By Mike Leone


July 2, 2014                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Sarver, PA)…Coming off a record high car count last Saturday at Sharon Speedway, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will make their second appearance of the season on Friday night (July 4) at Lernerville Speedway in an event presented by VP Small Engines Fuels.  It will be a doubleheader for the RUSH Series as the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series will be competing in night one of the "Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend" presented by Bilstein Shock Absorbers.


Friday's event will mark the eighth of the year as part of the inaugural season.  To date there have been five different winners in seven events as only Adam Hilton has been able to win multiple events.  Hilton actually won three straight capturing the first shows at Lernerville, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, and Raceway 7.  Other winners include Jordan Eck, Greg Martin, Jeremy Zufall, and most recently Rocky Kugel.  Kugel's win came over an 11-car field.  Eighteen different drivers have competed in 15 different cars.


Hilton of Buffalo, New York has the Sweeney Weekly Series point lead by 16 over Kugel.  At the end of the season, drivers best 10 finishes will be used to determine the $10,000+ point fund with $3,000 going to the Series champion. 


The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be back at Lernerville on Friday, July 19.  On Saturday, September 6 the inaugural "Manufacturers Night" presented by Bilstein will be held at Lernerville.  The RUSH Sportsman will conclude the season as part of the DIRTcar Round-Up "Steel City Stampede" on October 24-25 at Lernerville.   


You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete.  RACEceivers are required.  The red AMB transponders will be used.  Gates open at 5 p.m. with warm-ups at 7 and heat races at 7:30.  Lernerville is offering all RUSH member races the DIRTcar $10 off pit discount.  Pit passes are $20 for RUSH and DIRTcar members and $30 for all others. 


Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified points (must be a member to receive points): 1. Adam Hilton 633  2. Rocky Kugel 617  3. Jamie Duncan 513  4. Adam Siegel 485  5. Greg Martin 430  6. Jeremy Zufall 386  7. Ken Moy, Jr. 307  8. Will Schaffer 276  9. Jeremy Paup 204  10. Jerry Schaffer 202  11. Andy Paden 198  12. Mike Kiezer 100.


As part of its sponsorship, VP has contributed a significant amount of product to be distributed by RUSH to select racers and spectators at Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified events throughout the season. 


“We are thrilled to be able to promote VP Small Engine Fuel as the "Official SEF of the RUSH Sportsman Modified Division," stated series director Vicki Emig.   “VP, a leader in the racing fuel industry, also offers a phenomenal product created specifically for small engine application.  Not only will our racers be able to utilize the products in their generators and various gas powered tools, but we also look forward to distributing it to our fans that will also be able to put it to good use in a home application setting.”


“VP Small Engine Fuel has grown increasingly popular among our customer base,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Eastern Regional Manager-Race Fuel.  “These ethanol-free fuels were designed for use by fire and rescue departments as well as on construction sites, farms, and in forestry work, conditions that make it essential for gas-powered tools to start immediately and run properly without issue.”


VP Small Engine Fuels are available in a four-stroke blend along with two blends pre-mixed with oil for two-strokes in quarts, gallons, pails, and drums. VP-SEF can be purchased direct from VP, or distributors like Precise, HomeDepot.com, or at outdoor power equipment retailers throughout the region.  More information is available online at VPRacingFuels.com, VP-SEF.com and PowerMasterFuels.com.


Lernerville is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 11 miles southeast of Butler, Pa. on Route 356 at 313 North Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055.  Lernerville is just 30 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.  For more information, check out their website at www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511 (office) or 724-353-1350 (track).


2014 RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, AERO Race Wheels, Velocita-USA, Driven Racing Oil, Precise Racing Products, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at [email protected] and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Sportsman Modified website is www.rushsportsmanmods.com.  Those on social media can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.