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MICHNOWICZ DOMINATES WESTERN STATES LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

 

(Torrance, CA, December 2, 2019) Five-time POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz capped off a frustrating season when he led every inch of the way to capture the “3rd Annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship” at the Bakersfield Speedway.  The victory was the third of the season for the veteran driver and his second at the “Okie Bowl” this year.


 


 
Bobby Michnowicz closed the CLS season with the win in the 3rd Annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship.  Pit Princess Photo.

 

Paired with the USAC National and Western States Midgets and the Hobby Stocks, the CLS performed before its biggest crowd of the 2019 campaign.  With the huge throng looking on, 22 CLS cars took time trials. When all was said and done, Lakewood teenager Aiden Lang turned the fastest lap with a time of 13.735. Fellow teen Grant Sexton of Lakeside was second quickest when he stopped the clocks at 13.938. Series champion Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley, who announced that he was stepping away from racing, was third fast at 14.027.

 

The CLS contested three eight-lap heat races on “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval.”  Two-time series champion Brent Sexton of Lakeside won the first eight lapper.  Middleton, Ohio’s Rod Henning captured the second heat and Eric Greco of Palmdale copped the last CLS heat of the year.

 

Brent Sexton won the trophy dash over Michnowicz, Colorado’s Chris Crowder and fast-rising Indio teen James Turnbull.

 

The win in the dash put Brent Sexton on the pole with his archrival Michnowicz alongside.  The second row featured Crowder and Turnbull followed by Lange and Grant Sexton in the third set of two.

 

The first attempt to start the finale saw Brent Sexton not get a good start and Michnowicz powering away to a huge advantage.  However, a yellow came out as CLS officials ruled that the start was unsatisfactory.

 

The second attempt to start the main event was an instant replay of the first try. Brent Sexton again did not fire off while Michnowicz roared off turn four.  Another yellow flew and another complete restart was ordered.

 

Thankfully, as the old saying goes, “the third time was the charm.” The two antagonists came across the start-finish line side by side.  But, by the time they came off turn two on lap one, the battle for the main event lead an eventual win was essentially over.  Michnowicz powered off that corner while Sexton bobbled.  That miscue allowed Michnowicz to open a quarter straightaway advantage before they hit turn three the first time. From that point on the wily veteran led every lap.  

 

While Michnowicz had his T Shirts by Timeless/Super Shox/Outlaw Wings/Guhl /Pflum Wagner Engines/ Fabozzi Metal Works/DLX by Circle Track Performance Chassis/ZX10 in front for the duration, the battles behind him kept the fans on the edge of their seats.   Sexton was initially challenged by Indio’s James Turnbull on the start.  That changed in a hurry when Turnbull slid off the bottom groove in turn three on the first circuit opening the door for San Diego’s A.J. Bender who raced into third.  About the time Kramer put himself in fourth at the end of the second lap, chaos broke out in turn three.  Palmdale’s Eric Greco, Chino’s Pat Kelley and Robb Pelmear of Ventura had hard contact.  All three were okay, but they were out for the night.  That proved especially costly for Greco who came into the night fourth in the championship standings.  The 19th-place finish he was credited with essentially handed fourth to Lakewood’s Aiden Lange providing he could record a decent finish.

 

After the delay for the crash, Michnowicz assumed his position at the front for the restart with Sexton, Bender, Turnbull and Crowder rounding out the top five.  Sexton immediately got to the inside of Michnowicz in turn two and took the lead when his adversary momentarily bobbled.  The five-time champ was back on the throttle in a hurry, but the starter had to be hard on the yellow as both Kramer and Kevin Michnowicz slowed and came to a stop in turn four.  They were both done for the night and for the year as well.

 

As the yellow waved before a lap was completed, the field went back to its previous order for the restart and Michnowicz was back on the point.  On this restart, Michnowicz did not have any problems and by the time they reached turn three, he was five lengths ahead of Sexton.

