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BLAIR BECOMES 1ST PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR REPEAT WINNER OF 2020 WITH 3RD "STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" VICTORY AT LERNERVILLE; 1ST 2020 EQUIPMENT RENTAL OPTIONS RUSH SPRINT WIN FOR RUTH; WOLBERT CAPS OFF HOVIS RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD WEEKLY TITLE WITH WIN
By Mike Leone
 
October 16-17, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Sarver, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC once again participated in the "Steel City Stampede" finale at Lernerville Speedway this past weekend.  The 12th edition saw three of RUSH's classes spotlighted with Max Blair capturing the Pace Late Model Touring Series victory, while Gale Ruth, Jr. copped the Equipment Rental Options Sprint Car Weekly Series special, and Chas Wolbert claimed the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Sportsman Modified Weekly Series special on Saturday night.  In addition, Zach Kane closed out the 13-division racing program winning the RUSH Late Model Non-Qualifier.

For the first 10 years of the "Steel City Stampede", there had never been a repeat winner in the Crate Late Model division.  Last year, Max Blair ended a seven-year drought between "Steel City Stampede" victories, and on Saturday night Blair led all 25 laps for his second consecutive event win and third of his career.  Blair, who opened the 2020 Pace RUSH Late Model Touring Series with a victory at Lernerville in the $10,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial", ended the season by becoming the first repeat winner of 2020.  Blair had to fend off challenges by Joe Martin on several late race restarts for the $2,000 victory.

"This place is tough on restarts especially when you don't race here all the time," acknowledged the 30-year-old Centerville, Pa. standout.  "I didn't know which lane to protect.  I tried the top, then I took the bottom and felt like I got a little better start.  Joe (Martin) was trying to lag back and really get a run on me so I tried to lag back and whoever was behind me kind of picked me up a bit.  I didn't take off as good and thought it might have lost me the race, but we got back out in front of him down here (turns one and two).  Joe is one of my good friends.  We help each other a lot when we race together so it's always fun to race with him."

After winning the dash on Friday night to earn the pole position, Blair took off in the lead at the start of the 25-lap feature over Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. and Tour regulars Joe Martin, Ryan Frazee, and Michael Duritsky, Jr.  On lap two, Martin put a big slide job on Schirnhofer in turn four to grab second.  After falling out of the top five early, Colton Flinner raced into fourth on lap six then put a slider on Schirnhofer for third on lap eight.  Flinner, who was driving one of his old cars recently purchased by Bob Bentz, closed in on Martin on lap nine; however, his shot at capturing the Touring Series Car Owner Championship for Bentz ended when he slipped over the cushion in turn four to bring out the caution with 13 laps scored.

Tour regular Logan Zarin had raced from seventh to third with five laps to go before getting tangled up in an accident.  The man on the move was 14th starting Chad Homan.  The Penfield, New York driver, who finished fifth in the 2019 Pace RUSH Weekly Series points, was making his 2020 RUSH debut and worked his way up to third by lap 21.  Homan was right there in the battle for the lead as him and Martin were trying everything they could to overtake Blair. 

Martin was all over Blair in the final four laps following the last restart, but just was unable to make the pass as Blair's Murphy's Logging/C&J Dairy/Previty's Auto Wrecking/Specialty Products/Moody & Son Welding/Upstate Auto-sponsored #111 would take the checkered flag first by a winning margin of only 0.690 of a second for his all-time leading 29th career RUSH Tour victory. 

Martin's $1,000 runner-up effort was his best Tour finish of 2020 eclipsing his third on July 18 at Pittsburgh as he earned second place in the Tour Driver points.  Homan's third place was his best Tour finish since a third place run more than two years ago on July 18, 2018 at Outlaw Speedway in his home state. 

Jeremy Wonderling finished fourth to earn his third straight Tour title and continues to lead the National Weekly Series Championship, but it was an eventful weekend to say the least.  Wonderling discovered motor issues on Friday and borrowed a motor from Tour regular Logan Zarin on Saturday.  Wonderling went out and won the first B main and raced from 21st to battle for a top five before jumping the cushion and falling deep back through the field.  Wonderling though wasn't done as he charged back up to fourth place to secure the Tour Owner Championship over Bentz.  It was Wonderling's fourth fourth place finish in six starts as he failed to finish worse than sixth in any Tour race.

Jason Knowles, who had a great season at New York's Woodhull Raceway winning five features and the track championship, made his first Tour start of the 2020 season.  The third place Weekly Series point man had a solid effort finishing fifth after starting 12th for the former longtime Tour regular.  Schirnhofer dropped to sixth.  Flinner worked his way back up to seventh.  RUSH rookie Josh Ferry was eighth as he locked up third place in the Tour Driver points.  Two other New York racers in Clayton Tarabori and Brian Knowles also made their first Tour starts of 2020 and finished ninth and tenth respectively.

Zach Kane had planned on competing in his own #10 car, but discovered a broken rear end prior to race day on Friday.  Kane decided to hook up with Joe and Andrew Squatriglia and bring their #15X car to Lernerville on Saturday where Kane tagged the first B main and missed the transfer spot by one.  That earned Kane the pole position for the Non-Qualifier, which he went out and dominated for the $200 victory.  The 28-year-old Washington, Pa. driver became the 43rd different winner in 52 races run all-time.  Fifth starting D.J. Nakutis was second.  After spinning out on lap four, Jason Harmon came back to finish third in his first Tour start in more than two years.  Denny Nakutis and Jacob Peterson were fourth and fifth.

Rookie racer Kassidy Kamicker finished sixth in the Non-Qualifier to earn the "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series Championship, worth $300.  The 17-year-old Aliquippa, Pa. go-kart graduate also finished second in the "Futures Cup" points and 10th in Tour Driver points! 

Frazee set fast time in FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying for the first time in his career with a lap of 17.039 over the 33-car field on Friday night to earn $100.  Picking up heat race wins on Friday night were Frazee, Flinner, Ferry, and Blair to add $25 from FK Rod Ends.  Saturday's last chance B mains were copped by Wonderling and Khole Wanzer.   

Making just his third start aboard the new #24 team owned by Rich and Melinda McConnell, Gale Ruth, Jr. went out and dominated the caution-free RUSH Sprint Car feature.  Ruth led all 20 laps ending a 26-month plus winless drought as he earned the $800 Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series special victory in the 2020 finale.  Ruth also became the third different "Steel City Stampede" winner in as many years. 

"Man you don't know what this means to me," expressed the 42-year-old Pleasantville, Pa. driver.  "The Lord has been so good to me this last year.  I can't thank the McConnell Family enough to get an opportunity to drive a car like this; without them along with Brian Steinman and George Frederick none of this would be possible.  It's amazing to be as blessed as I am to do this.  It means a lot to win here, but it means so much to win for Rich (McConnell).  Him and I have been friends for so long.  This is just a dream come true to do this for him.  I have to thank Don Blackshear for getting this motor put together so soon; it was a last minute deal and we weren't even supposed to race this year.  I also want to thank my dad and everyone watching at home on DIRTVision- I really appreciate it."
 
While Ruth raced to the early lead, Brian Woodhall passed Zach Morrow for second on the opening lap.  Brian Ruhlman then passed Morrow for third on lap three.  Morrow stayed with Ruhlman and a great battle ensued for third, while Ruth began to check out from the field on lap five.  By lap nine, Steve Pedley joined the battle for  third.  Ruhlman finally broke free of Morrow and Pedley as he closed in on Woodhall on lap 13.  Ruhlman made the pass for second on lap 15.

By the time Ruhlman got to second, Ruth had a solid straightaway lead.  Ruth went unchallenged in the Rustler Sales & Service-sponsored #24 taking his first win since August 15, 2018 by 4.515 seconds.  Ruth's fourth career Lernerville win was the sixth of his RUSH career overall.  Ruhlman has now finished runner-up at the "Steel City Stampede" in all three years for the RUSH Sprint Cars! 

Woodhall, Morrow, and Pedley were third through fifth.  Andy Feil went ninth to sixth as Brian Hartzell, Rick Regalski, Jr., Jack Sodeman, Jr., and rookie Brandon Shughart completed the top 10.  Heat winners on Friday night over the 17-car field were Morrow and Ruhlman.  Though he wasn't in competition for the final two races, Jeremy Weaver captured his first Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series Championship driving the Cal and Ted Hull-owned #41.

Despite COVID-19 delaying the start, it's been a dream season for Chas Wolbert in the Pace RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  On Saturday night, Wolbert put the icing on the cake of his first Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship by winning the $800 caution-free feature.  Wolbert passed early leader Josh Deems on lap five and held off a valiant charge by two-time champion Garrett Krummert to become the amazing seventh different "Steel City Stampede" winner in as many years!

"This is awesome," expressed the 26-year-old Warren, Ohio racer.  "My goal was obviously to win a championship and finish decent in this race.  We've never won the 'Stampede'.  We hit all of our goals tonight.  We've been blessed to still race when we can with COVID.  We've had a great car all year against great competition.  I've been four years at this and have come up short every year by just a few points.  I have great people around me.  When you put yourself to something and get the reward back out of it- you can't complain at all."

Deems, who always excels at Lernerville, took off in the lead over Tony Tatgenhorst in search of his first win of 2020.  Wolbert started fifth, was up to fourth after one lap, and then drove under Krummert and Tatgenhorst for second on lap two.  Wolbert caught Deems on lap three and two laps later snuck under him racing off turn four for the lead. 

Krummert, who was also the 2020 Lernerville Big-Block Modified Champion for the first time in his career, passed good friend, Tatgenhorst, for third on lap four then drove past Deems with the benefit of the lapped car of Joe Gibson going down the backstretch on lap 13.  Wolbert was mired in lapped traffic allowing Krummert to close in on lap 16.  Krummert was all over Wolbert in the final laps, but Wolbert's Alcon Mechanical/Dunkin Donuts of Warren, OH/C.T. Wolbert Trucking/Walters Building Co./Ohio Intra Express/Russ King Racing/Sawtelle Tree-sponsored #c3 held on by just 0.293 of a second for his 11th overall win of 2020 and 33rd of his career in the division. 

Deems was a solid third over Tatgenhorst.  Rob Kristyak, who won the Wedge Motorsports "Route 7 Rumble" Series Championship finished fifth.  Completing the top 10 were Clayton Deems, 14th starting Jacob Wolfe, Kole Holden, Jacob Jordan, and Steve Slater.  Heat winners on Friday night were Krummert and Tatgenhorst. 

Other than a pair of RUSH Late Model Weekly Series specials the next two weekends at Delaware International and Georgetown Speedways, the 2020 season for all of the RUSH Racing Series divisions are now completed.  The 2020 RUSH Awards Banquet & Dinner will be on Saturday, January 17 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa.
 
Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Touring Series Race #6 “Steel City Stampede” (25 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. MAX BLAIR (111)  2. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s)  3. Chad Homan (91)  4. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  5. Jason Knowles (4)  6. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. (8s)  7. Colton Flinner (Bentz 60M)  8. Josh Ferry (33)  9. Clayton Tarabori (16T)  10. Brian Knowles (7)  11. Ryan Frazee (11F)  12. Logan Zarin (1z)  13. Joey Zambotti III (948)  14. Jim Rasey (Wrightsman 21J)  15. Khole Wanzer (01W)  16. Kurt Stebbins (26)  17. Collin Burke (41)  18. Kyle Murray (21)  19. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x)  20. Bill Kessler (09)  21. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  22. Levi Spinneweber (Lukon 184X)  23. Cole Petrelle (184)  24. Tony White (27T).

Non-Qualifier (8 laps, $200 to-win): 1. Zach Kane (Squatriglia 15x)  2. D.J. Nakutis (31)  3. Jason Harmon (521)  4. Denny Nakutis (3)  5. Jacob Peterson (McGee 112)  6. Kassidy Kamicker (72B)  7. Joe Zulisky (58)  8. Chuck Recker (6)-DNS  9. Brandon Lott (47)-DNS.
 
Car Count: 41
Feature Margin of Victory: 0.690 of a second
Feature Lap Leaders: Max Blair (1-30)
 
FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying ($100 for fast time) (Track record 16.776 by Alex Ferree 10/18/19) 1. 11F-Ryan Frazee, 00:17.039[18]; 2. 10S-Joe Martin, 00:17.075[16]; 3. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr, 00:17.184[9]; 4. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr, 00:17.187[19]; 5. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:17.215[15]; 6. 60M-Colton Flinner, 00:17.229[12]; 7. 33-Josh Ferry, 00:17.251[30]; 8. 111-Max Blair, 00:17.337[1]; 9. 7-Brian Knowles, 00:17.415[13]; 10. 27T-Tony White, 00:17.526[14]; 11. 184X-Levi Spinneweber, 00:17.539[17]; 12. 4-Jason Knowles, 00:17.625[20]; 13. 184P-Cole Petrelle, 00:17.632[3]; 14. 91-Chad Homan, 00:17.660[28]; 15. 21-Kyle Murray, 00:17.740[6]; 16. 09-Bill Kessler, 00:17.861[23]; 17. 26-Kurt Stebbins, 00:17.949[11]; 18. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr, 00:18.093[5]; 19. 21J-Jim Rasey, 00:18.179[32]; 20. 41B-Collin Burke, 00:18.188[25]; 21. 3N-Denny Nakutis, 00:18.195[24]; 22. 16T-Clayton Tarabori, 00:18.203[21]; 23. 521-Jason Harmon, 00:18.407[31]; 24. 948-Joey Zambotti III, 00:18.410[10]; 25. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling, 00:18.443[22]; 26. 112-Jacob Peterson, 00:18.649[8]; 27. 01W-Khole Wanzer, 00:18.815[26]; 28. 31N-DJ Nakutis, 00:18.858[29]; 29. 6R-Chuck Recker, 00:18.905[2]; 30. 47L-Brandon Lott, 00:18.984[27]; 31. 58-Joe Zulisky, 00:19.156[7]; 32. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker, 00:19.748[4]; 33. 15X-Zach Kane NT.
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 11F-Ryan Frazee[1]; 2. 1Z-Logan Zarin[2]; 3. 184P-Cole Petrelle[4]; 4. 7-Brian Knowles[3]; 5. 26-Kurt Stebbins[5]; 6. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[7]; 7. 3N-Denny Nakutis[6]; 8. 6R-Chuck Recker[8]; 9. 15X-Zach Kane[9]-DNS.
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 60M-Colton Flinner[2]; 2. 10S-Joe Martin[1]; 3. 16T-Clayton Tarabori[6]; 4. 91-Chad Homan[4]; 5. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[5]; 6. 27T-Tony White[3]; 7. 47L-Brandon Lott[8]; 8. 112-Jacob Peterson[7].
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 33-Josh Ferry[2]; 2. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr[1]; 3. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[3]; 4. 21-Kyle Murray[4]; 5. 21J-Jim Rasey[5]; 6. 01W-Khole Wanzer[7]; 7. 521-Jason Harmon[6]; 8. 58-Joe Zulisky[8].
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 111-Max Blair[2]; 2. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[1]; 3. 4-Jason Knowles[3]; 4. 09-Bill Kessler[4]; 5. 948-Joey Zambotti III[6]; 6. 41B-Collin Burke[5]; 7. 31N-DJ Nakutis[7]; 8. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[8].
 
Last Chance B Main 1 (8 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[1]; 2. 27T-Tony White[2]; 3. 15X-Zachary Kane[7]; 4. 112-Jacob Peterson[6]; 5. 6R-Chuck Recker[5]; 6. 47L-Brandon Lott[4]; 7. 3N-Denny Nakutis[3].
 
Last Chance B Main 2 (8 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 01W-Khole Wanzer[1]; 2. 41B-Collin Burke[2]; 3. 58-Joe Zulisky[5]; 4. 521-Jason Harmon[3]; 5. 31N-DJ Nakutis[4]; 6. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[6].
 
Dash (6 laps): 1. 111-Max Blair[2]; 2. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr[1]; 3. 10S-Joe Martin[4]; 4. 11F-Ryan Frazee[3]; 5. 60M-Colton Flinner[6]; 6. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[8]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin[7]; 8. 33-Josh Ferry[5].

Pace RUSH Sprint Cars Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series Special (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. GALE RUTH, JR. (McConnell 24)  2. Brian Ruhlman (49)  3. Brian Woodhall (8B)  4. Zach Morrow (27)  5. Steve Pedley (21)  6. Andy Feil (Mahoney/Eckart 9J)  7. Brian Hartzell (69)  8. Rick Regalski, Jr. (Clever 14)  9. Jack Sodeman, Jr. (Williams 8)  10. Brandon Shughart (29)  11. Nolan Groves (25)  12. Blaze Myers (36)  13. Dave Hawkins (27)  14. Brandon Blackshear (10)  15. A.J. MacQuarrie (Hartzell 69X)  16. Tyler Newhart (57N)  17. Amelia Clay (16c).

Pace RUSH Sportsman Modifieds Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Special (20 laps, $800 to-win): 1. CHAS WOLBERT (c3)  2. Garrett Krummert (Schaffer 10s)  3. Josh Deems (9D)  4. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T)  5. Rob Kristyak (00)  6. Clayton Deems (55R)  7. Jacob Wolfe (7)  8. Kole Holden (2)  9. Jacob Jordan (28J)  10. Steve Slater (29)  11. Greg Porter (25)  12. Chelsie Kriegisch (10)  13. David Kalb, Jr. (11J)  14. Mike Smith (0)  15. Brian Schaffer (14)  16. Joe Gibson (119)  17. Brandon Ritchey (17).

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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PACE PERFORMANCE RUSH RACING SERIES TO CLOSE OUT 2020 SEASON THIS WEEKEND AT LERNERVILLE'S "STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" WITH LATE MODEL TOUR PLUS  SPORTSMAN MODS & SPRINTS
By Mike Leone
 
October 13, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Sarver, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC will have a tripleheader of action this weekend (October 15-17) at Lernerville Speedway for the "Steel City Stampede".  The RUSH Late Model Tour finale will lead the way, while the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will battle in a Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series special, and the RUSH Sprint Cars in an Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series special.  Practice will be held Thursday night (October 15) with heat races for all divisions on Friday night followed by the conclusion of the events on Saturday.  Group qualifying for the RUSH Late Models will be at 7 p.m. on Friday followed by racing at 7:30.  On Saturday, racing will begin early at 4 p.m.  The rain date is Sunday.
 
"This is always a great way to end our season," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "The RUSH championships annually comes down to this event.  Our Late Model racers are always excited to get the chance to compete at Lernerville.  The car counts have always been strong and the racing at Lernerville is always some of the best of the season.  The Sportsman Modifieds have been given the opportunity to race numerous times over the past seven seasons at Lernerville.  Lernerville was a very important part of getting our RUSH Sprint division off the ground in 2018, and their races this year at the track have been tremendous."
 
