By Mike Leone


May 26, 2016            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)…After a successful two-event swing through Ontario, Canada last Sunday at Monday at Humberstone and Merrittville Speedways, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance will be right back at this weekend with a pair of $2,000 to-win Marquee Events at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio on Saturday night followed by Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa. on Sunday night. 



John Waters is fresh off his two-night sweep that saw him pocket $4,175, which has earned him the early Sweeney Tour point lead.  Waters now has four career Sweeney Tour victories over the past three seasons; however, the Whitesville, New York driver has still yet to win a Tour event outside of Canada and will hope to change that this weekend. 


Even thought two Sweeney Tour events have been completed, the championship is still wide open for Touring Series members that begin competition this weekend due to the new change in format that allows racers to miss one Marquee Event and replace it with a Platinum Event.  The new format also allows racers to use up to three Platinum Events to replace their worst Marquee Event finishes or two if a Platinum Event is used to replace a Marquee Event.  Note that the Merrittville race was designated a Platinum Event due to being on a Monday.


"So far we've had very positive responses to not only the new Touring Series point format, but also the event format," stated Vicki Emig.  "There were several drivers that were unable to make our Canadian swing that still plan on competing for the Touring Series Championship so we're excited to have them join us this weekend.  In fact, 25 drivers have joined Touring to date with 11 of them making the trip to Canada." 


"Wayne County is still new to RUSH Crate Late Model racing as they're just starting their second season, and it's our westernmost track," continued Emig.  "We're always excited to showcase our Series in front of the large crowds they get for their All Star Sprint Car events like will be the case on Saturday again.  Eriez meanwhile has one of the strongest weekly fields of all of our tracks, and Bobby and Kathy Rohrer have done a tremendous job with the facility.  We continuously hear rave reviews from the fans and racers."


Though the class is still growing at Wayne County, drivers like Charlie Duncan, Ryan Markham, and Justin Chance will provide stiff competition as they did last year.  In fact, Chance already has a Sweeney Weekly Series win at Wayne County this season.  Markham was the winner of last year's GM 604 engine giveaway.  Duncan, the track's defending champion, is planning on running for the Sweeney Tour title; he had hopes of going to Canada, but his passport did not arrive in time.  Last year, Touring Series regular Eric Wilson finished second at Wayne County in the September 6 event, and this year already has a Weekly Series win at Wayne County.  Newcomers to the division like Chase Alexander, Matt Aber, and John Sutherland will be ready for their first ever Tour events. 


Like Wayne County, Eriez also only has two Sweeney Weekly Series events completed this season with Jason Genco winning the opener and Max Blair capturing last Sunday's event.  Blair won both of last year's Sweeney Tour events at Eriez.  Eriez has some tough weekly racers several of which have raced Super Late Models in the past like Andy Boozel, Scott Gurdak, Dave Lyon, and others.


Both events this weekend will feature Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat" meaning the fastest qualifier each night will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25.  The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run each night paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place.  The K&N Dash will also set the beginning of the 30-lap feature lineup for the top two finishers in the heat races if there are less than five heats or for the heat winners if there are five or more heats. 


Precise Racing Products will award a $100 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 valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.  


Each night, RUSH Officials will choose the "Maxima Performance" Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such.  The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice.  In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt.  The value of this prize package is $170!  


Also, CrateInsider.com will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish each night.  In addition, Sunday will the first of the ARbodies "Nosed Out" contingency giveaways where the first feature non-qualifier will receive a nose kit valued at $260.


Feature payoff each night: 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. 

Non-Qualifier payoff each night: 1. $175  2. $150  3. $140  4. $135  5. $130  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10-24. $105. Tow $100.


2016 Sweeney Touring Series Points (includes combination of Marquee & Platinum): 1. John Waters 200  2. Mike Pegher, Jr. 194  3. Bryce Davis 190  4. Brian Knowles 184  5. Randy Hall 175  6. Jason Knowles 166  7. Will Thomas III 165  8. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 161  9. Brian Swank 158  10. Eric Wilson 157  11. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 77. 


You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  The red or yellow AMB transponders can be used at Wayne County.  Transponders are not required at Eriez.  RACEceivers are always mandatory.  The entry fee each night is $100.  Pit passes are $35 at Wayne County and $30 at Eriez.  Pits open at 3 p.m. at Wayne County and 4 p.m. at Eriez.  Warm-ups are slated for approximately 6 p.m. with qualifying to follow each night.   


Wayne County Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 1083 North Carr Road, Orrville, OH 44667.  For more info, check out their website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/waynecountyspeedway and follow them on Twitter @wcsohio.  The track phone number is 330-465-2365.


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, check out www.eriez-speedway.com.  Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway1 and like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway


RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., 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.