By Mike Leone


(Pulaski, PA)…After the first four events were scattered throughout the first couple months of the racing season, things are about to heat up for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series! Three events are on tap this weekend as a busy summer and fall season is about to kick into high gear. The “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” presented by RainEater Wiper Blades will feature Touring events this Friday-Sunday (June 21-23) at Hagerstown Speedway, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, and The Rock – Allegany County Speedway.

Each night this weekend will pay $2,000 to-win and offer important points toward not only the Touring Series Championships, but also allow competitors to garner points for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series Championship and “Futures Cup” for those eligible racers. It’ll be races #5-7 on the 27-race Tour schedule. The point champion of the three-night swing will receive a beautiful trophy cup and a TurboStart 16-volt racing battery valued at $252!

“We’re really excited about this weekend,” acknowledged RUSH Series Co-Director Vicki Emig. “The first Hagerstown event was tremendous and drew a lot of excitement and interest from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and we’re really looking forward to going back. We can’t thank Lisa Plessinger of Hagerstown enough for having the faith in our Series. And we can’t forget Rick Jones, who really stepped up for us this year at Roaring Knob and The Rock in our inaugural season. Rick tied this weekend together giving racers the opportunity to run for $2,000 to-win all weekend!”

Hagerstown marks a return to the “Capitol of Dirt Track Racing” where history was made when the first RUSH Touring Series event took place on April 20. The fabulous non-stop 30-lap affair was won by Rick Singleton as he was one of the few racers who has had actually turned laps at Hagerstown before. A strong field of 36 cars was present for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC opening event.

Since then, great racing has continued with Mike Pegher, Jr. victorious at Sharon Speedway on May 25, West Virginia’s Ryan Montgomery came back from a trashed race car to win the following night at Sharon, and most recently New Yorker Bryce Davis won last Friday’s show at McKean County Raceway.

With everything totaled up after four events, Singleton has a nine-point lead on Pegher as he’s yet to finish worse than fourth in any of the four events! Finksburg, Maryland racer Glenn Elliott, who finished runner-up at Hagerstown, had the point lead heading into McKean, but a 12th place finish dropped him to third in the standings. Fourth and fifth are Montgomery and Joe Martin, who’s looking for redemption after seeing a dominating run at McKean go to waste when he got into the wall with less than four laps to go.

Sixth through 15th in the points paying standings are Chad Ruhlman, John Over, Butch Lambert, Canadian Jorden Peters, Ohio female teen Lauren Longbrake, Josh Holtgraver, Josh Double, Matt Latta, Maryland racer Matt Glanden, and Shane Weaver.

With the April 19 show at Roaring Knob being rained out and rescheduled to July 28, Saturday’s show at The Knob will mark the first of five Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series events at the Markleysburg, Pa. oval. All of the Knob events this season will pay a minimum of $2,000 to-win and will use the qualifying event format!

Saturday will also be one of the K&N Filters “Cold Air Induction” fan giveaways. This system for personal vehicles is valued at up to $500! One lucky fan will leave the Knob with this great prize!

Sunday’s race at The Rock will mark just the second ever Crate Late Model race held at the Allegany County Fairground oval. The Rock held a Sweeney Weekly Series event on April 21 the day after Hagerstown won by Rick Singleton- since then the Cumberland, Maryland oval has been plagued by inclement weather.

The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash programs will be in effect with $100 going to the fast qualifier and $25 to the heat race winners.

The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run each night determining the beginning of the feature lineup; it’ll award $100 K&N certificate for the win, $50 certificate for second with $25 cash to all other starters. Chad McClellan, Chad Ruhlman, Glenn Elliott, and Doug Ricotta have picked up the victories so far. Elliott is the K&N point leader.

Other programs taking place this weekend 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” each 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.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series will be held for drivers failing to qualify for the feature each night paying $175 to-win, $105 to-start. Randy Wible won the opening event at Hagerstown, Russell Baird, Jr. and Mike Anderson won the Sharon races, and Matt Harvey won at McKean. Jamie Brown is the current point leader.

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

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series DRIVER Points (must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Rick Singleton 386 2. Mike Pegher, Jr. 377 3. Glenn Elliott 374 4. Ryan Montgomery 352 5. Joe Martin 351 6. Chad Ruhlman 350 7. John Over 332 8. Butch Lambert 322 9. Jorden Peters 321 10. Lauren Longbrake 256 11. Josh Holtgraver 250 12. Josh Double 241 13. Matt Latta 240 14. Matt Glanden 239 15. Shane Weaver 229 16. Michael Lake 222 17. Cody Dawson 216 18. Bryce Davis 184 19. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 170 20. Justin Tatlow 148 21. Russell Baird, Jr. 142 22. Jamie Brown & Scott Tessman 140 24. Max Blair 96 25. Dan Angelicchio 92 26. D.J. Troutman 90 27. Andrew Satterlee 89 28. Darren Peters 87 29. Adam Sixt 80 30. Will Thomas III 75 31. Eric Wilson, Mike Wharton, Paul McGinley, Randy Wible, W.L. Stile 70.

You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event. There will be a $100 entry fee each night. RACEceivers are mandatory at every RUSH Tour event.

On Friday at Hagerstown, pits open at 4:30 p.m. with warm-ups at 7:30 followed by time trials and racing. Due to a non-racing event held on Saturday, overnight camping will not be permitted. Roaring Knob allows early pit admission, but pit passes will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with warm-ups at 6:45 followed by time trials and racing. The Rock also allows early pit admission. Warm-ups are slated for 5:45 p.m. on Sunday evening.

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.

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.

The Rock - Allegany County Speedway is a 5/8-mile clay oval located on the Allegany County Fairgrounds near the city of Cumberland at 11400 Moss Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502. The Rock is nestled in the beautiful Western Maryland mountainside and provides a unique setting for spectators and racers. For more information, check out their website at www.therockspeedway.com.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, K1 RaceGear, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, 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.