PPMS Results for April 26, 2014
By: Miley Motorsports
On Saturday night, Nico DaBecco took the checkered flag in the Precise
Racing Products Rush Late Model division at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway. Toronto, Ohio's John Mollick claimed victory in
the Diehl of Robinson DIRTcar Super Late Model feature, while Christian
Schneider recorded a win in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman Division.
Joe Podolinsky of Oakdale, David Ostrander of Carnegie and Kelvin
Kohan won in the Miley BP Hobby Stock, Imperial Heights Garage Young
Guns and ¾ Late Model features, respectively.
In the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Model feature, Michael
Reft started off strong and led the first 8 laps of the race. However,
Pittsburgh's Nico DaBecco charged to the front on the pack after
starting 4th and took the lead on lap 9. After a couple of cautions,
DaBecco increased his lead while Reft was shuffled toward the back
of the pack. Meanwhile, last week's feature winner Josh Holtgraver
took advantage of the restarts and made his way up to the second
spot. In the end, it was DaBecco in first, Holtgraver in second,
and Burgettstown's Kyle Lukon in third. They were followed by Daryl
Charlier (driving the 88, in a tribute to his dad Dale and grandfather
Tub), Justin Lamb, Mark Moats, Jr., Corey McPherson, Robby Marhefka,
Reft, Greg Belyea and David McDonald (both from Ontario, Canada),
Jeremy Adamik, Chuck Medved, Ben Policz, and Matt Latta. This was
Nico DaBecco's first win since August of 2013 and his third win
overall in the division.
Starting 3rd, John Mollick took the lead soon after the green flag
waved and at times had a half lap lead through the first half of
the Diehl of Robinson DIRTcar Super Late Model race. But veteran
driver Ben Miley slowly cut that lead down and almost made a charge
to first place but couldn't pass the lap car of Colton Flinner before
the checkered flag dropped. Mollick claimed his first win since
May of 2010. Miley finished second, and Saxonburg's Alex Ferree
finished in third. John Flinner, Derek Stefanik, Colton Flinner,
Sam Eichelberger and Bill Yohe took the fourth through eighth positions.
Seventeen year old Christian Schneider of Robinson Township took
the lead on lap two and never looked back, running a great race
and holding off the charges of Jake Simmons in the Sunoco Race Fuels
Sportsman feature. Schneider, last year's Hobby Stock champion and
former Young Guns driver, has progressively made his mark at the
track and is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Sportsman
division. Young driver Todd Weldon also ran a strong race. Weldon
started in the tail position and carefully made his way through
the pack, passing a number of cars, to finish third. Schneider,
Simmons and Weldon finished in the top three, followed by Brian
Huchko, Bill Robertson, AJ Poljak, Ricky Steigerwald, Josh Langer,
and Jarrod Westover. Fan favorite Nick Kocuba broke in the heats
and did not start the feature.
Driving the Dylan Bolind 3D car, Joe Podolinsky held the first
position throughout the 12 lap feature race in the Miley BP Car
Wash Hobby Stock division. Podolinsky was followed by John Wiser,
Steve Pyeritz, Chad Gorring, Karlee Kovacs (pulling double duty
again, filling in for the vacationing Hannah Ramsey), and Jacob
Wiser, who crashed hard in turn four and left the race on lap 5.
Carnegie's David Ostrander ran a strong race and claimed the victory,
his first this season, in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns
feature race. Jarrett Sugar finished second, followed by Michael
Jackson, Karlee Kovacs, Devin Black, Dave Ostrander, and Jonathan
In their second feature appearance of the season, ¾ Late
Model driver Kelvin Kohan finished first, followed by Colton Flinner,
Jim Thompson, car 19 and Carl Kohan.
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RUSH Late Model Series continues
partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels
By: Mike Leone
(Pulaski, PA)...Sunoco Race Fuels and the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick
GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will continue its marketing program
for the 2014 season. This year will mark the second of the three-year
agreement as the "Official Fuel" of the Sweeney RUSH Late
"I cannot tell you how pleased we are to continue
our marketing partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels as a major sponsor
of RUSH," stated Series Co-Director Vicki Emig. "I've
had a great relationship with Sunoco representative Russ Bradford
for over 15 years and believe that together with our regional promoters,
we can begin to address the problem of the extreme cost of fuel
that some of our racers are currently utilizing."
we are not implementing a fuel rule again for 2014, we believe we
are taking a substantial step in the right direction by partnering
with Sunoco and endorsing their Sunoco 260 GT product," continued
Emig. "The selection of several RUSH/Sunoco authorized distributors
for the Sunoco 260 GT product will allow us to control and maintain
consistent and reasonable pricing of this product to the racers
in our region."
last year, the first 50 RUSH drivers competing at RUSH-sanctioned
speedways that purchase 10 gallons of Sunoco 260 GT fuel and show
proof of purchase to RUSH Series Directors, will receive a certificate
valid toward the purchase of an additional five gallons of this
product. Numerous drivers took advantage of the offer, and any additional
drivers that had not redeemed this offer in 2013 can do so until
50 drivers are reached. Through this program, over $2,000 in Sunoco
260 GT fuel will be distributed to the racers! Drivers can contact
the RUSH office for details as to how they will receive their certificates
for their free fuel.
