazur 472  19. Ross Robinson 464  20. Scott Gunn 404   21. Logan Roberson 384  22. Matt Latta 342  23. Dale Hollidge 254   24. Jason Knowles 244  25. Trever Feathers 243  26. Cody Dawson 233  27. John Mollick 226  28. Paul Norman 217  29. Cory Sines 215  30. Dale McDonald, Jr. 210  31. Garret Paugh 192  32. Jon Rivers 171  33. Al Shawver, Jr. 140  34. Beamer Guzzardi 80.
 
2019 Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Touring Series Points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Garrett Krummert 494  2. Jim Rasey 468  3. Chas Wolbert 464  4. Rob Kristyak 458  5. Kole Holden 449  6. Kyle Martell 418  7. Greg Porter & Jacob Jordan 402  9. Tony Tatgenhorst 353  10. David Kalb, Jr. 239  11. Cameron Nastasi 239  12. Blaze Myers 179  13. Jacob Wolfe 159  14. Nathen McDowell 142  15. Will Thomas III 94  16. Jordan Ehrenberg & Brandon Ritchey 87  18. Tom Urey 76.
 
2019 Sweeney RUSH Sprint Car Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Points (based on best 12 finishes): 1. Chad Ruhlman 1321  2. Zach Morrow 1304  3. Brian Woodhall 1297  4. Jeremy Weaver 1278  5. Brandon Blackshear 1243  6. Kevin Ruhlman 1240  7. Andy Feil 1217  8. Shawn Smith 1210  9. Arnie Kent 1208  10. Brad Blackshear 1207  11. Steve Pedley 1187  12. Dave Hawkins 1184  13. Matt Sherlock III 1174  14. Brian Hartzell 1169  15. Tyler Powell 1050  16. Brian Ruhlman 849  17. John Mollick 763  18. Nolan Groves 756  19. Brandon Hawkins 676  20. Brad Church 672  21. Scott Hawkins 577  22. Ryan Fraley 484  23. Greg Beach 474  24. Frank Wilson, Jr. 374  25. Phil Thornton 284  26. Jim Kurpakus 90.
 
The AMB/MyLaps transponders are required at Lernerville.  Driver radios are always mandatory at the 454.000 channel.  The entry fee is $100 for Late Models and $35 for Sportsman Modifieds.    There will be an open practice from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday night.  Registration and tech opens at 2 p.m. on Friday.  Drivers meeting at 6:20 p.m. with group qualifying for the RUSH Late Models at 7:00 followed by heat races at 7:30.  Racing begins early on Saturday at 4 p.m.  Check out the following link for additional "Steel City Stampede" event details https://nebula.wsimg.com/ea019ef4e043565caba57861b8f4d24b?AccessKeyId=8E2905451B0FC458A421&disposition=0&alloworigin=1.
 
Lernerville is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 11 miles southeast of Butler, Pa. on Route 356 at 313 North Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055.  Lernerville is just 30 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.  For more information, check out their website at www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511 (office) or 724-353-1350 (track).
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604.  The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 
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ECONO MODS PERMITTED TO COMPETE WITH RUSH PRO MODS IN 2020; WEEKLY RACING AT STATELINE & BRADFORD WITH POSSIBLE SPECIALS AT OTHER NORTHERN TIER SPEEDWAYS; POINTS FUND & MFG NIGHT CONTINUES FOR RUSH PRO MOD RACERS

October 13, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)...In conjunction with the promoters of Stateline and Old Bradford Speedways and discussions with industry leaders, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Mod Series powered by Pace Performance have made a mutual decision to allow legal Econo Mod competitors from the region's weekly tracks that hosted the division in 2019 the ability to compete in 2020 RUSH Pro Mod events; other speedway(s)/series Econo Mod rules packages will be considered upon review.  ALL competitors must be on the current RUSH Pro Mod Hoosier Tires, and bump stops will NOT be permitted.

The $15,050 Sweeney Weekly Series points fund with $3,500 to-win, $300 for 20th, which looks at drivers' best 12 finishes, will continue in 2020 for RUSH Pro Mod-legal member racers only.  Also, the annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance with over $12,000 of valuable product giveaways will be held at a location and date TBA.  All competing RUSH Pro Mod-legal racers will again be eligible to win a product package valued at a minimum of $300 on this night.  Total cash points funds and contingencies awarded to RUSH Pro Mod racers in 2020 is once again expected to exceed $27,000.

In addition to weekly racing at Stateline on Saturday nights and Old Bradford on Sunday nights, Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY has expressed an interest to host a couple events, and it's expected the McKean County Fair race will return to McKean County Raceway in East Smethport. Pa. in August.

At all RUSH Pro Mod events, member racers will get credit for their finishes toward the 2020 championship points fund.  Econo Mod drivers will not be eligible for RUSH Championship points funds, but will receive local track points.     

The 2020 season will mark year number five for the RUSH Pro Mods.  Justin Carlson was the inaugural champion in 2016, while Dennis Lunger, Jr. has won the last three titles.  Stay tuned for additional information and rules throughout the off-season; note Econo Mod rules enforcement will be the responsibility of each individual speedway.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushpromods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHProMods.

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KYLE LUKON'S 3RD STRAIGHT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN AT PITTSBURGH IS WORTH $5200 IN "BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL PRESENTED BY FK ROD ENDS/PRO FAB WHILE LOGAN ZARIN TAKES PACE'S "ONE TO REMEMBER" NON-WINNERS RACE FOR $800; ROBBIE SCOTT WINS $500 NON-QUALIFIER
By Mike Leone
 
October 4-5, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series presented by Pace Performance took part in the 31st annual "Pittsburgher 100" weekend at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday night as they joined up with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the fourth straight year in the running of the "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication.  Capturing wins were Kyle Lukon-Feature, Logan Zarin-"One to Remember" Non-Winners presented by Pace Performance, and Robbie Scott-Non-Qualifier.  Special thanks to the Hendren Family, FK Rod Ends, Pro Fabrication, Pace Performance, CrateInsider.com, the numerous other sponsors, and of course Miley Motor Sports that made this the richest "Bill Hendren Memorial" in the seven-year history of the event being run in the Northeast!

As hard as it's to believe, entering the July 20 race at Pittsburgh, Kyle Lukon hadn't won a Sweeney Tour event in more than six years.  Fast forward less than three months and Lukon has now won three straight Tour races at his old stomping grounds.  Those three victories at the "Monster Half-Mile" coming in the "Herb Scott Memorial", the "Jook George Steel City Classic", and now the "Bill Hendren Memorial" have earned Lukon $18,800 and propelled him past defending champion Jeremy Wonderling in the championship points race!  During the latest victory, Lukon wasn't even close to being the fastest car during the "Bill Hendren Memorial" weekend; in fact, he was just the 10th fastest in qualifying, finished second in his heat, fourth in the dash, and didn't even battle for the lead until the closing laps of the feature.  Lukon took second on lap 32 and two laps later made the winning pass of John Mollick for the 40-lap, $5,200 win, while his teammate Alex Ferree came home second.

"This has been amazing," expressed the soon-to-be 30-year-old Burgettstown, Pa. racer after his 37th career PPMS win, but first ever Bill Hendren Memorial victory.  "For Alex (Ferree) and I to finish one-two is just a dream come true.  It would mean everything to win the title at Lernerville- that would be a good birthday present.  We both run well there and there will be a good field of cars so we'll see what happens.  John (Mollick) and Garret (Paugh)  were both really good.  I wasn't as good as them on the top and once they caught the lapped cars they started moving down a bit.  I started catching Garret in traffic and he was right on John.  It was real tricky down in turns three and four and I hit it right two laps in a row like Jimmy Owens and Stormy Scott were doing (Lucas Oil Late Models) to catch up to them.  If you hit it just right you could launch off there.  It was all on the line and I didn't even know how many laps were left.  That was why I took an extra lap at the end."

Mollick earned the pole for the feature via his dash win for the second straight race and this time raced to the lead over Garret Paugh, track champion Ben Policz, and Lukon.  Policz moved to second past Paugh on lap two, while Lukon began to challenge Paugh.  The two battled side-by-side for third on laps five and six before a caution for a spin by Zach Gunn with six laps scored slowed action.

When racing resumed, Ferree, who started ninth, cracked the top five.  Lukon then went back to work on Paugh and took the third spot on lap nine, but two laps later saw Paugh grab it back.  The event's second and final caution was displayed when Gunn made heavy contact with the frontstretch wall after six more laps were completed.

When racing resumed for the final 28 non-stop laps, things really got shuffled up from positions two through six as Paugh and eighth starting Eddie Carrier, Jr. moved past Policz for second and third.  Now it was three orange Rocket cars out front with Mollick leading over West Virginia racers Paugh and Carrier.  After dropping back to fifth, Lukon regained fourth on lap 14 from Paugh.  Lukon found moisture on the bottom of turn four like some of the Lucas Oil Super Late Models were doing as he passed Carrier for third on lap 17.

Meanwhile up front, Paugh began to close in on Mollick on lap 18.  Mollick continued to set the pace out front as he caught lapped traffic for the first time on lap 21.  Heavy traffic came into play on lap 27 as his lead began to shrink and then Lukon closed in on lap 28 making it a three-car race for the lead.  It was side-by-side for the top spot between Mollick and Paugh, but Mollick's momentum around the top allowed him to hold the top spot.  On lap 32, Lukon snuck under Paugh in lapped traffic in turn four and was right on Mollick.  Lukon's winning pass came on the inside of turn four to get by Mollick on lap 34, and took off. 

