By Mike Leone

July 1, 2013               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pulaski, PA)…As hard as it may be to believe, the 2013 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Weekly Series Championship has reached its mid-point of its inaugural season with three months in and three months to go.  With that said, the two-month $10,000+ Pace Performance “Summer Chase” will kick off this week and continues through Labor Day Weekend! 


Fifty-two different drivers have qualified for the Pace Performance “Summer Chase,” which will pay $3,000 to the champion down to $500 for 10th spot (see driver list and complete payoff below)!  Drivers qualified for the program by being RUSH members and being in the top 10 at any of the seven weekly-sanctioned speedway’s RUSH points (using RUSH’s point system) or by being in the top 10 of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series points at the end of June.



The rules of the “Summer Chase” and the goal are simple: race as much as you can and do as well as you can in RUSH-sanctioned events from now until September 2 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.  The same Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series point system will be in effect and those points will continue to accumulate through the end of September; however, for the “Summer Chase” drivers’ average points per event will be utilized.  Drivers must participate in a minimum of eight events to be eligible. 


“We could have added these funds onto our $25,000+ Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, but thought the Summer Chase would add a unique and exciting twist to the Series and at the same time possibly spread another $10,000 to additional racers,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “While our Sweeney Weekly program is based on racers’ best 15 finishes (best two finishes per weekend) for six months, this program gives racers additional incentive to go and race as much as possible and support our sanctioned speedways and events in the dog days of summer.”


Pace Performance “Summer Chase” $10,050 Point Fund: 1. $3,000  2. $1,500  3. $1,000  4. $800  5. $750  6. $700  7. $650  8. $600  9. $550  10. $500.


Qualified Pace Performance “Summer Chase Drivers: Russell Baird, Jr., Max Blair, Brian Booher, Jeff Compton, Nico Dabecco, Nolan Dalton, Craig Dean, Josh Double, Glenn Elliott, Matt Glanden, Rich “Critter” Hemphill, Ken Herman, Josh Holtgraver, Bob Kish, Rocky Kugel, Michael Lake, Butch Lambert, Chris Lander, Matt Latta, Joe Layfield,  Jon Lichy, Kyle Lukon, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Joe Martin, Chad McClellan, Chuck Medved, Brad Mesler, Ryan Montgomery, Garrett Mott, Bruno Mowery, John Over, Mike Pegher, Jr., Darren Peters, Jorden Peters, Ben Policz, Michael Reft, Clay Ruffo, Chad Ruhlman, Andrew Satterlee, Ward Schell, Troy Shields, Chad Silleman, Rick Singleton, Adam Sixt, Rick Strickler, Justin Tatlow, Will Thomas III, Shane Weaver, Tony White, Randy Wible, Eric Wilson, Jamie Wrightsman.


At the halfway mark of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series points, veteran John Over of Uniontown, Pa. is the current point leader over fellow Uniontown racer and 12-year-old Michael Lake.  Garrett Mott, Dennis Lunger, Jr., and Joe Martin are third through fifth in points.  The top 30 racers will share in over $25,000 with $5,000 going to the champion!


The “Futures Cup” points are also at the halfway point as Lake is the leader over Canadian Jorden Peters, Sharon winner Eric Wilson, Clay Ruffo, and Lauren Longbrake.  The top 10 racers will share in over $3,000 with $1,000 going to the champion!  Stay tuned for the announcement of the three stand-alone “Futures Cup” races that add points to driver’s Weekly Series point total.


Over $70,000 in cash will be paid out this season to RUSH members in the various point funds!


RUSH  weekly-sanctioned speedways include Allegheny Mountain Raceway (Kane, PA), Bradford (PA) Speedway, McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA), Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH), and The Rock – Allegany County Speedway (Cumberland, MD).


2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

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