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CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO MEMBERS – 20 RACES IN 2021

 

(Upland, CA, December 25, 2020)  On Christmas morning, Alex Grigoreas, the President of the California Lightning Sprint Car Series played like Santa Claus and gave a special gift to the club’s racing teams and fans.  It is the 2021 season schedule that will see the series compete 20-times on five different tracks in the sunshine state. 

 

In addition to its own series, the CLS board worked diligently with the BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association) board to avoid schedule conflicts in 2021.  Thus, in addition to the 20 dates on its own schedule, there are 12 BCRA dates that do not conflict with the CLS.  That will give teams from both clubs the opportunity to race 32 times in the upcoming season.  There will also be some other non-conflicting dates with the POWRi Southwest Sprint Car Series giving racers more opportunities to hit the track.

 

“We are going to be very busy,” Grigoreas said on Christmas Eve.  “The schedule is a great one for people who want to race.  And we worked with BCRA to minimize schedule conflicts.  I am excited that we were able to do that so we can give teams even more opportunities to get on the track.  Big thank you to our board and the BCRA board for making that possible.”   

 

The CLS 27th season will commence at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway, on March 13th.  It will conclude a little over seven months later with three nights of co-sanctioned racing with BCRA at the Hangtown 100 at the Placerville Speedway in November. 

 

Bakersfield Speedway will be the track that hosts the most CLS races in 2021 with six.  Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will see the exciting series compete on the beachside oval five times.  Santa Maria Speedway will be the scene of four races.  Northern California’s Placerville Speedway will present three CLS races and the Merced Speedway will host two. 

 

In addition to the three nights of the Hangtown 100 in November, there will be several other special events during the year.  The “Civil War Series” with BCRA will be back with four races beginning with the Wayne Albright Memorial at Merced on April 24th.  Added intrigue for the Albright Memorial will be the fact that it is a wingless race.  Other dates for the Civil War Series will be August 7th at Merced, September 18th, and November 16th at Bakersfield.  The November 16th race will also be the annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship.  The CLS will also be parts of Santa Maria’s Winged Madness shows on July 24th and September 25th.  In addition to the CLS, the Winged Madness shows will also feature the NARC 410 Sprint Cars, 360 sprints, and the Legends of the Kearney Bowl.

 

“I am glad we will be part of the Hangtown 100 at Placerville to close the 2021 season,” Grigoreas said.  “We were looking forward to being included at Hangtown this year, but it had to be canceled due to Covid.  Along with Hangtown we also have four Civil War races, the Wayne Albright Memorial, the Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship and the two-Winged Madness shows at Santa Maria. I think our teams and fans will love all of those special shows.  I am overly excited about this season and the larger schedule.  I wish it was time to start now.”

 

Eight of the 20 races on the 2021 CLS schedule will be run in conjunction with USAC shows.  All eight will be streamed live around the world on Flo Racing.   Those races are June 5th at Ventura, July 3rd, and August 28th at Santa Maria, September 28th and November 16th at Bakersfield, and all three nights of the Hangtown 100, November 18th, 19th, and 20th, at Placerville.   

 

If the 20 races already on the CLS schedule are not enough, negotiations are ongoing with another Southern California racetrack for one more date.

 

 

 

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the 2021 season, please call Alex Grigoreas at (909) 437-3170.

 

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at http://racecls.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/californialightningsprints/

 

 

2021 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

 

March 13                Bakersfield Speedway

 

March 20                Ventura Raceway

 

April 10                   Bakersfield Speedway

 

April 24                   Merced Speedway ( Wayne Albright Memorial - Round #1 of the Civil War Series with BCRA – Wingless)

 

May 1                     Ventura Speedway

 

May 15                   Bakersfield Speedway

 

June 5                    Ventura Raceway

 

July 3                     Santa Maria Speedway

 

July 24                    Santa Maria Speedway (Wing Madness #1)

 

August 7                 Merced Speedway (Civil War Series #2 with BCRA – Winged)

 

August 14               Bakersfield Speedway

 

