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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS RELEASE 2016 TOUR SCHEDULE; NEW FORMATTED TOURING SERIES TO FEATURE 18 SHOWS WITH DESIGNATED MARQUEE & PLATINUM EVENTS

By Mike Leone | February 2, 2016

(Pulaski, PA)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series is set to begin its fourth year of operations heading into the 2016 season.  Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to release the 2016 Touring Series schedule, which will feature 18 events as part of the new Touring Series program announced last fall.

The 2016 Touring Series will feature 12 premier Marquee Events paying a minimum of $2,000 to-win that are primarily centrally located within the region on weekends utilizing a group qualifying format featuring $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock Qualifying” and $25 to-win heat races.  In addition, another six "optional" Platinum Events are scheduled paying a minimum of $1,500 to-win.  Additional incentive packages for supporting Touring member racers will also be part of the Touring program.  (See below for additional information.)

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES HONORS CHAMPIONS & TOP RACERS IN LM, MOD & STOCK DIVISIONS AS $100,000 IN CASH & $10,000 IN CONTINGENCIES IS DOLED OUT AT 2015 AWARDS BANQUET

By Mike Leone | January 23, 2016

(Edinburg, PA)...While the 2016 racing season is only a few months away, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone put a final wrap on the 2015 racing season with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday night at the Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa.  Despite a blizzard off to the east, a record number of attendees filled the beautiful banquet hall as over $100,000 in cash and approximately $10,000 in contingencies were distributed to Sweeney RUSH Late Model, Sportsman Modified, and Pro Stock racers.  

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DON BLACKSHEAR NAMED CIRCLE TRACK DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR PACE PERFORMANCE- THE MOTORSPORTS DIVISION OF SWEENEY CHEVROLET BUICK GMC

By Mike Leone | January 12, 2016

(Boardman, OH)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, the branding sponsor of the RUSH Racing Series, is pleased to announce that Don Blackshear has been appointed the Circle Track Director of Operations for its subsidiary and motorsports division, Pace Performance.

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RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY'S 1ST EVER CRATE LATE MODEL RACE ON JULY 15 TO FEATURE SWEENEY RUSH TOURING SERIES IN A $2000 TO-WIN MARQUEE EVENT

By Mike Leone | December 28, 2015

(Ransomville, NY)...For the first time in its near 60-year storied history, Ransomville Speedway will host a Crate Late Model event at the 3/8-mile oval located in western New York.  The Friday, July 15 race will not only be sanctioned by the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance, but will be a $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Touring Series event!

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES ENGINE REBUILDER/REPAIR SEMINAR A GREAT SUCCESS AGAIN; ATTENDEES FROM 5 STATES & CANADA

By Mike Leone | December 7, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series held its third annual Authorized Engine Rebuilder/Repair Facility Seminar on Saturday (December 5) at the Hampton Inn & Suites Grove City (PA).  For the second consecutive year, attendance to this was "mandated" for those facilities authorized to rebuild engines for the RUSH Late Model and Pro Stocks and repair engines for the Sportsman Modified side.  Nineteen different engine facilities along with some speedways were represented as attendees came from five states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina along with Ontario, Canada.                    

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES TO BEGIN ADDRESSING UNNECESSARY COSTS IN CRATE LATE MODEL RACING THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST; SUNOCO STANDARD 110 & SUNOCO “RUSH” PUMP GAS TO BE ONLY LEGAL FUELS FOR 2016

By Mike Leone | December 3, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)...In an effort to begin to curb the rising costs in Crate Late Model racing, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance has announced that only Sunoco Standard Race Fuel (110 octane) and Sunoco “RUSH” Pump Gas (91 octane) will be legal for RUSH-sanctioned competition in 2016. 

Fuel was one of the topics discussed at the promoters meeting held in September.  Promoters in attendance, as well as those unable to attend that were personally contacted after the meeting, were unanimous in the mindset that the elimination of oxygenated fuels is in the best interest of the future of Crate Late Model racing throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  The new rule will ban all oxygenated fuels as well as E85 from competition and require the well-known Sunoco Standard 110 Racing Fuel as the RUSH spec fuel along with Sunoco RUSH Pump Gas to accommodate competitors that prefer that option.  Both will be readily available throughout the entire network of RUSH-sanctioned speedways and specified Sunoco Race Fuels dealers.    

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GENESEE SPEEDWAY SIGNS 3-YR CONTRACT WITH RUSH LATE MODELS FOR SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES RACING; SERIES CONTINUES STRONG MOMENTUM THROUGHOUT NY

By Mike Leone | November 27, 2015

(Batavia, NY)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to welcome Genesee Speedway into the fold for 2016.  The 3/8-mile track in Batavia, New York signed a three-year contract to feature the RUSH Late Models in Sweeney Weekly Series action on Saturday nights!

