By Mike Leone


July 1, 2015               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)...After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will pick right back up with a busy two-race weekend featuring the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour events on Friday at Lernerville Speedway and Saturday at Wayne County Speedway.  Saturday will also include the popular Sweeney/Pace GM 604 engine giveaway night.    


Friday’s visit to the Sarver, Pa. oval marks the first of two Tour events for the 2015 season.  $1,200 will be on the line in the 25-lap feature.  Back on May 1 at Lernerville, Jared Miley made a successful RUSH debut winning the Sweeney Weekly Series event over a 21-car field.  The final visit for RUSH will be on October 23-24 for the annual “Steel City Stampede” in the $2,000 to-win Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour season finale. 


On Saturday, action heads across the border to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio.  Wayne County was the site of the last Tour event held as Damian Bidwell captured his first career Tour win with a late race pass of Max Blair.  Bidwell will look to make it two-in-a-row as the Eldred, Pa. driver is planning on hitting both events this weekend.  Saturday will be the second of three $1,500 to-win Tour events at Wayne County this season!  In their first year of Sweeney Weekly Series action, Wayne County has been able to complete four weekly events with Charlie Duncan victorious twice, Dennis Lunger, Jr. once, and most recently Jim Nicely last Saturday night in his first ever RUSH start.


Saturday night will also be the fifth straight year Sweeney/Pace Performance has provided the Series with a brand new GM 604 engine to give away to a lucky Late Model competitor.  The engine is valued at $5,800; in addition, Jones Racing Products   has stepped up to provide the belt drive system and a water pump ($410 value) increasing the total giveaway value to over $6,200!


All competing RUSH Late Model drivers on Saturday night will receive one chance; a driver will receive a second chance if he is a Weekly or Touring Series member; and a third chance will be awarded if a driver is a member both Weekly and Touring.  The random draw will be conducted on the frontstretch prior to the feature event.  The following racers have won the engine in the past: Ben Black (2011/Sharon Speedway), Paul Jablonski (2012/Sharon), Bobby Whitling (2013/Sharon), and Rob Marhefka (2014/Pittsburgh). 


“This is going to be a great weekend,” expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “It looks like the weather is going to cooperate for both events.  The Lernerville shows are always great racing and everyone always chomps at the bit to have the opportunity to race there.  Our last show at Wayne County was a tremendous race and did exactly what both we and the track had hoped- showcase crate racing in front of the large crowd during the Ohio Speedweek All Star Sprint event.”


“Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank everyone from Sweeney Chevrolet and Pace Performance for again allowing us to give away a brand new engine valued at $5,800 and Jones Racing Products that will dress the engine that will bring the value of the package to over $6,200,” continued Emig.  This is annually one of our most anticipated events and we’re pleased to offer this exciting promotion to Wayne County, one of our newly-sanctioned RUSH facilities.”


Max Blair enters the weekend still in control of the $10,000 pot of gold for the sweep of the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour, the Insinger/Sunoco Northern Tour, and the Sweeney Combined Touring Series titles.  The Centerville, Pa. driver has yet to finish worse than third in any of the point events to date with three victories.  Blair leads Brian Knowles by 38 points in the Southern Tour and 76 in the Combined Tour points heading into the weekend. 


Just 10 points separate positions two through five in the Southern Tour points with Brian Knowles leading Eric Wilson, Jason Knowles, and John Waters; in fact, Wilson and Jason Knowles are tied for the third spot, while Waters is just one-point back of those two.  Waters, who finished runner-up in last year’s points, got off to a slow start but has rebounded with three top five finishes in the last four events.


The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run each night for the first four drivers that finish outside of the feature redraw spots and will pay $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash going to the third and fourth place finishers.  Also on Saturday night, one lucky fan will win a K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500.


Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in both Friday and Saturday's A feature.  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.


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!  


On Friday at Lernerville, the first driver that fails to qualify for the feature will receive the ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit valued at $260.


Lernerville Feature Payoff: 1. $1,200  2. $700  3. $500  4. $370  5. $350  6. $315  7. $300  8. $270  9. $260  10. $255  11. $230  12. $215  13. $205  14. $200  15. $175  16. $170  17. $165  18-24. $160.

Lernerville Non-Qualifier:
1. $125  2. $100  3. $90  4. $85  5. $80  6. $75  7. $70  8. $65  9. $60  10-24. $55.  Tow $50.


Wayne County Feature payoff: 1. $1,500  2. $800  3. $550  4. $410  5. $375  6. $340  7. $325  8. $295  9. $285  10. $280  11. $255  12. $250  13. $230  14. $225  15. $200  16. $195  17. $190  18-24. $185. 

Wayne County Non-Qualifier: 1. $150  2. $125  3. $115  4. $110  5. $105  6. $100  7. $95  8. $90  9. $85  10-24. $80. $75 to any driver failing to start either feature. 


Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour Points (Drivers must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Max Blair 462  2. Brian Knowles 424  3. Eric Wilson & Jason Knowles 415  5. John Waters 414  6. Steve Lowery 387  7. Michael Lake 340  8. Rob Marhefka 314  9. Rick Singleton 273  10. Kyle Lukon 246  11. Troy Shields 230  12. Reese Masiello 228  13. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 210  14. Chad McClellan 174  15. Ryan Montgomery 168  16. Joe Martin 168  17. Doug Gavette 158  18. Ryan Markham 96  19. Randy Hall 89  20. Russell Baird, Jr. 81  21. W.L. Stile 73  22. Nolan Dalton 72.


Combined Northern/Southern Tour Points (Drivers must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Max Blair 760  2. Brian Knowles 684  3. Jason Knowles 683  4. Eric Wilson 670  5. John Waters 661  6. Steve Lowery 387  7. Randy Hall 346  8. Michael Lake 340  9. Doug Gavette 316  10. Rob Marhefka 314  11. Rick Singleton & Bryce Davis 273  13. Joe Martin 256  14. Kyle Lukon 246  15. T.J. Downs 233  16. Troy Shields 230  17. Reese Masiello 228  18. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 210  19. Chad McClellan 174  20. Ryan Montgomery 168  21. Ward Schell 158  22. Kyle Zimmerman & Phil Potts 98  24. Ryan Markham 96  25. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 94  26 Chad Wright 88  27. Jeff Dayman 87  28. Adam Sixt 84  29. Russell Baird, Jr. 81  30. Matt Harvey & W.L. Stile 73  32. Nolan Dalton & Jon Rivers 72  34. Michael Mitchell 70.


You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  The red AMB transponders will be used at Lernerville.  The red AMB or yellow Westhold transponders can be used at Wayne County.  RACEceivers will be mandatory.  There will be a $50 entry fee for Lernerville and $75 for Wayne County.  Pit passes are $20 for members and $30 for non-members at Lernerville, and $35 at Wayne County.


On Friday at Lernerville, pits open at 5 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 6:30, warm-ups at 6:45 followed by racing at 7:30.  On Saturday at Wayne County, pits open at 3 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 5:45, warm-ups at 6 and racing at 7


Lernerville is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 11 miles southeast of Butler, Pa. on Route 356 at 313 North Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055.  Lernerville is just 30 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.  For more information, check out their website at www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511 (office) or 724-353-1350 (track).


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.


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 Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.


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