August 28               Santa Maria Speedway

 

September 4           Ventura Raceway

 

September 18         Bakersfield Speedway (Civil War #3 with BCRA – Winged)

 

September 25         Santa Maria Speedway (Wing Madness #2)

 

October 2               Ventura Raceway

 

November 16          Bakersfield (Civil War #4 with BCRA – Winged and Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship)

 

November 18          Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 – (Co sanctioned with BCRA and in companion with the USAC National Midgets)

 

November 19          Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 – (Co sanctioned with BCRA and in companion with the USAC National Midgets)

 

 

November 20          Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 – (Co sanctioned with BCRA and in companion with the USAC National Midgets)

 

PAST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS

1994 Tony Everhart

1995 Gary Sexton

1996 Rob Sczymczak

1997 Jon Rahe

1998 Chris Rahe

1999 Brent Sexton

2000 Greg Bragg

2001 Greg Bragg

2002 Greg Bragg

2003 David Cardey

2004 Keith Janca

2005 Johnny Bates

2006 Donny Gansen

2007 Shane Rossen

2008 Brent Sexton

2009 Stuart Hielschier Sr.

2010 Jarrett Kramer

2011 Tim Brown

2012 Bobby Michnowicz

2013 Stephen Limon                                          

2014 Bobby Michnowicz

2015 Bobby Michnowicz

2016 Bobby Michnowicz

2017 Bobby Michnowicz

2018 Jarrett Kramer

2019 Jarrett Kramer

 

  RUSH SPRINT CAR SERIES 

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PACE RUSH RACING SERIES 2020 SEASON DEEMED VERY SUCCESSFUL DESPITE COVID-19 PANDEMIC; 8 NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED PLUS 4 IN THE NEW KARTING SERIES 
By Mike Leone & Doug Kennedy

 
January 19, 2021) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly did its best to disrupt the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 2020 season and forced the cancellation of the awards banquet that was scheduled for January 16, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone were still able to crown champions for all of the RUSH divisions. Despite the pandemic, 2020 featured strong car counts in all of the RUSH Series divisions and also saw debut of the new RUSH Karting Series. In fact, the Late Model Tour averaged more than 38 cars per event for the second straight year!   

 
Capturing 2020 championships on the dirt were Jeremy Wonderling (Late Model National Weekly & Touring Series), Logan Zarin (Late Model Futures Cup), Kassidy Kamicker (Late Model Wheelman), Jeremy Weaver (Sprint Car Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series), Nolan Groves (Sprint Car Futures Cup), Chas Wolbert (Sportsman Mod Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series), Rob Kristyak (Sportsman Mod Wedge Motorsports Route 7 Rumble), Ayden Cipriano (Hovis Sportsman Mod Futures Cup), and Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Pro Mod Weekly Series).  

 
In the new RUSH Karting Series, the following won the inaugural titles: Jay Groves (Adult Flat), Nolan Groves (JR-2), Ryan Chase (JR-1), and Kaden Pyle (Amateur/Rookie).

 
For the third consecutive year, Jeremy Wonderling earned the RUSH Late Model Touring Series thanks to top six finishes in all six races; meanwhile on the Weekly side, Wonderling captured nine feature wins propelling him to his first National Weekly Series Championship, worth $5,000. Wonderling beat out Max Blair, who had won the crown five of the last seven years, by just one-point! Wonderling also won the Bradford Speedway track championship. 

 
Wonderling, 40 of Wellsville, NY,  has had a very successful racing career starting in an IMCA Modified in 1998 before moving on to "360" Late Models and winning four BRP Series championships. From there, Wonderling started his RUSH Late Model career in 2014. Wonderling has won better than 100 feature events. 

 
It certainly wasn’t an easy year for race tracks to deal with the pandemic, but in the case of RUSH, Wonderling felt they did about as good as anyone. “They tried to keep everything as safe as possible and tried to get as much racing in as possible.” 

