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SUCCESSFUL 2019 SWEENEY RUSH SERIES SEASON COMPLETED AS CHAMPIONS & TOP RACERS HONORED AT AWARDS BANQUET; OVER $130,000 IN POINT FUNDS DISTRIBUTED
(Edinburg, PA)...While the 2020 racing season is only a few months away, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone put a final wrap on the 2019 racing season with the annual awards banquet and dinner on Saturday night at the Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa. A large number of attendees filled the beautiful banquet hall as over $130,000 in cash was distributed to Sweeney RUSH Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock racers. All told well over a quarter million dollar in point fund monies and useful product contingencies were distributed to RUSH racers throughout the 2019 season.
 
The Sweeney RUSH Late Models had events at 23 different speedways in 2019 with over 350 different racers participating in either a weekly-sanctioned and/or tour events. The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars completed year two number with growing car counts and more participation. Year six for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified season saw more cars participate than any other year. The Sweeney Pro Stocks continued in year five of their Weekly Series, while the fourth year Sweeney Pro Mods again produced great racing at Stateline and Old Bradford Speedways on a weekly basis.
 
Crowned 2019 Sweeney Late Model champions were Jeremy Wonderling-Touring Series, Max Blair-National Weekly Series and "Summer Chase", Jakob Piper-"Futures Cup", and Chad Sines-Wheelman Bonus Event Challenge Series. In the Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars, Chad Ruhlman captured the Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series crown again, while his son Kevin won the inaugural "Futures Cup" title. In the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, it was Garrett Krummert again taking both the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly & Touring Series titles, while David Kalb, Jr. won the Hovis "Futures Cup" and Cameron Nastasi the "Wheelman". Dennis Lunger, Jr. won the Sweeney Pro Mod Weekly Series Championship once again. Tyler Dietz captured the Sweeney Pro Stock title for the second straight year.
 
All of the champions received their point fund monies, laser etched championship marble awards, large championship checks thanks to Ontime Body & Graphic, inscribed RUSH championship jackets, and Hoosier championship jackets
 
Jeremy Wonderling of Wellsville, NY edged out Touring Series newcomer Kyle Lukon to earn the $5,000 Tour title for the second time in three years of trying. Wonderling started the year off strong at the "Battle of the Bay" presented by Wehrs Machine finishing in the top 11 all three nights against a fields of 40-53 cars each night. Wonderling returned home and went on a tear winning three straight Tour races in his home state. Wonderling had a tough stretch with four finishes of 12th or worse in a five-race span; however, his runner-up in the finale at Lernerville for the second straight year allowed him to cop the title- this time by one over Lukon, whose three wins at Pittsburgh were worth $18,800!  
 
Max Blair left Saturday's banquet once again as RUSH's top point fund earner garnering $9,000. Despite again focusing his efforts on his Super Late Model program, Blair again won enough and was efficient enough to capture the National Weekly Series & Pace Performance Summer Chase titles for the Late Model division. In addition, Blair finished eighth in the Touring Series thanks to six wins and two runner-ups as he knocked down $27,250 in those eight starts.
 
The third generation racer led the way with 18 wins with those coming at seven different tracks. Blair finished in the top five in all 26 races he competed in! The 30-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver's $5,000 National Weekly Series Championship was his fifth in seven years also winning in 2013, 2015-2016, 2018. His $3,000 Summer Chase title was also his fifth in seven years as he also won titles in 2013 and now four straight years from 2016 on!
 
In his fourth year of trying, Jakob Piper became the latest to enshrine his name as a "Futures Cup" Champion. He was able to record top 10 finishes at five different speedways including, but really made a statement at his home track, Winchester. There he was able to record eight top 5s and an impressive 14 top 10s in 15 starts. He also picked up a win on June 8. Piper earned $500 for his "Futures Cup" efforts alone joining past champs Ryan Montgomery, Nico Dabecco, Michael Lake, Eric Wilson, Clinton Hersh, Wyatt Scott, Devin Brannon, and David Pangrazio.
 
In his second year on the Touring Series, Chad Sines finished 12th in points and won his first "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series title. The Orwell, Ohio driver won two of the non-qualifier races including the $400 one at the "Bill Hendren Memorial" and the finale at Lernerville that propelled him to the $300 title.
 
In addition to the above point funds, the top five in RUSH member points at each of the 14 RUSH Late Model weekly-sanctioned track shared in $800 cash ($300,200,100,50) as part of the "Track Pack" Weekly Bonus Program.
 
One of the biggest stories throughout the region in 2018 was not only that veteran and versatile racer, Chad Ruhlman, was getting into a Sprint Car, but in the end the success he would have. Ruhlman won the inaugural title thanks to 15 victories; and even though he didn't win as much in 2019, he was still the driver to beat. The Erie, Pa. racer captured 10 wins in route to his second straight $5,000 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series title. His son, Kevin, meanwhile beat out Nolan Groves to win the inaugural $300 "Futures Cup" championship. It was quite the year for the first year Sprint Car driver as he finished in the top 5 at six of the seven tracks he raced at. All told, Kevin had 8 top 5s and 12 top 10s. His best finish was a third at Genesee, Pittsburgh, and Sharon.
 
In 2018, Garrett Krummert simply wanted to race more thus was why he decided to team up with Jerry Schaffer in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds in route to their championship. And while the 31-year-old Ellwood City, Pa. racer continued to focus his efforts on the Big-Block Modifieds in 2019, Krummert was spot on every time the #10s hit the track. In 15 races, Krummert never finished worse than fourth. He won a total of six times including three at Sharon and three at Pittsburgh with three of those wins coming in Tour races. At the "Betsy Kriegisch Memorial" Tour race at Pittsburgh, Krummert won a record $2,200 along with another $600 in contingencies. Krummert earned $3,800 in championship monies, and joins Greg Martin as the only repeat Weekly Series Champions and the only driver to win multiple Tour Championships.
 
All young racers strive to improve each year. And that's something David Kalb, Jr. has certainly done each of his three years in the RUSH Sportsman Mods. In 2017, the go-kart standout finished fourth in the Futures Cup, 17th in Weekly, and 19th in Touring. In 2018, he finished second in the Futures Cup, tied for 14th in Weekly, and was 11th in Touring. The 2019 season was another improvement for the 17-year-old Aurora, Ohio racer as he recorded seven top 10 finishes including a pair of fourths at Raceway 7 and a pair of fifth at Sharon, which would propel him to 13th in Weekly, 10th in Touring, but more importantly the "Futures Cup" crown. Kalb also added two wins in the "Wheelman" Series races at Sharon.
 
Speaking of the "Wheelman", thanks to Ohio Intra Express, C&R Tire, and Sharon Speedway, a non-winners race was held nightly in 2019 for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Cameron Nastasi competed in all 11 races with three top 5s including a victory on August 3. The 21-year-old Hubbard, Ohio driver earned an additional $300 from RUSH for his "Wheelman" championship.
 
The RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series Champion is no stranger to RUSH competing over the years in the Late Model division with lots of accolades. In 2017, Dennis Lunger, Jr. decided to return to his E-Mod roots as he'd do double duty on most nights racing both the Late Model and Pro Mod for car owner Rueben Schwartz where he'd go on to win the RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series title.
 
2018 and 2019 was much of the same though this time Lunger did double duty with his Open E-Mod and the Pro Mod winning both track titles for both years at Stateline. Lunger was again the top winner in the Pro Mods at six and never finished worse than fourth all season long. Those statistics allowed the 51-year-old Albion, Pa. racer to easily become the $3,500 Weekly Series Champion for the third straight year.
 
For the second straight year, Tyler Dietz garnered the RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series Championship. The 30-year-old Saxonburg, Pa. driver had an impressive stat line with 11 podium finishes in 13 starts at Lernerville including four wins. In addition, for the first time Dietz earned the Lernerville track championship- something he had dreamed of since growing up as a child at Lernerville.
 
The highlight of the banquet was the special awards ceremony. The Series' major sponsors, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, and Bonnell's Rod Shop were each recognized with a special appreciation plaque for their continued support of the Series. Also, new marketing partner, Zarin Truck & Automotive, was awarded a sponsorship appreciation plaque for his presenting sponsorship of the new "$500 Club" in addition to presenting the "Jook George Steel City Classic". His son Logan was in his second year of RUSH racing and competed on the Tour as well weekly at Pittsburgh. He finished sixth in Tour points along with fifth in both RUSH member points at Pittsburgh and in the "Futures Cup".

Rueben Schwartz was awarded the 2019 RUSH "Car Owner of the Year". Schwartz has been involved with Dennis Lunger, Jr. since 2003 first as a sponsor then transitioned to a car owner in 2006. The duo had prior success in the RUSH Late Model division before focusing on the RUSH Pro Mod. Lunger won his third straight $3,500 Pro Mod Weekly Series title and has won 28 RUSH-sanctioned Pro Mod events during that stretch. Schwartz's wife Kim passed away in October and Lunger has been really struggling of late with medical issues and wasn't able to attend the banquet. Schwartz gave an emotional, heartfelt speech imploring attendees to stop and appreciate their time with their loved ones before it's too late.
 
