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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

(Sarver, 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 24 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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WAYNE ROBERTSON MAKES HIS 1ST EVER SWEENEY TOUR START & BECOMES 8TH STRAIGHT DIFFERENT WINNER IN 1ST EVER WOODHULL RUSH LATE MODEL RACE

By Mike Leone | September 27, 2014

(Woodhull, NY)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series headed north to the high-banks of Woodhull Raceway on a summer-like Saturday for the first ever appearance as part of the track's two-day "Bullring Challenge".  It marked just the second ever Sweeney Tour event in the state of New York as drivers from four states plus Canada battled.      

Making his first ever Sweeney RUSH Touring Series start and just sixth race of the year, Wayne Robertson returned home to his old stomping grounds and put on a dominating performance in the 25-lap, $1,500 to-win feature to become the Series' eighth straight different winner!  Robertson also is the Series' 10th different winner in 14 races in 2014 after Chad McClellan and Rick Singleton won the first six races!

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SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES POINTS TO END THIS WEEKEND FOR LATE MODELS; DABECCO INVADES & WINS SPECIAL AT ROARING KNOB; DELLINGER DOES IT AGAIN AT SHARON ON BILSTEIN SEALED SHOCKS

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | September 25, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The 2014 season for the weekly tracks of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series is rapidly winding to a close.  Last weekend, a few tracks had their final or next to last races of the year and the same will be the case this weekend.  In fact, this weekend marks the end of the $27,525 Sweeney Weekly Series Championship and the $3,000 "Futures Cup" programs for the Late Model division.

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JENNAE PIPER WINS CAREER 1ST IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS AT ROARING KNOB; COLTON FLINNER SWEEPS "PITTSBURGHER" WEEKEND FOR 1ST WINS

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | September 18, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...With the 2014 racing season winding down for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series weekly tracks, action is going strong right to the end.  The Sweeney Weekly Series for the RUSH Late Models will end at the close of September, while the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Sweeney Late Model Tour will conclude at the end of October with the running of the "Steel City Stampede". ....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE
                                                     


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

                       

                                                     


COLTON FLINNER BECOMES 7TH STRAIGHT DIFFERENT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WINNER; TONY WHITE QUALIFIES FOR HIS 1ST CAREER TOUR FEATURE & WINS $1000 "STEEL CITY ROULETTE" DRAWING AT PITTSBURGH

By Mike Leone | September 13, 2014

(Imperial, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Speedway for the second and final appearance of the season on a special Saturday night program as part of the annual "Pittsburgher 100" weekend.  The event drew 30 cars and also included the rescheduled "Steel City Roulette" drawing as Tony White left as the big $1,000 lucky winner!    

Making just his second Crate Late Model start of the season, 11th starting Colton Flinner came out on top of a wild 25-lap feature after assuming the lead on the final lap when Chad Ruhlman went up in smoke in a race that saw four different leaders!  Flinner's first career Sweeney Touring Series victory was worth $1,200 plus an extra $50 for his "Steel City Roulette" draw.  Flinner became the seventh straight different Sweeney RUSH Tour winner and ninth of the year in 13 races!

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RUSSELL KING BECOMES 6TH STRAIGHT DIFFERENT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WINNER WITH HIS 1ST "GARY KNOLLINGER MEMORIAL" VICTORY AT SHARON

By Mike Leone | September 12, 2014

(Hartford, OH)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway for the second and final appearance of the season on a special Friday night as part of the annual "Apple Festival Nationals".  The fourth annual "Gary Knollinger Memorial" drew 35 cars from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and New York.

Making just his second start of the season, Russell King captured the prestigious "Gary Knollinger Memorial" event at the speedway he grew up at.  King became the fourth different winner in the four years the event has been held at Sharon.  King also became the Series' sixth straight different winner after Chad McClellan and Rick Singleton started the season off winning the first six events!  King held off veteran Alan Dellinger in late race lapped traffic for the $1,500 win and the beautiful "Gary Knollinger Memorial" statue trophy.

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LAMB WINS HIS 1ST OF 2014 IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES ACTION AT PITTSBURGH; SINGLETON CAPTURES $3000 PACE “SUMMER CHASE” CROWN

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | September 5, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series completed the month of August last weekend and now looks ahead to the fall months as the 2014 season begins to wind down for the RUSH Late Models and inaugural season of the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.

The end of August also signaled the completion of the nine-week Pace Performance “Summer Chase” that pitted RUSH member Late Model racers that were in the top 10 of RUSH points at weekly-sanctioned tracks and the Sweeney Tour against each other.  Drivers average point scores were used in all events competed in during this time period, but had to race in a minimum of eight events to be eligible.

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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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FORMER NASCAR RACER RANDY LAJOIE TO BRING HIS SAFER RACER TOUR TO SHARON & PITTSBURGH'S SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR EVENTS SEPTEMBER 12-13

By Mike Leone | September 2, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Randy LaJoie will bring his Safer Racer Tour to the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Late Model Touring Series events at Sharon Speedway and Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13. 

"I'm looking forward to bringing the Safer Racer Tour to RUSH- the Premier crate division in the USA," stated LaJoie, a Connecticut native and winner of 15 NASCAR Nationwide events.   "This will allow many drivers in various divisions to be informed on current safety systems, answer questions and display better containment seats.  Safer Racer will give recommendations to all drivers that would like one.  With the addition of Sharon and Pittsburgh, the Tour will have been to 18 tracks this year and a total of 115 since its inception seven years ago!  Driver safety is our goal and thanks to RUSH for caring about its racers."

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RAIN WASHES OUT 1ST EVER CRATE LATE MODEL RACE SUNDAY AT WAYNE COUNTY FOR THE RUSH SWEENEY TOUR SCHEDULED EVENT

By Mike Leone | August 31, 2014

(Orrville, OH)…After a season high 43 cars jammed the pit area Saturday night at McKean County Raceway’s “Manufacturers Night”, part two of the “$50,000 End of Summer Blowout” presented by Sunoco Race Fuels for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series succumbed to Mother Nature on Sunday at Wayne County Speedway.

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JOE MARTIN REDEEMS HIMSELF AT MCKEAN WITH 1ST CAREER SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN; 43 DRIVERS TAKE HOME OVER $30,000 IN PRIZES FOR MFG NIGHT

By Mike Leone | August 30, 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 second visit of the 2014 season as part of the "$50,000 of Summer Blowout" presented by Sunoco Race Fuels.    

A season high 43 cars from all over Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ontario, Canada were on hand for the third annual "Manufacturers Night", but first ever at McKean.  Each driver took home a minimum of two prizes and many received three or four as over $30,000 in prizes were distributed!  Bruno Mowery won the grand prize of a   EF40000DE/D Yamaha Electric Start Generator and wheel kit, the "all-star utility infielder" of the Yamaha generator team from Alternative Power Sources valued at approximately $2,200!  A complete list of winners will be released in the near future.

Last year, Joe Martin appeared headed to victory in a Sweeney Tour event at McKean after a dominating performance before getting into the wall in the closing laps.  On Saturday, Martin rebounded from the next-to-last pill drawn for an 11th place heat race starting spot as he then earned a fifth place feature starting spot.  Martin then made some good moves on two restarts and tracked down race-long leader Jason Knowles for the $1,500 victory- his first of his career in the Sweeney RUSH Tour!

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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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