 

While the top three pulled away from the pack, the crowd shifted its attention to fourth threw seventh where slide jobs prevailed between Turnbull and Crowder for fourth and Lange and Grant Sexton for sixth.  The crowd watched with bated breath as they were throwing hay-makers at each other in every corner. 

 

California Highway Patrol officer Jeff “Ponch” Dyer of Yucca Valley, finally got bored watching Grant Sexton and Lange having to much fun, so he passed both on the eighth circuit for fourth.

 

Michnowicz was into lapped traffic on the ninth go around and he started bobbing and weaving his way thru the lappers like Muhammad Ali bobbing and weaving in the ring. 

 

Lange, who scored his only win of the year in October at Ventura, got to the inside of Dyer in turn one on lap 12 and relegated the CHP officer back to fifth. 

 

Just before the race reached the halfway point, Bender took Brent Sexton for second, but he was more than two seconds behind the leader.  Sexton then nearly slid back to fourth one lap later as Crowder tried to race around him on the back chute.  Sexton slid it up and Crowder backed off before contact was made.  The same scenario played out on the back chute the next lap before Crowder used a lapped car as a pick and slipped into third at the completion of lap 18. 

That Crowder/Sexton debate raged on when they split a lapped car going into one on lap 19.  Sexton, on the bottom line, banged wheels with the lapper in turn one as he tried to take third back.  That allowed Crowder to hold onto the spot going down the back straight.  Then another lapped car got involved in the action in three in four on the same lap slowing Crowder enough to let the hard-charging Sexton steam by on the inside.

 

While the Crowder/Sexton war continued to seethe, Michnowicz was nearly a full straight ahead of second-place Bender.  However, heavy lapped traffic, with some of it choosing to race side-by-side in front of the leader, allowed Bender to close in, but time was not on his side and when the final checkered flag of the 26th CLS season flew, its all-time victory leader had racked up another win.  Bender finished second with Brent Sexton third, Lange fourth and Grant Sexton fifth.  Crowder, who was third late in the race, ended up fading to seventh.

 

San Bernardino’s James Helling started 20th and finished 15th to be the main event “Hard Charger.”

 

“You never know how close everybody is, so you just run as fast as you can,” a happy Michnowicz told the crowd from victory circle.  “I slowed down a bunch.  I got stuck behind the orange #13 and he was racing like he was going to win the thing.  I was afraid someone was going to get me at that point.  Luckily, he missed a corner and I was able to get by him.  I felt like I just won it when I passed that guy.”

 

Kramer’s third CLS title came with room to spare as he ended his championship campaign 157-points ahead of second-place finisher Bender.  Nigh ended up third with Lange and Greco rounding out the first five.

 

San Diego’s Jason Arnolde was crowned 2019 CLS “Rookie of the Year.”

 

The next event for the CLS will be the 2019 awards banquet on February 1st.  The gathering will be from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Frantone’s Pizza & Spaghetti Villa at 10808 Alondra Boulevard in Cerritos (90703).  Banquet tickets are $30.00 per person and will feature an all you can eat Italian buffet, beverages and dessert (wine and beer available for additional cost).  You can order tickets by sending a check to: CLS, 22126 Vermont Boulevard, Unit A, Torrance, CA  90502

 

3rd Annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship (with starting positions)

 

1. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 2nd

2. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 6th

3. Brent Sexton – Lakeside, CA – 1st

4. Aiden Lange – Lakewood, CA – 7th

5. Grant Sexton – Lakeside, CA – 8th

6. Jeff Dyer – Yucca Valley, CA – 10th

7. Chris Crowder – Colorado Springs, CA – 3rd

8. James Turnbull – Indio, CA – 4th

9. Rod Henning – Middletown, OH – 12th

10. Cody Nigh – Camarillo, CA – 13th

11. Jon Robertson – Torrance, CA – 11th

12. Danica Parker – Oakdale, CA – 14th

13. Dale Gamer – Anaheim, CA – 16th

14. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 17th

15. James Helling – San Bernardino, CA – 20th

16. Greg Sandling – Anza, CA – 21st

17. Jason Arnolde – San Diego, CA – 15th

18. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 5th

19. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA – 9th

20. Pat Kelley – Chino, CA – 18th

21. Kevin Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 22nd

22. Robb Pelmear – Ventura, CA – 19th

 

POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 2046

2. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 1889

3. Cody Nigh - Camarillo, CA - 1831

4. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 1736

5. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA – 1675

6. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 1639

7. Doug Nunes -Kingsburg, CA – 1539

8. Jeff Dyer – Yucca Valley, CA – 1475

9. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita, CA – 1428

10. Jon Robertson - Torrance, CA – 1274

 

The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2019 season possible: Lucas Oil, All Coast Construction, Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless and Woodland Auto Display.

 

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 26th season in 2019, please call Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 320-5569.

 

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at http://racecls.com/

 

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CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES RELEASES 2020 SCHEDULE

 

(Torrance, CA, January 10, 2020) The west coast’s longest-running and number one Lightning Sprint Car organization, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series, has released the schedule for its 27th consecutive season of racing.  The action will begin and finish the year at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway.  The first race will be on March 14th and the last will take place on November 17th.  Sandwiched in between will be 15 other dates. 

 

Five different tracks will host CLS races in 2020.  Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will once again be the home track for the series with six races on the schedule.  The club will hit Kern County’s Bakersfield Speedway five-times.  Included at Bakersfield will be the season-ender which has turned into an annual affair with the USAC National and Western States Midgets.  The group will have a pair of races in the middle of the season on the popular 1/3 of a mile banked Santa Maria Raceway. 

 

When the CLS hits the Merced Speedway on June 27th for the “Wayne Albright Memorial,” the cars will take off their wings for the race which will be a part of the “Civil War Series.”  In addition, it will be part of a three-race “Non-Wing Challenge” that will pay $1,000.00 to the high-point driver.  The other two races in the “Non-Wing Challenge” will be at a pair of the competitions at Ventura.

 

Two dates that are yet to be determined will be “Civil War Series” races with the BCRA at the Placerville Speedway.  In addition to the aforementioned “Civil War Series” dates, one of the Santa Maria events and one of the Bakersfield races will also be part of the jointly sanctioned series.

 

2020 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

 

March 14th              Bakersfield Speedway

 

March 21st              Ventura Raceway

 

April 18th                 Bakersfield Speedway

 

May 2nd                   Ventura Raceway

 

June 6th                  Ventura Raceway

 

June 13th                Bakersfield Speedway

 

June 27th                Merced Speedway Wayne Albright Memorial (Civil War Series/Non-Wing Challenge)

 

July 25th                  Santa Maria Raceway (with King of the West Sprint Cars)

 

August 15th             Santa Maria Raceway (with USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)

 

August 29th             Ventura Raceway

 

September 5th         Ventura Raceway

 

September 19th       Bakersfield Speedway

 

October 3rd             Ventura Raceway

 

October 31st            Ventura Raceway

 

November 17th        (with USAC National Midgets)

 

The first item on the agenda for the CLS this year will be the annual awards banquet on February 1st.  The gathering will be from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Frantone’s Pizza & Spaghetti Villa at 10808 Alondra Boulevard in Cerritos (90703).  Banquet tickets are $30.00 per person and will feature an all you can eat Italian buffet, beverages and dessert (wine and beer available for additional cost).  You can order tickets by sending a check to: CLS, 22126 Vermont Boulevard, Unit A, Torrance, CA  90502

 

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RUSH KARTING SERIES TECHNICAL RULES PACKAGE RELEASED; INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD JANUARY 5 AT GATHERINGS BANQUET CENTER NEAR NEW CASTLE, PA 
January 2, 2020
(By Mike Leone)
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
 
