By Mike Leone


June 17, 2013             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series is honored to announce that the “Bill Hendren Memorial” for the Northeast will be held in conjunction with a Touring Series event scheduled for September 27-28 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.  Already slated to be a $2,000 to-win event part of the “Big Kahuna” Weekend, Steve Hendren will now literally bring thousands of dollars in cash and contingencies to the event at the Markleysburg, Pa. facility in memory of his father Bill!


The late engine builder from Rutherfordton, North Carolina was a big supporter of the Crate Late Model engine concept from its inception.  Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy is being carried on by his son Steve, who continues to operate Hendren Racing Engines and also campaigns a Crate Late Model in the Southeast.  Steve was the winner of the inaugural memorial event held back in 2011.   


“We are truly honored to be able to present a Bill Hendren Memorial in conjunction with one of our RUSH Touring Series events,” expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “The Bill Hendren Memorials have been a huge hit in the past for competitors in the South and we know our racers will be thrilled when they see everything that will be up for grabs in both cash and contingencies.  While I didn’t personally know Bill Hendren, it’s obvious that he was a great man and built the strong foundation that has established Hendren Racing Engines as one the most respected engine builders in the industry.”


The “Big Kahuna” includes a $7,000 to-win Super Late Model event and the weekend is one of the biggest of the season at Roaring Knob.  The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series is thrilled to be included in each of the three biggest Super Late Model shows of the season at The Knob (Lucas Oil, NDRL “Kings of Dirt”, and 3 State Flyers “Big Kahuna”).


“Steve felt September would be the best time to hold this event,” explained RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone.  “We felt Roaring Knob was a perfect location to draw racers from not only the Northeast but also from the South and East Coast.  It was important to Steve that his customers from all areas be able to easily participate in his father’s memorial.  It’s also good timing as it falls one month after our $30,000 Manufacturers Night at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway.”


The event is part of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series 27-race slate.  Currently, Rick Singleton of Hesston, Pa. is the Series point leader after four events.


Hendren Racing Engines is located at 1310 US Highway 221 N., Rutherfordton, NC 28139.  Hendren Racing Engines offers equal service and recognition to all.  From lower budget racers, to unlimited budget racers, Hendren’s can and will take care of you.  They are a family-owned and operated establishment, with value and customer service at the forefront of our business policy. As a family-owned business, Hendren’s not only build racing engines, they also have our own race team.  We know what it takes to race, to win, and to keep a family together.


Join Hendren as many of the top crate teams in the nation have done, and finally feel for yourself that your engine builder understands you, values your business, and wants to work with you in every way possible.  Hendren’s reputation comes from making you a winner, the legal way!  All of their 604 crate engines are built the CORRECT and LEGAL way, by the GM rebuilders book. You will never have an issue in the tech shed!


With their knowledgeable staff and vast experience, you receive fast and friendly service.  Hendren’s turn around time on freshening your existing engine is second to none.  We are also very happy to answer any and all technical questions that you may have, even if you are not an existing customer!  Give Hendren’s a call for more information at 828-286-0780 or check out their website at www.hendrensracingengines.com.


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, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, 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.