HUMBERSTONE TO HOST “CANADIAN NATIONAL LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP” SUNDAY; $2000 TO-WIN SWEENEY RUSH TOUR EVENT
By Mike Leone
July 16, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Port Colborne, ON)…Coming off a season high 37 cars last Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series will get right back at it this weekend with a much-anticipated appearance at Humberstone Speedway. Sunday’s (July 20) event is billed as the “Canadian National Late Model Championship” and will be race #9 of the 20-event 2014 Touring Series.
Humberstone is in its first year under the RUSH banner and has seen increased car counts and tough competition; in fact, there have been seven different winners in eight events to date! The only repeat winner has been Ed Carley. Other winners include Ed’s son Zack Carley, Dennis Lunger, Jr., John Waters, Chad Ruhlman, and wins the last two events by Canadians Jorden Peters and Rob Ledingham.
Sunday’s Sweeney Tour event will pay $2,000 to-win and will be part of the Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” format meaning the fast qualifier will receive $100 and each heat race winner will pocket $25! Also, the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run to set the first four starting spots of the feature paying $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second, and $25 cash for third and fourth spot. Rick Singleton is currently leading the K&N Dash Championship standings.
After starting off with a disappointing 14th place finish, Ryan Montgomery has been on a roll with seven straight top six finishes including his season’s first win last Saturday at Pittsburgh. The 17-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer leads the Series now with six career wins and has a 50-point lead on runner-up Chad McClellan.
It’s been an up and down season for McClellan with a pair of victories at Freedom and Lernerville along with a fifth place last Saturday at Pittsburgh, but has four other finishes of 10th or worse. Third place point man, John Waters, already has one win at Humberstone this year and would love to capture his first ever Sweeney Tour win and close in on McClellan, who he trails by 16.
Jason Rider is only two points behind Waters in fourth, but is up only nine on Maryland’s Cody Dawson. Ohio racer and defending “Futures Cup” Champion, Eric Wilson, is currently sixth. Wilson missed qualifying for his first feature of the season last Saturday, but did win the non-qualifier as a consolation prize. McClellan, Rider, Dawson, nor Wilson have ever raced at Humberstone or in Canada before. The complete point list is posted below with the top 15 being eligible for a provisional and season ending point fund monies.
“We’re very appreciative Humberstone gave us an opportunity to not only sanction their weekly Sunday night program in 2014, but also host a Sweeney Tour event,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Humberstone is committed to making Late Models work in Modified country and have been happy with the RUSH program. Humberstone is a great little, racey speedway located less than 20 minutes from the border. Several American racers compete there throughout the year and we look forward to everyone’s support Sunday.”
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.
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 ninth 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.
Also, ARbodies will award a nose kit to the first non-qualifier as part of the “Nose Out” program.
Humberstone Feature payoff: 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. Ryan Montgomery 754 2. Chad McClellan 704 3. John Waters 688 4. Jason Rider 686 5. Cody Dawson 677 6. Eric Wilson 660 7. Rick Singleton 496 8. Ralph Morgan, Jr. 426 9. W.L. Stile 398 10. Reese Masiello 373 11. Andrew Wylie 356 12. Russell Baird, Jr. & John Imler 318 14. Josh Holtgraver 272 15. Josh Double 263 16. John Over 260 17. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 254 18. Jamie Wrightsman 250 19. Robby Marhefka 228 20. Max Blair 194 21. Joe Martin 161 22. Michael Lake 153 23. Kyle Lukon 150 24. Will Thomas III 94 25. Bryce Davis 90 26. Jamie Brown & Nolan Dalton 89 28. Matt Glanden & Adam Sixt 86 30. Bob Kish 85 31. Jacob Burdette & Jeremy Adamik 78.
You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete. There is a $100 entry fee. RACEceivers are required. The red AMB transponders will be used. The payout will be done in American money.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with heat races set for 7 p.m. RUSH member racers will be admitted into the pits for $30 and all others will be $35. As a reminder, you do need a passport to enter Canada and return to the United States unless you’re from New York and have an enhanced driver’s license.
Humberstone is a 3/8-mile owned by Pete and Linda Cosco and is celebrating its 55th anniversary this season. Humberstone is located at 1716 Highway 3 East in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada L3K5V4. For more information, check out their website at www.humberstonespeedway.com or call 905-834-4002.
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, Bilstein Shocks, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Driven Racing Oil, Crate Innovations Inc., Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, Utsinger’s Towing, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.
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