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MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY TO HOST 1ST EVER CRATE LATE MODEL RACE ON MAY 18; SWEENEY RUSH TOUR TO JOIN DIRTCAR “358” MOD SERIES IN HISTORICAL EVENT

By Mike Leone | December 16, 2014

(Thorold, ON)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are excited to announce that Merrittville Speedway will host its first Sweeney Tour event on Monday, May 18.  The history-making first ever Crate Late Model event will be held on the Canadian Victoria Day holiday at the Thorold, Ontario showplace owned by legendary racer Pete Bicknell along with Randy Williamson. 

The $2,000 to-win event will be part of the new $4,000 to-win Sweeney Northern Tour and also offer points toward the combined Sweeney Tour Championship that could see one driver earn $10,000 by winning both regions!  RUSH will join the DIRTcar “358” Modified Series for the first time ever in this blockbuster Canadian holiday event!

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OHIO'S NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY SIGNS ON AS A SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES TRACK; SATURDAY RACING AT SERIES' WESTERNMOST FACILITY

By Mike Leone | December 11, 2014

(Orrville, OH)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to welcome on NAPA Wayne County Speedway as a weekly-sanctioned Late Model track in 2015!  Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the famed Orrville, Ohio facility will run the RUSH Late Models as part of their weekly Saturday night program, and will be the Series' westernmost sanctioned facility.

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL & SPORTSMAN MOD ENGINE REBUILDER/REPAIR SEMINAR A GREAT SUCCESS; ATTENDEES FROM 6 STATES & CANADA

By Mike Leone | December 8, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series held its second annual Authorized Engine Rebuilder/Repair Facility Seminar on Saturday at the Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa.  Attendance to this year’s seminar was "mandated" for those facilities authorized to rebuild or repair engines for the RUSH Series on both the Late Model and Sportsman Modified side.  Eighteen different engine facilities along with six speedways were represented as attendees came from six states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and Alabama along with Ontario, Canada.....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE       


Click here for a story on the Rebuilders Seminar that appeared in the 12/9/14 Area Auto Racing News

                                              


FREEDOM RETURNS TO WEEKLY SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL FOLD IN 2015 UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

By Mike Leone | December 4, 2014

(Delevan, NY)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to announce Freedom Motorsports Park will be a weekly-sanctioned speedway in 2015.  The Delevan, New York 1/3-mile dirt track is in the process of changing ownership from Mike Lauterborn to Buffalo area resident Bob Reis.  The Sweeney RUSH Late Models will again be featured on Friday nights at the 75-acre western New York facility.

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES & PACE PERFORMANCE TO HAVE LARGE PRESENCE AT UPCOMING PARTS PEDDLER SHOW IN SYRACUSE, EMIG TO SPEAK AT RPM WORKSHOPS AT PRI IN INDY & DAYTONA IN UPCOMING MONTHS

By Mike Leone | November 4, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...After completing a successful second year of operating the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series, Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have already been in the planning stages for the 2015 season- year number three for the Sweeney RUSH Late Models and year number two for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  With that said, the busy offseason will include a significant presence at the National Parts Peddler Show in Syracuse, NY along with conducting seminars at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, IN, and the RPM Promoter's Workshop in Daytona Beach, FL.

For the second consecutive year, RUSH will have a display booth at the National Parts Peddler Racers Auction and Trade Show in Syracuse, New York November 21-23 held at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Pace Performance will join RUSH with a large display featuring various types of crate engines giving both a large presence at the event.  Check out their website at www.partspeddler.us for more info.

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES TO CONDUCT MANDATORY SEMINAR FOR AUTHORIZED RUSH LATE MODEL REBUILD & SPORTSMAN MOD REPAIR FACILITIES

By Mike Leone | October 31, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...Even though the 2014 season just concluded, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are already hard at work in the planning stages for the 2015 season.  With that said, RUSH has wasted no time in scheduling a mandatory rebuilders seminar for the RUSH Late Model Authorized Rebuild Facilities as well as the RUSH Sportsman Modified Authorized Repair Facilities.  The seminar will take place at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center (Edinburg, Pa.) on Saturday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The meeting has been scheduled at this time in order to precede the rebuild/repair season for many regional racers.  

In an effort to educate and provide continued consistency and correctness throughout the region in the GM crate engine rebuild/repair process, the Seminar will allow RUSH Late Model "Rebuild" Facilities and RUSH Sportsman Modified "Repair" Facilities the opportunity to participate in informational exchanges, in depth discussions, and hands on experience concerning all aspects of these important processes.  The meeting will be conducted by both RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry and NeSmith Racing Series Competition Director Tim Sims, who will travel in from Alabama.  

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES TO CROWN 4 DIFFERENT CHAMPIONS FROM 4 DIFFERENT STATES WITH RYAN MONTGOMERY, CHAD RUHLMAN, RICK SINGLETON & MICHAEL LAKE AT 2014 AWARDS BANQUET

By Mike Leone | October 28, 2014

(Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Series wrapped up a successful second year of operations last weekend with the “Steel City Stampede” at Lernerville Speedway, which attracted 44 cars for the Sweeney Tour event.  RUSH will recognize four major champions from four different states, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania at its 2014 awards banquet on Saturday, January 17 at Gatherings Banquet Center near New Castle, PA. 

With 250 different drivers competing in a RUSH Late Model-sanctioned event, these following drivers stood atop the rest garnering 2014 championships: Ryan Montgomery-Sweeney Tour, Chad Ruhlman-Sweeney Weekly Series, Rick Singleton-Pace Performance “Summer Chase”, and Michael Lake-“Futures Cup”.  RUSH will also honor the accomplishments of the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified division with its champion, Greg Martin.

