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PACE PERFORMANCE RUSH SERIES CLOSELY MONITORING COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION; 2020 SEASON CONTINUES TO BE ON PAUSE
By Mike Leone

May 11, 2020      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)...Heading into March, the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC was gearing up for what was poised to be a record breaking season across all divisions; however, an unprecedented situation developed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world.

Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone had scheduled RUSH-sanctioned events for 2020 at more than 20 different speedways throughout seven states (PA, OH, WV, NY, MD, VA, and DE) amongst the Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, Karting, and Asphalt divisions in 2020.  RUSH Directors continue to monitor the ever changing situation on a daily basis in hopes to return to racing in the near future.  The Series must be cognizant of each individual state's mandates concerning COVID-19.

"This is an extremely fluid situation from our perspective as we sanction so many events in different states," explained Emig.  "It's certainly going to put a whole new perspective on our season when it begins as it has affected every moving piece of the Series including our speedways, sponsors, and teams.  With that said, we hope that when racing does resume everyone greatly supports our tracks and sponsors." 

Over the past several weeks, RUSH's focus has been to support its sanctioned race tracks as they're facing trying times in so many respects.  RUSH was part of the advisory group put together by the United States Motorsports Association that included several industry leaders that helped develop a COVID-19 tool kit for speedways that includes a Race Resumption Plan, Best Practices, templates, and more.  The tool kit and much more is available on the USMA webpage at  www.unitedstatesmotorsports.com.

RUSH went one step further and recently hosted a Zoom meeting with sanctioned track promoters to review the USMA COVID-19 information and network.  USMA representative Robert Johnson and motorsports attorney, Ken McGuire, also took part to answer any questions.  Several RUSH promoters representing five states took part in the two-hour meeting. 

Going forward, RUSH hopes everyone stays healthy and safe, and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  RUSH will inform drivers/owners of any pertinent information.  Those with questions or concerns, can contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.   

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Equipment Rental Options, 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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COVID-19 PANDEMIC CANCELS "BATTLE OF THE BAY" SPEEDWEEK; PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR EVENTS TO POTENTIALLY BE ADDED LATER IN 2020 AT DELAWARE, GEORGETOWN, POTOMAC & WINCHESTER
By Mike Leone
 
April 1, 2020       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...With stay at home orders and gathering bans in effect throughout the entire Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada through at least the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RUSH Racing Series Directors along with the promoters of Delaware International, Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways have cancelled the "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek scheduled for April 15-18 for the Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.  RUSH Directors and track promoters will work together on potential 2020 Touring Series dates at each track for later in the year.

"Everyone was really looking forward to the 'Battle of the Bay' kicking off our season but right now the focus is on everyone's health and safety," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "The first two years of the 'Battle of the Bay' were tremendous with car counts ranging from 40-53 at all seven completed events.  The 'Raelyn Huffman Memorial' added a lot of stature to the Delaware race last year and the other promoters all increased their show's payoff.  We were looking for even more forward momentum this year as many new racers were planning on taking part.  The promoters have shown an interest in rescheduling Tour shows for later in the year so we'll be working with them in the coming weeks to see how we can best coordinate these for everyone's benefit."
       
The RUSH Late Model Touring Series next scheduled events are Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17 at Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY and Eriez Speedway in Erie, PA.  Stay tuned for further updates on these events in May.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Equipment Rental Options, 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Accu-Force Dynos & Testers, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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ACCU-FORCE DYNOS & TESTERS TO PROVIDE SHOCK/SPRING TESTING & TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO PACE RUSH RACING SERIES IN 2020
By Mike Leone
 
March 26, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is looking forward to working with Accu-Force Dynos & Testers throughout the 2020 season.  Owned by Keith Berner, Accu-Force will be providing shock/spring testing equipment as well as technical support to Series Tech Officials for the 2020 season.

"We're always looking at ways to improve our tech program, especially the ever-changing suspension technology," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Keith, a former Ohio Late Model racer himself, is very respected in the racing community and his Accu-Force equipment is really going to be a great asset to helping us in the field to assure that racers are in compliance with our rules.  His close proximity to our offices is also going to be a great asset in turn-around time in the event we would have to confiscate a shock/spring for further testing.  We can't thank Keith enough for lending us his expertise in this field and we're really looking forward to working with him!"

"All of us at Accu-Force are looking forward to being associated with Vicki and everyone involved with the RUSH Racing Series," stated Berner.  "They have worked hard to try to keep racing affordable and competitive.  We have worked with many of the teams in the past and look forward to working with them and the RUSH Racing Series in the future."

Accu-Force Dynos & Testers, located in Millersburg, Ohio, assists race teams across the world with suspension test equipment and the latest in shock & spring technology. Utilizing years of knowledge and expertise, owner Keith Berner and the Accu-Force team can help your race program gain those valuable tenths of a second needed to beat the competition. Whether you are in need of a piece of our innovative equipment, a custom set of shocks, a private seminar, chassis set-up, or on track testing with our data acquisition system, Accu-Force strives to provide the best customer service possible at an affordable price!

For more information on Accu-Force, check out their website at Accuforcetesters.com, like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/AccuForce-Dynos-Testers-203851222987016, and follow them on Twitter @Accu_Force.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Equipment Rental Options, 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, Accu-Force Dynos & Testers, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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PACE PERFORMANCE RUSH SERIES JOINS WITH MYRACEPASS; LINEUPS, LIVE TIMING & RESULTS FOR 2020 TOUR EVENTS & OTHER SELECT EVENTS
By Mike Leone

March 5, 2020      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…The Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is pleased to announce that it has signed on with MyRacePass for the 2020 season.  The race management software program will be utilized for RUSH Late Model Touring, RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Touring, and select RUSH Sprint Car events that will include lineups, live timing, and results available on the MyRacePass app. 

MyRacePass is utilized by many national racing series including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars as well as numerous speedways throughout the country.  Drivers that competed in a RUSH Late Model, RUSH Sprint Car, or RUSH Sportsman Modified in 2019 or joined in 2020, can go to www.myracepass.com website to claim their profile for free.  New racers for 2020 in these divisions should email RUSH their name and hometown to info@rushracingseries.com to include their name in the RUSH MyRacePass database.

The MyRacePass App can be downloaded from the App Store on Apple devices and the Play Store on Android Devices.  There is no charge to be able to view lineups and results.  The basic plan for $7.99 per year includes live timing; additional plans for racers are available.

"As the RUSH Racing Series continues to evolve, we felt MyRacePass was a logical choice," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Today more than ever fans and racers are utilizing their phones and handheld devices constantly; people expect information at their fingertips and MyRacePass will achieve this.  It's going to be great to have our drivers be able to get all of their pertinent information on race night on their devices.  Lineups and results will also be able to be immediately posted to our social media accounts."

Also, RUSH will be handling all scoring in house for Late Model and Sportsman Modified Tour events as well as select Sprint Car events in 2020.  Racers competing in Late Model Tour events are encouraged to purchase an AMB/MyLaps Transponder if they do not already own one.  Rentals will be available.  The ABM/MyLaps Transponders have already been required for RUSH Sportsman Modified and RUSH Sprint Car events since those divisions' inception.  For more information on purchasing a transponder, go to www.mylaps.com.         

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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 and follow our various Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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"BILL FORNEY MEMORIAL" TO REMEMBER LEGENDARY LATE MODEL RACER AS PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR RETURNS TO SHARON JULY 18; SHARON & CANFIELD SPEEDWAYS DRIVERS REUNION COMPLETE FESTIVITIES
By Mike Leone

February 28, 2020         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)…After nearly four years, the Pace Performance RUSH Late Models together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is set to return to Sharon Speedway on Saturday, July 18 in what is expected to be one of the most anticipated Touring Series events of the season- the inaugural "Bill Forney Memorial".  In addition, the night will also feature the Sharon/Canfield Speedways Drivers Reunion for racers that competed at these historic speedways from 1949-1973.

The "Bill Forney Memorial" will start off paying $2,199 in remembrance of his famous candy-striped #199 Late Model, as the additional $199 has been added in Memory of Bill from Bill's children, Mike Forney and Anita Carson.  The event will kick-off a huge weekend of racing for the RUSH Late Model Touring Series during the midseason battle for the richest "Touring" point fund in Series history.  The entire point fund has nearly doubled from years past with the 2020 champion taking home a stout $12,000.  The following night at Eriez Speedway will be the "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance that is expected to see well over $30,000 in valuable product distributed to the racers!

The Tour last appeared at the 3/8-mile showplace in Hartford, Ohio in 2016 with a pair of Tour events.  That was prior to the new red clay surface that has produced tremendous racing in recent years.  The RUSH Late Models ran weekly at Sharon from 2011-2014.  Will Thomas III is the division's all-time winner with 13 victories.  This will be a big night for RUSH as the RUSH Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be on the card.

"Our racers have been yearning to return to Sharon for several years," acknowledged Series Director Vicki Emig.  "The competition level has really ascended since our last visit and we can't wait to see the cars race on the red clay surface.  This will be a great weekend for RUSH racers to hit up two Touring events not far apart on back-to-back nights.  We have to thank Stateline and Bradford Speedway for working with us and allowing their racers to compete in these events.  Adding the Sharon/Canfield Speedway drivers reunion to this special night in Bill's honor is a perfect fit for the fans and I believe it will truly be a night to remember!." 

