PACE RUSH LATE MODELS' "BATTLE OF THE BAY" SPEEDWEEK SET TO KICKOFF RICHEST FLYNN'S TIRE/BORN2RUN LUBRICANTS TOURING SERIES IN HISTORY APRIL 14-17 AT DELAWARE, GEORGETOWN, POTOMAC & WINCHESTER
By Mike Leone
April 11, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...In just a matter of days, the Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC third annual "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek will get underway. The four-race kickoff to the Flynn's Tire/Born2Run Lubricants Touring Series will take place this Wednesday through Saturday, April 14-17 at Delaware International, Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways. The 2021 Tour point fund has more than doubled to $43,000 with a record $12,000 going to the champion!
For the second time, the opening round on Wednesday night at DIS will be designated as the "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" and is being presented by Cornerstone Builders, LLC. The race will pay a minimum of $3,500 to-win, $275 to-start. Team Blair Racing has posted $111 for the fastest overall qualifier, while the normal FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" $100 will now go to the fastest car in the other qualifying flight. Matt Glanden Racing has posted $50 to the winner of each heat race, which will be in addition to the normal $25 from FK Rod Ends meaning each heat winner at Delaware will take home $75.
Anyone still wishing to donate towards the "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" to help increase the purse can contact Shelby Bragdon at 302-853-0056 or Ray Huffman at 302-245-9609. Major financial contributors to the event include Aqua Electric, BiRite, Tim Justice Farms, Coastal Maintenance, Premo Team, Bobby Nibblett, and Dukes Lumber.
Following the DIS show, teams will head 20 miles up the road to Georgetown Speedway on Thursday night for $3,000 before heading to Maryland's Potomac Speedway for $3,000 on Friday night, and concluding with Winchester Speedway for the $3,000 to-win finale on Saturday night.
All of the events will include $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" Qualifying, $25 FK Rod Ends heat races, and the Sunoco Dash, which will award the winner the pole position and a $100 Sunoco fuel card. All of the features are scheduled for 30 laps and a non-qualifier will be run nightly paying $200 to-win, $150 to-start.
Once again, there will be a $3,000 "Battle of the Bay" point fund for RUSH member racers that will pay $1,000 to-win down 10 positions providing at least three of the events are completed. If two events are completed, the point fund will be pro-rated. And in addition, a $150 travel package will again be available for each competing top 10 drivers in 2020 Tour points. Drivers must compete in at least two events including the first race of Speedweek to be eligible.
"We're excited to get the 2021 season underway and there's no better way of doing it than our 'Battle of the Bay' swing," acknowledged Vicki Emig. "The first two years had solid growth and we were really gearing up for a big 2020 when COVID-19 hit forcing the cancellation. Now we're ready to roll for 2021 bigger than ever. We have to thank the promoters of the Delaware, Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester for continuing to host the Speedweek with the increased purses structures. It's also an honor to again have the 'Raelyn Huffman Memorial" as a RUSH Tour event part of Speedweek."
The 2020 "Battle of the Bay" was lost due to COVID-19. The 2019 "Battle of the Bay" saw 62 different drivers compete from eight different states (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina) plus Ontario, Canada in the three completed events as the Potomac show was rained out. Thirty-five drivers participated in all three events (DIS, Georgetown & Winchester), which was an increase of seven from the 28 that participated in all 2018 events. The opening event at DIS attracted 53 cars, which was a "Battle of the Bay" record. Seven of the eight scheduled "Battle of the Bay" events have been completed over the first two years with no less than 40 cars at any of the events!
Jeremy Wonderling will begin his title defense for his unprecedented fourth straight Tour title, but none as big as the $12,000 that's on the line in 2021. The majority of the Tour regulars from the past two seasons will return to in addition to several other drivers slated to take on the tour for the first time.
Past Delaware Tour winners: Max Blair (2018 & 2019). Past Georgetown Tour winners: Ross Robinson (2018) and Max Blair (2019). Past Potomac Tour winners: Rick Singleton (2014), Walker Arthur (2015), and Logan Roberson (2018). Past Winchester Tour winners: Rick Singleton (2014), Walker Arthur (2015), Allen Brannon (2015), and Logan Roberson (2018 & 2019).
Delaware Feature Payoff: 1. $3,500 2. $1,750 3. $900 4. $700 5. $550 6. $500 7. $475 8. $450 9. $425 10. $400 11. $375 12. $350 13. $325 14. $300 15. $290 16. $285 17. $280 18-24. $275.
Georgetown, Potomac & Winchester 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. $270 15. $265 16. $260 17. $255 18-24. $250.
