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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 Model Series.

"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."

"Although 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."

Continuing from 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.

Sunoco Race 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.

"Bazell 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."

Bradford went 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 motorsports."

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!

Please contact 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.

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, 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 Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.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 season.

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 Media.

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 / kcarlton@thendrl.com or NDRL Marketing Director Jason Babyak at (602) 647-0649 / jbabyak@thendrl.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 us."

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 Memorial.

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 info@rushracingseries.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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2013 PPMS Champions to be honored at annual awards banquet
By: Marcie Barlow

PITTSBURGH, PA...Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will honor the speedway's 2013 competitors at the annual awards banquet to be held Saturday, March 8th at the Lafayette Room located at 7678 Steubenville Pike, Imperial, PA 15071. The Cocktail Hour will begin at 6:00PM followed by Dinner at 7:00PM. The Awards Ceremony will follow and an Open Bar and dancing will close out the evening's festivities which will conclude at 11:00PM.

Tickets are priced at $50.00 and include dinner as well as soda, wine, beer and mixed drinks. Tickets can purchased by contacting Karen or Matt Miley at 412-771-1878 or via e-mail at kmiley99@comcast.net. The deadline for ticket reservations is February 28, 2014. In addition teams are reminded that trophies and awards will only be given to those who RSVP by this date.

The evening's festivities will include honoring the following who captured the 2013 points titles: Alex Ferree (Diehl of Robinson Super Late Models), Kyle Lukon (Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro-Late Models), Nick Kocuba (Sunoco Race Fuels Late Model Sportsman), Christian Schneider (Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks) and Dylan Bolind (Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns).

The following individuals will also be recognized as the champions of the special divisional mini-series events that were held in 2013: Super Late Model Super Series - Alex Ferree; Pro-Late Model Sizzler Series - Mike Pegher, Jr. and Late Model Sportsman Showdown Series - Jeff Bronsizewski.

In addition to the top ten teams in each division being honored; the following First Time Feature Winners will also be presented special awards in remembrance of their inaugural victories at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile": Super Late Models: Kyle Lukon and Jim Stephans; Pro-Late Models: Ron Hall and Andrew Wylie; Late Model Sportsman: Vince Laboon and Bill Robertson, Hobby Stocks: Hannah Ramsey, Dan Black and Adam Kostelnik and Young Guns competitors Jarrett Sugar, Roman O'Neill, Dylan Bolind and O.B. Huff.

The following drivers will be acknowledged as Rookies of the Year in their respective divisions: Super Late Models: Sam Eichelberger; Pro Late Models: Jake Gunn; Late Model Sportsman: Christian Schneider, Hobby Stocks: John Wiser and Young Guns: Karlee Kovacs.

The prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award presentation will conclude the awards portion of the evening. Vince Laboon captured the award last year and Steve Baker, Phil Lukon, Lynn Geisler, Jack Crowell and Jim Steigerwald are just a few of the past recipients.

Join us as we celebrate the successes of our 2013 champions and competitors and also preview the exciting events that will take place in 2014 at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile."

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Exciting 2014 planned for Jennerstown Speedway Reopening
By: Corey Simmons

(January 4, 2014)...The Laurel Highlands will once again rumble with the sound of race cars in 2014. The famed half mile, Jennerstown Speedway is reopening, and will once again be the center of Saturday night asphalt racing in southwestern Pennsylvania. This, thanks to three gentleman that couldn't take seeing a historic racetrack with such potential sit dormant and decay any longer.

Who are these three gentlemen? Bryan Smith, Rob Beck, and John Taylor. Bryan, 45, works in a parts department and at a trucking company, and calls Duncansville home. Rob, 42, works in a parts store, and hails from Altoona. John, 39, works at an auto speed shop, and is from Bellwood.

Smith, Beck, and Taylor started the Allegheny Highlands region of the Sports Car Club of America, which holds auto cross events at Jennerstown and Wyotech. During the many events at Jennerstown, the trio would have conversations with the owner, Dave Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler would express how much he wished a deal to bring racing back to the track would come to fruition, rather than watch the once glorious speedway fall apart. After these talks, a deal started to come together.

Smith, Beck, and Taylor are taking on no easy task. Jennerstown has been victim to vandalism, in which wires were ripped out, doors were broken, and windows were busted. After sitting idle for years, nature has tried reclaiming the speedway. It also needs weeds pulled, grass cut, facilities repainted, and other maintenance issues.

The man calling the shots will be Andy Borkowski, as Jennerstown Speedway's Race Director. Andy was selected because of his experience with and understanding of weekly racing, and his innate ability to think outside the box. His love for racing dates back to when he was 14 years old. Him, his brother, and their friends decided to check out the local racing at Jennerstown on a $2.00 night. He was hooked from that moment on, and wanted to be involved in any way possible. He has worked in just about every aspect of racing, from owner to crew chief, spotter to promoter, and anything in between. This gives him the understanding of every side of the business. "I will make Jennerstown fun, fair, and safe. I want every driver that checks in that back gate to feel like they have a chance to win on every given night", said Andy about the new era of Jennerstown Speedway. "Jennerstown will return to being a fun, family thing, and we are all in this together. I really appreciate all ideas, so please call me if you want to talk about anything we can do to enhance the experience at Jennerstown." Andy can be contacted at 814-233-8523 (cell), and 814-443-1122 (home).

An official announcer has not been selected yet; however, Jennerstown will be going with a tandem of race and pit announcers. The pit announcer and track photographer will be Howie Balis. Howie hails from Rostraver, and has announced at numerous tracks like Motordrome, Latrobe, Central Pa Speedway, Roaring Knob, and Jennerstown. When Howie hears the word Jennerstown, he reflects on many incredible races, and seeing up-and-coming NASCAR stars such as Joey Logano and Martin Truex before millions of fans would scream their names every Sunday. When asked about Jennerstown Opening, Howie stated "It's great to see a track reopen with the rich history of Jennerstown, considering the state of the economy as well."

In the traditional Jennerstown fashion, Saturday nights will be alive with weekly racing. The initial plan is to run late models, chargers, street stocks, and 4 cylinders. The season opener is May 10th, and will feature weekly racing, along with the first appearance of the season by the Super Cup Stock Car Series. Jennerstown will also feature special events throughout the season. Some of the events being considered are monster trucks, ISMA supermodifieds, Super Cup Series, tractor pulls, Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Nights, Senior Series, crash cars, skid plate races, and drifting.

Jennerstown will be more than just another business in town. Along with providing some job opportunities, the speedway wants to be the center of the community. In breaking the mold of tracks that sit dark six nights a week, Jennerstown eventually wants to hold events like car cruises, movies, concerts, flea markets, and other fun, family events. Future plans for the speedway include paving the whole infield, and constructing a go kart track. The whole staff at Jennerstown Speedway is committed to bringing circle track racing back to the premier level of success in this new, exciting era. Jennerstown Speedway 814-629-Race (7223) jennerstownspeedway@gmail.com


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