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CRATE INNOVATIONS “PERFORMANCE PLUS” AWARD TO OFFER ACCELERATOR-1 CARB SPACER KIT AT EACH SWEENEY RUSH LM TOURING SERIES EVENT IN 2014

By Mike Leone | April 22, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to welcome yet another Major Contingency Sponsor to the 2014 line-up.  Crate Innovations Inc. will award an Accelerator-1 one-inch angled carburetor spacer kit to a driver at each of the 20 Sweeney Tour events for the upcoming season.

Beginning on May 30 at the season opening Sweeney Tour event at New York’s Freedom Speedway with position one and continuing through the 20th and final event on October 25 at Lernerville Speedway, the Crate Innovations Inc. “Performance Plus” award will offer an Accelerator-1 carb spacer kit valued at $129 to the feature finishing position that corresponds with the event number. 

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STANDOUT ALAN DELLINGER TO REUNITE WITH WELL-KNOWN BOB WILLIAMS IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS FOR 2014; DUO LOOKS TO MAKE THEIR MARK UTILIZING BILSTEIN’S $135 “SEALED” SHOCKS

By Mike Donald | April 17, 2014

(Canfield, OH)...The dawning of a new racing season often brings forth new drivers, new sponsors and new paint schemes. For Bob Williams and Alan Dellinger, however, it brings forth the reunification of an owner-driver combination who will be attempting to recapture some old glory.

Williams owned the No. 8 Rocket chassis that Dellinger piloted to a 2007 Northeast Touring Championship in the first year of Crate Late Model racing in the region.  From 2006 until 2011, this duo claimed 10 victories at tracks, including Sharon Speedway (Ohio), Raceway 7 (Ohio), Dog Hollow Speedway (Pennsylvania), and Tri-City Speedway (Pennsylvania).
 

The two travelled separate paths during the last two racing seasons, but the desire to find victory lane, once again, has brought the two back together....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

7 WINNERS IN 7 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES EVENTS AS ACTION BEGINS TO HEAT UP THROUGHOUT THE REGION; SHARON & MCKEAN TO OPEN SATURDAY

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | April 15, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...As the weekend of April 10-13 came to a close, the win total at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series weekly member tracks continues to pile up as not one driver has repeated to date.  The second weekend of April yielded three new winners bringing the total number of winners in weekly-sanctioned Sweeney RUSH Late Model events to seven in as many events!

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BILSTEIN SHOCK ABSORBERS SIGNS 2-YEAR AGREEMENT TO BE THE “OFFICIAL SHOCK” OF THE SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES; WILL PRESENT “STEEL CITY 100” FOR LM & “MFG NIGHT” FOR MODS

By Mike Leone | April 14, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to announce a two-year partnership with Bilstein Shock Absorbers.  Bilstein will be known as the “Official Shock” of the Sweeney RUSH Racing Series that includes both the Late Model and Sportsman Modified divisions.  Bilstein will also present the inaugural “Steel City 100” Sweeney Late Model Tour event on Sunday, June 8 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway and the inaugural “Manufacturers Night” for the Sportsman Modifieds at Lernerville Speedway.

While Bilstein Shocks will not be required on the Late Models, the $135 “sealed” spec shock will be a requirement for the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Series, which will debut at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, April 26....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

                                                      


SUNOCO RACE FUELS CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES FOR SEASON #2

By Mike Leone | April 9, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...Sunoco Race Fuels and the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will continue its marketing program for the 2014 season.  This year will mark the second of the three-year agreement as the "Official Fuel" of the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Series....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

                                                    


PILKERTON & ANGELICCHIO WIN IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES ACTION; PITTSBURGH TO OPEN THURSDAY

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | April 7, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...As the weather continues to feel more like spring than what seemed like a never ending winter, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series member tracks slowly come to life.  Last weekend, Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Maryland resumed action and the season opener at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania got underway.

Potomac continued their 2014 campaign last Friday (April 4) as the rotating, five-division schedule again included the Sweeney RUSH Late Models.  Former Late Model track champion Jeff Pilkerton started the 20-lap feature on the pole and never gave up the spot leading every lap to take his first career RUSH Crate Late Model win. “I just want to thank all the guys who worked all winter getting this car ready," said Pilkerton. "We haven't won here in a long time and this crate division is a perfect fit for us.”

