RAIN WASHES OUT RUSH SPRINT CAR FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT AT SHARON & NIGHT 2 OF "APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS" SATURDAY FOR BICKNELL RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD TOUR
By Mike Leone
September 7-8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Hartford OH)...After what was predicted to be a dry forecast for the annual "Apple Festival Nationals" at Sharon Speedway on Friday and Saturday, the storm system came in some 24 hours early beginning late Friday night washing out the RUSH Sprint Car feature as well as Saturday's program that included the remainder of the Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series event.
June 2 Sharon winner, Chad Ruhlman, and seventh starting Zach Morrow picked up heat race wins on Friday night for the RUSH Sprint Cars. The 20-lap Bonnell's Rod Shop feature was set to go green when the intensity of the rain picked up, which unfortunately continued non-stop right into Monday. The drivers that were on the track will share in an equal payoff split. All drivers will also receive show-up points. RUSH Late Model racer, John Mollick, who has also had a lot of success with the Super Late Models and Big-Block Modifieds over the years, made his debut on Friday driving for Scott Clever. Mollick became the 21st different car to compete in the inaugural season.
A field of 29 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds competed in heat races on Friday night for their Bicknell Touring Series event. Ninth starting Garrett Krummert, David Kalb, Jr., and Josh Deems won the heat races. Saturday was to include the last chance B main and 25-lap $800 to-win feature. Saturday's program has been rescheduled to the spring of 2019. Member drivers that competed will receive Bicknell Weekly and/or Bicknell Touring show-up points. The rescheduled event will not award 2019 Bicknell Tour points, but will offer 2019 Bicknell Weekly Series points.
The RUSH Sprint Cars will be in action for two complete Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series special shows this Saturday and Sunday afternoon (September 15-16) at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY paying $800 to-win each. The top point man over the two nights will receive $300 provided both nights are completed. Pace Performance has sponsored free pit passes for competing racers on Saturday. Race time is 4 p.m. both days.
The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have Bicknell Weekly Series events the next three Saturday nights at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway followed by two complete shows at Mercer Raceway Park on October 5-6. The Bicknell Touring Series will conclude on October 12-13 at Lernerville Speedway for the $800 to-win "Steel City Stampede".
Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Chad Ruhlman (87R) 2. Brian Ruhlman (49) 3. Shawn Smith (36) 4. Brad Blackshear (19) 5. Dave Hawkins (27) 6. John Mollick (Clever 4J) 7. Scott Hawkins (37).
Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Zach Morrow (27) 2. Gale Ruth, Jr. (Culver 1c) 3. Jim Kurpakus (72B) 4. Steve Pedley (21) 5. Brian Woodhall (8B) 6. Steve Cousins (56) 7. Arnie Kent (18).
Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Heat 1 (8 laps, top 6 transfer to the A): 1. Garrett Krummert (Schaffer 10s) 2. Gary Haupt (16) 3. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 4. Shayne Izzo (86) 5. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57) 6. Greg Porter (25) 7. Pat Adams (39) 8. Max Smoker (Kristyak 404) 9. Kyler Jolley (Myers 43X) 10. Steve Slater (29).
Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Heat 2 (8 laps, top 6 transfer to the A): 1. David Kalb, Jr. (11J) 2. Rob Kristyak (00) 3. Will Thomas III (9) 4. Rocky Kugel (83) 5. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 6. Blaze Myers (43JR) 7. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 8. Amelia Clay (4S) 9. Cameron Nastasi (615) 10. Preston Cope (24P).
Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Heat 3 (8 laps, top 6 transfer to the A): 1. Josh Deems (9D) 2. Chas Wolbert (c3) 3. Kole Holden (2) 4. Tony Tatgenhorst (63) 5. Kyle Martell (8) 6. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 7. Brandon Ritchey (17) 8. Jacob Jordan (28J) 9. Brian Foley, Jr. (Smith 3G).
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.
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.