By MIKE LEONE – The new Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance will have an informational meeting on Sunday, October 22 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center at 1:00 p.m. Gatherings is located just west of New Castle, Pa. on Route 422 at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Highway, Edinburg, PA 16116.
An initial informational meeting was held back on March 4 detailing the basics of the program. Since then two successful test sessions were held on August 23 at Lernerville Speedway and September 18 at Stateline Speedway. Interest throughout the summer months has been tremendous with recent on track and informational videos really spurring interest in the new division. The rules have also been further defined with the tires and shock package chosen.
Don Blackshear, Pace Performance’s Director of Circle Track Engine Development, will be on hand to speak about the engine package. Brett Neupert of Precise Racing Products/Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic will speak about the spec Hoosier Tire along with the safety rules. The spec right and left rear tires will be on display. The required RUSH Bilstein sealed/spec shock will also be available for racers to see as well as the sealing process explained. An informational package will be available for all attendees with various handouts pertaining to the class such as info on the GM crate engine, Hoosier Tires, Bilstein Shocks, the tentative 2018 rules, along with other info.
The RUSH Sprint Cars will feature traditional, non-wing Sprint Cars utilizing the cost-effective Pace Performance GM 602 Crate Sprint Car engine package developed by Pace’s Director of Circle Track Engine Development, Don Blackshear, $135 sealed, spec RUSH Bilstein Bandits Shocks, affordable spec Hoosier Tires, and RUSH “Visual” Methanol spec fuel produced by Insinger Performance, a Sunoco Race Fuel Distributor. The racer affordability of this type of Sprint Car program is outstanding with a complete race ready car between $12,000-$15,000.
“I know we’ve been repetitive about the interest but it really has been phenomenal,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “We’re still getting several inquiries per week and they’re coming from all different backgrounds, experience levels, and all across the region from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and New Jersey. The combination of being an affordable package along with it being non-wing has certainly created a buzz. You cannot believe how much fun Arnie Kent, Gale Ruth, Jr., David Scott and his son Wyatt all had during the tests, and it’s that ‘fun’ word we want to put back in racing and especially Sprint Cars. We really hope many take advantage to learn more about the class on October 22.”
The following speedways have stated their intentions to be part of the inaugural 2018 RUSH Sprint Car season: Lernerville, Tri-City, Pittsburgh, Eriez, Stateline, Bradford, McKean, Roaring Knob and Deerfield. One or two other well-known speedways in the area have been contacted and are also expected to be part of the inaugural schedule giving RUSH Sprint Car racers a minimum of 10 different venues to participate at; others have also showed great interest in also scheduling events.
To get the Series off the ground, Bonnell’s Rod Shop will present the 2018 Weekly Series Championship point fund of more than $20,000 with $5,000 going to the inaugural champion!
2018 Bonnell’s Rod Shop Weekly Series Point Fund ($20,075): 1. $5,000 2. $2,500 3. $1,750 4. $1,500 5. $1,200 6. $1,000 7. $800 8. $750 9. $700 10. $650 11. $600 12. $500 13. $450 14. $425 15. $400 16. $390 17. $380 18. $370 19. $360 20. $350.
2018 “Futures Cup” (minimum): 1. $300 2. $200 3. $100 4. $50.
For additional information such as rules and the informational sheet, check out www.rushsprintcars.com, “like” our Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints for the latest news and updates. Interested drivers are asked to e-mail their contact info so they can be added to our potential driver e-mail database as well as our press release list.
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.