Three "Miles Traveled" awards were doled out. When the RUSH Late Model Tour kicked off last April at the "Battle of the Bay", three young racers ranging in age from 16 to 22 would begin a journey that would take them to 14 different speedways in five states and a Canadian province. Although they all had various types of racing experience under their belts, nothing compared to the journey they embarked on. With a strong family bond and their parents by their side, Ryan Frazee, Braeden Dillinger, and Michael Duritsky, Jr. took on the Tour. All three live in southwest Pennsylvania and fulfilled their commitment of following the Tour to all 16 events. This included a trip to the East Coast during the "Battle of the Bay", three trips to New York, and most impressively a trip to Quebec to Autodrome Granby and Le RPM Speedway.  The Quebec adventure was roughly a 1400-mile, 22-hour roundtrip for each of these racers!
 
RUSH Series announcer, Brian Spaid, emceed the affair and also previewed the upcoming 2020 season, which will be a historic season. The RUSH Late Model Touring Series point fund will nearly double with $12,000 going to the champion. The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series point fund for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will increase by 36% with $3,500 going to the champion. Raceway 7 will run a bi-weekly schedule of events on Friday night. There will also be a $2,500 "Route 7 Rumble" point fund presented by Wedge Motorsports for the Raceway 7 and Sharon RUSH Mod events. The RUSH Sprint Cars will have a strong schedule of events and the RUSH Pro Mods will see events at new venues in 2020. Ken Potter photographed the event.
 
2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series Top 12 Driver Points: 1. Jeremy Wonderling 1241 2. Kyle Lukon 1240 3. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1201 4. Braeden Dillinger 1171 5. Ryan Frazee 1143 6. Logan Zarin 1091 7. Bill Kessler 1047 8. Max Blair 866 9. Jason Genco 787 10. Kyle Murray 765 11. Chad Sines 702 12. John Waters 681.
 
2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series Top 40 Points: 1. Max Blair 1344 2. Logan Roberson 1334 3. Matt Hill 1333 4. Jeremy Wonderling 1330 5. Chad Homan 1329 6. Darrell Bossard & Matt Latta 1326 8. Kyle Zimmerman 1322 9. Jason Genco 1314 10. Kurt Stebbins 1309 11. Scott Gurdak 1307 12. Sparky White 1306 13. Darren Alvey 1305 14. Derek Magee 1299 15. Dale Hollidge 1298 16. Devin Brannon 1297 17. Chris Fleming 1285 18. Jason Knowles 1282 19. J.J. Mazur 1280 20. Ben Policz 1279 21. John Waters & Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1278 23. Jimmy Johnson & David Pangrazio 1275 25. Breyton Santee 1274 26 Jakob Piper & Joe Warren 1271 28. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 1270 29. Chuck Bowie 1268 30. Damian Bidwell & Tyler Reed 1267 32. Ward Schell 1265 33. Kevan Cook 1261 34. Dale Caswell & Brian Knowles 1259 36. John Mollick & Sam Pennacchio 1252 38. Jeremy Pilkerton 1251 39. Brett Belden 1250 40. Levi Crowl 1249.
 
2019 Pace Performance "Summer Chase" Late Model Top 10 Points: 1. Max Blair 114.65 2. Darrell Bossard 112.7 3. Matt Latta 111.28 4. Scott Gurdak 110.57 5. Kyle Zimmerman 110.31 6. Chad Homan 110.29 7. Jason Genco 110.09 8. Devin Brannon 109.83 9. Sparky White 109.79 10. Matt Hill 109.
 
2019 Late Model "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Jakob Piper 1271 2. Jeremy Pilkerton 1251 3. Kyle Murray 1246 4. Ryan Frazee 1223 5. Logan Zarin 1212 6. Max Hill 1194 7. Jacob Peterson 1166.
 
2019 "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series Late Model Champion: Chad Sines 480.
 
2019 Bonnell's Rod Shop RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Series Top 20 Points: 1. Chad Ruhlman 1321 2. Zach Morrow 1310 3. Brian Woodhall 1297 4. Jeremy Weaver 1280 5. Kevin Ruhlman 1251 6. Brandon Blackshear 1243 7. Shawn Smith 1227 8. Andy Feil 1208 9. Arnie Kent 1208 10. Brad Blackshear 1207 11. Steve Pedley 1194 12. Dave Hawkins 1185 13. Matt Sherlock III 1174 14. Brian Hartzell 1171 15. Tyler Powell 1142 16. Brian Ruhlman 959 17. Nolan Groves 850 18. Brandon Hawkins 775 19. John Mollick 763 20. Scott Hawkins 673.
 
2019 RUSH Sprint Car "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Kevin Ruhlman 1251 2. Nolan Groves 850.
 
2019 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series Top 20 Points: 1. Garrett Krummert 1326 2. Rob Kristyak & Chas Wolbert 1326 4. Kole Holden 1296 5. Tony Tatgenhorst 1263 6. Jim Rasey 1255 7. Josh Deems 1237 8. Chelsie Kriegisch 1199 9. Kyle Martell 1189 10. Jacob Jordan 1183 11. Gary Haupt 1175 12. Jessica Kriegisch 1172 13. David Kalb, Jr. 1163 14. Greg Porter 1154 15. Amelia Clay 1132 16. Clayton Deems 1131 17. Cameron Nastasi 1125 18. Preston Cope 1109 19. Calvin Clay 1107 20. Jacob Wolfe 939.
 
2019 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series Top 10 Driver Points: 1. Garrett Krummert 588 2. Jim Rasey 557 3. Rob Kristyak 548 4. Chas Wolbert 538 5. Kole Holden 535 6. Kyle Martell 503 7. Jacob Jordan 483 8. Greg Porter 482 9. Tony Tatgenhorst 441 10. David Kalb, Jr. 323.
 
2019 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Sportsman Modified "Futures Cup" Points: 1. David Kalb, Jr. 1163 2. Nathen McDowell 701.
 
2019 RUSH Sportsman Modified "Wheelman" Top 5 Points: 1. Cameron Nastasi 995 2. Amelia Clay 993 3. Tony Tatgenhorst 913 4. Clayton Deems 909 5. Greg Porter 869.
 
2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series Points: 1. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 1321 2. Chad Carlson 1294 3. Adam Ashcroft 1293 4. Nate Hartzell 1246 5. C.J. Irons 1235 6. Vaughn Nystrom & Jarrod Silvis 1187 8. Brian Mohawk 1182 9. Michael Johnstone 1175 10. Nick Mohawk 1088 11. Scott Gurdak 1053 12. Steve Dixon 936 13. Justin Carlson 693 14. Jeramy Williams 492.
 
2019 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series Points: 1. Tyler Dietz 1310 2. Corey McPherson 1300 3. Ryan Moyer 1285 4. Jason Fontaine & Joey Zambotti III 1255 6. Mike Bordt 1210 7. Brett McDonald 1203 8. Terry Young 1189 9. Chase Lambert 1185 10. Dale Tuche 1179.

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.
 
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.
 

 

 

 

 

SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS RELEASE TENTATIVE 2020 TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE; DRIVERS SET TO COMPETE FOR RICHEST TOUR POINT FUND IN HISTORY WITH $12,000 TO THE CHAMPION; KICKS OFF WITH "BATTLE AT THE BAY" APRIL 15-18

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance is ready to head into the new decade full speed ahead! The 2020 RUSH Late Model Touring Series Championship point fund will nearly double with the champion capturing $12,000 (see complete point fund below). The dramatic increase in the point fund quickly turned the heads of many and is expected to draw even more well known Crate Late Model racers from throughout the region to an already stout field of competitors! RUSH is proud to release the tentative 2020 schedule that will get underway April 15-18 for the "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek.
 
Highlighting the current 18-event slate is the prestigious $10,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial", which returns to Lernerville in conjunction with the renowned "Firecracker 100" weekend with the World of Outlaws Late Models. Also featured in the schedule include the "Jook George Steel City Classic" and "Bill Hendren Memorial" events at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, which have continued to grow in stature; these events paid $10,010 and $5,000 to-win respectively in 2019. Six other weekends have two or more complete shows minimizing travel for competitors.
 
"After coming off our richest Touring slate which resulted in our highest average car count in history we're looking forward to keeping the forward momentum going in 2020," acknowledged Emig. "Last year, the schedule of events went to a different level and that translated into an average of more than 38 cars for our events, often exceeding 40 plus cars and over 50 on three different occasions. With that said, we felt it was time to substantially increase our point fund and look forward to our 2020 champion earning a record $12,000 with all other points paying positions increasing greatly! Our slate of substantial paying Tour events combined with our richest ever Tour point fund is definitely going to create an awesome situation for both RUSH fans and Crate Late Model racers throughout the region!"
 
The 2020 schedule will get underway with the third annual "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek April 15-18, that last year saw drivers from eight states and Canada compete. The Speedweek will kick-off once again at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar for the second annual "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" paying $4,000 to-win. Thanks to the promoters of Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways, their events will once again be $3,000 to-win.
 
Besides the increase in to the standard Tour payoffs, there will again be a $3,000 point fund for the top 10 RUSH members in points over the four nights with $1,000 going to the champion. There will also be a $150 travel package for any Tour driver in the top 12 from 2019 that participates in at least the opening event. Seven of the eight scheduled "Battle of the Bay" events have been completed all-time with a minimum of 40 cars at all events. Last year's 53 cars at Delaware set a "Battle of the Bay" record. Max Blair topped 2018 champion, Logan Roberson, to win the "Battle of the Bay" crown.
 