One lap later, Mollick got into the backstretch wall trying to fend off Paugh for second.  Mollick suffered damage, but was able to duck into the pits allowing racing to continue as he was chosen as the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night".  Lukon went unchallenged over the remaining laps to win his fourth career Sweeney RUSH Tour race by a comfortable 1.654-second margin in the Phil Lukon-owned, Race 1/Tru Form/Frankland Racing Supply/Lukon's Reb-Fab/Poske's Performance Parts-sponsored #184 Rocket Chassis.  Lukon also received a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug.

Ferree was able to pass Paugh on lap 37 to earn $2,500 for his best career RUSH finish for the longtime Super Late Model standout, who brought the Lukon team's total winnings to $7,700 for the night.  "Lapped traffic definitely made it interesting," explained the 39-year-old Saxonburg, Pa. racer.  "Me and Eddie Carrier had a heck of a battle door-to-door for I don't know how many laps.  We got in traffic and he got by me then it worked to my favor and I got by him.  We all got bottlenecked and luckily I made the right lane choice in traffic and got up to second.  The traction around the bottom made things interesting.  You had to fight for it." 

"It might not be as exhilarating as a Super Late Model around the wall here but they're still fun to drive," Ferree added.  "They are actually harder to race with because everyone is so competitive and close.  It makes every mistake exponentially worse where Supers you can recover from.  Thanks to the Lukons for allowing me to race this car- I've had a lot of fun.  Hopefully I can keep doing this and getting better.  I have to also thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my crew for working coming to work on this car just as hard as my own car, and Vicki (Emig) from RUSH- this is a nice deal." 

Paugh fended off Carrier for third place by just 0.213 of a second to earn $1,250 and the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive of the Night" award.  Carrier brought Junior Nolan's #13 home in fourth ($1,000) for the second straight race after finishing ninth in the "Bill Emig Memorial" at Lernerville.  Tour rookie and "Futures Cup" racer, Ryan Frazee, earned his second top five finish of the season in fifth.

Policz dropped to sixth.  Third place points man, Michael Duritsky, Jr., advanced from 12th to seventh.  Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. was eighth after starting 15th.  Jake Gunn improved from the 13th starting spot to ninth.  After a season best sixth at the last Tour race, Logan Zarin had a good run going 17th to 10th for his third straight top 11 finish- all his season's best. 

Wonderling, who lost the points lead, salvaged another tough weekend going 21st to 12th and earned the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger award and received a $250 Crash's Custom Graphics certificate.  After seemingly having the points in control with five straight top five finishes including three consecutive wins earlier in the season, Wonderling has really struggled of late.  Saturday was Wonderling's third straight finish outside the top 11 and fourth time in the last five races.  Wonderling will now try and take the points lead back for the second straight year in the Lernerville finale.

Robbie Scott closed out the "Bill Hendren Memorial" weekend in a winning debut driving for the Zarin Family.  The 43-year-old Shinnston, WV driver earned $500 after a dominating performance in the Non-Qualifier taking the checkered flag first by 4.529 seconds in the #5.  Scott raced under the fellow black #5 of Levi Crowl in turn two on lap two for the winning move to become the 39th different "Wheelman" Non-Qualifier winner in 46 races run all-time!  2017 "Wheelman" Champion, Jamie Wrightsman, started fourth and passed Crowl on lap nine for second to take over sole possession of the "Wheelman" points lead.  Crowl dropped to third over Bill Kessler and Chuck Bowie.  In addition to their prize money, all of the non-qualifiers also received a contingency worth at least $100 from RUSH.   

On Friday night, Western Pennsylvania Rookie-of-the-Year, Logan Zarin, came out on top of the second annual "One to Remember" Non-Winners race presented by Pace Performance.  Logan, who debuted a Jim Zarin throwback look on the #1z- a surprise to his father, passed Josh Stoica on lap five following a restart and drove off over the final 11 non-stop laps winning by a huge margin of 6.003 seconds for the $800 victory.  In addition to his cash and hardware, Zarin also received a Go Pro Hero 7 white kit valued at $400 from CrateInsider.com and a $250 Crash's Custom Graphics gift certificate. 

"This is definitely special to win at my home track- I can't even talk right now," expressed the recently-turned 17-year-old Moon Twp., Pa. driver of the Jim Zarin-owned, Zarin's Truck & Automotive/Tomei's Towing/Lovell Enterprise/RL Bolea Oil/Wheels, Wings & Wishes Foundation-sponsored ride.  "I remember my dad winning so that's why I decided to do the car this way and thought maybe we'd get lucky, and I guess it worked!" 

Stoica, who battled for the win in the 2018 event before finishing third, was able to do one spot better this year in second for $300.  Sixth starting Zach Gunn passed Bob Schwartzmiller on lap 10 to finish third.  Schwartzmiller, who was making his 2019 debut, was fourth after finishing second last year.  Tour regular, Bill Kessler, who failed to qualify for the feature, was able to record a top five in both the Non-Winners and Non-Qualifier races. 

Also on Friday night, Jake Gunn earned his first FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" honors in qualifying with a lap of 19.471 to earn $100.  Picking up $25 FK Rod Ends heat races were Mollick, Policz, Paugh, and Carrier.  Mollick also won the dash on Friday.  Winning Saturday's last chance B mains were Wonderling and Schwartzmiller.

The Zarin Truck & Automotive "$500 Club" was co-sponsored by Bazell Race Fuels with the following top 15 drivers in PPMS points being randomly drawn for $100: Justin Lamb, Stoica, Schirnhofer, Zarin, and Duritsky.  Winning the second Go Pro Hero 7 white kit ($400 value) from CrateInsider.com, this one in a random draw of all competitors, was Colton Flinner.  The $150 spoiler kit from Ontime Body & Graphic was for position 14 in the feature and that went to Wayne Robertson.   

The Sweeney Tour will complete the 2019 seasons at Lernerville Speedway on October 17-19 with the annual "Steel City Stampede".  Thursday will include practice followed by FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying and FK Rod Ends heat races on Friday night.  Saturday will be last chance B main(s), the $2,000 to-win feature, and $200 to-win non-qualifier.  Sunday is the rain date.
 
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series “Bill Hendren Memorial” Race #14 (40 laps, $5,200 to-win): 1. KYLE LUKON (184)  2. Alex Ferree (Lukon 184X)  3. Garret Paugh (03)  4. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Nolan 13)  5. Ryan Frazee (11F)  6. Ben Policz (14B)  7. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  8. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. (8S)  9. Jake Gunn (14G)  10. Logan Zarin (1z)  11. Nico Dabecco (F1)  12. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  13. Michael Reft (9R)  14. Wayne Robertson (20)  15. Dusty Waters (14)  16. Braeden Dillinger (14)  17. John Waters (LeBarron 11)  18. Christian Schneider (Maniecki 1ST)  19. Bob Schwartzmiller (28s)  20. Josh Stoica (22J)  21. Jared Kane (10)  22. John Mollick (Bentz 60M)  23. Justin Lamb (93x)  24. Ron Hall (01)  25. Zach Gunn (17G).  (Note: Braeden Dillinger took a Tour provisional.)
 
Non-Qualifier (10 laps, $500 to-win): 1. Robbie Scott (Zarin 5)  2. Jamie Wrightsman (21J)  3. Levi Crowl (5)  4. Bill Kessler (09)  5. Chuck Bowie (14c)  6. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x)  7. Chad Sines (15)-DNS  8. Daryl Charlier (Springer 42)-DNS  9. Brian Goebel (12G)-DNS  10. Paul Jablonski (3)-DNS  11. Bryan Hoffman (15H)-DNS  12. Colton Flinner (48F)-DNS  13. Zach Kane (7)-DNS.

"One to Remember" Non-Winners Race (15 laps, $800 to-win):  1. Logan Zarin  2. Josh Stoica  3. Zach Gunn  4. Bob Schwartzmiller  5. Bill Kessler  6. Chad Sines  7. Zach Kane  8. Bryan Hoffman  9. Paul Jablonski  10. Brian Goebel  11. Jared Kane  12. Eric Hamilton, Jr.  13. Levi Crowl-DNS.
 
Car Count: 38
Feature Margin of Victory: 1.654 seconds
Feature Lap Leaders: John Mollick (1-33), Kyle Lukon (34-40)
Go Pro Hero 7 white kits ($400 value) from CrateInsider.com: Colton Flinner & Logan Zarin
Crash's Custom Graphics $250 Certificates: Jeremy Wonderling & Logan Zarin
Zarin Truck & Auto "$500 Club" co-sponsored by Bazell Race Fuels: Justin Lamb, Josh Stoica, Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr., Logan Zarin & Michael Duritsky, Jr.
Ontime Body & Graphic “Spoiler Alert”: Wayne Robertson
Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger”: Jeremy Wonderling (+9)
Dirt Defender “Defensive Drive of the Night”: Garret Paugh
TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night": John Mollick
Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug: Kyle Lukon
 
FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying ($100 for fast time) (Track record 18.849 by Mike Pegher, Jr. on 5/12/12): 1. Jake Gunn 19.471  2. Ben Policz 19.510  3. Garret Paugh 19.535  4. Eddie Carrier, Jr. 19.702  5. Nico Dabecco 19.777  6. Zach Gunn 19.818  7. John Waters 19.849  8. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 19.884  9. Alex Ferree 19.888  10. Kyle Lukon 19.916  11. Wayne Robertson 19.955  12. Bill Kessler 19.967  13. Logan Zarin 19.981  14. Colton Flinner 20.011  15. Ryan Frazee 20.044  16. Ron Hall 20.059  17. Zach Kane 20.091  18. Justin Lamb 20.105  19. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. 20.135  20. Dusty Waters 20.166  21. John Mollick 20.174  22. Daryl Charlier 20.253  23. Bob Schwartzmiller 20.257  24. Michael Reft 20.263  25. Jeremy Wonderling 20.266  26. Christian Schneider 20.348  27. Robbie Scott 20.545  28. Josh Stoica 20.614  29. Jared Kane 20.652  30. Levi Crowl 20.652  31. Brian Goebel 20.690  32. Chuck Bowie 20.772  33. Jamie Wrightsman 21.207  34. Braeden Dillinger 21.213  35. Bryan Hoffman 21.565  36. Chad Sines 21.853  37. Eric Hamilton, Jr. NT  38. Paul Jablonski NT.
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. Mollick  2. Dabecco  3. Ferree  4. J. Gunn  5. Zarin  6. Wonderling  7. Z. Kane  8. Wrightsman  9. Crowl  10. Hamilton-DNS. 

FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. Policz  2. Lukon  3. Lamb  4. Z. Gunn  5. Schneider  6. Flinner  7. Dillinger  8. J. Kane  9. Charlier  10. Jablonski-DNS.
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. Paugh  2. Frazee  3. J. Waters  4. Schirnhofer  5. Robertson  6. Schwartzmiller  7. Scott  8. Hoffman  9. Goebel.

FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. Carrier  2. Hall  3. Duritsky  4. Reft  5. D. Waters  6. Stoica  7. Bowie  8. Kessler  9. Sines.

Dash (6 laps): 1. Mollick  2. Policz  3. Paugh  4. Lukon  5. Frazee  6. Hall  7. Dabecco  8. Carrier-DNS.

Last Chance B Main 1 (8 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. Wonderling  2. J. Kane  3. Dillinger  4. Crowl  5. Wrightsman  6. Hamilton  7. Charlier  8. Jablonski  9. Flinner  10. Z. Kane-DNS.

Last Chance B Main 2 (8 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. Schwartzmiller  2. Stoica  3. Scott  4. Kessler  5. Bowie  6. Sines  7. Goebel  8. Hoffman.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 
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"BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL" UP NEXT FOR SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR AT PITTSBURGH THIS WEEKEND; $5200 TO-WIN FEATURE PRESENTED BY FK ROD ENDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH PRO FAB; "ONE TO REMEMBER" NON-WINNERS RACE PRESENTED BY PACE NOW $800 TO-WIN & THE NON-QUALIFIER INCREASED TO $500 TO-WIN
By Mike Leone
 
October 2, 2019             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Imperial, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance is ready to resume action this weekend (October 4-5) at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication.  The seventh annual Northeast version will pay a record $5,200 to-win, $325 to-start.  In addition, Pace Performance will present the second annual "One to Remember" non-winners feature paying $800 to-win, $75 to-start on Friday night and the weekend will conclude with the $500 to-win, $150 to-start Non-Qualifier.  The "Pittsburgher 100" highlighted by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will also include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series for the first time running the "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" for $2,000 to-win.

This marks the fourth straight year PPMS has hosted the "Bill Hendren Memorial" and second straight year that the event purse will see an increase.  Last year's show jumped to $4,000 to-win, $300 to-start with the addition of the $500 to-win, $50 to-start "One to Remember" race.  For 2019, the feature, non-winners, and non-qualifier has seen an increase for every position!  This is due to the great efforts by Bill Hendren's son Steve and his family.  FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication have stepped up their involvement to grow the feature purse as has Pace Performance to present the "One to Remember".  In addition, CrateInsider.com, Miley Motor Sports, RUSH, Ingram Engines, 955 Automotive, and Race 1 have helped to increase the "One to Remember" purse.

And since last week's announcement press release, Winning Motorsports Marketing along with Bill's grandchildren Alex, Igor, Alyssa, Michayla, Johnathan, and Steven have both added an extra $100 to the winner's share of the feature, non-winners, and non-qualifier races.  This means the "Bill Hendren Memorial" will now pay $5,200, the "One to Remember" Non-Winner race $800, and the Non-Qualifier $500!

In 2005, Bill Hendren, the patriarch of the Hendren family and founder of Hendren Racing Engines, had the foresight to began building his affiliation with crate racing.  As many of his open engine customers looked to crate racing as an opportunity to continue racing Bill began offering free advice via the well know 4M.net message board.  As the concept grew throughout the country, his generosity and expertise was rewarded as many of those who had utilized his knowledge in the beginning utilized him as their engine rebuilder as their needs arose.  Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy and dedication to crate racing lives on through his sons, Steve and Mike, as the Hendrens are recognized throughout the entire country as a leader in this specialized form of racing as they continue to operate Hendren Racing Engines.
 
"I look back to several years ago to a surprise phone call I received from Steve Hendren expressing interest in having a memorial event for his late father Bill Hendren in conjunction with a RUSH Touring event," explained RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Although I never knew Bill Hendren personally, I certainly was well aware of his pioneering spirit and great success in the world of GM Performance crate engine racing.  And now to have the Hendren Family allow us to hold their patriarch's only memorial event of the year under the RUSH banner is truly an honor.  What Steve and his family have added to the purses this year is tremendous!  We have to thank all of the contributors as well as the Mileys for allowing this event to be part of the Pittsburgher 100 weekend."
 
The weekend will get started on Friday (October 4) with $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying.  Drivers will then compete in FK Rod Heats heat races paying $25 to-win.  Following the conclusion of the night's regularly scheduled events, the "One to Remember" RUSH Late Model feature will be run paying $800 to-win, $75 to-start.  The winner of this race will also receive a GoPro Hero 7 white kit valued at $400 thanks to CrateInsider.com, a large winner's check, a laser etched marble winner's plaque, and a $250 gift certificate from Crash's Custom Graphics through the efforts of Steve Hendren.
 
In order to be eligible for the "One to Remember" race, driver must compete in the regular "Bill Hendren Memorial" event and never have won a Late Model race of any kind or any headlining division feature event or prior "One to Remember" race.  The lineup will be determined off the "Bill Hendren Memorial" Tour qualifying times with a pill drawn for an invert (4, 6 or 8) depending on car count.
 
Following the dash and last chance B mains on Saturday, the stage will be set for the 40-lap $5,200 to-win, $325 to-start "Bill Hendren Memorial".  The feature winner along with the second and third place finishers will also receive one of the sought-after laser etched marble plaques. 
 
Also, the "Wheelman" Bonus Event for non-qualifiers at the end of the night will have an increased purse with $500 to-win, $150 to-start.  The winner will also receive a laser etched marble plaque.  Contingencies have also been posted for drivers eligible for the non-qualifier. 

Along with being a financial support for the event, CrateInsider.com has also posted a second GoPro Hero 7 white kit ($400 value), which will be awarded to a lucky driver by a random draw at the drivers meeting!  In addition to the night's regular $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger, that driver will also receive a $250 gift certificate from Crash's Custom Graphics.
 
Daryl Charlier has won the last two "Bill Hendren Memorial" races at PPMS, while John Mollick won the event in 2016.  Charlier and Mollick will be two of the favorites trying to stop Kyle Lukon, who has won both of the PPMS Sweeney Tour races this year including "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance and the "Jook George Steel City Classic".  Lukon's wins accounted for more than $13,600 and will look for the sweep on Saturday night to add another $5,200!

The Sweeney Tour has completed 13 events this season with Blair leading the way with five victories.  Jeremy Wonderling won his three races in consecutive events in New York.  Charlie Sandercock swept the "Quebec Invasion" events at Autodrome Granby and Le RPM Speedway.  Lukon has won both PPMS races.  Logan Roberson won the Winchester portion of the "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek presented by Wehrs Machine.

Wonderling, who seemingly was in cruise control to his second straight Sweeney Tour Championship, has seen his points lead shrink to just 13 due to finishes of 15th or worse in three of the last four races.  Lukon's back-to-back wins have propelled him to second in the standings and hopes his home track advantage will allow him to close the gap even more on Saturday night with just one other race remaining- that being the "Steel City Stampede" at Lernerville Speedway October 18-19.  Michael Duritsky, Jr., Braeden Dillinger, Ryan Frazee, and Logan Zarin sit third through sixth in points all in their first year on the Tour.  Bill Kessler, Jason Genco, Blair, Kyle Murray, Brian Knowles, and Chad Sines complete the top 12 points paying positions. 

There have been nine different winners in 15 RUSH Late Model races run in 2019 at PPMS.  Mollick leads the way with three wins, while Justin Lamb, Ben Policz, Lukon, and Garret Paugh each have two victories with singles wins to Duritsky, Colton Flinner, and Nico Dabecco.  Past PPMS Sweeney RUSH Tour winners include Ryan Montgomery (3), Lukon (3), Charlier (2), Flinner, Mollick, Mike Pegher, Jr., and Jacob Hawkins.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.  RUSH Late Model Series Officials will also determine the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the event, and will receive a $40 product package.  The feature winner will receive a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug.  Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler to the 14th place finisher on Saturday.
 
Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication Feature Payoff: 1. $5,200  2. $2,500  3. $1,250  4. $1,000  5. $800  6. $700  7. $600  8. $500  9. $475  10. $450  11. $425  12. $400  13. $390  14. $380  15. $370  16. $360  17. $350  18-26. $325.
 
"One of to Remember" Non-Winners presented by Pace Performance Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $300  3. $225  4. $200  5. $150  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $105  11. $100  12. $95  13. $90  14. $85  15. $80  16-24. $75.
 
"Wheelman" Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $500  2. $200  3. $195  4. $190  5. $185  6. $180  7. $175  8. $170  9. $165  10. $160  11. $155  12-24. $150.  Tow $125.