This year’s “Steel City Stampede” will be the 12th edition of this huge event that includes most of the region’s racing divisions all showcased in this end of the season blowout for the region.  There has only been one repeat RUSH Late Model winner and it took until last year for that to happen; past winners include Josh Holtgraver (2009), Bryan Force (2010), Butch Lambert (2011), Max Blair (2012 & 2019), Dennis Lunger, Jr. (2013), Chad Ruhlman (2014), Jacob Hawkins (2015), John Mollick (2016), John Waters (2017), and Colton Flinner (2018).

Saturday's event will pay $2,000 to-win.  There will also be a $200 to-win, $150 to-start non-qualifier.  The RUSH Late Models are coming off a very successful record-setting "Bill Hendren Memorial" event presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication as part of the "Pittsburgher 100" at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway two weeks ago. 

There has yet to be a repeat winning on the 2020 RUSH Late Model Tour.  The season got underway at Lernerville on June 27 when Blair won the $10,000 "Bill Emig Memorial" for the second straight year.  Since then, Garret Paugh, Michael Norris, Kyle Lukon and Levi Crowl have been victorious at Pittsburgh.  Will there be a sixth different winner in six events this weekend!? 

One driver looking for his first Tour win of 2020 is Jeremy Wonderling.  The Wellsville, NY driver enters the weekend as the points leader in both the Pace National Weekly Series and Touring Series Championships.  Wonderling has never won the Weekly title; however, is poised for his third consecutive Tour title.  Wonderling hasn't finished worse than sixth in any Tour race this year.  While Wonderling has all but locked up the Tour Driver Championship, his lead is only 14 on the Bob Bentz-owned #60M in the Tour Car Owner Championship.  Alex Ferree raced the #60M to a runner-up finish on October 2, while John Mollick was chasing after a Lernerville Big-Block Modified Championship.  Completing the top 10 in Driver points are Joe Martin, Josh Ferry, Michael Duritsky, Jr., Ryan Frazee, Bill Kessler, Tony White, Mollick, and Kassidy Kamicker.

FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat" will be utilized on Friday night for the Late Models meaning the fastest qualifier will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25.  The pole position dash will also be run on Friday night.
 
Meanwhile, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will join the "Steel City Stampede" for the seventh consecutive year in an $800 to-win event.  Greg Martin won the inaugural race in 2014, while Nick Ritchey won his first ever at Lernerville in 2015.  Rocky Kugel topped what was at the time in 2016 was a record field of 29 cars.  Steve Slater won the 2017 show, while teen Blaze Myers scored a popular first Tour win in 2018 after coming out of the B main to also win the "Futures Cup" title.  Last year, Eric Gabany became the sixth different "Steel City Stampede" winner in as many years.  Interestingly, three of the top RUSH Sportsman Mod winners in recent years, Garrett Krummert, Chas Wolbert, and Rob Kristyak, have yet to win a "Steel City Stampede" belt buckle.   

The RUSH Sportsman Mods have made one visit this season to Lernerville this year on July 24 for the "RUSH Summer Showcase" when Wolbert topped a 23-car field.  Wolbert has already clinched his first Hovis Weekly Series title.  Kristyak, who won the Wedge Motorsports "Route 7 Rumble" Series title, has locked up second in points.  Kole Holden, Tony Tatgenhorst, and Kyle Martell sit third through fifth in points.  Ayden Cipriano, who clinched the Hovis "Futures Cup" Championship, is sixth in points.

The RUSH Sprints will wrap up their third season this weekend racing for $800 to-win, $160 to-start.  In their two prior Lernerville appearances this year, Jeremy Weaver won on July 24 and Jack Sodeman, Jr. won on October 2 in his RUSH Sprint Car debut.  Weaver has already clinched the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series point championship in the Hull Racing #41. 

By virtue of his third consecutive Pittsburgh win this season last Saturday night, Zach Morrow vaulted to second in the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points.  Morrow won twice at Lernerville each of the past two seasons, and would love to end 2020 victorious to clinch the runner-up spot in points for the second straight year.  Steve Pedley, Andy Feil, and Brian Hartzell are third through fifth in points.  Pedley won his first career feature earlier this season at Sharon Speedway.
 
RUSH Late Model Feature Payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $235  17. $230  18-24. $225.
 
RUSH Late Model Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $200  2. $190  3. $185  4. $180  5. $175  6. $170  7. $165  8. $160  9. $155  10-24. $150. Tow $125.

RUSH Sportsman Modified Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $250  6. $220  7. $180  8. $175  9. $170  10. $165  11. $160  12. $155  13. $150  14. $145  15. $140  16. $135  17. $130  18-24. $125.  Tow $75.
 
RUSH Sprint Car Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $400  3. $300  4. $250  5. $225  6. $220  7. $210  8. $200  9. $190  10. $185  11. $180  12. $175  13. $170  14-18. $165  19-24. $160.  Tow $75.
 
The AMB/MyLaps transponders are required at Lernerville.  Driver radios are always mandatory at the 454.000 channel.  The entry fee is $100 for Late Models.  There is no entry fee for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds or RUSH Sprint Cars.    There will be an open practice from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday night.  Registration and tech opens at 2 p.m. on Friday.  There will be a drivers meeting at 6:20 p.m. with group qualifying for the RUSH Late Models at 7:00 followed by heat races at 7:30.  Racing begins early on Saturday at 4 p.m.  Check out the following link for additional "Steel City Stampede" event details: https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/upload/1cca92020%20Stampede%20Comp%20notes%20%20.pdf
 
Late Model Touring Series Driver Points (must be a member to receive points): 1. Jeremy Wonderling 468  2. Joe Martin 435  3. Josh Ferry 426  4. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 424  5. Logan Zarin 418  6. Ryan Frazee 379  7. Bill Kessler 371  8. Tony White 363  9. John Mollick 356  10. Kassidy Kamicker 280  11. John Waters 250  12. Chad Sines 244  13. Max Blair 179  14. Chub Frank 171  15. Cory Sines 149  16. Jamie Wrightsman 140  17. Jason Genco 90  18. Kyle Murray 82  19. Justin Kann 72  20. Robbie Scott 71.

Late Model Touring Series Car Owner Points (must be a member to receive points): 1. Jeremy Wonderling 3J 468  2. Robert Bentz 60M 454  3. Thomas Snyder 10s 435  4. Ferry's Millennium Motorsports 33 426  5. Michael Duritsky 90J 424  6. James Zarin 1z 418  7. SSR Sines & Sons Racing 15 401  8. Ryan Frazee 11F 379  9. William Kessler 09 371  10. Anthony White 27T 363  11. James Wrightsman 21J 285  12. Craig Kamicker 72B 280  13. Dale LeBarron 11 250  14. William Blair 111 179  15. Chub Frank 1* 171  16. SSR Sines & Sons Racing 25s 149  17. JP Craig Racing 29J 90  18. Kyle Murray 21 82  19. Justin Kann 66 72  20. James Zarin 18 71.

Lernerville is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 11 miles southeast of Butler, Pa. on Route 356 at 313 North Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055.  Lernerville is just 30 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.  For more information, check out their website at www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511.
 
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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MARYLAND TEEN LEVI CROWL SLAYS "THE MONSTER HALF-MILE" WITH 1ST CAREER RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN WORTH $3100 IN NIGHT 2 OF THE "BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL" PRESENTED BY FK ROD ENDS & PRO FAB AT PITTSBURGH
By Mike Leone
 
October 3, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC returned to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday for night two of the 10th annual “Bill Hendren Memorial” presented by FK Rod Ends together with Pro Fabrication as part of the “Pittsburgher 100” weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  A total of 43 different RUSH cars participated over the two nights, which were two complete shows for the first time.  The four 2020 Tour events at PPMS averaged 41 cars per night!  The following helped make the “Bill Hendren Memorial” the richest to date: FK Rod Ends, Pro Fabrication, Pace Performance, Miley Motor Sports, Hendren Racing Engines, CrateInsider.com, Dirtwrap, Zarin Truck & Auto, Branden Lockwich, and the RUSH Racing Series.

Third year RUSH Late Model teenage racer Levi Crowl pulled off one of the biggest upset wins in Pace Performance Touring Series history on Saturday night.  Crowl charged from the seventh starting spot to pass Kyle Lukon, winner of four of the last six Tour races at Pittsburgh, with seven laps to go then fended off challenges from two-time Tour champion Jeremy Wonderling and track regular Jake Gunn to capture the popular victory.  In addition to the $3,100 payday, Crowl received a free wrap for the 2021 season from Dirtwrap valued at $800!  Crowl became the fifth different Tour winner in five races in 2020 and third different driver to earn his first career Tour win!

Prior to 2020, Crowl made three Tour appearances at Pittsburgh failing to qualify for the feature each night; in fact, Crowl had competed in the "One to Remember" Non-Winners race each of the past two years during the "Pittsburgher".  This year, Crowl scored the first two RUSH wins of his career coming at his home track, Winchester Speedway, in Weekly Series competition.  Crowl didn't give up and returned to Pittsburgh on August 8 qualifying for the "Jook George Steel City Classic" with a 10th place finish and followed that up with a 16th place effort on Friday night.  Persistence then paid off on Saturday night as Crowl was able to slay the "Monster Half-Mile"!

"It's extremely hard to win at this track," acknowledged the 19-year-old Clear Spring, MD racer.  "Last year at this time we were running the Non-Qualifier race running third, fourth, and fifth- this is insane!  I have no idea how this happened to be honest.  I watched the Lucas Oil guys run the bottom.  I knew it was rubbered up down there.  I watched Lukon and some other guys try and run the top in traffic so I just stuck true to the bottom.  It was bad fast, I persevered, and this is awesome.  Everyone that comes here is the best of the best in the East Coast.  I knew once I slipped up it wasn't going to be good; Lukon, Wonderling- someone was going to go under me.  I regrouped, hit my marks in (turns) one and two, and three and four and we came away with the win!"

"It means everything to win here- I'm ecstatic," continued Crowl.  "It's a true testament to my guys and how hard they work.  We dream big.  We come here and want to make the feature and from there we want to run top 10, but to come away with a win is unreal especially against these guys and this caliber of competition.  It shows when the time came we can compete with these guys.  My dad has been my best friend and crew chief since day one in Quarter-Midgets.  I have to thank all of my sponsors and everyone that helps; definitely want to thank RUSH for putting this together.  I wish we could have done 'Battle of the Bay' this year, but to be able to come here and get one is awesome."

Lukon picked up where he left off after winning Friday night's $3,100 Tour feature by setting fast time, winning his heat race, and the dash on Saturday night.  Most figured Lukon would cruise to another $3,100 payday as he took off in the lead at the start of the feature, which followed the 100-lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.  Wonderling drove under and by Charlier for second on lap two.  By lap five, Lukon and Wonderling began to distance themselves from the field, while the battle was on for third between Charlier and Logan Zarin.  On lap six, Zarin put a slider on Charlier to take over the third, which was where he finished on Friday night for his best career Tour effort.

Chub Frank slowed on lap nine with a flat tire to bring out the night's first caution.  That caution may have been what changed the night for Crowl.  Crowl started seventh, but had fell back to ninth early on before getting back up to seventh when the caution was displayed.  When racing resumed on lap 10, Crowl worked his way into fourth.  The following lap, Crowl passed Zarin for third.  Another driver making his way forward was Jake Gunn.  Gunn started back in 11th and cracked the top five on lap 11 taking the spot from John Mollick then passed Zarin one lap later for fourth.

As the laps ticked off without another caution, Lukon caught lapped traffic on lap 20.  Crowl meanwhile ran down Wonderling and made the pass for second on lap 21 in traffic.  Crowl had the bottom working to perfection, and while Lukon struggled in traffic, Crowl pulled even and made the winning pass off the bottom of turn four on lap 23.  Wonderling and Gunn though didn't go away as they both passed Lukon for second and third respectively on lap 25.

It looked like Crowl was well on his way to victory, but the teenager missed his mark in turn four coming to the white flag as his lead disappeared.  Wonderling tried to use lapped traffic to his advantage racing to the outside of Crowl in turn one, but Crowl had the grip on the inside as Wonderling lost traction yielding second to Gunn.  It was then a race to the checkered flag with Crowl running a perfect final lap to win by 0.778 of a second in his Drydene/Wrenches & Wreckers/Noel's Fire Protection/MS Shock Therapy.TW Vance Trucking-sponsored #5.

What a run for Gunn advancing nine spots for a career best Tour runner-up finish worth $1,500.  Gunn has made select RUSH Tour starts each of the past eight years, but prior to Saturday night his best career finish was a ninth on two different occasions back in 2018 and 2015.  It was a good weekend for the Gunn Family as Jake's younger brother Zach not only qualified for the feature both nights, but also finished second in the "One to Remember" Non-Winners race on Friday night.

Wonderling's third place finish was his career best at Pittsburgh as prior to Saturday night he had three fourth place efforts at the track including Friday night.  Wonderling has now finished in the top six in all five Tour events this season including four top fours as he looks to nail down his third straight RUSH Tour Championship.

Kentucky's Grant Garrison had a career best Pittsburgh and RUSH Tour run finish by going 15th to fourth beating his best prior finish of fifth in 2018.  After leading the first 22 laps, Lukon dropped to fifth at the finish.  After Alex Ferree finished second on Friday night driving the Bob Bentz #60M, John Mollick was back behind the wheel of the #60M on Saturday night and finished sixth to stay in the hunt for the RUSH Tour Car Owner Championship. 

Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. was seventh over Charlier, who dropped to eighth.  After going 23rd to sixth on Friday night, Josh Ferry had another good run finishing ninth from the 13th starting spot.  Jacob Hawkins was aboard Chad Sines' #15 that competes on the RUSH Tour and raced from 23rd to 10th after failing to qualify for the feature on Friday night.       

RUSH rookie Cole Petrelle led all 10 laps of the Non-Qualifier race to close out the "Bill Hendren Memorial" weekend and earned $500.  After a caution for Josh Stoica and Kassidy Kamicker before one lap was scored, Petrelle was never challenged crossing the checkered flag first by an impressive 4.001 seconds.  The 36-year-old Follansbee, WV driver became the 42nd different winner in 51 Non-Qualifier races run all-time in his Quick Time Suspension/Tye Twarog Racing-sponsored #184.

Maryland's Chuck Bowie raced from fifth to finish second.  Colby Beighey was third edging out Kamicker by just 0.032 of a second.  Kamicker came back through the pack after her early spin to finish fourth, which moved her into second place in the "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series point standings.  Big-Block Modified veteran and part-time RUSH Sportsman Modified driver, Jim Rasey, who has taken over the seat of Jim Wrightsman's #21J, was fifth.

Lukon beat out Christian Schneider by just 0.016 of a second to earn the $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying fast qualifier honors over the 34-car field.  Lukon, Schneider, Mollick, and Zarin added $25 FK Rod Ends heat race victories.  Four round of warmups, qualifying, four heat races, two last chance B mains, a dash, 30-lap feature, and 10-lap non-qualifier were contested with a total of two caution flags!

In addition to cash bonuses, the second through fifth place finishers in the features both nights and Friday's "One to Remember" received $250 off a Wrap N' Wear Package from Dirtwrap and Dirtink.  CrateInsider.com gave away two GoPro Hero 8 and accessories valued at $480 to both Friday's "One to Remember" winner and a random draw on Saturday night which went to Denny Nakutis.

The 2020 RUSH Touring Series season will wrap up with its traditional finale at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. for the "Steel City Stampede" on October 15-17.  Thursday night will include an open practice with FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying, heat races, and the dash on Friday night.  Saturday night will conclude the season with last chance B mains, the championship feature event, and the non-qualifier.  Rain date is Sunday (October 18).
 
Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Touring Series Race #5 “Bill Hendren Memorial” Night 2 (30 laps, $3,100 to-win): 1. LEVI CROWL (5)  2. Jake Gunn (14G)  3. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  4. Grant Garrison (1)  5. Kyle Lukon (184)  6. John Mollick (Bentz 60M)  7. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. (8)  8. Daryl Charlier (12)  9. Josh Ferry (33)  10. Jacob Hawkins (Sines 15)  11. Logan Zarin (1z)  12. Garret Paugh (03)  13. Christian Schneider (M5)  14. Levi Spinneweber (Lukon 184X)  15. Mike Reft (9R)  16. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s)  17. Tony White (27T)  18. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  19. Justin Lamb (93x)  20. Zach Gunn (17G)  21. Zach Kane (10)  22. Ryan Frazee (11F)  23. Chub Frank (1*)  24. Bill Kessler (09)  25. Tim Shaffer (Maniecki 1ST).  (Note: Bill Kessler took a Tour provisional.) 

Non-Qualifier (10 laps, $500 to-win): 1. Cole Petrelle (184)  2. Chuck Bowie (14c)  3. Colby Beighey (36B)  4. Kassidy Kamicker (72B)  5. Jim Rasey (Wrightsman 21J)  6. Denny Nakutis (3)  7. Joe Squatriglia (15x)   8. Josh Stoica (22J)  9. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x)-DNS.
 
