By Mike Leone


October 7, 2013             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Markleysburg, PA)…The inaugural season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series is quickly winding down.  After this weekend's two-day "Pittsburgher", which features a $1,500 to-win event Friday night and a $3,000 to-win event on Saturday night at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, just two other events remain on the 2013 slate.  One of those final events is the "Northern States Classic" presented by Sunoco Race Fuels coming up on October 18-19 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.


The "Northern States Classic" will be highlighted by a $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour event.  In addition, a $1,000 to-win RUSH members only feature along with the $200 to-win "Futures Cup" Trifecta finale will be run.  Also, the top point man between the two features will earn an additional $1,000 meaning a sweep of both features would be worth $5,000! 


"This should be a great event for our racers," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  "Not only is it one of our biggest Tour events, but we've added in a members only feature along with the top man bonus money, and the Futures Cup Trifecta race.  There's truly something for everyone to participate in.  We have to thank Rick Jones of Roaring Knob and Sunoco Race Fuels for making this event possible.  We always enjoy going to Roaring Knob and Rick always gives the drivers a racey track to compete on."


Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" qualifying and heat races will be run on Friday night for Saturday's Sweeney Tour feature.  The fast qualifier will receive $100 and each heat race winner will earn $25.  At the end of the program, a separate round of qualifying will be held to determine the lineup for Saturday's member's only feature.

Saturday's program will include the K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash to determine the first four starting spots of the Sweeney Tour feature followed by last chance B mains and the $3,000 to-win feature.  Later in the program, the RUSH members only feature will be run.  The points from the two features will be added up to award the top point getter a cool thousand dollars!


All "Futures Cup" racers will be able to participate in their own 12-lap race paying $200 to-win.  This race will finalize the 2013 chase.  The race's points will be added to each driver's best 15 Sweeney Weekly score and their point totals from the other two "Trifecta" events.  The first "Trifecta" race was won by Canadian Jorden Peters at Pittsburgh, while Clay Ruffo captured the win at his home track, Sharon Speedway.  The top 10 drivers will share in a $3,000 point fund.  Currently Eric Wilson leads Michael Lake by 10 points to determine the $1,000 championship.


NOTE: The $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour portion of the event is open to ALL competitors!  RUSH Member racers that accumulated points during the season will be eligible to compete in BOTH features and will be eligible for the $1,000 top point man bonus!  Of course "Futures Cup" drivers can participate in all three events!


Other programs taking place will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the Tour 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.


In the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Tour points, Mike Pegher, Jr. currently leads Ryan Montgomery by 18 heading into this weekend at Pittsburgh.  Max Blair claimed the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship in addition to the $3,000 to-win Pace Performance "Summer Chase" and the $1,000 "Cross the Borders" Speedweek title.  Glenn Elliott won the $500 "Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend" crown.   


Tour Feature Payoff: 1. $3,000  2. $1,500  3. $800  4. $600  5. $500  6. $475  7. $450  8. $425  9. $400  10. $350  11. $310  12. $300  13. $275  14. $260  15. $255  16. $250  17. $240  18-24. $230.  Tow $100.

RUSH Members Only Feature: 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $350  4. $250  5. $225  6. $200  7. $195  8. $185  9. $175  10. $170  11. $160  12. $150  13. $140  14. $130  15. $120  16. $110  17. $105  18-24. $100.


More information on the Sunoco Race Fuels "Northern States Classic" will be released next week.  The 2013 Sweeney Tour season will conclude on October 25-26 at Lernerville Speedway for the "Steel City Stampede" paying $2,000 to-win.


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.