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CHAD RUHLMAN PADS POINT LEAD IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES; DARIN HENDERSON MAKES IT 2-IN-A-ROW AT WINCHESTER TO TIE FOR PACE SUMMER CHASE LEAD

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | July 24, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…Weather was a force again at the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Weekly Series member tracks. Friday night seemed to be the best part of the weekend, and things got started off at Freedom Speedway in Delevan New York where Chad Ruhlman took his second victory in a row. Ruhlman is a perfect two-for-two since he made his first start at Freedom once the potential $200 bonus for winning at both Freedom and McKean was created. 

Ruhlman, who now has 10 RUSH Weekly Series wins, is just five shy of a perfect score and the $5,000 title.  Ward Schell had a season best runner-up and was followed by Jeremy Wonderling, Brad Mesler, and Bill Holmes.  The $1,000 to-win RUSH special that was originally scheduled for this Friday night has been moved to next Friday, August 1 due to McKean running Friday night.

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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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JOHN WATERS WINS A WILD ONE FOR HIS 1ST EVER SWEENEY RUSH TOURING SERIES WIN IN $2000 “CANADIAN NATIONAL LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP” AT HUMBERSTONE

By Mike Leone | July 20, 2014

(Port Colborne, ON)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series went “north of the border” on Sunday for its first appearance at Humberstone Speedway.  Race #9 of the 2014 season was the “Canadian National Late Model Championship” and drew 23 teams from five different states plus Ontario, Canada.  Skies cleared in the afternoon after rain throughout the day and night on Saturday, which made for a fast and racey surface. 

Since joining up with the Sweeney RUSH Touring Series last September, New York’s John Waters has traveled all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic racing in five states with his best finish being a runner-up at southern Maryland’s Potomac Speedway.  On Sunday evening, Waters captured that elusive first career Sweeney Tour win, but had to go outside of the country to do it winning the “Canadian National Late Model Championship!  The 30-lap victory came after a late-race duel with point leader Ryan Montgomery, and was worth $2,000 plus $100 for setting Bobby Lake Motorsports fast time and an additional $25 in K&N Dash money.   

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ANDY MICHAEL’S SWEENEY RUSH MCKEAN VICTORY WAS HIS 1ST EVER IN A LATE MODEL; CHAD RUHLMAN’S 1ST FREEDOM WIN PUTS HIM INTO THE SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES POINT LEAD

By Mike Leone | July 18, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The member tracks of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model series batted .500 last weekend as weather and scheduling allowed only half of the member tracks to hold racing events last weekend.

That said, the weekend’s action at the weekly tracks didn’t get underway until after the RUSH Late Models took to the track as part of Expo Speedway’s two day show as part of the annual Trumbull County Fair in Cortland, Ohio that was won by Max Blair for $2,000.

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ANOTHER DOMINATING PITTSBURGH RUSH LATE MODEL WIN FOR RYAN MONTGOMERY BUT 1ST OF 2014 ON SWEENEY TOUR; ROB MARHEFKA WINS SWEENEY/PACE GM 604 ENGINE; SEASON HIGH 37 CARS

By Mike Leone | July 12, 2014

(Imperial, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its first appearance of the 2014 season to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  A season high 37 cars were on hand for race #8 from six different states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky.  Robby Marhefka was selected as the lucky recipient of the GM 604 engine valued at over $5,500 compliments of Sweeney and Pace Performance!    

Last year Ryan Montgomery tied for a Series high five victories on his way to runner-up in points.  This season, Montgomery has been consistent entering the night with six top six finishes in the first seven races to lead the points; however, hadn't been able to find victory lane.  There's no secret Montgomery has figured out the "Monster Half-Mile".  Last year, he swept the two-day "Pittsburgher" weekend and finished second in the other two Sweeney Tour events.  This year at Pittsburgh, Montgomery won two of the three Sweeney Weekly Series events he's entered and finished runner-up in the other one.

On Saturday night it was all Montgomery as he dominated his heat race then led every lap of 25-lap feature for his first Sweeney Tour win of 2014.  Montgomery has now won five of the last six races he's competed in at Pittsburgh.  The $1,500 victory was the sixth of his career in Sweeney Tour competition breaking the four-way tie for the all-time lead with Mike Pegher, Jr., Rick Singleton, and Max Blair. 

