SWEENEY RUSH $4,000 TO-WIN “STEEL CITY 100”
PRESENTED BY BILSTEIN SUNDAY AT PITTSBURGH IN REGION’S 1ST EVER
100-LAP EVENT; “STEEL CITY ROULETTE” TO OFFER ADDITIONAL CASH PRIZES
By Mike Leone
June 5, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Imperial, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series is primed for a huge weekend. After Saturday’s “Bill Hendren Memorial” at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, action shifts to Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway for the inaugural “Steel City 100” event on Sunday (June 8) presented by Bilstein Shock Absorbers. Race time begins early at 6 p.m.
The history-making event will be the first ever 100-lap feature in what will be the eighth-year history of Crate Late Models in the Northeast! The event is the richest on the 2014 slate with a minimum of $4,000 going to the feature winner. The race will also feature an expanded starting field of 30 cars on "The Monster Half-Mile"!
"We've always wanted to do a 100-lap Tour event," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "The logistics and timing just never seemed to work out. It started as a simple mention and days later the ball got rolling, and next thing you know it worked out with what should be a really good date. Pittsburgh won't host any circle track racing on Saturday night due to their monster truck show. We have to thank Bilstein for their sponsorship to make this event possible."
In addition to the rich payoff that includes $300 to-start, the "Steel City Roulette" will feature a potential $5,000 in cash giveaways to the 30-event starters! One lucky driver in the starting field will win a $1,000 bonus with each driver receiving at least a $50 bonus (see potential bonus monies posted below)!
RUSH has been raising the $5,000 goal through the sale of lap sponsors for the 100-lap event at $50 per lap. The monies will be pooled together and each driver that qualifies for the feature will draw a number during driver introductions with the number one being the $1,000 prize! A limited number of laps still remain (see list below); if interested in sponsoring a lap, please contact the RUSH office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail [email protected]
"We wanted to do something special around this history-making event at The Monster Half-Mile," explained RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone. "Even though we are selling lap sponsors per say, we didn't want to see a few drivers take all of the monies. This way even if a driver has trouble and drops out of the event finishing 30th, he may have drawn the '1' and would take home $1,300! Hopefully this gives even more racers incentive to compete in this prestigious event."
"We couldn't be more excited about the Steel City 100," expressed Miley. "We've always been known for the 100-lap Pittsburgher for the Super Lates and we've established that again as a marquee event thanks to our partnership with NDRL. The RUSH Late Models put on fantastic racing every week and we've been fortunate enough to showcase them in some tremendous touring events recently. Teaming up with RUSH to do a 100 lapper should be an awesome show and one that we both can develop into a marquee event for Crate Late Model racers throughout the Northeast."
The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash program will be in effect for the first time this season. The fast qualifier will receive $100 cash, while each heat race winner will earn $25!
Also, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” will award 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.
The ARbodies "Nosed Out" will award a nose kit to the first driver that fails to qualify for the feature through the B main. Driven Racing Oil's “Slick Move of the Night” winner will receive a bottle of Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, a can of Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean, and a certificate for $50 off a case of Driven XP Synthetic Racing Oil!
Crate Innovations will present both the "Ignite" and "Performance Plus" Awards. The third place finisher will receive a carb spacer kit that includes one billet aluminum Accelerator-1, one upper and one lower spacer gasket, and four specifically designed washers used for installation, while the driver that finishes last on the lead lap will receive the Moroso Custom Fit Plug Wire Set, which are custom tailored for use with the Chevrolet Performance 602 and 604 circle track engines.
After finishing 2013 strong, Chad McClellan enters the weekend as the Sweeney Tour point leader following his season opening victory last Friday night at Freedom Speedway. Josh Holtgraver, who finished runner-up last Friday night and then backed it up with another runner-up last Saturday at Pittsburgh in Sweeney Weekly Series, is second in Tour points.
Pittsburgh has held six Sweeney Weekly Series event this season with five different winners. Ryan Montgomery became the track’s first repeat winner last Saturday night over a season-high 20-car field. The Fairmont, West Virginia 17-year-old was impressive last season in Sweeney Tour action sweeping the Pittsburgher weekend and finishing second in the Speedweek and Manufacturers Night events. Montgomery is clearly considered a favorite for Sunday.
"Steel City 100" Feature Payoff: 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,000 4. $700 5. $600 6. $570 7. $550 8. $520 9. $510 10. $500 11. $400 12. $390 13. $385 14. $380 15. $375 16. $370 17. $360 18-24. $350 25-30. $300.
Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $200 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow: $100.
Projected "Steel City Roulette" Cash Drawing Payout*: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $375 4. $200 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10. $150 11. $145 12. $140 13. $135 14. $130 15. $125 16. $120 17. $115 18. $110 19. $105 20. $100 21. $95 22. $90 23. $85 24. $80 25. $75 26. $70 27. $65 28. $60 29. $55 30. $50. (*Based on $5,000 raised through lap sponsorship)
June 8, 2014 "Steel City 100" presented by Bilstein
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RACEceivers and the red AMB transponders will be mandatory. There is a $100 entry fee. There will be a mandatory stop following the completion of lap 50 for fuel, air, tear-offs, and any sheet metal adjustments. A work area will be established for the 100-lap feature where all repairs must be made. Tire changes will only be permitted if the tire is flat and approved by a RUSH Official. Pits open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 5 followed by time trials and racing at 6.
Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ˝-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30. For more information, check out their website atwww.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223. The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.
Bilstein is the "Official Shock Absorber of the RUSH Racing Series". The $135 Bilstein spec "sealed" shock is mandatory on the new Sweeny RUSH Sportsman Modified division and the shock is also being used by several Late Model teams. For more information on Bilstein Shock Absorbers, check out their website at www.bilsteinus.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bilsteinUS. You can also follow them on Twitter @bilsteinUS.
RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Driven Racing Oil, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, Utsinger’s Towing, 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.