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#1 RUSH Racing Series

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 07:30 PM

SWEENEY RUSH SERIES TO OFFER PRO STOCK "WEEKLY" CHAMPIONSHIP PILOT PROGRAM FOR GM CRATE 602 & 604 COMPETITORS IN 2015

By Mike Leone

 

January 23, 2015       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Pulaski, PA)...With a new racing season now on the horizon, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are excited to announce the development of a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pro Stock "Weekly" Series Championship program for GM crate 602 and 604 drivers set to begin in 2015.  The program is being established as a pilot program for continued development and opportunities for participating RUSH speedways that permit the GM 602 and GM 604 crate engine package to compete in their current pro stock division.   

 

"It's no secret that the region's Pro Stock Car counts at most local speedways are beginning to decrease," stated Emig  "On a brighter note, over the past few years a good  handful of teams in the area have already been competing very successfully with both GM 602 and GM 604 engines.  We are aware of other racers in the area that are beginning to consider this option and believe that the number of racers using these engines packages are going to grow in the future.  Hopefully by beginning to offer Pro Stock racers the same valuable incentive programs that have proven successful in both our Late Model and new Sportsman Modified Divisions this division can be once again be healthy throughout the entire region."

 

Three tracks, Lernerville Speedway, Sharon Speedway, and McKean County Raceway, have seen multiple wins and championships claimed in recent years with racers utilizing GM 602 and 604 engines.  In 2013, Corey McPherson won seven features with a GM 604 on his way to his second Lernerville championship.  Adam Ashcroft dominated action with numerous feature wins at McKean in 2013 taking the championship with a GM 604.  Steve D'Apolito's GM 602 was a force to be reckoned with over the course of several years winning the 2011 Sharon Speedway title in addition to the prestigious "Applefest 100" at Tri-City Speedway.  Also, Sharon standouts Mike Clark and Brian Carothers won several features at the Hartford, Ohio oval.

 

The initial Sweeney RUSH Pro Stock "Weekly" Championship program will post at $5,250 point fund that will pay 15 positions for legal GM 602 and 604 drivers; if there are over 20 member drivers the point fund will increase to 20 paying positions.  Drivers who wish to participate in the program must be a RUSH member with membership being $100 in the pilot program, the membership will also offer them an additional $100,000 of participant accident insurance over and above the speedway's limit and their own personal health insurance.  Note however, that RUSH will honor DIRTcar memberships and those racers will have their RUSH membership fee waived; however DIRTcar members must complete a RUSH form for administration purposes.    

 

Points will "only" be calculated for member drivers that compete with a legal GM 602 and 604 at speedways throughout the region that host sanctioned RUSH Late Model or RUSH Sportsman Modified Series events, either weekly or touring events, throughout the season.  Drivers will utilize their best 12 feature point finishes at these events. 

 

In addition, Lernerville Speedway will host the inaugural Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Stock GM Performance "Sportsman Stock Classic", the first ever exclusive GM 602 & GM 604 feature event in conjunction with their traditional "Autumn-Motive Fest" on September 19.  The RUSH Pro Stocks will also be permitted to compete in the "Automotive-Fest" feature, giving them two exciting feature events!  

 

Additional bonuses will also be awarded throughout the region to any RUSH or DIRTcar member driver who wins a feature event with a GM 602 or GM 604 engine package at eligible speedways.   

 

"All of us remember when Pro Stock classes throughout the region required B mains, but as in other forms of racing, that is sadly not the case anymore," stated Leone.  "The majority of regional speedways have taken a very positive step in allowing crate engines to compete with their Pro Stock division, and we're hoping that the Sweeney RUSH "Weekly" Championship program can be an asset to their Pro Stock programs and give racers in this division an exciting option to consider."

 

As part of the program RUSH Series Officials will assist all eligible speedways' weekly tech officials in ensuring that all competing GM 602 and GM 604 engines are legal per the RUSH Racing Series technical rules package.  At Lernerville, RUSH will work in conjunction with DIRTcar who sanctions their Sportsman Stock Car division to ensure the same.  NOTE: individual tracks' Stock Car rules will be utilized in this program. 

 

Note: racers are eligible at any time throughout the season to participate and become RUSH member drivers, as is the case with all RUSH divisions.  Points begin upon receipt of membership form and payment.  This allow racers who may experience issues with their current engine package an opportunity to join the program at anytime and consider the GM 602 or GM 604 engine package.

 

Speedways that are currently eligible to be part of this program that permit the GM 602 and/or GM 604 engine package are as follows: Brighton (602 only), Expo,  Freedom (602 only), Humberstone (602 only), Lernerville, Pittsburgh, Potomac, Roaring Knob, Sharon (602 only), Sportsman's, Wayne County, and Winchester.

 

Additional details concerning the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pro Stock "Weekly" Championship Program will be forthcoming.  Interested racers are ask to send their email addresses to the RUSH office.

 

Sweeney Pro Stock Weekly Series Championship ($5,250): 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $400  4. $375  5. $350  6. $325  7. $300  8. $275  9. $270  10. $265  11. $260  12. $255  13. $250  14. $225  15. $200.

 

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
 

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#2 JB22

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:30 AM

Total BS!...there is already one successful stock car series...do we really need another one to create divide and confusion?



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:49 AM

Total BS!...there is already one successful stock car series...do we really need another one to create divide and confusion?