Bill Forney, one of, if not the greatest racer to ever wheel a late model in the region, passed away on August 10, 2019 at the age of 92.  Forney was a fixture at both Canfield and Sharon, but especially Canfield.  Forney's racing prowess earned him the Late Model track championship at Sharon in 1964, and an unprecedented seven championships at Canfield (1959-1960, '61, '63, '65-66, '68) - a track that had a national reputation for tough as nails competition.   All totaled, Forney had hundreds of feature wins, many at these two tracks.  And during this period was a rivalry rarely matched in the annals of stock car racing history lore- the legendary Bill Forney/Jim Bickerstaff battles.  The two drivers were the undisputed leaders of their craft, and their weekly donnybrooks on the quarter-mile bullrings attracted fans by the throngs. 

Forney was inducted into the inaugural Twin State Auto Racing Club's Hall of Fame in 2010, and is also a member of the Cloverleaf Speedway (Cleveland) Hall of Fame.  In his later years, Forney enjoyed getting together with old and new friends who enjoyed racing and its history.  Many took him on excursions to race tracks and racing reunions.  And as friends and fans knew, there was more to Forney than his expertise on the tracks, he was a gentleman of class, whose friendly demeanor put anyone at ease.  Auto racing was lucky to have him. 

"We're honored the Forney Family is allowing their father's memorial to be a RUSH event," stated Emig.  "We got to know Bill very well and he was certainly supportive of the RUSH concept and followed our Series closely right up until his passing.  I'm sure he'd be tickled to know that his memorial event was a RUSH Late Model show at Sharon.  Bill was a legend in local Late Model racing and is very deserving of a memorial race- one that we're proud to have under the RUSH banner."

In conjunction with the "Bill Forney Memorial" will be the Sharon/Canfield Speedways Drivers Reunion.  Drivers that competed on the dirt at these speedways from 1949-1973 will be invited to the event free of charge and will  enjoy a complimentary dinner in the pavilion prior to the event.  Personal invitations will be sent to the 85 living drivers that are currently on the guest list and will be released soon; upon release, any eligible drivers missing should contact the RUSH Office.  Other details surrounding the reunion will be released soon.   

The RUSH Office will be handling all aspects of the reunion and interested parties are urged to contact RUSH, not Sharon Speedway, at (724) 964-9300 or email info@rushracingseries.com once the information is released.  A separate Facebook event has been created where additional details will be posted at the following link https://www.facebook.com/events/2431159570321978/.  Interested parties are urged to interact with the event to stay up to date on the latest happenings.

The "Bill Forney Memorial" will start off at $2,199 to-win, $225 to-start along with a $200 to-win "Wheelman" Non-Qualifier and the Zarin Truck & Automotive $500 Club drawings; however, donations will be accepted at a minimum of $50 to enhance the overall purse much like what has been done over the years at the "Jook George Steel City Classic" at Pittsburgh. 

Donors can be named to remember Bill Forney, racers, car owners, officials and others during the reunion time period or whatever one chooses; all contributions will be recognized prior to and during the night of the event.  The following link is a printable donation flyer    https://rushlatemodels.com/Forney%20Memorial%20Donation%20Flyer%202020.pdf.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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RUSH  KARTING SERIES SET TO LAUNCH;  INDUSTRY LEADERS, RACERS, KARTERS WEIGH IN ON CONCEPT
By Doug Kennedy

February 27, 2020

(Pulaski, PA)...For the last 13 seasons, Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been committed to developing and promoting crate engine auto racing throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada with five different divisions of race cars on dirt and four on asphalt.  On December 9, 2019, it was announced that RUSH had now added the RUSH Karting Series to be under the umbrella of the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.

The Series features the RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that's available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.), which is currently running an introductory promotion  (https://www.rushkarting.com//Precise-Engine-Trade-In-Promotion-2020.pdf).  The RUSH Kart sealed engine is also available at Kart Works (Sugar Grove, Pa).  The Series also features spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel.  The complete 2020 rules are available on the www.rushkarting.com website. 

The RUSH Karting Series will debut in 2020 and have four different classes; one, Amateur/Rookie for 5-7 year olds with no experience; two, a Jr-1 for kids 8-11; three, a Jr-2 for kids 12-15; and four, an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older.  All the classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will be better than $8,500.  An Adult Cage class will be added for the 2021 season.

Tracks participating in the program include Blanket Hill Speedway (Kittanning, Pa.), Lockhart Motorsports Park (Seneca, Pa.), Naugle Speedway (Coraopolis, Pa.), Pittsfield Championship Karting Association (Pittsfield, Pa.), Shaffer Speedway (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Stateline Speedway Karts (Busti, NY).

Scott Gobrecht is the owner of BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna Speedway) in York Haven, Pa,, part owner of Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., promoter of Racing Xtravaganza motorsports show in York, Pa, promoter of the Central PA Legend Cars, the owner of two Sprint Car teams (Trey Starks and Dylan Norris), and a partner with his brother Brian and father Bob in Golf Cart Services located in New Oxford, Pa.

Scott has some very distinct thoughts on the RUSH Karting Series. “The biggest thing that jumped out at me was the immediate response from the tracks,” Gobrecht said.  “There’s lots of positives surrounding the series, especially the cost containment aspects which the Series has put into place. There’s so much now with the prepping of the tires and that is being covered by RUSH with the Hoosier tire.”

“My brothers (Brian and the late Kevin) and I got started in Karting so we followed it over the years,” Gobrecht continued.  “It’s saddening to see the decline in car counts as the costs have increased in karting.  “RUSH's plan and vision should definitely help, they have always surrounded themselves with great people and sponsors and I wish them the very best.”   

Jay Groves’ son, Nolan, who is 16, competes in the RUSH Sprint Car Series.  Groves, who owns Kart Works with his son and father-in-law Jay Anderson, has a highly successful Karting company near Stateline Speedway.  He and his father-in-law have been a great help with the process of putting together the rules package for RUSH.  Groves is one of those who would like to see the RUSH Karting program succeed.

“Honestly, we’ve been very supportive of Vicki and Mike for this series,” Groves said.  “This will be good for anyone who has a second Kart or people who just want to get into affordable racing.  We’ve had a good  handful of drivers out of our shop who are planning to participate in the Series and a  lot of others with inquiries as to how to become involved with the Series.” 

Sylvan Easler has been involved with racing for many years, and particularly Karting in the western Pa. area.  Easler of Butler, Pa. is the owner of Alternative Power Sources, a longtime RUSH sponsor and contributor at "Manufacturers Nights".  “I think it’s a great idea for Karting,” Easler said.  “I like the Series and the potential it has.  It going to put everyone on a fair and even playing field.”

He and his two sons, Ben and Aaron, raced Karts for a number of years in Pennsylvania and Ohio before moving on to the RUSH Pro Stocks for several years.  “We won a lot of (Kart) races and championships, and raced a lot of tracks,” Easler said.  “Karting is not for everybody, but I think this Series is going to take off, at least I sure hope it does. Karting needs it for an easier way to race and be competitive.”

"Hoosier Tire is excited to partner with the RUSH Karting Series that will feature spec Hoosier slick racing tires," stated Hoosier Racing Tire's Oval Kart Product Manager Chad Wright.  "Vicki and Mike have always been successful with all of their endeavors with the RUSH Racing Series, and we can't wait to watch their success in Karting.  It's been a great partnership throughout the years with their big car programs and we're really looking forward to joining their efforts in the world of Karting!"

Mike Pegher, Jr., who spent several years competing in the RUSH Late Model division before moving up to Super Late Models in recent years, is another who would like to see his very young daughter, Mila, eventually race a RUSH Kart someday. “It's going to be a great deal for the kids," expressed the Cranberry Township, Pa. driver.  "It will give them a chance to be part of all of RUSH's exciting programs, win a RUSH Championship, jacket, and prize money!”

“If  I'm going to get beat I'd would rather lose to someone with equal equipment," added Pegher.  "Everything that Vicki has done in her big car programs allows people to go racing in the class they want to race but can’t possibly afford at the next level, RUSH now opens up that opportunity in Karting.” 

Another who has a daughter who will be returning to Karts is Jim Zarin.  The 49-year-old former Late Model standout now has a RUSH Late Model for his son Logan and also was the presenting sponsor of the "$500 Club".  Lacey Zarin, who is 14, will be returning to Kart racing in the new RUSH Karting series. 

“I figured this would be a good opportunity to get her back into racing,” Zarin said.  Logan also raced a Kart for seven years before stepping up to the RUSH Late Model division in 2018.  At one point, Zarin had three Karts.  In addition to his two kids, Zarin also had a Kart for a friend, Austin Cooper. 

“Even though people resist change, I think Vicki is doing good for the people,” Zarin continued.  “I’ll support her in every way I can because people don’t realize how beneficial her programs are to saving racing around this area.”   

Butch Lambert of Valencia, Pa. started his racing career in Stocks before moving up to RUSH Late Models, and now races on a more limited basis today.  His 14-year-old daughter will be part of RUSH with the new Karting Series.  Madi actually got her start last year in a Kart so this will be her second season.  “She got a few races in last year," Lambert said.  “I don’t think it matters to her as long as she gets to drive.  She’s not flipping any of the bills, so she’ll drive anything. Without a doubt Vicki has proved that she is hands down one of the best promoters throughout the region,” Lambert proudly said.       

