By Mike Leone


September 10, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Imperial, PA)…The Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is thrilled to announce an expanded 2020 "Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication.  The 10th annual edition to be held at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on October 2-3 will feature for the first time a complete Touring event paying $3,000 to-win, $275 to-start on both Friday and Saturday night!  In addition, Friday night will also include the third annual
"One to Remember" Non-Winners feature presented by Pace Performance paying $800 to-win, $75 to-start, while Saturday night will conclude with the $500 to-win, $150 to-start Non-Qualifier. 


Saturday's program will also include the "Pittsburgher 100" for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  In the event Friday night is rained out and unable to be rescheduled, Saturday's "Bill Hendren Memorial" will revert to the 2019 payoff of $5,000 to-win, $325 to-start.  Also in this case, the "One to Remember" race will move to Saturday night and there will be no Non-Qualifier.  The rain date is Sunday (October 4).


This marks the fifth straight year PPMS has hosted the "Bill Hendren Memorial" and third straight year that the event purse will increase.  This is due to the great efforts by Bill Hendren's son Steve and his family along with FK Rod Ends, Pro Fabrication, Pace Performance, CrateInsider.com, Miley Motor Sports, RUSH, and many others.  Other bonuses and contingencies are still in the works.  Winners each night will receive the custom, laser-etched awards from the Hendren Family.


"It's truly unbelievable to see this event continue to grow," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "In 2017 this was a $2,500 to-win event spread over two nights and to see where it's come in three short years is amazing!  The Miley Family continues their effort of showcasing the RUSH Late Models as their weekly headlining division with excellent car counts and is willing to do four Tour events during this difficult season.  They had an idea to change things up this year and when we all put our heads together, the RUSH racers will now be showcased each night in full Tour events as part of the Pittsburgher in addition to the Non-Winners and Non-Qualifier events!"


In 2005, Bill Hendren, the patriarch of the Hendren family and founder of Hendren Racing Engines, had the foresight to began building his affiliation with crate racing.  As many of his open engine customers looked to crate racing as an opportunity to continue racing Bill began offering free advice via the well know 4M.net message board.  As the concept grew throughout the country, his generosity and expertise was rewarded as many of those who had utilized his knowledge in the beginning utilized him as their engine rebuilder as their needs arose.  Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy and dedication to crate racing lives on through his sons, Steve and Mike, as the Hendrens are recognized throughout the entire country as a leader in this specialized form of racing as they continue to operate Hendren Racing Engines. 


"I look back to several years ago to a surprise phone call I received from Steve Hendren expressing interest in having a memorial event for his late father Bill Hendren in conjunction with a RUSH Touring event," explained Emig.  "Although I never knew Bill Hendren personally, I certainly was well aware of his pioneering spirit and great success in the world of GM Performance crate engine racing.  And to have the Hendren Family allow us to hold their patriarch's only memorial event of the year under the RUSH banner is truly an honor.  What Steve and his family continue to the purses is tremendous!  We have to thank all of the contributors as well as the Mileys for allowing this event to be part of the Pittsburgher 100 weekend."


Each night will include $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying.  Drivers will then compete in FK Rod Heats heat races paying $25 to-win.  The dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup each night.  Last chance B mains will be run to complete the starting feature field.  Not only is each night a $3,000 to-win Tour feature, but positions 11-24 have been increased over the standard $3,000 to-win Tour purse!  And not only will Touring Series points be on the line, but each night will allow Weekly members the ability to earn Weekly Series points with the Weekly Series Championship being extended through end of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.


In order to be eligible for the "One to Remember" race, driver must compete in the regular "Bill Hendren Memorial" event on Friday night and never have won a Late Model race of any kind or any headlining division feature event or prior "One to Remember" race.  The lineup will be determined off the qualifying times with a pill drawn for an invert (4, 6 or 8) depending on car count. 


Past "Bill Hendren Memorial" winners at Pittsburgh include Kyle Lukon (2019), Daryl Charlier (2017-2018), and John Mollick (2017).  Past "One to Remember" winners include Logan Zarin (2019) and Chuck Medved (2018).  Jeremy Wonderling leads the Touring Series points in search of his third straight championship.


Stay tuned for additional exciting announcements as the event draws near.  If anyone would like to get involved to help further grow the event, they can contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300. 


"Bill Hendren Memorial" presented by FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Pro Fabrication Feature Payoff EACH night: 1. $3,000  2. $1,500  3. $800  4. $600  5. $500  6. $475  7. $450  8. $425  9. $400  10. $350  11. $325  12. $310  13. $300  14. $295  15. $290  16. $285  17. $280  18-24. $275.  (25-26. $275 if provisionals are added).   Any driver not qualifying for Friday night's feature will receive $125.  Any driver not starting Saturday's Non-Qualifier will receive $125.


"One of to Remember" Non-Winners presented by Pace Performance Feature Payoff: 1. $800  2. $300  3. $225  4. $200  5. $150  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $105  11. $100  12. $95  13. $90  14. $85  15. $80  16-24. $75.


"Wheelman" Non-Qualifier Payoff (Night 2 only): 1. $500  2. $200  3. $195  4. $190  5. $185  6. $180  7. $175  8. $170  9. $165  10. $160  11. $155  12-24. $150. 


Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30.  For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223.  The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.


RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.


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.