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PACE “SUMMER CHASE” NEARING CONCLUSION; METHENY & PIETZ WIN 1ST CAREER SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL EVENTS

By Mike Leone *& Jim Zufall | August 20, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…Another great weekend for the member tracks of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series was completed.  Of the eight member tracks, six of them had the RUSH Late Models on the card for their respective race nights in addition to the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified event at Raceway 7.

While the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship for the RUSH Late Models continues through the month of September, one of the Series’ other programs, the Pace Performance “Summer Chase”, is set to conclude following the Labor Day Weekend.  Fifty-six drivers qualified for the nine-week chase, which began on July 1, by either being in the top 10 of the RUSH points at a weekly-sanctioned speedway or the Sweeney Tour points.

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BRYCE DAVIS HOLDS OFF MAX BLAIR AT MCKEAN TO WIN HIS 1ST SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR EVENT OF 2014; SEASON HIGH 38 CARS FOR MCKEAN COUNTY FAIR EVENT

By Mike Leone | August 14, 2014

(East Smethport, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its first of three stops of 2014 at the McKean County Raceway on Thursday evening.  Race #10 of the year was part of the 109th annual McKean County Fair and drew a large crowd despite unseasonably cool and breezy conditions.  A rain shower just before 7 p.m. delayed the program nearly 30 minutes.  A season high 38 cars from all over Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland were on hand. 

Bryce Davis led all 25 laps of the Sweeney Tour feature for his first win of the season, but it was far from easy as he had standout Max Blair and four-time Series winner Rick Singleton, who charged from the 12th and 13th starting spots respectively, breathing down his neck for over half of the event.  Ironically, it was the second straight year Davis has topped a 38-car field on the opening Sweeney Tour event at McKean.  The win was worth $1,200 as Davis became the sixth different inner of the season.

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SIXT WINS HIS 1ST SWEENEY RUSH WEEKLY SERIES EVENT IN 2014; DELLINGER WINS AGAIN ON THE $135 BILSTEIN “SEALED” SPEC SHOCKS

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | August 13, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The weatherman finally yielded an excellent weekend of racing during the past weekend, giving nearly all the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series member tracks a chance to get some racing in.

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ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES BECOMES MAJOR SWEENEY RUSH SPONSOR; POSTS RICHEST MFG NIGHT PRIZE WITH $2200 YAMAHA ELECTRIC START GENERATOR TO BE GIVEN AWAY ON AUG 30 AT MCKEAN

By Mike Leone | August 13, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…With the "$50,000 End of Summer Blowout" presented by Sunoco Race Fuels nearing on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31 at McKean County Raceway and Wayne County Speedway for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series, Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to welcome on Alternative Power Sources as a major Series sponsor.  Part of the weekend is "Manufacturers Night" at MCR, and Alternative Power Sources has posted the richest prize in the three-year history of the event!

With over $30,000 in prizes expected to be given away on "Manufacturers Night", Alternative Power Sources will have the top prize valued at over $2,100!  The lucky driver at McKean will win the EF40000DE/D Yamaha Electric Start Generator and wheel kit, the "all-star utility infielder" of the Yamaha generator team!  The prize winner will also have the ability to upgrade to an even bigger generator.

In addition, Alternative Power Sources is providing the RUSH Series with a Yamaha EF2000 Inverter RealTree Camo Generator for use in race night operations!  This generator is valued at $1,249.

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MCKEAN COUNTY FAIR RACE EVENT ON TAP THURSDAY FOR SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOURING SERIES

By Mike Leone | August 12, 2014

(East Smethport, PA)…After a successful venture into Canada at Humberstone Speedway on July 20, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returns to the States this Thursday night (August 14) in the first of three appearances of the season at McKean County Raceway.  The event is part of the 109th annual McKean County Fair with racing beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

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BRYCE DAVIS WINS 1ST OF 2014 TAKING $1000 SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SPECIAL AT FREEDOM; JORDEN PETERS CONTINUES TO BE HOT AT HUMBERSTONE

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | August 6, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…Once again the weather played a major role in the weekend’s racing, and most of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Weekly Series member tracks were unable to escape the rain.  In fact, only three speedways were able to beat Mother Nature- one on each day of the weekend.