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HENDERSON WINS CAREER 1ST AT WINCHESTER; LEDINGHAM WINS 1ST AT HUMBERSTONE IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES ACTION

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | July 11, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The weathermen handed a beautiful three-day weekend to the member tracks of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series to kickoff the month of July!  It was also the first of nine weeks under the Pace Performance “Summer Chase” for the RUSH Late Models.

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MAX BLAIR FLIES TO 1ST SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN OF 2014 AT THE FAST 5/8-MILE AT EXPO DURING THE TRUMBULL COUNTY FAIR

By Mike Leone | July 9, 2014

(Cortland, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series took part in day one of the two days of racing at Expo Speedway during the 166th annual Trumbull County Fair.  Race #7 of the 20-event slate saw scattered thunderstorms miss the fairgrounds all day, but a storm cell clipped the facility forcing a delay during the feature event.  Track crews along with the help of the racers got the big 5/8-mile oval back in racing shape for the conclusion of the program that also saw Joel Watson capture the E-Mods and Tim Callahan was victorious in the Mini Stocks.

Making just his second Sweeney Tour start of 2014, Max Blair put on a dominating effort in the 25-lap RUSH Late Model feature for his first Tour win of the season.  Blair led the first seven laps then waited out a lengthy rain delay before pulling away in the second half of  the event for his third career Expo win in seven years, worth $2,000.

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RICK SINGLETON WRAPS UP "BILL EMIG MEMORIAL WEEKEND" BY BILSTEIN WINNING HIS 4TH SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR EVENT IN LAST 5; CAPTURES $500 "WILD CARD WEEKEND" TITLE AT SHARON

By Mike Leone | July 5, 2014

(Hartford, OH)….The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series wrapped up the "Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend" on Saturday night in the first of two appearances of the season at Sharon Speedway.  A total of 34 different cars from six different states plus Canada competed chasing after the $1,500 point fund presented by Bilstein Shock Absorbers. 

The way Rick Singleton is going right now it's hard to imagine he went over 13 months without winning a Sweeney Tour event.  On Saturday night, Singleton led wire-to-wire in the 25-lap Bilstein Shock Absorbers feature event for his fourth win in the past five events!  The victory was worth $1,500 plus an additional $500 for capturing the overall "Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend" title, and $100 for winning the "John Buzzard Memorial" K&N Dash.  In the five Tour events he's competed in, Singleton has earned $9,400- not bad for a $5,500 engine!

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CHAD MCCLELLAN OPENS "BILL EMIG MEMORIAL WEEKEND" BY BILSTEIN WITH HIS 1ST CAREER LERNERVILLE WIN IN SWEENEY RUSH LM TOUR

By Mike Leone | July 4, 2014

(Sarver, PA)….The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series was at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night for a RUSH doubleheader featuring the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  Highlighting the night was the kickoff to the "Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend" presented by Bilstein Shock Absorbers for the Late Models.  A season high 30 Late Models were on hand from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Ontario, Canada. 

Chad McClellan opened up the season winning the Sweeney Tour Late Model event at Freedom Speedway then backed it up with a fine fifth place at his home track Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to lead the points.  Things went downhill for McClellan during the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" with finishes of 20th and 24th at Potomac and Winchester Speedways June 20-21. 

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RUHLMAN CONTINUES TO SHINE IN SWEENEY RUSH LM WEEKLY SERIES ACTION; 1ST WINS FOR WYLIE & KUGEL IN LM & MODS; PACE “SUMMER CHASE” KICKS OFF THIS WEEK

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | July 2, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)….The Sweeney Chevrolet RUSH Racing Series hit the mid-point of the 2014 season as the month of June wrapped up last weekend.  All of the RUSH-sanctioned member speedways were blessed with beautiful weather. 

The close of June means the Pace Performance “Summer Chase” gets underway for the Late Models.  The nine-week program that runs through Labor Day uses eligible drivers’ average point scores.  Drivers can compete in as many events as they like during this period, but a minimum of eight events are required.  The high average point score will receive $3,000 down to $500 for 10th as the top 10 drivers will share in over $10,000!  Member drivers qualified by being in the top 10 in RUSH points at member speedways or in the Sweeney Tour.  The complete list of the 66 drivers is posted below.

