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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:26 AM

CAREER 1ST RUSH LATE MODEL WIN FOR COLBY BEIGHEY COMES AT PPMS; 1ST OF YEAR FOR HOFFMAN IN RUSH LM AT BRADFORD; CHELSIE KRIEGISCH WINS 1ST EVER AT PPMS IN RUSH MODS; DIETZ & LUNGER KEEP WINNING IN RUSH PRO STOCKS & PRO MODS

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone

 

July 11, 2018              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(Pulaski, PA)...Once again dry weather prevailed over the Independence Day week that stretched throughout the weekend allowing all of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance speedways to complete their races.  Some new winners made their way to victory lane, while drivers like Max Blair, Chad Homan, Charlie Sandercock, John Waters, and Darrell Bossard continued their winning ways in the Late Model ranks.

 

It all started back on Tuesday on the eve of Independence Day as Weedsport Speedway hosted their first ever RUSH Late Model Touring Series event. John Waters picked up the $2,000 win- his first of the season over Jason Parkhurst and Charlie Sandercock.  The race will be televised on MAVTV on August 23 at 7 and 10 p.m.  Thanks to presenting sponsor Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance, segment sponsors Alternative Power Sources, Close Racing Supply, and CrateInsider.com, in-car camera sponsor Pace Performance, speed short wall camera sponsor Three Rivers Karting, and drone sponsor Dirt Late Model Magazine for making the broadcast possible.

 

In other Tuesday night action, Jamie Sutphin scored his second win of the 2018 campaign at Potomac Speedway in Southern Maryland. Sutphin ran a perfect 25 lap race to take the win over Ben Bowie in his season debut, Darren Alvey, Ronnie Martin Jr. and Matt Glanden.  Potomac returns to its regular Friday night action this week.

 

Dog Hollow Speedway joined in on the Tuesday racing as Dave Airgood Jr. picked up his first RUSH win traveling down to the Strongstown, Pa oval from West Middlesex, Pa.  It was Airgood's second overall win of the season as he also won at Raceway 7. Collin Burke was a career best second as Mike Duritsky, Mike Laughard and Troy Shields completed the top five. The RUSH Late Models return to action at Dog Hollow this Saturday night.

 

Completing the Independence Day Eve action was McKean County Raceway was Max Blair made his second start of the season at the East Smethport, Pa. oval and remained perfect scoring the victory.  Damian Bidwell was second for the second time in the past three races.  Brad Mesler recorded his fifth podium finish in six starts this season at McKean.  Paul Grigsby was fourth for the fourth time in the past five races.  Joe Watson was a season best fifth.  McKean was off this past Saturday night but returns to action this Saturday night.  

 

LaFargeville, New York’s Can-Am Speedway played host to their second RUSH Late Model Weekly Series event of the season last Friday night.  Charlie Sandercock took the 20-lap feature win over Bret Belden, Chris Fleming, Kyle Sopaz and Dale Caswell. It was Sandercock's second $700 Can-Am win this season.  Two more RUSH Late Model races remain on Can-Am’s schedule. One on July 27th and one on September 7th.

 

Friday night, Darrell Bossard picked up the win at Raceway 7 to bolster his point lead in the RUSH Late Model division at the Conneaut, Ohio speedway.  Bossard took his second straight win and fourth in six races over Matt Latta, Kyle Zimmerman, Breyton Santee and Dave Airgood.  Another five division racing program is scheduled for this Friday night at Raceway 7.

 

At Outlaw Speedway on Friday night, Chad Homan scored his third straight win and fourth of the season at the Dundee, NY oval in RUSH Weekly racing action. Brian Knowles, Jamie Freeman and Zach Weich rounded out the field.  Outlaw is off this Friday night, but will resume on July 20 with the rescheduled "Gary Montgomery Memorial" $2,000 to-win Sweeney Tour race.

 

The RUSH Pro Stocks are always the last race of the night at Sarver, Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway. And very often it is the best race of the night. Friday night was one of those nights as Tyler Dietz and multi-time champion Corey McPherson dueled it out for the final several laps of the RUSH Pro Stock feature.  In the end, it was Dietz pulling out the win, holding off McPherson, who charged back through the field after an early race spin.  Joey Zambotti, Mark Sanders and Ryan Moyer rounded out the top five.  Lernerville continues the second half of their season this Friday night.

 

The RUSH family of racetracks kept rolling through the weekend, and on Saturday it was a RUSH doubleheader at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Suburban Pittsburgh. In a highly emotional win, Chelsie Kriegisch picked up her first career PPMS win and her first since her mother’s passing.  Kriegisch took the lead on a late race pass of Brian Schaffer and went on to hold off the class of the RUSH Sportsman Modified division, including Chas Wolbert, Kole Holden and Rocky Kugel.  The victory was Chelsie's second of her career in RUSH and joined her sister Jessica as PPMS winners.

 

The RUSH Late Models were in action as well on Saturday at PPMS and another first-time winner was in victory lane.  Colby Beighey picked up his first career win, holding off past champions John Mollick and Justin Lamb.  Ron Hall and Josh Stoica were fourth and fifth.  The RUSH Late Models and Sportsman Mods return to PPMS this Saturday night as a companion races to the Super Late Models in the Red Miley Rumble.

 

Saturday night at Winchester Speedway in Virginia, Logan Roberson collected his third win of the season in the 20-lap RUSH Late Model feature topping a big field of 27 cars!  Roberson shot to the lead from his front row starting spot and held off challenges from point leader Mike Franklin. "With the track the way it was here tonight, I knew I had to get to the front first." Roberson stated. "I knew Mike was back there and it was a lot of fun racing as hard as we did." Jakob Piper, Tanner Kerr and Transtan Stoner trailed at the finish.  The RUSH Late Models return to Winchester on Saturday July 21st.