(Pulaski, PA)...Just three weeks ago, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Director Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced their newest concept, the RUSH Karting Series. The program very closely mirrors the template that has been very successfully utilized in their big car dirt divisions, which include Late Models, Sprint Cars, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Mods, and Pro Stocks. While the RUSH Karting Series website is still under construction, the 2020 tentative rules can be viewed at https://www.rushkarting.com/2020_RUSH_Karting_Rules.pdf
 
During this short period of time, seven regional karting facilities immediately became RUSH Kart-sanctioned for 2020. The current list includes Blanket Hill Speedway (Kittanning, PA), Lockhart Motorsports Park (Seneca, PA), Naugle Speedway (Coraopolis, PA), Pittsfield Championship Karting Association (Pittsfield, PA), Shaffer Speedway (Aliquippa, PA), Slippery Rock Raceway (Slippery Rock, PA), and Stateline Karts (Busti, NY).
 
The RUSH Karting program has been designed to enhance "weekly" kart racing at RUSH-sanctioned speedways by allowing kart racers to compete under a structured program that features a standardized set of technical rules and allows racers to take part in RUSH'S valuable championship programs, and be included in the insurance package and professional public relations department.  
 
An informational meeting will be held this Sunday, January 5 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center at 1 p.m. Gatherings is located minutes from Interstate 376 on Route 422 west of New Castle, Pa. at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Hwy, Edinburg, PA 16116. (Note: Gatherings is located behind Town & Country Bar & Grill.)
 
The meeting is open to the general public and will focus on the important elements of the Series; the RUSH Karting technical rules package including the RUSH Kart sealed engine, tire and fuel testing, as well as the RUSH Karting Championship programs and insurance package. The procedure utilized for both tire and fuel testing will be demonstrated and explained.
 
RUSH Series officials, Chad Wright the Hoosier Tire Oval Kart Product Manager, and Brett Neupert of Precise Racing Products, who will distribute the RUSH Kart sealed engines, will be on hand discuss the RUSH Karting Series concept as well as answer attendees' questions. Wright will be traveling in from Hoosier Tire corporate in Lakeville, Indiana.  
 
"The initial response for the RUSH Karting program has been amazing," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "To have seven well-known regional karting facilities immediately join RUSH, with others requesting information has honestly been unbelievable. We can't thank these facilities enough for providing us with such a strong foundation from which to begin growing and developing the RUSH Karting Series. The tracks are all working together to maximize racer participation."      
 
"We've also had a tremendous amount of positive support from current and potential new karting enthusiast who realize that the RUSH program offers a new and exciting option for them to participate in," explained Emig. "I know the same key elements that have made our big car programs successful will be the catalyst to the future success of the RUSH Karting Series!"
 
The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports. 
 

 

 

RUSH RUSH KARTING SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS NAUGLE SPEEDWAY BECOMES THE 7TH TRACK TO SIGN ON FOR 2020

(Coraopolis, PA)...Two weeks since the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance announced the creation of the new RUSH Karting Series banner for the 2020 season, Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to announce that seven facilities are now on board for the inaugural season.  The latest to join the fold is Naugle Speedway.  Naugle is a 1/8-mile high-banked dirt track located minutes from the Pittsburgh Airport.  Naugle runs on Friday nights and will be an excellent partner with Wednesday night's Shaffer Speedway as the two facilities are just three miles apart.
 
In addition to Stateline in Busti, New York, Naugle joins the previously announced five western Pa. facilities of Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Pittsfield Championship Karting Association, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway that are sanctioned for 2020.  
 
"The support over the last two weeks has been tremendous," expressed Emig.  "We had the initial four tracks come on board immediately, and since that announcement add three more.  It's been a perfect pairing to add Stateline and Pittsfield with their close proximity and popular facilities, and now Naugle can team up with Shaffer.  It's great that all seven track promoters really understand how the RUSH program has worked at the big tracks, and how that very same concept can and will be beneficial to kart racing." 
 
