SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOURING SERIES TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND ON TAP WITH OUTLAW ON FRIDAY, GENESEE ON SATURDAY & ERIEZ ON SUNDAY
By Mike Leone
May 28, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance is gearing up for a huge tripleheader weekend of action with three races at different tracks this Friday through Sunday (May 31-June 2). It starts on Friday at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY for the "Gary Montgomery Memorial" followed by Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY on Saturday, and will wrap up at Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa. on Sunday. All three events are $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Tour distinctions.
Friday night at Outlaw will be the third annual "Gary Montgomery Memorial" presented by Doug Gross Construction honoring a man that was synonymous with racing all over the Upstate New York State Region. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Montgomery passed away in November 2016 and left behind a loving family that will be invited back to Outlaw to help present the trophy to the winner of the event.
In 2017, longtime "360" Late Model competitor, Bryce Davis, claimed the victory over a stellar field of drivers including many that competed in Montgomery’s former 360 Can Am Series. Davis went on to win the 2017 Touring Series Championship. Last year, it was another former "360" Late Model competitor, Jeremy Wonderling, winning what was one of the season's best races and he too ironically went on to win the Touring Series Championship.
“Gary Montgomery was a pretty special man," stated Outlaw owner Tyler Siri. "He had a very big presence wherever he went either as a top notch announcer, track manager, or series promoter. He was Glenn Donnelly’s confidant at the DIRT Motorsports Organization and later went on to promote his own series, the BRP Can AM 360 Late Models. It is a privilege for us to again honor his legacy with a night named in his behalf."
For the third straight year, the Sweeney Tour will have a two-night New York swing as action shifts about 100 miles northwest to Genesee Speedway on Saturday night in an event presented by MHL Performance. In 2017, John Waters won the first ever Sweeney Tour race at Genesee capturing the $2,000 prize, while last year saw Jason Genco sweep both Tour races at Genesee.
Genesee is under the direction of fourth year promoter Jim Johnson. Prior to suffering their first rain out of the season last Saturday night, J.J. Mazur, Wonderling, and Dave DuBois were victorious in Sweeney Weekly Series competition. Genesee has averaged 22 cars per night over their three completed events.
The weekend will then wrap up at Eriez Speedway on Sunday with the rescheduled race from May 19. On that night, qualifying was completed and racers were set for heat races when the rain came and washed out the event. All Tour members received show-up points. Rain checks and paid driver entry fees can be used on Sunday, which will be a complete new show including qualifying draw.
Eriez is under the new ownership of Dave Alexander, whose staff worked hard to get in their opener on May 5 that saw Max Blair win from the seventh starting position with a great field of 27 cars in the pit area. Since then, Eriez has faced nothing but rain with three straight rain outs. Eriez and the Tour hopes for better weather on Sunday.
The Sweeney Tour has made six visits over the past four seasons to Eriez under the prior Rohrer Family ownership with the Blairs winning all six as Max has five wins and his father, Rob, one in a substitution role at the May 2016 event.
"This will be a great weekend for our northern racers and an opportunity for our traveling Touring teams to catch three races," explained RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "It's great to have Tyler Siri and Jim Johnson work together to host back-to-back Friday-Saturday Tour races for the third straight year, and then with our rain out at Eriez two weeks ago, it worked out good to catch Eriez on the way home. Several of the weekly tracks aren't running RUSH Late Models this weekend, which will allow their racers the opportunity to compete in this big weekend."
The Sweeney Tour was able to complete three of the four "Battle of the Bay" events April 17-20 with Blair winning the opener for the second straight year at Delaware in the $4,000 "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" then followed up the next night winning his first ever at Georgetown, worth $3,000. After a rain out at Potomac, Blair came up just shy to Logan Roberson, who won the finale at his home track, Winchester, for the second straight year. Blair copped the $1,000 Speedweek title.