Did you even read the press release?

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:00 AM

Not a series, guess he didn't read the release!!!



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:50 AM

Not a series, guess he didn't read the release!!!


Too funny. Of course not or just didn't comprehend what it said!

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 12:39 PM

The 602 has been marginally competitive on 8" tires and with most tracks now running 10" tires it's got even less value in a stock car. The 604 appears to be a good match to open motors at Lville but given you can't run a 604 at Sharon, Mercer, Raceway 7, or Eriez (I may be wrong) I'm not sure the incentive is there to switch to a 604 just to run for another 1k. You basically limit yourself to where you could run by picking a 604 or limit where you can finish with a 602! It's all moot anyway as Schneider was flying last year so he will be hard to beat if he keeps it up!
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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:36 PM

Here is a question...
At PPMS there is an option for a 602 or 604 motor that is self rebuilt and it does not need or require tamper proof bolts.... Is it eligible for this program?

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:42 PM

4 fun it's all about pumping money into their pockets so I'm sure it's not eligible

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:51 PM

I'm thinking that much... Was wondering how long Vicki and Mike where going to wait to do this. neSmith has had a series for stocks for a coule years. Shawn did a great job with Penn-Ohio last year and showed there was a place for a series like this... Now I'm afraid they are going is f@&$ him the same they did Stan

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 02:00 PM

someone please answer this or Vicky and Mike helping or hurting racing in western Pennsylvania shoving these crate motors down our throats it is not going to help the fan side of racing you're going to have cars going in circles without the fans in the standsJMO

I'm thinking that much... Was wondering how long Vicki and Mike where going to wait to do this. neSmith has had a series for stocks for a coule years. Shawn did a great job with Penn-Ohio last year and showed there was a place for a series like this... Now I'm afraid they are going is f@&$ him the same they did Stan



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:13 PM

I think you guys are a little off on your comments above.  This isn't a new weekly series requirement for these existing tracks.  All this is offering is a points fund for those who are already running or incentive for those who want to try running Crate motors at tracks that already allow them.  If you want to run 200-400# lighter and be part of a points fund, then join.  If you don't, and run an open motor like 95% of us, don't join.  If 95% of us continue to run open motors, then this pilot program won't work.  If guys get tired of dumping over $10K into open motors to run for $300 a week, then it might grow in popularity.  It's just an option at this point, not the end of the division as we know it lol.  I wholeheartedly agree these motors are less effective in a 3000-3200# car than a 2400 lb LM so I'm not going to get one myself either.  But it obviously worked just fine for some Lernerville guys, maybe others will follow who knows.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:37 PM

The 602 has been marginally competitive on 8" tires and with most tracks now running 10" tires it's got even less value in a stock car. The 604 appears to be a good match to open motors at Lville but given you can't run a 604 at Sharon, Mercer, Raceway 7, or Eriez (I may be wrong) I'm not sure the incentive is there to switch to a 604 just to run for another 1k. You basically limit yourself to where you could run by picking a 604 or limit where you can finish with a 602! It's all moot anyway as Schneider was flying last year so he will be hard to beat if he keeps it up!

PUSSIFICATION.!  10" tires ruined stock cars long ago. no one would build a $15,000 motor if they had to run 8" wheels!

 

put the driving back into stock cars,F uck them big motors and 10" tires. 

 

watched Steve D'apolito kick everyones ass at the applefest in 07 with a 602. no 10" tires at the applefest back then, some of the best stock car racing you could see.


Edited by whiteboy55, 27 January 2015 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:37 PM

Vince....
Look at the crate division right now.. 2 sanctions and a 3rd starting... Dividing the pool of cars. The old war adage of 'divide and conquer ' comes to mind.. If it escalates into 2 competing series the drivers lose....
And as far as the weight breaks go.. It's altead hurting the division.. Lighter ,unsafe cars that cost as much as or more that a Rocket roller. They need to be light to be adjustable and take advantage of the weight breaks... I give you the car you rolled at PPMS at an example

Edited by 4FUN, 27 January 2015 - 03:38 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:49 PM

Great. Fine. Wonderful. More money up for grabs for those who chose to buy in. My only question is: what is the tech procedure, and who is going to implement it?

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:50 PM

I agree with you that we don't want a mandatory Crate division rule in Stocks, but I don't think we will get to that point.  And I think the car I rolled was more of a disaster of a home built cage missing a support bar in the halo but I understand your point on a 2700 lb Stock car.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:56 PM

Vince I thought you understand liberalism ??? Everything starts off as voluntary before it's mandatory !!! Like the one guy said 8" street radials gets rid of the need for big hammers

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:10 PM

Very well said by The Legend.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:29 PM

Jon, I agree with you on the tires!  Should be an emod hard RR, medium 8" other 3 wheels.  Not these LM tires that were meant to "save" us money by using the LM guys scraps.  Meanwhile, new 1600's with the cheater juice are the norm for some teams!



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 05:01 PM

Like any e-mod guy has never messed with a tire..
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Posted 27 January 2015 - 05:41 PM

Like any e-mod guy has never messed with a tire..
LOL

i'm out here in Arizona with the Canyon Raceway Park last three days they ran the IMCA mods average 45 per night They run a certain tired everybody sees be happy with anything keep their cars under controlalso talk to a guy says it's very easy to cheat in that division with traction control anybody does that in western Pennsylvania LOL




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