DIS, under the direction of veteran promoter Charlie Cathell, has completed three successful seasons under the RUSH banner with increasing weekly car counts. Georgetown meanwhile is located just 20 miles from DIS, and promoter Brett Deyo will be entering his fourth season of having RUSH sanction his Crate Late Model races with a separate point fund that's new for 2020. Friday and Saturday sister speedways, Potomac and Winchester, have led the tremendous growth of Crate Late Model racing in the Mid-Atlantic as both will embark on their seventh season under the RUSH banner with track owner Greg Gunter and general manager Denise Hollidge.
 
After a month off, the Touring Series returns to Stateline Speedway for the fourth consecutive year for the "Bill Law Memorial" on May 16. The 2017 event was the first ever Tour event at the Busti, NY oval in the 10-year history of Crate Late Models in the Northeast as a big crowd watched a thriller as Jeremy Wonderling held off standout and track dominator Max Blair for the victory. The 2018 event was just as good as Damian Bidwell made a late race pass of Scott Gurdak for his first Tour win in more than three years. And last year, saw Wonderling hold off Blair and withstand a mid-race rain delay to top a record Stateline field of 33 cars.
 
The Stateline event is annually held in memory of the late Bill Law, who pioneered the Crate Late Model concept in the Northeast as a car owner for several racers including his son Jon. Law's grandson, Kyle Murray, carries on the family tradition as he currently competes in the RUSH Late Models. Kyle finished 10th in points in 2019 in his first year on the Tour.
 
The following night (Sunday, May 17), Eriez Speedway will host a "Marquee" event giving racers back-to-back $2,000 to-win shows within just a 40-mile distance. Located just outside of Erie, Pa., this will be year number two of ownership for Dave Alexander, who will again host weekly Sunday night RUSH Late Model racing. There have been seven RUSH Tour events completed all-time at Eriez and the Blairs have won all seven with Max winning six and his father Rob one in a substitution role for Max.
 
For the fourth straight year, Outlaw and Genesee Speedways in New York have teamed up to host back-to-back $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Events on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30. Outlaw's show will again be dubbed as the "Gary Montgomery Memorial". The last three Outlaw races have been tremendous as former BRP Can-Am racers Bryce Davis (2017) and Jeremy Wonderling (2018-2019) winning in memory of BRP Series founder Montgomery. Wonderling then ended Jason Genco's two straight Genesee Tour wins, which was part of his three-race win streak in 2019. Tyler Siri has done a tremendous job at transforming Outlaw Speedway, while Genesee promoter Jim Johnson hosts a very successful Saturday night weekly program featuring the RUSH Late Models at the Genesee County Fairgrounds in Batavia.
 
The most anticipated Crate Late Model race in the history of the Northeast took place last year at Lernerville Speedway as part of the track's "Firecracker 100" with the World of Outlaws Late Models. The $10,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial" sponsored by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply attracted 53 cars with Max Blair making a late race pass of Ross Robinson to win what was at the time the richest race in RUSH history in front of the huge crowd. The event will return in 2020 once again sponsored by Hovis June 25-27.  
 
For the second straight year, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway will host a trio of Tour events. The first show will be on Saturday, July 4 for the "Herb Scott Memorial". In 2019, Kyle Lukon swept all three PPMS events and pocketed $18,800 in route to a second place point finish in his first season on the Tour! Miley Motor Sports features the RUSH Late Models as their headlining division on Saturday nights at the "Monster Half Mile". PPMS is a great partner of RUSH also hosting numerous events for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and RUSH Sprint Cars.
 
The return to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on Saturday, July 18 has long been anticipated by drivers throughout the region. The RUSH Late Models last appeared at the 3/8-mile showplace in 2016 with a pair of Tour events. That was prior to the new red clay surface that has produced tremendous racing in recent years. The RUSH Late Models ran weekly at Sharon from 2011-2014. Will Thomas III is the division's all-time winner with 13 victories. Details surrounding the event are being finalized and will be announced soon that are sure to make it a must attend for western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio race fans! This will be a big night for RUSH as the RUSH Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will also be on the card. A possible second Tour date could take place on Friday, September 11.

 
One night later on July 19, Eriez Speedway will host the annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance for their second Tour race of 2020. The last time Eriez hosted "Manufacturers Night" was 2015 and attracted 47 cars, which is also the average car count for the event over the eight-year history since the MFG Night debuted in 2012. Over $30,000 of valuable and useful products is typically distributed to competing racers on this night. Sharon and Eriez are just 80 miles apart and will serve as a great back-to-back night of racing.
 
For the fourth time, the "Jook George Steel City Classic" at PPMS will be a Tour event. The "Jook George" will take place on Saturday, August 8 with the exact payoff of this prestigious event TBA. The 2018 event attracted a record 51 cars and saw Jacob Hawkins take home $5,010. At last year's event presented by Zarin Truck & Automotive, Kyle Lukon left PPMS with a RUSH event record $11,610 payday thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Branden Lockwich.
 
The RUSH Late Models will once again invade one of the country's most state-of-the-art dirt track facilities, Weedsport Speedway, on September 12. In 2018, John Waters won the first ever RUSH-sanctioned event that was also the first ever nationally televised Crate Late Model race, while last year saw Max Blair win in his first visit to the speedway. This year's event will again be broadcast by MAVTV thanks to Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance. This time however, instead of a midweek July show, will move to a Saturday night in September and join up with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the first time ever!
 
For the only time of the season and first in many years, back-to-back Tour events will take place at the same facility on the same weekend! Genesee Speedway will play host to the Tour on Friday and Saturday, September 25-26 with $2,000 to-win each night. It'll also be the first time Genesee has hosted back-to-back Tour events and first time the track has scheduled three events in the same season. The Saturday show will be the "Traveling Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance with product giveaways for the top 15 drivers in track points at Fulton, Genesee, Humberstone, and Woodhull. The RUSH Sprint Cars will also run a complete show each night as part of their third annual "Empire State Classic".
 
For the fifth straight year, the Tour will be part of the "Pittsburgher 100" with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on October 2-3. The "Bill Hendren Memorial" has been increasing in stature in recent years with $4,000 to the winner in 2018 and $5,000 last year, which was won by Kyle Lukon. Not only has the feature purse increased, but so has the "One to Remember" Non-Winners race along with the Non-Qualifier. Sponsors such as Pro Fabrication, FK Rod Ends, Pace Performance, CrateInsider.com, the Hendren Family, and others have stepped up to really make this into a major event. In 2005, Bill Hendren, the patriarch of the Hendren family and founder of Hendren Racing Engines, had the foresight to began building his affiliation with crate racing.
 
All Tour events in 2020 will again pay a minimum of $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start with a $200 to-win non-qualifier, and guaranteed $125 tow money with over. All events will utilize the group qualifying format featuring $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock Qualifying" and $25 to-win FK Rod End heat races.
 
The "500 Club" presented by Zarin Truck & Automotive will return for the second consecutive year. Five drivers from the host speedway's top 15 in points (or the closest two nearby tracks if not at a weekly-sanctioned track) the ability to win an additional $100 bonus at Tour events! The "500" Club will influx an approximate $8,000 of cash into the hands of RUSH "weekly" racers who participate in RUSH Touring events! The "$500 Club" will take place at all Tour events with the exception of the two "Manufacturers Nights".
 
2020 RUSH Late Model Touring Series Points Fund ($35,500 guaranteed): 1. $12,000 2. $6,000 3. $4,000 4. $3,000 5. $2,500 6. $2,000 7. $1,800 8. $1,600 9. $1,400 10. $1,200. In addition, any Tour member outside the top 10 in the final points that competed in 80% of the Marquee races will be guaranteed $600.
 
Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series Schedule* 
  • Wed, April 15 Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek ("Raelyn Huffman Memorial")- $4,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Thr, April 16 Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, DE) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Fri, April 17 Potomac Speedway (Mechanicsville, MD) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Sat, April 18 Winchester Speedway (Winchester, VA) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee)
  • Saturday, May 16 Stateline Speedway (Busti, NY) - "Bill Law Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Sunday, May 17 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Friday, May 29 Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, NY) - "Gary Montgomery Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Saturday, May 30 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Thr-Sat, June 25-27 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Bill Emig Memorial" at the "Firecracker 100" - $10,000 to-win (Marquee) - rain date June 28 
  • Saturday, July 4 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - "Herb Scott Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Saturday, July 18 Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - Event details TBA - Minimum $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Sunday, July 19 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance with over $30,000 in product giveaways - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Saturday, August 8 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - "Jook George Steel City Classic" - Payoff TBA (Marquee) - rain date August 9 
  • Friday, September 11 TBA (Platinum) 
  • Saturday, September 12 Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY) - MAVTV broadcast presented by Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 
  • Friday, September 25 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Platinum) 
  • Saturday, September 26 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - "Traveling Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) - rain date September 27 
  • Fri & Sat, October 2-3 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)2020  - "Bill Hendren Memorial" at the "Pittsburgher" - $5,000 to-win plus "One to Remember" Non-Winners Race (Marquee) - rain date October 4 
 

 

SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS TO BE FEATURED BI-WEEKLY AT RACEWAY 7 IN 2020; EVENTS PART OF $3,500 TO-WIN HOVIS WEEKLY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP PLUS NEW $1,000 TO-WIN "ROUTE 7 RUMBLE" SERIES PRESENTED BY WEDGE MOTORSPORTS WITH SHARON & MORE

(Conneaut, OH)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance is excited to announce that Raceway 7 will host the division on a bi-weekly basis in 2020! The 7/16-mile Conneaut, Ohio track's events will be part of the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship plus there will be a separate "Route 7 Rumble" cumulative point fund series presented by Wedge Motorsports for the Raceway 7 and Sharon Speedway events! Raceway 7 will rotate the Street Stocks and RUSH Mods throughout the season with both running bi-weekly. In addition, Raceway 7 will have a five-position weekly track point fund for both the RUSH Mods and Stocks!
 