Car Count: 34
Feature Margin of Victory: 0.778 of second
Feature Lap Leaders: Kyle Lukon (1-22), Levi Crowl (23-30)
Wrap from Dirtwrap ($800): Levi Crowl
$250 off a Wrap N' Wear Package from Dirtwrap and Dirtink: Jake Gunn, Jeremy Wonderling, Grant Garrison & Kyle Lukon
GoPro Hero 8 Camera & Accessories ($480): Denny Nakutis
 
FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying (Track record 18.849 by Mike Pegher, Jr. on 5/12/12): 1. 184-Kyle Lukon, 00:19.855[33]; 2. M5-Christian Schneider, 00:19.871[14]; 3. 60M-John Mollick, 00:19.948[20]; 4. 03-Garret Paugh, 00:19.964[12]; 5. 1ST-Tim Shaffer, 00:20.117[27]; 6. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr, 00:20.126[2]; 7. 12-Daryl Charlier, 00:20.174[19]; 8. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling, 00:20.179[3]; 9. 33-Josh Ferry, 00:20.208[28]; 10. 10S-Joe Martin, 00:20.210[30]; 11. 1G-Grant Garrison, 00:20.243[8]; 12. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:20.251[15]; 13. 1*-Chub Frank, 00:20.277[17]; 14. 5C-Levi Crowl, 00:20.282[24]; 15. 184X-Levi Spinneweber, 00:20.346[11]; 16. 10-Zachary Kane, 00:20.383[4]; 17. 9R-Mike Reft, 00:20.440[7]; 18. 184P-Cole Petrelle, 00:20.635[26]; 19. 14G-Jake Gunn, 00:20.672[18]; 20. 11F-Ryan Frazee, 00:20.706[16]; 21. 15-Jacob Hawkins, 00:20.758[31]; 22. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr, 00:20.759[23]; 23. 27T-Tony White, 00:20.778[1]; 24. 93X-Justin Lamb, 00:20.914[6]; 25. 17G-Zach Gunn, 00:20.944[21]; 26. 36B-Colby Beighey, 00:20.956[32]; 27. 09-Bill Kessler, 00:20.960[22]; 28. 22J-Josh Stoica, 00:21.229[10]; 29. 21J-Jim Rasey, 00:21.715[5]; 30. 14C-Chuck Bowie, 00:21.717[9]; 31. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker, 00:21.773[13]; 32. 3N-Denny Nakutis, 00:21.825[29]; 33. 15X-Joe Squatriglia, 00:21.875[34]; 34. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr, NT[25]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 184-Kyle Lukon[1]; 2. 1ST-Tim Shaffer[2]; 3. 1*-Chub Frank[4]; 4. 33-Josh Ferry[3]; 5. 17G-Zach Gunn[7]; 6. 9R-Mike Reft[5]; 7. 15-Jacob Hawkins[6]; 8. 21J-Jim Rasey[8]; 9. 15X-Joe Squatriglia[9]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. M5-Christian Schneider[1]; 2. 5C-Levi Crowl[4]; 3. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr[2]; 4. 10S-Joe Martin[3]; 5. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[6]; 6. 184P-Cole Petrelle[5]; 7. 36B-Colby Beighey[7]; 8. 14C-Chuck Bowie[8]; 9. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[9]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 60M-John Mollick[1]; 2. 12-Daryl Charlier[2]; 3. 14G-Jake Gunn[5]; 4. 1G-Grant Garrison[3]; 5. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[4]; 6. 27T-Tony White[6]; 7. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[8]; 8. 09-Bill Kessler[7]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 1Z-Logan Zarin[3]; 2. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[2]; 3. 03-Garret Paugh[1]; 4. 11F-Ryan Frazee[5]; 5. 93X-Justin Lamb[6]; 6. 10-Zachary Kane[4]; 7. 22J-Josh Stoica[7]; 8. 3N-Denny Nakutis[8]
 
Last Chance B Main 1 (8 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 9R-Mike Reft[1]; 2. 15-Jacob Hawkins[3]; 3. 184P-Cole Petrelle[2]; 4. 36B-Colby Beighey[4]; 5. 14C-Chuck Bowie[6]; 6. 21J-Jim Rasey[5]; 7. (DNS) 15X-Joe Squatriglia; 8. (DNS) 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr.
 
Last Chance B Main 2 (8 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 27T-Tony White[1]; 2. 10-Zachary Kane[2]; 3. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[3]; 4. 22J-Josh Stoica[4]; 5. 09-Bill Kessler[5]; 6. 3N-Denny Nakutis[6]
 
Dash (6 laps): 1. 184-Kyle Lukon[3]; 2. 12-Daryl Charlier[1]; 3. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[5]; 4. 1Z-Logan Zarin[4]; 5. 1ST-Tim Shaffer[2]; 6. 60M-John Mollick[7]; 7. 5C-Levi Crowl[6]; 8. M5-Christian Schneider[8]

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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KYLE LUKON TOPS 41-CAR RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR FIELD FROM 8 STATES TO WIN NIGHT 1 OF “BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL” PRESENTED BY FK ROD ENDS & PRO FAB AT PITTSBURGH; TEAMMATE LEVI SPINNEWEBER CAPTURES $1000 PACE PERFORMANCE “ONE TO REMEMBER” NON-WINNERS RACE
By Mike Leone
 
October 2, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC returned to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Friday night for night one of the 10th annual “Bill Hendren Memorial” presented by FK Rod Ends together with Pro Fabrication as part of the “Pittsburgher 100” weekend.  Capturing wins were Kyle Lukon in the main event and teammate Levi Spinneweber in the “One to Remember” Non-Winners race presented by Pace Performance.  Forty-one cars from eight different states participated as all three Tour shows to date at PPMS have attracted over 40 cars.  The following helped make the “Bill Hendren Memorial” the richest to date: FK Rod Ends, Pro Fabrication, Pace Performance, Miley Motor Sports, Hendren Racing Engines, CrateInsider.com, Dirtwrap, Zarin Truck & Auto, Branden Lockwich, and the RUSH Racing Series.

Kyle Lukon became the fourth different RUSH Touring Series winner in as many 2020 races by winning his second straight “Bill Hendren Memorial” in night one of the “Pittsburgher 100” weekend.  Lukon, who on all three 2019 Tour events at Pittsburgh for $18,800, led all 30 laps in Friday night’s feature for a $3,100 payday and received a free wrap for the 2021 season from Dirtwrap valued at $800.

“It’s pretty incredible to win this Hendren race,” acknowledged the 30-year-old racer of nearby Burgettstown, Pa.  “The last two years just about every race I’ve won has been a memorial; all these people were the pioneers of what we’re doing now.  To be able to win memorial races named after the likes of Red Miley, Jook George, and Hendren twice now means so much; without those people a lot of this wouldn’t be possible.”

“The race track was awesome tonight,” continued Lukon.  “After I came in from the dash, dad said I think you screwed up because up to that point it was a pretty top dominant race track.  I got by Tommy (Schirnhofer) on the bottom, but I was a little worried he may get the jump on me on the start.  The car was awesome.  Levi (Spinneweber) and his guys pitched in and helped.  It’s awesome to hear he ran pretty decent for only his second time in a crate and fourth time in a big car all together.  Last year at the Pittsburgher, Alex (Ferree) and I finished one-two in my cars and for us to finish one-two again is pretty sweet, but I’m glad I’m on the good end of it!”

After going fourth to first in the dash to earn the feature pole, Lukon jumped into the lead at the start of the 30-lap feature event with Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. in tow.  Logan Zarin, sixth starting Kyle Hardy, and eighth starting Alex Ferree moved up into positions three through five after the opening lap.  After falling out of the top five on lap one, Garret Paugh, raced past Ferree and Hardy for fourth on lap two. 

Lukon quickly began to check out on the field as the battle heated up for second.  Zarin dropped Schirnhofer back to third on lap three.  Paugh, who won his first career Tour race on July 18 at Pittsburgh, then took over third from Schirnhofer on lap five.  By the time Lukon caught traffic on lap 10, he had built a half-straightaway lead on Zarin at the “Monster Half-Mile”.  A little further back, a great battle was taking place for fifth as Super Late Model standouts Ferree and Hardy were trading the position back and forth numerous times until Hardy slowed with a flat tire to bring out the event’s first caution with 13 laps completed.

When racing resumed on lap 14, Ferree and 15th starting Jeremy Wonderling moved past Paugh for the third and fourth spots respectively.  Ferree, who was making his debut in Bob Bentz’s #60M subbing for John Mollick looked strong as he continued to make his way to the front driving around Zarin for second on lap 17 before a caution for Justin Lamb, Matt Latta, and Zach Gunn, who tangled between turns and two.

Back under green for the final time as the last 13 laps went green-to-checkered, it was three-wide in turn one for the lead but Lukon was able to maintain over Ferree, Zarin, and Wonderling.  While Lukon pulled away, the battle was on for second and on back.  At one point, Wonderling got up to P2 from his 15th starting spot past Zarin and Ferree with even Spinneweber advancing up to fourth before things shook back out to how they were when racing resumed on lap 18.

After ending a six-year winless drought between RUSH Tour wins last year, Lukon has now won four of the last six Tour events at Pittsburgh giving him five for his career and bumping his all-time win total at the “Monster Half-Mile” to an impressive 39 in his Race 1/Tru Form Racing Products/Frankland Racing Supply/Rocket/Lukon's Reb-Fab-sponsored #184.

Ferree was 4.212 seconds behind Lukon in his 2020 RUSH debut and earned $1,500.  Last year, Zarin followed the Touring Series in his second year of racing finishing sixth in points and winning the “One to Remember” race.  This year, the 18-year-old from nearby Moon Township, Pa. has two Pace Weekly Series wins at Pittsburgh and on Friday night not only recorded his first career Tour top five finish but ended up on the podium with an impressive third place effort! 

Wonderling, who is going after his third straight Tour championship and first National Weekly Series Championship, record his third fourth place finish in four Tour races to maintain his points lead.  Spinneweber’s fifth came in just his second career RUSH start.  After making a late race pass to get the final transfer spot in last chance B main 1, Late Model rookie Josh Ferry had a great run going 23rd to sixth in the feature.  Schirnhofer dropped back to seventh.  Kentucky’s Grant Garrison made his 2020 RUSH debut and raced from 14th to eighth.  After getting as high as third early, Paugh faded to ninth over Jake Gunn.

Levi Spinneweber rounded out an excellent night for Phil Lukon’s race team.  After Kyle Lukon pocketed $3,100 in the night’s main event and Spinneweber finished fifth for $525, Spinneweber followed it up by out-dueling Zach Gunn to win the Pace Performance “One to Remember” Non-Winners race.  Spinneweber, who has had success in the small car divisions of Mod Lites and Super Six Late Models, captured his first full-size car win in the 20-lap event.  In addition to the $1,000 cash, Spinneweber received a GoPro Hero 8 camera, SD card, waterproof case, and a JOES GoPro Mount from CrateInsider.com valued at $480 and a wrap for the 2021 season from Dirtwrap valued at $800!

“I can’t thank Phil and Kyle enough for even being silly enough to put me in a race car,” stated the 35-year-old Butler, Pa. driver.  “It’s a true blessing and honor to be able to drive for someone like Phil that has been racing in western Pa. for 35 years.  We cut our teeth at Mercer Raceway Park when it was owned by Vicki Emig- the owner of the RUSH Racing Series.  I’ve always appreciated her support of support divisions.  It grew guys like me up by giving us a place to race and sharpen our talent.  To be able to come on a big stage at PPMS and get a RUSH win makes me ecstatic and at a loss of words to be honest.  The race car was way better than the driver in the first race.  I don’t know if it was jitters or what, but I finally got in a rhythm and we started going back forward.  I think we had a top three car, but the driver left a little on the table, but we’ll go to work and make this thing better for tomorrow night.” 

Gunn took off in the lead from the outside pole with Spinneweber passing Bill Kessler for second.  Spinneweber moved into the lead on lap two before a pair of cautions with four laps completed slowed action.  When racing resumed on lap five, Gunn again used the outside to regain the lead.  Seventh starting Dan Lepro entered contention as he passed Tony White for third on lap seven before Andrew Squatriglia brought out the caution.

Back under green on lap eight, Spinneweber made the winning move driving under Gunn and pulled away at the halfway point.  A spin by Josh Stoica gave Gunn one more chance at Spinneweber, but Spinneweber would maintain the top spot over the final seven laps to take the checkered flag first by 1.717 seconds over Gunn in the Race 1/Tru Form Racing Products/Frankland Racing Supply/Rocket/Lukon's Reb-Fab-sponsored #184X.  Lepro was a distant third over pole-sitter Kessler.  Stoica charged back through the field after his spin in the final seven laps to finish fifth.  White, Eric Hamilton, Jr., Denny Nakutis, Zach Kane, and Squatriglia completed the top 10.

Ben Policz set fast time overall in FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying to earn $100 with a lap of 19.000 not far off Mike Pegher, Jr’s 18.849 track record set eight years.  Winning the $25 FK Rod Ends heat races were Zarin, Ferree, Paugh, and Lukon.  Zach Gunn and Levi Crowl won the last chance B mains.

The RUSH Touring Series will be right back in action tonight (Saturday) for night two of the “Bill Hendren Memorial” with $3,100 again on the line again at Pittsburgh.  There will also be a $500 to-win, $150 to-start Non-Qualifier.  Warmups begin at 6 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. 
 
Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Touring Series Race #4 “Bill Hendren Memorial” Night 1 (30 laps, $3,100 to-win): 1. KYLE LUKON (184)  2. Alex Ferree (Bentz 60M)  3. Logan Zarin (1z)  4. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  5. Levi Spinneweber (Lukon 184X)  6. Josh Ferry (33)  7. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. (8S)  8. Grant Garrison (1)  9. Garret Paugh (03)  10. Jake Gunn (14G)  11. Michael Reft (9R)  12. Tim Shaffer (Maniecki 1ST)  13. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s)  14. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  15. Bill Kessler (09)  16. Levi Crowl (5)  17. Zach Kane (10)  18. Ryan Frazee (11F)  19. Zach Gunn (17G)  20. Colby Beighey (36B)  21. Jim Rasey (Wrightsman 21J)  22. Tony White (27T)  23. Matt Latta (21)  24. Justin Lamb (Koteles 64K)  25. Christian Schneider (M5)  26. Kyle Hardy (Bowie 14c).  (Note: Michael Duritsky, Jr. took a Tour provisional & Bill Kessler took a Track provisional.)

DNQ for the feature: Josh Stoica (22J), Daryl Charlier (12), John Boring (58B), Cole Petrelle (184P), Kassidy Kamicker (72B), Dan Lepro (2L), Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x), Jacob Hawkins (Sines 15), Matt Dobnak (42D), Andrew Squatriglia (15x), Greg Goble (20G), D.J. Nakutis (31N), Ben Policz (14B), Jared Kane (7), Denny Nakutis (3).
 
Pace Performance “One to Remember” Non-Winners (20 laps, $1,000 to-win): 1. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[5]; 2. 17G-Zach Gunn[3]; 3. 2L-Dan Lepro[9]; 4. 09-Bill Kessler[1]; 5. 22J-Josh Stoica[8]; 6. 27T-Tony White[7]; 7. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[16]; 8. 3N-Denny Nakutis[17]; 9. 10-Zachary Kane[6]; 10. 15X-Andrew Squatriglia[11]; 11. 58B-John Boring[14]; 12. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[12]; 13. (DNS) 42D-Matt Dobnak; 14. (DNS) 20G-Greg Goble; 15. (DNS) 7K-Jared Kane; 16. (DNS) 31N-DJ Nakutis; 17. (DNS) 184P-Cole Petrelle.
 
Car Count: 41
Feature Margin of Victory: 4.212 seconds
Feature Lap Leaders: Kyle Lukon (1-30)
Wrap from Dirtwrap ($800): Kyle Lukon
$250 Wrap N' Wear Package Certificate from Dirtwrap and Dirtink: Alex Ferree, Logan Zarin, Jeremy Wonderling, Levi Spinneweber, Zach Gunn, Dan Lepro, Bill Kessler, Josh Stoica.
GoPro Hero 8 Camera & Accessories ($480): Levi Spinneweber
 
FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight A (Track record 18.849 by Mike Pegher, Jr. on 5/12/12): 1. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:19.283[2]; 2. 60M-Alex Ferree, 00:19.296[9]; 3. 27T-Tony White, 00:19.353[5]; 4. 21L-Matt Latta, 00:19.363[1]; 5. 11F-Ryan Frazee, 00:19.409[13]; 6. M5-Christian Schneider, 00:19.409[11]; 7. 14C-Kyle Hardy, 00:19.418[17]; 8. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling, 00:19.433[21]; 9. 14G-Jake Gunn, 00:19.438[4]; 10. 184X-Levi Spinneweber, 00:19.468[3]; 11. 17G-Zach Gunn, 00:19.563[6]; 12. 33-Josh Ferry, 00:19.609[19]; 13. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr, 00:19.753[14]; 14. 12-Daryl Charlier, 00:19.841[12]; 15. 15-Jacob Hawkins, 00:19.873[10]; 16. 09-Bill Kessler, 00:19.895[20]; 17. 2L-Dan Lepro, 00:20.102[8]; 18. 15X-Andrew Squatriglia, 00:20.474[15]; 19. 7K-Jared Kane, 00:20.562[18]; 20. 184P-Cole Petrelle, 00:20.635[7]; 21. 3N-Denny Nakutis, 00:21.271[16]
 
FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight B: ($100 for fastest qualifier) 1. 14B-Ben Policz, 00:19.000[10]; 2. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr, 00:19.175[6]; 3. 03-Garret Paugh, 00:19.202[1]; 4. 184-Kyle Lukon, 00:19.361[15]; 5. 1ST-Tim Shaffer, 00:19.378[17]; 6. 10S-Joe Martin, 00:19.508[18]; 7. 5C-Levi Crowl, 00:19.691[12]; 8. 36B-Colby Beighey, 00:19.692[7]; 9. 9R-Mike Reft, 00:19.734[20]; 10. 64K-Justin Lamb, 00:19.735[3]; 11. 21J-Jim Rasey, 00:20.038[8]; 12. 22J-Josh Stoica, 00:20.042[9]; 13. 1G-Grant Garrison, 00:20.043[14]; 14. 10-Zachary Kane, 00:20.078[11]; 15. 20G-Greg Goble, 00:20.150[19]; 16. 42D-Matt Dobnak, 00:20.209[5]; 17. 31N-DJ Nakutis, 00:20.434[4]; 18. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker, 00:20.460[16]; 19. 58B-John Boring, 00:21.133[13]; 20. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr, 00:21.641[2]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 1Z-Logan Zarin[1]; 2. 14C-Kyle Hardy[4]; 3. 14G-Jake Gunn[5]; 4. 11F-Ryan Frazee[3]; 5. 27T-Tony White[2]; 6. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[7]; 7. 17G-Zach Gunn[6]; 8. 15-Jacob Hawkins[8]; 9. 2L-Dan Lepro[9]; 10. 7K-Jared Kane[10]; 11. 3N-Denny Nakutis[11]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 60M-Alex Ferree[1]; 2. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[5]; 3. M5-Christian Schneider[3]; 4. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[4]; 5. 21L-Matt Latta[2]; 6. 33-Josh Ferry[6]; 7. 09-Bill Kessler[8]; 8. 12-Daryl Charlier[7]; 9. 184P-Cole Petrelle[10]; 10. 15X-Andrew Squatriglia[9]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 03-Garret Paugh[2]; 2. 1ST-Tim Shaffer[3]; 3. 9R-Mike Reft[5]; 4. 1G-Grant Garrison[7]; 5. 21J-Jim Rasey[6]; 6. 58B-John Boring[10]; 7. 20G-Greg Goble[8]; 8. 31N-DJ Nakutis[9]; 9. 14B-Ben Policz[1]; 10. 5C-Levi Crowl[4]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 184-Kyle Lukon[2]; 2. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr[1]; 3. 64K-Justin Lamb[5]; 4. 10S-Joe Martin[3]; 5. 10-Zachary Kane[7]; 6. 36B-Colby Beighey[4]; 7. 22J-Josh Stoica[6]; 8. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[9]; 9. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[10]; 10. 42D-Matt Dobnak[8]
 
Last Chance B Main 1 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 17G-Zach Gunn[3]; 2. 33-Josh Ferry[2]; 3. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[1]; 4. 12-Daryl Charlier[6]; 5. 184P-Cole Petrelle[8]; 6. 2L-Dan Lepro[7]; 7. 15-Jacob Hawkins[5]; 8. 09-Bill Kessler[4]; 9. 15X-Andrew Squatriglia[10]; 10. (DNS) 7K-Jared Kane; 11. (DNS) 3N-Denny Nakutis
 
Last Chance B Main 2 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 5C-Levi Crowl[9]; 2. 36B-Colby Beighey[2]; 3. 22J-Josh Stoica[4]; 4. 58B-John Boring[1]; 5. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[6]; 6. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[8]; 7. 42D-Matt Dobnak[10]; 8. (DNS) 14B-Ben Policz; 9. (DNS) 31N-DJ Nakutis; 10. (DNS) 20G-Greg Goble
 
Dash (6 laps): 1. 184-Kyle Lukon[4]; 2. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr[2]; 3. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[1]; 4. 1Z-Logan Zarin[3]; 5. 03-Garret Paugh[5]; 6. 14C-Kyle Hardy[7]; 7. 1ST-Tim Shaffer[6]; 8. 60M-Alex Ferree[8]

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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"BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL" FOR RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY AT PITTSBURGH; $3100 TO-WIN EACH NIGHT PRESENTED BY FK ROD ENDS & PRO FAB; $1000 TO-WIN PACE "ONE TO REMEMBER" NON-WINNERS RACE & $500 TO-WIN NON-QUALIFIER ALSO PART OF WEEKEND
By Mike Leone
 
September 29, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Imperial, PA)…The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC will return to action this weekend at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the expanded "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication.  The 10th annual edition will feature a $3,100 to-win, $275 to-start complete show on both Friday and Saturday night!  In addition, Friday night will also include the third annual "One to Remember" Non-Winners race presented by Pace Performance paying a record $1,000 to-win, $75 to-start, while Saturday night will conclude with the $500 to-win, $150 to-start Non-Qualifier! 