 
“Financially, RUSH is the smartest thing to do and the most economical," stated Wonderling, who also ran a limited schedule of Super Late Models in 2020.  “It’s hard not to run the RUSH Series for what they pay and what Vicki and Mike do for the series. I have to give a shout out to Joel Smith of Close Racing Supply, Jim Stephens from Penske Shocks, and Jason Ore from 955, who all keep my racing program going." 

 
Eighteen year old, Logan Zarin, is the son of longtime Super Late Model driver, Jim Zarin.  Zarin, who lives in Moon Township, Pa., has been racing since 2017. Besides his 2020 "Futures Cup" championship, Zarin won the prestigious Western Pennsylvania Rookie of the Year in 2018. 

 
“I think RUSH is a great class,” said the 18-year-old who won three features in 2021 at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway. “They do a lot of great things like Manufacturers Night and keep their costs as feasible as possible. Vick is a great promoter; she’s brave and not afraid to take chances. RUSH did what they could to get us a place to race, in fact, all of the promoters did a pretty good job of working to allow us to race."

 
New to the RUSH Racing Series in 2020 was Kassidy Kamicker. In her rookie RUSH Late Model season, the 17-year-old Aliquippa, Pa. driver not only was able to win the "Wheelman" title as part of Touring Series' non-qualifier events, but also finished runner-up in the "Futures Cup", and 10th in Touring Series driver points. 

 
Prior to last year, Kassidy’s racing experience came with seven years of racing a go-kart racing. Her racing program is a family run operation that also includes her parents Craig and Melanie along with her uncle Jason George. 

 
“I think she did very well for being her first year,” said her mom Melanie. “She raced at PPMS and Lernerville and expects to do that again this upcoming season.”

 
“It’s a good program,” Kassidy said. “There are a lot of drivers and I like it. Winning the title was really cool. I didn’t think I was going to come close to winning something like that in my first year. I’m really looking forward to 2021.”   

 
In his first year in a Sprint Car, Jeremy Weaver captured the Equipment Rentals Weekly Series Championship. The 19-year-old Stoneboro, Pa. racer was victorious five times in the Hull Racing #41 with wins coming at Lernerville, Sharon, Tri-City, and Tyler County Speedways. Weaver is also a past winner in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division where he was the 2017 "Futures Cup" champion. While Weaver is moving on to "410" Sprint Car racing in 2021, legendary hall of fame racer Rod George will return to racing and move into the Hull Racing #41.

 
“I’ve been involved in racing my entire life and there is no other track or series that has ever had a point fund like the RUSH Series," acknowledged owner Ted Hull. “It’s all about the points.  There are rules that are working that would never work for any other track or series and that’s because they tech so well.  When the race is over, you better be right because they will be looking.”

 
“It’s been a blessing for me,” Weaver said of RUSH. “I started my career through RUSH. It has given me a great stepping stone for other types of racing in the future. It’s an affordable and diverse division for anyone from beginners to future hall of famers who haven’t raced in a couple of years.”

 
After finishing second or third for each of the past four years, Chas Wolbert finally got over the hump to garner the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The 26-year-old Warren, Ohio Mod Lite graduate led the way with 11 feature wins in 2020 and has upped his all-time leading total in the RUSH Mod division to 33.   

 
“I love the Series and its very economical,” expressed Wolbert, who finished second in the Route 7 Rumble Series points. “It’s the closest thing to having a Big-Block Modified without spending $40,000 for a motor. Vicki did a great job of trying to keep us racing in 2020. I’m sure they (Vicki and Mike) will continue to work hard in the offseason to get us places to race and do things to expand our car counts.”

 
While he came up 17 points shy of Wolbert in the Hovis Weekly Series points, Rob Kristyak was able to win the inaugural "Route 7 Rumble" Series Championship presented by Wedge Motorsports. The 42-year-old Bristolville, Ohio racer accumulated the most points of any racer amongst all Raceway 7 and Sharon Speedway events in 2020. While Kristyak earned $500 for the championship, the program will return to bigger and better for year number two with $1,000 going to the 2021 champion and paying down eight positions.