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K&N FILTERS RENEWS WITH SWEENEY RUSH SERIES AS “COLD AIR INDUCTION DASH” PRESENTER; OVER $9,000 OF CONTINGENCIES TO BE AWARDED TO DRIVERS & FANS AT TOURING EVENTS

By Mike Leone | June 28, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)….The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series is proud to announce that Riverside, California-based K&N Filters has renewed their marketing partnership with the Series that will not only benefit the racers in both the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, but also the fans during the 2014 racing season.  All told, K&N will award over $9,000 in prizes!   

A nightly dash, which began at last weekend’s “Mid-Atlantic States Classic”, will be part of each of the Sweeney Late Model Tour events awarding a minimum of $200 in cash and contingencies!  At six chosen events, a lucky fan will also take home a K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500!  A lucky fan at each of the remaining events will receive a certificate for one free K&N Air Filter!

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RICK SINGLETON'S WINCHESTER VICTORY IS HIS UNPRECEDENTED 3RD STRAIGHT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN; "MID-ATLANTIC STATES CLASSIC" SWEEP WORTH OVER $5,200

By Mike Leone | June 21, 2014

(Winchester, VA)….After a successful debut at Potomac Speedway on Friday night, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series completed the two-night "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" on Saturday night at Winchester Speedway.  Despite an unfavorable forecast and two rounds of late afternoon/early steady evening showers, the program was only slightly delayed.   The event drew a Winchester Crate Late Model record 27 cars in the first ever Sweeney Tour event in the state of Virginia.  A total of 34 different drivers competed over the two-night swing. 

It's hard to believe Rick Singleton went over 13 months without winning a Sweeney Tour event until his second career Tour win on June 7 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.  On Saturday night, Singleton completed the two-night sweep of the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" earning $5,250 in cash plus contingencies!  Singleton started eighth and worked his way to the front taking the lead from Tyler Bare on lap 12 and cruising to an unprecedented third straight Sweeney Tour win!

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RICK SINGLETON WINS HEAT, K&N DASH & $2,500 FEATURE FOR HIS 2ND STRAIGHT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR VICTORY IN THE INAUGURAL APPEARANCE AT POTOMAC

By Mike Leone | June 20, 2014

(Mechanicsville, MD)… The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series kicked off night 1 of the two-night “Mid-Atlantic States Classic” on Friday night in the first ever appearance to Potomac Speedway.  The event drew a track record 22 cars from eight different states!  The Mechanicsville, MD track is located an hour south of Washington, DC and is in its second year of running Crate Late Models and first under the RUSH banner. 

Rick Singleton won the inaugural Sweeney RUSH Tour event last year at Hagerstown Speedway, but failed to another Tour event for the remainder of the 2013 season.  Singleton made his 2014 Tour debut a successful one winning the last event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the “Bill Hendren Memorial.”  On Friday night in his first ever race at Potomac, Singleton made it two in a row winning his heat, the K&N Dash, and the 30-lap feature!  All told, Singleton earned $2,625 plus the $100 K&N certificate!  The Hills Family posted a $100 bonus to the driver leading lap seven.

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VELOCITA-USA BECOMES MAJOR CONTINGENCY SPONSOR OF SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS & SPORTSMAN MODS IN 2014

By Mike Leone | June 19, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)… Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to welcome on another new marketing partner for the 2014 season.  Velocita-USA has come on board as a Major Contingency Sponsor of both the RUSH Late Model and RUSH Sportsman Modified divisions.

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RUSH POST-RACE COMPLETE TEARDOWN FROM MAY 18 AT ROARING KNOB DISQUALIFIES GEORGE KOWATIC; MICHAEL LAKE PASSES & IS AWARDED WIN

By Mike Leone | May 21, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)On Tuesday afternoon, May 20, the GM 604 crate engines from May 18 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series event apparent winner George Kowatic and runner-up Michael Lake were inspected during a complete tear-down by RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry and NeSmith Competition Director Tim Sims. 

The conclusive results were a disqualification of George Kowatic’s engine rebuilt by Powers Motors, while Michael Lake’s engine rebuilt by Race-1 met the specs per the GM Tech Manual.  With these finding, the following adjustments, fines, and penalties will be imposed:

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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 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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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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