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CHAD RUHLMAN FLIES TO 1ST EVER SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR & LERNERVILLE WIN WHILE RYAN MONTGOMERY TAKES TOUR TITLE; GREG MARTIN WINS RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS & INAUGURAL SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES TITLE

By Mike Leone | October 24-25, 2014

(Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Lernerville Speedway for the second time this season.  Race #16 was the season finale and attracted 44 cars for the sixth annual "Steel City Stampede DIRTcar Round-Up, which included practice on Thursday night, heat races on Friday night, and the conclusion of the program on Saturday night.  The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds also concluded their inaugural Sweeney Weekly Series season and was part of the traditional event for the first time in their fifth appearance of the season to Lernerville.  Race fan Dan Bradley of Erie, Pa. was the lucky winner of the K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500.

After his performance on Saturday night in the 30-lap RUSH Late Model feature, it would be hard for many to believe Chad Ruhlman had never won at Lernerville before or a Sweeney Tour event in the two-year history of the Series.  The $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series Champion started 13th, had the lead on lap 10, and drove away to win by more than six seconds for the $2,000 prize!  Ruhlman became the Series' 11th different winner in 16 races this season, and ninth different in the past 10 events!

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BRYCE DAVIS WINS A THRILLER AT MCKEAN WITH A LAST LAP, TURN 4 PASS OF JOHN WATERS FOR HIS 2ND SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN; SEASON HIGH 45 CARS COMPETE IN SEASON'S RICHEST EVENT

By Mike Leone | October 11, 2014

(East Smethport, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to McKean County Raceway on Saturday night for the third and final visit of the 2014 season.  Event #15 was part of the ninth annual "Fall Classic" and drew a season-high 45 cars with drivers from all over Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Ontario, Canada.  After sunny conditions prevailed in the afternoon, the temperature dipped into the mid 30s by feature time with frost. 

John Waters led for 49 3/4 laps, but Bryce Davis led when it counted as he stole the season richest event away from Waters at the checkered flag to win a thriller in a near photo finish by 0.073 of a second!  The $3,000 Don Hardy Memorial "Outhouse 50" feature victory was Davis' second of the season as he also won the McKean County Fair event on August 14.   After eight consecutive new Sweeney Tour winners, Davis became just the season's third repeat winner! ....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE
                                                     


NY RACERS BRAD MESLER & WAYNE ROBERTSON WIN 1ST RUSH LATE MODEL RACES AT FREEDOM & WOODHULL; SWEENEY RUSH LM WEEKLY CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDES

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | October 3, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The 2014 season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Weekly Series tracks is all but over.  But before the RUSH-sanctioned tracks pull down the shades for the winter, there were just a few more events left last weekend and a few more scattered throughout the month of October.

After seven months of competition at 11 different speedways, the 2014 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Weekly Series Championship has concluded.   Eighty-six different drivers joined the Sweeney Weekly Series, while at amazing 243 different drivers competed in at least one event!  In the end, 40 drivers will share $27,525 in the Weekly Series point fund with Bemus Point, New York’s Chad Ruhlman capturing the $5,000 title!  Michael Lake and Rick Singleton tied for second.  Ryan Montgomery and Dennis Lunger, Jr. were fourth and fifth. 

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LON EMERICK- A RUSH LATE MODEL DRIVER RACING OUT OF THE DARKNESS

By Jim Zufall | September 17, 2014

(Transfer, PA)...“I went through a series of depression where I wanted to kill myself about 10 years ago.” Not exactly the way a profile of your average short-track racer normally starts out. But Lon Emerick isn't your average short track racer.  For Emerick, driver of the number 3 “Stamp Out Stigma” and “Recovery is Possible” RUSH Late Model in the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Series, racing isn’t just a lifelong dream; it's a lifelong dream that just might save a life someday. ....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE

                       

                                                     


2014 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL “MANUFACTURERS NIGHT” AT MCKEAN A SUCCESS; 43 DRIVERS SHARE IN OVER $40,000 OF CASH & PRODUCT PRIZES

By Mike Leone | September 3, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series traveled to McKean County Raceway last Saturday night for “Manufacturers Night”.  Despite a forecast of 60-80% chance of thunderstorms, a season high 43 drivers from all over Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ontario, Canada participated in the third annual event, but the first at the East Smethport, Pa. facility as over $40,000 in cash and product prizes were distributed. 

It was a big night for Joe Martin, who not only won his first career Sweeney RUSH Touring Series event worth $1,500, but also captured several contingency prizes.  The Mayport, Pa. driver was the lucky recipient of a new custom driver’s suit from Velocita-USA valued at $1,000.  Martin was also awarded Driven Oil’s “Slick Move of the Night worth a Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean and $50 certificate.  Martin, as well as all competing drivers, also received a gift certificate for a box of 200 custom tearoffs from Ultra Shield Race Products.

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES ANNOUNCES CHANGES FOR 2015 TOURING SERIES; SEPARATE NORTHERN & SOUTHERN TOURING REGIONS CREATED AS SERIES CONTINUES STRONG FORWARD MOMENTUM

By Mike Leone | July 23, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…While the exact details are still in the early planning stages, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone felt it was important to make an early announcement  that in 2015 there will be two separate regions for the Sweeney Touring Series.  Separate Northern and Southern Touring Regions will be created with 8-12 non-conflicting events per region.

In 2014, RUSH greatly expanded its territory with Potomac (Mechanicsville, MD) and Winchester (VA) coming on board in the Mid-Atlantic as well as Freedom (Delevan, NY) and Humberstone (Port Colborne, ON, Canada) in the Northeast as weekly-sanctioned speedways.  All four of these speedways hosted a Sweeney Tour event in 2014 as part of the 20-event slate.  Preliminary talks are already underway with additional speedways to join the Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series program in 2015.

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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   

                                                      


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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