Fifty-three-year-old Bob Schwartzmiller of Robinson Township, Pa. likes what RUSH brings to the table: consistency on the rules, insurance for the drivers, the point funds, and minimal travel.  Schwartzmiller competes in the RUSH Late Model Series and says that if the new Kart Series is anything like the Late Models, then things should be great. 

His 12-year-old son, Cale, will be doing the driving in the family owned Kart.  Overall, Cale is in his sixth year of racing.  “I think it’s going to be good keeping the costs down, but I'll probably take some time to get going because sometimes people resist change,” said Schwartzmiller, who is the owner of SGM (Swartzmiller Ground Maintenance).  "I also like the sealed motor, but the biggest thing is the elimination of the tire prep." 

Thirty-nine year old Clyde Prince of Worthington, Pa., is credited with purchasing the very first RUSH Kart sealed engine.  His 13-year-old son, Race, will be behind the wheel of the RUSH Kart for 2020.  “It’s worth a shot because it’s close to home and the playing field should be even with regards to the motors," stated Prince.  "I’m looking forward to it and I hope the kid is as well.  This will be his first year of racing, but I’ll be there to lend the support he needs on a weekly basis.”

Adam Brooks of Brookfield, Ohio, also purchased a new RUSH Kart sealed motor for the Series.  At 24, Brooks has been involved in racing by helping out the Blackshears with their E-Mods and most recently the RUSH Sprint Cars. 

“I think it’s a great idea especially for someone like me who hasn’t done any racing before,” Brooks said.  “I think we will have a chance to succeed even though we don’t have any experience in the Kart.  I’ve been around Vicki and Mike over the last couple of years and this seemed like a great deal and I wanted to become part of it.” 

Perhaps one of the more interesting drivers is 40-year-old Michael Campbell, a.k.a. Trouble McConnells, of Butler, Pa.  Campbell will be a full-blown participant this season with the new RUSH Karting Series. The moniker Trouble McConnells is his handle on his Facebook page.

Campbell began his racing career in a go-Kart in the 1990s before moving to Motocross.  Eventually, a series of knee injuries forced him back into a Kart.  “I think it’s going to be an improvement for Karting since Karting has been diminishing over the last few years and I think this will bring it back up,” Campbell said of the new RUSH Karting Series.  "They (RUSH) have improved racing by giving more competition for the drivers.  You’re saving so much money because of the series and that’s what I want people to understand.”   

Kyle Layton quit Karting because of all the costs that were involved.  “This is great what RUSH has come up with," stated Layton.  "It’s going to be rough in the beginning with all the people against it but once they get sick of spending thousands each year they may reconsider it.  We just got out of Karting because the money spent was ridiculous. We spent $1,300 just in tires last year and then adding in all the preps for the tires was ridiculous.  As long as you have the right tires and preps, it was a flat foot check out.  That’s why we had to carry six set of tires and that wasn’t even enough.”

“I believe this is a really good thing because of the motor package and the tires and getting away from the prep which will bring drivers back into it," said the 39-year-old resident of Erie, Pa, who has an 18-month-old daughter, Kyla.  Layton hopes that when she’s ready to race, the RUSH Karting program will be up and running and heading in the right direction. 

Back in 2007, Layton was one of the first Crate Late Model drivers when the division was developed under Emig and Leone.  After that, he spent seven years or so racing a Kart.  “I wish this series would have started years ago.  Good luck to the RUSH team and I hope it works out for them.” 

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PACE PERFORMANCE MOVES TO FOREFRONT AS RUSH RACING SERIES' BRANDING SPONSOR FOR 2020 & BEYOND; SWEENEY CHEVROLET BUICK GMC TO ALSO CONTINUE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP
By Mike Leone

February 26, 2020      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…Ten years ago Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC forged a partnership with Vicki Emig and Mike Leone to develop Chevrolet Performance crate engine Late Model racing in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Through the years, Sweeney's name became synonymous with RUSH's efforts in the expansion of not only Late Models, but Sportsman Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Pro Mods, Pro Stocks, and Asphalt Series.  In 2012, Sweeney acquired Pace Performance; and due to their tremendous growth over the past several years in the motorsports industry, Pace Performance will now move to the forefront as the branding sponsor of the RUSH Racing Series.

"When speaking of a long-term relationship in the motorsports industry you'd be hard-pressed to find any stronger than the one that has been ongoing throughout the years between Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance with the RUSH Racing Series," stated Emig.  "Sweeney got involved with us in 2011 and we could have not continued our forward momentum without their strong support." 

"Throughout the years, Pace Performance have become one of the top sellers of Chevrolet Performance crate engines and parts," continued Emig.  "Pace is relied upon by numerous entities across the country so it was just a natural transition to move Pace Performance's role to the forefront of the RUSH Racing Series.  With that said we're thrilled to be able to continue to have the Sweeney name aligned with RUSH as there is no question that they are the top automobile dealership that supports of auto racing in the region.  We're so fortunate to have both of these great companies in our corner."   

Pace Performance is a complete source for racing enthusiasts' Chevrolet Performance needs with a selection of over 100,000 parts.  Don Blackshear, the Director of the Pace Performance Circle Track Division, has been at the forefront of Pace's circle track expansion.  Blackshear was the developer of the RUSH 602 Sprint Car engine package in addition to the 525 Sprint Car package that has been utilized over recent years at Knoxville (IA) Raceway as well as involvement with other sanctioning bodies throughout the country.

In addition, Pace's technical department has gone to work and developed several new Pace Performance packages based on a computation of several years of customer request for complete, one box, one part number & one price packages.  Pace has crate engines, transmissions, rear-end, ignition, water pump, exhaust, carb-intake & engine top end packages available, which they call this exclusive line- the Pace Pac Performance Packages.  For more information on Pace, check out their website at www.paceperformance.com, like Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pacecircletrack, and follow them on Twitter @PacePerformance.   

#TeamSweeney is proud to have been a part of the Mahoning Valley for nearly 100 years.  Always focused on the customer, Sweeney has been willing to change to meet the demands and lifestyles of their customers.  This was demonstrated by the addition of the GMC Truck franchise in 1987, Pontiac franchise in 1996, and the Chevrolet franchise in 2004.  For more information on Sweeney, check out their website at www.sweeneycars.com, like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/SweeneyCarsYoungstown, and follow them on Twitter @SweeneyCars.

The Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is set to enter 2020 full speed ahead coming off a record-setting 2019 season for the Series.  Average car counts were up at the majority of the weekly-sanctioned Late Model tracks, while the Touring Series had a record 38-car average for Marquee Events.  For 2020, the Late Model Touring Series point fund has nearly doubled with $12,000 going to the champion.

The Sportsman Modifieds have an expanded schedule with bi-weekly races at Raceway 7 along with the addition of the Wedge Motorsports "Route 7 Rumble" point fund and a 36% increase on the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship.  The Sprint Car division grew for year two and is now set for 30 events throughout the region; in addition, the RUSH Pro Mods will also have a full schedule and the opportunity to compete at some new venues.     

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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 and follow our various Facebook and Twitter accounts.
 
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SUCCESSFUL 2019 SWEENEY RUSH SERIES SEASON COMPLETED AS CHAMPIONS & TOP RACERS HONORED AT AWARDS BANQUET; OVER $130,000 IN POINT FUNDS DISTRIBUTED
By Mike Leone
 
January 25, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Edinburg, PA)…While the 2020 racing season is only a few months away, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone put a final wrap on the 2019 racing season with the annual awards banquet and dinner on Saturday night at the Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa.  A large number of attendees filled the beautiful banquet hall as over $130,000 in cash was distributed to Sweeney RUSH Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock racers.  All told well over a quarter million dollar in point fund monies and useful product contingencies were distributed to RUSH racers throughout the 2019 season.

The Sweeney RUSH Late Models had events at 23 different speedways in 2019 with over 350 different racers participating in either a weekly-sanctioned and/or tour events.  The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars completed year two number with growing car counts and more participation.  Year six for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified season saw more cars participate than any other year.  The Sweeney Pro Stocks continued in year five of their Weekly Series, while the fourth year Sweeney Pro Mods again produced great racing at Stateline and Old Bradford Speedways on a weekly basis.

Crowned 2019 Sweeney Late Model champions were Jeremy Wonderling-Touring Series, Max Blair-National Weekly Series and "Summer Chase", Jakob Piper-"Futures Cup", and Chad Sines-Wheelman Bonus Event Challenge Series.  In the Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars, Chad Ruhlman captured the Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series crown again, while his son Kevin won the inaugural "Futures Cup" title.  In the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, it was Garrett Krummert again taking both the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly & Touring Series titles, while David Kalb, Jr. won the Hovis "Futures Cup" and Cameron Nastasi the "Wheelman".  Dennis Lunger, Jr. won the Sweeney Pro Mod Weekly Series Championship once again.  Tyler Dietz captured the Sweeney Pro Stock title for the second straight year. 

All of the champions received their point fund monies, laser etched championship marble awards, large championship checks thanks to Ontime Body & Graphic, inscribed RUSH championship jackets, and Hoosier championship jackets

Jeremy Wonderling of Wellsville, NY edged out Touring Series newcomer Kyle Lukon to earn the $5,000 Tour title for the second time in three years of trying.  Wonderling started the year off strong at the "Battle of the Bay" presented by Wehrs Machine finishing in the top 11 all three nights against a fields of 40-53 cars each night.  Wonderling returned home and went on a tear winning three straight Tour races in his home state.  Wonderling had a tough stretch with four finishes of 12th or worse in a five-race span; however, his runner-up in the finale at Lernerville for the second straight year allowed him to cop the title- this time by one over Lukon, whose three wins at Pittsburgh were worth $18,800!   