Raceway 7 used to be a hotbed for weekly Big-Block Modified racing from 1975-1989, but since has only ran special events for various Northeast center-steer Modifieds divisions. Five RUSH Sportsman Modified events have been contested in the history of the division at Raceway 7 with five different winners! Adam Hilton and Dave Conant, Jr. won events during the inaugural 2014 season. After a four-year hiatus from Raceway 7, Justin Shea won a thrilling event in 2018. This past season saw Chas Wolbert and Rob Kristyak share victories during the month of June.
 
"We were thrilled when the McDonalds called about bringing the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to Raceway 7 on a bi-weekly basis in 2020," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "The shows there over the years have been exciting and racers are always wanting to race there more. The RUSH Mods will give Raceway 7's fans something different to watch throughout the season, and rekindle some of the Modified memories from years gone by. Raceway 7 just concluded their second year running our RUSH Late Models weekly and averaged a strong 21 cars per night for their weekly events."
 
The "Route 7 Rumble" Series presented by Wedge Motorsports will be a new point fund for 2020. A cumulative point system for all races between Raceway 7 and Sharon will be used with the top eight drivers in points sharing $2,500 with $1,000 going to the champion! Drivers must be a RUSH member to be eligible for the point fund.
 
It was already announced in the fall that the 2020 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Champion for the Sweeney RUSH Mods will take home $3,500 with an increase in all 20 points-paying positions! Each points-paying position will increase from $100-$500, which represents a 36% increase over the 2019 points fund, and marks the second point fund increase since the Series debuted in 2014!
 
"We're coming off a season where more drivers participated than ever in the division," stated Emig. "Sharon has averaged between 24-28 cars each of the last four years and only on four nights during that period has the car count dipped below 20 cars- an almost unheard of statistic for weekly racing today! With all that said, we were pleased to increase the Weekly point fund for 2020, and now with the addition of the Raceway 7 events it'll be possible for a driver to win $4,500 not even counting the point funds at each track and the Touring Series! We're excited about the upcoming season and the continued forward momentum of the division."
 
The 2020 season for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will open up on Friday, April 11 at Tyler County Speedway for an $800 to-win Hovis Touring Series event part of "RUSH Night" at "The Bullring" in Middlebourne, West Virginia. A complete schedule of events for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be announced soon.    
 
2020 Hovis Weekly Series Championship Point Fund ($15,055): 1. $3,500 2. $2,000 3. $1,200 4. $1,000 5. $900 6. $800 7. $700 8. $600 9. $500 10. $400 11. $390 12. $380 13. $370 14. $360 15. $350 16. $340 17. $330 18. $325 19. $310 20. $300.
 
2020 Wedge Motorsports "Route 7 Rumble" Championship Point Fund ($2,500): 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $300 4. $200 5. $150 6. $130 7. $120 8. $100.
 
Wedge Motorsports was started in 2001 by Dave Willoughby, who also serves as Sharon Speedway's General Manager since 2010. Wedge is an Authorized Hoosier Tire Distributor for all RUSH tires, an Authorized Distributor for the RUSH Bilstein Shocks for the various RUSH divisions, and has been an annual contributor to the RUSH Sportsman Modified "Manufacturers Night". Wedge is located at 7761 Dawson Dr., Warren, Ohio 44484. For more information and to view their online parts catalog, check out their website at www.wedgemotorsports.com. You can also like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/wedgemotorsports/, follow them on Twitter @wedgemotorsport or call 855-577-RACE.
 
Raceway 7 is located six miles south of Interstate 90, on Ohio Route 7, just south of Monroe Center (and Bushnell), Ohio at 4094 Center Road, Conneaut, OH 44030.  For more information check out www.raceway7.com and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/racewayseven/
 

 

RACING ELECTRONICS CONTINUES AS "OFFICIAL RACING COMMUNICATIONS" OF SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES IN 2020; WILL AGAIN PROVIDE EQUIPMENT FOR SERIES OFFICIALS & 20 SWITCH GIVEAWAYS FOR "MFG NIGHT

(Concord, NC)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is pleased to announce that Racing Electronics will once again be the "Official Racing Communications" of RUSH in 2020. This will mark the third consecutive year that Racing Electronics has partnered with the Series. 
 
"We are gracious that Racing Electronics has chosen to return as our 'Official Racing Communications'," stated RUSH Series director Vicki Emig. "It was great to have Racing Electronics expand their involvement with RUSH in 2019 by outfitting our officials with their reliable equipment and we are pleased to know that will continue in 2020. Racing Electronics will also contribute 20 SWITCH driver radios to our racers via our Manufacturers Night events once again."
 
Racing Electronics' SWITCH, provides benefits to both RUSH competitors and event attendees.  SWITCH is the top-performing micro-receiver on the market, and its two programmable channels can be used by fans to listen to track public address announcers and race officials at RUSH events.  Competitors will be able to utilize the device in the car to receive clearer communications from race control. 
 
Racing Electronics will be located trackside at several 2020 events with SWITCH, as well as other popular communications equipment from its industry-leading line of radios, headsets and scanners.
 
"Racing Electronics is the undisputed leader in racing communications and we are thankful to have them continue to support RUSH in this manner," says Emig. "We're also excited to have Racing Electronics Dirt Track Specialist, Chris Michael, join us on our 'Battle of the Bay' RUSH Late Model Touring Series kickoff swing to service our racers' communication needs for the second consecutive year." 
 
Racing Electronics is the worldwide leader in motorsports communications technology and equipment for motorsports drivers, teams, series, venues, and fans, as well as the exclusive provider of FanVision technology to NASCAR. Racing Electronics offers reliable, industry-tested equipment and best-in-class customer service throughout the motorsports industry. Founded in New Jersey in 1988, Racing Electronics has called Concord, N.C., home since 2005. For more information, visit www.racingelectronics.com. 
 
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. 
 

 

"BATTLE OF THE BAY" SPEEDWEEK TO RETURN IN 2020 FOR SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS APRIL 15-18 AT DELAWARE, GEORGETOWN, POTOMAC & WINCHESTER; WILL KICKOFF THE $12,000 TO-WIN TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

(Pulaski, PA)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to announce that for the third straight year, the "Battle of the Bay Speedweek" will kickoff the new season for the Late Model Touring Series. The four-race Speedweek will take place April 15-18, 2020 at Delaware International, Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways. It was recently announced that the 2020 Tour point fund was nearly doubled with $12,000 going to the champion!

 
For the second straight year, the opening round at DIS will be designated as the "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" paying a minimum of $4,000 to-win, $300 to-start! Also for the second straight year, the events at Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester will pay $3,000 to-win, $250 to-start thanks to the continued strong support of these shows.
 
Once again, there will be a $3,000 "Battle of the Bay" point fund for RUSH member racers that will pay $1,000 to-win down 10 positions providing at least three of the events are completed. If two events are completed, the point fund will be pro-rated. And in addition, a $150 travel package will again be available for each competing top 12 drivers in 2019 Sweeney Tour points. Driver must compete in at least two events including the first race of Speedweek to be eligible.
 
"You're not going to find a better deal for crate racing than this Battle of the Bay," stated Max Blair after winning last year's Georgetown event. "Huge props to Mike (Leone) and Vicki (Emig) along with all of the race tracks. This is a really, really good deal for crate guys. It's the best stretch deal going in the country for us. This is a really stout field of race cars and to be able to win the first two nights is pretty awesome."
 
The 2019 "Battle of the Bay" saw 62 different drivers compete from eight different states (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina) plus Ontario, Canada in the three completed events as the Potomac show was rained out. Thirty-five drivers participated in all three events (DIS, Georgetown & Winchester), which was an increase of seven from the 28 that participated in all 2018 events. The opening event at DIS attracted 53 cars, which was a "Battle of the Bay" record and matched the "Bill Emig Memorial" as the season high car count.  Seven of the eight scheduled "Battle of the Bay" events have been completed over the two years with no less than 40 cars at any of the events!
 
"The 'Battle of the Bay' has been tremendous the last two years," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "The drivers have really supported it each of the last two years and have been rewarded with increased payoffs, the point fund, and travel money. It's an honor to again have the Huffman Family utilize RUSH and the 'Battle of the Bay' to hold Raelyn's memorial event at Delaware. We have to thank the promoters of these great speedways for continuing to allow us to open our Touring season in such a great fashion. This year's events are once again going to be an incredible kickoff to the $12,000 to-win championship!"  
 
Ray and Brenda Huffman have been heavily involved in racing over the years with their R&J Poultry business and have sponsored RUSH Late Model drivers such as Max Blair and Cody Dawson. Shortly after the 2018 "Battle of the Bay", Raelyn lost her life in a tragic accident. Ray Huffman is Raelyn's father, while Brenda is her step-mother. Raelyn's mother is Billie Jo Justice and her step-father is Tim Justice.    
 
Raelyn was 22 years old and from Delmar, DE- the home of Delaware International Speedway. Raelyn graduated from nearby Seaford High School and worked for Lowe's Home Improvement. She loved her job, racing, and any four-legged furry friends. Raelyn spent her weekends growing up at the races; from Friday nights at the go-kart track, Saturday nights watching RUSH Late Models, and Sundays at the US 13 Dragway with her longtime boyfriend, Matt Adams.
 