This marks the fifth straight year PPMS has hosted the "Bill Hendren Memorial" as part of the "Pittsburgher" weekend that also includes the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Saturday night.  This will be the third straight year that the event purse will increase!  This is due to the great efforts by Bill Hendren's son Steve and his family along with FK Rod Ends, Pro Fabrication, Pace Performance, CrateInsider.com, Dirtwrap, Miley Motor Sports, RUSH, Zarin Truck and Auto, and Branden Lockwich. 

The $3,100 feature winners and the "One to Remember" victor will receive a 16" x 16" custom, laser-etched award from the Hendren Family.  The second and third place finishers along with the winner of the Non-Qualifier will receive a 12" x 12" custom laser etched award.

Thanks to Kate Dillon of CrateInsider, two complete GoPro packages, which include a GoPro Hero 8 camera, SD card, waterproof case, and a JOES GoPro Mount (valued at $480 each), will be given away!  One will go to the victor of the "One to Remember" Non-Winners race and the other will be randomly drawn at the drivers meeting on Saturday!

Dirtwrap has come on board for this year's event to post an additional $6,175 in cash and prizes!  Dirtwrap, a trend-setter and leader in the racing graphics industry for 25 years, is launching their new venture, Dirtink. Formerly Thunderbolt Tees, Dirtink will provide screen-printing services to the commercial and racing industry.

Each of the "Bill Hendren Memorial" feature winners will receive $100 from Dirtwrap making it $3,100 to-win, while the "One to Remember" victor will receive an extra $200 making it $1,000 to-win!  Each of those drivers will also receive a free wrap (non-transferrable) for the 2021 season from Dirtwrap.  Second place in each of the three features will receive $50 cash and $250 off a Wrap N' Wear Package from Dirtwrap and Dirtink, while third through fifth in each feature will receive $25 cash and $250 off a Wrap N' Wear Package.

"I’ve always respected the RUSH Series and drivers," stated Dirtwrap owner Jimmy Schiltz. "I’ve been looking forward to making the trip up north for awhile. I’m excited to share this new expansion of my business. We can now offer a complete package to racers."

"It's truly unbelievable to see this event continue to grow," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "In 2017 this was a $2,500 to-win event spread over two nights and to see where it's come in three short years is amazing!  The Miley Family continues their effort of showcasing the RUSH Late Models as their weekly headlining division with excellent car counts and was willing to do four Tour events during this difficult season.  They had an idea to change things up this year and when we all put our heads together, the RUSH racers will now be showcased each night in full Tour events as part of the Pittsburgher in addition to the Non-Winners and Non-Qualifier events!"

Each night will include $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying.  Drivers will then compete in FK Rod End heats heat races paying $25 to-win.  The dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup each night.  Last chance B mains will be run to complete the starting feature field.  Not only is each night a $3,100 to-win Tour feature, but positions 1-5 and 11-24 have been increased over the standard $3,000 to-win Tour purse!  And not only will Touring Series points be on the line, but each night will allow Weekly members the ability to earn Weekly Series points with the Weekly Series Championship being extended through end of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
   
In order to be eligible for the "One to Remember" race, driver must compete in the regular "Bill Hendren Memorial" event on Friday night and never have won a Late Model (full-size) feature or any headlining division feature event or prior "One to Remember" race.  Drivers that have won non-qualifier races are still eligible to compete.  The lineup will be determined off the qualifying times with a pill drawn for an invert (4, 6 or 8) depending on car count.
 
Past "Bill Hendren Memorial" winners at Pittsburgh include John Mollick (2017), Daryl Charlier (2017-2018), and Kyle Lukon (2019).  Past "One to Remember" winners include Chuck Medved (2018) and Logan Zarin (2019).

There have three winners in three 2020 Tour races including Max Blair (Lernerville), Garret Paugh (Pittsburgh), and Michael Norris (Pittsburgh).  Paugh and Norris' wins were their first career RUSH Tour wins.  Jeremy Wonderling leads the Tour points by just six over Joe Martin.  Wonderling is in search of his third straight Tour championship.  Martin last competed with RUSH in 2015.  Pittsburgh regular, John Mollick, is third.  Michael Duritsky, Jr., who finished third in 2019 points, is fourth over veteran John Waters.  Completing the top 10 in points are Late Model rookie Josh Ferry, Chad Sines, "Futures Cup" points leader Logan Zarin, Bill Kessler, and Ryan Frazee.

Pittsburgh has completed 12 RUSH events to date this season with eight different winners!  Ben Policz leads the way with four, while Zarin is the only other repeat winner with two.  Others winners include Christian Schneider, Keith Barbara, Paugh, Norris, Lukon, and most recently Duritsky this past Saturday night in the $1,000 to-win topless show.

"Miley Motor Sports has been thrilled with the RUSH Late Model Series racing this season at PPMS," expressed Matt Miley. "The 2020 season has been reminiscent of the Late Model racing of days past; intense, competitive, high car counts, and lots of great side-by-side racing.  Weekly Late Model racing is back at PPMS- RUSH style!  The Herb Scott, Jook Geroge, Red Miley, and the Bill Hendren Memorial, which is now not one but two Tour events!  These men made racing what it is today; competitors, car owners, businessmen who never let the sport we love down.  They were great men on and off the track and in their respective communities."

"Miley Motor Sports is extremely proud to host these top notch RUSH events," added Matt Miley.  "We can’t thank all of those who have made them happen enough. It reenergizes an old team. We didn’t even know if we could hold a race this season due to COVID-19, but we had fantastic support from Robert Johnson of the USMA hurdling COVID-19 issues.  Everyone has been very cooperative during this different kind of season. Plans are already in the works to re-clay 'The Monster' for season #33 in 2021 featuring the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series."

In 2005, Bill Hendren, the patriarch of the Hendren family and founder of Hendren Racing Engines, had the foresight to began building his affiliation with crate racing.  As many of his open engine customers looked to crate racing as an opportunity to continue racing Bill began offering free advice via the well know 4M.net message board.  As the concept grew throughout the country, his generosity and expertise was rewarded as many of those who had utilized his knowledge in the beginning utilized him as their engine rebuilder as their needs arose.  Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy and dedication to crate racing lives on through his sons, Steve and Mike, as the Hendrens are recognized throughout the entire country as a leader in this specialized form of racing as they continue to operate Hendren Racing Engines.
 
"I look back to several years ago to a surprise phone call I received from Steve Hendren expressing interest in having a memorial event for his late father Bill Hendren in conjunction with a RUSH Touring event," explained Emig.  "Although I never knew Bill Hendren personally, I certainly was well aware of his pioneering spirit and great success in the world of GM Performance crate engine racing.  And to have the Hendren Family allow us to hold their patriarch's only memorial event of the year under the RUSH banner is truly an honor.  What Steve and his family continue to do for this event is tremendous!  We have to thank all of the contributors as well as the Mileys for allowing this event to be part of the Pittsburgher 100 weekend."
 
"Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication Feature Payoff EACH night: 1. $3,100  2. $1,550  3. $825  4. $625  5. $525  6. $475  7. $450  8. $425  9. $400  10. $350  11. $325  12. $310  13. $300  14. $295  15. $290  16. $285  17. $280  18-24. $275.  (25-26. $275 if provisionals are added).   Any driver not qualifying for Friday night's feature will receive $125.  Any driver not starting Saturday's Non-Qualifier will receive $125.
 
"One of to Remember" Non-Winners presented by Pace Performance Feature Payoff: 1. $1,000  2. $350  3. $250  4. $225  5. $175  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $105  11. $100  12. $95  13. $90  14. $85  15. $80  16-24. $75.
 
"Wheelman" Non-Qualifier Payoff (Night 2 only): 1. $500  2. $200  3. $195  4. $190  5. $185  6. $180  7. $175  8. $170  9. $165  10. $160  11. $155  12-24. $150. 

In the unlikely event Friday night is rained out and unable to be rescheduled, Saturday's "Bill Hendren Memorial" will revert to the 2019 payoff of $5,200 to-win, $325 to-start.  Also in this case, the "One to Remember" race will move to Saturday night and there will be no Non-Qualifier.  The rain date is Sunday (October 4).

The pits will be open all afternoon both days.  Registration and pre-race tech will begin at 3 p.m. with the drivers meeting scheduled for 5:35 p.m., warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and then racing at 7.  You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete only to receive Weekly and/or Tour points.  The entry fee is $100 per event.   Pit passes are $40 on Friday night and $75 on Saturday night.  AMB/MyLaps transponders will be required; rentals are available.  One-way driver radio channel is 454.000.

PPMS COVID-19 guidelines: https://ppms.com/covid-19-updates/

Friday's schedule of events: https://ppms.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SoE-PPMS-Friday-Pittsburgher-100-3.pdf

Saturday's schedule of events: https://ppms.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SoE-SATURDAY-PPMS-Pittsburgher-2020.pdf

Touring Series points (must be Tour member to receive points): 1. Jeremy Wonderling 278  2. Joe Martin 272  3. John Mollick 266  4. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 264  5. John Waters 250  6. Josh Ferry 249  7. Chad Sines 244  8. Logan Zarin 237  9. Bill Kessler 229  10. Ryan Frazee 227  11. Tony White 210  12. Max Blair 179  13. Cory Sines 149  14. Jamie Wrightsman & Kassidy Kamicker 140  16. Chub Frank 98  17. Jason Genco 90  18. Kyle Murray 82  19. Justin Kann 72  20. Robbie Scott 71.
 
Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by 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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"BILL HENDREN MEMORIAL" FOR RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR CONTINUES TO EXPAND; 2020 VERSION ON OCTOBER 2-3 AT PITTSBURGH TO FEATURE A $3000 TO-WIN SHOW EACH NIGHT PRESENTED BY FK ROD ENDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH PRO FAB; $800 TO-WIN PACE'S "ONE TO REMEMBER" NON-WINNERS RACE & $500 TO-WIN NON-QUALIFIER ALSO PART OF WEEKEND
By Mike Leone
 
September 10, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Imperial, PA)…The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is thrilled to announce an expanded 2020 "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication.  The 10th annual edition to be held at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on October 2-3 will feature for the first time a complete Touring event paying $3,000 to-win, $275 to-start on both Friday and Saturday night!  In addition, Friday night will also include the third annual "One to Remember" Non-Winners feature presented by Pace Performance paying $800 to-win, $75 to-start, while Saturday night will conclude with the $500 to-win, $150 to-start Non-Qualifier. 

Saturday's program will also include the "Pittsburgher 100" for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  In the event Friday night is rained out and unable to be rescheduled, Saturday's "Bill Hendren Memorial" will revert to the 2019 payoff of $5,000 to-win, $325 to-start.  Also in this case, the "One to Remember" race will move to Saturday night and there will be no Non-Qualifier.  The rain date is Sunday (October 4).

This marks the fifth straight year PPMS has hosted the "Bill Hendren Memorial" and third straight year that the event purse will increase.  This is due to the great efforts by Bill Hendren's son Steve and his family along with FK Rod Ends, Pro Fabrication, Pace Performance, CrateInsider.com, Miley Motor Sports, RUSH, and many others.  Other bonuses and contingencies are still in the works.  Winners each night will receive the custom, laser-etched awards from the Hendren Family.

"It's truly unbelievable to see this event continue to grow," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "In 2017 this was a $2,500 to-win event spread over two nights and to see where it's come in three short years is amazing!  The Miley Family continues their effort of showcasing the RUSH Late Models as their weekly headlining division with excellent car counts and is willing to do four Tour events during this difficult season.  They had an idea to change things up this year and when we all put our heads together, the RUSH racers will now be showcased each night in full Tour events as part of the Pittsburgher in addition to the Non-Winners and Non-Qualifier events!"

In 2005, Bill Hendren, the patriarch of the Hendren family and founder of Hendren Racing Engines, had the foresight to began building his affiliation with crate racing.  As many of his open engine customers looked to crate racing as an opportunity to continue racing Bill began offering free advice via the well know 4M.net message board.  As the concept grew throughout the country, his generosity and expertise was rewarded as many of those who had utilized his knowledge in the beginning utilized him as their engine rebuilder as their needs arose.  Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy and dedication to crate racing lives on through his sons, Steve and Mike, as the Hendrens are recognized throughout the entire country as a leader in this specialized form of racing as they continue to operate Hendren Racing Engines.
 
"I look back to several years ago to a surprise phone call I received from Steve Hendren expressing interest in having a memorial event for his late father Bill Hendren in conjunction with a RUSH Touring event," explained Emig.  "Although I never knew Bill Hendren personally, I certainly was well aware of his pioneering spirit and great success in the world of GM Performance crate engine racing.  And to have the Hendren Family allow us to hold their patriarch's only memorial event of the year under the RUSH banner is truly an honor.  What Steve and his family continue to the purses is tremendous!  We have to thank all of the contributors as well as the Mileys for allowing this event to be part of the Pittsburgher 100 weekend."
 
Each night will include $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying.  Drivers will then compete in FK Rod Heats heat races paying $25 to-win.  The dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup each night.  Last chance B mains will be run to complete the starting feature field.  Not only is each night a $3,000 to-win Tour feature, but positions 11-24 have been increased over the standard $3,000 to-win Tour purse!  And not only will Touring Series points be on the line, but each night will allow Weekly members the ability to earn Weekly Series points with the Weekly Series Championship being extended through end of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
   
In order to be eligible for the "One to Remember" race, driver must compete in the regular "Bill Hendren Memorial" event on Friday night and never have won a Late Model race of any kind or any headlining division feature event or prior "One to Remember" race.  The lineup will be determined off the qualifying times with a pill drawn for an invert (4, 6 or 8) depending on car count.
 
Past "Bill Hendren Memorial" winners at Pittsburgh include Kyle Lukon (2019), Daryl Charlier (2017-2018), and John Mollick (2017).  Past "One to Remember" winners include Logan Zarin (2019) and Chuck Medved (2018).  Jeremy Wonderling leads the Touring Series points in search of his third straight championship.

Stay tuned for additional exciting announcements as the event draws near.  If anyone would like to get involved to help further grow the event, they can contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300. 

"Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication Feature Payoff EACH night: 1. $3,000  2. $1,500  3. $800  4. $600  5. $500  6. $475  7. $450  8. $425  9. $400  10. $350  11. $325  12. $310  13. $300  14. $295  15. $290  16. $285  17. $280  18-24. $275.  (25-26. $275 if provisionals are added).   Any driver not qualifying for Friday night's feature will receive $125.  Any driver not starting Saturday's Non-Qualifier will receive $125.
 
"One of to Remember" Non-Winners presented by Pace Performance Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $300  3. $225  4. $200  5. $150  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $105  11. $100  12. $95  13. $90  14. $85  15. $80  16-24. $75.
 
"Wheelman" Non-Qualifier Payoff (Night 2 only): 1. $500  2. $200  3. $195  4. $190  5. $185  6. $180  7. $175  8. $170  9. $165  10. $160  11. $155  12-24. $150. 

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by 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 SANCTIONED EVENTS RETURN TO TRI-CITY FOR THE 1ST TIME IN 2+ YEARS; RUSH SPRINTS PART OF "BRANDON HAWKINS MEMORIAL" AUGUST 23 PRESENTED BY BRUCE SMITH CONSTRUCTION; RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS ON AUGUST 30 PRESENTED BY TURN 4 TOILETS
By Mike Leone
 
August 19, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Franklin, PA)…For the first time in more than two years, the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC will have a presence at Tri-City Raceway Park.  Up first will be the RUSH Sprint Cars this Sunday (August 23) in an Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series special presented by Bruce Smith Construction as part of the "Brandon Hawkins Memorial" Night followed one week later (August 30) by the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in a Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series special presented by Turn 4 Toilets.  Both races will pay a minimum of $800 to-win.

After sitting dormant in 2019, Tri-City was purchased by Merle Black of Volant, Pa.  Black was a former racer himself and most notably has owned race cars for his step-son Lonny Riggs for the past 25+ years.  Black has breathed life back into the Sunday night staple Tri-City running weekly this season.

This Sunday will be a tribute to the late Brandon Hawkins, who tragically lost his life in a work accident last month, and will also feature the "410" and "305" Sprint Cars.  Hawkins, a former Micro Sprint standout, moved to the RUSH Sprint Cars when the class debuted in 2018 along with his brother Scott and father Dave.  The trio also competed together in 2019 as well before Brandon made the move to the "305" Sprints where he won his first feature on July 17 at Bedford Speedway just days before his passing.  Dave and Scott made their first RUSH Sprint starts on July 24 at Lernerville in a 27-lap tribute event to Brandon.

Pace Performance has posted a $100 gift card to the hard charger in the feature on Sunday.  Also, "410" Sprint Car racer Ivan Johnson has posted a $50 bonus to the driver that finishes next to last in the feature.  Thanks to Bruce Smith Construction for making the event possible.  Bruce was a former Stock Car racer at Tri-City and his son Shawn, a third generation racer, has competed all three years in the RUSH Sprint division.  Shawn has been close to victory on numerous occasions.

