By Mike Leone


April 25, 2019            


(Pulaski, PA)…Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are embarking on their 13th season of developing crate engine racing in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  The heart of the Series continues to be the Weekly Series program amongst its Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock divisions.


Tens of thousands of dollars in "weekly" series championship cash point funds have again be posted in 2019,  which does not include the more than $130,000 in valuable product that will be posted for "Manufacturers Nights" presented by MSD Performance.  Also, the new "$500 Club" (see below) will pump another $7,000 cash to "weekly" Late Model racers at their Touring venues.  With "Touring" Series monies added all told RUSH is expects to influx well over $275,000 of cash and valuable product to their racers in 2019! 


"There's no doubt that our 'weekly' championship programs are the driving force behind the success of the entire RUSH Series," explained Vicki Emig.  "These programs are designed to reward racers who support our weekly-sanctioned speedways; if our speedways are healthy then so is RUSH.      


The dirt Late Model division started it all for RUSH in 2013.  Today, 14 different speedways from Canada into the Mid-Atlantic  run the Chevrolet Performance 604 crate engine division weekly with an additional 14 hosting  either special Weekly Series of Touring Series events.  Those 14 weekly-sanctioned tracks each allow their top five RUSH member racers to share in $800 cash, which is part of the "Weekly Track Pack Bonus".


Leading the "weekly" program for the Late Models is the $27,525 "National Weekly Series" Championship that awards $5,000 to the champion and pays down 40 positions.  Member drivers best 12 finishes at any RUSH-sanctioned event from March through September 29 (best two per weekend) are used. 


The third facet to the "weekly" program is the $10,000+ Pace Performance "Summer Chase".  The top 10 RUSH member drivers at each weekly-sanctioned track & the Touring Series through June 30 are eligible.  The program is based on drivers' average point finish in all RUSH-sanctioned events competed in (minimum 6 races) from July 1 through Labor Day plus 0.5 bonus point per night competed over the six-race minimum, which adds on to average point score.  This program allows a "fresh start" to eligible racers without changing the "National Weekly Series" Championship points. 


The final facet of the "weekly" program for the Late Models is the "Futures Cup".  Each year, the top 10 eligible member teenage racers compete for their own championship that pays $500 to-win.   Over the past eight years the participants in this program and the program itself have not only been recognized locally, but nationally; and RUSH couldn't be prouder of these kids.  David Pangrazio was the 2018 champion, and appears headed to a lot of success just as our past "Futures Cup" champions have accomplished.


Though part of the "Touring Series", the new "500 Club" will allow five Late Model drivers from the host speedway's top 15 in points (or the closest nearby track if not at a weekly-sanctioned track) the ability to win an additional $100 cash bonus at Sweeney Touring Series events!  The "500" Club will influx an additional $7,000 of available cash into the hands of RUSH "weekly" racers who participate in RUSH Touring events!  The "$500 Club" will take place at all Sweeney Tour events with the exception of the Pittsburgh "Manufacturers Night" and at the Quebec events, which will have a separate promotion.


"Over the years we've worked very hard to diversify how the weekly championship monies are distributed and tweaked some of the program so that we can maximize the number of racers who can receive a share," continued Emig.  "It would be very easy to pay $10,000 to our National Weekly Champion and perhaps only 10 positions, but by offering all of the other uniquely designed RUSH 'weekly' programs, we have found more racers benefit as well as the speedways.  In fact, over the years we've seen racers never leave their home track and capture several thousand dollars from our program."   


The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will begin their sixth year of operations on April 27 at Tyler County Speedway.  Member racers compete for the $3,000 to-win Hovis Auto & Truck Supply "Weekly Series" Championship- the richest of any "weekly" program for RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  The championship program utilizes member racers best 12 finishes throughout the season and pays down 20 positions. 


Sharon Speedway continues to be the home track where the car counts have rose each year.  Sharon averaged 10.6 cars per night in 2014.  That average grew to 14.3 in 2015 and really jumped in 2016 to 22.5 per night.  The 2017 season saw more growth with 23.9 per night and even more this past season at 26.8 per night.  An all-time division record 38 cars turned out for "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance on August 25.  Only two times in the past three years has the car count dropped below 20 and not since August 12, 2017.  With that said, a new "Wheelman" Bonus Event Series has been added weekly at Sharon for non-winners that will have a race purse in addition to a point fund that will pay the top five racers, including $300 to the champion. 


Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway picks up the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds when Sharon doesn't have them and runs them any opportunity they can.  Their counts have also grown.  Racers will be able to compete at two new venues in 2019 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV and Dog Hollow Speedway in Northern Cambria, Pa. plus the first ever Tour race at PPMS for the "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial".  Those events and others will be part of the "Touring" Series that has a separate point fund.  Blaze Myers is coming off a win in the Touring Series finale at Lernerville that propelled him to the "Futures Cup" crown.


The RUSH Sprint Cars debuted in 2018 with 21 cars part of the inaugural season.  Thanks to Bonnell's Rod Shop and of course branding sponsor Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance, over $20,000 is posted for the 20-position point fund with $5,000 to the champion.  The 2018 champion was Chad Ruhlman, whose best 12 finishes topped all competitors.  Currently, 33 events are part of the 2019 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series schedule.  There's also the "Futures Cup" that will crown an inaugural champion in 2019.  A minimum of 12 new racers have been confirmed.


The RUSH Pro Mod division continues its steady growth with weekly car counts at home tracks Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY and Old Bradford Speedway near Bradford, Pa.  Year number four will again feature a more than $15,000 Sweeney "Weekly Series" point fund for the top 20 member racers boasting $3,500 to-win plus the "Futures Cup".


Rounding out the RUSH Weekly Series Championship dirt program is the Pro Stock division that competes weekly at Lernerville Speedway.  RUSH member racers can also compete with the Stock division at other RUSH-sanctioned speedway and accumulate points toward the championship program.  Last year, Tyler Dietz stopped Corey McPherson's two-year title run earning the $1,000 championship amongst the more the $5,000 point fund that is split between the top 15.


RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance 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,, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA,, and Valley Fashions.


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