Max Blair left Saturday's banquet once again as RUSH’s top point fund earner garnering $9,000.  Despite again focusing his efforts on his Super Late Model program, Blair again won enough and was efficient enough to capture the National Weekly Series & Pace Performance Summer Chase titles for the Late Model division.  In addition, Blair finished eighth in the Touring Series thanks to six wins and two runner-ups as he knocked down $27,250 in those eight starts.

The third generation racer led the way with 18 wins with those coming at seven different tracks.  Blair finished in the top five in all 26 races he competed in!  The 30-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver's $5,000 National Weekly Series Championship was his fifth in seven years also winning in 2013, 2015-2016, 2018.  His $3,000 Summer Chase title was also his fifth in seven years as he also won titles in 2013 and now four straight years from 2016 on! 

In his fourth year of trying, Jakob Piper became the latest to enshrine his name as a “Futures Cup” Champion.  He was able to record top 10 finishes at five different speedways including, but really made a statement at his home track, Winchester.  There he was able to record eight top 5s and an impressive 14 top 10s in 15 starts.  He also picked up a win on June 8.  Piper earned $500 for his "Futures Cup" efforts alone joining past champs Ryan Montgomery, Nico Dabecco, Michael Lake, Eric Wilson, Clinton Hersh, Wyatt Scott, Devin Brannon, and David Pangrazio. 

In his second year on the Touring Series, Chad Sines finished 12th in points and won his first “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series title.  The Orwell, Ohio driver won two of the non-qualifier races including the $400 one at the "Bill Hendren Memorial" and the finale at Lernerville that propelled him to the $300 title. 

In addition to the above point funds, the top five in RUSH member points at each of the 14 RUSH Late Model weekly-sanctioned track shared in $800 cash ($300,200,100,50) as part of the “Track Pack” Weekly Bonus Program. 

One of the biggest stories throughout the region in 2018 was not only that veteran and versatile racer, Chad Ruhlman, was getting into a Sprint Car, but in the end the success he would have.  Ruhlman won the inaugural title thanks to 15 victories; and even though he didn't win as much in 2019, he was still the driver to beat.  The Erie, Pa. racer captured 10 wins in route to his second straight $5,000 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series title.  His son, Kevin, meanwhile beat out Nolan Groves to win the inaugural $300 "Futures Cup" championship.  It was quite the year for the first year Sprint Car driver as he finished in the top 5 at six of the seven tracks he raced at.  All told, Kevin had 8 top 5s and 12 top 10s.  His best finish was a third at Genesee, Pittsburgh, and Sharon.

In 2018, Garrett Krummert simply wanted to race more thus was why he decided to team up with Jerry Schaffer in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in route to their championship.  And while the 31-year-old Ellwood City, Pa. racer continued to focus his efforts on the Big-Block Modifieds in 2019, Krummert was spot on every time the #10s hit the track.  In 15 races, Krummert never finished worse than fourth.  He won a total of six times including three at Sharon and three at Pittsburgh with three of those wins coming in Tour races.  At the "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" Tour race at Pittsburgh, Krummert won a record $2,200 along with another $600 in contingencies.  Krummert earned $3,800 in championship monies, and  joins Greg Martin as the only repeat Weekly Series Champions and the only driver to win multiple Tour Championships. 

All young racers strive to improve each year.  And that's something David Kalb, Jr. has certainly done each of his three years in the RUSH Sportsman Mods.  In 2017, the go-kart standout finished fourth in the Futures Cup, 17th in Weekly, and 19th in Touring.  In 2018, he finished second in the Futures Cup, tied for 14th in Weekly, and was 11th in Touring.  The 2019 season was another improvement for the 17-year-old Aurora, Ohio racer as he recorded seven top 10 finishes including a pair of fourths at Raceway 7 and a pair of fifth at Sharon, which would propel him to 13th in Weekly, 10th in Touring, but more importantly the "Futures Cup" crown.  Kalb also added two wins in the "Wheelman" Series races at Sharon.

Speaking of the "Wheelman", thanks to Ohio Intra Express, C&R Tire, and Sharon Speedway, a non-winners race was held nightly in 2019 for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  Cameron Nastasi competed in all 11 races with three top 5s including a victory on August 3.  The 21-year-old Hubbard, Ohio driver earned an additional $300 from RUSH for his "Wheelman" championship.

The RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series Champion is no stranger to RUSH competing over the years in the Late Model division with lots of accolades.  In 2017, Dennis Lunger, Jr. decided to return to his E-Mod roots as he'd do double duty on most nights racing both the Late Model and Pro Mod for car owner Rueben Schwartz where he'd go on to win the RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series title.

2018 and 2019 was much of the same though this time Lunger did double duty with his Open E-Mod and the Pro Mod winning both track titles for both years at Stateline.  Lunger was again the top winner in the Pro Mods at six and never finished worse than fourth all season long.  Those statistics allowed the 51-year-old Albion, Pa. racer to easily become the $3,500 Weekly Series Champion for the third straight year. 

For the second straight year, Tyler Dietz garnered the RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series Championship.  The 30-year-old Saxonburg, Pa. driver had an impressive stat line with 11 podium finishes in 13 starts at Lernerville including four wins.  In addition, for the first time Dietz earned the Lernerville track championship- something he had dreamed of since growing up as a child at Lernerville. 

The highlight of the banquet was the special awards ceremony.  The Series’ major sponsors, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, and Bonnell's Rod Shop were each recognized with a special appreciation plaque for their continued support of the Series.  Also, new marketing partner, Zarin Truck & Automotive, was awarded a sponsorship appreciation plaque for his presenting sponsorship of the new "$500 Club" in addition to presenting the "Jook George Steel City Classic".  His son Logan was in his second year of RUSH racing and competed on the Tour as well weekly at Pittsburgh.  He finished sixth in Tour points along with fifth in both RUSH member points at Pittsburgh and in the "Futures Cup".

Rueben Schwartz was awarded the 2019 RUSH "Car Owner of the Year".  Schwartz has been involved with Dennis Lunger, Jr. since 2003 first as a sponsor then transitioned to a car owner in 2006.  The duo had prior success in the RUSH Late Model division before focusing on the RUSH Pro Mod.  Lunger won his third straight $3,500 Pro Mod Weekly Series title and has won 28 RUSH-sanctioned Pro Mod events during that stretch.  Schwartz's wife Kim passed away in October and Lunger has been really struggling of late with medical issues and wasn't able to attend the banquet.  Schwartz gave an emotional, heartfelt speech imploring attendees to stop and appreciate their time with their loved ones before it's too late.

Three "Miles Traveled" awards were doled out.  When the RUSH Late Model Tour kicked off  last April at the "Battle of the Bay", three young racers ranging in age from 16 to 22 would begin a journey that would take them to 14 different speedways in five states and a Canadian province.  Although they all had various types of racing experience under their belts, nothing compared to the journey they embarked on.  With a strong family bond and their parents by their side, Ryan Frazee, Braeden Dillinger, and Michael Duritsky, Jr. took on the Tour.  All three live in southwest Pennsylvania and fulfilled their commitment of following the Tour to all 16 events.  This included a trip to the East Coast during the "Battle of the Bay", three trips to New York, and most impressively a trip to Quebec to Autodrome Granby and Le RPM Speedway.   The Quebec adventure was roughly a 1400-mile, 22-hour roundtrip for each of these racers! 

RUSH Series announcer, Brian Spaid, emceed the affair and also previewed the upcoming 2020 season, which will be a historic season.  The RUSH Late Model Touring Series point fund will nearly double with $12,000 going to the champion.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series point fund for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will increase by 36% with $3,500 going to the champion.  Raceway 7 will run a bi-weekly schedule of events on Friday night.  There will also be a $2,500 "Route 7 Rumble" point fund presented by Wedge Motorsports for the Raceway 7 and Sharon RUSH Mod events.  The RUSH Sprint Cars will have a strong schedule of events and the RUSH Pro Mods  will see events at new venues in 2020.   Ken Potter photographed the event. 

2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series Top 12 Driver Points: 1. Jeremy Wonderling 1241  2. Kyle Lukon 1240  3. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1201  4. Braeden Dillinger 1171  5. Ryan Frazee 1143  6. Logan Zarin 1091  7. Bill Kessler 1047  8. Max Blair 866  9. Jason Genco 787  10. Kyle Murray 765  11. Chad Sines 702  12. John Waters 681.

2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series Top 40 Points: 1. Max Blair 1344  2. Logan Roberson 1334  3. Matt Hill 1333  4. Jeremy Wonderling 1330  5. Chad Homan 1329  6. Darrell Bossard & Matt Latta 1326  8. Kyle Zimmerman 1322  9. Jason Genco 1314  10. Kurt Stebbins 1309  11. Scott Gurdak 1307  12. Sparky White 1306  13. Darren Alvey 1305  14. Derek Magee 1299  15. Dale Hollidge 1298  16. Devin Brannon 1297  17. Chris Fleming 1285  18. Jason Knowles 1282  19. J.J. Mazur 1280  20. Ben Policz 1279  21. John Waters & Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1278  23. Jimmy Johnson & David Pangrazio 1275  25. Breyton Santee 1274  26 Jakob Piper & Joe Warren 1271  28. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 1270  29. Chuck Bowie 1268  30. Damian Bidwell & Tyler Reed 1267  32. Ward Schell 1265  33. Kevan Cook 1261  34. Dale Caswell & Brian Knowles 1259  36. John Mollick & Sam Pennacchio 1252  38. Jeremy Pilkerton 1251  39. Brett Belden 1250  40. Levi Crowl 1249.

