By Mike Leone


May 10, 2023                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)...Nearly one month since completing the "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek presented by 3C Graphix, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Late Model Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants will return to action this weekend for a Flynn's Tire Touring Series doubleheader.  Race #5 will be at Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY on Saturday night (May 13) with warmups at 6:45 p.m. followed 50 miles west for race #6 on Sunday night (May 14) at Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa. with warmups at 6:15 p.m.  Both races will pay $3,000 to-win.


The "Bill Law Memorial" returns to Stateline for the sixth time on Saturday night.  In 2011, Law was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and passed away in July 2012.  Law's involvement in racing began in the late 1970s as he loved having muscle cars and going to the drag strip in his high school days.  Even though he never actually raced, he stood behind racing 100%.  In the early 1980s, Law and Leon Szweda put an asphalt car together and raced at New York's Holland Speedway.


Law's taste for racing moved to the dirt tracks in the mid 1980s as he helped Tom Taber for several years.  He met a lot of great people that he became very good friends with; one was Bob "The Bird" Baldwin.  The Law Family traveled with him and his family racing from Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Maryland.


As Bill's son Jon was getting older, they got involved in Go-Kart racing as the family would travel all over New York and Pennsylvania.  Bill was still involved in auto racing as they would race Go-Karts during the day and sell parts and fuel at night at the races.  As Jon got older, Bill bought him an IMCA Modified.  A few seasons later, Jon and Bill bought a Limited Late Model.  That lasted a couple years until Jon was starting his own family and got away from the racing scene.  


Law was the first person to have a Crate Late Model in the region when the class debuted in 2007 in the Northeast.  Law had several drivers over the years behind the wheel of his #14 including Baldwin, Ward Schell, Rich Gardner, Jon Law, Curt VanPelt, David Scott, and Kyle Scott.  Bill's grandson, Kyle Murray, is in his seventh year of RUSH Late Model racing.  With the Scott Family owning Stateline, it's fitting the "Bill Law Memorial" takes place at their track as Jean and Jim Scott's son David and grandson Kyle drove for Law. 


The 2017 event was the first ever Tour event at the Busti, NY oval in the 10-year history of Crate Late Models in the Northeast as a big crowd watched a thriller as Jeremy Wonderling held off standout and track dominator Max Blair for the victory.  The 2018 event was just as good as Damian Bidwell made a late race pass of Scott Gurdak for his first Tour win in more than three years.  In 2019, Wonderling again held off Blair after withstanding a mid-race rain delay.  The COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 event.  Wonderling was victorious for the third time in four tries topping a Stateline record 43-car field in 2021.  Last year, Joe Martin won his first career Stateline race after waiting out an hour and a half rain delay.


Meanwhile, there have been 11 RUSH Tour events completed all-time at Eriez.  Max Blair has six victories, while his father Rob has one in a substitution role for Max.  Kyle Hardy swept both events in 2021 in route to the championship.  Logan Roberson won the May event in 2022, while Josh Ferry scored an upset career first Flynn's Tire Touring Series victory in July on "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance. 


Saturday will be Stateline's second event of the season as this past Saturday night saw Brock Pinkerous top a big field of 35 cars to become the youngest winner in the storied history of Stateline at just 13 years of age.  It was Pinkerous' first ever start at Stateline in preparation for this Saturday night's Tour event and marked his first career RUSH victory.  Eriez meanwhile fell victim to Mother Nature meaning Sunday will be their 2023 opener.


"This is a nice, annual weekend for our northern RUSH Late Model teams to be able compete in two $3,000 to-win Tour events and also for our traveling teams as the two tracks are just 50 miles apart," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "We have to thank the Scott Family for their continued support of RUSH and the Alexander Family for continuing Sunday night RUSH racing that the Rohrers had done so successfully over the years.  We're thankful that the Law Family has allowed us the opportunity to continue be able to have the 'Bill Law Memorial' as a Tour event, and we look forward to honoring Bill on Saturday night."


