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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


June 28, 2017
(By Mike Leone)

(Pulaski, PA)...A huge weekend is in store for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance. Friday night (June 30) will see both the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series and Bicknell Sportsman Modified Touring Series in action at Lernerville Speedway. On Saturday night, Sharon Speedway will host the Bicknell Sportsman Modified Touring Series and "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with the first ever Sweeney Late Model Touring Series event at Old Bradford Speedway. Race time is 7:30 on Friday night, 7 on Saturday night, and 6 on Sunday night.

Friday's event at Lernerville has become an annual pairing for both the Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds with the BOSS Sprint Car Series. The weekly RUSH Pro Stocks will also be in action. Friday will be a $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Sweeney Tour event for the Late Models and a $600 to-win Bicknell Tour event for the Sportsman Modifieds at the Sarver, Pa. oval.

Last year's event saw Bryce Davis top a 34-car Late Model field, while Nick Ritchey won the Sportsman Modified portion. Lernerville has yet to host a RUSH Late Model event this season; however, the Sportsman Modifieds have run a pair of Bicknell Weekly Series events this season with Rocky Kugel winning both over a 24-car field in April and 20-car field in May.

Five of the seven scheduled 2017 Sweeney Tour events for the Late Models have been completed with four different winners. Bryce Davis, who won at Outlaw Speedway, currently leads the points by 10 over Jeremy Wonderling, the Series' only repeat winner. Wonderling won the $2,000 opener at Stateline Speedway and last Sunday's $2,000 "Bill Emig Memorial" at Tri-City Raceway Park. Defending Series Champion, John Waters, has a win at Genesee Speedway and is third in points. Charlie Sandercock became the first Canadian to win a Sweeney Tour event when he won in his home country at Merrittville Speedway on May 22.

Meanwhile, the Sportsman Modifieds have completed two Bicknell Touring Series events this season with Kyle Martell ironically winning both over 26-car fields. The Ravenna, Ohio 17-year-old won his first ever race at Thunder Mountain Speedway on June 9 then did the same last Sunday at Tri-City. Martell, the 2016 "Futures Cup" Champion, has a 15-point lead on Anthony Gillespie heading into this weekend's events.

The Sportsman Modifieds will then be right back in action on Saturday at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio with the June 24 rescheduled $600 to-win Bicknell Touring Series event and the fourth annual "Manufacturers Night" as over $19,000 in products will be distributed to competing racers. There will be at least 37 product packages each valued at a minimum of $350 up to the grand prize of $1,420!

MSD Performance, the "Official Ignition" of RUSH, will present all five of the Series' Manufacturers Nights as well as providing product for giveaways. MSD was purchased by Holley Performance in 2016, which expanded their support and contribution substantially to RUSH throughout all of the divisions under the RUSH banner.

On Sunday, action heads back north as the Old Bradford Speedway hosts its first ever Sweeney Late Model Touring Series event! The "Firecracker 50" will be one the season's richest RUSH Late Model events paying $3,000 to-win, $300 to-start. Due the small size of the 1/4-mile track, the starting field will be 18 cars with up to two provisionals. An increased paying non-qualifiers event will be run pending enough cars.

Bradford, which is located just east of Bradford, Pa. in Rew, is in its third year of running the RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis under Norm Asel. Bradford will be new territory for many of the racers. Unfortunately weather has been the real story this season as only two events have been completed with Jeremy Wonderling winning on opening night and Andy Michael victorious in the second event. Bradford also runs the RUSH Pro Mods, which will also be in action on Sunday.

"This is a big weekend for us," acknowledged Series Director Vicki Emig. "The Lernerville races always produce some of the season's best racing and drivers certainly appreciate the opportunity to race there. We thank the Tomson Family for continuing their support of RUSH. The weather hasn't been kind to Sharon this year, but when the Sportsman Mods have raced, the car counts have been very good. We expect a great turnout on Saturday for our Sportsman Mod Tour and MFG Night. We have to thank Norm Asel for stepping up and paying this impressive purse for our Late Models on Sunday. He wanted to do a big event over the Independence Day holiday thus the $3,000 to-win Firecracker 50."

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