 
Kristyak's racing career began in 1986 in a Go-Kart.  For 17 years he competed in the Big Block Modifieds. In 2017 he decided to sell all of his big-block equipment and move into the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.  Kristyak's last two seasons have been very rewarding and he points to the RUSH Series as one of the main reasons. 

 
“We’ve been really enjoying it,” Kristyak said of the Sportsman division. “It’s very competitive and there are a lot of top runners out there. For a limited budget team like ours, it’s been excellent, and Vicki works very hard to make this Series right.”

 
Ayden Cipriano, who is 14 years old, has been racing since he was seven competing first in a Junior Sprint. This past year was Ayden’s first year in a full-size car and capped it off with the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply "Futures Cup" crown in the Sportsman Modifieds. In addition, Ayden finished sixth in points in both the Weekly Series and "Route 7 Rumble". He had five top five finishes including a career best third at Pittsburgh on September 26. His parents, William and Sara, are his biggest supporters, both physically and financially. 

 
“I love the Series,” said William. “Vicki does a great job finding places to race and even with the virus this year, it was still good and I’m very happy with it.”

 
As for his rookie season, Ayden said, “This season could have been better, and it could have been a lot worse. I feel like I could have improved my driving earlier in the season, but I definitely feel like I got better as the season went on. To win the championship is special. As far as RUSH, I like it a lot. I like my competitors and the people in control."

 
“I felt like they were smart with all the precautions they took with wearing masks and keeping social distances,” added Ayden. “I felt RUSH did a whole lot better than other places we went to this season.”

 
Speaking of Ayden's mom Sara, she will be presenting the "Loyalty Program" through Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage in 2020. One lucky RUSH Mod member racer will win a complete RUSH Sportsman Modified Pace Performance 602 crate engine package (carb to pan) valued at $8,000 at the season ending event on October 16 at Lernerville.

 
At 52 years of age, Dennis Lunger, Jr. just keeps on winning.  The Albion, Pa. veteran has raced a Stock Car, E-Mod, Super Late Model, RUSH Late Model, and most recently, a RUSH Pro Mod where he's coming off his unprecedented fourth straight Weekly Series Championship! Overall, he's won 11 titles, seven of those coming with RUSH. 

 
“We’ll go for five next year,” Lunger said, who was still manage to win four feature events and finished out of the top two only four times in 14 starts. But he also added that this upcoming season could be his final one.

 
While there are currently 44 RUSH Pro Mod races scheduled at four different tracks for 2021, Lunger would like to see more tracks get involved with the Series. “I raced more RUSH races this year, but at fewer tracks. Losing Stateline (COVID-19) was big for me. I like the RUSH Series. They’ve always run a tight ship by enforcing the rules and you can’t beat the payouts plus it’s economical.” 

 
The Groves family of Sugar Grove, Pa. captured three RUSH titles this past racing season!  Jay, a 16-year veteran of Micro Sprint racing in addition to two years in a "360" Sprint Car, was in a Kart for his very first time and won the Adult division title, worth $1,000.  

 
“I thought it was great,” Groves said of this past season. “The class is very competitive and is very well matched. It’s not only good as an introductory class, but also as a class that drivers are looking forward to doing something different. Being the first year for the Karts and having the pandemic put them somewhat behind the eight-ball, but I definitely see it growing for 2021 and beyond."

 
In addition to the "Futures Cup" title in the RUSH Sprint Cars, Jay's son Nolan also campaigned a JR-2 Kart and won that championship, worth $500. “It was challenging at times, but we learned a lot and came on pretty strong at the end of the season,” Nolan said of his 2020 season. “With our knowledge of Karts, we knew we had some high expectations coming in, but I think we also learned a lot throughout the season.”

 
Nolan grew up racing Karts, having won eight titles along the way, but it’s a Sprint Car where he hopes his future lies. “My goal is to eventually get into a Sprint Car full-time,” said Nolan. “It’s always been a dream of mine.”

