By Mike Leone

April 17, 2013             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…After all of the hard work during the offseason and tremendous support by the racers, speedways, and sponsors it’s finally showtime for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series.  The inaugural weekend will be a huge one with events Friday (April 19) and Saturday (April 20) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA and Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD respectively; all part of the “Battle Down the National Pike” with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series!


Aptly named “Battle Down the National Pike” due to both speedways’ proximity to National US Route 40, the weekend will mark history made both nights.  Friday of course at Roaring Knob will be the first ever Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Touring Series event then Saturday will feature the Crate Late Models at the nationally-known and historic Hagerstown Speedway for the first time ever!


The weekend has drawn interest from racers literally all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as teams are expected from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Canada!  All of the region’s top Crate Late Model racers have already joined RUSH including 38 signing up for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series Championship before an event has even been contested!  Numerous others have additionally signed up for the regional weekly championship.


“The response for this weekend has been incredible,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “We continue to get calls and e-mails from new racers that will be participating besides so many of the region’s top Crate Late Model racers.  Since the news about Crate Late Models coming to Hagerstown in addition to weekly action at The Rock in Cumberland, a tremendous amount of interest has been drummed up from the east.  This coupled with Roaring Knob and the strong crop of racers in that region, we expect a great turnout this weekend.” 


Friday’s feature will pay $2,000 to-win, while $2,500 will be on the line on Saturday night.  Both events will include group qualifying and the new Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Program will be in effect meaning $100 will be awarded to the fast qualifier and $25 to the heat race winners at each event! 

The first heat race winner will then draw an invert for the feature.  Following the invert, the first four drivers (five if five heats are run) will run the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash.  The dash will not only determine the beginning of the 30-lap feature line-ups, but will also award the winner a $100 K&N certificate with a $50 K&N certificate going to second place, and $25 cash for other starters.  The remainder of the line-up will be based off heat and B main finishes. 


Other programs taking place will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the feature will receive $100 Precise certificate.  RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” as this driver 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.


Specific for this weekend will be $1,200 in travel money.  The highest 10 finishers from Roaring Knob that travel to Hagerstown on Saturday will receive an extra $100 along with two other random draws of racers that competed at both Roaring Knob and Hagerstown. 


Race teams should to keep in mind that “The Rock” – Allegany County Speedway in Cumberland, MD will be having their first Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series event on Sunday (April 21) for $700 to-win.  “The Rock” will host a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring event on Sunday, June 23 as part of the “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” with Hagerstown and Roaring Knob.  All year, racers that compete at Roaring Knob and then the same weekend at “The Rock” will receive free pit admission! 


Roaring Knob Payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $230  17. $220  18-24. $210.  NQ: 1. $175  2. $150  3. $140  4. $135  5. $130  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10-24. $105. Tow $100.


Hagerstown Payoff: 1. $2,500  2. $1,200  3. $700  4. $600  5. $500  6. $450  7. $425  8. $400  9. $350  10. $325  11. $300  12. $280  13. $275  14. $270  15. $265  16. $260  17. $255  18-24. $250.  NQ: 1. $200  2. 150  3. $140  4. $135  5. $130  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10-24. $105. Tow $100.


You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event.  Racers can join Weekly or Touring for $100 each.  There will be a $100 entry fee for each event.  RACEceivers are mandatory at every RUSH Tour event.  The yellow Westhold Transponders will be used at each event this weekend.  Rentals will be available for $20. Pits open at 3 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 on Saturday with warm-ups at 7. 


A reminder that the Hoosier FT 200 and 400 Tires will be able to be utilized and can be grooved and siped in addition of course to the Hoosier Crate Racin’ D21 and D55.  For tech questions, contact Travis Harry at 814-676-9997 (work) or 814-758-5737 (cell).


The Microtel in Hazelton, WV is offering RUSH racers at Roaring Knob a discount with the following prices: 1 Queen Bed: $62.00+tax per room per night, 2 Queen Beds: $72.00+tax per room per night, Suite (1 Queen & Sofa): $82.00+ tax per room per night.  These rates are at least $12 cheaper than the standard room rate and less than AAA rates.


Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left.  Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.


Hagerstown Speedway is located at 15112 National Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740.  The track has a rich history and is nationally-known and one of the most popular speedways in the entire Northeast.  Hagerstown touts itself as “a true ½-mile track with straightaways over 900 ft. long & 70 ft. wide.  The track is 90 ft. wide in the turns.  The racing surface is made of the finest red clay in the nation.  The smooth, wide surface makes Hagerstown Speedway one of the fastest and safest dirt tracks in the U.S. on which to race.”  For more information on Hagerstown, call 301-582-0640, check out their website at www.hagerstownspeedway.com or follow them on Twitter @hagerstownspdwy. 

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Aluminum, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at [email protected] and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.