2019 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Jeremy Wonderling 1059  2. Kyle Lukon 1046  3. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1025  4. Braeden Dillinger 1006  5. Ryan Frazee 959  6. Logan Zarin 924  7. Bill Kessler 902  8. Jason Genco 787  9. Max Blair 766  10. Kyle Murray 685  11. Brian Knowles 579  12. Chad Sines 562  13. Sam Pennacchio 537  14. John Waters 516  15. Darrell Bossard 498  16. J.J. Mazur 472  17. Ross Robinson 464  18. Jared Kane  & Jamie Wrightsman 436  20. Scott Gunn 404   21. Logan Roberson 384  22. Matt Latta 342  23. Dale Hollidge 254   24. Jason Knowles 244  25. Trever Feathers 243  26. Cody Dawson 233  27. Paul Norman 217  28. Cory Sines 215  29. Dale McDonald, Jr. 210  30. Jon Rivers 171  31. John Mollick 152  32. Al Shawver, Jr. 140  33. Garret Paugh 92  34. Beamer Guzzardi 80.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  The AMB/MyLaps transponders are required.  One-way driver radios are always mandatory at 454.000.  The entry fee is $100.  Pit passes are $75 for the weekend.  Pits are open throughout the afternoon.  A drivers meeting will be held at approximately 5:35 p.m. on Friday with pill cutoff at 5:45.  Warm-ups will get underway at 6 p.m. followed by qualifying at racing.

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 
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RICHEST SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD RACE IN HISTORY COMING TO PPMS THIS WEEKEND; "BETSY KRIEGISCH MEMORIAL" TO PAY $2,000 TO-WIN FOR HOVIS TOUR AS PART OF "PTTSBURGHER 100"
By Mike Leone
 
October 1, 2019             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance is set for its richest event in its six-year history as the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Touring Series will be part of the "Pittsburgher 100" weekend at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the first time ever this Friday and Saturday night (October 4-5).  The second annual "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" will pay $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start in addition to other bonuses and contingencies!  Warm-ups will begin at 6 p.m. both nights.

"This is going to be a tremendous weekend for RUSH," stated Director Vicki Emig.  "To have both RUSH classes share the spotlight with the Lucas Oil Late Models is tremendous via the $5,000 to-win 'Bill Hendren Memorial' for the Late Models and the 'Betsy Kriegisch Memorial' for the Sportsman Modifieds.  Through the gracious donations of so many people, we've been able to grow this event into the richest Sportsman Modified race in the history of the region.  We have to thank Miley Motor Sports for allowing us to showcase our division at one of the region's biggest events, and this will also be the RUSH Mods first ever Tour race at the 'Monster Half-Mile'."

Friday night will feature Ohio Intra Express "Shock the Clock" Qualifying with $100 going to the fastest qualifier followed by heat races along with the pole position dash for $100 to-win thanks to Branden Lockwich.  Saturday's program will include the last chance B main(s) and 25-lap feature that boasts a minimum payoff of $9,905 for the 24 starters (see complete purse below).  Anyone wishing to still donate towards increasing the purse can contact Chelsie Kriegisch at 724-674-9550 or the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300. 

In addition to the standard Tour contingencies, the following other bonuses have been posted.  The Hot Rod 64 Heat Race Draw will offer all fourth and sixth place heat race finishers the opportunity to win $100 in a random draw thanks to Rodney Beltz.  Don and Margie Frickanish have posted a $50 bonus to the driver that finishes last in the feature.  Matus Motorsports will award the hard luck driver a case of Brad Penn Oil.

There's also over $3,000 in product giveaways.  In order to be eligible for the giveaways, driver/car owner must donate a minimum of $50 towards the event AND compete on Friday night.  Giveaways will take place on Saturday afternoon at the drivers meeting.  Drivers/owners will receive one chance for a $50 donation and two chances for a $100 or more donation.

1. Holley Performance Products- 1 Holley 80541-1 650 Carburetor ($700)
2. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
3. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
4. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
5. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
6. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
7. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
8. Wrisco Industries Inc.- 2 Sheets of White Aluminum ($150)
9. Racing Electronics- 1 Switch Receiver ($100)
10. Ultra Shield Race Products, LLC - $100 Ultra-Shield Certificate ($100)
11. Ultra-Shield Race Products- $100 Ultra-Shield Certificate ($100)
12. Ultra-Shield Race Products- $100 Ultra-Shield Certificate ($100)

As for the standard Tour contingencies, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.
 
Officials will determine the new Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night, and will receive a $40 product package.  Officials will also determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels "Man of Steel" award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly.  The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel.  The feature winner will also receive a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug.

Defending Hovis Tour Champion, Garrett Krummert, leads the Series to Pittsburgh with an 18-point lead over Jim Rasey.  Chas Wolbert, Rob Kristyak, and Kole Holden are third through fifth.  Completing the top 10 points paying positions are Kyle Martell, Greg Porter, Jacob Jordan, Tony Tatgenhorst, and David Kalb, Jr. 

So far in Tour competition this year, Wolbert won the non-point 2018 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up feature to open the season at Sharon, while Kristyak won his first career Tour feature at Expo in July.  Krummert won both Tour races at Sharon in August, while Eric Gabany topped a 35-car field at Sharon during the "Apple Festival Nationals" for his first career RUSH win.

Meanwhile, Kristyak has a two-point lead on Wolbert in the $3,000 to-win Hovis Weekly Series standings with Krummert trailing six points out of the lead.  Holden and Tatgenhorst are fourth and fifth.  Four Weekly Series races have been completed at Pittsburgh this season with Krummert winning the first two, while Tatgenhorst and Connor King won the last two for their first career RUSH wins.
 
Minimum Payoff (as of 10/1): 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $700  4. $500  5. $450  6. $425  7. $400  8. $350  9. $325  10. $300  11. $290  12. $280  13. $270  14. $260  15. $255  16. $250  17. $245  18. $240  19. $235  20. $230  21-24. $225  (25-26. $225 for Tour & Track provisional, if necessary).  Tow/Non-Qualifier $75.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  The AMB/MyLaps transponders are required.  One-way driver radios are always mandatory at 454.000.  The entry fee is $35.  Pit passes are $75 for the weekend.  Pits are open throughout the afternoon.  A drivers meeting will be held at approximately 5:35 p.m. on Friday with pill cutoff at 5:45.  Warm-ups will get underway at 6 p.m. followed by qualifying at racing.

"Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" Sponsors: 955 Automotive, Bruce & Leah Altman, Anonymous Donor, Rodney Beltz, Big Daddy's Speed Center, Blackshear Brothers Racing, Bolland Machine, C&R Tire, Preston Cope, Phil Crouse, Rich Gerald, Joe Gibson, Fire Fighter Sales & Service, Flinner Signs & Decals, Don & Margie Frickanish, Kole Holden, Hudzik Racing, Jacob Jordan Racing, Arnie Kent, Connor King, Chelsie Kriegisch, Jessica Kriegisch, Jo & Garrett Krummert, Branden Lockwich, Kevin Long, Kyle Martell, Matus Motorsports, Pat Miller, Ohio Intra Express, Greg Porter, Andy & Lisa Priest, PRS Transit, Ripper Auto Sales, Rock House Bar & Grill, Chad Roland, C.J. Rombold Engines Builders, RUSH Racing Series, Russ King Racing, Jerry Schaffer, Deb Shaffer, Tony Tatgenhorst, Weaver Racing, Wedge Motorsports, Jackie West, Brian Woodhall. 

Betsy Kriegisch, the mother of RUSH Sportsman Modified racers Chelsie and Jessica Kriegisch, passed away after an extended illness on February 21, 2018 at the age of 57.  She was a strong supporter of both her daughters' efforts and by their side as they rose to prominence in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  Both girls quickly became competitive and fan favorites.  A memorial event as a Hovis Weekly Series show was put together and held last year at Pittsburgh that attracted an all-time Pittsburgh record count of 26, and was won by Rocky Kugel. 

Both Kriegisch sisters got their start in go-karts, while growing up watching their father compete in the Sprint Car division for many years.  Chelsie made her debut in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds during the inaugural 2014 season running a limited schedule.  In 2015, Jessica debuted in the class running a limited schedule, while Chelsie competed full-time.  Ever since both sisters have raced full-time in the Series. 

Chelsie won her first career race on July 13, 2016 in a Tour event at Expo Speedway making history becoming the first female to win a Tour event in the history of Northeast crate engine racing and also became the first female to win in the storied history of Expo.   Chelsie added a second win last year on July 7 at Pittsburgh.  Jessica meanwhile captured her first career win about a year later than Chelsie's first coming on July 24, 2017 at Pittsburgh. 

Betsy was the Kriegisch sisters' biggest fan.  She was with them growing up in the grandstands watching Randy race, and was able to see both girls not only win their first career feature, but also was in attendance at both awards banquets when each received their Outstanding Achievement Awards from RUSH. 

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like the Sportsman Modified Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

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FK ROD ENDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH PRO FAB TO PRESENT "BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL" AT PITTSBURGH OCT 4-5; SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR EVENT INCREASED TO $5000 TO-WIN PURSE; PACE PERFORMANCE TO PRESENT $600 TO-WIN "ONE TO REMEMBER" NON-WINNERS RACE
By Mike Leone
 
September 25, 2019             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Imperial, PA)… Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway will host this year's only "Bill Hendren Memorial" in the nation as the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series event will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5 part of the "Pittsburgher 100" weekend that features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and also for the first time the RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Touring Series "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial".  Thanks to FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication, the seventh annual Northeast version will pay a record $5,000 to-win, $325 to-start.  In addition, Pace Performance will present the second annual "One to Remember" non-winners feature paying $600 to-win, $75 to-start on Friday night. 

This marks the fourth straight year PPMS has hosted the event and second straight year that the event purse will see an increase.  Last year's show jumped to $4,000 to-win, $300 to-start along with the addition of the $500 to-win, $50 to-start "One to Remember" race.  For 2019, the feature, non-winners, and non-qualifier will all increase every position!  This is due to the great efforts by Bill Hendren's son Steve and his family.  FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication have stepped up their involvement to grow the feature purse as has Pace Performance to present the "One to Remember".  In addition, CrateInsider.com, Miley Motor Sports, RUSH, Ingram Engines, 955 Automotive, and Race 1 have helped to increase the "One to Remember" purse.