2019 Pace Performance “Summer Chase” Late Model Top 10 Points: 1. Max Blair 114.65  2. Darrell Bossard 112.7  3. Matt Latta 111.28  4. Scott Gurdak 110.57  5. Kyle Zimmerman 110.31  6. Chad Homan 110.29  7. Jason Genco 110.09  8. Devin Brannon 109.83  9. Sparky White 109.79  10. Matt Hill 109.

2019 Late Model “Futures Cup” Points: 1. Jakob Piper 1271  2. Jeremy Pilkerton 1251  3. Kyle Murray 1246  4. Ryan Frazee 1223  5. Logan Zarin 1212  6. Max Hill 1194  7. Jacob Peterson 1166.

2019 “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series Late Model Champion: Chad Sines 480.

2019 Bonnell's Rod Shop RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Series Top 20 Points: 1. Chad Ruhlman 1321  2. Zach Morrow 1310  3. Brian Woodhall 1297  4. Jeremy Weaver 1280  5. Kevin Ruhlman 1251  6. Brandon Blackshear 1243  7. Shawn Smith 1227  8. Andy Feil 1208  9. Arnie Kent 1208  10. Brad Blackshear 1207  11. Steve Pedley 1194  12. Dave Hawkins 1185  13. Matt Sherlock III 1174  14. Brian Hartzell 1171  15. Tyler Powell 1142  16. Brian Ruhlman 959  17. Nolan Groves 850  18. Brandon Hawkins 775  19. John Mollick 763  20. Scott Hawkins 673.

2019 RUSH Sprint Car "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Kevin Ruhlman 1251  2. Nolan Groves 850.

2019 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series Top 20 Points: 1. Garrett Krummert 1326  2. Rob Kristyak & Chas Wolbert 1326  4. Kole Holden 1296  5. Tony Tatgenhorst 1263  6. Jim Rasey 1255  7. Josh Deems 1237  8. Chelsie Kriegisch 1199  9. Kyle Martell 1189  10. Jacob Jordan 1183  11. Gary Haupt 1175  12. Jessica Kriegisch 1172  13. David Kalb, Jr. 1163  14. Greg Porter 1154  15. Amelia Clay 1132  16. Clayton Deems 1131  17. Cameron Nastasi 1125  18. Preston Cope 1109  19. Calvin Clay 1107  20. Jacob Wolfe 939.

2019 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series Top 10 Driver Points: 1. Garrett Krummert 588  2. Jim Rasey 557  3. Rob Kristyak 548  4. Chas Wolbert 538  5. Kole Holden 535  6. Kyle Martell 503  7. Jacob Jordan 483  8. Greg Porter 482  9. Tony Tatgenhorst 441  10. David Kalb, Jr. 323.

2019 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified "Futures Cup" Points: 1. David Kalb, Jr. 1163  2. Nathen McDowell 701.

2019 RUSH Sportsman Modified "Wheelman" Top 5 Points: 1. Cameron Nastasi 995  2. Amelia Clay 993  3. Tony Tatgenhorst 913  4. Clayton Deems 909  5. Greg Porter 869.

2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series Points: 1. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 1321  2. Chad Carlson 1294  3. Adam Ashcroft 1293  4. Nate Hartzell 1246  5. C.J. Irons 1235  6. Vaughn Nystrom & Jarrod Silvis 1187  8. Brian Mohawk 1182  9. Michael Johnstone 1175  10. Nick Mohawk 1088  11. Scott Gurdak 1053  12. Steve Dixon 936  13. Justin Carlson 693  14. Jeramy Williams 492.

2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series Points: 1. Tyler Dietz 1310  2. Corey McPherson 1300  3. Ryan Moyer 1285  4. Jason Fontaine & Joey Zambotti III 1255  6. Mike Bordt 1210  7. Brett McDonald 1203  8. Terry Young 1189  9. Chase Lambert 1185  10. Dale Tuche 1179.

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 Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS RELEASE TENTATIVE 2020 TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE; DRIVERS SET TO COMPETE FOR RICHEST TOUR POINT FUND IN HISTORY WITH $12,000 TO THE CHAMPION; KICKS OFF WITH "BATTLE AT THE BAY" APRIL 15-18
By Mike Leone

January 13, 2020         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance is ready to head into the new decade full speed ahead!  The 2020 RUSH Late Model Touring Series Championship point fund will nearly double with the champion capturing $12,000 (see complete point fund below).  The dramatic increase in the point fund quickly turned the heads of many and is expected to draw even more well known Crate Late Model racers from throughout the region to an already stout field of competitors!  RUSH is proud to release the tentative 2020 schedule that will get underway April 15-18 for the "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek. 

Highlighting the current 18-event slate is the prestigious $10,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial", which returns to Lernerville in conjunction with the renowned "Firecracker 100" weekend with the World of Outlaws Late Models.  Also featured in the schedule include the "Jook George Steel City Classic" and "Bill Hendren Memorial" events at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, which have continued to grow in stature; these events paid $10,010 and $5,000 to-win respectively in 2019.  Six other weekends have two or more complete shows minimizing travel for competitors.

"After coming off our richest Touring slate which resulted in our highest average car count in history we're looking forward to keeping the forward momentum going in 2020," acknowledged Emig.  "Last year, the schedule of events went to a different level and that translated into an average of more than 38 cars for our events, often exceeding 40 plus cars and over 50 on three different occasions.  With that said, we felt it was time to substantially  increase our point fund and look forward to our 2020 champion earning a record $12,000 with all other points paying positions increasing greatly!  Our slate of substantial paying Tour events combined with our richest ever Tour point fund is definitely going to create an awesome situation for both RUSH fans and Crate Late Model racers throughout the region!"

The 2020 schedule will get underway with the third annual "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek April 15-18, that last year saw drivers from eight states and Canada compete.  The Speedweek will kick-off once again at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar for the second annual "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" paying $4,000 to-win.  Thanks to the promoters of Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways, their events will once again be $3,000 to-win. 

Besides the increase in to the standard Tour payoffs, there will again be a $3,000 point fund for the top 10 RUSH members in points over the four nights with $1,000 going to the champion.  There will also be a $150 travel package for any Tour driver in the top 12 from 2019 that participates in at least the opening event.  Seven of the eight scheduled "Battle of the Bay" events have been completed all-time with a minimum of 40 cars at all events.  Last year's 53 cars at Delaware set a "Battle of the Bay" record.  Max Blair topped 2018 champion, Logan Roberson, to win the "Battle of the Bay" crown.

DIS, under the direction of veteran promoter Charlie Cathell, has completed three successful seasons under the RUSH banner with increasing weekly car counts.  Georgetown meanwhile is located just 20 miles from DIS, and promoter Brett Deyo will be entering his fourth season of having RUSH sanction his Crate Late Model races with a separate point fund that's new for 2020.  Friday and Saturday sister speedways, Potomac and Winchester, have led the tremendous growth of Crate Late Model racing in the Mid-Atlantic as both will embark on their seventh season under the RUSH banner with track owner Greg Gunter and general manager Denise Hollidge. 

After a month off, the Touring Series returns to Stateline Speedway for the fourth consecutive year for the "Bill Law Memorial" on May 16.  The 2017 event was the first ever Tour event at the Busti, NY oval in the 10-year history of Crate Late Models in the Northeast as a big crowd watched a thriller as Jeremy Wonderling held off standout and track dominator Max Blair for the victory.  The 2018 event was just as good as Damian Bidwell made a late race pass of Scott Gurdak for his first Tour win in more than three years.  And last year, saw Wonderling hold off Blair and withstand a mid-race rain delay to top a record Stateline field of 33 cars. 

The Stateline event is annually held in memory of the late Bill Law, who pioneered the Crate Late Model concept in the Northeast as a car owner for several racers including his son Jon.  Law's grandson, Kyle Murray, carries on the family tradition as he currently competes in the RUSH Late Models.  Kyle finished 10th in points in 2019 in his first year on the Tour.

The following night (Sunday, May 17), Eriez Speedway will host a "Marquee" event giving racers back-to-back $2,000 to-win shows within just a 40-mile distance.  Located just outside of Erie, Pa., this will be year number two of ownership for Dave Alexander, who will again host weekly Sunday night RUSH Late Model racing.  There have been seven RUSH Tour events completed all-time at Eriez and the Blairs have won all seven with Max winning six and his father Rob one in a substitution role for Max. 

For the fourth straight year, Outlaw and Genesee Speedways in New York have teamed up to host back-to-back $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Events on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30.  Outlaw's show will again be dubbed as the "Gary Montgomery Memorial".  The last three Outlaw races have been tremendous as former BRP Can-Am racers Bryce Davis (2017) and Jeremy Wonderling (2018-2019) winning in memory of BRP Series founder Montgomery.  Wonderling then ended Jason Genco's two straight Genesee Tour wins, which was part of his three-race win streak in 2019.  Tyler Siri has done a tremendous job at transforming Outlaw Speedway, while Genesee promoter Jim Johnson hosts a very successful Saturday night weekly program featuring the RUSH Late Models at the Genesee County Fairgrounds in Batavia. 