In fact, last
season Kyle Lukon earned a $500 bonus for becoming the first driver
to win a Sweeney RUSH Tour event utilizing the Sunoco 260 GT fuel
capturing the "Cross the Borders" Speedweek event at Pittsburgh's
PA Motor Speedway.
Fuels sponsored the purchase of an electronic fuel hydrometer last
season. The state-of-the-art tool is utilized to check the oxygen
content that is in the fuel. Sunoco has also offered their expertise
and full support to both RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry
and RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedway tech officials in any and all
fuel technical issues that may occur.
Race Fuels and Sunoco along with the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series
look forward to informing all the Crate Late Model racers throughout
the region that there are options out there for their racing fuel,"
stated Russ Bradford, Division Manager of Bazell Race Fuels. "The
fuels that we offer perform as well or better than the other high-priced
fuels put on the market by other companies."
on to say, "Vicki and I have done business together for several
years, and we feel very confident that Vicki along with Mike Leone
will continue to make RUSH successful. With this said we feel that
this is where we need to invest our resources to not only help the
Series, but also help the racers. Sunoco Race Fuels has a long history
of producing the most competitive and consistent fuels in the industry
as well as supporting many sanctioning bodies across all types of
Sunoco is always
working on new fuels to better serve the racer by increasing performance,
while keeping the costs of the fuel under control. Working with
a few engine builders both on the dyno and on the track the Sunoco
Green E-15 is showing very promising results in crate engine applications.
This fuel has primarily been used in NASCAR applications and has
just recently been tried in a Crate Late Model. It showed significant
power increases on the dyno over our competition and has some prestigious
wins to its credit.
The fuel is
relatively new to this application so therefore the normal outlets
for purchasing Sunoco Race Fuels may not stock the Sunoco Green
E-15 yet, but the fuel is available through Bazell Oil Co., Inc.
for shipment. The Sunoco E-15 meets all rule specifications set
forth by Rush. The Sunoco 260 GT is a great fuel and runs great
in these crate engines but if a person is looking to get every last
horsepower and every ounce of torque out of a crate engine Sunoco
Green E-15 has shown on the dyno and on the track that it works!
Russ if you would like more information concerning Sunoco Green
E-15 or any of our performance fuels at Bazell Fuel Company in Logan,
Ohio at 740-385-5430.
partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance,
RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell
Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N
Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear,
Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, High Gear Speed
Shop, Utsinger's Towing, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley
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.
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Can Spithaler Do It Again?
By: Lou Long
Mercer, PA (April 9, 2104): For three consecutive seasons, Brandon Spithaler,
of Evans City, has won the opening event for 410 Sprint Cars at
Mercer Raceway Park. This Saturday, he will get the chance to earn
an nprecedented fourth straight. The competition will be tough,
though, as all of the region's stars are expected to be in action.
Divisional champion Jack Sodeman, Jr., of North Jackson, OH, will
look to unseat Spithaler. Former titleholder Eric Williams, Scott
Priester, Chris Best, Brent and Brandon Matus, Adam Kekich, Carl
Bowser, and many more talented racers will vie for the top honors.
The 410 Sprints are presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling,
Ralph Butch, Inc., and New Wilmington Motors.
Frankie Guidace, of Mercer, will sport new colors on his 358 Modified
as he opens his title defense. So will his daughter, Makayla, and
rival Lonny Riggs. Jimmy Holden will be back with his potent machine,
as will Jeff Shaffer, Kyle Fink, Matt Reeher, and Shawn Fleeger,
to name a few. Approved Toilet Rentals will be back as the title
sponsor for the 358 Modifieds.
In the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Clarion's Michael
Bauer will be gunning for yet another victory. Bauer will be challenged
by the likes of C.J. Jones, Jacob Lagastee, Jimmy Morris, and others.
This growing class will boast a big crop of rookie drivers. Third
generation racer Cy Lynch will make his much-anticipated debut in
a full-sized car. He comes from championship stock, as both his
grandfather, Ed Lynch, Sr., and father, Ed Lynch, Jr., have had
considerable success at the Park and other area speedways.