The only other completed event was on May 18 at Stateline Speedway when Wonderling captured the $2,000 "Bill Law Memorial" for the second time in three years after waiting out a rain delay and holding off Blair and Genco. The average car count in the four completed Tour events this season is 45.
With only four races completed so far and three on tap this upcoming, this weekend will really begin to sort out the championship points race. Though Blair enters the weekend with a 28-point lead over Wonderling, he's not expected to participate until Sunday due to racing his Super Late Model. Genco, who finished second to Wonderling in 2018 points, is 11 points back of the defending champion. Kyle Lukon sits fourth in points in his first year on the Tour as Darrell Bossard rounds out the top five. Completing the top 12 points paying positions are Michael Duritsky, Jr., Braeden Dillinger, Bill Kessler, Ryan Frazee, Kyle Murray, Logan Zarin, and Canadian Sam Pennacchio.
The Zarin Truck & Automotive "$500 Club" will take place at Outlaw and Genesee Speedways this weekend. At Outlaw, the top 15 in track points at Fulton Speedway and Woodhull Raceway will be eligible for the five $100 drawings. Johnson Automotive in Batavia, NY will co-sponsor Saturday's five $100 drawings for drivers in the top 15 in Genesee points. The Eriez "$500 Club" drawings were co-sponsored by Turn 4 Bar & Grill in Orwell, Ohio and already took place and were paid following the May 19 rain out. The lucky recipients were Kyle Zimmerman, Scott Gurdak, Matt Latta, Breyton Santee, and Paul Norman.
At each event this weekend, FK Rod Ends $100 "Shock the Clock" Qualifying will take place followed by $25 to-win FK Rod Ends heat races. Also, a $200 to-win, $150 to-start non-qualifier is scheduled for each night that awards points toward the 2019 "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series.
Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars at each event. 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 Late Model Series Officials will also determine the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night, and will receive a $40 product package each night.
New contingency programs for the 2019 season include the "$500 Club", Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jugs, and Ontime Body & Graphic "Spoiler Alert. A Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug will go to the winner of each Tour race. Ontime's "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler to the finish place finisher at Outlaw, sixth place finisher at Genesee, and the seventh place finisher at Eriez. Combined these programs will influx approximately $800 of additional value into each Tour event.
Feature Payoffs: 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. $235 17. $230 18-24 $225.
Non-Qualifier Payoffs: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150.
2019 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Max Blair 466 2. Jeremy Wonderling 438 3. Jason Genco 427 4. Kyle Lukon 419 5. Darrell Bossard 418 6. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 399 7. Braden Dillinger 392 8. Bill Kessler 374 9. Ryan Frazee 368 10. Kyle Murray & Logan Zarin 364 12. Sam Pennacchio 292 13. Logan Roberson 286 14. Chad Sines 280 15. Ross Robinson 270 16. Dale Hollidge 254 17. Trevor Feathers 243 18. Cody Dawson 233 19. J.J. Mazur 230 20. Scott Gunn 226 21. Jamie Wrightsman 210 22. Matt Latta 160 23. Brian Knowles 155 24. Jared Kane 145 25. Paul Norman & Dale McDonald 140 27. Al Shawver, Jr. & Cory Sines 70.
Pits will open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 on Saturday, and 3:30 on Sunday. Warm-ups will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 on Saturday, and 6:00 on Sunday with qualifying and heat races to follow. The AMB/MyLaps transponders will be utilized on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday at Eriez racers can utilize either the AMB/MyLaps or Westhold transponders. The entry fee is $100 each night except for those that already paid at Eriez. Driver radio channel is 454.000 every night.
Outlaw is a 4/10-mile oval located at 82 Main St, Dundee, NY 14837. For more information, check out their website at www.outlawspeedwayllc.com. Like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OutlawSpeedwayLLC and follow them on Twitter @OutlawSpeedPR.
Genesee Speedway is located off Route 5 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds at 5056 E Main Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information, check out their website at genesee-speedway.com and like them on Facebook by searching Genesee Speedway.
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 Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
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