The most anticipated Crate Late Model race in the history of the Northeast took place last year at Lernerville Speedway as part of the track's "Firecracker 100" with the World of Outlaws Late Models.  The $10,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial" sponsored by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply attracted 53 cars with Max Blair making a late race pass of Ross Robinson to win what was at the time the richest race in RUSH history in front of the huge crowd.  The event will return in 2020 once again sponsored by Hovis June 25-27.   

For the second straight year, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway will host a trio of Tour events.  The first show will be on Saturday, July 4 for the "Herb Scott Memorial".  In 2019, Kyle Lukon swept all three PPMS events and pocketed $18,800 in route to a second place point finish in his first season on the Tour!  Miley Motor Sports features the RUSH Late Models as their headlining division on Saturday nights at the "Monster Half Mile".  PPMS is a great partner of RUSH also hosting numerous events for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and RUSH Sprint Cars.

The return to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on Saturday, July 18 has long been anticipated by drivers throughout the region.  The RUSH Late Models last appeared at the 3/8-mile showplace in 2016 with a pair of Tour events.  That was prior to the new red clay surface that has produced tremendous racing in recent years.  The RUSH Late Models ran weekly at Sharon from 2011-2014.  Will Thomas III is the division's all-time winner with 13 victories.  Details surrounding the event are being finalized and will be announced soon that are sure to make it a must attend for western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio race fans!  This will be a big night for RUSH as the RUSH Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be on the card.  A possible second Tour date could take place on Friday, September 11.

One night later on July 19, Eriez Speedway will host the annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance for their second Tour race of 2020.  The last time Eriez hosted "Manufacturers Night" was 2015 and attracted 47 cars, which is also the average car count for the event over the eight-year history since the MFG Night debuted in 2012.  Over $30,000 of valuable and useful products is typically distributed to competing racers on this night.  Sharon and Eriez are just 80 miles apart and will serve as a great back-to-back night of racing.

For the fourth time, the "Jook George Steel City Classic" at PPMS will be a Tour event.  The "Jook George" will take place on Saturday, August 8 with the exact payoff of this prestigious event TBA.  The 2018 event attracted a record 51 cars and saw Jacob Hawkins take home $5,010.  At last year's event presented by Zarin Truck & Automotive, Kyle Lukon left PPMS with a RUSH event record $11,610 payday thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Branden Lockwich. 

The RUSH Late Models will once again invade one of the country's most state-of-the-art dirt track facilities, Weedsport Speedway, on September 12.  In 2018, John Waters won the first ever RUSH-sanctioned event that was also the first ever nationally televised Crate Late Model race, while last year saw Max Blair win in his first visit to the speedway.  This year's event will again be broadcast by MAVTV thanks to Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance.  This time however, instead of a midweek July show, will move to a Saturday night in September and join up with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the first time ever!

For the only time of the season and first in many years, back-to-back Tour events will take place at  the same facility on the same weekend!  Genesee Speedway will play host to the Tour on Friday and Saturday, September 25-26 with $2,000 to-win each night.  It'll also be the first time Genesee has hosted back-to-back Tour events and first time the track has scheduled three events in the same season.  The Saturday show will be the "Traveling Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance with product giveaways for the top 15 drivers in track points at Fulton, Genesee, Humberstone, and Woodhull.  The RUSH Sprint Cars will also run a complete show each night as part of their third annual "Empire State Classic".

For the fifth straight year, the Tour will be part of the "Pittsburgher 100" with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on October 2-3.  The "Bill Hendren Memorial" has been increasing in stature in recent years with $4,000 to the winner in 2018 and $5,000 last year, which was won by Kyle Lukon.  Not only has the feature purse increased, but so has the "One to Remember" Non-Winners race along with the Non-Qualifier.  Sponsors such as Pro Fabrication, FK Rod Ends, Pace Performance, CrateInsider.com, the Hendren Family, and others have stepped up to really make this into a major 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.

All Tour events in 2020 will again pay a minimum of $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start with a $200 to-win non-qualifier, and guaranteed $125 tow money with over.  All events will utilize the group qualifying format featuring $100 FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock Qualifying” and $25 to-win FK Rod End heat races. 

The "500 Club" presented by Zarin Truck & Automotive will return for the second consecutive year.  Five drivers from the host speedway's top 15 in points (or the closest two nearby tracks if not at a weekly-sanctioned track) the ability to win an additional $100 bonus at Tour events!  The "500" Club will influx an approximate $8,000 of cash into the hands of RUSH "weekly" racers who participate in RUSH Touring events!  The "$500 Club" will take place at all Tour events with the exception of the two "Manufacturers Nights".

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.

2020 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series Schedule*

•   Wed, April 15  Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek ("Raelyn Huffman Memorial")- $4,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Thr, April 16  Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, DE) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Fri, April 17  Potomac Speedway (Mechanicsville, MD) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Sat, April 18  Winchester Speedway (Winchester, VA) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Saturday, May 16  Stateline Speedway (Busti, NY) - "Bill Law Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Sunday, May 17  Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Friday, May 29  Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, NY) - "Gary Montgomery Memorial" - $2,000 to-win  (Marquee)

•   Saturday, May 30  Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Thr-Sat, June 25-27  Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Bill Emig Memorial” at the "Firecracker 100" - $10,000 to-win (Marquee) - rain date June 28

•   Saturday, July 4  Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - "Herb Scott Memorial” - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Saturday, July 18  Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - Event details TBA - Minimum $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Sunday, July 19  Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance with over $30,000 in product giveaways - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Saturday, August 8  Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - “Jook George Steel City Classic” - Payoff TBA (Marquee) - rain date August 9

•   Friday, September 11  TBA (Platinum)

•   Saturday, September 12  Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY) - MAVTV broadcast presented by Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

•   Friday, September 25  Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Platinum)

•   Saturday, September 26  Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - "Traveling Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) - rain date September 27

•   Fri & Sat, October 2-3  Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - “Bill Hendren Memorial” at the "Pittsburgher" - $5,000 to-win plus "One to Remember" Non-Winners Race (Marquee) - rain date October 4

*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.

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 Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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SWEENEY RUSH SPRINTS CONCLUDE SUCCESSFUL YEAR #2; CHAD RUHLMAN REPEATS $5000 BONNELL'S ROD SHOP WEEKLY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP WHILE SON KEVIN EARNS "FUTURES CUP" TITLE
By Mike Leone
 
January 4, 2020       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance will record the 2019 season as a great success as the division continued its forward momentum in just its second year with a total of 27 different racers competing throughout the region.  The cost-containment classes features traditional, non-wing Sprint Cars with the Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine, spec Hoosier Tires, spec/sealed Bilstein Shocks, and RUSH "Visual" Methanol.         

Three drivers captured RUSH championships.  Chad Ruhlman earned the Bonnell's Rod Shop $5,000 Weekly Series title, while his son Kevin Ruhlman captured the "Futures Cup" crown.  Jeremy Weaver copped the "Empire State Classic" top honors.  Well over $33,000 in cash and valuable product was distributed to RUSH Sprint Car racers for their efforts in 2019.

A good chunk of the season was decimated by rain with Mother Nature taking 14 of the 33 events.  There were seven different winners amongst the 19 completed events with five of those being first time winners.  Eight different speedways completed events, while the shows at Stateline and Tyler County Speedways were rained out.

The 27 different cars was an increase of six from 2018.  Sharon averaged 18 cars per night, while Lernerville had over 20 cars for all three of their shows.  The August 31 "Manufactures Night" presented by MSD Performance at Lernerville saw over $12,000 distributed to the record 21 competing racers.

"Outside of the rain, we were very pleased with how the 2019 season went for our RUSH Sprint Cars," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "The rain put a damper on a lot of the events, but the car counts grew and the quality of racing really improved- a couple of the events were ones racers and fans won't forget.  It was great to see five new winners.  The growth of this division has even been on a faster pace than when our RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Mods started.  We're excited for 2020, as this class continues to allow racers the opportunity to race a Sprint Car affordable and offer back strong championship point funds and contingencies."

For the second year in a row, Chad Ruhlman captured the $5,000 Bonnell's Weekly Series title and led the way in victories; however 2019 wasn't as dominate as he won 10 times compared to 15 in 2018.  Ruhlman picked up the first ever RUSH Sprint race at Raceway 7, which featured a strong 20-car field.  He's won all three $800 races over the past two years during the "Empire State Classic" at Genesee Speedway.  The 42-year-old driver, who now calls Erie, Pa. home, was sponsored by Callahan Weber Hydraulics, Wicked Wrenches, Kelly Frederes Auto Repair, Close Racing Supply, North Star Unlimited, 5th St. Sunoco, Jen’s Pink Zebra, Ruhlman Race Cars, and Premier Communications.

Zach Morrow was the second winningest driver as he was able to win three features in 2019, which was one more than 2018.  Morrow was also able to improve his point finish from third to second, which earned him $2,500.  The 29-year-old Gibsonia, Pa. driver has found a lot of success at nearby Lernerville, where he's captured four of his five career wins.  He also picked up his first career win at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway in 2019, which propelled him to the track title at the "Monster Half-Mile". 