Trusty Rusty Moore will be back with his Precise Racing Products
Stock Car. Moore has been one of the most successful pilots at the
track over the last several seasons. Curtis Bish, Jr. was perhaps
Moore's toughest foe. Will this be the year that he can dethrone
the king of the Stock Cars?
Shane Pfeuffer surprised the crowd at the track's banquet and awards
ceremony in January by announcing that he will try for a second
point title in the Modified Lites, presented by Big Daddy's Speed
Center and Rock Concrete. It was anticipated that Pfeuffer would
move up to the Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Several new competitors are
expected in this class also.
Jamey Lee became a regular at the Park in the Mini Stock division
in 2013, and he earned his first track championship. He will look
for a repeat, but look out for Tyler Fulton. The young driver dominated
the Snowflake 25 contested in early January, and he will certainly
try to keep that momentum going in the first points race of the
The weather forecast for Saturday is favorable, so come out early
to get your favorite seat. Gates will open at 4 p.m., and racing
will begin at 7 p.m.
Regular event pricing will be in effect for this event. That means
that adults will enter for just $13, seniors (age 60 and over) for
$11, and students (ages 9-15) for $5. Children ages 8 and under
are always free. Family Passes will be available for $28, which
will be good for two adults and up to four minors of any age.
Mercer Raceway Park offers free parking and a full menu will be
available at the track's concession stands.
If you cannot make it to the speedway this weekend, another Saturday
Night Live! program will be on tap April 19. Bonnell's Rod Shop
will add extra money to the purse that night for all divisions.
Remember that you can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any
racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent directly to your smartphone
or other electronic device. To register, please go to the track's
website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com,
and follow the easy steps.
About Mercer Raceway Park: Mercer Raceway Park is a 3/8-mile dirt
track located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route
19 on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality
family entertainment are presented weekly from late March through
late September. For more information, check out www.mercerracewaypark.com,
www.twitter.com/mercerraceway, or www.facebook.com/mercerracewaypark.
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PPMS's PENNational Set to Open Up $160,000+ NDRL Mid-Atlantic Swing
By: NDRL PR
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (April 7, 2014) Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway is set to play host to the opening round of the National
Dirt Racing League's (NDRL) Mid-Atlantic Swing. PPMS will host the
PENNational which will pay $10,000 to the winner of the 50-lap feature
event with the NDRL. The Mid-Atlantic Swing is a 3-race cluster
of events beginning this Thursday, April 10th at PPMS. The 3-race
event boasts more than $160,000 of purse monies up for grabs. The
Mid-Atlantic Swing will also have the NDRL stars traveling to Winchester
(VA) Speedway on Friday, April 11th for the $10,000 to win Gunter's
Honey 50 and wrapping the weekend up on Saturday at Virginia Motor
Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia with the $20,000 to win Aaron's King
of the Commonwealth.
Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will host the NDRL for
the 2nd time since the John Kennedy owned series was founded in
2013. The 25th Annual Pittsburgher was a rousing success in October
and PPMS and NDRL officials are excited about the prospects of the
PENNational. "The Pittsburgher was a great event and we had
an awesome crowd. We are very excited about bringing our events
to the Pittsburgh area. There is a great fan base there and the
track has been phenomenal. We are expecting quite a field of cars
with some of the best talent from all around the country. We hope
that everyone will support the event and allow us to keep bringing
this level of racing to the area. We have enjoyed working with the
Miley's, they really care about their fans and we appreciate them
for having us." said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.
The NDRL boasts an impressive list of expected drivers which includes
NDRL regulars Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport,
Don O'Neal, Kent Robinson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Chris Ferguson, John
Blankenship, Max Blair, Bub McCool, Dennis Erb, Jr., William Thomas,
Mason Zeigler, Steve Francis, 2013 NDRL King of Dirt Billy Moyer,
Tim Fuller and Mike Benedum. Also expected to be in action are a
host of national and regional drivers including Brandon Sheppard,
Gregg Satterlee, Jared Miley, Rob Blair, Dan Stone, Keith Barbara,
Colton Flinner and Steve Shaver.
