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March 15, 2016(By Doug Kennedy)

(Pulaski, PA)...Racing and controlling cost seems to be the perfect marriage for local and regional dirt drivers that have chosen to compete in the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance. One of the most important pieces of the success of the RUSH program has to do with their rebuild, repair, and sealing program; one that is shared throughout the country with both the Sweeney RUSH Racing Series and sister series NeSmith. GM crate engines utilized in either of these programs are required to be properly sealed if the motor does not have the original GM sealing bolts. 

The two series joined forces in the fall of 2012 and the relationship has proved to be extremely beneficial to crate racing throughout the entire Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Deep South. By aligning their technical rules packages hundreds of Crate Late Model racers now have an opportunity to race from as far north as 100 miles northeast of Toronto, Ontario, Canada into the Deep South with the peace of mind that both Series are working on a daily basis on their behalf.  RUSH's headquarters are based in Pulaski, Pa. while NeSmith's are located in Cartersville, Ga.
As crate racing has evolved and escalated, the rebuild/repair and sealing process of the engines have become "hot" topics.  Emig believes that most of the misunderstanding is simply because the process is obviously so different from open engine racing.
"Over the years both Mike and myself have heard a few stories about the credibility of crate racing in different situations," stated RUSH Series Co-Director Vicki Emig. "I'm sure some of those are true, but as in anything, you and the product you represent are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. I certainly can't rebuild or tech a motor, but I am extremely confident that the individuals that surround our efforts with RUSH are some of the most knowledgeable and competent people in the country when it comes to crate engined racing and I can assure you we all work as a team." 
The RUSH Series has adopted NeSmith's Crate Racin,USA sealing system for their Late Model & new Pro Modified programs, while they utilize their own sealing system for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Read more on page 2.....

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

It's nice to think that you are going to keep the costs of racing down. In the short term you may keep engine costs down, but in reality this series like all other local series will falter and eventually stall out. There are not enough people who have the kind of disposable income to field a competitive car. Albeit, there are a few drivers who continue to race knowing that they will always finish mid pack or worse. I guess you have to admire their chutzpah, or wonder at their stupidity to throw that kind of money away week after week. Even if someone loves to participate that much, at some point in time they should hang up the fire suit. Remember all old racers: the older they get, the faster they went!!
Don't get me wrong, I have always enjoyed dirt track racing as much as the next fan. But I see a few people trying to keep interest up but the fans can't afford to attend every week. Most drivers eventually realize they can't keep dumping money into a "hobby" that is expensive to begin with and the costs are rising much faster than the purses are. Again, this is a step to try to contain costs but will, in the long run, see a diminishing level of participation. Sad but true in today's economy. Sadly, the days of a car being built out of old oil field pipe and flat towed to the track are gone. There were still as many great races, or more back then. Which goes to show, quantity of horsepower, awesome traction and great handling don't make good races. But car count does!!