Naugle is located at 232 Pickens Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108.  The 1/8-mile track called "The Bullring" tubs itself as the "Fastest Kart Track in the Pittsburgh Area".  Pit gates open at 5 p.m. at Friday nights with warm-ups at 6:30, and racing at 7.  For more information, check out their website at www.nauglespeedway.com/ and like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Naugle-Speedway-254816175405904/
 
The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel.  The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon. 
 
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older.  Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.        
 
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year).  The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.    
 
The informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. but has been moved to a larger and more centralized location at Gatherings Banquet and Event Center, which located minutes from Interstate 376 on Route 422 west of New Castle at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Hwy, Edinburg, PA 16116.
 
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.  Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
 
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com.  A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
 
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
 
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300  2. $150  3. $140  4. $130  5. $125  6. $120  7. $115  8. $110  9. $105  10. $100
 
Jr 1: 1. $400  2. $200  3. $175  4. $150  5. $140  6. $130  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $100

Jr 2: 1. $500  2. $300  3.  $200  4. $175  5. $150  6. $145  7. $140  8. $135  9. $130  10. $125
 
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $275  6. $250  7. $225  8. $210  9. $205  10. $200
 
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500  2. $750  3.  $500  4. $375  5. $300  6. $275  7. $250  8. $225  9. $210  10. $200.

 

RUSH KARTING SERIES EXPANDS NORTH WITH ADDITION OF NEW YORK'S STATELINE SPEEDWAY KARTS IN 2020

(Pittsfield, PA)...In less than 10 days, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to welcome on the sixth different facility under the new RUSH Karting Series banner as Pittsfield (PA) Championship Karting Association will host Friday night weekly-sanctioned racing during the inaugural 2020 season.  The 1/8-mile tri-oval dirt track located at the former Pittsfield Elementary School near the intersection of Routes 6 and 27 in northwest Pennsylvania will be an excellent partner with Stateline Speedway Karts, which operates on Saturday mornings just 14 miles away. 
 
In addition to Stateline in Busti, New York, Pittsfield joins the previously announced western Pa. facilities of Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway that are sanctioned for 2020.  
 
"It's been an amazing 10 days," expressed Emig.  "To have the initial four tracks come on board immediately, and since that announcement it's been a perfect pairing to add Stateline and Pittsfield with their close proximity and popular facilities.  Pittsfield's promoter Tim Kays was a former racer himself and has stayed closely in tune with the RUSH Late Models and Pro Mods at nearby Stateline Speedway's big track.  The one really neat aspect is that all six track promoters really understand how the RUSH program has worked at the big tracks, and how that very same concept can and will be beneficial to kart racing." 
 
Pittsfield Championship Karting Association is located at 30246 Route 6, Pittsfield, PA 16340.  The 1/8-mile tri-oval dirt track operates on Friday nights with pit gates opening at 5 p.m., warm-ups at 7, and racing at 7:30.  For more information, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pittsfieldkarting
 
The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel.  The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon. 
 
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older.  Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.        
 
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year).  The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.    
 
An informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Smokin' Toad's BBQ at 110 South Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055, which is located on Route 356 in front of Precise Racing Products.
 
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.  Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
 
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com.  A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
 
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
 
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300  2. $150  3. $140  4. $130  5. $125  6. $120  7. $115  8. $110  9. $105  10. $100
 
Jr 1: 1. $400  2. $200  3. $175  4. $150  5. $140  6. $130  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10. $100

Jr 2: 1. $500  2. $300  3.  $200  4. $175  5. $150  6. $145  7. $140  8. $135  9. $130  10. $125
 
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000  2. $500  3. $350  4. $300  5. $275  6. $250  7. $225  8. $210  9. $205  10. $200
 
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500  2. $750  3.  $500  4. $375  5. $300  6. $275  7. $250  8. $225  9. $210  10. $200.
 
