SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOURING SERIES RETURNS TO ACTION FOR A DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND OF $2000 TO-WIN MARQUEE EVENTS SATURDAY AT STATELINE FOR "BILL LAW MEMORIAL" & SUNDAY AT ERIEZ
By Mike Leone
May 15, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...After a successful four-night "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek presented by Wehrs Machine & Racing Products last month in the Mid-Atlantic, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance is set to resume action this weekend with a doubleheader. Saturday night (May 18) at Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY will feature the "Bill Law Memorial" followed by 50 miles west on Sunday evening at Eriez Speedway in Erie, PA. Both events are $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Tour distinctions.
The "Bill Law Memorial" returns to Stateline for the third straight year on Saturday night. In 2011, Law was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and passed away in July 2012. Law's involvement in racing began in the late 1970s as he loved having muscle cars and going to the drag strip in his high school days. Even though he never actually raced, he stood behind racing 100%. In the early 1980s, Law and Leon Szweda put an asphalt car together and raced at New York's Holland Speedway.
Law's taste for racing moved to the dirt tracks in the mid 1980s as he helped Tom Taber for several years. He met a lot of great people that he became very good friends with; one was Bob "The Bird" Baldwin. The Law Family traveled with him and his family racing from Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Maryland.
As Bill's son Jon was getting older, they got involved in Go-Kart racing as the family would travel all over New York and Pennsylvania. Bill was still involved in auto racing as they would race Go-Karts during the day and sell parts and fuel at night at the races. As Jon got older, Bill bought him an IMCA Modified. A few seasons later, Jon and Bill bought a Limited Late Model. That lasted a couple years until Jon was starting his own family and got away from the racing scene.
Law was the first person to have a Crate Late Model in the region when the class debuted in 2007 in the Northeast. Law had several drivers over the years behind the wheel of his #14 including Baldwin, Ward Schell, Rich Gardner, Jon Law, Curt VanPelt, David Scott, and Kyle Scott.
Today, Bill's grandson, Kyle Murray, is entering his third year of RUSH Late Model competition. Last year, Murray won a pair of feature events at Genesee Speedway in Sweeney Weekly Series competition for his first career victories! This season, Murray is not only again battling for the "Futures Cup" Championship, but also competing on the Touring Series full-time for the first time.
With the Scott Family owning Stateline, it's fitting the "Bill Law Memorial" takes place at their track as Jean and Jim Scott's son David and grandson Kyle drove for Law. At the 2017 inaugural event, Jeremy Wonderling withstood a furious challenge by standout Max Blair to capture the first Sweeney Touring Series event ever held at Stateline. Last year, saw Damian Bidwell out-dueled Scott Gurdak for the exciting win. These have been the only two Tour races ever ran at Stateline.
Like most tracks, Stateline has fought with Mother Nature only completing one event, coming last weekend, since trying to get open back on the first weekend of April. Bidwell captured the opening night honors in the Sweeney Weekly Series event coming over a strong field of 28 cars. Bidwell will now look to make it two in a row and defend last year's "Bill Law Memorial" victory.
Eriez meanwhile is under the new ownership of Dave Alexander, whose staff worked hard to get in their opener on May 5 that saw Blair win from the seventh starting position with a great field of 27 cars in the pit area. Last Sunday's Mother's Day show was washed out. Like Stateline, Eriez will run the RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis in 2019. The Sweeney Tour has made six visits over the past four seasons to Eriez under the prior Rohrer Family ownership with the Blairs winning all six as Max has five wins and his father, Rob, one in a substitution role at the May 2016 event.
"This is a nice weekend for our northern RUSH Late Model teams to be able compete in two $2,000 to-win Tour events and also for our traveling teams as the two tracks are just 50 miles apart," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "We have to thank the Scott Family for their continued support of RUSH and now the Alexander Family for continuing Sunday night RUSH racing that the Rohrers had done so successfully over the years. We're thankful that the Law Family has allowed us the opportunity to be able to have the 'Bill Law Memorial' as a Tour event, and we look forward to honoring Bill on Saturday night."
The Sweeney Tour was able to complete three of the four "Battle of the Bay" events April 17-20 with Blair winning the opener for the second straight year at Delaware in the $4,000 "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" then followed up the next night winning his first ever at Georgetown, worth $3,000. After a rain out at Potomac, Blair came up just shy to Logan Roberson, who won the finale at his home track, Winchester, for the second straight year. Blair copped the $1,000 Speedweek title. Car counts were tremendous with 53, 50, and 44.
Blair brings a 12-point lead over Roberson into the weekend, where he hopes to extend his advantage at his two home tracks. FK Rod Ends will present the $100 "Shock the Clock" Qualifying award and $25 to each winner each night. The new "$500 Club" presented by Zarin Truck & Automotive will take place with five $100 drawings each night for drivers in the top 15 in points at each track. This will be held at the drivers meeting. RUSH Late Model racer, Chad Sines, is co-sponsoring the "$500 Club" drawings at Eriez with his Turn 4 Bar & Grill located in Orwell, Ohio.
Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars at each event. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase each night. RUSH Late Model Series Officials will also determine the Dirt Defender "Defensive Drive" to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night, and will receive a $40 product package each night.
New contingency programs for the 2019 season include the "$500 Club", Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jugs, and Ontime Body & Graphic "Spoiler Alert. A Sunoco 5-Gallon Race Jug will go to the winner of each Tour race. Ontime's "Spoiler Alert" will award a $150 spoiler to the fourth place finisher at Stateline and the fifth place finisher at Eriez. Combined these programs will influx approximately $800 of additional value into each Tour event.
Feature Payoffs: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $235 17. $230 18-24 $225.
Non-Qualifier Payoffs: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150.
2019 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Max Blair 298 2. Logan Roberson 286 3. Ross Robinson 270 4. Jeremy Wonderling 268 5. Jason Genco 261 6. Kyle Lukon 260 7. Dale Hollidge & Darrell Bossard 254 9. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 249 10. Trevor Feathers 243 11. Braeden Dillinger 235 12. Bill Kessler & Cody Dawson 233 14. J.J. Mazur 230 15. Scott Gunn 226 16. Kyle Murray 218 17. Logan Zarin 215 18. Sam Pennacchio, Jamie Wrightsman, Chad Sines & Ryan Frazee 210 22. Matt Latta 90 23. Al Shawver, Jr. 70.
For Saturday at Stateline, pit gates open at 4 p.m. Drivers meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:45 and qualifying around 7. Pit passes are $30. There is a $100 entry fee. Both the Westhold and AMB/MyLaps transponders can be used. Driver radio channel is different at Stateline as 469.500 is used.
For Sunday at Eriez, pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. Drivers meeting will be at 5:35 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying. Pit passes are $30. There is a $100 entry fee. Both the Westhold and AMB/MyLaps transponders can be used. Driver radio channel is 454.000.
Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at www.newstatelinespeedway.com. Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newstatelinespeedwaybustiny and follow them on Twitter @NewStateline.
Eriez Speedway is a 3/8-mile track located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509. For more information, check out www.eriez-speedway.com. Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway1 and like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway.
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions.
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