2015 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL “MANUFACTURERS NIGHT” PRESENTED BY MSD AT ERIEZ A SUCCESS; 47 DRIVERS SHARE IN OVER $42,000 OF CASH & PRODUCT PRIZES
By Mike Leone
July 30, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Erie, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series traveled to Eriez Speedway last Sunday night for an Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Touring Series event. The fourth annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance attracted a season high 47-car field. Over $32,000 in product as awarded along with over $10,300 in cash payoffs bringing the night's total to well over $42,000! Each of the 47 drivers received one of the 50 primary prizes valued at a minimum of $225 up to $2,200. Each driver also received at least one other certificate or prize with several receiving three or four prizes.
Each of the four "Manufacturers Nights" at Sharon Speedway (2012), Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (2013), McKean County Raceway (2014) and now Eriez Speedway (2015) have all drawn a minimum of 40 cars with the Sharon and Eriez events tying for the record of 47!
Sunday's big winner was Max Blair, who not only won the $1,500 to-win feature, but also drew the number one pill for the prize drawing, which was the Yamaha Electric Start Generator and wheel kit from Alternative Power Sources valued at $2,200. The second major prize was four F3 Tornado Brake Calipers from TBM Brakes valued at $1,800 and was won by Jeremy Wonderling. The third major prize valued at over $1,000 was a custom drivers suit, which will be designed by Velocita-USA and was won by Jim Johnson, who went on to win the non-qualifier event in his second career Tour start.
While Joe Long didn't make the feature, he was one of the night's bigger prize winners and had this to say, "Made out pretty good with the giveaways tonight; got a complete Jones Racing Products Alternator Kit and complete MSD ignition, coil, and plug wire set- around $1,100 in value! I can't thank Vicki Emig and everyone who donated products enough for putting this whole night together. This stuff will go a very long way for guys like me on low budgets."
Dusty Waters was one of the drivers that was lucky enough to receive four prizes in addition to his payoff and take home over $1,000 in prizes. He won a complete set of 4130 Black FK Rod Ends ($500) in the main drawing, a K&N Cold Air Induction System ($500) in the second drawing, along with a $25 Diversified Racing/Bulldog certificate for being an odd place finisher and a box of tearoffs from Ultra Shield for being one of the bottom 25 finishers.
Thanks to Bilstein Shocks for posting a special drawing of four of the "Bilstein Bandits" sealed, spec shocks valued at $540. The drawing was open to drivers currently running the shocks or wanting to participate in the program. Damian Bidwell was selected as the lucky winner. Bidwell was very interested in participating in the program, decided to enter the drawing, and won!
“We really couldn’t have been more pleased with how the night turned out,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “The weather was perfect, we had a great turnout of cars, and Bobby and Kathy Rohrer and all of the staff from Eriez were very accommodating for this 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 44 cars in the four events to date! Also special thanks to MSD for presenting this night and our one for the Sportsman Modifieds coming up August 9 at Sportsman's Speedway.”
The following companies participated in this great event with over $30,000 in prizes: Absolute Powder Coating, Allstar Performance, Alternative Power Sources, ARbodies, Bazell Race Fuels, Bernheisel Race Components, Bert Transmission, Beyea Headers, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, BSB Manufacturing, C. Smith Machineshop, Close Racing Supply, CrateInsider.com, Diversified Racing/Bulldog, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, FSR Racing Products, High Gear Speed Shop/Warrior Race Cars, Hoosier Tire Distributors (Applebee Motorsports, Big Daddy's Speed Center, Close Racing Supply, High Gear Speed Shop, HTMA, Imperial Heights Garage, Wedge Motorsports), HVH, Ingram Engines, Insinger Performance, Jones Racing Products, K&N, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lincoln Electric, Longacre, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD Performance, On Time Body & Graphics, Out-Pace Products, Precise Racing Products, Quick Car, Rocket Chassis, Steve's Auto & Truck Repair, Sunoco Race Fuels, TBM Brakes, Ultra Shield, Velocita-USA, and Wrisco Aluminum.
