By Mike Leone


September 27, 2016               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(East Smethport, PA)...After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance will resume action this Saturday (October 1) at McKean County Raceway in a $1,500 to-win Platinum event part of the track's annual "Fall Classic".  Racing begins early at 5 p.m.  The RUSH Late Models will also compete on Friday night in a $700 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series event with racing at 7:30 p.m. 


This will be the second and final appearance of the season by the Sweeney Touring Series at McKean as back on August 18 Jeremy Wonderling captured his first career Tour event win in the $1,500 to-win Fair race.  Prior to that, McKean hosted six Sweeney Weekly Series events this season with Tour regular Eric Wilson winning three of them, while single wins went to Wonderling, Max Blair, and Damian Bidwell.  The weekend will also conclude the RUSH weekly points at McKean where Jason Tingue has a 34-point lead over Bidwell as part of the Track Pack Bonus program. 


The Sweeney Tour meanwhile is coming off the "Gary Knollinger Memorial" event on September 17 at Sharon Speedway where Will Thomas III captured his first career RUSH Tour victory and became the ninth different winner of the season!  The win propelled Thomas from sixth in points into a third place tie.  After three wins and a runner-up in four Tour events from June 19-July 15, Bryce Davis has cooled off with only one top five in the last four events; however, he still has an eight-point lead on three-time winner, John Waters.  Jason Knowles is tied with Thomas for third.  Completing the top 12 points-paying positions are Brian Knowles, Dave Lyon, Wilson, Bruce Hordusky, Jr., Alan Dellinger, Mike Pegher, Jr., Tony White, and Brian Swank.


While Blair hasn't been a regular on the Tour this season, he has won both of his starts this year at Eriez Speedway and Tri-City Raceway Park and his father Rob won in a substitution role back on May 29 at Eriez meaning the #111 is three-for-three in 2016 Tour events.  Max, who won the 2015 "Fall Classic", is expected to be on hand and wrap up his third $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series Championship in four years.  Max also won the $3,000 Pace Performance "Summer Chase" that concluded Labor Day.


“We’re excited to be part of the Fall Classic once again,” stated Series Director Vicki Emig.  “This has always been a traditional, season ending event for the northern part of our region and it’s great that Chris Zuver is able to continue the tradition once again.  There’s always been a strong base of competitors in this region and our events in the past at McKean have always attracted strong, quality fields.  And this will be the only event in the north for the weekend and will also close out the Sweeney Weekly Series points.”


The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place.  The K&N Dash will also set the four positions after the feature redraw spots. 


Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.  


RUSH Officials will choose the "Maxima Performance" Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such.  The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice.  In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt.  The value of this prize package is $170!  


Also, CrateInsider.com will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish.  The first non-qualifier in the Late Models will receive an ARbodies nosed kit valued at $260 for the "Nosed Out" contingency.


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 payoff: 1. $150  2. $125  3. $115  4. $110  5. $105  6. $100  7. $95  8. $90  9. $85  10-24. $80. Tow $75.


2016 Sweeney Late Model Touring Series Points (must be a Touring Series member to receive points): 1. Bryce Davis 872  2. John Waters 864  3. Jason Knowles & Will Thomas III 799  5. Brian Knowles 792  6. Dave Lyon 790  7. Eric Wilson 770  8. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 762  9. Alan Dellinger 702  10. Mike Pegher, Jr. 661  11. Tony White 625  12. Brian Swank 542  13. Clinton Hersh 532  14. Matt Latta 525  15. Kyle Zimmerman 325  16. Damian Bidwell 280  17. Randy Hall 270  18. W.L. Stile 219  19. Jared Kane 210  20. Max Blair 200  21. Charlie Duncan & Michael Duritsky, Jr. 166  23. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 161  24. Josh Double 89  25. Mike Franklin 71.  


You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  Transponders are not required.  RACEceivers are always mandatory.  The entry fee is $75.  Pits will be cleared at 10:30 a.m. and reopen at 11.  RUSH registration and tech will begin at 1:30 p.m.  A drivers meeting will be held at approximately 3:45 p.m.  Warm-ups will be at 4:15 p.m. with racing at 5.


McKean County Raceway is a 1/3-mile dirt track located at the McKean County Fairgrounds in East Smethport, Pa. at the intersections of Route 6 and 46.  For more information on McKean County Raceway, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/McKeanCountyFair or their website at www.mckeancountyfair.net.. The fair number is 814-887-5361.


RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., 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.