The lease of the Genesee County Fairground oval has been taken over by racer Jim Johnson and will be co-promoted by Mike Fisher, who both said they are looking forward to their partnership with RUSH.  Genesee was operated in recent years by the Mazur Family under the name of Raceway 5.  In fact, the first ever RUSH Late Model event was held in August with Randy Hall picking up the Sweeney Weekly Series event win.  Beginning with opening night on May 7, Genesee will feature the RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis for the first time ever.  Genesee will fit in perfectly in the western New York region with Friday night's Freedom Speedway (Delevan, NY) located 50 miles south and Sunday night's Humberstone Speedway (Port Colborne, ON) located 65 miles west. 

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JACOB HAWKINS WINS 1ST EVER SWEENEY RUSH LM TOUR EVENT IN $2000 “GARY KNOLLINGER MEMORIAL” AT LERNERVILLE; CAREER 1ST BICKNELL RUSH MOD TOUR WIN FOR NICK RITCHEY; COREY MCPHERSON SWEEPS STOCKS FOR $2000

By Mike Leone | October 25, 2015

(Sarver, PA)…The 2015 season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series wrapped up this past weekend at Lernerville Speedway for the seventh annual "Steel City Stampede".  The first ever RUSH tripleheader attracted 83 crate engine cars including 54 Late Models, which was an all-time record for Crate Late Models since the division debuted in the Northeast in 2007!  Practice was held Thursday night with heat races on Friday night, however, rain showers postponed Saturday’s finale until Sunday afternoon.

Capturing victories were Jacob Hawkins-Sweeney RUSH Late Model Bazell/Sunoco Southern Touring Series, Nick Ritchey Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series, and Corey McPherson-Sweeney Pro Stocks.  Congratulations to Lernerville Stock racers Paul Schreckengost and John Hartman, who won the two new GM 604 engines compliments of Sweeney/Pace Performance and World Racing Group valued at $6,600 each and a special thanks to Jones Racing Products dressing them with $800 belt drive systems. 

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES ANNOUNCES NEW TOURING SERIES FORMAT FOR 2016 FEATURING 12 MARQUEE EVENTS ALONG WITH PLATINUM SHOWS & OTHER LOYALTY INCENTIVES

By Mike Leone | October 16, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…As the 2015 racing season comes to a close, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone continue to focus on adjusting the RUSH Late Model programs to better serve the needs of their sanctioned speedways and member drivers moving forward.  A recent example was the new "Track Pack Bonus Program" for 2016, which will award increased monies to weekly competitors at their individual tracks.  Continuing in that mindset, adjustments have also been made to the Touring Series, all of which are believed will be well received by RUSH Touring member drivers.

The 2016 Touring Series will feature 12 premier Marquee Events paying a minimum of $2,000 to-win that are primarily centrally located within the region on weekends utilizing a group qualifying format featuring $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock Qualifying” and $25 to-win heat races.  In addition, another six "optional" Platinum Events will be scheduled paying a minimum of $1,500 to-win.  Additional incentive packages for supporting Touring member racers will also be part of the Touring program.    

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MAX BLAIR'S 4TH STRAIGHT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN CLINCHES $4000 INSINGER/SUNOCO NORTHERN TOUR TITLE SATURDAY AT MCKEAN COUNTY

By Mike Leone | October 10, 2015

(East Smethport, PA)…After losing the Fair race on August 20, the gates swung open for the first time in 2015 at the McKean County Raceway on Saturday for the 10th annual "Fall Classic".  The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series were part of Chris Zuver's show in the season finale for the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Touring Series.

For the second straight Tour event Eric Wilson drew the pole position and led the early laps, but it was déjà vu once again Saturday as Max Blair used a restart to make the winning pass on lap nine and held off Wilson to the finish of the 25-lap "Jason Dunham Memorial".  The victory was worth $1,200 plus a new Hoosier Tire for Blair, who has now won an unprecedented four straight Tour races.  The win also earned Blair the $4,000 Insinger/Sunoco Northern Tour crown. 

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NEW "TRACK PACK BONUS PROGRAM" TO OFFER OVER $1,000 IN CASH & CONTINGENCIES TO TOP MEMBER RACERS AT EACH SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES TRACK IN 2016; RETURN OF 1 TOURING SERIES

By Mike Leone | October 5, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…Though a few weeks still remain in the 2015 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series season, directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been hard at work already beginning to plan for the 2016 racing season.  One of the exciting announcements to come from the recent RUSH Promoters Meeting was the new "Track Pack Bonus Program" that will be introduced in 2016 for RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways in conjunction with the return to one Bazell/Insinger Sunoco Race Fuels Touring Series.

The "Track Pack Bonus Program" that was explained and proposed was met with tremendous approval by all of the attending RUSH-sanctioned speedways at the recent promoters meeting.  In 2016, RUSH will offer each weekly-sanctioned speedway $800 cash to its top five member drivers along with contingencies for positions six through eight using RUSH points!  With the additional contingency value, each individual RUSH-sanctioned track will receive well over $1,000 in value over and above what their racers receive in all of the other valuable RUSH "Weekly" programs!