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES ENDORSES NEW CRATEINSIDER.COM AS IMPORTANT & BENEFICIAL TOOL FOR CRATE RACING FRATERNITY

By Mike Leone | April 4, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series with its Crate Late Model and Crate 602 Sportsman Modified divisions is proud to endorse the new CrateInsider.com website and it's various social media outlets.  CrateInsider.com just recently launched and went live via the World Wide Web by developer Kate Dillon, a resident of North Carolina and director of the popular C.A.R.S. show.

CrateInsider.com was created to provide ONE resource to bring the Crate Racing Industry together in one place.  The site has a forum where members can ask technical questions that are answered by industry experts.  This site also has tech articles, a compilation of crate rules and racing schedules, series profiles, new product information, news, and an online store...CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

                     
 


THE BRAKE MAN RENEWS AS SWEENEY RUSH LM MAJOR CONTINGENCY SPONSOR IN 2014; “TOUGH BRAKE OF THE NIGHT” AT EACH TOURING EVENT PLUS $1800 MAJOR GIVEAWAY ON MFG NIGHT

By Mike Leone | April 2, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...With the inaugural season of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series long in the rearview mirror, focus has been on making year number two even better.  Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to announce that The Brake Man has once again renewed as a Major Contingency Sponsor for the upcoming season.  

The Brake Man, an innovative designer and manufacturer of made-in-America motorsport brake systems and components, is one of the many national companies involved with the Sweeney RUSH Series.  Located in Southern California and already the brakes of choice for several drivers in the Series, The Brake Man will be involved in a substantial way not only at the August 30 “Manufacturers Night,” but also at each and every night during the 2014 Sweeney Touring slate.  The Brake Man will award approximately $5,000 in product and certificates throughout the 2014 season.

At each of the 20 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series events, RUSH Officials will award The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” to a racer whose night just didn’t go as hoped.  That racer will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.  Certificates can be used toward the purchase of parts for any other manufacturer’s brake system.

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES EVENT ADDED TO PITTSBURGH OPENER THURSDAY, APRIL 10 FEATURING NDRL LATE MODELS & MODS

By Mike Leone | March 31, 2014

(Imperial, PA)...RUSH Racing Series directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone were informed today by NDRL management that the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Models will be added to the season opening event at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Thursday, April 10.  The Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series event will utilize PPMS’ regular payoff and will be joined by the NDRL “Kings of Dirt” (Super) Late Models in a $10,000 to-win event along with the NDRL Modifieds.....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   


POTOMAC & WINCHESTER KICKOFF 2014 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SEASON

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | March 28, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...As we wrap up the month of March and set our sights to April, two of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model weekly-sanctioned tracks have already waved the green flag on the 2014 season.

Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Maryland and Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Virginia were brought into the RUSH fold of weekly-sanctioned speedways over the winter. With both tracks located well south of the Mason-Dixon Line, they have the advantage of getting their racing season started before the other tracks in the RUSH family.....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

McKean County Raceway Looks Ahead to Second Year Under SWEENEY RUSH Late Model Sanctioning Banner

By Jim Zufall | March 27, 2014

(East Smethport, PA)...After putting an official wrap on the 2013 racing season at their annual awards banquet on Saturday, March 1, McKean County Raceway is gearing up for the 2014 campaign. The new year will see MCR’s Crate Late Model division again run under the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series banner.  Track General Manager Chris Zuver, for one is looking forward to it.

"Our first full season running MCR with the RUSH Late Models was a success,” said Zuver emphatically. “With the region’s top weekly payout we had the highest weekly car count each week.  Only twice all season did we have less than 24 cars!  The only problem we had was Max Blair!” Zuver’s comments about Blair reflect the complete dominance by the young Centerville, Pennsylvania driver. “No doubt the best crate driver in our entire region was a weekly visitor and dominated the class with eight wins.  If there had been no Max, we probably would have had 10 different winners.".....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

TURBOSTART TO AGAIN AWARD TEN 16-V BATTERIES THROUGHOUT 2014 SWEENEY RUSH L.M. TOUR SEASON AS MAJOR CONTINGENCY SPONSOR LIST CONTINUES TO GROW

By Mike Leone | March 21, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to announce TurboStart will return as a Major Contingency Sponsor for the upcoming 2014 Touring season.  The New Castle, Pennsylvania-based company continues to be part of the impressive list of national companies that have partnered with the Series.

TurboStart will award ten 16-volt racing batteries at selected Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series events in 2014 as their contribution in product to RUSH will exceed $2,500!   The batteries will be awarded randomly at the following events: “Mid-Atlantic States Classic” Potomac and Winchester Speedways (June 20-21), “Bill Emig Memorial” Sharon and Lernerville Speedways (July 4-5), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (July 12), “Canadian National Late Model Championship” Humberstone Speedway (July 20), “Manufacturers Night” McKean County Raceway (August 30), and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (October 4-5).