"It was just part of her lifestyle and that is why we we're so adamant on perusing this memorial race," explained Raelyn's sister Shelby. "She was a beautiful girl with a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was completely contagious. We are so proud of her and how much of an amazing person she turned out to be. We love and miss her everyday and we strive to pass on her memory and share stories that celebrate her life. Our family, the Lowe's family and the racing community lost a very loved and valued member, and we all miss her very much. There are many memories that our family, co-workers and friends share that we will always cherish, but there are so many we didn't get to make. She was a one of a kind girl with a big heart, a bright smile and a loving nature. There aren't words for how loved and missed she is."
 
Stay tuned for more information regarding the "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek throughout the offseason.
 
Delaware International Speedway is a 1/2-mile track located at 37854 Sussex Highway, Delmar, DE 19940.   DIS is located on a 125 acre Motorsports Complex which house's three racing facilities in one.  The Speedway will celebrate their 48th consecutive year, when it opens in April of 2018. For more information on DIS, check out their website at www.delawareracing.com. The track office number is 302-846-3911. You can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DelawareRacing and follow them on Twitter @delawareracing.
 
Georgetown Speedway is a 1/2-mile clay oval located at 24505, 24513 S. Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Deyo signed a three-year lease that runs through 2022 and improvements continue at the Sussex County track, which hosted its first race in 1950.  The speedway operates on a special-events-only schedule with high-profile programs from March through October.  For more information on Georgetown, check out their website at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com.  You can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GeorgetownSpeedway and follow them on Twitter @thegtownspdwy. 
 
Potomac Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track located on Route 234 at 27963 Budds Creek Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.  The track first opened in 1973, and is located about an hour south of Washington D.C and Baltimore.  For information, check out their website at www.potomacspeedway.com or call 301-481-8855. You can like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotomacSpdwy and follow them on Twitter @PotomacSpdwy.
 
Winchester Speedway is also a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track located just off Route 50 at 950 Airport Road Winchester, VA 22604.  The track first opened in 1936 under the name of Airport Speedway.  The track has been home to the Winchester 200, a major Super Late Model event, since 1963!  For more information, check out their website at www.winchestervaspeedway.com or call 301-481-8855. You can like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/wincvaspeedway and follow them on Twitter @Wincvaspeedway.
 

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Southern All Stars Kick Off 37th Season At Cherokee
 

 
FAYETTEVILLE, TN—The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will open the 2020 season Sunday afternoon at the Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC., with the Ginger Owens March Madness paying $12,000 to win for the 60 lap main event.
 

 
David Breazeale of Four Corners, MS., scored his first Southern All Stars Championship and will be leading the Southern All Star drivers into the opening race of the season.  2019 Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com rookie of the year Zach Leonhardi, Billy Franklin of Calera, AL., Mark Dodson of Caledonia, MS., and Riley Hickman pf Ooltewah, TN., are also expected to be in action at the South Carolina facility.
 

 
Other drivers that have expressed interest in the tour this year include Sam Seawright of Ft Payne, AL., Dalton Cook, and Jason Hiett.
 

 
Jonathan Davenport scored the win in the 2019 version of March Madness and will be on hand to defend his title as well as many national and regional drivers from all across the southeast.
 

 
This will be the 32nd race in Southern All Star history at the South Carolina track with two Southern All Star Champion Chris Madden of Gray Court, Sc., leading the way in wins with eight series win at the track.
 

 
For more information concerning the Southern All Stars contact Lynn Acklin - General Manager: 256-924-4546 www.sasdirt.com
 

 

 
Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
 
P O Box 189
 
Fayetteville, TN 37334
 
256-924-4546  www.facebook/southernallstardirtracingseries.com  www.twitter@sasdirt.com www.sasdirt.com
 

 
2020 SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES SCHEDULE—WORKING SCHEDULE
 

 
1.    Sun-March 1-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$12,000-19th Annual March Madness
 
2.    Sat-March 21-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000
 
3.    Fri-April 17-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$3,000-Duals in Dixie
 
4.    Sat-April 18-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$5,000-Duals in Dixie
 
5.    Fri-April 24-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000-Rockin’ with the Stars
 
6.    Sat-April 25-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000-NASCAR Weekend
 
7.    Sat-May 2-Greenville Speedway-Greenville, MS-$4,000
 
8.    Sat-May 9-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$5,000-Rain Dodger 50
 
9.    Sat-May 30-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,000-
 
11.  Fri-June 19-Oglethorpe Speedway—Pooler, GA-$4,000-2nd South Georgia Shootout
 
12.    Sat-June 20-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,454-Michael Head Jr Memorial
 
13.    Sat-July 4-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000-July 4th Spectacular
 
14. Sat-July 11-I-75 Raceway-Sweetwater, TN-$4,000
 
15.    Sat-August 1st-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$5,000
 
16.    Sat-August 8-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$10,000-3rd Annual Governors Cup
 
17.    Sat-October 4th-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000
 
18.    Fri-October 16th-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$3,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic
 
19.    Sat-October 17th-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$7,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic
 

 

Southern All Stars Change I-75 Raceway Date
 


 
FAYETTEVILLE, TN—The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series and I-75 Raceway officials have changed the date for its race at the Sweetwater, TN., oval to Saturday night July 11th.
 

 
This will be the third appearance of the series at the track it will be a 40 lap $4,000 to win event.
 

 

Southern All Stars Set To Kick Off 37th Season
 


 
FAYETTEVILLE, TN—The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will open its 37th year of racing in 2020 with 18 races conformed for the season and more dates to be added as the season opener gets closer on March 1st at the Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC., with March Madness paying $12,000 to win and $600 to start.
 

 
Thunderhill Raceway in Summertown, TN., Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, GA., Smoky Mt Speedway in Maryville, TN., Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL., Richmond Raceway in Richmond, KY., Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA., I-7 Raceway in Sweetwater, TN., all have events in 2020 as they have been mainstays with the series over the past few years.
 

 
New tracks that have come on board as of right now for the 2020 season include Deep South Raceway in Loxley, AL., and Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS.  More tracks and dates will be added as the schedule in the next few weeks.
 

 
David Breazeale of Four Corners, MS., took his first Southern All Star Championship in 2020 as Zach Leonhardi scored the 2019 Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com Rookie of the year award.  Billy Franklin of Alabaster, AL., Mark Dodson of Caledonia, MS., and Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, TN., rounded out the top five in series points.
 

 
For more information concerning the Southern All Stars contact Lynn Acklin - General Manager: 256-924-4546 www.sasdirt.com
 

 

 
Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
 
P O Box 189
 
Fayetteville, TN 37334
 
256-924-4546  www.facebook/southernallstardirtracingseries.com  www.twitter@sasdirt.com www.sasdirt.com
 

 
2020 SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES SCHEDULE—WORKING SCHEDULE
 

 
1.      Sun-March 1-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$12,000-19th Annual March Madness
 
2.    Sat-March 21-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000
 
3.    Fri-April 3-Oglethorpe Speedway-Pooler, GA-$4,000
 
4.    Sat-April 4-TBA
 
5.    Sat-April 18-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$5,000
 
6.    Fri-April 24-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000-Rockin’ with the Stars
 
7.    Sat-April 25-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000-NASCAR Weekend
 
8.    Sat-May 2-Greenville Speedway-Greenville, MS-$4,000
 
9.    Sat-May 9-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$5,000-Rain Dodger 50
 
10.  Sat-May 30-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,000-
 
11.  Fri-June 5-Oglethorpe Speedway-Pooler, GA-$4,000-River City Rumble
 
12.  Sat-June 6-TBA
 
13.  Sat-June 20-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,454-Michael Head Jr Memorial
 
14.  Sat- June 27-I-75 Raceway-Sweetwater, TN-$4,000
 
15.  Sat-July 4-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000-July 4th Spectacular
 
16.  Sat-August 1st-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$5,000
 
17.  Sat-August 8-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$10,000-3rd Annual Governors Cup
 
18.  Sat-October 4th-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000
 
19.  Fri-October 16th-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$3,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic
 
20.  Sat-October 17th-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$7,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic
 

 
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
 
MORE DATES TO BE ADDED
 

 

 
2020 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS
 

 
2020 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
 

 
2020 AR Bodies Challenge:
 

 
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
 
March 1st Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$12,000
 
March 21st Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000
 
April 3rd Oglethorpe Speedway-Pooler, GA-$4,000
 

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FASTRAK Launches Northeast Tour for 2020

FASTRAK Companies International, LLC has announced a brand-new tour for the 2020 season: the FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast Tour. The FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast will kick off the season at Tyler County Speedway paying $7,000 to win in the 3rd Annual Great American Crate Race. That date along with the Labor Day Weekend doubleheader at Tyler County Speedway will be co-sanctioned with the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance, which is FASTRAK’s Southeast touring division. The tour will have a $5,000 to win points fund for its inaugural season and pay through the top 10 in points. Drivers must be a FASTRAK member, attend 75% of the races, and run Hoosier FT tires at all times to qualify for points or other contingencies. FASTRAK membership is $150 and includes $100,000 of participant accident medical insurance through Mutual of Omaha.

“It is with a lot of excitement we are launching the FASTRAK Northeast,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “Every year we get a lot of drivers and teams asking when FASTRAK was coming back to the area and we feel that this is the right time with a lot of tracks putting their support behind this along with the drivers.”

The FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast tour will then head to Hagerstown Speedway on May 2nd for a $2,000 to win and $250 to start race. Then the series will shift to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on May 24th for $2,000 to win. The tour will then have back to back dates at Latrobe Speedway on June 13th and July 25th, with a return to Roaring Knob slated for July 26th. Another stop at Hagerstown is scheduled for August 15th. The current schedule has the tour wrapping up on Labor Day weekend at Tyler County Speedway with a double header during the Hillbilly Hundred on September 5th and 6th. All of these shows will pay $2,000 to win and $250 to start.

FASTRAK Northeast Tour drivers will have their chance at three bonus races on the 2020 slate at Virginia Motor Speedway, all of which pay $3,000 to win and $275 to start. Those events are the King of the Commonwealth on May 30th, The USA 100 on August 1st, and the Prelude to the World Championship on August 22nd. Drivers competing in the races at Virginia Motor Speedway will be able to use their finish to replace a lower finish during the 2020 season.

“FASTRAK is definitely looking forward to returning to the area and look for some excellent competition,” continued Irvine, “There are some very talented drivers there and it will definitely be something the fans will want to see. This is a great schedule with a few more races currently in the works.”

Rose Compton, who is the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series director, will be assisting with operations of the FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast. Any tracks wanting to join the FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast schedule should contact Rose Compton at 724-433-0159 or by email at
rose@fastrakracing.com or contact DJ Irvine at 706-223-3014 or email dj@fastrakracing.com.

"We are happy to be bringing FASTRAK back to the Northeast," said Rose Compton, "FASTRAK returning to the area has been a commonly asked question since the launch of the ULTIMATE Northeast. This is a great opportunity for drivers to compete locally for a great points fund."

2020 FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast working schedule
***Subject to change/more dates to be added***
April 25 – Tyler County Speedway - $7,000 – 3rd Annual Great American Crate Race (Co-sanctioned)
May 2 – Hagerstown Speedway - $2,000
May 24 – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex - $2,000
May 30 – Virginia Motor Speedway - $3,000 – King of the Commonwealth (Bonus Race)
June 13 – Latrobe Speedway - $2,000
July 25 – Latrobe Speedway - $2,000
July 26 – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex – $2,000
August 1 – Virginia Motor Speedway - $3,000 – USA 100 (Bonus Race)
August 15 – Hagerstown Speedway - $2,000
August 22 – Virginia Motor Speedway - $3,000 – Prelude to the World Championship (Bonus Race)
September 5 – Tyler County Speedway - $2,000 (Co-sanctioned)
September 6 – Tyler County Speedway - $2,000 (Co-sanctioned)

2020 FASTRAK Racing Series Northeast Points Payout
*Must be a FASTRAK Member and compete in 75% of races to be eligible for point money
1) $5,000; 2) $2,500; 3) $1,250; 4)
$750; 5) $500; 6) $500; 7) $500; 8) $500; 9) $500; 10) $500


Makin' power: VP Racing Fuels returns as "official fuel of FASTAK"

VP Racing Fuels will continue as the “Official Fuel” of the FASTRAK Racing Series in 2020. The FASTRAK VP Racing Fuels National Weekly Championship will return this season, paying $10,000 to win and through the top 30 positions, a new look for the 2020 season.

“We appreciate VP Racing Fuels and all they do for the FASTRAK Racing Series,” exclaimed FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “They have been a long time partner of the series, and we are excited to continue that partnership in 2020 and beyond.

VP Racing Fuels was founded in 1975 by Steve Burns, who was a racer in San Antonio, TX, and self-taught in chemistry and physics. Since then VP has expanded from a two employee operation to over 200 employees with five company owned fuel distribution points in Texas, Indiana, Georgia, Delaware, and Tennessee. VP Racing Fuels is recognized by many as the world leader in race fuel technology. VP also offers pro-grade lubricants, coolants, and additives for modern street and classic cars, as well as powersports applications.

“VP is a leader in the fuel industry, but their commitment to motorsports doesn’t end there, as they offer a full line of lubricants, coolants, and more,” continued Irvine, “We  are proud to partner with VP.”

More information about VP Racing Fuels and their other products can be found at vpracingfuels.com.

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Virginia Motor Speedway and FASTRAK continue partnership

Virginia Motor Speedway is remaining under the FASTRAK Racing Series banner for their Pro Late Model class in 2020. The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance has four dates overall at the 1/2-mile oval in 2020, culminating in the $51,000 to win 2020 FASTRAK World Championship.

“With the response of the $50,000 to win World Championship, we are bumping it up to $51,000 to win this year,” said Virginia Motor Speedway owner Bill Sawyer, “This class showed a great response all season long.”

The FASTRAK Pro Late Models at Virginia Motor Speedway averaged over 27 cars throughout the season in 2019. The class saw several different winners throughout the year and looks to continue that trend throughout the 2020 season.

The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance will make its first stop of 2020 at Virginia Motor Speedway on May 30th for the King of the Commonwealth and returns on August 1st for the 43rd Annual USA 100. The Prelude to the World Championship, which drew 45 competitors in 2019 returns on August 22nd. All of those shows will pay $3,000 to win and $275 to start.

The 2020 FASTRAK World Championship will be held at the Jamaica, VA speed plant on September 18th and 19th. Once again, the race will be the richest Chevrolet Performance Late Model history, paying $51,000 to win and $2,051 to start.
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Friendship returns to FASTRAK sanctioning

Friendship Motor Speedway in Elkin, NC will return as FASTRAK Weekly Sanctioned in 2020. Drivers at the 4/10-mile oval will be eligible for the $10,000 to win FASTRAK VP Racing Fuels National Weekly Championship, taking their best 15 finishes throughout the year.

“Having Friendship Motor Speedway back with the FASTRAK family is great for 2020,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “A lot of the drivers reached out over the offseason wanting to bring FASTRAK back to Friendship.”

The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance is set to race at Friendship Motor Speedway on April 11th and July 11th, with both events paying $2,000 to win and $250 to start. Friendship Motor Speedway is slated as the tour’s opening night for 2020.

“This is a great facility to kick off our 2020 campaign,” continued Irvine, “Mike Gatton and John Page have done a tremendous job since taking over at Friendship in the second half of 2019.

Friendship Motor Speedway has an open practice scheduled for March 7th with opening slated for March 21st. Drivers are encouraged to submit their FASTRAK membership applications as soon as possible so that their points will count when the season begins. Points do not count until membership is received by FASTRAK and no points will be backdated.

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Lancaster Motor Speedway joins FASTRAK Weekly sanctioning

The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance have announced that Lancaster Motor Speedway in Lancaster, SC has joined as a weekly sanctioned track for the 2020 season. Known as “The fastest half mile dirt track in the south”, Lancaster Speedway was built in 1954.

“It is great to see FASTRAK weekly sanctioning return to South Carolina at Lancaster Motor Speedway,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “This will give area drivers the chance to get FASTRAK points and compete for the $10,000 to win National Weekly Championship.”

The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance will host the $5,000 to win Inaugural Chris Knight Memorial at the ½ mile track on October 24th. The race will honor the late Chris Knight who played an integral part in building the 604 late model class in the Carolinas. An open practice will be held on October 23rd.

“We are certainly looking forward to the Chris Knight Memorial,” said Irvine, “we will have more announcements regarding that race as the date approaches.”

Lancaster Speedway is holding an open practice along with a make-up race from 2019 on February 15th. The 2020 opening night is slated for March 6th paying $1,000 to win for FASTRAK Late Models, and March 7th paying $1,200 to win. For more information visit lancastersuperspeedway.com.  

 

 

 

Chevrolet Performance continues to power FASTRAK Racing Series
 

Chevrolet Performance engines are the only engines allowed for competition within the FASTRAK Racing Series. Those engines are the CT400 (604) and CT350 (602). The partnership between FASTRAK and Chevrolet Performance dates back to 2005 and that partnership will continue in 2020.

“FASTRAK’s focus is on keeping costs associated with racing as low as possible,” said FASTRAK Executive Vice President DJ Irvine, “Chevrolet Performance’s engines are cost effective powerplants that keep engine costs under control.”

The overall goal of the “crate” engine program is to maintain consistency of power output by refraining from making drastic changes to the engines. FASTRAK’s goal has always been to make dirt late model racing more affordable by controlling on of racing’s most costly components, the engine.

The 2020 season for the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance is set to provide more historic races for its 17th season. The 2020 FASTRAK World Championship will pay $51,000 to win and $2,051 to start on September 18th and 19th at Virginia Motor Speedway. The purse will surpass the 2019 FASTRAK World Championship as the richest race in Chevrolet Performance Dirt Late Model Racing history. The 2019 FASTRAK World Championship drew 113 entries and was broadcast via tape delay on MavTV. Brandon Overton won the record-breaking $50,000 FASTRAK World Championship in September of 2019.

“To raise the purse of the FASTRAK World Championship to $51,000 to win is a statement to the strength and stability Chevrolet Performance has provided for this class,” continued Irvine, “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Chevrolet Performance.”

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Roaring Knob signs 3-year deal for FASTRAK sanctioning

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA has joined as FASTRAK Weekly Sanctioned for the 2020 season, with a 3-year deal. That will keep the 3/8-mile oval under that FASTRAK banner through the 2022 racing season. Roaring Knob races on Sundays, which will give area drivers more opportunities to collect points towards the $10,000 to win FASTRAK VP Racing Fuels National Weekly Championship.

“This is great for the drivers in the Southwest Pennsylvania area,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “Having the option to race at Roaring Knob on Sundays will give them more opportunities to gain points towards the Championship.”