 
The Groves own Kart Works, which is run by Jay, his father-in-law Jay Anderson along with Nolan. They are a distributor for Go-Karts and accessories as well as a dealership for RUSH. Kart Works has been integral in the development of the RUSH Karting Series. Kart Works has been around for about 10 years and has 50 plus customers in Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. 

 
At 11 years old, Ryan Chase of Youngsville, Pa. has been racing a Go-Kart for the last four years. Ryan earned $400 for winning the inaugural JR-1 class title. His dad, David, really likes the Series and hopes it will take off. “I really like the idea of no tire prep.  I like the sealed motors and the spec tires.” 

 
“I really think the Adult division is going to take-off, but I hope it does for the kids as well,” added David. “It’s a good playground for drivers who want to do something different as well as for young kids who are getting started in racing. Hopefully, we’ll be doing RUSH for a longtime to come, no matter what division we are in.”
 
Nine-year-old Kaden Pyle has been racing for the last year and a half and garnered the inaugural Amateur class title, worth $300.  “I was proud of him winning that championship,” expressed his father Cody, who has raced Mini Stocks. "He definitely improved as the season went on. Last year was kind of hard for everyone because of the virus, but Vicki was always there when we needed to get answers to questions. His plans next year are to move up to the JR-1 class. We’re definitely going to stick with RUSH no matter what even when he’s ready to move into a bigger car, like a Modified.”  

 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Flynn's Tire, 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage, CrateInsider.com, Vahlco Wheels, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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.

 

 

 

STATELINE KARTS SET TO CONTINUE TO GROW & DEVELOP THE RUSH KARTING SERIES IN 2021; INAUGURAL RUSH KARTING CHAMPIONS CROWNED
 
(Pulaski, PA)...The COVID-19 pandemic may have stunted the growth of the inaugural season of the RUSH Karting Series in 2020; however, it's full speed ahead in 2021 as once again Stateline Karts will not only be the home base of the Series, but the Busti, NY facility will expand their involvement with the RUSH Karts.
 
The Adult Flat class grew throughout the season and with many new drivers expected for 2021, promoter Stateline Karts promoter Mark Matthews has already announced that opening night will pay $200 to-win! The RUSH Karts will also be featured during their traditional "Under the Lights" program late in the year, and the Adult Flat class will be vying for another $150 to-win payoff. The three other RUSH Kart classes at Stateline featuring the kids can also expect some exciting events and promotions throughout the season. 
 
Debuting in 2021 will be the "Manufacturers Night", which will award valuable products to competitors in the RUSH Karting Series. This will take place at Stateline at a date TBA; unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this was unable to take place in 2020.
 
Capturing 2020 RUSH Karting Championships were Jay Groves (Adult Flat - $1000), Nolan Groves (Jr-2 - $500), Ryan Chase (Jr-1 - $400), and Kaden Pyle (Amateur/Rookie - $300). Each champion will receive their above posted championship point fund monies along with a custom leather RUSH Championship Karting jacket!  The additional RUSH members in each class will also receive their point fund monies.
 
"We can't thank Mark Matthews enough for being the flagship Karting facility to debut the new RUSH Karting Series and being the home of our inaugural group of Kart racers," stated Vicki Emig. "It certainly wasn't the most opportune time to debut this program with the unfortunate situation of COVID-19, but through it all, Mark stayed the course and by season's end had a respectable group of RUSH competitors at Stateline."

 
As expected, the RUSH sealed engine package and untreated Hoosier Tires performed flawlessly providing very competitive racing. We know the first year of the development of any new racing division is always the most difficult; we've been through it before many times with all of the other RUSH 'big car' divisions. We're settled in now with the Kart program and look forward to growing the concept with the same success into the future!"         

 
Nine-year-old Kaden Pyle of Chicora, Pa. has competed in Karting just one and a half years. "I was proud of him winning the RUSH Championship," Kaden's father Cody said. "He definitely improved as the season went on. He plans to move up to Junior 1 next season. Last year was tough on everyone due to the pandemic, but Vicki was always there when we needed answers to questions. We're definitely going to stick with RUSH no matter what even when he's ready to move into a big car, like a Modified!"