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES TO ENDORSE RUSH "MEMORIAL CUP" KARTING SERIES; EVENTS TO BENEFIT REGIONAL CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS

By Jim Zufall | March 13, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series with its Late Model and Sportsman Modified divisions has begun a partnership with Brian Mathieson and Tracy Snyder to form the RUSH Memorial Cup Karting Series.

The Mathiesons, like so many others in this country, suffered a loss in their family when their son Blaise was lost to stillbirth in 2011. Two years after this tragedy, Brian and his wife Nicki held the inaugural Blaise Mathieson Memorial Kart Race at Goodhope Speedway in New Springfield, Ohio.  Mathieson explained how this event helped other families suffering similar circumstances. “The race benefitted the Makenna's Hugs Foundation that raises money for families who lose children to stillbirth, sudden infant death and early gestational loss.”

The success of the event impressed Mathieson and Snyder and they immediately felt they could do more.  That’s where the Sweeney RUSH Dirt Late Model and Sportsman Modified Series stepped in.

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STEEL CITY ROULETTE" POTENTIALLY ADDS $5,000 CASH TO SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR'S "STEEL CITY 100" AT PITTSBURGH JUNE 8

By Mike Leone | March 6, 2014

(Imperial, PA)…A little over two months ago, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced a new event would take place in 2014.  The "Steel City 100" at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 8 will feature the Northeast's first ever 100-lap Crate Late Model race.  The Sweeney Tour event will pay $4,000 to-win, $300 to-start with an expanded 30-car starting field!

When the event was announced, series officials promised additional exciting promotions would be added around this marquee' event.  One such now being revealed is the "Steel City Roulette" featuring a potential $5,000 in cash giveaways to the 30-event starters!  In addition to the feature purse money (posted below), one lucky driver in the starting field would win a $1,000 bonus with each driver receiving at least a $50 bonus (see potential bonus monies posted below)!.....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   


CHANGING OF THE GUARD  TO BE WITNESSED IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES AS NEW CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED IN 2014; RACES TO BE WIDE OPEN WITH MAX BLAIR & MIKE PEGHER FOCUSING ON SUPER LATE MODELS

By Mike Leone | March 2, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...Coming off a successful debut in 2013 with well over 200 competing racers, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series has forged ahead in 2014.  And with racing a little more than a month away, drivers, speedways, and Series Directors continue to make final preparations for an exciting new year. 

RUSH will again have over $70,000 in cash point funds up for grabs, and is expected to crown four new champions for their major point championships.  In fact, the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship has been increased and expanded to 40 points paying positions due to the addition of four speedways, for 2014! 

In 2013, Max Blair won over $10,000 in point fund monies highlighted by his Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace Performance Summer Chase crowns.  Blair has moved on as a full-time Super Late Model competitor driving for John Kennedy as a rookie of the year candidate for the NDRL “Kings of Dirt” Series.

After years of trying and coming up just short, Mike Pegher, Jr. finally captured a Sweeney Touring Series Championship.  In addition, Pegher also finished second to Blair in the Weekly Series Championship and third in Pace Summer Chase standings.  His take in Sweeney RUSH point fund monies was also around $10,000.  While Pegher will continue to run some of the special RUSH Late Model events, his focus like Blair’s will be on the next level in Super Late Models for Lynn Geisler.

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES PARTNERS WITH NHRA'S DOUG HERBERT'S B.R.A.K.E.S. TO RAISE TEEN DRIVER AWARENESS

By Jim Zufall | February 23, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series has begun a partnership with a growing program aimed at raising safety awareness among teen drivers. Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School aims at teaching young drivers safety on the road in a way few other driver education programs can. B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) was started by NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver Doug Herbert after the tragic death of his two sons Jon and James.

Herbert was in Phoenix testing his dragster when he got the news no parent ever wants to hear. His older son, a typically inexperienced teen, was driving through and weaving in and out of traffic when crossed the road and hit another, much larger car. By all accounts the Herbert boys were killed instantly. “No parent wants to get the call that I got on that January morning,” says Herbert in a video created for the B.R.A.K.E.S. program. “But every day in America, about 15 families do.”

Herbert started B.R.A.K.E.S. with the specific purpose of reducing the number of families that have to get that awful news. Since the program began it has trained over 10,000 students from 28 states. In western Pennsylvania, Shirley Phillips leads the charge to train teens in the safe and realistic driving experience offered by BRAKES.....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

                                                  
 

 

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