By Mike Leone


June 29, 2016            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Sarver, PA)…After a weekend off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance heads to Lernerville Speedway this Friday night (July 1) for another Tour doubleheader featuring the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series and the Bicknell Racing Products Sportsman Modified Touring Series.  Race time is 7:30 p.m.


Friday's race is the first of two "Marquee" Tour events for the Late Models at Lernerville with $2,000 to-win on the line.  Last year, Ryan Montgomery topped a 38-car field in July, while Jacob Hawkins won his first career Tour race over an all-time Northeast crate record 54-car field at the "Steel City Stampede" in October. 


The Sweeney Tour points race is tight with just six points separating the top three drivers as Wayne County Speedway winner, Mike Pegher, Jr., has a four-point advantage on two-time winner John Waters and six points on Bryce Davis, the Series' most recent winner at Tri-City.  After his career best Tour runner-up finish at Tri-City, Will Thomas III has moved up to fourth in points over brothers Jason and Brian Knowles.  Other Tour winners this season include Matt Latta, Rob Blair, and Andy Boozel. 


The Sportsman Modifieds will also be competing in their first of two of Bicknell Tour events at Lernerville as they'll also return for the "Steel City Stampede" in October.  Unlike the Late Models though, the Sportsman Mods have run a pair of Bicknell Weekly Series events already at the Sarver, Pa. oval this season.  Friday's race will pay $600 to-win  Kole Holden won his first ever at Lernerville in April and then Brian Schaffer won the May 13 race for his first career win over a 20-car field- the highest for the division at Lernerville. 


The Series is coming off a record high car count of 26 last Saturday at Sharon for "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance as Chas Wolbert won his first career race in the division.  That also propelled the Mod Lite graduate into the Bicknell Tour point lead by four over Schaffer, who lost the lead on the final lap at Sharon. 


"We always get a good turnout for our Late Model events at Lernerville," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "The racing is always top notch as Lernerville's surface is very conducive to good crate racing.  It's also been good to see the car counts increase for the two Sportsman Mod weekly events and except a good turnout Friday for their third Tour event of the season.  It should be a great event for the fans as the non-wing BOSS Sprints and the competitive Stock Cars are also on the program for just $14 admission.  We have to thank Lernerville for their continued support of RUSH."


The Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat" program will be in effect for the Late Models with $100 going to the fastest qualifier and $25 to-win each heat race.  The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run for each class paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place.  For the Late Models, the dash will set the beginning rows of the line-up, while for the Mods will set the line-up for the first four positions outside of the redraw cars.


For both classes, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.  


RUSH Officials will choose the "Maxima Performance" Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such.  The winners will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice.  In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt.  The value of this prize package is $170!  


Also, will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish of each feature.  And for the Modifieds, Sherwood Racing Wheels "Man of Steel" award will see a racer that bounced back from an earlier mishap earn a free wheel!  The first non-qualifier in the Late Models will receive an ARbodies nosed kit valued at $260 for the "Nosed Out" contingency.


Late Model Feature payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $230  17. $220  18-24. $210. 

Late Model Non-Qualifier payoff: 1. $175  2. $150  3. $140  4. $135  5. $130  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10-24. $105. Tow $100.


Sportsman Modified Feature Payoff: 1. $600  2. $400  3. $300  4. $250  5. $225  6. $200  7. $170  8. $165  9. $160  10. $150  11. $140  12. $135  13. $130  14. $125  15. $120  16. $115  17. $110  18-24. $100.  Tow $50.


2016 Sweeney Late Model Touring Series Points (Adjusted on Marquee/Platinum; only Tour members receive points): 1. Mike Pegher, Jr. 392  2. John Waters 388  3. Bryce Davis 386  4. Will Thomas III 362  5. Jason Knowles 359  6. Brian Knowles 355  7. Dave Lyon 352  8. Eric Wilson 346  9. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 330  10. Brian Swank 320  11. Alan Dellinger 260  12. Tony White 240  13. Clinton Hersh 229  14. Randy Hall 175  15. Kyle Zimmerman & Matt Latta 167  18. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 161 19. Josh Double 89  20. Damian Bidwell 83  21. W.L. Stile 79  22. Jared Kane 70.


2016 Bicknell Sportsman Modified Touring Series Points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Chas Wolbert 196  2. Brian Schaffer 192  3. Nick Ritchey 190  4. Kyle Martell 185  5. Brandon Ritchey 182  6. Kole Holden 175  7. Justin Shea 174  8. Jeremy Weaver & Tiffany Williams 170  10. Steve Slater 165  11. Chelsie Kriegisch 164  12. Jessica Kriegisch 156  13. Michael Sparks 153  14. Josh Seippel 151  15. Blaze Myers 80  16. Rocky Kugel 78  17. Will Schaffer 77  18. Jordan Ehrenberg 75  19. Jerry Schaffer 73.


You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  The red AMB transponders are required at Lernerville.  RACEceivers are always mandatory.  The entry fee is $100 for Late Models and $25 for Sportsman Modifieds.  Pits open at 5 p.m. with warm-ups slated for approximately 6:45 followed by qualifying for the Late Models and racing.


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 or call 724-353-1511 (office) or 724-353-1350 (track).


RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.


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