By Mike Leone

December 27, 2013               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…Over the past several weeks Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been extremely busy working and meeting with promoters and sponsors throughout the region as they prepare for the upcoming 2014 season. 


Recent trips to both the Parts Peddler Show in Syracuse, New York and Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana proved to be very productive as numerous new Major Contingency Sponsors were secured.  It is expected that well over $70,000 in actual product will be awarded to both RUSH Late Model and Sportsman Modified racers in 2014.   One of those companies renewing and also expanding their sponsorship program in 2014 is FK Rod Ends. 


This respected and nationally recognized company led by Maria Melillo and based in Southington, Connecticut will award product to not only the RUSH Sweeney Late Model Series in 2014, but also the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Series. Through this commitment, FK Rod Ends will become the first company to participate in both series as Major Contingency Sponsor! 


As part of their “Major Contingency” sponsorship package, FK Rod Ends will award four complete sets of FK Rod Ends ($2,000 value) at the Late Model “Manufacturers Night” to be held at McKean County Raceway on Saturday, August 30.  This event has become one of the most anticipated events on the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series as over $30,000 in product is awarded to RUSH racers!

FK Rod Ends will also post $1,000 in product to the Sportsman Modifieds with the majority, if not all, of the product being posted at their inaugural "Manufacturers Night" at a date and location to be announced.  It is expected that over $5,000 in actual product will be awarded on this night.    


“I cannot thank FK Rod End representative Maria Melillo enough for her support of our Series.” stated Emig.  "FK Rod Ends became a great sponsor of RUSH last season, and we are thrilled to have them not only return, but also be the first company to get involved with both of our Series.  FK is very pro-active in promoting their company and are big supporters of racing as a whole.  The four sets of rod ends, which are valued at approximately $500 per set, will again be a great prize that four lucky Late Model drivers will be able to receive on August 30.  Manufacturers Night will be an entirely new concept to Modified racers in our area, and we're sure the FK Rod End sets will be greatly sought after these racers as well." 


F.K. Bearings came onto the scene quietly over 30 years ago.  They did not make a huge splash, but quickly won the customers over with fair pricing, and plenty of inventory.  While the industrial market struggled to get product from the old stand-bys, the racing market embraced a supplier that would maintain inventory throughout the limited season. To further assure timely delivery, F.K. set up two regional warehouses. Filled to the brim with inventory, these warehouses can offer localized service for emergency orders.


Over the years the F.K. Bearings product line has grown to encompass many different industries. From the wilds of Baja Mexico, to the "good old boys" of NASCAR....from mowers to care for your lawn, to fitness equipment to groom your body, you'll find F.K. Rod Ends!  Check out their website at


Stay tuned for more exciting sponsorship announcements during the offseason. 


2013 RUSH Late Model 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,, and Valley Fashions.


2014 RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, Precise Racing Products, and FK Rod Ends.

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