2014 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL “MANUFACTURERS NIGHT” AT MCKEAN A SUCCESS; 43 DRIVERS SHARE IN OVER $40,000 OF CASH & PRODUCT PRIZES
By Mike Leone
September 3, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series traveled to McKean County Raceway last Saturday night for “Manufacturers Night”. Despite a forecast of 60-80% chance of thunderstorms, a season high 43 drivers from all over Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ontario, Canada participated in the third annual event, but the first at the East Smethport, Pa. facility as over $40,000 in cash and product prizes were distributed.
It was a big night for Joe Martin, who not only won his first career Sweeney RUSH Touring Series event worth $1,500, but also captured several contingency prizes. The Mayport, Pa. driver was the lucky recipient of a new custom driver’s suit from Velocita-USA valued at $1,000. Martin was also awarded Driven Oil’s “Slick Move of the Night worth a Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean and $50 certificate. Martin, as well as all competing drivers, also received a gift certificate for a box of 200 custom tearoffs from Ultra Shield Race Products.
"I really appreciate all of the gifts tonight," expressed the 29-year-old race winner racer. "I have to thank Mike (Leone) and Vicki (Emig) for what they do for RUSH. Tonight is a big deal. I don't know anyone in the country that does something like this.”
All 43 racers won at least two product prizes, 34 racers received at least three prizes, and a few were lucky enough to win four or even five prizes! Keizer Aluminum Wheels provided the bottom 20 finishes with a $50 certificate toward the purchase of a wheel.
While Bruno Mowery failed to make the feature finishing second in the non-qualifier race, he left with McKean as the night’s biggest prize winner. The Allegany, Pa. driver won the grand prize from Alternative Power Sources- the $2,200 EF40000DE/D Yamaha Electric Start Generator and wheel kit, the "all-star utility infielder" of the Yamaha generator! Mowery also won a Pro Model SA-2010 flat black racing helmet from RaceQuip, 200 tearoffs from Ultra Shield, and the $50 certificate from Keizer! His prizes were worth well over $2,500!
Jason Knowles was another driver who had a huge night! The New York racer recorded his career best Sweeney Tour finish with a second place and won the second grand prize drawing of four F3 Tornado “Anniversary Edition” Brake Calipers from TBM Brakes valued at $1,800. Knowles also won a $50 off a fender nose combo kit from ARbodies and of course the 200 tearoffs from Ultra Shield.
“We really couldn’t have been more pleased with how the night turned out,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “The weather held off for us, we had a great turnout of cars, a new winner, and McKean promoter Chris Zuver and staff were very accommodating for this great event. I cannot thank all the great product companies (see list below) that participated in this awesome night! The racers continue to turnout and support this event as we’ve averaged over 43 cars in the three events despite the weather and several other events taking place.”
The following companies participated in this great event with over $30,000 in prizes: Absolute Powder Coating, Allstar Performance, Alternative Power Sources, ARbodies, Bert Transmission, Beyea Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Classic Ink, Close Racing Supply, CrateInsider.com, Daytona 1, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Frankland Racing Supply, FSR Racing Products, High Gear Speed Shop, Hoosier Tire Distributors (Applebee Motorsports, Big Daddy's Speed Center, Close Racing Supply, High Gear Speed Shop, HTMA, Imperial Heights Garage, Wedge Motorsports), Ingram Engines, Insinger Performance, Jones Racing Products, K&N Filters, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lincoln Electric, Longacre, MSD Performance, On Time Body & Graphics, Precise Racing Products, Quick Car, Race-1, RaceQuip, R2C Performance, Rocket Chassis, Steve’s Auto & Truck Repair, Sunoco Race Fuels, TBM Brakes, TurboStart, Ultra Shield Race Products, Velocita-USA, Warrior Race Cars, and Wrisco Aluminum.
“Manufacturers Night” Prize Winners List
August 30, 2014 - McKean County Raceway:
1. Alternative Power Sources- Yamaha Electric Start Generator (EF40000DE/D) and Wheel Kit ($2,200) (Bruno Mowery)
2. The Brake Man- (4) F3 Tornado “Anniversary Edition” Brake Calipers ($1,800) (Jason Knowles)
3. Velocita-USA - Full Custom Drivers Suit ($1,000) (Joe Martin)
Ultra Shield Race Products - (50) Gift Certificates for 1 Box (200 ct.) of Custom Tearoffs to Each Competitor ($1,180)
Keizer Aluminum Wheels - $50 Certificate Valid Towards Purchase of Wheel to Bottom 20 Finishers ($1,000)
BSB Manufacturing - 50% off set of 4, 60-Series Shocks &
C/O Kits ($760) (Zack Carley)
K&N Filters - One Cold Air Induction Intake System ($500) (Bobby Whitling)
BSB Manufacturing - 50% off set of Aluminum Bearing
Birdcages ($475) (Adam Sixt)
ARbodies - (8) $50-Off (1) Fender Nose Combo Kit ($400) (Eric Wilson, Bryce Davis, Justin Smith, Bill Mesler, Dusty Waters, Jason Knowles, Matt Latta, Ryan Montgomery)
Allstar Performance (4) $50 Gift Certificate to Other Division Feature Winners ($200)
Ultra Shield Race Products - (8) Border-Style Window Nets
($110) (Brad Mesler, Junior Peters, Rob Marhefka, Luke Carleton, Tony White,
John Waters, Jeremy Adamik, Chad Ruhlman)
Race-1 - Certificate for $100 off the Purchase of a New Stealth Carburetor ($100) (Damian Bidwell), Certificate for $100 off the Purchase of a New Stealth Carburetor ($100) (Brady Wonderling), Certificate for $100 off Dyno/Break-In Service with the Purchase of a New Engine or Rebuilt Engine ($100) (Cody Mason), Certificate for $100 off Dyno/Break-In Service with the Purchase of a New Engine or Rebuilt Engine ($100) (Mark Moats, Jr.), Certificate for $50 off Dyno Service ($50) (Andrew Wylie), Certificate for $50 off Dyno Service ($50) (Kyle Lukon)
K&N Filters - $100 Certificate to Dash Winner (Brady Wonderling) & $50 Certificate to Dash Runner-Up (Bryce Davis)
Precise Racing Products - $100 Hard Charger Certificate
Driven Race Oil - Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean & $50 Certificate (Joe Martin)
TBM Brakes - 3 Bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid & Certificate good for either $50 off of a Purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any TBM Brakes Purchase (Cody Dawson)
Crate Innovations - Accelerator-1 Carb Spacer Kit to 11th Place Finisher (Cody Mason)
Crate Innovations - Moroso Custom Plug Wire Set to Last Finishing Driver on Lead Lap (Justin Smith)
The Sweeney Tour will return to action on Friday, September 12 for the “Gary Knollinger Memorial” paying $1,500 to-win at Sharon Speedway followed by Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 13 for an event that will also include the rescheduled “Steel City Roulette” drawing!
RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Driven Racing Oil, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, Utsinger’s Towing, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.
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