PPMS's PENNational will also see the NDRL Modifieds and the RUSH
Weekly Crate Late Models in action. On Thursday the PPMS pit gates
will open at 2 PM with Grandstand gates opening at 4 PM. The drivers'
meeting is slated for 6:15 PM and racing is scheduled to start at
7 PM. Grandstand tickets are $30 at the gate with children UNDER
10 FREE. Pit Passes are $40 at the gate. Discount tickets are still
available on the NDRL website located at www.theNDRL.com
Official NDRL 2014 Sponsors:
Hoosier Racing Tires, VP Race Fuels, Arizona Sport Shirts, Keyser
Manufacturing, Schaeffer's Racing Oil and Lubricants, Capital Race
Cars, Rocket Chassis, DirtonDirt.com, Bell, DirtWrap, C&R Racing,
Genesis Shocks, AR Bodies, Little Power Shop, Jason Dietsch Trailer
Sales, Dirtwrap, JRi Shocks, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Velocita
USA, RockAuto.com, Clements Race Engines, Total Seal Rings, Pro
Power Racing, Cometic Gaskets, Dyers Top Rods, Vic Hill Race Engines,
K1 Technologies, JE Pistons, High Velocity Heads and JNJ Motorsports
To stay up with all of the latest happenings check out www.thendrl.com
and make sure to "Like" the National Dirt Racing League
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalDirtRacingLeague and follow
the NDRL on Twitter at @The_NDRL. The list of 2014 partners continues
to grow, if you have questions or comments or if you are interested
in becoming a sponsor of the NDRL contact Series Director Kelley
Carlton at (864) 871-1442 / firstname.lastname@example.org or NDRL Marketing
Director Jason Babyak at (602) 647-0649 / email@example.com .
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Sweeney RUSH Late Model Weekly Series April 4-5 recap
By: Jim Zufall and Mike Leone
Pulaski, PA)...As the weather continues to feel more like spring than
what seemed like a never ending winter, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick
GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series member tracks slowly come to life.
Last weekend, Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Maryland resumed action
and the season opener at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg,
Pennsylvania got underway.
Potomac continued their 2014 campaign last Friday (April 4) as
the rotating, five-division schedule again included the Sweeney
RUSH Late Models. Former Late Model track champion Jeff Pilkerton
started the 20-lap feature on the pole and never gave up the spot
leading every lap to take his first career RUSH Crate Late Model
win. "I just want to thank all the guys who worked all winter
getting this car ready," said Pilkerton. "We haven't won
here in a long time and this crate division is a perfect fit for
Ben Bowie, the winner from the Potomac's season opener, came from
the 10th starting spot to finish second. Defending track champion,
John Imler who entered the weekend tied for the Sweeney Weekly Series
Championship point lead, was third. Darin Henderson collected fourth.
Reese Masiello was fifth for the second straight race at Potomac
and leads the $1,000 to-win "Futures Cup" standings over
last year's runner-up Michael Lake. The Sweeney RUSH Late Models
return to action at Potomac on April 18, when the Super Late Models
are in the spotlight with the 35-lap, $2,500 to win Vernon Harris
After a couple practice sessions, the green flag waved Saturday
night for the first time in 2014 at the scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports
Park. A solid field of 20 cars was on hand in the first RUSH-sanctioned
event in Pennsylvania this season. When the checkered was displayed
over the Sweeney RUSH Late Model feature, it was Greensburg, Pennsylvania's
Dan Angelicchio taking his first RUSH Series win of 2014. In fact,
Angelicchio became the fourth different winner in as many Sweeney
Weekly Series events run in 2014!
John Over continued his consistent finishes with a runner-up and
overtook Imler for the Sweeney Weekly Series point lead. Ryan Montgomery,
who finished second on March 22 at Winchester, was a solid third.
Tyler Hershey was fourth filling in for Jennae Piper. George Kowatic
rounded out the top five. Clinton Hersh made his Late Model debut
and finished 16th. The son of former Stock Car standout Tony Hersh
is also a member of the "Futures Cup" contingent. Regular
six division racing continues this Saturday, April 12 at the Knob.
Other RUSH Dirt Late Model Series member track's season openers
are all soon to follow as the calendar rolls into spring. The Sweeney
RUSH Late Models will be a part of the card for Pittsburgh's PA
Motor Speedway's annual PENNational. The NDRL "Kings of Dirt"-sanctioned
PENNational features a $10,000 to win for the Super Lates on the
special Thursday night (April 10). Regular weekly racing continues
on Saturday, April 12 at PPMS.
Winchester's next event for RUSH is Saturday, April 19. Both Sharon
Speedway and McKean County Raceway start their new seasons on Saturday,
April 19. Regular Sunday night racing begins at Ontario's Humberstone
Speedway on Sunday, May 4, while Delevan New York's Freedom Speedway
begins their 2014 Friday night, six-division program on May 9- three
weeks before the Sweeney Tour opener on May 30!
RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace
Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels,
Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes,
K&N Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart,
K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports,
Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger's Towing, B.R.A.K.E.S.,
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. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels
and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.
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