After making several end of the year starts in 2018, Brian Woodhall completed his first full season of RUSH Sprint Car racing this past season.  The 35-year-old Apollo, Pa. driver captured his first career RUSH win on June 22 at Sharon then later in the season won the first ever RUSH Sprint Car race at New York's Ransomville Speedway on September 13.  Woodhall, who was one of only three drivers with multiple wins in 2019, earned $1,750 for finishing third in points. 

Jeremy Weaver really came on throughout 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.  After some early season Mod starts this year, Weaver moved over to the RUSH Sprint Car division full-time driving for longtime Modified and Sprint Car owner Ted Hull.  Weaver picked up the $300 "Empire State Classic" championship in mid-September then won his first career Sprint feature the following Saturday at Pittsburgh.  He'd go on to finish fourth in the final standings for $1,500.

After helping his father Chad during the inaugural 2018 season, Kevin Ruhlman made his Sprint Car debut in 2019.  The 17-year-old competed in the RUSH Pro Mod division in 2016 and 2017.  Driving his father's 2018 championship Sprint Car, Kevin had a tremendous year with 8 top 5s and 12 top 10s in 13 starts to finish fifth in points.  His best finish was a third three times, which came at Bradford, Pittsburgh, and Sharon.  Kevin will go down in history as the inaugural RUSH Sprint "Futures Cup" Champion.

The three other drivers to pick up their first career RUSH Sprint Car victories were Brad Blackshear, John Mollick, and Andy Feil.  Blackshear, a former Econo Mod standout, won an exciting feature on June 30 at Old Bradford Speedway, while his brother Brandon matched a season best third that night.  Brad would go on to finish 10th in points for the second straight year. 

Mollick's win was aboard Scott Clever's #4J on July 27 at Pittsburgh- a track that he's had so much success in driving a RUSH Late Model for Bob Bentz.  Feil's win meanwhile came on August 24 at Sharon in one of the best RUSH Sprint races of all-time when he out-dueled Brian Ruhlman after nearly a race-long side-by-side battle for the lead.  Feil drove the John Mahoney/Larry Eckart #9J to eighth in points in his first year of RUSH.

Other newcomers to the RUSH Sprint division in 2019 included Matt Sherlock III, Brian Hartzell, Nolan Groves, Brad Church, Greg Beach, Ryan Fraley, and Frank Wilson.  Groves finished second in the "Futures Cup" standings. 

The RUSH Sprint Car drivers will celebrate their 2019 accomplishments at the awards banquet on January 25 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center.  The 2020 season will get underway on April 11 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV for "RUSH Night". 

FINAL 2019 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Top 20 Points: 1. CHAD RUHLMAN 1321  2. Zach Morrow 1310  3. Brian Woodhall 1297  4. Jeremy Weaver 1280  5. Kevin Ruhlman 1251  6. Brandon Blackshear 1243  7. Shawn Smith 1227  8. Andy Feil 1221  9. Arnie Kent 1208  10. Brad Blackshear 1207  11. Steve Pedley 1194  12. Dave Hawkins 1185  13. Matt Sherlock III 1174  14. Brian Hartzell 1171  15. Tyler Powell 1142  16. Brian Ruhlman 959  17. Nolan Groves 850  18. Brandon Hawkins 775  19. John Mollick 763  20. Scott Hawkins 673.

FINAL 2019 "Futures Cup" Points: 1. KEVIN RUHLMAN 1251  2. Nolan Groves 850.

FINAL 2019 “Empire State Classic” Points presented by CNC Specialties, Intense Fab & Pace Performance: 1. JEREMY WEAVER 266  2. Brian Woodhall 257  3. Zach Morrow & Brandon Blackshear 254  5. Arnie Kent 251  6. Steve Pedley 248  7. Dave Hawkins 245  8. Matt Sherlock III 243  9. Brian Hartzell 240  10. Brad Blackshear 236  11. Shawn Smith 178  12. Tyler Powell & Chad Ruhlman 170  14. Kevin Ruhlman 166  15. Andy Feil 156  16. Nolan Groves 151  17. Brad Church 84.

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 Wedge Motorsports.

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 Sprint Series website is www.rushracingsprintcars.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints

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RUSH KARTING SERIES TECHNICAL RULES PACKAGE RELEASED; INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD JANUARY 5 AT GATHERINGS BANQUET CENTER NEAR NEW CASTLE, PA
By Mike Leone

January 2, 2020      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)...Just three weeks ago, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Director Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced their newest concept, the RUSH Karting Series.  The program very closely mirrors the template that has been very successfully utilized in their big car dirt divisions, which include Late Models, Sprint Cars, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Mods, and Pro Stocks. While the RUSH Karting Series website is still under construction, the 2020 tentative rules can be viewed at   https://www.rushkarting.com/2020_RUSH_Karting_Rules.pdf

During this short period of time, seven regional karting facilities immediately became RUSH Kart-sanctioned for 2020.  The current list includes Blanket Hill Speedway (Kittanning, PA), Lockhart Motorsports Park (Seneca, PA), Naugle Speedway (Coraopolis, PA), Pittsfield Championship Karting Association (Pittsfield, PA), Shaffer Speedway (Aliquippa, PA), Slippery Rock Raceway (Slippery Rock, PA), and Stateline Karts (Busti, NY). 

The RUSH Karting program has been designed to enhance "weekly" kart racing at RUSH-sanctioned speedways by allowing kart racers to compete under a structured program that features a standardized set of technical rules and allows racers to take part in RUSH'S valuable championship programs, and be included in the insurance package and professional public relations department.   

An informational meeting will be held this Sunday, January 5 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center at 1 p.m.  Gatherings is located minutes from Interstate 376 on Route 422 west of New Castle, Pa. at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Hwy, Edinburg, PA 16116.  (Note: Gatherings is located behind Town & Country Bar & Grill.)

The meeting is open to the general public and will focus on the important elements of the Series; the RUSH Karting technical rules package including the RUSH Kart sealed engine, tire and fuel testing, as well as the RUSH Karting Championship programs and insurance package.  The procedure utilized for both tire and fuel testing will be demonstrated and explained. 

RUSH Series officials, Chad Wright the Hoosier Tire Oval Kart Product Manager, and Brett Neupert of Precise Racing Products, who will distribute the RUSH Kart sealed engines, will be on hand discuss the RUSH Karting Series concept as well as answer attendees' questions.  Wright will be traveling in from Hoosier Tire corporate in Lakeville, Indiana.   

"The initial response for the RUSH Karting program has been amazing," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "To have seven well-known regional karting facilities immediately join RUSH, with others requesting information has honestly been unbelievable.  We can't thank these facilities enough for providing us with such a strong foundation from which to begin growing and developing the RUSH Karting Series.  The tracks are all working together to maximize racer participation."       

"We've also had a tremendous amount of positive support from current and potential new karting enthusiast who realize that the RUSH program offers a new and exciting option for them to participate in," explained Emig.  "I know the same key elements that have made our big car programs successful will be the catalyst to the future success of the RUSH Karting Series!"

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 Wedge Motorsports.
 
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 Karting Series website is www.rushkarting.com. Follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and on Twitter @RUSHKarting.
 
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RUSH KARTING SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS NAUGLE SPEEDWAY BECOMES THE 7TH TO SIGN ON FOR 2020
By Mike Leone
 
December 23, 2019                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Coraopolis, PA)...Two weeks since the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance announced the creation of the new RUSH Karting Series banner for the 2020 season, Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to announce that seven facilities are now on board for the inaugural season.  The latest to join the fold is Naugle Speedway.  Naugle is a 1/8-mile high-banked dirt track located minutes from the Pittsburgh Airport.  Naugle runs on Friday nights and will be an excellent partner with Wednesday night's Shaffer Speedway as the two facilities are just three miles apart.

In addition to Stateline in Busti, New York, Naugle joins the previously announced five western Pa. facilities of Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Pittsfield Championship Karting Association, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway that are sanctioned for 2020. 

"The support over the last two weeks has been tremendous," expressed Emig.  "We had the initial four tracks come on board immediately, and since that announcement add three more.  It's been a perfect pairing to add Stateline and Pittsfield with their close proximity and popular facilities, and now Naugle can team up with Shaffer.  It's great that all seven track promoters really understand how the RUSH program has worked at the big tracks, and how that very same concept can and will be beneficial to kart racing." 

Naugle is located at 232 Pickens Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108.  The 1/8-mile track called "The Bullring" tubs itself as the "Fastest Kart Track in the Pittsburgh Area".  Pit gates open at 5 p.m. at Friday nights with warm-ups at 6:30, and racing at 7.  For more information, check out their website at www.nauglespeedway.com/ and like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Naugle-Speedway-254816175405904/
 
The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel.  The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon.
 
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older.  Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.       
 
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year).  The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.   
 
The informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. but has been moved to a larger and more centralized location at Gatherings Banquet and Event Center, which located minutes from Interstate 376 on Route 422 west of New Castle at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Hwy, Edinburg, PA 16116.
 
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.  Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
 
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com.  A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
 
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
 
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300  2. $150  3. $140  4. $130  5. $125  6. $120  7. $115  8. $110  9. $105  10. $100
 
Jr 1: 1. $400  2. $200  3. $175  4. $150  5. $140  6. $130  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $100

Jr 2: 1. $500  2. $300  3.  $200  4. $175  5. $150  6. $145  7. $140  8. $135  9. $130  10. $125
 
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $275  6. $250  7. $225  8. $210  9. $205  10. $200
 
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500  2. $750  3.  $500  4. $375  5. $300  6. $275  7. $250  8. $225  9. $210  10. $200.
 