Arnie Kent and Chad Ruhlman won the RUSH Sprint Car events at Tri-City in 2018.  Heading into this weekend, Jeremy Weaver leads the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points by 31 over Zach Morrow.  Third through fifth in points are Brian Hartzell, Steve Pedley, and A.J. MacQuarrie.  Weaver has won four of the six completed events in 2020, while Morrow and Pedley have also been victorious.  The RUSH Sprint Cars will also be racing at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  Pace Performance and Jones Racing Products have posted heat race monies with $50 to the winners, $30 for runner-ups, and $20 for third place finishers. 

Thanks to the efforts by 2018 and 2019 RUSH Championship Car Owner Jerry Schaffer, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have a Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series special event on August 30 at Tri-City.  The race will be presented by his son's company Turn 4 Toilets and will pay a minimum of $800 to-win.  The race will be part of the "Rick Hall Memorial" for the BRP Modified Tour.  Hall's Big Daddy's Speed Center was not only a supplier for the RUSH Hoosier Tires and Bilstein Shocks, but also was an annual contributor to the numerous Sportsman Modified "Manufacturers Nights".

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be off this weekend, but in addition to the Tri-City race next Sunday, they will also race on Friday night (August 28) at Raceway 7 for the final time of 2020 in a "Route 7 Rumble" Series event presented by Wedge Motorsports.  Chas Wolbert leads the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series points in search of his first title.  By virtue of seven wins, Wolbert has a 61-point lead over Tony Tatgenhorst.  Third through fifth in points are July 3 Raceway 7 winner Kole Holden, "Futures Cup" points leader Ayden Cipriano, and August 14 Raceway 7 winner Kyle Martell.  Other 2020 winners include defending and two-time Weekly Series Champion Garrett Krummert along with Rob Kristyak.   

Past Tri-City winners from 2015-2018 include Garrett Krummert (2), Josh Seippel, Kyle Martell, Chas Wolbert, Adam Hilton & Rocky Kugel.
 
Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323.  For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 724-967-4601.  Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park.
 
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 Sprint Car Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints.  Like our Sportsman Mod Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.
 
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MICHAEL NORRIS MAKES HIS 1ST EVER CRATE START A WINNING ONE TAKING "JOOK GEORGE STEEL CITY CLASSIC" AT PITTSBURGH FOR $7,200+ AGAINST STOUT 46-CAR PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR FIELD
By Mike Leone
 
August 8, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC returned to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the second of three appearances during the 2020 season.  The 31st annual "Jook George Steel City Classic" presented by Zarin Truck & Auto attracted 46 cars from seven different states making for the highest car count of the year in Crate Late Model racing throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Special thanks to event coordinator Branden Lockwich, who despite the uncertainty in this challenging COVID-19 pandemic plagued year, still raised approximately $17,700!  Those monies all added to the typical RUSH Tour purse.

Making his first ever crate engine start, 13-time PPMS Super Late Model winner, Michael Norris, nearly swept the night leaving the "Monster Half Mile" with $7,260 in winnings following his victory in the 50-lap "Jook George Steel City Classic" feature!  Driving a #F1 entry normally driven by his brother-in-law Nico Dabecco, Norris took over the top spot from Ben Policz on lap 25 and broke away from a four-car battle for the lead.  Norris kept last year's event winner, Kyle Lukon, at bay in the final laps for the $6,010 win and received the $1,000 feature winner contributor bonus from Lockwich and Miley Motor Sports.

"That was fun," expressed the 28-year-old Sarver, Pa. victor.  "I was hoping the track was going to get like that all night long- it just took them a while to get it worked in.  Lukon, Policz and I didn't even touch so I tip my hat to those guys; they are good in this deal and I'm just happy to come out on top of them.  I love coming here and especially when it gets up on the wall like that.  I figured Lukon would be close because this is his cup of tea as well.  The temperature was getting hot and I figured hopefully I'll win and buy him a new one!  This is huge.  I used to come here all the time, but don't get many opportunities anymore.  I know this is a big deal and I appreciate Cleetus (Lockwich) for putting this on.  To bring this much money to an event in this day and age and with everything going on- that shows you how much he worked.  It's awesome to race for this kind of money- especially an hour from the house."

Following his dash victory, Policz raced to the early lead over Lukon, fourth starting Norris, Daryl Charlier, and John Mollick.  After a spin by first year RUSH racer Josh Ferry with two laps scored, a big accident ensued on the restart collecting nine cars with only three being able to resume.  Following those two cautions in the first two laps, the next 37 would go caution-free.

When racing resumed on lap three, Mollick and eighth starting Jeremy Wonderling moved into fourth and fifth past Charlier.  Policz had stretched his lead to a half-straightaway when he caught lapped traffic on lap 10.  Lukon really closed in as Policz struggled to get through traffic.  Lukon would take over the top spot in turn four on lap 12.  Norris then drove around Policz for second on lap 14.  Norris began to close in on Lukon on lap 17 as the top three cars began to distance themselves from the field.

Despite dropping to third, Policz didn't go away as he not only took back second from Norris on lap 23, but regained the lead on lap 24 as him and Norris passed Lukon for the top two spots.  Norris' winning move came in turn four at the halfway point, while Lukon took second back from Policz two laps later.  At the time, Mollick had closed in on the front trio making it a four-car race for the lead.  Mollick was on the move as he charged past Policz for third on lap 30.  Mollick's night though would come to a screeching halt as he blow a tire and slammed the turn one wall bringing out the event's final caution with 39 laps completed.  Mollick was okay, but done for the night.

Norris would again stretch out his lead as racing resumed; however, in the final laps Lukon closed the gap, but would run out of time as Norris took the checkered flag first by 0.842 of a second in the A&M Norris Enterprises Inc.-owed, ND Motorsports/Rocket Chassis/Ingram Engines/Integra Shocks/Woods Rod & Custom/Dob's Auto-sponsored #F1. 

"I have to thank my brother-in-law Nico for letting me run his car," added Norris, who become the season's third different Tour winner in as many races and second straight first time winner.  "It takes a big man to step out of your car and watch someone else beat the crap out of it.  I really appreciate it and to get this win for him and my sister.  This is a family deal so it's pretty special.  There's a lot of people that helped me get here.  I also have to thank my dad for putting up with all this racing stuff, my mom, my wife who couldn't be here, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, my sister, Dakota, Matt, Brian Daugherty, some boys down in North Carolina helped me this week, Rocket, and Ingram built a hell of a motor."

Lukon earned $3,000 for his runner-up finish after taking home $11,610 in the 2019 event.  Policz had an excellent run in third for $1,600.  After winning in his first ever RUSH start on July 18 at Winchester Speedway in a Pace Weekly Series event, Super Late Model standout Kyle Hardy of Virginia made his first Tour start on Saturday night and put in a strong performance going 15th to fourth driving Chuck Bowie's #14c for a $1,400 payday.  Michael Duritsky, Jr. completed the top five and earned $1,300.

After getting halfway to the front from his eighth starting spot, defending two-time Tour champion and current points leader, Jeremy Wonderling, slipped back to sixth at the finish, but still collected $1,200.  The night certainly got off to a rough start for Joe Martin as he struggled in qualifying and couldn't transfer to the feature through his heat or B main; however, the second place Tour points man looked good in the feature going 25th to seventh.  Martin not only received $1,000 for his finish, but $107 bonus from Gunn Racing "In Memory of Dave & Mary Lynn Nicholas" along with the $100 hard charger from Ken Maniecki. 

Charlier dropped to eighth at the finish over Logan Zarin.  Maryland racer Levi Crowl turned in his best PPMS performance finishing 10th and earned the $100 "In Memory of Jook George" bonus for an $825 payday.  Jake Gunn's 11th place finish earned him the $200 bonus from Langer Racing, which bumped his feature earnings to $800.

After making a good charge from eighth to miss the feature transfer spot by one in the second last chance B main, Ryan Frazee ended the night on a high note winning his first ever Non-Qualifier race.  Frazee started on the pole and led the opening lap before Colby Beighey moved to the lead on lap two.  Beighey's lead would last only one lap as Frazee charged back into the lead and led the rest of the way in the 10-lap caution-free event timed in 5:12.504.  Frazee's victory came in the RW Frazee Trucking/Demco Excavating/Neratta Decals/Edward Field Recycling/Glade Pipeline Services/Schaffer Transfer & Moving-sponsored #11F as he became the 41st different winner in 50 Non-Qualifier races run all-time.  Beighey was second.  Zach Kane started fifth and finished third over John Watson and rookie Dave Goble.  Tony White was sixth as the 2014 and 2015 "Wheelman" Champion took over the points lead.

Despite going out 42nd of 46, Norris set fast time overall in FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying with a lap of 20.272 to earn $100 from FK and $100 from Our Cars Auto Detailing & Tire Service.  Policz, Zarin, Mollick, Norris, Charlier, and Lukon won $25 FK Rod Ends Heat Races.  Christian Schneider and Garret Paugh won the two last chance B mains.  Policz not only earned the pole position with his dash victory, but took home $404 "In Memory of John Beatty" presented by Matt Shuffstall bringing his night's earnings to an impressive $2,054!

Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Touring Series “Jook George Steel City Classic” Race #3 (50 laps, $6,010 to-win): 1. MICHAEL NORRIS (F1)  2. Kyle Lukon (184)  3. Ben Policz (14B)  4. Kyle Hardy (Bowie 14c)  5. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  6. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  7. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s)  8. Daryl Charlier (12)  9. Logan Zarin (1z)  10. Levi Crowl (5c)  11. Jake Gunn (14G)  12. Dusty Waters (14)  13. John Mollick (Bentz 60M)  14. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. (8s)  15. Garret Paugh (02)  16. Justin Lamb (93x)  17. Max Blair (111)  18. Josh Ferry (33)  19. John Waters (LeBarron 11)  20. Bill Kessler (09)  21. Zach Gunn (17G)  22. Keith Barbara (Koteles 64K)  23. Christian Schneider (Maniecki 1ST)  24. Steve Dixon (65D)  25. Robbie Scott (Zarin 18)  26. Cole Petrelle (184).  (Note: Joe Martin took a Tour provisional and Bill Kessler took a Track provisional)
 
Non-Qualifier (10 laps, $350 to-win): 1. Ryan Frazee (11F)  2. Colby Beighey (36B)  3. Zach Kane (10)  4. John Watson (14)  5. Dave Goble (20G)  6. Tony White (27T)  7. Bob Schwartzmiller (28s)  8. John Boring (58B)  9. David Parker (2)  10. Brandon Lott (47)  11. Kassidy Kamicker (72B)  12. D.J. Nakutis (31)  13. Joe Squatriglia (15x)  14. Josh Stoica (22J)  15. Brian Goebel (12G)  16. Levi Spinneweber (Lukon 184X)  17. Michael Reft (9R)-DNS  18. Chad Sines (15)-DNS  19. Dan Lepro (2L)-DNS  20. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33x)-DNS.

Car Count: 46
Feature Margin of Victory: 0.842 of a second
Feature Lap Leaders: Ben Policz (1-11, 24), Kyle Lukon (12-23), Michael Norris (25-50)
$1,000 Feature Winner Contributor Bonus presented by Branden Lockwich & Miley Motorsports: Michael Norris
$107 7th Place Bonus "In Memory of Dave & Mary Lynn Nicholas" presented by Gunn Racing: Joe Martin
$100 10th Place Bonus "In Memory of Jook George": Levi Crowl
$200 11th Place Bonus presented by Langer Racing: Jake Gunn
$100 Feature Hard Charger presented by Ken Maniecki: Joe Martin

FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight A (Track record 18.849 by Mike Pegher, Jr. on 5/12/12): 1. 14B-Ben Policz, 00:20.427[12]; 2. 14C-Kyle Hardy, 00:20.516[22]; 3. 60M-John Mollick, 00:20.644[10]; 4. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr, 00:20.687[2]; 5. 184X-Levi Spinneweber, 00:20.953[7]; 6. 65D-Steve Dixon, 00:20.969[1]; 7. 5C-Levi Crowl, 00:21.030[21]; 8. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:21.064[16]; 9. 64K-Keith Barbara, 00:21.195[9]; 10. 18-Robbie Scott, 00:21.209[19]; 11. 1ST-Christian Schneider, 00:21.433[18]; 12. 184P-Cole Petrelle, 00:21.460[3]; 13. 15-Chad Sines, 00:21.465[15]; 14. 2L-Dan Lepro, 00:21.472[4]; 15. 10-Zachary Kane, 00:21.548[23]; 16. 9R-Mike Reft, 00:21.594[20]; 17. 36B-Colby Beighey, 00:21.840[17]; 18. 09-Bill Kessler, 00:21.865[13]; 19. 47L-Brandon Lott, 00:21.918[5]; 20. 17G-Zach Gunn, 00:21.921[8]; 21. 10S-Joe Martin, 00:22.305[6]; 22. 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller, 00:22.433[14]; 23. 15X-Joe Squatriglia, 00:23.452[11]

FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight B: ($200 for fastest qualifier) 1. F1-Michael Norris, 00:20.272[19]; 2. 03-Garret Paugh, 00:20.403[15]; 3. 184-Kyle Lukon, 00:20.526[23]; 4. 33-Josh Ferry, 00:20.620[18]; 5. 12-Daryl Charlier, 00:20.804[2]; 6. 111-Max Blair, 00:20.947[10]; 7. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling, 00:21.019[12]; 8. 14G-Jake Gunn, 00:21.133[11]; 9. 93X-Justin Lamb, 00:21.189[6]; 10. 14W-Dusty Waters, 00:21.361[8]; 11. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr, 00:21.376[3]; 12. 11L-John Waters, 00:21.404[14]; 13. 20G-Dave Goble, 00:21.431[21]; 14. 14-John Watson, 00:21.493[4]; 15. 27T-Tony White, 00:21.612[9]; 16. 22J-Josh Stoica, 00:21.734[16]; 17. 12GX-Brian Goebel, 00:21.739[13]; 18. 11F-Ryan Frazee, 00:21.787[1]; 19. 58B-John Boring, 00:21.868[17]; 20. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker, 00:22.326[7]; 21. 2-David Parker, 00:22.644[20]; 22. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr, 00:22.843[5]; 23. 31N-DJ Nakutis, 00:23.016[22]

FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 14B-Ben Policz[1]; 2. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[2]; 3. 5C-Levi Crowl[3]; 4. 18-Robbie Scott[4]; 5. 9R-Mike Reft[6]; 6. 15-Chad Sines[5]; 7. 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller[8]; 8. 47L-Brandon Lott[7]

FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 1Z-Logan Zarin[3]; 2. 17G-Zach Gunn[7]; 3. 14C-Kyle Hardy[1]; 4. 1ST-Christian Schneider[4]; 5. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[2]; 6. 36B-Colby Beighey[6]; 7. 2L-Dan Lepro[5]; 8. 15X-Joe Squatriglia[8]
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 60M-John Mollick[1]; 2. 64K-Keith Barbara[3]; 3. 65D-Steve Dixon[2]; 4. 10S-Joe Martin[7]; 5. 10-Zachary Kane[5]; 6. 184P-Cole Petrelle[4]; 7. 09-Bill Kessler[6]

FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. F1-Michael Norris[1]; 2. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[3]; 3. 14W-Dusty Waters[4]; 4. 33-Josh Ferry[2]; 5. 20G-Dave Goble[5]; 6. 22J-Josh Stoica[6]; 7. 58B-John Boring[7]; 8. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[8]

FK Rod Ends Heat 5 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 12-Daryl Charlier[2]; 2. 14G-Jake Gunn[3]; 3. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr[4]; 4. 03-Garret Paugh[1]; 5. 14-John Watson[5]; 6. 12GX-Brian Goebel[6]; 7. 31N-DJ Nakutis[8]; 8. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[7]

FK Rod Ends Heat 6 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 184-Kyle Lukon[1]; 2. 111-Max Blair[2]; 3. 11L-John Waters[4]; 4. 93X-Justin Lamb[3]; 5. 11F-Ryan Frazee[6]; 6. 27T-Tony White[5]; 7. 2-David Parker[7]

Last Chance B Main 1 (10 laps, Top 3 transfer to A): 1. 1ST-Christian Schneider[2]; 2. 18-Robbie Scott[1]; 3. 184P-Cole Petrelle[9]; 4. 184X-Levi Spinneweber[5]; 5. 10S-Joe Martin[3]; 6. 36B-Colby Beighey[8]; 7. 10-Zachary Kane[6]; 8. 9R-Mike Reft[4]; 9. 09-Bill Kessler[12]; 10. 15-Chad Sines[7]; 11. 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller[10]; 12. 47L-Brandon Lott[13]; 13. 15X-Joe Squatriglia[14]; 14. 2L-Dan Lepro[11]

Last Chance B Main 2 (10 laps, Top 3 transfer to A): 1. 03-Garret Paugh[2]; 2. 33-Josh Ferry[1]; 3. 93X-Justin Lamb[3]; 4. 11F-Ryan Frazee[6]; 5. 20G-Dave Goble[4]; 6. 14-John Watson[5]; 7. 22J-Josh Stoica[7]; 8. 27T-Tony White[9]; 9. 12GX-Brian Goebel[8]; 10. 58B-John Boring[10]; 11. 31N-DJ Nakutis[11]; 12. 2-David Parker[12]; 13. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[14]; 14. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[13]

"John Beatty Memorial" Dash presented by Matt Shuffstall (6 laps, $404 to-win): 1. 14B-Ben Policz[1]; 2. 184-Kyle Lukon[5]; 3. 12-Daryl Charlier[2]; 4. F1-Michael Norris[4]; 5. 60M-John Mollick[6]; 6. 1Z-Logan Zarin[3]
 
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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"JOOK GEORGE STEEL CITY CLASSIC" PRESENTED BY ZARIN TO PAY A MINIMUM $6,010 TO-WIN FOR PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR SATURDAY AT PITTSBURGH; $1000 BONUS IF WINNER CONTRIBUTED TO THE EVENT
By Mike Leone
 
August 5, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Imperial, PA)…This Saturday night (August 8), Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway will host the second richest Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC event of the season.  The "Jook George Steel City Classic" presented by Zarin Truck & Automotive and coordinated by Branden Lockwich will pay a minimum $6,010 to-win, $400 to-start for the RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series!  In addition, if the winner financially contributed to the event, he or she will receive a $1,000 bonus compliments of Miley Motor Sports and Lockwich!  Warm-ups being at 6 p.m. on Saturday night followed by qualifying and racing.  The event carries a rain date of August 9 with one hour earlier starting times although clear conditions are forecasted for Saturday.
 
Starting in 2015, Lockwich took up the effort to make the "Jook George Steel City Classic" the biggest race in the tri-state area for the RUSH Late Models.  The event has continued to grow in stature.  In 2017, the event was a Tour race for the first time and drew 43 cars with Mike Pegher, Jr. capturing the $4,010 win.  In 2018, a record 51 cars were on hand with Jacob Hawkins scoring the $5,010 win.  Last year's event was the richest in RUSH history as Kyle Lukon scored the $10,010 win and the extra $1,000 contributor bonus!
 
