By Mike Leone


July 13, 2015               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series has a busy week in store with three Touring Series events on tap.  Wednesday will feature the Series’ first ever Tour doubleheader with a Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Late Model Touring event along with the inaugural Bicknell Racing Products Sportsman Modified Touring race at Expo Speedway at the Trumbull County Fair.  Then on Sunday, action heads north across the border to Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada for a Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Late Model Touring Series event.


The Trumbull County Fair hosts their annual racing program at the 5/8-mile Expo Speedway in Cortland, Ohio on Wednesday.  Remember, racing begins early at the fair with heats at 6 PM due to no lights!  This year, the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds join the Late Models for the first time at Expo in their inaugural Bicknell Touring Series event.  The Late Model portion will pay $1,500 to-win, while the Sportsman Modifieds race for $600 to-win.  Both events will not only count toward its respective Touring Series, but also Sweeney Weekly Series points will be on the line for those member racers.  


It's been typical for the Late Model races to come right down to the wire with exciting finishes in front of the huge crowd in the covered grandstands.  Past winners include Bobby Powell (2008), Russell King (2011 & 2013), and Will Thomas III (2012), and Max Blair (2009-2010, 2014). 


The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are in their second year of operation and with car counts increasing, the Bicknell Touring Series was added this year.  Twenty-two different cars have hit the track this year with six different Bicknell Weekly Series winners in 10 races including Greg Martin with four, Nick Ritchey with two, and single victories to Adam Hilton, Rocky Kugel, Les Myers, and Kole Holden.


“Expo has always been a fun event for everyone,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “It’s a great atmosphere with the fair going on and the fan support is always great.  We have to thank Bud Rogers and the rest of the fairboard for continuing to allow us to bring our show to the Trumbull County Fair and this year allow our Sportsman Modifieds the opportunity to also race.”


Sunday’s Insinger/Sunoco Late Model Northern Tour event at Humberstone is the annual “Canadian National Late Model Championship” and will again pay $2,000 to-win!  It'll be part of the Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” format meaning the fast qualifier will receive $100 and each heat race winner will pocket $25!  Also, the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run to set the first four starting spots of the feature paying $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second, and $25 cash for third and fourth spot. 


Dennis Lunger, Jr. has had a lock on Sweeney Weekly Series competition this year at the Port Colborne, Ontario oval, which is located less than 20 minutes from Buffalo.  Lunger has won four straight races and seven of eight this season!  The only time he didn’t win was a runner-up to Rob Pietz on May 24.


“Humberstone has been a great partner of ours over the years,” stated RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone.  “We always look forward to our annual Touring race at Humberstone as it’s always one of the best races of the season on the high-banked, racey track.  Humberstone runs an efficient and professional operation, and has been an important pillar to allow for the growth of RUSH throughout Canada and New York.  The facility is also closer than most realize for many racers throughout western New York, northeast Pennsylvania, and northeast Ohio.” 


Blair enters the week still in control of the $10,000 pot of gold for the sweep of the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour, the Insinger/Sunoco Northern Tour, and the Sweeney Combined Late Model Touring Series titles.  The Centerville, Pa. driver has yet to finish worse than third in any of the point events to date with three victories.  Blair leads Brian Knowles by 51 points in the Southern Tour, 25 over Bryce Davis in the Northern Tour, and 85 over Jason Knowles in the Combined Tour points heading into the week.  The complete point standings are posted below.


Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in all three Series events.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase at each event. will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver finishing last on the lead lap.


At all three events for both Series, RUSH Officials will choose the "Maxima Performance" Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such.  The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice.  In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt.  The value of this prize package is $170!  


For the Sportsman Modified Series, RUSH Officials will determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels "Man of Steel" award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly.  The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel.


Expo Late Model Feature payoff: 1. $1,500  2. $800  3. $550  4. $410  5. $375  6. $340  7. $325  8. $295  9. $285  10. $280  11. $255  12. $250  13. $230  14. $225  15. $200  16. $195  17. $190  18-24. $185. 


