SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR TO MAKE INAUGURAL VISIT TO NY’S WOODHULL RACEWAY SATURDAY; 2ND PLACE POINT MAN JOHN WATERS HOPING TO SHINE AT FAMILIAR TERRITORY
By Mike Leone
September 24, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Woodhull, NY)…After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series is prepared to return to action this Saturday evening (September 27) in a first ever visit to New York’s Woodhull Raceway. The event is part of the track’s two-day fifth annual “Bullring Challenge,” which will see RUSH featured on the Saturday portion of the event with action getting underway early at 5:30 p.m.
After Chad McClellan and Rick Singleton won the Series’ first six Tour events, an amazing seven different winners have graced victory lane in the preceding seven events! There have also been over 30 cars in action in five of the last six Sweeney Tour events including the last four straight. The average car count in the last six shows has been over 34 and over 36 in the last four.
One of those different winners is current point leader Ryan Montgomery, who surprised no one by winning at Pittsburgh on July 12, while another is runner-up John Waters, who won the Humberstone July 20 event. Outside of a 15th at Pittsburgh and a 12th at Sharon, Waters has been strong in the past seven events with five top five finishes outgaining Montgomery in points on those nights.
Heading into Saturday’s $1,500 to-win event, Montgomery’s lead has been cut to 48 points. Woodhull is a track that Waters has had success at in his career campaigning “360” Late Models/Super Stocks, and is one of the Whitesville, New York driver’s favorites, while the 17-year-old Montgomery of Fairmont, West Virginia has yet to race on the track’s high banks.
After starting off hot and leading the early point standings with two wins in the first six races, Stoystown, Pa’s Chad McClellan has struggled of late with just one top five finish in the past seven events. McClellan has a nine-point advantage on another Pennsylvania driver in Jason Rider, who has never competed at Woodhull before either. Ohio racer Eric Wilson finds himself five points behind Rider in the fifth spot.
Completing the current top 15 points paying positions with just three events remaining are Cody Dawson, W.L. Stile, Singleton, Andrew Wylie, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Ralph Morgan, Jr., Robby Marhefka, Josh Holtgraver, Russell Baird, Jr., and Max Blair. New York drivers Bryce Davis and McKean County Raceway Champion Chad Ruhlman will have an opportunity to move into the top 15 on Saturday.
Woodhull has had only a few Crate Late Model races in the storied history of the track. The most recent was on Saturday, August 9 when Brian Knowles topped a 20-car field in an $800 to-win event run under RUSH rules.
“We are definitely looking forward to Saturday,” expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Woodhull is a racey track and the high banks add to the excitement. It’ll be a new venue for some of our racers and there’s a good chance we may see another new winner with some of the local New York racers having more experience at the track. Saturday’s show also gives us a great opportunity to expose our Series and the competitiveness of Crate Late Model racing to a new audience so we have to thank track owner Ted White for giving us the ability to be part of this weekend’s event.”
The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place. Rick Singleton leads the K&N Dash Championship. If enough cars are present, a non-qualifier event will be run. Zack Carley is the current point leader.
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 14th place finisher on (provided he hasn’t won the award before) 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 each night (provided he hasn’t won the award before) 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.
Woodhull 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.
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.
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series DRIVER Points (must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Ryan Montgomery 1201 2. John Waters 1153 3. Chad McClellan 1107 4. Jason Rider 1098 5. Eric Wilson 1093 6. Cody Dawson 977 7. W.L. Stile 682 8. Rick Singleton 674 9. Andrew Wylie 600 10. Ralph Morgan, Jr. & Dennis Lunger, Jr. 576 12. Robby Marhefka 559 13. Josh Holtgraver 431 14. Russell Baird, Jr. 388 15. Max Blair 384 16. Reese Masiello 373 17. Bryce Davis 356 18. Joe Martin 350 19. Josh Double 349 20. Chad Ruhlman 331 21. Jamie Wrightsman 328 22. Michael Lake 322 23. John Imler 318 24. Jeremy Adamik 293 25. Adam Sixt 269 26. John Over 260 27. Kyle Lukon 220 28. Will Thomas III 182 29. Jeff Dayman 92 30. Jamie Brown & Nolan Dalton 89 32. Matt Glanden 86 33. Bob Kish 85 34. Jacob Burdette 78 35. Junior Peters 70.
You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete. There is a $75 entry fee. RACEceivers are required; however, Woodhull does not use transponders. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 5:30.
Woodhull Raceway opened in 1964 and the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt track is located on Steuben County Rt. 102 just off New York State Rt. 417, 20 miles west of Corning, NY, 20 miles east of Hornell, NY, 20 miles north of Lawrenceville, Pa and 20 miles south of Bath, NY. For more information, check out their website at www.woodhullraceway.com or call 607-458-5275.
RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Driven Racing Oil, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, 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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