"My family and I are looking forward to returning to Pittsburgh for the ninth annual 'Bill Hendren Memorial'," stated Steve Hendren.  "This year will mark the first time that my mother Bettie will be able to attend this event in Pittsburgh, and it will be the first time she's been able to attend a RUSH event as well.  As a family, we decided to move all future memorial races to the RUSH Racing Series, and we hope to continue our bond with PPMS as well. The professionalism of RUSH, PPMS, and the racers in the RUSH series is second to none. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for this event."

In 2005, Bill Hendren, the patriarch of the Hendren family and founder of Hendren Racing Engines, had the foresight to began building his affiliation with crate racing.  As many of his open engine customers looked to crate racing as an opportunity to continue racing, Bill began offering free advice via the well know 4M.net message board.  As the concept grew throughout the country, his generosity and expertise was rewarded as many of those who had utilized his knowledge in the beginning utilized him as their engine rebuilder as their needs arose.  Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy and dedication to crate racing lives on through his sons, Steve and Mike, as the Hendrens are recognized throughout the entire country as a leader in this specialized form of racing as they continue to operate Hendren Racing Engines.
 
"I look back to several years ago to a surprise phone call I received from Steve Hendren expressing interest in having a memorial event for his late father Bill Hendren in conjunction with a RUSH Touring event," explained RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Although I never knew Bill Hendren personally, I certainly was well aware of his pioneering spirit and great success in the world of GM Performance crate engine racing.  And now to have the Hendren Family allow us to hold their patriarch's 'only' memorial event of the year under the RUSH banner is truly an honor!"
 
The weekend will get started on Friday (October 4) with $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying.  Drivers will then compete in FK Rod Heats heat races paying $25 to-win.  Following the conclusion of the night's regularly scheduled events, the "One to Remember" RUSH Late Model feature will be run paying $600 to-win, $75 to-start.  The winner of this race will also receive a GoPro Hero 7 white kit valued at $400 thanks to CrateInsider.com, a large winner's check, a laser etched marble winner's plaque, and a $250 gift certificate from Crashes Custom Graphics through the efforts of Steve Hendren. 

In order to be eligible for the "One to Remember" race, driver must compete in the regular "Bill Hendren Memorial" event and never have won a Crate Late Model, Steel-Block Late Model or any headlining division feature event or prior "One to Remember" race.  The lineup will be determined off the "Bill Hendren Memorial" Tour qualifying times with a pill drawn for an invert (4, 6 or 8) depending on car count.
 
Following the dash and last chance B mains on Saturday, the stage will be set for the 40-lap $5,000 to-win, $325 to-start "Bill Hendren Memorial".  The feature winner along with the second and third place finishers will also receive one of the sought-after laser etched marble plaques. 
 
Also, the "Wheelman" Bonus Event for non-qualifiers at the end of the night will have an increased purse with $300 to-win, $150 to-start.  Additional bonuses for non-qualifiers will also be announced soon.  Along with being a financial support for the event, CrateInsider.com has also posted a second GoPro Hero 7 white kit ($400 value), which will be awarded to a lucky driver by a random draw at the drivers meeting!  In addition to the night's regular $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger, that driver will also receive a $250 gift certificate from Crashes Custom Graphics.
 
"The Miley Motor Sports family is honored to host the Bill Hendren Memorial during the Pittsburgher 100 weekend again," expressed Matt Miley.  "Bringing back the Pittsburgher was a dream of Red Miley’s when he founded Miley Motor Sports.  He always strived to make the Pittsburgher bigger and better.  Here we sit, just days away from the 31st annual Pittsburgher, and we're again taking the event to another level, honoring another man who made a difference in our sport, Bill Hendren.  I’m sure both are smiling down upon us."
 
"FK Rod Ends of course is one of our most longstanding corporate sponsors and throughout the years has supported the entire RUSH Racing Series in numerous ways," added Emig.  "FK has contributed thousands upon thousands of dollars of packages to our Manufacturers Nights and of course presents our 'Shock the Clock' award and heat race winner's payout.  Through their generous support once again plus the addition of the Pro Fabrication sponsorship through Steve Hendren, the 'Bill Hendren Memorial' event will be one of the richest events on our Touring schedule.  As I've always said, the success of RUSH has always been a team effort of many different parties pulling in the same direction and this is a perfect example of such- the combination of the Hendren Family and FK Rod Ends is certainly going to be a win-win for all!"
 
"We also have to thank Pace Performance/Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC for their continued involvement throughout all of RUSH and various Series' related programs," continued Emig.  "For them to present the 'One to Remember' race for the second straight year and up their involvement is a great gesture that we know these competing racers will certainly appreciate.  You couldn't have had a more special moment than last year when Chuck Medved scored a popular win in the event at his home track."

Daryl Charlier has won the last two "Bill Hendren Memorial" races at PPMS, while John Mollick won the event in 2016.  Charlier and Mollick will be two of the favorites trying to stop Kyle Lukon, who has won both of the PPMS Sweeney Tour races this year including "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance and the "Jook George Steel City Classic".  Lukon's wins accounted for more than $13,600!
 
Additional information on the event will be released next week.
 
Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends Feature Payoff in conjunction with Pro Fabrication: 1. $5,000  2. $2,500  3. $1,250  4. $1,000  5. $800  6. $700  7. $600  8. $500  9. $475  10. $450  11. $425  12. $400  13. $390  14. $380  15. $370  16. $360  17. $350  18-24. $325  (25-26. $325 provisionals, if necessary)
 
"One of to Remember" Non-Winners presented by Pace Performance Feature Payoff: 1. $600  2. $300  3. $225  4. $200  5. $150  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $105  11. $100  12. $95  13. $90  14. $85  15. $80  16-24. $75.
 
"Wheelman" Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $300  2. $200  3. $195  4. $190  5. $185  6. $180  7. $175  8. $170  9. $165  10. $160  11. $155  12-24. $150.  Tow $125.

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 
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ERIC GABANY PASSES ROB KRISTYAK ON A LATE RACE RESTART FOR HIS 1ST CAREER SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD WIN EARNING $800 OVER A SEASON HIGH 35 CARS IN HOVIS TOUR PART OF "APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS" AT SHARON
By Mike Leone
 
September 21, 2019                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance was part of the "Apple Festival Nationals" for the sixth straight year at Sharon Speedway with heat races on Friday night followed by last chance B mains, the feature, and "Wheelman" race run on Saturday night.  It was the third and final appearance by the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Touring Series at the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile oval for the 2019 season excluding the non-point 2018 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up on May 11.  Despite a two-hour rain delay, Tour points race #4 of the 2019 season attracted a season high 35 cars. 

After 20 non-stop laps, Eric Gabany made a big move on a race-long leader Rob Kristyak with five laps to go following the race's only caution and went on to capture his first career RUSH Sportsman Modified and Sharon Speedway victory.  Gabany becomes the 15th different driver to win a Hovis Tour event in 29 races run all-time with his $800 victory.  Gabany also received a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug.

"I was thinking at first (Rob) Kristyak is gone then we got that caution and my tires worked better after that restart and my car handled perfect," explained the 34-year-old Mercer, Pa. racer.  "This is awesome.  It probably took me a little longer to win than I expected, but there's some stiff competition in this class.  I have to thank Jerry Schaffer.  I hadn't been racing for awhile and he gave me this car and said I belong out on the race track- good stuff."

Kristyak used to the outside to power around pole-sitter Jacob Jordan for the early lead, while Josh Deems passed Gabany for third.  Gabany then got to the top and drove around Deems and Jordan for second on lap three.  Deems seemed to lose power as he faded back through the field and pulled off allowing Tony Tatgenhorst and Garrett Krummert to move into third and fourth.  Deems, who won the last Hovis Weekly Series event at Sharon back on August 30, was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night".

By lap seven, the battle was on for second as Gabany had his hands full with Tatgenhorst and Krummert; meanwhile, up front Kristyak had stretched his lead to a straightaway when he caught lapped traffic on lap 11.  Kristyak fought through heavy traffic on lap 13 that slowed his momentum and allowed Gabany to cut into the lead. 

The first and only caution of the event came with 20 laps scored for a slowing Jim Bryce as Gabany had to take evasive action off turn four to miss rear-ending him.  Kristyak chose the outside on the double file restart, but Gabany put a slide job on Kristyak entering turn one and got to the top in turn two first.  The two battled hard for the rest of the lap with leading Gabany taking over for good on the 21st circuit.  Gabany was able to stretch out his lead over the final four laps and took the checkered flag first by 1.429 seconds in the Jerry Schaffer-owned, Turn 4 Toilets/Atlantic Timber Farms-sponsored #4s.  Gabany became the sixth different winner of the season and 18th overall at Sharon in the six-year history of the division.

Kristyak was able to fend off ninth starting Krummert to take second, which was important as he now takes over sole possession of the Hovis Weekly Series Championship points lead.  "I think the tires sealed over during the caution," acknowledged the 41-year-old Bristolville, Ohio racer, who won the Tour opener at Expo Speedway on July 11.  "I just couldn't get the car to work the way it was working.  He (Gabany) had a fast car- congratulations.  We had a good run.  I have to thank my wife Carrie, son Jackson, and all of my crew and sponsors."