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 Karting Series website is www.rushkarting.com. Follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and on Twitter @RUSHKarting.
 
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SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS TO BE FEATURED BI-WEEKLY AT RACEWAY 7 IN 2020; EVENTS PART OF $3,500 TO-WIN HOVIS WEEKLY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP PLUS NEW $1,000 TO-WIN "ROUTE 7 RUMBLE" SERIES PRESENTED BY WEDGE MOTORSPORTS WITH SHARON & MORE
By Mike Leone
 
December 20, 2019             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Conneaut, OH)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance is excited to announce that Raceway 7 will host the division on a bi-weekly basis on Friday nights in 2020!  The 7/16-mile Conneaut, Ohio track's events will be part of the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship plus there will be a separate "Route 7 Rumble" cumulative point fund series presented by Wedge Motorsports for the Raceway 7 and Sharon Speedway events!  Raceway 7 will rotate the Street Stocks and RUSH Mods throughout the season with both running bi-weekly.  In addition, Raceway 7 will have a five-position weekly track point fund for both the RUSH Mods and Stocks! 

Raceway 7 used to be a hotbed for weekly Big-Block Modified racing from 1975-1989, but since has only ran special events for various Northeast center-steer Modifieds divisions.  Five RUSH Sportsman Modified events have been contested in the history of the division at Raceway 7 with five different winners!  Adam Hilton and Dave Conant, Jr. won events during the inaugural 2014 season.  After a four-year hiatus from Raceway 7, Justin Shea won a thrilling event in 2018.  This past season saw Chas Wolbert and Rob Kristyak share victories during the month of June.

"We were thrilled when the McDonalds called about bringing the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to Raceway 7 on a bi-weekly basis in 2020," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "The shows there over the years have been exciting and racers are always wanting to race there more.  The RUSH Mods will give Raceway 7's fans something different to watch throughout the season, and rekindle some of the Modified memories from years gone by.  Raceway 7 just concluded their second year running our RUSH Late Models weekly and averaged a strong 21 cars per night for their weekly events."

The "Route 7 Rumble" Series presented by Wedge Motorsports will be a new point fund for 2020.  A cumulative point system for all races between Raceway 7 and Sharon will be used with the top eight drivers in points sharing $2,500 with $1,000 going to the champion!  Drivers must be a RUSH member to be eligible for the point fund. 

It was already announced in the fall that the 2020 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Champion for the Sweeney RUSH Mods 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 point fund increase since the Series debuted in 2014! 

"We're coming off a season where more drivers participated than ever in the division," stated Emig.  "Sharon has averaged between 24-28 cars each of the last four years and only on four nights during that period has the car count dipped below 20 cars- an almost unheard of statistic for weekly racing today!  With all that said, we were pleased to increase the Weekly point fund for 2020, and now with the addition of the Raceway 7 events it'll be possible for a driver to win $4,500 not even counting the point funds at each track and the Touring Series!  We're excited about the upcoming season and the continued forward momentum of the division."

The 2020 season for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will open up on Friday, April 11 at Tyler County Speedway for an $800 to-win Hovis Touring Series event part of "RUSH Night" at "The Bullring" in Middlebourne, West Virginia.  A complete schedule of events for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be announced soon.     

2020 Hovis Weekly Series Championship Point Fund ($15,055): 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.

2020 Wedge Motorsports "Route 7 Rumble" Championship Point Fund ($2,500): 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $300  4. $200  5. $150  6. $130  7. $120  8. $100.

Wedge Motorsports was started in 2001 by Dave Willoughby, who also serves as Sharon Speedway's General Manager since 2010.  Wedge is an Authorized Hoosier Tire Distributor for all RUSH tires,  an Authorized Distributor for the RUSH Bilstein Shocks for the various RUSH divisions, and has been an annual contributor to the RUSH Sportsman Modified "Manufacturers Night".  Wedge is located at 7761 Dawson Dr., Warren, Ohio 44484.  For more information and to view their online parts catalog, check out their website at www.wedgemotorsports.com.  You can also like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/wedgemotorsports/, follow them on Twitter @wedgemotorsport or call 855-577-RACE. 

Raceway 7 is located six miles south of Interstate 90, on Ohio Route 7, just south of Monroe Center (and Bushnell), Ohio at 4094 Center Road, Conneaut, OH 44030.  For more information check out www.raceway7.com and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/racewayseven/

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 Wedge Motorsports.
 
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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RACING ELECTRONICS CONTINUES AS "OFFICIAL RACING COMMUNICATIONS" OF SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES IN 2020; WILL AGAIN PROVIDE EQUIPMENT FOR SERIES OFFICIALS & 20 SWITCH GIVEAWAYS FOR "MFG NIGHTS"
By Mike Leone
 
December 19, 2019               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Concord, NC)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is pleased to announce that Racing Electronics will once again be the "Official Racing Communications" of RUSH in 2020.  This will mark the third consecutive year that Racing Electronics has partnered with the Series.

"We are gracious that Racing Electronics has chosen to return as our 'Official Racing Communications'," stated RUSH Series director Vicki Emig. "It was great to have Racing Electronics expand their involvement with RUSH in 2019 by outfitting our officials with their reliable equipment and we are pleased to know that will continue in 2020.  Racing Electronics will also contribute 20 SWITCH driver radios to our racers via our Manufacturers Night events once again.”
 
Racing Electronics’ SWITCH, provides benefits to both RUSH competitors and event attendees.  SWITCH is the top-performing micro-receiver on the market, and its two programmable channels can be used by fans to listen to track public address announcers and race officials at RUSH events.  Competitors will be able to utilize the device in the car to receive clearer communications from race control.
 
Racing Electronics will be located trackside at several 2020 events with SWITCH, as well as other popular communications equipment from its industry-leading line of radios, headsets and scanners.
 
“Racing Electronics is the undisputed leader in racing communications and we are thankful to have them continue to support RUSH in this manner,” says Emig. “We're also excited to have Racing Electronics Dirt Track Specialist, Chris Michael, join us on our 'Battle of the Bay' RUSH Late Model Touring Series kickoff swing to service our racers' communication needs for the second consecutive year." 

Racing Electronics is the worldwide leader in motorsports communications technology and equipment for motorsports drivers, teams, series, venues, and fans, as well as the exclusive provider of FanVision technology to NASCAR. Racing Electronics offers reliable, industry-tested equipment and best-in-class customer service throughout the motorsports industry.  Founded in New Jersey in 1988, Racing Electronics has called Concord, N.C., home since 2005. For more information, visit www.racingelectronics.com.
 
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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PITTSFIELD BECOMES FACILITY #6 TO JOIN UNDER THE RUSH KARTING SERIES BANNER FOR 2020
By Mike Leone
 
December 18, 2019                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pittsfield, PA)...In less than 10 days, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to welcome on the sixth different facility under the new RUSH Karting Series banner as Pittsfield (PA) Championship Karting Association will host Friday night weekly-sanctioned racing during the inaugural 2020 season.  The 1/8-mile tri-oval dirt track located at the former Pittsfield Elementary School near the intersection of Routes 6 and 27 in northwest Pennsylvania will be an excellent partner with Stateline Speedway Karts, which operates on Saturday mornings just 14 miles away.

In addition to Stateline in Busti, New York, Pittsfield joins the previously announced western Pa. facilities of Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway that are sanctioned for 2020. 

"It's been an amazing 10 days," expressed Emig.  "To have the initial four tracks come on board immediately, and since that announcement it's been a perfect pairing to add Stateline and Pittsfield with their close proximity and popular facilities.  Pittsfield's promoter Tim Kays was a former racer himself and has stayed closely in tune with the RUSH Late Models and Pro Mods at nearby Stateline Speedway's big track.  The one really neat aspect is that all six track promoters really understand how the RUSH program has worked at the big tracks, and how that very same concept can and will be beneficial to kart racing." 

Pittsfield Championship Karting Association is located at 30246 Route 6, Pittsfield, PA 16340.  The 1/8-mile tri-oval dirt track operates on Friday nights with pit gates opening at 5 p.m., warm-ups at 7, and racing at 7:30.  For more information, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pittsfieldkarting
 
The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel.  The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon.
 
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older.  Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.       
 
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year).  The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.   
 
An informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Smokin' Toad's BBQ at 110 South Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055, which is located on Route 356 in front of Precise Racing Products.
 
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.  Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
 
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com.  A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
 
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
 
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300  2. $150  3. $140  4. $130  5. $125  6. $120  7. $115  8. $110  9. $105  10. $100
 
Jr 1: 1. $400  2. $200  3. $175  4. $150  5. $140  6. $130  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $100

Jr 2: 1. $500  2. $300  3.  $200  4. $175  5. $150  6. $145  7. $140  8. $135  9. $130  10. $125
 
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $275  6. $250  7. $225  8. $210  9. $205  10. $200
 
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500  2. $750  3.  $500  4. $375  5. $300  6. $275  7. $250  8. $225  9. $210  10. $200.
 
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 Karting Series website is www.rushkarting.com. Follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and on Twitter @RUSHKarting.
 
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