 
Eleven-year-old Ryan Chase of Youngsville, Pa. has been racing Karts for the last four years. His dad David, who raced motorcycles some 20 years ago, as well as Ryan's grandfather Mike, likes the Series and hopes it will take off. "I really like the idea of no tire prep, the spec Hoosier Tires, as well as the RUSH sealed engine. Hopefully we'll be doing this RUSH thing a long time, no matter what RUSH division we're in."

 
"I really think the Adult division is going to take off and hope it does for the kids as well," David added. "It's a great concept for drivers who want to do something different as well as for young kids just getting started in racing!"

 
The Groves Family, of father Jay and son Nolan, are no strangers to RUSH. Nolan drives a RUSH Sprint Car and captured the prestigious "Futures Cup" Championship in 2020 in just his second year of competition. Jay was a 16-year standout in the Micro Sprint division as well as a former "360" Sprint Car driver, but never raced a kart until climbing into a RUSH Adult Kart in 2020.  Jay went on capture the $1,000 to win Adult Championship!

 
Sixteen-year-old Nolan Groves, who grew up racing karts winning eight titles along the way, can now add the $500 RUSH Jr-2 Karting Championship to his accomplishments. "With my knowledge of karts, we had high expectations coming into the RUSH Kart Series, but regardless learned a lot throughout the season, as there are some differences with the RUSH program. It's always been my dream to get into a Sprint Car full-time and the RUSH Sprint Car program is a great catalyst to accomplishing that goal!"

 
The Groves own Kart Works, a very well-known and successful kart operation located in Sugar Grove, Pa., which specializes in various aspects of the Karting industry. Kart Works is a dealer for the RUSH Kart sealed engine as well as the required Hoosier Karting Tires. In addition, Kart Works is a RUSH Authorized Repair Facility for the sealed Kart engines.  Jay Anderson, father-in-law of Jay and Grandfather of Nolan, was instrumental in working with RUSH in the development of the Series.

 
"The RUSH Karting Series was put behind the eight-ball right out of the box with the pandemic, but for next season and beyond I definitely see the Series growing for sure," stated Jay Groves. "The class is very competitive and well matched. It's great not only as an introductory class, but for drivers who are looking forward to doing something different." 

 
2021 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

 
RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 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, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, CrateInsider.com, Vahlco Wheels, and Wedge Motorsports.
 
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 Karting Series website is www.rushkarting.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and follow us on Twitter @RUSHKarting.
 

 

THE TRADITION CONTINUES AS RUSH READIES TO DISTRIBUTE MORE THAN $66,500 IN VALUABLE PRODUCTS TO ELIGIBLE MEMBER RACERS AS PART OF 2020 "MANUFACTURERS NIGHTS" PRESENTED BY MSD

By Mike Leone

 
(December 5, 2020) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...All be it in a slightly different manner than usual as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted "Manufacturers Nights" presented by MSD Performance that are presented throughout the regular season at RUSH-sanctioned speedways annually; more than $66,500 in products will still be distributed to eligible member racers through each division's Weekly Series Championship points thanks to the excellent support of the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series' corporate marketing partners! Specific "Manufacturers Nights" for each division will return in 2021 to various RUSH-sanctioned speedways throughout the region.

 
The "Manufacturers Night" debuted in 2012 for the Late Model division and has since become a much anticipated staple and signature of the RUSH Racing Series. With each successive year, the amount of products and overall value distributed to RUSH racers have grown tremendously; what began with just $10,000 in products now typically sees well over $100,000 of products dispersed and includes events for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, RUSH Pro Mods, and RUSH Sprint Cars.

 
In 2017, a "traveling" "Manufacturers Night" was added to accommodate RUSH Late Model racers on the northern and southernmost end of the RUSH region and allows these racers the ability to take home valuable products as well. In 2021, the "traveling" Manufacturers Night is set to take place at Genesee Speedway in conjunction with their "Topless Nationals" September 24-25, which will feature back to back $2,000 to-win RUSH Late Model Touring Series events. The traditional event's location and date will be announced in the near future.  The new RUSH Stock Cars will also have their own "Manufacturers Night" in 2021 at Dog Hollow Speedway!