Will Thomas III was fourth.  Jim Rasey's fifth place gave him all four top five Tour finishes to remain in second in points.  Rookie racer, Clayton Deems, who won the "Wheelman" Non-Winners race on August 30, turned in his best career feature finish in sixth.  Tatgenhorst dropped to seventh.  David Kalb, Jr. went 13th to eighth.  Brandon Ritchey made his first Sharon and Tour start since May 11 for the 2018 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up and finished ninth after starting 18th.  Kyle Martell completed the top 10.  Tatgenhorst, Thomas, Gabany, and Kristyak won Friday night's heat races, while Rodney Beltz and Gary Haupt won the last chance B mains.   

Chelsie Kriegisch was selected as the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive of the Night" for holding off four-time 2019 Sharon winner Chas Wolbert for the final transfer spot in last chance B main number two.  Wolbert meanwhile received a Tour provisional and raced from 25th to 11th to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger award.  Wolbert was also selected as the Sherwood Wheels "Man of the Steel" recipient for salvaging his night after a heat race crash. 

Jim Bryce closed out the season at Sharon winning the 10-lap "Wheelman" Non-Winners race presented by Ohio Intra Express and C&R Tire.  The 49-year-old Harmony, Pa. driver led the entire distance holding off fourth starting Clayton Deems for the $75 victory.  Bryce became the eighth different winner of the season in 11 "Wheelman" races in the Jerry Schaffer-owned, Turn 4 Toilets/Fombell General Store-sponsored #44.  Three-time winner, Kalb, was third over D.J. Schrader and Amelia Clay.  Cameron Nastasi finished eighth, but held on by just two points over Clay to win the $300 RUSH championship. 

The Hovis Tour will return to action on October 4-5 at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway taking part in the "Pittsburgher 100" weekend for the first time ever.  The second annual "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" will pay a minimum of $1,500 to-win, $175 to-start with additional monies still coming in.  This will also mark the first ever Tour race for the Sportsman Modifieds at the "Monster Half-Mile".   

Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Touring Series Race #4 (25 laps, $800 to-win): 1. ERIC GABANY (Schaffer 4s)  2. Rob Kristyak (00)  3. Garrett Krummert (Schaffer 10s)  4. Will Thomas III (9)  5. Jim Rasey (32)  6. Clayton Deems (55R)  7. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T)  8. David Kalb, Jr. (11J)  9. Brandon Ritchey (17)  10. Kyle Martell (8)  11. Chas Wolbert (c3)  12. Kole Holden (2)  13. Jessica Kriegisch (63)  14. Shayne Izzo (86)  15. Gary Haupt (16)  16. D.J. Schrader (14S)  17. Steve Slater (29)  18. Calvin Clay (12c)  19. Chelsie Kriegisch (10)  20. Brandon Albert (30)  21. Cameron Nastasi (615)  22. Jim Bryce (44)  23. Michael Kristyak (404)  24. Rodney Beltz (Schaffer 14)  25. Jacob Jordan (28J)  26. Josh Deems (9D).  (Note: Chas Wolbert took a Tour provisional & Calvin Clay took a Track provisional.)

DNQ for the feature: Preston Cope (24P), Gage Priester (71), Jacob Wolfe (7), Mike Smith (0), Greg Porter (25), Amelia Clay (16c), Teddy Williams II (818), Jason Hufnagel (048), Phil Kapcewich (93).   

Car Count: 35
Feature Margin of Victory: 1.429 seconds
Feature Lap Leaders: Rob Kristyak (1-20), Eric Gabany (21-25)
Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug: Eric Gabany
Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger”: Chas Wolbert (+14)
Sherwood Wheels "Man of Steel": Chas Wolbert
TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night": Josh Deems
Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive of the Night": Chelsie Kriegisch
 
Heat 1 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to the feature): 1. Tatgenhorst  2. J. Deems  3. Krummert  4. Kalb  5. Slater  6. C. Clay  7. Beltz  8. Priester  9. Smith-DNS.

Heat 2 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to the feature): 1. Thomas  2. Rasey  3. Holden  4. Bryce  5. Ritchey  6. Cope  7. Hufnagel  8. M. Kristyak  9. Kapcewich-DSQ.

Heat 3 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to the feature): 1. Gabany  2. Jordan  3. J. Kriegisch  4. Nastasi  5. Albert  6. A. Clay  7. Williams  8. Porter  9. Wolfe-DNS.

Heat 4 (8 laps, top 5 transfer to the feature): 1. R. Kristyak  2. C. Deems  3. Martell  4. Izzo  5. Schrader  6. Wolbert  7. C. Kriegisch  8. Haupt.

Last Chance B Main 1 (8 laps, top 2 transfer to the feature): 1. Beltz  2. M. Kristyak  3. Cope  4. Priester  5. Smith  6. C. Clay-DSQ  7. Hufnagel-DNS  8. Kapcewich-DSQ.

Last Chance B Main 2 (8 laps, top 2 transfer to the feature): 1. Haupt  2. C. Kriegisch  3. Wolbert  4. Wolfe  5. Porter  6. A. Clay  7. Williams.

Ohio Intra Express/C&R Tire “Wheelman” Non-Winners Race (10 laps, $75 to-win): 1. Jim Bryce  2. Clayton Deems  3. David Kalb, Jr.  4. D.J. Schrader  5. Amelia Clay  6. Preston Cope  7. Jacob Wolfe  8. Cameron Nastasi  9. Shayne Izzo  10. Michael Kristyak  11. Gage Priester  12. Jacob Jordan-DNS  13. Brandon Albert-DNS  14. Calvin Clay-DNS  15. Jason Hufnagel-DNS  16. Teddy Williams II-DNS  17. Greg Porter-DNS  18. Phil Kapcewich-DSQ.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions. 
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604.  The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.
 
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SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS & RUSH SPRINTS PART OF "APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS" THIS WEEKEND AT SHARON; HOVIS TOUR RACE FOR MODS WHILE SPRINTS FEATURED IN A COMPLETE BONNELL'S ROD SHOP SHOW FRIDAY
By Mike Leone
 
September 18, 2019            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Hartford, OH)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is set for a doubleheader of action this weekend (September 20-21) at Sharon Speedway for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and RUSH Sprint Cars as part of the "Apple Festival Nationals".  The Sportsman Modifieds will be competing in a Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Touring Series event on Friday and Saturday, while the Sprint Cars will run their complete Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series event on Friday night and will head to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  Action at Sharon gets underway at 6 p.m. both nights.
 
For the Sportsman Modifieds, Friday will see only heat races contested then on Saturday will be the last chance B main(s) and 25-lap feature event paying $800 to-win.  New York racers Adam Hilton and Greg Martin split wins during the 2014 "Apple Festival Nationals, while Martin won the 2015 event.  Chas Wolbert was victorious in the 2016 event, while Justin Shea was the 2017 winner.  Last year's Saturday portion was rained out and completed this year on May 11 with Wolbert scoring the victory.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds have produced strong car counts all year at Sharon Speedway; in fact, this is the fourth straight year the division's home track has averaged at least a full field of cars!  Defending Tour Champion, Garrett Krummert, has won both Tour point races at Sharon this year and has a 14-point lead on Jim Rasey, who is new to the class in 2019.  Wolbert, Kole Holden, and Rob Kristyak are third through fifth in points.  Overall this year at Sharon, Wolbert leads the way with four wins to Krummert's three, and Kristyak's two.  Holden, the 2019 track champion, and Josh Deems have also been victorious.  Kristyak and Wolbert meanwhile remain tied for RUSH's $3,000 to-win Weekly Series Championship with Krummert on their heels.

At the end of Saturday night's program, the "Wheelman" Non-Winners race for the Sportsman Modifieds presented by Ohio Intra Express and C&R Tire will take place.  There have been seven different winners in 10 races with Tony Tatgenhorst (three) and David Kalb, Jr. (two) being the only repeat winners.  This will be the championship event.  Tatgenhorst leads the points by six; however, will be ineligible to compete now due to him winning his first career feature at Pittsburgh on September 7.  That means most likely the championship will come down between one-time winners Cameron Nastasi and Amelia Clay as just six points separate the two.  Clayton Deems and Greg Porter complete the top five points-paying positions. 

The RUSH Sprint Cars are meanwhile coming off the "Empire State Classic" weekend where they hit the road for New York for three events; unfortunately, the finale at Genesee was rained out.  Brian Woodhall won Friday's first ever show at Ransomville and Chad Ruhlman captured Saturday's "Topless Nationals", while Jeremy Weaver won the overall $300 points title presented by CNC Specialties, Intense Fab & Design, and Pace Performance. 

Mother Nature hasn't been kind to the RUSH Sprint Cars at Sharon.  At last year's "Apple Festival Nationals" event, their feature was on the track when it rained out with the purse monies being split and that led into 2019 where the second year division has only been able to complete four of the 10 scheduled events.  There have been three different winners in those four races; only defending Series Champion, Chad Ruhlman, has been able to repeat.  Brian Woodhall and Andy Feil have earned their first career RUSH Series wins at Sharon this year.  Feil's came in the last race on August 24 winning a side-by-side thriller over Brian Ruhlman.  Zach Morrow, who leads the $5,000 to-win points, has yet to win at Sharon in his career.  Woodhall is second in points with fast closing Ruhlman, while Weaver is fourth and has been close to his first Sprint win with four runner-up finishes this year.  Chad's son Kevin Ruhlman is fifth in points and leads the "Futures Cup" points.

"We have to thank Sharon Speedway for their continued support of both the RUSH Sportsman Modified and RUSH Sprint Car divisions and to include them in their Apple Festival Nationals," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Sharon has been the home for the RUSH Mods since they debuted in 2014 and have been on their weekly schedule since 2015.  Sharon really stepped up and gave the Sprints 11 shows- it's just too bad Mother Nature wasn't cooperative; however, this weekend's forecast looks great.  The various points races in both classes are really heating up."
 
For the Modifieds, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars on Saturday night.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.
 
