By Mike Leone

July 24, 2013                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series heads to the scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Park this Friday night, July 26 for what was supposed to be the Series’ inaugural event back on April 19.  Night 1 of the two-night “Battle Down the National Pike” was rained out the night before the season got underway at Hagerstown Speedway.  RUSH will join again with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday night.  It’ll be a doubleheader weekend for Roaring Knob as they’ll also host Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series action on Saturday night. 


Race #12 of the 25-event inaugural slate will be the second of five Tour events of 2013 at the Markleysburg, Pa. oval and will pay $2,000 to-win using the qualifying format.  The competitive Sweeney Touring Series has featured eight different winners in 11 events with Mike Pegher, Jr. and Max Blair being the only multiple winners!  The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Programs will be in effect.  The fast qualifier will receive $100, while the heat race winners will receive $25 cash.


With this now being leg number two of the “Battle Down the National Pike”, the $1,200 travel money that was put up for the Roaring Knob-Hagerstown weekend back in April will now be paid out.  The 10 highest finishing drivers from April 20 at Hagerstown that participate Friday night will receive $100!  There will also be two $100 random drawings from the remaining drivers that competed at both events.  All told, an additional $1,200 will be paid out in travel money! 


“We have to thank Rick Jones for allowing us to again be part of this great event with Lucas Oil as well as Lisa Plessinger from Hagerstown for making the original scheduled weekend possible,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  “It’s always a big deal for the Series and for the racers to be able to race in front of large audiences on a national stage.  Rick really went above and beyond scheduling major events for our Series this year.  This will be a great show for the fans and it’s looking like the weather is going to be fantastic for Friday!”


Last Saturday’s Sharon runner-up, Mike Pegher, Jr., was able to extend his Sweeney Touring Series point lead to 26 points after Rick Singleton encountered several flat tires on his way to the speedway and never arrived.  Ryan Montgomery entered last Saturday as the Speedweek point leader, but got caught up in an accident and came back to finish 12th.  Montgomery heads to his home track on Friday night now runner-up in points. 


Joe Martin, who is searching for his Series first win, is third in points despite getting caught up in another crash not of his doing.  Singleton dropped to fourth over Maryland “Futures Cup” racer Matt Glanden.  Canadian “Futures Cup” racer, Jorden Peters, is just eight points behind Glanden in sixth as Chad Ruhlman, Butch Lambert, Cody Dawson, Max Blair, Matt Latta, Glenn Elliott, Michael Lake, John Over, and John Holtgraver currently complete the top 15 points paying positions.


The second ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit giveaway will be held for the first driver not making the feature.  This is nearly a $250 value as well!  Russell Baird, Jr. won the prize earlier this year.


The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run awarding $100 K&N certificate for the win, $50 certificate for second with $25 cash to all other starters.  Friday’s K&N Dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup.  There has yet to be a repeat winner in the 11 K&N Dashes run this season!  Glenn Elliott is the K&N point leader.

Other programs taking place 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” 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.  And like the K&N Dash, there also hasn’t been a repeat non-qualifier winner this season!  Jamie Wrightsman is the current point leader.


Roaring Knob 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. Mike Pegher, Jr. 1172  2. Ryan Montgomery 1146  3. Joe Martin 1033  4. Rick Singleton 1069  5. Matt Glanden 945  6. Jorden Peters 937  7. Chad Ruhlman 921  8. Butch Lambert 879  9. Cody Dawson 674  10. Max Blair 637  11. Matt Latta 633  12. Glenn Elliott 617  13. Michael Lake 601  14. John Over 575  15. Josh Holtgraver 532  16. John Double 631  17. Justin Tatlow 557  18. Andrew Wylie 546  19. W.L. Stile 507  20. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 472  21. Eric Wilson 453  22. Dan Angelicchio 350  23. Will Thomas III 311  24. D.J. Troutman 304  25. Scott Tessman 292  26. Bryce Davis 280  27. Andrew Satterlee 263  28. Lauren Longbrake 256  29. Shane Weaver 229  30. Paul McGinley 217  31. Adam Sixt 166  32. Mike Wharton 151  33. Luke Carleton 143  34. Russell Baird, Jr. 142  35. Jamie Brown 140  36. Darren Peters 87  37. Troy Swindell 85  38. Mike Laughard & Randy Wible 70.


You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event.  There will be a $100 entry fee.  RACEceivers and transponders will be mandatory. 


Warm-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  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.


2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, 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.