The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC & Pace Performance along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Trailer-Alarms.com, Bonnell's Rod Shop, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, CrateInsider.com, and Valley Fashions. 
 

 

RUSH KARTING SERIES EXPANDS NORTH WITH ADDITION OF NEW YORK'S STATELINE SPEEDWAY KARTS IN 2020

(Busti, NY)...On the heels of the announcement of the launching the RUSH Karting Series at four western Pennsylvania Karting facilities, RUSH is pleased to welcome the 3/16-mile Stateline Speedway Karts facility in Busti, New York as a weekly-sanctioned track in 2020. Stateline becomes the first big car RUSH-sanctioned facility to join under the RUSH Karting Series banner. While the big car track hosts Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model and RUSH Pro Mod powered by Pace Performance weekly events on Saturday nights, the Karting facility is operated independently by Mark Matthews and hosts primarily Saturday morning action in addition to some evening events that do not conflict with the big track.
 
"We're really excited about adding Stateline to our program," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "The big car track is a great partner on a weekly basis for our Late Model and Pro Mod divisions and now to have the Kart track join is tremendous. Mark Matthews has been a longtime track official at Stateline and other nearby speedways and his passion for kart racing is tremendous. The response from the initial press release on the announcement of the RUSH Karting Series has been great!"
 
Stateline Speedway Karts joins the previously announced western Pa. facilities of Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway that are on board for 2020. The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel. The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon.
 
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older. Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.        
 
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year). The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.
 
An informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Smokin' Toad's BBQ at 110 South Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055, which is located on Route 356 in front of Precise Racing Products.
 
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com. Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
 
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com. A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
 
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
 
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300 2. $150 3. $140 4. $130 5. $125 6. $120 7. $115 8. $110 9. $105 10. $100
 
Jr 1: 1. $400 2. $200 3. $175 4. $150 5. $140 6. $130 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10. $100

Jr 2: 1. $500 2. $300 3. $200 4. $175 5. $150 6. $145 7. $140 8. $135 9. $130 10. $125
 
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $300 5. $275 6. $250 7. $225 8. $210 9. $205 10. $200
 
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500 2. $750 3. $500 4. $375 5. $300 6. $275 7. $250 8. $225 9. $210 10. $200.
 
Stateline Speedway Karts is a 3/16-mile slightly-banked dirt track featuring 300' long by 40' wide straightaways is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY near the NY/PA border at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at www.statelinespeedwaykarts.com/ and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StatelineKarts.
 

 

RUSH RACING SERIES ROLLS OUT RUSH KARTING SERIES WITH OVER $8,500 IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINT FUNDS POSTED FOR 2020; NEW CONCEPT - NEW VISION FOR KARTING ENTHUSIASTS

(Pulaski, PA)...After 13 years of developing and directing crate engine auto racing on dirt and asphalt throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada, Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to announce the addition of the RUSH Karting Series under the growing Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance umbrella. The program, in conjunction with Hoosier Racing Tire, will debut in 2020 with four different classes of karts for participants in cage and flat karts with weekly championship point funds. The following four western Pennsylvania speedways have already committed to launching the program in various capacities: Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway.
 
The same structured, cost-containment concept that has flourished on the dirt in the RUSH Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock divisions along with four classes on the asphalt will now be brought to the world of Go-Kart racing. The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel. The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon.
 
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older. Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.        
 
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year). The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.
 
Member drivers will receive a $100,000 excess participant accident insurance policy in addition to being eligible for "Manufacturers Night" that has seen several hundreds of thousands of dollars of valuable product awarded to RUSH racers throughout the years. Continuous promotion and marketing of Series' drivers and sanctioned speedways, as well as strong technical support will also be part of RUSH Karting Series package.   
 