Also last year, Miley Motor Sports and Lockwich came up with the idea to award the feature winner an additional $1,000 bonus if he or she financially contributed a minimum of $50 to the event.  As of this release, 34 teams are eligible for the bonus on Saturday night!  Any driver that still would like to contribute to expand the purse and be eligible for the bonus can contact Branden at 412-639-3723 or see him at the track on Saturday.  Contributions from any individuals or businesses are also still welcome.   
 
The fastest overall in "Shock the Clock" qualifying will receive $200 with $100 from FK Rod Ends and another $100 Our Cars Auto Detailing & Truck Service.  FK Rod Ends heat races will pay $25 to-win.  The "John Beatty Memorial" Dash will be run to determine the beginning of the feature line-up that will pay a $404 to-win thanks to Matt Shuffstall.  Several other bonuses have been posted and are listed below. 

William Thomas "Jook" George had a brief driving career himself, but as he turned to car owner he chose and had for most of his racing career the #10 and that was in honor of his racing hero, Lou Blaney, who drove his car on a couple occasions.  Other highlights of his career was being nominated as the Sportsman of the Year at PPMS, being nominated into the Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, winning the track championship at PPMS in 1990 with John Beatty behind the wheel, and winning the Fall Classic in 1993 with Bill Yakin, also at PPMS.  His most dominant stretch as a car owner came in the late ‘70s when Earl Teeters was his driver.
 
"Miley Motor Sports is ecstatic about the 31st edition of the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series 'Jook George Classic' to honor our great friend of racing, Jook George," expressed PPMS promoter Matt Miley.  "We can’t thank Brandon, the RUSH Team, and all who have contributed enough.  It’s a win, win, win, win- racers, fans, sponsors, and the Speedway." 
 
"This is the type of thing that energizes Miley Motor Sports to keep Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway alive," continued Miley.  "It’s been a long ride, 32 consecutive seasons!  Age and what comes with it takes a toll on us.  We simply can’t do everything ourselves.  Younger folks who love the sport stepping up and making some of our best events is unbelievably refreshing.  It energizes an old ownership team.  A very sincere Thank You from all of us at Miley Motor Sports!"
 
"It's really amazing how this event has grown and how so many people have gotten behind it to make this all possible," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Branden has led the efforts of transforming this from a special weekly event to what was a record breaking major Touring Series show last year.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that set back Branden's efforts, it's unbelievable how this event is still going to turn out.  We can't thank the George Family, Miley Motor Sports, Branden and so many others for their amazing contributions, while allowing us to present this as RUSH Late Model Touring Series event."

Defending two-time Tour Champion Jeremy Wonderling leads the RUSH Touring Series to Pittsburgh after back-to-back fourth place efforts.  Wonderling has a five-point lead on Joe Martin and Pittsburgh regular John Mollick.  A much-improved Chad Sines is fourth in points with John Waters just one-point back in fifth.  Completing the top 10 in points are Michael Duritsky, Jr., Josh Ferry, Bill Kessler, Ryan Frazee, and Logan Zarin.  Jamie Wrightsman, who won the 2017 "Wheelman" championship, currently leads those points for the non-qualifiers.

So far during the COVID-19 shortened season, Pittsburgh has run four times with four different winners including Christian Schneider, Keith Barbara, Garret Paugh, and Ben Policz  Paugh's $2,110 victory came in the July 18 "Herb Scott Memorial", which was his first career Tour win and came over a stout field of 41 competitors. 

Lukon's three Tour wins last year at Pittsburgh propelled him to the top of the all-time Tour win list at the track with four.  Other Tour winners at Pittsburgh include Ryan Montgomery with three, Daryl Charlier two, and single victories to Colton Flinner, Mollick, Mike Pegher, Jr., Jacob Hawkins, and Paugh.
 
The Tour will return to PPMS for the final time of 2020 on October 2-3 for the "Bill Hendren Memorial" paying a minimum of $5,000 to-win plus the "One to Remember" non-winners race.

"Jook George Steel City Classic" Contributor List: Steve Baker and Rocket Chassis, Beatty Welding, Louis Benish, Max Blair Racing, Chuck Bowie Racing, Veronica Brant, BY Automotive, Derek Charlier & family, Sherry Charlier, Doug Clark Super Snuffer,  Cleetus Motorsports, Close Racing Supply, Logan Crewl, D&T Autobody, Nico Dabecco F1 Racing, Steve Dixon/RTG Racing, Dobs Auto, Vince Dubois and Cathy Bish, Drew's Auto Service, Rich and Debbie Dunhoff, Darren Ferguson of National Property Inspections, Falconi Family of Dealerships Race Team 93x, Josh Ferry Racing, Frankland Racing Supply, Frazee Racing, Scott Gunn Racing, Eric Hamilton Racing, Bryant Hank, Kyle Hardy Racing, Gary Heeman, Hendren Racing Engines, Bryan Hoffman 15H Racing, Dan Hunkele, Imperial Heights Garage, Imperial Tire and Auto, K&L Specialty Products, Kane's Ideal Truck Service, Kessler 09 Motorsports, Russ Kolesar - in memory of Pap Jack, Matthew Knupp, Nate, Josh and Mike of Langer Racing, Eileen Lockwich-Stegall, Joe Lockwich, Pete and Kim Lockwich, Lukon Racing, Mad Dog Motorsports 90J, Manecki's 1st Stop Auto, Monat by Jenna Frazee, Miley Motor Sports, Motor Mafia Photography, Tony Musolino, Nextgen Services Josh Harvey, Octane Graphix, Our Cars Auto Detailing and Tire Service, Cole Petrelle Racing, Garret Paugh Racing, Ben Policz, Mike Reft, Madison Riggs, Ron's Barbershop, RUSH Racing Series, Russ Rech Racing Engines, Russ King Racing, Schirnhofer Racing, Debra McLaughlin, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance, Shaffer, Slingin Dirt Productions, Doug Smith Schaeffer's Oil Rep, Kirstyn Schmaus, Tom Snyder, Stan's Transmission Racing, Super 6 Late Models, Gerry and Sharon Thomas, Three Rivers Karting, Tri State Motorsports - Dale Charlier, John Waters Racing, Susan Westlake, Tony White 27w Racing, Jeremy Wonderling 3J, Zach Yost Photography, Zarin Truck and Auto.

50-Lap Feature Payoff (as of 8/5/20): 1. $6,010*  2. $3,000  3. $1,500  4. $1,350  5. $1,250  6. $1,150  7. $1,000**  8. $900  9. $850  10. $725***  11. $600****  12. $575  13. $550  14. $525  15. $500  16. $480  17. $450  18. $430  19. $425  20. $410  21. $405  22-26. $400.  (*If the feature winner contributed financially to the event, he or she will receive a $1,000 bonus compliments of Miley Motor Sports & Branden Lockwich)  (**An additional $107 has been posted for 7th place "In memory of Dave & Mary Lynn Nicholas" from Gunn Racing) (***An additional $100 has been posted for 10th place in memory of Jook George)  (****An additional $200 has been posted for 11th place from Langer Racing)  ($100 bonus for the hard charger from Ken Maniecki)
 
Non-Qualifier Payoff (as of 8/5/20): 1. $350  2. $225  3. $200  4. $190  5. $185  6. $180  7. $175  8. $170  9. $165  10. $160  11-24. $155.  Tow $125.
 
"John Beatty Memorial" Dash presented by Matt Shuffstall Payoff (as of 8/2/20): 1. $404  2. $50  3-6. $25.

The pits will be open all afternoon on Saturday.  Registration and pre-race tech will begin by 3 p.m. with the drivers meeting scheduled for 5:35 p.m., warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and then racing at 7.  You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete only to receive Weekly and/or Tour points.  The entry fee for the event is $100.  AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used.  Driver radio will be channel 454.000.
 
Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by 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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PACE RUSH SPRINT CAR SERIES CONTINUES TO EVOLVE & GROW WITH EXCITING WHEEL-TO-WHEEL COMPETITION AMONGST EXTREMELY DIVERSIFIED GROUP OF RACERS 
By Mike Leone

July 30, 2020      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)...Look up the word diversified in the dictionary and here is what you will find;  to give variety to, and not a better word would describe the current group of  Pace Performance RUSH Sprint Car racers currently competing in the third year division.         

The class was launched in 2018 as a sister Series to the RUSH Late Model, Sportsman Modified, and Pro Mod divisions as a true "cost containment" non-wing Sprint Car division featuring the Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine, $140 sealed/spec Bilstein Shocks, spec Hoosier Tires, and RUSH Visual methanol.  Well over $20,000 in championship monies were awarded to its drivers in 2018 and 2019.  Now in 2020, the RUSH Sprint Car division has really began to turn some heads despite a severely interrupted and shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From day one, the Series garnered a lot of support from former "410" Sprint Car racers.  In fact, one of those, Scott Bonnell, was the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Series Championship with his Bonnell's Rod Shop for the first two years.  While Bonnell was unable to continue his sponsorship in 2020, another former area "410" standout, Arnie Kent, stepped up with his Equipment Rental Options to become this year's presenting sponsor of the Weekly Series Championship.  Kent won the division's inaugural race in 2018 and was also the "Wednesday Night Lightning" Champion.

"It's really been a shame that we haven't gotten a clear shot over the past couple of years to allow the division to have a normal development period," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Horrible weather last season cancelled a good chunk of the schedule, and of course the COVID situation this year has slowed the ability to showcase the RUSH Sprint Car concept, a true cost containment Sprint Car division that racers enjoy participating in that provides great racing for the fans.  The division is now filled with both veteran racers from all different racing backgrounds as well as numerous young guns that have been mixing it up at each and every race!"

Jeremy Weaver has jumped out to the early lead in the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series standings thanks to four victories in the first six races, while Zach Morrow and Steve Pedley have also been victorious.

"The RUSH Sprint Car drivers have absolutely knocked it out of the park when it comes to edge of your seat excitement," expressed Emig.  "I have personally been at five of the six completed events and I can't tell you how satisfying it's been to hear the reaction from the crowd at the completion of these events, they've absolutely been loving it!"

"Both Don Blackshear (Pace Performance's Circle Track Developer) and myself have received numerous calls and messages since the Sharon event with the All Stars a few weeks ago," added Emig.  "People have been inquiring about the class and we've even had fans reach out to let us know how much they are enjoying the racing!  I think we're over the hump now and the racing that is being produced by the RUSH Sprint Cars as well as the cost effectiveness of the actual RUSH Sprint Car package is now going to sell itself and allow the division to continue to grow and flourish into the future!"

"I’m very excited to see the division develop into exactly what it was designed to do from the beginning," stated Blackshear.  "The RUSH Sprints offer a cost-controlled weekly division that’s competitive and focuses on a racer's talent to gain success and not their financial resources.  The diversity of winners proves the RUSH Sprint concept works, and it will continue to grow into the future."

After a four-year RUSH Sportsman Modified career that saw two victories and a "Futures Cup" Championship, Jeremy Weaver has found his groove in the RUSH Sprint Cars.  The Stoneboro, Pa. racer teamed up with Hull Racing featuring the father-son ownership of Cal & Ted Hull in 2019 winning one feature, finishing fourth in the Weekly Series points, and earning the "Empire State Classic" title.  That success has parlayed into an impressive start to 2020 where the #41 has become the car to beat.  Weaver celebrated his 19th birthday with a last lap win at Tyler County on July 11, had another last lap win on July 24 at Lernerville, and went two-for-two at Tyler County the following night with his third win in the last four races.

In 2018, Zach Morrow finished third in the Weekly Series points.  Last year, the 30-year-old Gibsonia, Pa. racer advanced to second in points.  No doubt, Morrow entered the season with championship hopes.  After winning the opener on June 20 at Pittsburgh, Morrow again finds himself second in points.  Morrow came out of go-karts and into Mod Lites before making his way into the "410" Sprint Car division, something he still dabbles with.  The RUSH Series though has allowed Morrow an affordable way to compete and contend for wins without the wing- something Morrow has always enjoyed.

Like Morrow, Brian Woodhall is another driver that has competed in the Mod Lite and "410" Sprint Car divisions.  Woodhall had success early in his career as a teenager winning a pair of "410" races during Emig's ownership at Mercer Raceway Park.  Now married and at 35 years of age, the RUSH Series has Woodhall to get back behind the wheel of a Sprint Car.  The Apollo, Pa. racer came out late in the 2018 season, while last year saw him win a feature at both Sharon and Ransomville in route to second in points. 

The Blackshear brothers have made their way into the RUSH Sprint Car division via promidemently Econo Mod and E-Mod racing.  The two excelled in the Econo Mod class at Sharon where Brandon won 21 times and Brad five times, while each have won a track championship.  Brad got into the RUSH Sprint division first in 2018 finishing 10th in points and did it again last season as well as winning a race at Bradford, while Brandon finished sixth last season in his debut.  Brad hasn't made it out for competition yet in 2020 due to starting a truck repair business, but is expected to do so soon.  Also close to the Blackshear brothers is Ryan Fraley, also a graduate of Econo/E-Mods.  Fraley, 31 of Brookfield, Ohio made his debut in the class last August. 

The RUSH Sprint division has put several other former "410" Sprint racers back behind the wheel of a Sprint Car including Gale Ruth, Jr., Jarod Larson, Andy Feil, Steve Pedley, and Brian Hartzell. 

Ruth had a strong inaugural season winning five features in route to second in points driving the Culver Motorsport entry.  The Culver Family took time off and didn't compete after the 2018 season; however, Ruth recently got the call to drive Scott Clever's #14.  Ruth of Pleasantville, Pa. has a pair of top 4s including a runner-up at Tyler County.  Ruth always got everything he could out of his "410" Sprints, but financially couldn't compete consistently at the top level, but the RUSH Series has allowed him to showcase his talents.

An exciting new addition to the RUSH Sprint Cars is Jarod Larson.  The seven-time Sharon Speedway "410" Sprint Car Champion made his Series debut on July 11 at Sharon nearly pulling off the win before finishing second in the feature.  Larson thrilled Sprint Car fans in the region for years in between racing Stock Cars, but now looks to reignite that excitement in a RUSH Sprint Car.

Feil's path to the RUSH Sprint Cars was similar to Morrow and Woodhall's as he progressed from a successful Mod Lite career into the full size Sprint Cars before getting the call last year from car owners Jack Mahoney and Larry Eckart to drive their #9J.  The 2017 Youngstown State graduate picked up a win at Sharon, one of the most exciting of the season, on his way to an eighth place points finish.

One of the most popular victories in the Series' history came on July 11 during Justin Snyder's "Salute to the Troops" event at Sharon Speedway featuring the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars.  On that night, Steve Pedley passed Larson to win his first career feature since he started racing back in 1992.  Pedley ran a Modified then a "410" Sprint Car before taking some 20 years off from racing.  The RUSH Series was the perfect way for Pedley to get back into Sprint Car racing affordably.  Pedley returned to racing in 2019 finishing 11th in points.  The 58-year-old Seneca, Pa racer ended the season much more competitive and has been much improved thus far in 2020.

Hartzell is yet another driver that competed in the "410" Sprint division.  In fact, he did a lot of racing at Mercer when Emig was the track owner and also enjoyed racing without the wing.  The RUSH program was the perfect calling for the 48-year-old to get back behind the wheel of a Sprint Car.  The Oil City, Pa. resident has only missed one race over the past two years.  He has taking a liking so much to the class that he added a second car to the #69 stable in 2020 bringing A.J. MacQuarrie on board.  MacQuarrie was a former Stock Car racer and even competed in the RUSH Late Models years ago.

One of the biggest names to join the RUSH Sprint Cars is Alan Dellinger.  Dellinger has had success in just about every division in the region from various forms of Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and more.  One division he never touched was Sprint Cars.  That was until 2020 when longtime car owner Bob Williams, also one that never had any dealings in Sprint Cars, decided to go a different direction and take on the RUSH Sprint Cars.  In recent years, Dellinger and Williams teamed up in RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Econo Mods.  Dellinger owns 165 career wins at Sharon alone.  Thus far, Dellinger has a sixth and a fourth place finish at Sharon this year.

While Dellinger and Larson both raced Stock Cars during their career, two other drivers that made the move from Stock Cars include Shawn Smith and Brad Church.  Smith is in his third year of RUSH Sprint racing, while Church is in his second.  Smith, 37 of Seneca, Pa., had a strong first season with nine top 5s finishing fifth in points, while last year slipped to seventh in points.  Church, 28 of Russell, Pa., competes in selected events primarily in the northern part of the region; however, did make the four and half hour tow to Tyler County Speedway on July 25 and finished sixth, which nearly matched his best career finish of fifth at Eriez in 2019- a track he raced his Stock Car at regularly.

Matt Sherlock III is in his second season of RUSH Sprint Car racing.  Matt's father competed in various Late Model divisions years ago, while Matt raced UTVs.  The 28-year-old Beaver Falls, Pa. racer finished 13th in the 2019 standings and has been a loyal follower of the division again this season.  Sherlock continues to show improvement in the seat and is expected to improve his position in the overall standing in 2020. 

Two drivers competing for the "Futures Cup" crown are Nolan Groves and Brian Cressley.  Both teenagers came out of go-karts; in fact, Groves is also racing a RUSH Kart.  Groves, 16 of Sugar Grove, Pa., is in his second year, while Cressley, 15 of Corry, Pa., is a pure rookie in the big cars.  Nolan's father Jay was a standout Micro Sprint racer before moving into "360" Sprint Cars.  Today, Jay not only mentors his son but also competes in a RUSH Kart and has been instrumental in the development of the RUSH Karting Series program, while also being a distributor through his Kart Works business.

Speaking of the "Futures Cup", the 2019 champion was Kevin Ruhlman.  Kevin's father Chad won the $5,000 Weekly Series Championships the first two years, but stepped aside from racing in 2020.  Kevin had eight top 5s in route to last year's "Futures Cup" title.  Kevin's racing in 2020 will be cut short as the soon-to-be 18-year-old Bemus Point, NY native will be off to college.  Kevin's uncle Brian Ruhlman has been a part-time competitor in the Series as he makes the tow in from Clarklake, Michigan.  Brian is an accomplished Late Model and Modified racer.  Brian also recently picked up his first Sprint Car win in his home state. 

Tyler Powell is in his third year of RUSH Sprint competition.  The 26-year-old Cochranton, Pa. driver has been racing since he was seven years old beginning in a Go-Kart.  When he was 13, he switched to a Mini Stock and then an E-Mod for one season.  Powell got his start in full-size racing in a Mini Stock at Mercer when Emig started that affordable, start-up class when she owned the track.  His best finish to date is a third place at Stateline Speedway in 2018.  Tyler's father Bruce was a former Sprint Car racer.   