The "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek events in route to the 3C Graphix title for the Flynn's Tire Tour, while Max Blair won at Georgetown and Charlie Sandercock won the finale at Winchester.


Following three runner-up finishes in four races during Speedweek, Trevor Collins leads the Flynn's Tire Tour points by 19 over Sandercock, who became the first Canadian to ever win at feature at Winchester.  Three-time champion, Jeremy Wonderling, who has finished third in points the last two seasons, once again finds himself third in points.  Martin, who has finished runner-up in points for three straight years, is hoping to garner his first title as he sits fourth after four of 23 events.  Bryce Davis, the 2016 champion, is fifth.  Completing the top 10 in points are Mike Wonderling, Cody Dawson, Matt Latta, Chad Sines, and Jason Knowles.


Each night will include $100 "Shock the Clock" Qualifying and $25 to-win heat races presented by FK Rod Ends.  The Sunoco Dash will set the beginning rows of the 30-lap feature lineups and will award the winner a $100 Sunoco fuel gift card.  The "Fill'er up with Sunoco Bucks" program will include an additional $400 of Sunoco fuel card giveaways each night; two $100 random draws for drivers in the top 15 of Tour points and another four $50 random draws for all other competitors. 


Precise Racing Products will award a $50 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature each night.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid each night.  Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a spoiler kit to the fifth place finisher on the first night and the sixth place finisher on the second night (note: if a driver has already won a spoiler this season, spoiler will be awarded to the next position).  Performance Bodies will award a $100 gift card to the first non-qualifier each night part of the "Nosed Out" program. 


Feature Payoff Each Night: 1. $3,000  2. $1,500  3. $800  4. $650  5. $600  6. $500  7. $475  8. $450  9. $425  10. $400  11. $325  12. $300 13. $275  14. $270  15. $265  16. $260  17. $255  18-24. $250.


Non-Qualifier Payoff Each Night: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150.  Tow $125


For Saturday at Stateline, pit gates open at 4 p.m. (access prior).  Drivers meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. with RUSH warm-ups at 6:45.   Driver radio channel is different at Stateline as 469.500 is used.   


For Sunday at Eriez, pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. (access prior).  Drivers meeting will be at 5:45 p.m. with RUSH warm-ups at 6:15.  Driver radio channel is 454.000. 


Both events will also count towards the RUSH City Chevrolet National Weekly Series Championships and "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers.  In addition, points will also be awarded for the City Chevrolet "Track Pack" that features a $2,500 per track point fund for the top six racers in RUSH member points at year's end with $1,000 going to the champion.


Following this weekend, the Flynn's Tire will have a tripleheader over Memorial Day Weekend with Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY on Friday night (May 26) for the "Gary Montgomery Memorial", Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY on Saturday night (May 27), and Bradford (PA) Speedway on Sunday night (May 28).


The 2023 Touring Series is being presented by Flynn's Tire.  Drivers are competing for the richest Chevrolet Performance Crate Engine Touring Series championship with more than $51,000 on the line!  Points will be accumulated at each Marquee Event.  Member drivers can use Platinum Event(s) to replace worst Marquee finishes and/or up to two for missed Marquee Events.  Memberships forms are available at https://rushlatemodels.com/memberships.html or through the Pit Pay app.


Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at www.newstatelinespeedway.com.  Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newstatelinespeedwaybustiny.


Eriez Speedway is a 3/8-mile track located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509.  For more information, like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway


The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply together with Born2Run Lubricants along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Flynn's Tire, Sunbelt Rentals, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Bilstein Shocks, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Wieland Metal Services, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Sherwood Wheels, Precise Racing Products, Velocita-USA, Wedge Motorsports, 3C Graphix, D&V Jewelers, CrateInsider.com, and Terry Bowser Excavating.  


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.  The RUSH Late Model website is www.rushlatemodels.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.