"Over the past few years we've been approached by several people in various capacities of karting about the possibility of getting involved in kart racing," acknowledged Emig. "The main points of discussion ranged from the expense and other more serious concerns associated with tire treating and fuel additives, as well as a desire to have a proven sealed engine program. RUSH has successfully addressed all of these elements for many years in our big car programs resulting in strong weekly car counts and exciting wheel-to-wheel racing at our sanctioned speedways. I believe the RUSH Karting Series can achieve the very same success in a very short period of time and we're really excited to be able to offer the RUSH program to karting enthusiast across the country."
 
"The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package, championship programs, and promotional efforts will very closely mirror our big car division's templates," added Emig. "We're not afraid to start from zero, be patient, and let the program develop to its full potential; we've done it before. We've seen our big car programs grow from an original $10,000 point fund to what now exceeds over $250,000 of a cash and valuable product that will be awarded to RUSH racers for their efforts in 2020. There's no reason the RUSH Karting program cannot grow and flourish in the same way in the future! We'd be remiss if we didn't sincerely thank the regional karting promoters who have opened their doors in 2020 to set the foundation for the future of the RUSH Karting Series."
 
"Hoosier Tire is excited to partner with the RUSH Karting Series that will feature spec Hoosier slick racing tires," stated Hoosier Racing Tire's Oval Kart Product Manager Chad Wright. "Vicki and Mike have always been successful with all of their endeavors with the RUSH Racing Series, and we can't wait to watch their success in karting. It's been a great partnership throughout the years with their big car programs and we're really looking forward to joining their efforts in the world of karting!"
 
After several years of dormancy, Blanket Hill Speedway will reopen in 2020 with new promoters Phil and Shannon Thornton. Phil has competed in the RUSH Sprint Car division the last two years. Blanket Hill has been a popular destination for small cars and karts for decades and the excitement of the facility located off Route 422 in Kittanning, Pa. Blanket Hill is on Facebook by searching Blanket Hill Speedway and will soon have a website at www.blankethillspeedway.com.
 
Lockhart Motorsports Park is slated to open in 2020 as a premier state-of-the-art karting complex located in the heart of Seneca, Pa. Owner Joe Lockhart has raced himself and owned cars for various big car divisions over the years in addition to his son racing go-karts and Jr. Sprints. Search Lockhart Motorsports on Facebook.
 
Shaffer Speedway has been a popular attraction for racers on Wednesday nights for the last 10 years. The Aliquippa, Pa. track is owned by Sprint Car great Tim Shaffer, a four-time All Star champion, winner of the 2010 Knoxville Nationals, and the 2018 $100,000 Sprint Car World Championship Mansfield victor. For more information, check out www.shafferspeedway.com or like them on www.facebook.com/ShafferSpeedway/.
 
The popular Slippery Rock Raceway has groomed racers for decades kick-starting the careers of many big car racers in the region. The Sunday afternoon facility located between Routes 108 and 173 in Slippery Rock, Pa. has been operated by Mike McFeaters for the past 33 years. For more information, check out www.slipperrockracewayinc.com/ or like them on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Slipperyrockracewayinc/.
 
An informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Smokin' Toad's BBQ at 110 South Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055, which is located on Route 356 in front of Precise Racing Products.
 
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com. Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
 
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com. A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
 
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
 
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300 2. $150 3. $140 4. $130 5. $125 6. $120 7. $115 8. $110 9. $105 10. $100
 
Jr 1: 1. $400 2. $200 3. $175 4. $150 5. $140 6. $130 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10. $100

Jr 2: 1. $500 2. $300 3. $200 4. $175 5. $150 6. $145 7. $140 8. $135 9. $130 10. $125
 
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $300 5. $275 6. $250 7. $225 8. $210 9. $205 10. $200
 
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500 2. $750 3. $500 4. $375 5. $300 6. $275 7. $250 8. $225 9. $210 10. $200.
 

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