INAUGURAL "QUEBEC INVASION" TO FEATURE $4000 TO-WIN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL PLATINUM TOUR EVENTS FRIDAY AT AUTODROME GRANBY & SATURDAY AT LE RPM
By Mike Leone
July 8, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance is set to head north of the border in unchartered territory making its inaugural appearances in the French-speaking, Canadian province of Quebec. The inaugural "Quebec Invasion" will feature $4,000 to-win Platinum Events on Friday night (July 12) at the half-mile Autodrome Granby and Saturday night (July 13) at the quarter-mile Le RPM Speedway.
FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" qualifying will set the $25 to-win FK Rod Ends heat race lineups. The feature will pay $4,000 to-win, $400 to-start in US cash funds after each event. In addition, there will be 20 $100 travel packages given away by RUSH. RUSH Tour members can utilize these events to either replace one missed "Marquee" Tour event and/or throw out their worst "Marquee" finish(es). The events will also count for National Weekly, Summer Chase, and Futures Cup points for RUSH Weekly members.
"We cannot express how excited we are about this weekend," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "We were contacted in the winter by Charles Lampron, assistant-promoter at both RPM and Granby, about the possibility of bringing the RUSH Late Models to their speedways for a Quebec invasion. After a lot of thought and discussions with several people, the idea became a reality. These Quebec tracks have really stepped up to offer these great purses so their fans can experience Late Model racing. It should also make for an interesting weekend going from the big half-mile at Granby to the quarter-mile at RPM as both tracks will be new venues for most all of the competing racers."
In years past, Autodrome Granby and Le RPM have hosted national touring series such as the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series events, All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars along with the Empire Super Sprints.
"We're very excited to bring the Late Models back to Quebec," Lampron said. "We plan on making it a memorable weekend for the drivers and the fans. "We feel this will be a great experience for our racers and the Series itself. We also have to thank several of the promoters in Canada and New York for their cooperation in this huge weekend."
The Sweeney Late Model Touring Series has made many stops over the years in the Canadian providence of Ontario at Humberstone and Merrittville Speedways. The most recent appearance was on May 22, 2017 at Merrittville when Charlie Sandercock made history by becoming the first Canadian to win a Tour event. Sandercock will be considered one of the favorites this weekend as he heads the list of many of the Brighton Speedway regulars that are expected. Sam Pennacchio is one of the Humberstone regulars, and has also competed in many of the Tour events this year as he sits 11th in points.
So far this season, Max Blair leads the Tour win list with four victories including the last three. Blair has won well over $25,000 in just the seven Tour races he's competed in as he's yet to finish worse than second place. Jeremy Wonderling has three victories, while Logan Roberson won at his home track, Winchester Speedway, for the second straight year during the "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek presented by Wehrs Machine.
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 Late Model Series Officials will also determine the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the event, and will receive a $40 product package each night. The feature winner each night will receive a Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jugs. Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler kit to the 10th place finisher on Friday and the 11th place finisher on Saturday.
On Friday at Autodrome Granby, pits will open at 4 PM with a drivers meeting around 6:15 and warmups at 6:30. Pit passes are $30 US for adults and $5 for 17 & under or $46 Canadian for adults and $6 for 17 & under. Pits will open earlier if need be.
On Saturday at Le RPM, pits will open at 2 PM with a drivers meeting around 5 and warm-ups at 5:15. Pit passes are $35 US for adults while 17 & under are free or $46 Canadian for adults while 17 & under are free. Pits will open earlier if need be.
There is a $100US entry fee each night or $130 Canadian. The AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used. Driver one-way radio channel is 454.000. Drivers do not have to be a member of RUSH to participate. RUSH technical rules will be in effect with the exception that the CUSA or RUSH 55 will mandated at all times on the right rear, and any non-oxygenated fuel will be permitted for these two events. Drivers should be prepared with their own fuel and tires. Teams can stay overnight at both speedways.
Autodrome Granby & Le RPM Feature Payoffs (in US funds): 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,000 4. $800 5. $600 6. $550 7. $500 8. $475 9. $460 10. $450 11. $440 12. $430 13. $425 14. $420 15. $415 16. $410 17. $405 18-24. $400.
Autodrome Granby & Le RPM Non-Qualifier Payoffs (in US funds): 1. $250 2. $200 3. $190 4. $185 5. $180 6. $175 7. $170 8. $165 9. $160 10-24. $155. Tow $150.
2019 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Jeremy Wonderling 902 2. Kyle Lukon 846 3. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 826 4. Braeden Dillinger 819 5. Jason Genco 787 6. Ryan Frazee 768 7. Max Blair 766 8. Logan Zarin 749 9. Bill Kessler 745 10. Kyle Murray 685 11. Sam Pennacchio 537 12. Darrell Bossard 498 13. Chad Sines 492 14. Brian Knowles 485 15. J.J. Mazur 472 16. Ross Robinson 368 17. John Waters 342 18. Jared Kane 296 19. Logan Roberson 286 20. Jamie Wrightsman 280 21. Dale Hollidge & Matt Latta 254 23. Jason Knowles 244 24. Trever Feathers 243 25. Cody Dawson 233 26. Scott Gunn 226 27. Paul Norman 217 28. Cory Sines 215 29. Dale McDonald 210 30. Jon Rivers 171 31. Beamer Guzzardi 80 32. Al Shawver, Jr. 70.
Le RPM Speedway is located at 546 Rue De l'Ecole in Saint-Marcel-de-Richelieu, Québec, J0H 1T0. The track is a 1/4-mile in size and can seat 2,000 people. For more information, check out their website at www.lerpmspeedway.com and "like" them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RpmSpeedway.
Autodrome Granby is located at about an hour west of Montreal at 1268 Cowie Street in Granby, Quebec, J2J 0H2. Nous sommes environ à 1h à l'Ouest de Montréal et 2h à l'Est de Québec. The track is 1/2-mile in size and is considered to be the fastest dirt track in Canada. Nos infrastructures font partie des meilleures de l'industrie avec des estrades pouvant accueillir plus de 6 000 personnes. Their infrastructures are among the best in the industry with seating that can accommodate close to 6,000 people. For more information, check out their website at www.autodromegranby.com and "like" them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AutodromeGranbyOfficiel
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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