Non-Qualifier Payoff Each Night: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150. Tow $125
"Battle of the Bay" Speedweek Point Fund ($3,000*): 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $225 5. $200 6. $180 7. $150 8. $140 9. $130 10. $125. (A minimum of three events must be completed or will be pro-rated with two events being completed. No point fund if only one event is completed. Drivers must be a member of RUSH to be eligible for point fund monies.)
Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars at each event. 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 each night at each event.
The feature winner each night will receive a 5-Gallon Race Jug from Precise. Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler each night starting with the winner at DIS, second place for race two, and so on. In addition to a $100 Sunoco gift card for the Sunoco Dash winner, one driver will be randomly selected each night at the drivers meeting for a $100 Sunoco gift card.
Pit notes and the tentative agenda for each event can be found at the following links:
· DIS: https://rushlatemodels.com/DelawareAgenda041421.pdf
· Georgetown: https://rushlatemodels.com/DelawareAgenda041421.pdf
· Potomac: https://rushlatemodels.com/PotomacAgenda041621.pdf
· Winchester: https://rushlatemodels.com/WinchesterAgenda041721.pdf
Comfort Suites Seaford is the "Official Hotel" of the DIS and Georgetown events. Call the hotel at 302-262-8085 and ask for the RUSH Racing Group Rate.
Comfort Suites Waldorf is the "Official Hotel" of the Potomac event and is located at 11765 Business Park Dr, Waldorf, MD 20601. The phone number is 301-579-0060. Direct booking link: www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/WJ60G7
You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete; only to be eligible for "Battle of the Bay" point fund along with all other championship programs. The AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used at Delaware and Georgetown, while the Westhold transponders will be used at Potomac and Winchester. One-way driver radios are always mandatory on the default 454.000 channel with the exception at DIS as channel 468.725 will be used. There will be a $100 entry fee each night.
The "Battle of the Bay" events will also count towards the RUSH National Weekly Series Championships and "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers. In addition, points will also be awarded for the expanded "Track Pack" at the weekly-sanctioned tracks of Delaware, Potomac, and Winchester. The expanded track pack features a $2,500 per track point fund for the top six racers in RUSH member points at year's end with $1,000 going to the champion.
The 2021 Touring Series is being presented by new marketing partners Flynn's Tire along with Born2Run Lubricants. The "Battle of the Bay" will make-up four of the 23 events on the 2021 schedule as drivers compete for the richest Chevrolet Performance Crate Engine Touring Series championship with $43,000 on the line. Points will be accumulated at each Marquee Event. Drivers can use Platinum Event(s) to replace worst Marquee finishes and/or up to two for missed Marquee Events. Memberships forms are available at https://rushlatemodels.com/memberships.html.
Delaware International Speedway is a 1/2-mile track located at 37854 Sussex Highway, Delmar, DE 19940. DIS is located on a 125 acre Motorsports Complex which house's three racing facilities in one. The Speedway will celebrate their 51st consecutive year, when it opens in April. For more information on DIS, check out their website at www.delawareracing.com. The track office number is 302-846-3911. You can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DelawareRacing and follow them on Twitter @delawareracing.
Georgetown Speedway is a 1/2-mile clay oval located at 24505, 24513 S. Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947. Brett Deyo signed a three-year lease that runs through 2022 and improvements continue at the Sussex County track, which hosted its first race in 1950. The speedway operates on a special-events-only schedule with high-profile programs from March through October. For more information on Georgetown, check out their website at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. You can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GeorgetownSpeedway and follow them on Twitter @thegtownspdwy.
Potomac Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track operated by Denise and Ronnie Hollidge. The track is located on Route 234 at 27963 Budds Creek Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. The track first opened in 1973, and is located about an hour south of Washington D.C and Baltimore. For information, check out their website at www.potomacspeedway.com or call 301-481-8855. You can like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotomacSpdwy and follow them on Twitter @PotomacSpdwy.
Winchester Speedway is also a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track located just off Route 50 at 950 Airport Road Winchester, VA 22604. The track first opened in 1936 under the name of Airport Speedway. The track has been home to the Winchester 200, a major Super Late Model event, since 1963! For more information, check out their website at www.winchestervaspeedway.com or call 301-481-8855. You can like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/wincvaspeedway and follow them on Twitter @Wincvaspeedway.
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, Born2Run Lubricants, Flynn's Tire & Auto Service, FK Rod Ends, 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Stop-Fyre, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage, 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. The RUSH Late Model website is www.rushlatemodels.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.