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CHAD RUHLMAN PADS POINT LEAD IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES; DARIN HENDERSON MAKES IT 2-IN-A-ROW AT WINCHESTER TO TIE FOR PACE SUMMER CHASE LEAD

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | July 24, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…Weather was a force again at the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Weekly Series member tracks. Friday night seemed to be the best part of the weekend, and things got started off at Freedom Speedway in Delevan New York where Chad Ruhlman took his second victory in a row. Ruhlman is a perfect two-for-two since he made his first start at Freedom once the potential $200 bonus for winning at both Freedom and McKean was created. 

Ruhlman, who now has 10 RUSH Weekly Series wins, is just five shy of a perfect score and the $5,000 title.  Ward Schell had a season best runner-up and was followed by Jeremy Wonderling, Brad Mesler, and Bill Holmes.  The $1,000 to-win RUSH special that was originally scheduled for this Friday night has been moved to next Friday, August 1 due to McKean running Friday night.

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES ANNOUNCES CHANGES FOR 2015 TOURING SERIES; SEPARATE NORTHERN & SOUTHERN TOURING REGIONS CREATED AS SERIES CONTINUES STRONG FORWARD MOMENTUM

By Mike Leone | July 23, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…While the exact details are still in the early planning stages, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone felt it was important to make an early announcement  that in 2015 there will be two separate regions for the Sweeney Touring Series.  Separate Northern and Southern Touring Regions will be created with 8-12 non-conflicting events per region.

In 2014, RUSH greatly expanded its territory with Potomac (Mechanicsville, MD) and Winchester (VA) coming on board in the Mid-Atlantic as well as Freedom (Delevan, NY) and Humberstone (Port Colborne, ON, Canada) in the Northeast as weekly-sanctioned speedways.  All four of these speedways hosted a Sweeney Tour event in 2014 as part of the 20-event slate.  Preliminary talks are already underway with additional speedways to join the Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series program in 2015.

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JOHN WATERS WINS A WILD ONE FOR HIS 1ST EVER SWEENEY RUSH TOURING SERIES WIN IN $2000 “CANADIAN NATIONAL LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP” AT HUMBERSTONE

By Mike Leone | July 20, 2014

(Port Colborne, ON)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series went “north of the border” on Sunday for its first appearance at Humberstone Speedway.  Race #9 of the 2014 season was the “Canadian National Late Model Championship” and drew 23 teams from five different states plus Ontario, Canada.  Skies cleared in the afternoon after rain throughout the day and night on Saturday, which made for a fast and racey surface. 

Since joining up with the Sweeney RUSH Touring Series last September, New York’s John Waters has traveled all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic racing in five states with his best finish being a runner-up at southern Maryland’s Potomac Speedway.  On Sunday evening, Waters captured that elusive first career Sweeney Tour win, but had to go outside of the country to do it winning the “Canadian National Late Model Championship!  The 30-lap victory came after a late-race duel with point leader Ryan Montgomery, and was worth $2,000 plus $100 for setting Bobby Lake Motorsports fast time and an additional $25 in K&N Dash money.   

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ANDY MICHAEL’S SWEENEY RUSH MCKEAN VICTORY WAS HIS 1ST EVER IN A LATE MODEL; CHAD RUHLMAN’S 1ST FREEDOM WIN PUTS HIM INTO THE SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES POINT LEAD

By Mike Leone | July 18, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The member tracks of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model series batted .500 last weekend as weather and scheduling allowed only half of the member tracks to hold racing events last weekend.

That said, the weekend’s action at the weekly tracks didn’t get underway until after the RUSH Late Models took to the track as part of Expo Speedway’s two day show as part of the annual Trumbull County Fair in Cortland, Ohio that was won by Max Blair for $2,000.