By joining the FASTRAK family, the Hoosier FT200 and FT400 will be the only tires allowed in the class at Roaring Knob. The 2020 FASTRAK Racing Series rule book is expected to be released this week.

“We saw a strong weekly turn out in that area in 2019,” continued Irvine, “nearby tracks were averaging 15 to 20 cars per week last season, so I expect that trend to continue at Roaring Knob.”

Roaring Knob joins Latrobe Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway in the area. Opening night is slated for April 26th. FASTRAK drivers should complete their membership form and send them in as soon as possible, as points do not count until membership is received by FASTRAK. More information can be found on Roaring Knob’s Facebook page and at roaringknob.com.


Princton returns as FASTRAK Sanctioned

Princeton Speedway in Princeton, WV will be returning as FASTRAK Weekly sanctioned for the 2020 season. The 4/10-mile oval is one of the longest running FASTRAK sanctioned tracks. Melvin and Sherlene Bishop will be opening the track, running on a bi-weekly basis for the 2020 season.

“Princeton Speedway and FASTRAK have become like family,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “I am certainly looking forward to our stops there this season. The racing at Princeton is excellent and there are a lot of talented drivers in that area.”

The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance will be making two visits to Princeton Speedway in 2020; as part of the FASTRAK Triple Crown on Memorial Day Weekend in May and the 10th Annual UBB Miner’s Memorial in August.

FASTRAK drivers will be able to gain points for the FASTRAK VP Racing Fuels National Weekly Championship at Princeton Speedway throughout the season. Opening night is slated for April 18th.

“The Triple Crown is always a thrilling weekend and the finale being at Princeton should make for a dramatic race,” continued Irvine, “and the UBB Miner’s Memorial race is such a special race to the community, we are truly blessed to be a part of it.”

Check out the official website for the FASTRAK Racing Series at 
www.fastrakracing.com and continue to follow our social media networks for the FASTRAK Racing Series. 

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Social Hour/Cash Bar: 5pm-6pm
Dinner at 6pm with awards ceremony to follow


FASTRAK Companies International, LLC will hold their annual “Night of Champions” banquet in Greenville, SC on January 25th. The night will honor the 2019 champions and top performers of the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance, FASTRAK VP Racing Fuels National Weekly Championship, ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series, ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series, and ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series.

The Night of Champions will be held at the Hilton in Greenville, SC located at 45 West Orchard Park Drive. Tickets are $35 per person and must be ordered no later than January 15th. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be done by calling Stephanie Gordon at 678-528-3117. The Night of Champions banquet is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Last year, over 200 attendees were at the Night of Champions banquet to celebrate the season. Dinner will be served, with the awards ceremony following. A cash bar will also be available.

Check out the official website for the FASTRAK Racing Series at www.fastrakracing.com and continue to follow our social media networks for the FASTRAK Racing Series. Like and Follow our Fan Page on Facebook plus follow @FASTRAK_racing on Twitter to get up to the minute news and details as they become available. FASTRAK can be found on Instagram @fastrakracing

The 2019 marketing partners for the FASTRAK Racing Series are Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, AFCO “The official shock of the FASTRAK Racing Series”, VP Racing Fuel “The official fuel of FASTRAK”, VP Racing Lubricants, DealergroupUSA, Speed51.com “The official video home of FASTRAK”, Dirt Track Bank, KRC Power Steering, TNT Race Cars, Arizona Sport Shirts, Simpson Safety Equipment, Rockauto.com, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

 
 

FASTRAK to honor Future Stars Tour Championship payout
 

Officials with the FASTRAK Future Stars Tour have announced that the championship payout will be honored after the series’ only event at Toccoa Raceway on June 12th. Trae Kirk of Monroe, GA picked up the win in the teenager-only series’ inaugural event. Kirk will be honored as the FASTRAK Future Stars Tour Champion at the FASTRAK Night of Champions banquet on January 25th in Greenville, SC. Montgomery Homes was the sponsor of the $2,500 to win championship point fund for the FASTRAK Future Stars Tour.

“These young men deserve to be recognized at our Night of Champions banquet,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “They are the future of our sport and have bright careers ahead of them. A special thanks to the teams who participated in the series and to Montgomery Homes for supporting this series for young drivers.”

Kyle Stallard of Gate City, VA will be honored as the series’ runner-up at the Night of Champions banquet. They will be part of the awards ceremony that will include both the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance and all regions of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series.

Both Kirk and Stallard were members and competed in the lone series race in 2019, qualifying them for the points fund per the FASTRAK Future Stars Tour rulebook.

“We are going to pay these guys their point fund, as we always have and always will, even though there was only one race,” said FASTRAK Founder Stan Lester, “It wasn’t their fault that there were no more races, and they held to their commitment and so will we.”

 

FASTRAK offers $1 weekly sanctioning for tracks

It has never been easier or cheaper for a dirt track to gain sanctioning with one of the nation’s premier sanctioning bodies.  Tracks who wish to become members of the FASTRAK Racing Series banner can now do so for just $1 per year in sanctioning fees as part of a new partnership with DealergroupUSA.

FASTRAK announced the reduced sanctioning fee Tuesday on its Facebook page, part of an effort to increase affordability for weekly sanctioning and bring more tracks into the FASTRAK family.
“Thanks to our new partnership with DealergroupUSA, we are able to implement this new idea for weekly

sanctioning,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “This makes the entire program more affordable for our tracks. Without tracks, the drivers don’t have a place to race and fans won’t have a place to watch the races. We want to do our part to help tracks remain open.”

FASTRAK member tracks pay out points towards FASTRAK’s National Weekly Championship.  In 2019, Kyle Thomas was awarded $5,000 as the FASTRAK National Weekly Champion, but FASTRAK has pledged to provide a $30,000-to-win National Championship and a points fund paying through the top 50 positions if 20 weekly tracks can commit to the FASTRAK Racing Series averaging 12 cars per week.

 

Any tracks that run Pro Late Models as a weekly division or are considering adding them to their weekly program are encouraged to contact DJ Irvine at 706-223-3014 or by email at dj@fastrakracing.com.

 

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ULTIMATE Throwback race coming in 2020

In recent years, the NASCAR Cup Series’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (SC) has added to its fan allure by becoming a signature throwback race.  The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series hopes to bring that same excitement to Lake View Motor Speedway (SC) with a throwback race, Dirt Late Model style.

The ULTIMATE Southeast’s date at Lake View Motor Speedway on Thursday, September 3 will now be a throwback race in conjunction with the Southern 500 Cup race.  It will be an opportunity for Dirt Late Model racers to celebrate auto racing history in their own way in front of fans already in the area for the NASCAR weekend.

“We’re doing it in conjunction with the Darlington throwback weekend,” said Kelley Carlton, ULTIMATE Southeast Race Director.  “The NASCAR track being just down the road from Lake View.  It’s on a Thursday night, so we’re hoping we can pull in those folks who are pulling into Darlington for the NASCAR race.”

Racers will be encouraged to show up with throwback schemes, which could represent either NASCAR stars of days gone by or Dirt Late Model legends.

“We decided we would do a throwback deal, do the same thing they are doing.  We’re going to offer our competitors the opportunity to decide if they want to do a throwback to an old NASCAR scheme or an old Dirt Late Model scheme. We’re working on putting together a prize for Best Appearing or Fan Favorite car.  It may be a Best Appearing award decided by fan vote.”

Carlton is excited for the event to take place at Lake View, which joined the ULTIMATE schedule in 2019 as part of the venue’s rejuvenation under Scott Tripp.

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ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series throwback race coming in 2020

In recent years, the NASCAR Cup Series’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (SC) has added to its fan allure by becoming a signature throwback race.  The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series hopes to bring that same excitement to Lake View Motor Speedway (SC) with a throwback race, Dirt Late Model style.

The ULTIMATE Southeast’s date at Lake View Motor Speedway on Thursday, September 3 will now be a throwback race in conjunction with the Southern 500 Cup race.  It will be an opportunity for Dirt Late Model racers to celebrate auto racing history in their own way in front of fans already in the area for the NASCAR weekend.

“We’re doing it in conjunction with the Darlington throwback weekend,” said Kelley Carlton, ULTIMATE Southeast Race Director.  “The NASCAR track being just down the road from Lake View.  It’s on a Thursday night, so we’re hoping we can pull in those folks who are pulling into Darlington for the NASCAR race.”

Racers will be encouraged to show up with throwback schemes, which could represent either NASCAR stars of days gone by or Dirt Late Model legends.

“We decided we would do a throwback deal, do the same thing they are doing.  We’re going to offer our competitors the opportunity to decide if they want to do a throwback to an old NASCAR scheme or an old Dirt Late Model scheme. We’re working on putting together a prize for Best Appearing or Fan Favorite car.  It may be a Best Appearing award decided by fan vote.”

Carlton is excited for the event to take place at Lake View, which joined the ULTIMATE schedule in 2019 as part of the venue’s rejuvenation under Scott Tripp.

“I think it’s going to be pretty neat.  Scott has always been a great guy to work with.  He’s excited about it.  They did some PR for the event all the way back at the last Darlington race.  Not so much the throwback aspect, but the announcement of the race was made back then.  We’re just growing some things, adding to it and trying to make it a really big event.  This will give drivers plenty of time to think about it, get with their wrap people and come up with some really good ideas.

“Scott and his whole staff were on fire for the program when we came this year.  When we talk about this, you can hear the excitement in his voice. We learned some stuff from going this year, track prep and such, and we really think we’ll have a jam-up event.”