 
"I went at the idea on a wing and a prayer," explained Emig when looking back at creating a Manufacturers Night in 2012. "We announced we would distribute $10,000 in product, I honestly at that time had nothing!  One of the best things my father ever taught me was 'don't ever be afraid to ask, all they can do is say no!' Well over the years I've done a lot of asking, got a lot of no's, but thankfully got many, many yeses! Since I've gotten the initial foundation in place it's definitely been a lot easier. I never imagined when I made my first phone call to a manufacturer that nine years later we'd be typically distributing well over $100,000 of product in the years to come, excluding 2020 due to the pandemic."

 
"We are blessed with numerous nationally recognized and regional corporate marketing partners who believe not only in the various concepts that have helped build RUSH," continued Emig. "Being able to award tens of thousands of dollars in actual product via these companies directly into the hands of our racers in the long run helps RUSH stay healthy and viable and provides a trickledown effect to all of our RUSH partners; racers, speedways, and of course our sponsors. By awarding a racer a product package that is valued at a minimum of $300 and as high as $1800 allows him to utilize those dollars in other ways to keep his team viable. We strive to make sure all the contributed products are utilized and needed by our teams." 

 
"When COVID-19 began taking a foothold back in the spring we weren't sure if there was even going to be a season, let alone Manufacturers Nights," acknowledged Emig. "Asking companies for money and product was the last thing on our minds for several months. To still be able to pay out the point funds that we are and offer over $66,500 in product for these Manufacturers Nights after what everyone faced this year is truly a testament to our wonderful marketing partners. We ask as always that RUSH racers support these manufacturer that so greatly support them!"  

 
Close Racing Supply owner Joel Smith has been a longtime supporter of not only RUSH, but racing all throughout the Northeast over the year. Smith is now one of the partners at McKean County Raceway in his new venture of race track promoting beginning in 2021. Smith had the following to say. "The RUSH Series does a great job at giving back to its racers with Manufacturers Nights.  Every racer puts to good use these products that are donated by these top notch manufactures.  I think every racer is grateful for the Series and all these manufacturers that put this deal on.  RUSH continues to grow and does great things for not only the racers, but also the promoters and race tracks."

 
RKR owner Russ King has substantially contributed to "Manufacturers Nights" throughout the years and had the following to say. "I support all RUSH divisions and contribute to both the RUSH Late Model and RUSH Sportsman Modified divisions' Manufacturers Nights. I believe that if it wasn't for RUSH and Chevrolet Performance crate engine racing a lot of people couldn't race. The cost of open engine racing is so expensive that it makes it hard for a guy to get in our sports; RUSH offers a great option!"      

 
Steve Dixon has been one of the top RUSH Late Model racers for many years and has also competed in the RUSH Pro Mods in recent years. "I've been a supporter of RUSH Series since its inception," stated the Smethport, Pa. racer.  "The low cost crate engines have allowed me to race more within my budget.  Recently I've been fortunate to drive for a couple car owners allowing me to race in both the RUSH Late Model and Pro Mod divisions, also because of the cost of these cars and RUSH'S cost-saving rules.  Myself and my car owners look forward to getting rewarded each year at Manufacturers Night- it's a great thing the RUSH Series does for its competitors."

 
Parameters of eligibility for this year's "Manufacturers Nights" vary slightly per divisions; however, order of the draw for all divisions will be Weekly Series Champion car owner first followed by second place, third place, etc. Championship tiebreaker will be used to break ties in all positions order of drawings. Owners/Drivers will be contacted very soon to make their initial selection. 