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ANOTHER DOMINATING PITTSBURGH RUSH LATE MODEL WIN FOR RYAN MONTGOMERY BUT 1ST OF 2014 ON SWEENEY TOUR; ROB MARHEFKA WINS SWEENEY/PACE GM 604 ENGINE; SEASON HIGH 37 CARS

By Mike Leone | July 12, 2014

(Imperial, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its first appearance of the 2014 season to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  A season high 37 cars were on hand for race #8 from six different states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky.  Robby Marhefka was selected as the lucky recipient of the GM 604 engine valued at over $5,500 compliments of Sweeney and Pace Performance!    

Last year Ryan Montgomery tied for a Series high five victories on his way to runner-up in points.  This season, Montgomery has been consistent entering the night with six top six finishes in the first seven races to lead the points; however, hadn't been able to find victory lane.  There's no secret Montgomery has figured out the "Monster Half-Mile".  Last year, he swept the two-day "Pittsburgher" weekend and finished second in the other two Sweeney Tour events.  This year at Pittsburgh, Montgomery won two of the three Sweeney Weekly Series events he's entered and finished runner-up in the other one.

On Saturday night it was all Montgomery as he dominated his heat race then led every lap of 25-lap feature for his first Sweeney Tour win of 2014.  Montgomery has now won five of the last six races he's competed in at Pittsburgh.  The $1,500 victory was the sixth of his career in Sweeney Tour competition breaking the four-way tie for the all-time lead with Mike Pegher, Jr., Rick Singleton, and Max Blair. 

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HENDERSON WINS CAREER 1ST AT WINCHESTER; LEDINGHAM WINS 1ST AT HUMBERSTONE IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES ACTION

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone | July 11, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)…The weathermen handed a beautiful three-day weekend to the member tracks of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series to kickoff the month of July!  It was also the first of nine weeks under the Pace Performance “Summer Chase” for the RUSH Late Models.

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MAX BLAIR FLIES TO 1ST SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WIN OF 2014 AT THE FAST 5/8-MILE AT EXPO DURING THE TRUMBULL COUNTY FAIR

By Mike Leone | July 9, 2014

(Cortland, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series took part in day one of the two days of racing at Expo Speedway during the 166th annual Trumbull County Fair.  Race #7 of the 20-event slate saw scattered thunderstorms miss the fairgrounds all day, but a storm cell clipped the facility forcing a delay during the feature event.  Track crews along with the help of the racers got the big 5/8-mile oval back in racing shape for the conclusion of the program that also saw Joel Watson capture the E-Mods and Tim Callahan was victorious in the Mini Stocks.

Making just his second Sweeney Tour start of 2014, Max Blair put on a dominating effort in the 25-lap RUSH Late Model feature for his first Tour win of the season.  Blair led the first seven laps then waited out a lengthy rain delay before pulling away in the second half of  the event for his third career Expo win in seven years, worth $2,000.

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K&N FILTERS RENEWS WITH SWEENEY RUSH SERIES AS “COLD AIR INDUCTION DASH” PRESENTER; OVER $9,000 OF CONTINGENCIES TO BE AWARDED TO DRIVERS & FANS AT TOURING EVENTS

By Mike Leone | June 28, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)….The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series is proud to announce that Riverside, California-based K&N Filters has renewed their marketing partnership with the Series that will not only benefit the racers in both the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, but also the fans during the 2014 racing season.  All told, K&N will award over $9,000 in prizes!   

A nightly dash, which began at last weekend’s “Mid-Atlantic States Classic”, will be part of each of the Sweeney Late Model Tour events awarding a minimum of $200 in cash and contingencies!  At six chosen events, a lucky fan will also take home a K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500!  A lucky fan at each of the remaining events will receive a certificate for one free K&N Air Filter!

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VELOCITA-USA BECOMES MAJOR CONTINGENCY SPONSOR OF SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS & SPORTSMAN MODS IN 2014

By Mike Leone | June 19, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)… Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to welcome on another new marketing partner for the 2014 season.  Velocita-USA has come on board as a Major Contingency Sponsor of both the RUSH Late Model and RUSH Sportsman Modified divisions.