Officials will also determine the new Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night, and will receive a $40 product package.  The award could go to a driver holding off another for the final heat race or B main transfer position, a driver denying a hard charging racer a feature win, a move to stay on the lead lap before a caution, or any such deserving move.
 
Officials will also determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels "Man of Steel" award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly.  The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel.  The feature winner will also receive a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug. 
 
Sportsman Modified Payoff: 1. $800  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $250  6. $220  7. $180  8. $175  9. $170  10. $165  11. $160  12. $155  13. $150  14. $145  15. $140  16. $135  17. $130  18-24. $125.  Tow/Non-Qualifier $65.
 
RUSH Sprint Car Payoff: 1. $500  2. $250  3. $225  4. $200  5. $180  6. $170  7. $165  8. $160  9. $155  10. $150  11. $145  12-13. $140  14-15. $135  16-17. $130  18-24. $125.  Tow $50.
 
You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  The AMB/MyLaps transponders are required.  One-way driver radios are always mandatory at 454.000.  The entry fee is $35 for the Modifieds.  Pit passes are $35 each night.  Pits are open throughout the afternoon with pit passes going on sale at 3 p.m.  A drivers meeting will be held at approximately 5:20 p.m. with cars on the track at 6.
 
Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604.  The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.
 
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HOVIS WEEKLY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FUND FOR SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE IN 2020; OVER $50,000 IN VALUABLE CASH & PRODUCT TO BE DISTRIBUTED
By Mike Leone
 
September 17, 2019             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...With the 2019 season winding down, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors have already begun to diligently prepare for the 2020 season.  One exciting announcement will be an increase to the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship for the RUSH Sportsman Modified division.

The 2020 RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Champion will take home $3,500 with an increase in all 20 points-paying positions!  Each points-paying position will increase from $100-$500, which represents a 36% increase over the 2019 points fund, and marks the second increase since the Series debuted in 2014!  (See breakdown below.)

"It's really been amazing to watch our RUSH Sportsman Modified division grow and evolve since its inception," stated  Series Director Vicki Emig.  "From just 10 cars at the inaugural event at Sharon Speedway to an average of more than a full field of cars each of the past four years!  We already are hearing of new racers that will be joining our Sportsman ranks in 2020.  Through the continued strong support of our sponsors, racers, and speedways, we are really excited to be able to increase our weekly championship program some 36% for our Sportsman Modified racers in 2020, pushing the total amount of cash point funds and valuable product they will be able to compete for to well over $50,000!"

Seven different speedways throughout a three-state area, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia scheduled events in 2019.  Sharon Speedway will continue to run the class on a weekly basis, which has been the division's home base since inception.  Sharon has been under 20 cars on only four nights total over the past four years!  Lernerville Speedway, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, Raceway 7, Expo Speedway,  Dog Hollow Speedway, and Tyler County Speedway scheduled events in 2019 and are expected to return to the schedule in 2020.

In addition to the Hovis Weekly Series Championship, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds also compete for the Hovis Touring Series Champion, the Hovis Futures Cup Championship, and new in 2019- the "Wheelman" Championship based on the nightly non-winners race at Sharon.

The richest RUSH Sportsman Modified race in history will be coming up at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on October 4-5 for the second annual "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial", which will be a Hovis Touring Series event.  The event started at $1,000 to-win, $150 to-start and has grown with contributions coming in daily.  Stay tuned for more details.     

Chas Wolbert, Rob Kristyak, and defending champion Garrett Krummert are currently involved in a fierce battle for the $3,000 Hovis Weekly Series Championship this year, which will conclude with the final event at Lernerville Speedway on October 19.

The 2019 "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance at Sharon Speedway saw a record $23,000 of valuable product distributed to eligible racers.  Also, more than $3,000 in product giveaways have been added to the "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" for drivers that compete on Friday night AND contribute at least $50 to increasing the purse.

2020 Hovis Weekly Series Championship Points Fund: 1. $3,500  2. $2,000  3. $1,200  4. $1,000  5. $900  6. $800  7. $700  8. $600  9. $500  10. $400  11. $390  12. $380  13. $370  14. $360  15. $350  16. $340  17. $330  18. $325  19. $310  20. $300.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like the Sportsman Modified Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

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RAIN WASHES OUT “TOPLESS NATIONALS” FINALE AT GENESEE ON SUNDAY; JEREMY WEAVER CROWNED “EMPIRE STATE CLASSIC” CHAMPION FOR SWEENEY RUSH SPRINTS 
By Mike Leone
 
September 15, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Batavia, NY)...Intermittent rain showers throughout Sunday afternoon and with more expected through the evening, forced promoter Jim Johnson to reluctantly cancel night two of the “Topless Nationals” at Genesee Speedway.  The two-day event included the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance for the second straight year and was part of the three-night “Empire State Classic” with Ransomville Speedway on Friday night at Genesee on Saturday night.  RUSH Sprint teams can send in for a refund of their pit passes to Genesee Speedway, c/o of Jim Johnson, 2591 Batavia-Oakfield Town Road, Batavia, NY 14125. 

On the strength of two runner-up finishes and signing into competition on Sunday before the rain out, Jeremy Weaver earned the $300 “Empire State Classic” Championship.  Thanks to CNC Specialties, Intense Fab & Design, and Pace Performance, the top five in points earned point fund monies this year.  Weaver came up just shy to Brian Woodhall on Friday night at Ransomville then charged from the sixth starting spot to second on Saturday night at Genesee.  Weaver ran out of time to make any effort at running down feature winner, Chad Ruhlman, who remains perfect in the three “Topless Nationals” events at Genesee in 2018 and 2019. 

Weaver has really came on of late in his first season of RUSH Sprint Car racing.  The 18-year-old Stoneboro, Pa. racer competed for four full seasons in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division running his family-owned #35W.  Weaver finished in the top 10 of the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly and Touring Series points for three of the four years including a fifth in 2016 Tour points.  Weaver was the 2017 “Futures Cup” Champion.   

After some early season starts in the Sportsman Modified division this year, Weaver moved over to the RUSH Sprint Car division full-time driving for longtime Modified and Sprint Car owner Ted Hull.  The former go-kart racer coupled with the knowledge of Hull seems to be a good fit as Weaver has turned in four runner-up finishes this year including three of the last four races in the #41!  Weaver sits fourth in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Weekly Series Championship standings.   

Woodhall earned $200 for finishing second in points thanks to his win on Friday night in the first ever RUSH Sprint Car race at Ransomville, and then went 12th to ninth on Saturday night at Genesee.  Zach Morrow and Brandon Blackshear tied for third in points and will each receive $125.  Arnie Kent was fifth for $75. 

“We have to thank Ransomville and Genesee Speedways for allowing us to be part of their two-day weekend events,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  “Our RUSH Sprints are a perfect fit for the Topless Nationals and we were really excited Ransomville wanted to join up with Genesee to expand the Empire State Classic to three nights this year.  Thanks to the 17 racers that made the long tow to compete despite threatening weather two of the three nights.  It’s been a challenging year weather wise for our Sprints losing 13 of the 29 shows scheduled to date to Mother Nature.  And we also have to thank CNC, Intense, and Pace for allowing us to expand the points fund to five positions this year.”

FINAL “Empire State Classic” Points: 1. JEREMY WEAVER (Hull 41) 266  2. Brian Woodhall (8B) 257  3. Zach Morrow (27) & Brandon Blackshear (10) 254  5. Arnie Kent (18) 251  6. Steve Pedley (21) 248  7. Dave Hawkins (27) 245  8. Matt Sherlock III (55) 243  9. Brian Hartzell (69) 240  10. Brad Blackshear (19) 236  11. Shawn Smith (36) 178  12. Tyler Powell (35) & Chad Ruhlman (87R) 170  14. Kevin Ruhlman (23) 166  15. Andy Feil (Eckart/Mahoney 9J) 156  16. Nolan Groves (25) 151  17. Brad Church (40) 84.

Up next for the RUSH Sprint Cars will be a doubleheader of Bonnell’s Rod Shop Weekly Series action with this Friday night (September 20) at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio followed by Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints

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CHAD RUHLMAN TAKES NIGHT 2 OF THE “EMPIRE STATE CLASSIC” FOR THE SWEENEY RUSH SPRINT CARS; RUHLMAN NOW 3-FOR-3 IN “BONNELL’S ROD SHOP “TOPLESS NATIONALS” EVENTS AT GENESEE 
By Mike Leone
 
September 14, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Batavia, NY)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance headed to Genesee Speedway on Saturday for their first appearance of the season.  It was night one of the third annual “Topless Nationals”, which the RUSH Sprints have now been part of each of the last two years.  Night two of the three-night “Empire State Classic” attracted 17 cars, which was a record for the state of New York for the second-year division. 

Chad Ruhlman got by rookie Matt Sherlock III on the opening lap then withstood a side-by-side early race battle from fourth starting Brandon Blackshear before pulling away for the 20-lap feature win.  The $800 victory was Ruhlman’s ninth of the season in Bonnell’s Rod Shop Weekly Series competition.  Ruhlman is now three-for-three in the “Topless Nationals” events at Genesee and will look for the sweep for the second straight year on Sunday night.

“It turned out real racey tonight- hats off to the track crew,” acknowledged the 42-year-old Bemus Point, NY native who now calls Erie, Pa. home.  “This is a fun place.  It was a great night and this really helped out our championship efforts.  We turn in our best 12 finishes and this is win number nine so I’d like to add a few more before the year is over.  Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.  I couldn’t do this without Shawn and Jenny (Nielson), my girlfriend Jenn, Kevin’s mom Katrina for putting up with all the travel we do, and my daughter Katelyn out here pushing us around.”

