JASON DEAN, KYLE LEAR & TREVER FEATHERS ALL CAPTURE 1ST CAREER SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WINS IN WEEKLY SERIES ACTION; MATT LATTA TAKES RACEWAY 7'S LM SPECIAL
By Mike Leone
June 7, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...While rain continues to be a factor nearly every weekend in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, several of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series presented by Pace Performance family of speedways got shows in this weekend.
It all got underway Friday at Maryland’s Potomac Speedway where Kyle Lear drove to his first win of the season in the 20-lap RUSH Late Model main. Lear, who lined up 2nd for the start, burst into the lead on the first lap and would lead the distance to collect his career first RUSH score and overall 25th at the track. "We've been getting better every race and I knew I had to take advantage of starting up front tonight," said Lear. "My crew and sponsors stick with me through thick and thin and I couldn't do this without them." "Futures Cup" points leader, Jeremy Pilkerton, was strong in second with current point leader Darren Alvey, Chuck Bowie and Megan Mann. After a week off for the Lion’s Club Demo Derby, racing action returns to Potomac on June 14th.
Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio hosted a $1,200-to-win Topless event for the RUSH Late Models on Friday night. After three preliminary heats and dashes, the 25-lap feature event got underway with Matt Latta being the class of the field. Latta remained out front, and in doing so avoided many of the incidents that brought out the yellow flag over the course of the race. In the end, it was Latta with his second win of the season followed by Bruce Hordusky, Jr., Breyton Santee, Darrell Bossard and Brandon Porter for the top five. Racing resumes this Friday with a full five-division show and autograph night.
Outlaw Speedway in the Finger Lakes Region of New York played host to the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series as the first leg of a three-night weekend swing for the tour. Jeremy Wonderling picked up where he left off last year and is poised to repeat his title. Wonderling bested all of the Outlaw record 29-car field to pick up the $2,000 win ahead of 12th starting Kyle Lukon in his first ever Outlaw start. Third through fifth were Chad Homan, Ryan Frazee and Jon Rivers.
After winning earlier this season at Dog Hollow Speedway, Bryan Benton captured his second RUSH Late Model win of 2019 taking the victory on Friday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Roaring Knob announced they will now be running on Sundays. There will be no racing this weekend.
In RUSH Pro Stock action at Sarver PA’s Lernerville Speedway, Tyler Dietz edged out a hard charging Joey Zambotti for his first win of the season. The defending Sweeney Weekly Series Champion uncharacteristically used the high side of the 4/10-mile to make the fast charge to the win. Zambotti held on for second with early leader Joe Kelley, Brett McDonald and Corey McPherson rounding out the top five. Weekly racing for the Pro Stocks continues this Friday.
While rain shortened the program at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night, it was not before the RUSH Late Model 25-lap feature event was in the books. John Mollick of Toronto, Ohio was back to his winning form from a few years ago as he took the win over a stout field of drivers including Ben Policz, who has one win of his own in 2019. Christian Schneider, Nico Dabecco and Scott Gunn made up the rest of the top five. Even with a few of the PPMS regulars following the Touring Series race at Genesee Speedway on Saturday, there were still 18 cars. Action returns to “Dirt’s Monster Half Mile” this Saturday.
Trever Feathers made some personal history on Saturday night when he scored two victories on the same night in two different divisions at Virginia’s Winchester Speedway. Feathers wrestled the lead from Logan Roberson on the second lap and would lead the remaining 23 circuits taking his first ever win in the RUSH Late Models over Roberson, Levi Crowl, Mike Franklin and Jakob Piper. Feathers followed up his $800 RUSH win with a victory in the Limited Late Model class. Double points in all division will greet race teams this Saturday night when racing returns to Winchester.
It took first year RUSH racer, Jason Dean, just three weeks to capture his first win. After failing to make the Sweeney Tour race at Delaware International Speedway on April 17, Dean rebounded for a 10th in week two after more than a month of rain, and then powered to last Saturday's night Late Model victory. Derek Magee, Brandon Sturgis, Matt Hill, and Joe Warren were third through fifth.
Saturday night at Genesee Speedway, the weather was also a factor, but track management and RUSH Series officials chose to fight back! After waiting out a long two and half hour rain delay to get to the 30-lap RUSH Late Model Touring Series race, it was none other than Jeremy Wonderling again standing in victory lane. Fresh off his Friday tour win at Outlaw Speedway, Wonderling went two for two in the first two legs of the three-race weekend for the tour. As Wonderling rode away to his third straight $2,000 Tour victory, Jason Genco would have to fend off young Braeden Dillinger for second. Kurt Stebbins would have a solid run in fourth while Kyle Lukon drove forward from 12th to round out the top five. Racing returns to Genesee this Saturday.
Like many other Saturday night speedways in the Northeast, Dog Hollow was plagued by rain after only part of the show was in the books. In RUSH Late Model action, only Mike Ott was able to pick up a heat race win before the weather ruined the evening. Dog Hollow will try again this Saturday with a full program awarding double points.
Weather also plagued the packed pit area of New York’s Fulton Speedway as the 122 cars checked into the pits were sent running for cover and then home after a hard thunderstorm popped up just after qualifying. Fulton will also be back to try again this Saturday.
Saturday night on the asphalt, the weather was not a factor as past champion Barry Awtey picked up his first win of the young season in the RUSH Asphalt Late Molles at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Awtey bested Teddy Gibala, Zane Ferrell, Rick Boyer and Bryan Shipp for the victory. Ferrell and Joe Maruca got the heat wins.
In RUSH Asphalt Modified action, Jason Bush and RJ Dallape picked up the heat wins while Pittsburgh’s Pete Rech took the victory in the feature. Rech held off a top five made up of Adam Kostelnik, Bush, Anthony Aiello and Tom Golik. Zac Todoro finished third in his heat but took the win in the RUSH Asphalt Street Stocks over Casey Fleegle, Aaron VanFleet, Jeremy Shaffer and Mel Wilt. RUSH Asphalt Series racing returns to Jennerstown this Saturday.
Finally, on Sunday at Pennsylvania’s Eriez Speedway it was the third leg of the three-day RUSH Late Model Touring Series. While the persistent rain over the previous few days could have been a factor, Eriez officials chose to go on with the show and were rewarded for their decision. Jeremy Wonderling came into the night’s racing looking for the weekend sweep to extend his three-race Touring Series winning streak. But for it was not to be for the Wellsville, New York driver as Max Blair took the final leg of the weekend, increasing his 2019 RUSH Late Model Touring Series win total to three. Blair held off Super Late Model standout, Chub Frank, Kyle Zimmerman, Matt Latta and Wonderling. It was the second completed show of the season at Eriez. More to come this Sunday with a complete show.
RUSH Weekly tracks Sharon Speedway, New Stateline Speedway, Old Bradford Speedway, and Humberstone Speedway were all total washouts. Woodhull Raceway, the newest member of the RUSH Weekly family of tracks didn’t have the RUSH Late Models on the schedule to allow their competitors to participate in the RUSH Tour Race at Genesee Speedway, but was ultimately rained out anyway. Stateline, like Woodhull didn't have RUSH Late Models scheduled due to the Tour race at Genesee; however, they did run the Monday (Labor Day) prior with Chub Frank capturing his first career RUSH win over a solid field of 25 cars.
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