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COLD & WET WEATHER FORECASTED FOR SATURDAY POSTPONES NIGHT 2 OF SHARON’S “APPLE FESTIVAL NAT’S” TO APRIL 16 FOR RUSH LM & MOD TOUR EVENTS

By Mike Leone | October 2, 2015

(Hartford, OH)…After completing heat events for night one of the “Apple Festival Nationals” back on September 11, night two was rained out September 12 and the make-up date of Saturday (October 3) has now fallen victim to the cold and wet weather forecasted.  The event, which was to include the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Models in a $2,000 to-win Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour event as well as the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in a $800 to-win Bicknell Tour event, has now been rescheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016 with a make-up of the following Saturday. 

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"YOU GO GIRL!" - THE WOMEN OF THE SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES

By Doug Kennedy | September 28, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…Forget the James Brown 1966 hit song titled “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”, because when it comes to the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series, the women have landed on the racing planet.  With no less than a half dozen female drivers participating in the Series via both the Late Model and Sportsman Modifieds, women have definitely  made their presence know throughout the 2015, with more to come for the ensuing years.  

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES SHOWCASING THEIR YOUNG RACERS THROUGH THE "FUTURES CUP" PROGRAM LED IN 2015 BY CLINTON HERSH & KOLE HOLDEN

By Doug Kennedy | September 24, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)... What do Ryan Montgomery, Nico Dabecco, Eric Wilson, and Michael Lake all have in common?  They were all past champions of the "Futures Cup" program with the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series. 

Since winning the title, each of them has gone onto excel in the RUSH Late Model Series.  Montgomery was last year’s Touring champion and the 2011 "Futures Cup" champ.  Lake is the youngest driver in Pennsylvania history to win a Late Model feature.  He accomplished that feat when he was 12 at Roaring Knob, and most recently just won his first career Super Late Model feature at Roaring Knob!  He was also the 2014 champ.  Wilson was the youngest driver at the age of 14 to win a feature at Sharon Speedway and captured the "Futures Cup" title in 2013, barely edging out Lake.  Dabecco took the championship in 2012 and went on to win several feature events. And now you can soon add 16-year-old Clinton Hersh to that list as well.    

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PATH VALLEY MOVES RUSH LATE MODEL EXPANSION TO CENTRAL PA WITH SIGNING AS A SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES MEMBER TRACK IN 2016

By Mike Leone | September 17, 2015

(Spring Run, PA)... After a highly successful RUSH Late Model debut with a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series event on August 14, Path Valley Speedway Park has stepped up early to announce its confirmation of joining as a Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series track in 2016!  Path Valley is expected to feature the Sweeney RUSH Late Models bi-weekly on Friday nights in 2016.

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“BILSTEIN BANDITS” SHOCK PROGRAM PROVING SUCCESSFUL WITH NUMEROUS SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL FEATURE WINS THROUGHOUT REGION; NEW RACERS CONTINUE TO JOIN PROGRAM

By Doug Kennedy | September 4, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)...With the 2015 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model racing season fast approaching its conclusion, RUSH Series Officials have been very pleased with the initial results of the inaugural year of the "Bilstein Bandits" Shock program.  Currently, the 2015 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Bilstein Points program has 18 participants from six states (MD, NY, PA, OH, VA & WV) plus Ontario, Canada with the shocks going to victory lane 19 times!

Put in place for 2015, the program was created to give RUSH racers, who chose to compete on the $135 sealed, spec shock, the opportunity to compete for a $13,000 point fund, which will reward the champion a $5,000 paycheck over and above his other  RUSH point fund monies.  The program will pay 12 cash positions and three product positions allowing a total of 15 different racers to take home additional monies.

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SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES CREATING EQUALITY IN LATE MODEL RACING THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST, MID-ATLANTIC & ONTARIO

By Doug Kennedy | August 24, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)...Not everything is created equal, a saying that couldn’t be more correct as it pertains to auto racing.  Whether it’s on the high banks of Daytona or the flat turns of a half-mile dirt track in Pennsylvania, not all racing teams are created equal.  The inequities that create the chasm between the haves and have nots can be financial, mechanical, or just plain lack of crew or sponsorship support.    

These variables also apply to racers competing in the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Series; however, they don't necessarily mean that a team cannot compete against those that are more solidly backed.  This factor is one of the main reasons so many drivers enjoy participating and continue to support the RUSH Racing Series......CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


2015 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL “MANUFACTURERS NIGHT” PRESENTED BY MSD AT ERIEZ A SUCCESS; 47 DRIVERS SHARE IN OVER $42,000 OF CASH & PRODUCT PRIZES

By Mike Leone | July 30, 2015

(Erie, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series traveled to Eriez Speedway last Sunday night for an Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Touring Series event.  The fourth annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance attracted a season high 47-car field.  Over $32,000 in product as awarded along with over $10,300 in cash payoffs bringing the night's total to well over $42,000!  Each of the 47 drivers received one of the 50 primary prizes valued at a minimum of $225 up to $2,200.  Each driver also received at least one other certificate or prize with several receiving three or four prizes. 

Each of the four "Manufacturers Nights" at Sharon Speedway (2012), Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (2013), McKean County Raceway (2014) and now Eriez Speedway (2015) have all drawn a minimum of 40 cars with the Sharon and Eriez events tying for the record of 47! 

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