Brad Blackshear spun on the bottom of turn one on the opening lap to bring out the only caution of the not only the feature, but the only caution in two nights of the “Empire State Classic” including warm-ups, four heat races, and two 20-lap features!  Once racing got going, Brad’s brother Brandon made a nice move to go from fourth to second on the first lap.  Blackshear had a good run on the bottom as he pulled even with Ruhlman, who was running the top.  The two ran side-by-side for two laps before Ruhlman broke free on lap four. 

Sixth starting Jeremy Weaver gained two spots on the first circuit then joined the battle for second as he got by Kevin Ruhlman for third on lap four.  Weaver hounded Blackshear lap after lap before finally getting under and by the older Blackshear brother down the backstretch and entering turn three on lap 11.  Two laps later, Kevin Ruhlman made the pass of Blackshear for third.

Once Weaver got clear of Blackshear, he was able to cut into Chad Ruhlman’s lead, but without any cautions he’d run out of laps as Ruhlman’s Callahan Water Hydraulics/Wicked Wrenches/Kelly Frederes Auto Repair/Close Racing Supply/North Star Unlimited/5th St. Sunoco/Jen’s Pink Zebra/Ruhlman Race Cars/Premier Communications-sponsored #87R took his 24th career RUSH Sprint victory by 2.226 seconds.

Weaver takes over the “Empire State Classic” points lead presented by CNC Specialties, Intense Fab & Design, and Pace Performance.  Weaver has now finished second four time this season as he continues to be close at his first career Sprint win.  Chad’s son Kevin Ruhlman, who won the opening heat race, was third for the third time this season matching his career best Sprint finish. 

Blackshear held off a charging Steve Pedley and Zach Morrow for fourth.  Pedley, who started eighth, recorded his first top five of the season as he entered the night with four seventh place finishes.  Heat two winner, Shawn Smith, finished seventh.  Pole-sitter Sherlock dropped to eighth at the finish.  Friday night’s Ransomville winner, Brian Woodhall, advanced from 12th to ninth as Andy Feil completed the top 10. 

The “Empire State Classic” will wrap up on Sunday with night three right back at Genesee.  Racing is set for 4 p.m.  Next weekend will be a doubleheader of Bonnell’s Rod Shop Weekly Series action with Friday night (September 20) at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio followed by Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Cars Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Race #16 (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. CHAD RUHLMAN (87R)  2. Jeremy Weaver (Hull 41)  3. Kevin Ruhlman (23)  4. Brandon Blackshear (10)  5. Steve Pedley (21)  6. Zach Morrow (27)  7. Shawn Smith (36)  8. Matt Sherlock III (55)  9. Brian Woodhall (8B)  10. Andy Feil (Mahoney/Eckart 9J)  11. Arnie Kent (18)  12.  Brad Church (40)  13. Dave Hawkins (27)  14. Tyler Powell (35)  15. Nolan Groves (25)  16. Brian Hartzell (69)  17. Brad Blackshear (19).
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints

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BRIAN WOODHALL KICKS OFF “EMPIRE STATE CLASSIC” WEEKEND WINNING THE 1ST EVER SWEENEY RUSH SPRINT CAR RACE AT RANSOMVILLE; WOODHALL HOLDS OFF JEREMY WEAVER FOR 2ND CAREER BONNELL’S ROD SHOP WIN WORTH $800
By Mike Leone
 
September 13, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Ransomville, NY)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance kicked off the second annual “Empire State Classic” weekend on Friday night with the first ever appearance at Ransomville Speedway.  It marked the furthest trip from home for the second year division with more than three to over four hours for all competing teams.  The entire RUSH Sprint Car portion of the program went caution-free with the checkered flag falling in the feature before 8:30 p.m. as it was a race against Mother Nature, which was bringing in a strong cold front across Ontario, Canada.  The three-night swing through western New York continues with nights two and three at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY on Saturday and Sunday as part of their “Topless Nationals”. 

Brian Woodhall entered the night as the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Weekly Series points leader finishing in the top five in 11 of his 13 starts in 2019.  Woodhall however had only been able to make it to victory lane once coming back on June 22 at Sharon Speedway for his first career RUSH win.  On Friday night, Woodhall led all 20 non-stop laps of the feature, but it was far from easy as Jeremy Weaver hounded him for the entire duration.  Woodhall earned $800 for the Bonnell’s Rod Shop feature win, and takes the early points lead in the “Empire State Classic” Championship presented by CNC Specialties, Intense Fab & Design, and Pace Performance.  The caution-free feature was timed in 6:28.790.   

“I heard him quite a few times,” acknowledged the recently-turned 35-year-old Apollo, Pa. driver.  “We were rushing trying to beat the rain, and made some shock adjustments trying to tighten it up through the center.  I knew if I could protect the bottom they would have a pretty tough time getting around me on the top.  We have a pretty good setup with this DRC car that I think we can go anywhere in the country and be relatively competitive.  I have to thank my dad along with my wife for putting up with me racing all the time.  I also have to thank Vicki (Emig) and the RUSH Series because we wouldn’t be racing if it wasn’t for this.  I appreciate all of the fans coming out tonight.”

Woodhall got off to good start at the beginning of the feature over Weaver, while Arnie Kent, Dave Hawkins, and seventh starting Brandon Blackshear followed in positions three through five.  Zach Morrow, who started eighth, used the highline to move forward as he cracked the top five on lap two getting by Blackshear.  Weaver began to pressure Woodhall and the two were side-by-side for the lead on lap three, but Woodhall held on as the two pulled away from the field on lap four.

Morrow continued to race to the front as he drove around Hawkins off turn two for fourth on lap five.  Morrow then went after Kent and the two began their battle for the show position on lap six.  Back up front, Weaver was really pressuring Woodhall on lap eight and continued to do so as the laps ticked off without a caution.  Weaver would get under Woodhall and pull nearly even on several occasions, but Woodhall was running the preferred line.  With those two going at it, Kent began to close in on lap 11, but would never get close enough to challenge.

Woodhall was able to keep Weaver at bay for the victory by 0.672 of a second in his CNC Specialties Manufacturing/RFI Resources/Precise Racing Products-sponsored #8B.  Weaver was second for the third time this season as he continues to be close at his first career Sprint win.  Kent withstood Morrow’s challenges to take the third spot.  Morrow tried to get around Kent on the final lap, but rode the fence in turns one and two somehow managing to keep going without losing a spot. 

Hawkins was fifth for his first top five of the season.  Brandon Blackshear and Shawn Smith were sixth and seventh.  Tyler Powell recorded his season’s best effort in eighth.  Brad Blackshear, a one-time winner this season, and Steve Pedley completed the top 10.  Heat winners were Weaver and Hawkins.   
 
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Cars Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Race #15 (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. BRIAN WOODHALL (8B)  2. Jeremy Weaver (Hull 41)  3. Arnie Kent (18)  4. Zach Morrow (27)  5. Dave Hawkins (27)  6. Brandon Blackshear (10)  7. Shawn Smith (36)  8. Tyler Powell (35)  9. Brad Blackshear (19)  10. Steve Pedley (21)  11. Matt Sherlock III (55)  12. Brian Hartzell (69).
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR TO RETURN TO "FIRECRACKER 100" WEEKEND AT LERNERVILLE IN 2020 WITH WORLD OF OUTLAWS; 30TH ANNUAL "BILL EMIG MEMORIAL" TO ONCE AGAIN PAY $10,000 TO-WIN
By Mike Leone
 
September 13, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Sarver, PA)...The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and Lernerville Speedway have announced that the "Firecracker 100" will return to the Sarver, Pa. oval in 2020.  The 14th annual edition will take place June 25-27, and for the second straight year will include the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance competing in the "Bill Emig Memorial".  The milestone 30th running of the prestigious event will pay $10,000 to-win once again.

This 2019 edition of the "Bill Emig Memorial" run in conjunction with the "Firecracker 100" attracted a season high 53 cars from seven different states and Ontario, Canada- tying what was previously the third highest car count in Series history.  Max Blair made a late race pass of Ross Robinson to capture the $10,000 race win presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply.   
 
"I can't thank Lernerville and the World of Outlaws enough for allowing the RUSH Late Models to once again be part of the renowned ‘Firecracker 100’ event in 2020," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "To be able to showcase our RUSH Late Model racers in what is considered to be one the country's premier Super Late Model events in front of such a huge crowd was truly an incredible experience for all of us.  Our racers put on a tremendous show for the fans and we're really looking forward to being part of the event again." 

"On a personal note, I honestly can't describe what it means to have the 'Bill Emig Memorial' part of the 'Firecracker' and of course at Lernerville where the inaugural event took place in 1991," added Emig.  "I'm really looking forward to making the 30th edition the most spectacular yet!"

“The RUSH Late Models were a great addition to the ‘Firecracker 100’ weekend,” acknowledged Lernerville promoter Father Tim Tomson.  “They really gave our fans some thrilling action and having them join the ‘Firecracker’ was a tremendous addition.  Last year’s event was one of the most successful ‘Firecrackers’ in the history of the event so we’re excited bring them back for what will be the 30th running of the ‘Bill Emig Memorial’.” 

Two events remain on the 2019 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring schedule including the "Bill Hendren Memorial" at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway paying a minimum of $4,000 to-win part of the "Pittsburgher" on October 4-5 followed by the "Steel City Stampede" for $2,000 to-win at Lernerville October 18-19.  Jeremy Wonderling has a 13-point lead over Kyle Lukon.
 
Hovis Auto & Truck Supply is headquartered in Mercer, Pa.  Hovis has 17 locations throughout western Pennsylvania and expanded their business to include heavy duty truck parts and paint, body and equipment sales.   
 
Lernerville is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 11 miles southeast of Butler, Pa. on Route 356 at 313 North Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055.  Lernerville is just 30 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.  For more information, check out their website at www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511 (office) or 724-353-1350 (track).
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
 
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 
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