PACE PERFORMANCE RUSH SERIES SLOWLY RETURNING TO RACING WITH BIGGEST WEEKEND TO DATE ON TAP
By Mike Leone
June 12, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...After more than two and a half months downtime due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sights and sound of auto racing is slowly returning to the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC tracks. In fact, the biggest weekend to date is planned with RUSH-sanctioned racing taking place in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Prior to this weekend, only four RUSH-sanctioned events have been completed with only three since the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Late Models, Matt Hill was victorious back at Georgetown Speedway on March 15 and has since recorded a runner-up at Potomac Speedway's opener on May 30 and captured his season's second win during the opener at his home track Delaware International Speedway on June 6 to take the early lead in the National Weekly Series Championship standings. Other winners have included Dale Hollidge at Potomac and J.J. Mazur at the Bradford Speedway opener on June 7. Mazur's win came over an all-time Bradford record high 21-car field in the first race under new promoter Dennis Cummings!
So far the only other RUSH division on dirt to get a race in thus far this season was the Pro Mods at Bradford with Greg Johnson taking his first win at the track. The RUSH Asphalt Series got underway on June 6 at Jennerstown Speedway with a record car count on hand for the current management. It was great to see 16 Late Models that utilize the RUSH sealing program take part in opening night!
In addition to all of the above tracks in action, Genesee Speedway swung its gates open on Thursday night with the first program in the state of New York albeit without fans but the nonetheless Jimmy Johnson topped a 22-car field. New owners Terry and Nikki Brewer will begin their journey of race track ownership on Saturday night at New York's Woodhull Raceway that will also include a "King of the Ring" knockout style match race. Like Genesee, no fans are permitted.
Winchester Speedway will open the Virginia racing season on Saturday, but also without fans. Dave Alexander's second year of ownership at Eriez Speedway will get underway on Sunday evening. Lernerville Speedway, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, and Raceway 7 are all one step closer to racing action as all three tracks have an open practice on tap this weekend.
Hopefully the first events for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series and the Equipment Rental Options RUSH Sprint Cars Weekly Series will get underway very soon. Also, the new RUSH Karting Series is very close to debuting as its sanctioned tracks.
"I'm so happy for our racetracks that have been given the green light to start racing," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "We're also very hopeful that we will begin to see the same positive result for all of the others in the very near future. Everyone has been working so hard to be able to swing their doors open and get us back to racing. It's certainly a challenging situation and not as easy as some may think to be able to return to racing. I'm confident that RUSH racers and fans will turn out in great numbers to support their efforts once everyone does get up and running."
RUSH reminds racers that have yet to send in their memberships to do so as soon as possible. Memberships are available on each division's respective website.
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Equipment Rental Options, 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, Trailer-Alarms.com, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Accu-Force Dynos & Testers, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
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