2015 “Manufacturers Night” Prize Winner List
Alternative Power Sources- Yamaha Electric Start Generator (EF40000DE/D)
and Wheel Kit ($2,200) (Max Blair)
2. TBM Brakes- (4) F3 Tornado Brake Calipers ($1,800) (Jeremy Wonderling)
3. Velocita-USA - Full Custom Drivers Suit ($1,000) (Jim Johnson)
11. Jones Racing Products - SBC 55+ Amp Radius Tooth HTD Alternator Kit ($557) (Joe Long)
48. Jones Racing Products - SBC Crate Serpentine Belt Drive Kit ($227) (Scott Gurdak)
49. FSR Racing Products - Aluminum Radiator ($175) & $50 CrateInsider.com Gift Certificate ($225) (Mike Lozowski)
· Bilstein Shock Absorbers – Four Bilstein Bandit Shocks ($540) (Damian Bidwell)
· Steve’s Auto - 2 complete dyno services $600 each ($1,200) (Lon Emerick & Matt Latta)
· K&N Cold Air Induction System ($500) (Dusty Waters)
· Ultra Shield - 25 gift certificates for one box (200ct count) of custom tearoffs to the bottom 25 finishers ($625)
· Ultra Shield - 10 20% off any purchase of an product (Jason Knowles, Daryl Charlier, Ward Schell, Randy Hall, Khole Wanzer, W.L. Stile, Rueben Schwartz, Kyle Zimmerman, Jim Johnson, Jeremy Wonderling)
· Diversified Racing/Bulldog - 25 $25 off the retail purchase of any product to all of the odd place finishers ($625)
· Keizer Aluminum Wheels – one $50 certificate toward the purchase of a wheel to the top 20 finishers ($1,000)
· BSB Manufacturing – two 50% off of 60 or 61 Series Shocks ($650-900 value each) (Damian Bidwell & Scott Gurdak)
· BSB Manufacturing - two 50% off set of birdcages ($475 value each) (Bruce Hordusky, Jr. & Bobby Pifer III)
· Fast Shafts - $250 off the purchase of a carbon fiber driveshaft (John Waters)
· Race event contingencies from K&N (Chad Wright & Ryan Scott), TBM Brakes (T.J. Downs), Maxima Racing Oils (Bryce Davis), Precise Racing Products (Dave Lyon), CrateInsider.com (Eric Wilson)
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Touring Series Race #5 (25 laps, $1,500 to-win): 1. Max Blair (111) 2. Bryce Davis (94) 3. Dave Lyon (14L) 4. Damian Bidwell (17HP) 5. John Waters (LeBarron 11) 6. Randy Hall (Suppa 4s) 7. Wayne Robertson (20) 8. Chad Wright (6) 9. Jason Knowles (4) 10. Mike Knight (Harvey 55) 11. Matt Latta (Bidwell B1D) 12. Jason Genco (Badgley 29J) 13. Daryl Charlier (12) 14. Ryan Scott (0) 15. Kyle Zimmerman (z17) 16. Brian Knowles (4) 17. Jeremy Wonderling (3J) 18. Wyatt Scott (X3) 19. Eric Andrus (54) 20. Mike Wonderling (74) 21. Chris Ottaway (9) 22. Eric Wilson (27W) 23. Scott Gurdak (5G) 24. Kyle Scott (3JR) 25. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. (3) 26. Ward Schell (Suppa 4s). (Note: Ward Schell took a Series provisional and Kyle Scott took a Track provisional.)
Non-Qualifier (10 laps, $150 to-win): 1. Jim Johnson (93J) 2. Bobby Pifer III (6P) 3. Dusty Waters (14W) 4. Jamie Brown (135) 5. Khole Wanzer (01W) 6. Tony White (27) 7. Nathan Earle (17E) 8. Rueben Schwartz (71LS) 9. Steve LeBarron (29) 10. Chad Schauers (28C) 11. Brad Mesler (24B) 12. Joe Long (71) 13. Clay Ruffo (14R)-DNS 14. Mike Lozowski (41)-DNS 15. W.L. Stile (1W)-DNS 16. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8)-DNS 17. Doug Ricotta (01)-DNS 18. Joe Martin (55)-DNS 19. Andrew Wylie (84)-DNS 20. Lon Emerick (3)-DNS 21. T.J. Downs (1)-DNS.
The next Sweeney Tour event will be on Sunday, August 16 for the rescheduled “Bill Emig Memorial” at Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pa. This will be an Insinger/Sunoco Northern Tour event paying $2,000 to-win with Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying. Race time is 6 p.m.
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.
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