Expo Sportsman Modified Feature payoff: 1. $600  2. $400  3. $300  4. $250  5. $225  6. $200  7. $170  8. $165  9. $160  10. $150  11. $140  12. $135  13. $130  14. $125  15. $120  16. $115  17. $110  18-24. $100.


Humberstone Late Model Feature payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $230  17. $220  18-24. $210. 

Humberstone Late Model Non-Qualifier payoff: 1. $175  2. $150  3. $140  4. $135  5. $130  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10-24. $105. Tow $100.


Bazell/Sunoco Southern Late Model Tour Points (Drivers must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Max Blair 632  2. Brian Knowles 581  3. Jason Knowles 577  4. Eric Wilson 574  5. John Waters 561  6. Steve Lowery 530  7. Michael Lake 410  8. Kyle Lukon 406  9. Rob Marhefka 384  10. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 280  11. Rick Singleton 273  12. Ryan Montgomery 238  13. Troy Shields 230  14. Reese Masiello 228  15. W.L. Stile 225  16. Ryan Markham 180  17. Chad McClellan 174  18. Joe Martin 162  19. Doug Gavette 158  20. Clay Ruffo 153  21. Russell Baird, Jr. 151  22. Randy Hall 89  23. Kyle Zimmerman 88  24. Nolan Dalton 72  25. Cody Dawson 71  26. Andrew Wylie & Josh Holtgraver 70.


Insinger/Sunoco Northern Late Model Tour Points (Drivers must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Max Blair 298  2. Bryce Davis 273  3. Jason Knowles 268  4. Brian Knowles 260  5. Randy Hall 257  6. Eric Wilson 255  7. John Waters 247  8. T.J. Downs 233  9. Doug Gavette & Ward Schell 158  11. Kyle Zimmerman & Phil Potts 98  13. Dennis Lunger, Jr. & Joe Martin 94  15. Chad Wright 88  16. Jeff Dayman 87  17. Adam Sixt 84  18. Matt Harvey 73  19. Jon Rivers 72  20. Michael Mitchell 70.


Combined Northern/Southern Late Model Tour Points (Drivers must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Max Blair 930  2. Jason Knowles 845  3. Brian Knowles 841  4. Eric Wilson 829  5. John Waters 808  6. Steve Lowery 530  7. Michael Lake 410  8. Kyle Lukon 406  9. Rob Marhefka 384  10. Randy Hall 346  11. Doug Gavette 316  12. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 280  13. Rick Singleton & Bryce Davis 273  15. Joe Martin 256  16. Ryan Montgomery 238  17. T.J. Downs 233  18. Troy Shields 230  19. Reese Masiello 228  20. W. L. Stile 225  21. Kyle Zimmerman 186  22. Ryan Markham 180  23. Chad McClellan 174  24. Ward Schell 158  25. Clay Ruffo 153  26. Russell Baird, Jr. 151  27. Phil Potts 98  28. Dennis Lunger, 94  29. Chad Wright 88  30. Jeff Dayman 87  31. Adam Sixt 84  32. Matt Harvey 73  33. Nolan Dalton & Jon Rivers 72  35. Cody Dawson 71  36. Michael Mitchell, Josh Holtgraver & Andrew Wylie 70.


You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  RACEceivers are mandatory at all events.  Transponders will not be used at Expo.  The red AMB transponders will be used at Humberstone.  There will be a $75 entry fee for the Late Models at Expo and $25 for the Modifieds and $100 for Humberstone. 


On Wednesday at Expo, pits open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 5:30 and racing at 6.  On Sunday at Humberstone, gates open at 4:30 with racing at 6:30. 


Expo Speedway is a 5/8-mile dirt track located at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds just north of Route 305 on Hoagland-Blackstub Road in Bazetta Township, Cortland, Ohio. Pit access is Gate A right past the church. ATVs and golf carts must be kept in the pits and cannot go outside this area. For more information, check out or call 330-637-6010.


Humberstone is a 3/8-mile owned by Linda Cosco and is celebrating its 56th anniversary this season.  Humberstone is located at 1716 Highway 3 East in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada L3K5V4.  For more information, check out their website at or call 905-834-4002.


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 Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.


RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.


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