 
For the Late Models, the top 50 in National Weekly Series points will receive a prize valued at a minimum of $400 and will share approximately $29,000 of products. The top prize is four F3 Tornado Brake Calipers and brake fluid from TBM Brakes valued at $1,845. The Late Model list is available at the following link: http://www.rushlatemodels.com/Manufacturers%20Night%20Prize%20List%202020.pdf

 
For the Sportsman Modifieds, the 14 members that did not compete in a non-RUSH sanctioned 602 event against a contested RUSH show will share nearly $16,000 in 32 prizes as each driver will receive at least two prizes valued at a minimum of $300! The top prize is two F1 Tornado Calipers and two F3 Tornado Calipers along with brake fluid from TBM Brakes valued at $1,420. The Sportsman Modified list is available at the following link: http://www.rushsportsmanmods.com/Manufacturers%20Night%20Mods%20Prize%20List%202020.pdf

 
For the Sprint Cars, all 23 members that competed will receive a prize valued at a minimum of $300 and will share over $12,000 in products. The top prize is a full custom drivers suit from Velocita-USA valued at $1,000! The Sprint Car list is available at the following link: http://www.rushsprintcars.com/Manufacturers%20Night%202020%20Sprint%20Car%20Prize%20List.pdf

 
For the Pro Mods, the eight members will share approximately $10,000 in 20 prizes as each driver will receive at least two prizes valued at a minimum of $300! The top prize is four GM Metric Brake Calipers and brake fluid from TBM Brakes valued at $1,115. The Pro Mod list is available at the following link: http://www.rushpromods.com/Manufacturers%20Night%20Pro%20Mods%20Prize%20List%202020.pdf

 
A random draw will be conducted for the remaining Sportsman Mod and Pro Mod prizes after drivers select their first two prizes. That means four Sportsman Modified and four Pro Mod drivers will be guaranteed to take home more than $1,000 in products each!  

 
The following companies have made the 2020 "Manufacturers Nights" possible: Allegheny Tool & Supply, Applebee Motorsports, Bazell Race Fuels, Benic Enterprises, Bicknell Racing Products, Big Daddy's Speed Center, Bilstein Shocks, Close Racing Supply, Crate Insider, Dirt Defender, FK Rod Ends, Frankland Racing Supply, Holley Performance Parts, Hoosier Tire Distributors, Insinger Performance, Jones Racing Products, Landrum Performance Springs, Lincoln Electric, MSD Performance, Ontime Body & Graphic, Performance Bodies & Parts, Precise Racing Products, Race 1, Racers New & Used Parts Warehouse, Racing Electronics, Russ King Racing, Schoenfeld Headers, Sherwood Wheels, Sunoco Race Fuels, TBM Brakes, Triple X Components, Vahlco Wheels, Velocita-USA, Wedge Motorsports, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, and Wrisco Industries.

 

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2021 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

 

March 13                Bakersfield Speedway

 

March 20                Ventura Raceway

 

April 10                   Bakersfield Speedway

 

April 24                   Merced Speedway ( Wayne Albright Memorial - Round #1 of the Civil War Series with BCRA – Wingless)

 

May 1                     Ventura Speedway

 

May 15                   Bakersfield Speedway

 

June 5                    Ventura Raceway

 

July 3                     Santa Maria Speedway

 

July 24                    Santa Maria Speedway (Wing Madness #1)

 

August 7                 Merced Speedway (Civil War Series #2 with BCRA – Winged)

 

August 14               Bakersfield Speedway

 

August 28               Santa Maria Speedway

 

September 4           Ventura Raceway

 

September 18         Bakersfield Speedway (Civil War #3 with BCRA – Winged)

 

September 25         Santa Maria Speedway (Wing Madness #2)

 

October 2               Ventura Raceway

 

November 16          Bakersfield (Civil War #4 with BCRA – Winged and Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship)

 

November 18          Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 – (Co sanctioned with BCRA and in companion with the USAC National Midgets)

 

November 19          Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 – (Co sanctioned with BCRA and in companion with the USAC National Midgets)

 

 

November 20          Placerville Speedway Hangtown 100 – (Co sanctioned with BCRA and in companion with the USAC National Midgets)

 

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