Chris Knight Memorial announced for FASTRAK Racing Series at Lancaster Motor Speedway
 
 
BJ Robinson wins inaugural ULTIMATE Deep South race at Boothill Speedway

The ULTIMATE Deep South Super Late Model Series held its first ever event at Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, LA on Friday, November 29th with the Advanced Powder Coating Topless race. Fourth starting BJ Robinson of Bossier City, LA claimed the victory over a field of 20 super late models.

Polesitter Brandon Hightower led the 35-lap feature early but succumbed to engine failure early in the event. Jon Mitchell inherited the lead after Hightower retired, leading the next few circuits. Mitchell was held up in lapped traffic leaving the door open for Jason Rauen to throw a daring slider for the lead on lap 8. When Rauen made slight contact with a lapped car, Robinson was able to take the lead coming off of turn two. Robinson would never look back as he held off the field on an ensuing restart to claim the $3,000 victory. Morgan Bagley, Jon Mitchell, Patrik Daniel, and Jason Rauen rounded out the top five.

Feature Results
1) BJ Robinson; 2) Morgan Bagley; 3) Jon Mitchell; 4) Patrik Daniel; 5) Jason Rauen; 6) Brad Couch; 7) Tracy Denby Jr; 8) Jamie Burford; 9) Kevin Sitton; 10) Mark Shipman; 11) Ty Veuleman; 12) Corey Neil Jr; 13) Jason Ingalls; 14) Taylor Rateliff; 15) Billy Meazell; 16) Todd Dyer; 17) Raymond Taylor; 18) Brandon Hightower; 19) Billy Meazell; 20) Ron Sprayue

Heat 1 winner: Jason Rauen
Heat 2 winner: Jon Mitchell
Heat 3 winner: Brandon Hightower

 

 
 

2020 ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series schedule features 28 dates 
The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Southeast Region released the working schedule for the Series’ tenth anniversary season of competition in 2020 today. The slate includes 21 confirmed dates along with 7 dates that are to be announced in the next few weeks. As in recent years the series opens its season in early March at the 1/3rd mile North Georgia Speedway and the series will again close out the year at Sylvania, Georgia’s Screven Motor Speedway in November.

The ULTIMATE SE schedule is also once again highlighted with a pair of $20,000 to win events at Bill Sawyer’s immaculate Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia. The Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth is set for Saturday, May 30th while Ernie Shelton’s 44th Annual USA 100 is set for Saturday, August 1st at the Mid-Atlantic region half-mile oval. Both events will be one-day shows with 60 lap features.

Returning to the ULTIMATE venue line-up for the first time in over 8 years will be the historic Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. A pair of $5000 to win features are slated for May 2nd and July 4th respectively. Also returning to the schedule will be 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, North Carolina. All other venues in the current release of the schedule were on the 2019 schedule. More details about many of the events on the schedule will be forthcoming during the time leading up to them.

“We are waiting on all the final pieces to fall into place to announce all of our TBA events. With racing season lasting nearly year-round, it takes a little extra time to get some things firmed up for some of our promoters. We anticipate announcing dates at some new venues as well as some returns to some of our previous host facilities. But we wanted to get our schedule out as early as possible for teams to make plans and so we could make any tweaks that may become necessary. 

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FASTRAK offers $1 weekly sanctioning for tracks

It has never been easier or cheaper for a dirt track to gain sanctioning with one of the nation’s premier sanctioning bodies.  Tracks who wish to become members of the FASTRAK Racing Series banner can now do so for just $1 per year in sanctioning fees as part of a new partnership with DealergroupUSA.

 

FASTRAK announced the reduced sanctioning fee Tuesday on its Facebook page, part of an effort to increase affordability for weekly sanctioning and bring more tracks into the FASTRAK family.

 

“Thanks to our new partnership with DealergroupUSA, we are able to implement this new idea for weekly sanctioning,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “This makes the entire program more affordable for our tracks. Without tracks, the drivers don’t have a place to race and fans won’t have a place to watch the races. We want to do our part to help tracks remain open.”

 

FASTRAK member tracks pay out points towards FASTRAK’s National Weekly Championship.  In 2019, Kyle Thomas was awarded $5,000 as the FASTRAK National Weekly Champion, but FASTRAK has pledged to provide a $30,000-to-win National Championship and a points fund paying through the top 50 positions if 20 weekly tracks can commit to the FASTRAK Racing Series averaging 12 cars per week.

 

Along with the national points fund, FASTRAK member racers receive participant accident medical insurance, discounts on select Simpson Race Products and more.
 

Any tracks that run Pro Late Models as a weekly division or are considering adding them to their weekly program are encouraged to contact DJ Irvine at 706-223-3014 or by email at dj@fastrakracing.com.

 

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FASTRAK boasts strong car counts in 2019

The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance concluded the 2019 season at Screven Motor Speedway over the past weekend. The 2019 season saw the series’ average car count hold steady at 25 cars per event from the previous year. The FASTRAK Racing Series had 15 points paying events in 2019. Non-point events included the 2nd Annual Damn Yankees 50 at Richmond Raceway, the FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway, and the FASTRAK World Challenge at I-77 Speedway.

“It is great to see our average car counts holding steady,” said FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine, “We always want to see full fields at every event and strong fields as well. The racing on the tour this season was very competitive, seeing eight unique winners this season in points races. When you add the non-points events, that makes eleven different winners.”

While it was not factored into the average car count, FASTRAK saw a record turn-out for the $50,000 to win 2019 FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway with 113 entries. The FASTRAK World Championship marked the highest late model car count of any event in several years. The record turn-out prompted Virginia Motor Speedway and FASTRAK to once again pay $50,000 to win the FASTRAK World Championship in 2020.

“We are certainly looking forward to the 2020 season,” continued Irvine, “We are returning to the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the FASTRAK Triple Crown and East Coast Rumble are back along with the FASTRAK World Championship and will have some new events on the 2020 slate. Definitely looking to strengthen that average car count next year. A lot of exciting events are still in the

 

Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series Schedule* 

  • Wed, April 15 Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, DE) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek ("Raelyn Huffman Memorial")- $4,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Thr, April 16 Georgetown Speedway (Georgetown, DE) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Fri, April 17 Potomac Speedway (Mechanicsville, MD) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Sat, April 18 Winchester Speedway (Winchester, VA) - "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek - $3,000 to-win (Marquee)

  • Saturday, May 16 Stateline Speedway (Busti, NY) - "Bill Law Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Sunday, May 17 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Friday, May 29 Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, NY) - "Gary Montgomery Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Saturday, May 30 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Thr-Sat, June 25-27 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Bill Emig Memorial" at the "Firecracker 100" - $10,000 to-win (Marquee) - rain date June 28 

  • Saturday, July 4 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - "Herb Scott Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Saturday, July 18 Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - Event details TBA - Minimum $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Sunday, July 19 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance with over $30,000 in product giveaways - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Saturday, August 8 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - "Jook George Steel City Classic" - Payoff TBA (Marquee) - rain date August 9 

  • Friday, September 11 TBA (Platinum) 

  • Saturday, September 12 Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY) - MAVTV broadcast presented by Sunoco Race Fuels distributed by Insinger Performance - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) 

  • Friday, September 25 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Platinum) 

  • Saturday, September 26 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - "Traveling Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance - $2,000 to-win (Marquee) - rain date September 27 

  • Fri & Sat, October 2-3 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)2020  - "Bill Hendren Memorial" at the "Pittsburgher" - $5,000 to-win plus "One to Remember" Non-Winners Race (Marquee) - rain date Octob

 
 
 

2020 SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES SCHEDULE—WORKING SCHEDULE
 

 

1.      Sun-March 1-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$12,000-19th Annual March Madness
 

2.    Sat-March 21-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000
 

3.    Fri-April 3-Oglethorpe Speedway-Pooler, GA-$4,000
 

4.    Sat-April 4-TBA
 

5.    Sat-April 18-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$5,000
 

6.    Fri-April 24-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000-Rockin’ with the Stars
 

7.    Sat-April 25-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000-NASCAR Weekend
 

8.    Sat-May 2-Greenville Speedway-Greenville, MS-$4,000
 

9.    Sat-May 9-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$5,000-Rain Dodger 50
 

10.  Sat-May 30-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,000-
 

11.  Fri-June 5-Oglethorpe Speedway-Pooler, GA-$4,000-River City Rumble
 

12.  Sat-June 6-TBA
 

13.  Sat-June 20-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,454-Michael Head Jr Memorial
 

14.  Sat- June 27-I-75 Raceway-Sweetwater, TN-$4,000
 

15.  Sat-July 4-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-$4,000-July 4th Spectacular
 

16.  Sat-August 1st-Deep South Raceway-Loxley, AL-$5,000
 

17.  Sat-August 8-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$10,000-3rd Annual Governors Cup
 

18.  Sat-October 4th-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000
 

19.  Fri-October 16th-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$3,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic
 

20.  Sat-October 17th-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$7,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic

 

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This site is dedicated to my dad " Hoot" who introduced me to the great sport of auto racing............. rest in peace  DAD !

CHARLIE PATTERSON.....................MY FRIEND THAT SUPPORTED ME WHEN NO ONE ELSE WOULD 

 gary lee.................auto racing broadcast legend and personnel friend

 Carroll Horton .......................................life long friend and indy car owner

larry criss....................A true race fan LIKE AN UNCLE TO ME