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RUSH POST-RACE COMPLETE TEARDOWN FROM MAY 18 AT ROARING KNOB DISQUALIFIES GEORGE KOWATIC; MICHAEL LAKE PASSES & IS AWARDED WIN

By Mike Leone | May 21, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)On Tuesday afternoon, May 20, the GM 604 crate engines from May 18 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series event apparent winner George Kowatic and runner-up Michael Lake were inspected during a complete tear-down by RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry and NeSmith Competition Director Tim Sims. 

The conclusive results were a disqualification of George Kowatic’s engine rebuilt by Powers Motors, while Michael Lake’s engine rebuilt by Race-1 met the specs per the GM Tech Manual.  With these finding, the following adjustments, fines, and penalties will be imposed:

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BILSTEIN SHOCK ABSORBERS SIGNS 2-YEAR AGREEMENT TO BE THE “OFFICIAL SHOCK” OF THE SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES; WILL PRESENT “STEEL CITY 100” FOR LM & “MFG NIGHT” FOR MODS

By Mike Leone | April 14, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to announce a two-year partnership with Bilstein Shock Absorbers.  Bilstein will be known as the “Official Shock” of the Sweeney RUSH Racing Series that includes both the Late Model and Sportsman Modified divisions.  Bilstein will also present the inaugural “Steel City 100” Sweeney Late Model Tour event on Sunday, June 8 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway and the inaugural “Manufacturers Night” for the Sportsman Modifieds at Lernerville Speedway.

While Bilstein Shocks will not be required on the Late Models, the $135 “sealed” spec shock will be a requirement for the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Series, which will debut at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, April 26....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

                                                      


SWEENEY RUSH SERIES TO ENDORSE RUSH "MEMORIAL CUP" KARTING SERIES; EVENTS TO BENEFIT REGIONAL CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS

By Jim Zufall | March 13, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series with its Late Model and Sportsman Modified divisions has begun a partnership with Brian Mathieson and Tracy Snyder to form the RUSH Memorial Cup Karting Series.

The Mathiesons, like so many others in this country, suffered a loss in their family when their son Blaise was lost to stillbirth in 2011. Two years after this tragedy, Brian and his wife Nicki held the inaugural Blaise Mathieson Memorial Kart Race at Goodhope Speedway in New Springfield, Ohio.  Mathieson explained how this event helped other families suffering similar circumstances. “The race benefitted the Makenna's Hugs Foundation that raises money for families who lose children to stillbirth, sudden infant death and early gestational loss.”

The success of the event impressed Mathieson and Snyder and they immediately felt they could do more.  That’s where the Sweeney RUSH Dirt Late Model and Sportsman Modified Series stepped in.

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES PARTNERS WITH NHRA'S DOUG HERBERT'S B.R.A.K.E.S. TO RAISE TEEN DRIVER AWARENESS

By Jim Zufall | February 23, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series has begun a partnership with a growing program aimed at raising safety awareness among teen drivers. Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School aims at teaching young drivers safety on the road in a way few other driver education programs can. B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) was started by NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver Doug Herbert after the tragic death of his two sons Jon and James.

Herbert was in Phoenix testing his dragster when he got the news no parent ever wants to hear. His older son, a typically inexperienced teen, was driving through and weaving in and out of traffic when crossed the road and hit another, much larger car. By all accounts the Herbert boys were killed instantly. “No parent wants to get the call that I got on that January morning,” says Herbert in a video created for the B.R.A.K.E.S. program. “But every day in America, about 15 families do.”

Herbert started B.R.A.K.E.S. with the specific purpose of reducing the number of families that have to get that awful news. Since the program began it has trained over 10,000 students from 28 states. In western Pennsylvania, Shirley Phillips leads the charge to train teens in the safe and realistic driving experience offered by BRAKES.....CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RELEASE   

                                                  
 

 

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