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the Hawkins Family.  Dave and his two sons Scott and Brandon made the move from the Micro Sprints into the RUSH Sprint Cars in the inaugural 2018 season.  They were big supporters of the class and helped get the division off the ground as all three finished in the top nine in points.  Dave led the way in the family with a 12th place finish in points last year.  Brandon tragically lost his life in a work accident recently.  Dave and Scott made their 2020 RUSH debuts the Friday following Brandon's passing at Lernerville.

Another newcomer to the division in 2020 is Brandon Shughart.  The 32-year-old Weirton, WV racer is a true rookie to racing, but has a great mentor in his corner with none of than the "West Virginia Wild Thing", Mark Cassella.  Cassella, who was a standout Sprint Car racer both with and without the wing, has been a fan of the RUSH Sprint Car program since day one.  Another West Virginia racer that has been part of the Series the last two years in a part-time manner is Frank Wilson, Jr.  Wilson had a successful Late Model career on both asphalt and dirt, and also spent time as the promoter of Tyler County Speedway. 

Two other new drivers that have sent their memberships in but have yet to compete this year are Scott Dean and Jeremy Scruggs.  Also, Amelia Clay has purchased a Sprint Car and an engine from Pace Performance.  The Warren, Ohio racer that also competes in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division is expected to make her debut soon.  It was also great to see Carl Bowser compete in a RUSH Sprint Car.  Bowser made his debut on July 24 at Lernerville, a track he owns 27 career "410" Sprint Car wins at, driving for Scott Clever.  Bowser won his heat and finished fifth in the feature.

There is no doubt  that in just a very short period of time the RUSH Sprint Car division has now established its roots in Sprint Car racing throughout the region.  The RUSH Sprint Car division has also developed into a tremendous model for other speedway promoters across the country to consider bringing a true "cost containment" Sprint Car division surrounded by numerous other exciting programs to their speedways!  For information on the RUSH Sprint Car division, the office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.

Equipment Rental Options currently has two locations in western Pennsylvania; one in Hermitage and another in New Castle; however, this summer will be moving into a new larger facility at 3587 Clover Lane just off Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle.  From earth moving equipment such as excavators, dozers and skid loaders to boom lifts, material handlers and everything in between, Equipment Rental Options proudly serves industry, contractors and homeowners.  For more information on Equipment Rental Options, check out their website at www.equipmentrentalpa.com.  Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ero.rental.

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/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints.
 
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GARRET PAUGH CAPTURES 1ST CAREER PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN OVER STELLAR 41-CAR FIELD IN THE "HERB SCOTT MEMORIAL" AT PITTSBURGH; CHAS WOLBERT NOW 3-FOR-3 IN HOVIS RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD WEEKLY SERIES RACING AT PITTSBURGH
By Mike Leone
 
July 18, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC held a doubleheader of events on a stifling hot Saturday night at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway.  Garret Paugh emerged victorious over a stellar 41-car RUSH Late Model Touring Series field in the rescheduled "Herb Scott Memorial" in the first of three visits to the "Monster Half-Mile", while Tony White won the "Wheelman" Non-Qualifiers race.  Chas Wolbert captured his third straight at Pittsburgh in Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series competition in 2020. 

After falling back to seventh early in the event, Garret Paugh charged back forward, made a bold move following a restart on lap 15 by driving around track standout John Mollick in turn two, and never looked back.  After the final 10 laps went green-to-checkered, Paugh stretched his margin of victory over the talent-laden field to an impressive 4.014 seconds to earn the $2,000 "Herb Scott Memorial" victory plus a $110 bonus from "Jook George Steel City Classic" event coordinator, Branden Lockwich.  Though never competing in more than a handful of events per year, Paugh's win was his first career RUSH Tour victory in eight years of trying!   

"This is awesome and a true honor to win one of these Touring Series races," expressed the 24-year-old Elkins, WV racer.  "It's been a long time coming.  I've been so close.  I run a lot of different series throughout the year, but I love racing the RUSH Series- it's by far the best series in my opinion.  We changed some things on the car to try and make it better and man did it make a big difference.  I fell back early and thought I was in trouble, but I snookered them on the restarts getting a good run on the bottom with momentum to get by them.  When Mollick is out front he's hard to get by.  I was getting alright runs on him, but he'd get a big run off turn two.  I knew my only chance was probably on a restart.  I have to thank my parents because without them I couldn't do this.  This win is dedicated to my buddy Wes, who used to help us but lost his battle with cancer in April."

Fresh off his first career Lernerville Big-Block Modified win on Friday night, Mollick raced to the early lead in the 30-lap feature over David Pangrazio, Daryl Charlier, Paugh, and Michael Duritsky, Jr.  Following a restart for a spin by Josh Ferry, Charlier and Duritsky passed Pangrazio for second and third on lap two.  Paugh, who started third had faded back to seventh, but two cautions on laps six and seven allowed him to make great advances as he worked his way forward into second on lap eight.   

The top three cars of Mollick, Paugh, and Charlier began to distance themselves from the field on lap nine, while the battle heated up for fourth between Joe Martin, Duritsky, and Pangrazio.  A caution for "Futures Cup" racers Ryan Frazee and Logan Zarin slowed action with nine laps scored.  When racing resumed, Martin moved past Charlier for third as Mollick and Paugh broke away.  John Waters had raced from 25th to eight before spinning to bring out the caution with 14 laps scored. 

It was that caution that allowed Paugh to hit the top just right to rocket off turn two for the lead at the halfway point.
One more caution with 10 laps to go was all that slowed Paugh from the victory.  Paugh stretched out his lead over the final one-third of the race in his Roy's RV/KNP Trucking/Roman's Trucking & Excavating/Jones Fire Sales/Talbott Funeral Home-sponsored #03 to become the 34th different Tour winner over the past eight seasons.   

Mollick was second for his best Tour finish since ending the 2016 season with back-to-back wins on October 7 at and October 14 at Lernerville and Pittsburgh respectively.  Ninth starting Martin had a great run edging out eighth starting Jeremy Wonderling for the third spot.  For Wonderling, the defending and two-time Tour champion, now takes over the points lead after his second straight fourth place finish.  Duritsky was fifth.

Tim Shaffer, who got inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class, used an off night from Sprint Car racing for his best run in a RUSH Late Model Tour event.  Shaffer charged through the field from 21st starting spot to finish sixth bringing 22nd starting Steve Dixon with him in seventh.  Ferry dropped to eighth at the finish.  After going 25th to eighth and spinning on lap nine, Waters was able to make his way back forward to finish ninth.  Ben Policz rounded out the top 10.

Tony White was the 2014 and 2015 "Wheelman" Champion for the non-qualifier events.  White though had never been able to pick up a victory until Saturday night.  The 36-year-old Aliquippa, Pa. driver led all the way in the eight-lap non-stop affair to pick up the $200 top prize in his Tootsies Diner/That Stereo Shop/Sheffield Lanes/Ricky Dee's Pizza/The Fallout Shelter/Hercules MFG/Lucci Kitchen & Bath/Cummins & Perry/TurboStart/Ashby MFG/Breann Tumas & Zach Ulrich of Keller Williams-sponsored #27T.  White became the 40th different winner in 49 races run all-time!  Fresh off a "Wheelman" win at Lernerville on June 27, Jamie Wrightsman, the 2017 champion, finished second to maintain the points lead.  Sixth starting D.J. Nakutis was third over Brian Goebel and eighth starting Josh Stoica.

Mollick set fast time overall in FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying with a lap of 19.914 to earn $100.  Mollick, Policz, Paugh, and Ferry added $25 FK Rod Ends Heat Race wins.  Mollick also won the dash to earn the feature pole, but came up one spot shy in the feature for the night's clean sweep.  Zarin and Shaffer won the last chance B mains.

The Pace Tour will be off until August 8 for the "Jook George Steel City Classic" at Pittsburgh.  The event will pay a minimum of $5,010 to-win, $325 to-start.  Any driver/owner that contributes towards the event by purchasing a minimum of $50 will be eligible for the $1,000 bonus if said driver wins the feature.  To contribute to the event, contact Branden Lockwich at 412-639-3723.  The rain date is August 9.

Chas Wolbert has finished either second or third the past four seasons in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship points for the Pace Performance RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  This season, Wolbert is looking to get over the hump.  On Saturday night, Wolbert made it three-for-three at Pittsburgh with his fourth overall win of 2020 after a dominating run in the 15-lap feature that went non-stop in 6:58.850.

"We've been pretty blessed even with the circumstances we've been dealt," acknowledged the 25-year-old Warren, Ohio winner.  "We picked up this 2020 Bicknell this year; very special thanks to Randy (Williamson), the Slack Family, and everyone else us up there- they build a really great car.  We're still trying to figure some things out, but I guess we had it figured out tonight.  The car felt really good and I found a really good line."

After being docked a row for jumping the initial start, Wolbert snuck under Ayden Cipriano and Brandon Ritchey in turns one and two on the opening lap and never looked back.  Wolbert stretched his lead throughout the race winning by a huge margin of 8.778 seconds in his Alcon Mechanical/Dunkin Donuts of Warren, OH/C.T. Wolbert Trucking/Walters Building Co./Ohio Intra Express/Russ King Racing/Sawtelle Tree-sponsored #c3.  Fourth starting Tony Tatgenhorst passed Kyle Martell on lap 10 to finish second.  Martell, who started seventh, was third.  Ritchey and Chelsie Kriegisch completed the top five.  Wolbert also won the heat race. 

Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Touring Series “Herb Scott Memorial” Race #2 (30 laps, $2,110 to-win): 1. GARRET PAUGH (03)  2. John Mollick (Bentz 60M)  3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10S)  4. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  5. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J)  6. Tim Shaffer (45)  7. Steve Dixon (65)  8. Josh Ferry (33)  9. John Waters (LeBarron 11)  10. Ben Policz (14B)  11. Christian Schneider (Maniecki 1ST)  12. David Pangrazio (136)  13. Bill Kessler (09)  14. Chad Sines (15)  15. Jake Gunn (14G)  16. John Watson (14)  17. Cory Sines (25S)  18. Ryan Frazee (11F)  19. Zach Kane (10)  20. Zach Gunn (17G)  21. Michael Reft (9R)  22. Daryl Charlier (12)  23. Logan Zarin (1z)  24. Colton Flinner (48)  25. Colby Beighey (36B)  26. Keith Barbara (Koteles 64K)-DNS.  (Note: John Waters took a Series provisional.)
 
Non-Qualifier (8 laps, $200 to-win): 1. Tony White (27T)  2. Jamie Wrightsman (21J)  3. D.J. Nakutis (31)  4. Brian Goebel (12G)  5. Josh Stoica (22J)  6. Dave Goble (20G)  7. Kassidy Kamicker (72B)  8. John Boring (58B)  9. Denny Nakutis (3)  10. Brandon Lott (47)-DNS  11. Eric Hamilton, Jr. (33X)-DNS  12. David Parker (2)-DNS  13. John Oaks (11S)-DNS  14. Bud Watson (25)-DNS  15. Dan Lepro (2)-DNS.

Car Count: 41
Feature Margin of Victory: 4.014 seconds
Feature Lap Leaders: John Mollick (1-14), Garret Paugh (15-30)

FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight A ($100 for fast time) (Track record 18.849 by Mike Pegher, Jr. on 5/12/12): 1. 60M-John Mollick, 00:19.914[3]; 2. 14B-Ben Policz, 00:20.079[5]; 3. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr, 00:20.303[4]; 4. 48F-Colton Flinner, 00:20.382[2]; 5. 1ST-Christian Schneider, 00:20.399[10]; 6. 136-David Pangrazio, 00:20.416[14]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:20.448[20]; 8. 11F-Ryan Frazee, 00:20.578[19]; 9. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling, 00:20.631[7]; 10. 2L-Dan Lepro, 00:20.709[8]; 11. 9R-Mike Reft, 00:20.720[18]; 12. 25S-Cory Sines, 00:20.818[9]; 13. 65D-Steve Dixon, 00:20.916[17]; 14. 11L-John Waters, 00:21.018[12]; 15. 25W-Bud Watson, 00:21.345[13]; 16. 14G-Jake Gunn, 00:21.364[6]; 17. 20G-Dave Goble, 00:21.409[21]; 18. 21J-Jamie Wrightsman, 00:21.442[1]; 19. 31-DJ Nakutis, 00:21.652[15]; 20. 22J-Josh Stoica, 00:21.989[11]; 21. 3N-Denny Nakutis, 00:22.254[16].
 
FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight B: 1. 03-Garret Paugh, 00:20.158[18]; 2. 33-Josh Ferry, 00:20.193[6]; 3. 64K-Keith Barbara, 00:20.497[3]; 4. 09-Bill Kessler, 00:20.531[15]; 5. 10S-Joe Martin, 00:20.648[10]; 6. 12-Daryl Charlier, 00:20.866[12]; 7. 15-Chad Sines, 00:20.894[19]; 8. 14-John Watson, 00:20.987[7]; 9. 36B-Colby Beighey, 00:21.126[11]; 10. 12GX-Brian Goebel, 00:21.176[13]; 11. 45-Tim Shaffer, 00:21.256[8]; 12. 17G-Zach Gunn, 00:21.273[2]; 13. 27T-Tony White, 00:21.473[5]; 14. 11S-John Oaks, 00:21.479[16]; 15. 10-Zachary Kane, 00:21.608[14]; 16. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr, 00:21.876[1]; 17. 58B-John Boring, 00:22.345[4]; 18. 47L-Brandon Lott, 00:22.451[9]; 19. 2-David Parker, 00:22.551[17]; 20. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker, 00:24.012[20].
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 60M-John Mollick[1]; 2. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[2]; 3. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[5]; 4. 1ST-Christian Schneider[3]; 5. 9R-Mike Reft[6]; 6. 1Z-Logan Zarin[4]; 7. 65D-Steve Dixon[7]; 8. 25W-Bud Watson[8]; 9. 3N-Denny Nakutis[11]; 10. 20G-Dave Goble[9]; 11. 31-DJ Nakutis[10].

FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 14B-Ben Policz[1]; 2. 136-David Pangrazio[3]; 3. 11F-Ryan Frazee[4]; 4. 48F-Colton Flinner[2]; 5. 14G-Jake Gunn[8]; 6. 11L-John Waters[7]; 7. 25S-Cory Sines[6]; 8. 21J-Jamie Wrightsman[9]; 9. 22J-Josh Stoica[10]; 10. 2L-Dan Lepro[5].
 
FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 03-Garret Paugh[1]; 2. 64K-Keith Barbara[2]; 3. 10S-Joe Martin[3]; 4. 36B-Colby Beighey[5]; 5. 15-Chad Sines[4]; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer[6]; 7. 27T-Tony White[7]; 8. 10-Zachary Kane[8]; 9. 58B-John Boring[9]; 10. 2-David Parker[10].

FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 5 transfer to A, $25 to-win) 1. 33-Josh Ferry[1]; 2. 12-Daryl Charlier[3]; 3. 17G-Zach Gunn[6]; 4. 09-Bill Kessler[2]; 5. 14-John Watson[4]; 6. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[10]; 7. 11S-John Oaks[7]; 8. 12GX-Brian Goebel[5]; 9. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[8]; 10. 47L-Brandon Lott[9].

Last Chance B Main 1 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 1Z-Logan Zarin[1]; 2. 65D-Steve Dixon[3]; 3. 25S-Cory Sines[4]; 4. 11L-John Waters[2]; 5. 21J-Jamie Wrightsman[6]; 6. 20G-Dave Goble[9]; 7. 31-DJ Nakutis[11]; 8. 22J-Josh Stoica[8]; 9. 3N-Denny Nakutis[7]; 10. 25W-Bud Watson[5]-DNS; 11. 2L-Dan Lepro[10]-DNS.

Last Chance B Main 2 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 45-Tim Shaffer[1]; 2. 10-Zachary Kane[5]; 3. 27T-Tony White[3]; 4. 12GX-Brian Goebel[6]; 5. 72B-Kassidy Kamicker[2]; 6. 47L-Brandon Lott[10]; 7. 58B-John Boring[7]; 8. 33X-Eric Hamilton Jr[8]; 9. 2-David Parker[9]; 10. 11S-John Oaks[4].

Dash (6 laps): 1. 60M-John Mollick[1]; 2. 136-David Pangrazio[4]; 3. 03-Garret Paugh[5]; 4. 12-Daryl Charlier[7]; 5. 90J-Michael Duritsky Jr[8]; 6. 14B-Ben Policz[6]; 7. 33-Josh Ferry[3]; 8. 64K-Keith Barbara[2]-DNS.
 
Pace Performance RUSH Sportsman Modifieds Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Event (15 laps): 1. CHAS WOLBERT (c3)  2. Tony Tatgenhorst (63T)  3. Kyle Martell (8)  4. Brandon Ritchey (17)  5. Chelsie Kriegisch (10)  6. Kole Holden (2)  7. Ayden Cipriano (5c)  8. Jessica Kriegisch (63).

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 LATE MODEL TOUR DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND; SATURDAY AT PITTSBURGH FOR "HERB SCOTT MEMORIAL" & SUNDAY AT ERIEZ; RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS IN ACTION BOTH NIGHTS WITH RUSH SPRINTS ON SUNDAY
By Mike Leone
 
July 15, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is set to resume action this weekend with a doubleheader.  Saturday night (July 18) will be at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the annual "Herb Scott Memorial" followed by Sunday night (July 19) at Eriez Speedway.  The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Sportsman Modifieds will be on the card both nights in addition to Friday night at Raceway 7, while the Equipment Rental Options Sprint Cars will race at Eriez for $500 to-win.  On Saturday, warm-ups begin at 6 p.m. with heat races at 7, while Eriez will get underway on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

"The Pittsburgh Tour events are always some of our best and most exciting races of the year," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Pittsburgh has been a great partner over the years not only on our Late Model side by running them weekly and typically scheduling several Tour events, but also runs our Sportsman Mods and Sprint Cars any chance they get.  The weather looks good so hopefully everyone comes out and supports Pittsburgh for the first of three Tour races there this year."

Saturday's 30-lap "Herb Scott Memorial" feature will pay $2,110 to-win ($110 bonus from Cleetus Motorsports), $225 to-start with a $200 to-win non-qualifier.  Currently, the "Jook George Steel City Classic" on August 8 (rain date August 9) and the "Bill Hendren Memorial" on October 2-3 will each pay a minimum of $5,010 to-win, $325 to-start for the Pace Touring Series.

Herb Scott is one of the most well-known and respected driver who ever raced in western Pa. His side-by-side battles with Joe Mihalic were nothing short of legendary.  Ten times during his hall of fame career, Scott won the track championship at Heidelberg (1956-1960, 1962-1965, and 1967).  His first win came in his first year of racing at New Kensington Speedway in 1948.  His 500th win came at Lernerville Speedway, and his final feature win came at Schmucker’s Speedway in September of 1979.  He would go on to win a total of 520 career features!

