By MIKE LEONE
PULASKI, PA – After a successful four-night “Battle of the Bay” Speedweek presented by Pancho’s Racing Products in April, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance fell victim to Mother Nature May 19-20 at Stateline and Eriez Speedways. Those events have been rescheduled leading us into another doubleheader weekend on tap with this Friday night (June 1) at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY followed by Saturday night (June 2) at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY. Both are “Marquee” Tour events paying $2,000 to-win.
Friday night at Outlaw will be the second annual “Gary Montgomery Memorial” presented by Friendly Dodge honoring a man that was synonymous with racing all over the Upstate New York State Region. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Montgomery passed away in November 2016 and left behind a loving family that will be invited back to Outlaw to help present the trophy to the winner of the event. Last year, longtime 360 Late Model competitor, Bryce Davis, claimed the victory over a stellar field of drivers including many that competed in Montgomery’s former 360 Can Am Series. Davis went on to win the 2017 Touring Series Championship.
“Gary Montgomery was a pretty special man,” stated Outlaw owner Tyler Siri. “He had a very big presence wherever he went either as a top notch announcer, track manager, or series promoter. He was Glenn Donnelly’s confidant at the DIRT Motorsports Organization and later went on to promote his own series, the BRP Can AM 360 Late Models. It is a privilege for us to again honor his legacy with a night named in his behalf.”
Siri is in his third year of ownership at Outlaw and subsequent third year of running the RUSH Late Models weekly. Thus far this season, Jason Knowles has been victorious twice including last Friday night, while Chad Homan and John Waters each have one victory.
For the second straight year, the Sweeney Tour will complete its two-night New York swing at Genesee Speedway on Saturday night in an event presented by MHL Performance. For the first time, the Sweeney Tour will make two visits to the Genesee County Fairgrounds facility as they’ll return on Thursday, July 19 for a $1,500 to-win “Platinum” event for the special “traveling” Manufacturers Night presented by MSD Performance.
Last year marked the first ever Sweeney Tour event at Genesee as John Waters captured the $2,000 win. Genesee is under the direction of third year promoter Jim Johnson, who like Siri is in his third year of running the RUSH Late Models weekly and has also been able to complete three events this season. Genesee has been dominated by the youngsters as 16-year-old Kyle Murray has two wins- the first two his career, while 19-year-old David Pangrazio has the other victory, which was also his first career win.
“We have to thank Tyler Siri and Jim Johnson for once again allowing us to put this weekend together and their continued support in the RUSH Late Models,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “Both of these tracks are relatively new to the RUSH Weekly scene so it adds a unique twist as many of our racers have little experience at these tracks. Both events last year were the first RUSH Tour events held at each facility. The Outlaw event was one of our best races of the season and how it played out with Gary Montgomery’s former Series racers battling it out for the win couldn’t have been more fitting.”
The Sweeney Tour completed all four events as part of the “Battle of the Bay” Speedweek back on April 18-21. Max Blair opened the 2018 season winning his first ever race in the “First State” at Delaware International Speedway. The following night saw, Ross Robinson, who lives across the street from Georgetown Speedway capture his first career RUSH win. The third night saw Logan Roberson win at his Friday night home track, Potomac Speedway, for his first career Sweeney Tour win. Speedweek then wrapped up with Roberson repeating the feat taking the win at his Saturday night home track, Winchester Speedway.
Blair enters the weekend as the Sweeney Tour point leader by 28 over Jeremy Wonderling. Darrell Bossard sits third in his first season on the Tour. Canadian Charlie Sandercock is currently fourth ahead of 2016 Sweeney Tour Champion, John Waters.
FK Rod Ends will present the $100 “Shock the Clock” Qualifying award and $25 to each winner each night.Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. 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.
RUSH Series Officials will also determine the new Dirt Defender “Defensive Drive” to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night, and will receive a $40 product package. The award could go to a driver holding off another for the final heat race or B main transfer position, a driver denying a hard charging racer a feature win, a move to stay on the lead lap before a caution, or any such deserving move.
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. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.
Non-Qualifier Payoffs: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.
2018 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Max Blair 382 2. Jeremy Wonderling 354 3. Darrell Bossard 346 4. Charlie Sandercock 335 5. John Waters 332 6. Jason Genco 326 7. Jason Knowles 324 8. Garret Paugh 320 9. Brady Wonderling 318 10. Damian Bidwell 312 11. Cody Dawson 302 12. Adam Ferri 300 13. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 299 14. J.J. Mazur 295 15. Christian Schneider 292 16. Cory Lawler 287 17. Bill Kessler & Mike Franklin 282 19. Jimmy Johnson, Jr. & Beamer Guzzardi 280 21. Joe Watson 210 22. Braeden Dillinger 160.
You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The MyLaps/AMB transponders will be used both nights. One-way driver radios are always mandatory on the default 454.000 channel. There will be a $100 entry fee each night. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Warm-ups are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday night and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Outlaw is a 4/10-mile oval located at 82 Main St, Dundee, NY 14837. For more information, check out their website at www.outlawspeedwayllc.com. Like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OutlawSpeedwayLLC and follow them on Twitter @OutlawSpeedPR.
Genesee Speedway is located off Route 5 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds at 5056 E Main Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information, check out their website at genesee-speedway.com and like them on Facebook by searching Genesee Speedway.
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, CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at email@example.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. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.