 

Saturday night at Fulton Speedway, point leader Kevan Cook took hold of the lead in the 20- lap RUSH Late Model feature event on lap six, passing pole sitter Jason Occhino. A yellow on the 17th lap would bunch up the field and give a few other drivers a shot at Cook, but he went basically unchallenged for the final three laps for his third win of the season.  Jason Parkhurst, Bret Belden, Chris Fleming and Dale Caswell came home second through fifth. Racing continues this Saturday at Fulton.

 

Saturday at Delaware International Speedway it was Matt Hill putting on a show stealing the lead away from rookie Chace Biron on the 12th circuit of the 15-lap feature event for the RUSH Late Models.  Hill put on a high side clinic passing for the lead and holding off Biron, Sparky White, Billy Thompson, and Joe Warren for his first DIS win of the season.  The RUSH Late Models will be back in action at Delaware this Saturday along with a special appearance by the URC Sprints.

 

Max Blair picked up the win at Busti, New York’s Stateline Speedway on Saturday night. Fighting off a good cast of 25 skilled competitors and a number of restarts, Blair went on to victory over Darrell Bossard, Andy Boozel, Kyle Murray, and Jeremy “Mr Excitement” Wonderling.  It was just the second RUSH Late Model event of the season at Stateline and Blair is a perfect two-for-two.

 

In the RUSH Pro Mods, Dennis Lunger Jr. bested Jason Covey, Chad Carlson, Scott Gurdak and Matt Harvey.  Like Blair, Lunger remains perfect as the defending Sweeney Weekly Series Champion has scored all three wins.  Stateline resumes racing this Saturday for the RUSH Late Models.

 

In RUSH Asphalt Series racing action at Jennerstown Speedway, Barry Awtey picked up his fourth win of the season in RUSH Asphalt Late Model action. Awtey was followed across the line by Mike Himminger, Joe Maruca, Teddy Gibala and Zane Farrell. In the Modifieds Adam Kostelnik scored his first win of the season over Gary Scott, Matt Smith, Anthony Aiello and Mike Carlson. Finally, in the asphalt Street Stock division, Jeremy Shaffer took the checkers over Angie Kimberly, Josh Coughenour, Lauren Butler and Zack Torodo. This Saturday at Jennerstown, it’s a very special night with all divisions in competition for Bill Awtey Tribute Night.

 

Sunday night north of the border in Port Colborne, Ontario, Chad Homan used a lap 13 restart to grab the lead from Rob Pietz and hold on for the win at Humberstone Speedway.  Homan’s third checkered flag of the season came over Jeff Dayman, Sam Pennacchio, Rob Pietz and Tim Gillespie. Homan has yet to finish worse than second in the five Sweeney Weekly Series events this season at the track.  Racing action gets underway again this Sunday at Humberstone with “Autograph and Super Hero Night!”

 

After completing just one show in May and one in June, the RUSH Late Models were able to get back-to-back events at Eriez Speedway in to open the month of July.  Jason Genco was able to end Max Blair's three-race win streak as he picked up his first win of the season.  Kyle Zimmerman was third.  Andy Boozel was fourth in his season debut as Scott Gurdak completed the top five.  The RUSH Late Models return this Sunday looking to complete their third straight event.

 

Bradford Speedway celebrated Christmas in July, and it was Jeff Hoffman getting his first checkered flag of the season in the RUSH Late Model division.  Hoffman came across the line ahead of Andy Michael, Kyle Murray, Brad Mesler and Ward Schell. In RUSH Pro Mod action, Dennis Lunger picked up his second win in three tries with Chad Carlson, Jeremy Wonderling, William Deming and Richard Hemphill making up the top five.  Racing action returns to Bradford with a Five Star program this Sunday.

 

Also on Sunday, Skyline Raceway Park in Cortland, NY held their first ever RUSH-sanctioned event.  After winning $2,000 in the first ever RUSH-sanctioned event the Tuesday before at Weedsport, John Waters earned $1,000 for the Skyline victory at another new NY venue.  Fulton Saturday night winner, Kevan Cook, was 2nd.  Brian Knowles, Chris Fleming, and Aaron Jacobs completed the top five.  A second $1,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series event will be held on Sunday, August 26.

 

Genesee Speedway was off this past weekend, but will have the RUSH Late Models back in action on Saturday night.  Sharon Speedway had the "Lou Blaney Memorial" last Saturday for the All Star Sprints and Big-Block Modifieds.  They are off this weekend due to the Trumbull County Fair, but will return to action on July 21 with the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.

 

The RUSH Sprint Cars had last weekend off.  They will be at Tri-City Raceway Park this Sunday for a $500 to-win event in their second and final appearance and will be with the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in a $600 to-win Bicknell Touring Series event.  The RUSH Sprints will then be at Lernerville on Wednesday for the third "Wednesday Night Lightning" event.

 

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl's Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Dynamic Drivelines, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Pancho's Racing Products, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA,  Landrum Performance Spring, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance, Close Racing Supply, CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

 

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl's Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Dynamic Drivelines, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance, CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, Valley Fashions, Dirt Late Model Magazine, and Three Rivers Karting.

 

RUSH Sprint Car marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Bilstein Shocks, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Frankland Racing Supply, Earl's Performance Plumbing, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Landrum Performance Spring, Pancho's Racing Products, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

 

RUSH Pro Mod and Pro Stock marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl's Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Dynamic Drivelines, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Wrisco. Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

 

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.

 

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