Last year, Kyle Lukon swept the three Pittsburgh RUSH Late Model Tour events, which nearly propelled him to the Series title as he came up just one-point shy of Jeremy Wonderling.  Those three wins were worth a staggering $18,800 much in part thanks to the efforts of "Jook George Steel City Classic" event coordinator Branden Lockwich and Steve Hendren for his father Bill's memorial.  Ironically, Lukon's win last year on July 20 at Pittsburgh ended his six-year winless drought with the Series.     

Lukon's three wins last year moved him to the top of the all-time Tour win list at Pittsburgh with four.  Other Tour winners at Pittsburgh include Ryan Montgomery with three, Daryl Charlier two, and single victories to Colton Flinner, John Mollick, Mike Pegher, Jr., and Jacob Hawkins.

The Tour then heads north up I-79 to Eriez Speedway for a $2,000 to-win event on Sunday evening.  Eriez is under the second year of ownership by the Alexander Family.  Sunday was to be the second appearances of the season at Eriez for the Tour; however, COVID-19 cancelled the May event.  Sunday was also supposed to be "Manufactures Night"; however, due to the pandemic, all product will be awarded in 2020 through the Pace Weekly Championship Series standings with the champion getting first pick down the line.   

"We have to thank the Alexander Family for their continued support of RUSH," stated Emig.  "Eriez has a great field of RUSH Late Models every Sunday night.  The Tour races are always very competitive with so many quality weekly competitors.  Sunday is a great way to showcase three of our RUSH classes.  It's been three years since our Sportsman Modifieds have raced at Eriez.  The Sprint Cars have raced once each of the last two years and we're appreciative Eriez has given them two opportunities to compete in 2020." 

The Late Model Tour has made seven visits over the past five seasons to Eriez with the Blairs winning all seven as Max has six wins and his father, Rob, one in a substitution role at the May 2016 event.

RUSH was of course part of the "Firecracker 100" for the second straight year featuring the "Bill Emig Memorial" presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply June 25-27.  And for the second straight year it was Max Blair taking home the $10,000 top honors.  Last year, Blair made only eight Tour starts, but collected $25,500 in those races!  Blair is the five-time National Weekly Series Champion.  Currently, defending and two-time Tour Champion, Jeremy Wonderling, leads the Pace National Weekly Series Championship.

With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of the season, Pittsburgh has completed only two event this season.  On June 20, Christian Schneider picked up a Pace Weekly Series victory, while Keith Barbara won last Saturday night in his debut.  Eriez meanwhile has completed more events, at five, than any other RUSH track in 2020.  Eriez has averaged over 23 cars per night.  Blair and Chub Frank each have a pair of victories, while Darrell Bossard was also victorious. 

30-Lap Late Model Feature Payoff: 1. $2,000 ($2,110 at PPMS)  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280   12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $235  17. $230  18-24 $225.

Late Model Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $200  2. $190  3. $185  4. $180  5. $175  6. $170  7. $165  8. $160  9. $155  10-24. $150.  Tow $125.

FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying will pay $100 for the fastest qualifier and $25 heat races will take place each night for the Late Models.

The pits will be open all afternoon on Saturday with the drivers meeting scheduled for 5:35 p.m., warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and then racing at 7.  On Sunday, pits open at 3:30 p.m. with the drivers meeting scheduled for 5:35.  RUSH Late Model Qualifying will begin around 6:30 p.m.   

For the Late Models, you do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete only to receive Weekly and/or Tour points.  The Late Model entry fee each night is $100.  AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used at Pittsburgh, while both the AMB/MyLaps and Westhold transponders will work at Eriez.  Units are available to rent.  Driver radio will be channel 454.000.

For Pittsburgh, masks MUST be worn at the gates, concession stands, restrooms, gift shop, and are highly encouraged in the pits and stands.  Social distance six feet apart.  Families may sit together.  Please give everyone their required space. Stand six feet apart at concessions and restrooms.  Please be patient and wait your turn, we all want short track racing to continue!

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.

Eriez Speedway is a 3/8-mile track located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509.   Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway1 and like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway.
 
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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INAUGURAL "BILL FORNEY MEMORIAL" COMING TO SHARON JULY 18 FOR PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR; $2199 TO-WIN EVENT WILL RECOGNIZE THIS LEGENDARY EASTERN OHIO HALL OF FAME DRIVER
By Doug Kennedy

July 9, 2020       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hartford, OH)...Recognized as one of the top Late Model drivers of the tri-state region during the late ‘40s through the early ‘70s, Bill Forney will be honored with the inaugural “Bill Forney Memorial” race to be held at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, July 18.  The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC event will pay $2,199 to-win in the first RUSH Late Model race at Sharon in nearly four years.

Bill Forney, who passed away in August of 2019, was the Sharon track champion in 1964, but where he really excelled was at Canfield Speedway where he won the championship seven times (1959-1961, 1963, 1965-1966, and 1968).  Two other times, he was the track runner-up.  With over 150 feature wins, Forney also won a track championship at Painesville Speedway in 1958.  He was the Hickory Speedway champion in 1968, and a two-time champ at Cloverleaf Speedway in 1961 and 1962.  Forney is a member of the Twin State Auto Racing Club Hall of Fame and the Cloverleaf Speedway (Cleveland) Hall of Fame.  The Forney family lived in Austintown, Ohio, a suburb of Youngstown, until 1966 when they moved to Boardman, Ohio.

Sharon Speedway is graciously allowing all retired drivers that competed at either Sharon or Canfield Speedways from 1949-1973 and a guest the opportunity to attend the "Bill Forney Memorial" at no charge for general admission on July 18.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic striking, a retired drivers reunion dinner and other pre-race activities were planned.  It was also the intent to do a fundraiser to grow the purse much like the "Jook George Steel City Classic" at Pittsburgh.  Those activities and fundraisers will return and be promoted to make the 2021 "Bill Forney Memorial" into an even more special event.

Sharon General Manager Dave Willoughby, who is now in his 11th year at the helm, is proud to be hosting the Bill Forney Memorial race.  “With him being from this area and having raced at both tracks (Sharon and Canfield), it’s great to be the host of the event,” Willoughby said.  “Some of his friends still come around to the track.  With the new surface, I’m ecstatic to have the RUSH Late Models here.  I think you’re going to see three and four-wide racing throughout the event.  I’m glad to get them back here and I think the racers are excited to get back here as well.  I hope that we can develop a more permanent relationship with RUSH as an annual event.”

As for the RUSH Late Models returning to Sharon after a four-year absence, Willoughby said, “We would like to have a few more races here at Sharon for them. When we first started running the class, the average car count was over 30 a night and we would have to run a B main.  The car counts were great, but our surface was hard to race on and now with the new surface, it will be much better. We’re hoping to have a good car count for this event and a lot of support again as the RUSH Late Models return.”

In 1958, Forney won an incredible 35 races in a row, which included features, helmet dashes, heat races, and Australian pursuits.  In 1963, there was a 100-lap race at Canfield, another at Sharon, and yet another at Heidelberg, and Bill won all three within a two-week period. “That was very special for Dad,” said Mike Forney, Bill’s son.

“What I admired most was the fact that those guys would have to go to three different tracks for the weekend beginning in April and ending in September,” said the 66-year-old Forney.  “They would run on the pavement on Friday at Painesville, on the dirt on Saturday at Canfield, and back on the pavement Sunday for Cloverleaf or the dirt at Sharon.  They had a tow bar on the car because there were no haulers, trailers, or pickup trucks.”

“When he began racing, Mom (Martha) and Dad would go five days a week,” Forney continued. “When my sister and I went to the races we would call it ‘Martha’s Meals on Wheels.’ We had the cooler in the back seat and we would be eating as we went down the road."

“In 1964 my dad had fast time every night at Canfield.  If you did that you would start dead last in the feature.  If you won the feature the week before, you would also start either last or in the last row. Dad won nine features that year. That was pretty incredible.”

For his first few years of racing, Bill Forney drove the #72 and actually towed his own race car with a tow bar behind his road car.  Then in 1957 he began driving for Jim Andio and Sons Excavation located in Boardman, Ohio, and that was the first time they had a pickup truck and trailer.  “The car number was #99 until one time when they went to a track and there was already a #99 there, so they just painted a 1 on the left side of the number and the car became the #199, and it stuck,” Forney said.

In 1966, Forney left Andio and started driving for John Doughton out of Hubbard, Ohio. “They ended up winning a championship at Canfield,” said Forney. In 1967, the car became the candy-striped #199.

Speaking of the #199, RUSH Late Model driver Dave Airgood, Jr. of West Middlesex, Pa., who is a regular at Raceway 7, will carry a candy-striped #199 throwback Bill Forney scheme on his car at the event.

$199 is being donated to the feature winner on top of the standard $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start Tour purse by Forney’s two children, Mike and Anita (Carson). “I wanted to get it started,” said Mike. “I wanted the purse to end with $199.

“Our family is honored that Vicki wanted to have a memorial race to honor Dad,” Forney said. “It’s not just remembering him but the whole group of guys that Dad raced against. They all got along so well together.”


“Dad always liked the dirt better than the asphalt,” said Forney, who raced himself for two seasons (1972 on dirt at Canfield and 1975 on asphalt at Sharon).  “He was the best,” Forney said of his dad.  “I had a hero that was at home all the time.  He worked a full-time job as a mechanic for BFI for 34 years.  He would go to work every day, come home, go and race, come back home, and then the next day do the same thing all over again.  He never called off and was always there.  That’s what kept our family going and staying together all the time. He never said no to anything I wanted to do.”

Mike remembers back to when his dad was in a nursing facility and a nurse’s aide came up to his dad and said that she always wanted to race him.  “He was sitting in the chair at the time and when she said that, he looked up at me and winked and I told the nurse to turn her walker around. For somebody who was 92 and three weeks away from passing, he was still up for a challenge to race.”

One of the special memories about Bill Forney is the classic battles that he and his top rival, Jimmy Bickerstaff, had.  “Dad and Bickerstaff sold a lot of tickets particularly at Canfield because they promoted them as being top rivals.” Mike said.  “They were so much of rivals that Trumbull County got them to race in a soap box derby.  There was a mutual respect for each other's abilities, and they pushed each other to be better.”

As for Bill’s two children, Mike retired this past November where he sold fasteners for 44 years for clients like East Manufacturing, the Gradall Company in New Philadelphia, Sugardale Meats, and Mac Trailers. He currently lives in Winter Garden, Florida, just outside of Orlando with his wife Colleen.  Anita is a homemaker who taught some special education classes and currently lives with her husband, Craig Carson in Boardman, Ohio.

“Dad wasn’t a man of many words,” Mike Forney said. “Our family physician said that Dad spent his words wisely.”

Daughter Anita, six years younger than her brother, remembers a time when her mom and some friends were at a racetrack and Bill wasn’t running real well.  It was getting late in the race and one of the friends was getting up to leave and Mom said, “You’re not leaving yet, so sit down” and Bill ended up winning the race! Martha was Bill’s best cheerleader.

She also remembers back to a time when Bill took her fishing. “When we went on vacation in North Carolina, we went to a fishing lake and I wasn’t catching anything,” Anita recalled. “My dad left for a bit and came back with a grasshopper and put it on the hook. I ended up catching a rainbow trout and we had that for dinner that night.”

“My dad and I had a good relationship,” Anita said. “I remember him saying that once he retired, nobody would remember him…boy was he wrong! People really enjoyed watching him race.”

Longtime car owner and former racer Bob Williams of Canfield, Ohio will present a trophy for the winner of the dash, who earns the pole for the "Bill Forney Memorial" feature. Williams was a friend and admirer of Forney. Williams has owned race cars in numerous divisions included the RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and currently the RUSH Sprint Cars for standout Alan Dellinger.

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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ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ORDER FORCES CANCELLATION OF SATURDAY'S EVENT AT PITTSBURGH FEATURING PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR, RUSH SPRINTS & RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS
By Mike Leone
 
July 3, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...A new order issued by the Allegheny County Health Department effective July 3 (see below) has forced the cancellation of racing that was scheduled to take place on Saturday night (July 4) at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway.  This marks that 10th Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series event that has succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic this season.  The RUSH Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds were also scheduled to be part of Saturday's program in Equipment Rental Options and Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series events respectively.   

Next up for the Pace RUSH Late Model Touring Series will be a back-to-back weekend on July 18-19 with Saturday night at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio for the "Bill Forney Memorial" paying $2,199 to-win followed by Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa. on Sunday night for $2,000 to-win.  Stay tuned for additional details.

Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen today announced that additional mitigation measures are being taken in Allegheny County to further stem the spread of coronavirus cases in the county. The new order calls for a one-week closure of bars, restaurants and casinos and the cancellation of all activities or events over 25 people for that same one-week time period. Food establishments may still offer take-out and delivery during that time period. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020.

In addition to the order, Dr. Bogen also recommended a voluntary stay-at-home protocol for residents of the county. While not part of the order, limiting travel to necessities and other mitigation measures is intended to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our county.

“I know that people were angry and frustrated with recent developments including the surge in cases, the prior order and recommendations, as well as the state mask order,” said Bogen. “I also realize that this newest order won’t make any of that better but as Health Department Director, I am charged with protecting, promoting, and preserving the health and well-being of all county residents, particularly the most vulnerable. This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly but I believe it’s necessary based on the new cases in the county and the community spread that is occurring.”

This order is in addition to the restriction of on on-premises alcohol consumption at any business establishment in Allegheny County that was issued on Sunday.

The department continues to track and investigate all cases of COVID-19 and reminds residents to stay safe. Due to the sheer volume of new cases, the outreach from the department to positive cases and close contacts is taking longer than it has in the past. Those expecting to be contacted are asked to be patient. Regardless of whether you are a positive case or a close contact, the department has provided a resource for residents to know what to expect. The Isolation-Quarantine Basics document can be found on the county’s COVID-19 page (https://bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19) and is also linked here
 
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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1ST OF 3 PACE RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR RACES FOR 2020 AT PITTSBURGH ON TAP SATURDAY FOR "HERB SCOTT MEMORIAL"; RUSH TRIPLEHEADER TO ALSO INCLUDE SPORTSMAN MODS & SPRINTS
By Mike Leone
 
July 1, 2020               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...After finally opening the 2020 season last weekend at Lernerville Speedway as part of the "Firecracker 100" with the World of Outlaws Late Models, the Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is set to resume action this Saturday night (July 4) at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the annual "Herb Scott Memorial".  Saturday will be the first of three appearances for the Tour at the "Monster Half-Mile" in 2020 and will be a RUSH tripleheader as Pace Performance Weekly Series events will be on tap for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Sportsman Modifieds and the Equipment Rental Options Sprint Cars.  Warm-ups begin at 6 p.m. with heat races at 7.

"The Pittsburgh Tour events are always some of our best and most exciting races of the year," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "We're looking forward to getting back in the groove as this will be the second of our four Tour races in four weeks.  Pittsburgh has been a great partner over the years not only on our Late Model side by running them weekly and typically scheduling three Tour events, but also runs our Sportsman Mods and Sprint Cars any chance they get.  Saturday will be one of our many RUSH tripleheaders this season in the region.  The weather looks good so hopefully everyone comes out and supports Pittsburgh on Independence Day."

Saturday's 30-lap "Herb Scott Memorial" feature will pay $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start with a $200 to-win non-qualifier.  Currently, the "Jook George Steel City Classic" on August 8 (rain date August 9) and the "Bill Hendren Memorial" on October 2-3 will each pay a minimum of $5,010 to-win, $325 to-start for the Pace Touring Series.

Herb Scott is one of the most well-known and respected driver who ever raced in western Pa. His side-by-side battles with Joe Mihalic were nothing short of legendary.  Ten times during his hall of fame career, Scott won the track championship at Heidelberg (1956-1960, 1962-1965, and 1967).  His first win came in his first year of racing at New Kensington Speedway in 1948.  His 500th win came at Lernerville Speedway, and his final feature win came at Schmucker’s Speedway in September of 1979.  He would go on to win a total of 520 career features!

Last year, Kyle Lukon swept the three Pittsburgh RUSH Late Model Tour events, which nearly propelled him to the Series title as he came up just one-point shy of Jeremy Wonderling.  Those three wins were worth a staggering $18,800 much in part thanks to the efforts of "Jook George Steel City Classic" event coordinator Branden Lockwich and Steve Hendren for his father Bill's memorial.  Ironically, Lukon's win last year on July 20 at Pittsburgh ended his six-year winless drought with the Series.     

Lukon's three wins last year propelled him to the top of the all-time Tour win list at Pittsburgh with four.  Other Tour winners at Pittsburgh include Ryan Montgomery with three, Daryl Charlier two, and single victories to Colton Flinner, John Mollick, Mike Pegher, Jr., and Jacob Hawkins.

RUSH was of course part of the "Firecracker 100" for the second straight year featuring the "Bill Emig Memorial" presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply.  And for the second straight year it was Max Blair taking home the $10,000 top honors.  Last year, Blair made only eight Tour starts, but collected $25,500 in those races!  Blair is the five-time National Weekly Series Champion.

With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of the season, Pittsburgh has completed only one event this season.  On June 20, Christian Schneider picked up a Pace Weekly Series victory over a 20-car field.  Also on that night, Chas Wolbert and Zach Morrow won the opening weekly series events for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and the Equipment Rental Options RUSH Sprint Cars respectively.  Pittsburgh was off last weekend due to the "Firecracker 100" at Lernerville.

The Pace RUSH Sprint Cars also raced last Saturday night at Sharon with Jeremy Weaver winning his first ever there.  After two Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series races, Weaver leads morrow by four points heading into Saturday night.  Meanwhile, the Pace RUSH Sportsman Modifieds have logged three events.  Defending two-time champion, Garrett Krummert won last Friday night at Raceway 7, while Wolbert won his second of the year taking the Sharon opener on Saturday night.  Wolbert leads Krummert by four points entering this weekend's Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series events.

FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying and $25 heat races will take place on Saturday night for the Late Models.  Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.  Series Officials will also determine the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the event, and will receive a $40 product package.  The feature winner will receive a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jugs.  Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler to the second place finisher on Saturday.

30-Lap Late Model Feature Payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280   12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $235  17. $230  18-24 $225.

Late Model Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $200  2. $190  3. $185  4. $180  5. $175  6. $170  7. $165  8. $160  9. $155  10-24. $150.  Tow $125.

The pits will be open all afternoon on Saturday with the drivers meeting scheduled for 5:35 p.m., warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and then racing at 7.  You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete only to receive Weekly and/or Tour points.  The entry fee for the event is $100.  AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used.  Units are available to rent.  Driver radio will be channel 454.000.

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by 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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