By Mike Leone

August 21, 2013                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet RUSH Dirt Late Model Series is proud of its youth.  These youngsters are the future stars of racing and the Series has allowed these minors to shine.  Programs like the “Futures Cup” have given young racers the ability to be showcased and promoted.  Two past “Futures Cup” champions picked up wins over the weekend, while two other youngsters also captured feature wins.


Led by 2011 “Futures Cup” Champion Ryan Montgomery, the Fairmont, West Virginia racer has had a tremendous season.  His successes makes you forget he’s still only 16 years old!  Saturday night, Montgomery out-dueled Max Blair for the $2,000 Sweeney Tour “Gary Knollinger Memorial” win at Sharon Speedway.  This came just three weeks after narrowly beating out another standout in Mike Pegher, Jr. at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. 


Montgomery now has three Sweeney Tour wins this season and is just 24 points behind Pegher in the $5,000 championship standings.  Montgomery is also battling for two other titles.  He is currently third in the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship and is second in the $3,000 to-win Pace Performance “Summer Chase”!


Nico Dabecco has vastly improved in recent seasons becoming one of the top racers at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, and holds his own in Sweeney Tour events as well as other tracks he competes at.  The 2012 “Futures Cup” champion won his first career RUSH-sanctioned event on Saturday night at Pittsburgh over a 20-car field.  The 17-year-old Pittsburgh racer is currently 12th in Pittsburgh’s weekly points and is 18th in the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship.


Michael Lake is having a quite a season, but for being only 12 years old it’s a pretty incredible season!  The Uniontown, Pa. driver won his second feature of the season on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in the first twin-15 “Sprout Cossell Memorial” over a 20-car field.  Lake is currently second in the $1,000 to-win “Futures Cup” points and is in fourth in Roaring Knob’s point.  Lake is holding his own in the Sweeney Weekly Series points in 17th in the standings as the top 30 positions will pay at season’s end.  Lake also has a third feature win in a non-sanctioned event earlier this season.   


The final young driver that dominated the headlines last weekend was Dylan Lewis of Oakland, Maryland.  The 16-year-old racer is in his first season of racing.  Dylan is the son of Mike Lewis- a seasoned veteran at Roaring Knob.  Dylan pulled off a major upset winning the second twin-15 “Sprout Cossell Memorial” on Saturday night in just his 12th start of the season!


“We’re so proud of these young racers,” acknowledged RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “The fact that four of them won last weekend is pretty amazing.  We can’t forget racers like Jorden Peters and Matt Glanden, who were tied for fifth in our Tour points prior to last weekend and Eric Wilson, who has three career wins at Sharon- one each year since he started in 2011!  There are a lot of other young racers that will soon be in the spotlight.  We’re glad to be able to highlight their accomplishments and look forward to them continuing to develop into the future.”


Be sure to catch these youngsters competing this weekend at a RUSH-sanctioned speedway near you! 


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