"RUSH SUMMER SHOWCASE" FRIDAY AT LERNERVILLE WITH HOVIS RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIED FLYNN'S TIRE TOUR; PITTSBURGH SATURDAY FOR A WEEKLY SERIES EVENT
By Mike Leone
July 19, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Racing Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants is set for a busy weekend. The Flynn's Tire Touring Series for both the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night (July 22) for the "RUSH Summer Showcase, which will also include the RUSH Sprint Cars. The Flynn's Tire Touring Series for the Late Models then heads to Tyler County Speedway on Saturday night for the first time ever. Meanwhile, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday night, while the RUSH Sprint Cars will return to Knox Raceway on Sunday in an Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series event. Warmups begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night and 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night at Tyler County.
Friday night will be the third annual "RUSH Summer Showcase" at Lernerville Speedway; however, for the first time will include Flynn's Tire Touring Series events for both the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. For the Late Models, it will be the second of three appearances at the Sarver, Pa. oval with $3,000 going to the winner. The Late Models last ran at Lernerville on June 25 when Florida's Mark Whitener topped a 56-car field for the $20,000 "Bill Emig Memorial" presented by Sunoco Race Fuels victory plus a $5,000 championship diamond ring from D&V Jewelers. The RUSH Late Models also ran a Hovis Weekly Series event on May 20 with Will Thomas III victorious.
On the RUSH Sportsman Modified side, Garrett Krummert won the Hovis Weekly Series event on April 29. Friday will be the season's third Flynn's Tire Tour event and first of two visits to Lernerville with $800 going to the winner. Thus far this season, Ben Easler (June 18 at Sharon) and Kole Holden (July 14 at Expo) won their first career Tour events. Krummert leads the Touring Series points.
Tyler County Speedway is in its first year under the RUSH banner for its Late Model class. Donnie Dotson leads the way with four victories including the last three as he sits atop the $2,000 to-win "Track Pack". Michael Duritsky, Jr. and Kyle Thomas each have a pair of victories, while A.J. Spagnuola also has a win. Saturday will mark the first of two appearances by the Flynn's Tire Tour to the Middlebourne, WV oval. While $3,000 will be on the line on Saturday night, the ante will be upped to $4,000 to-win on Sunday, September 4 as part of the "Hillbilly 100" with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Saturday's event will make history as its not only the first RUSH Tour race at Tyler County, but first ever in the state of West Virginia.
"This will be a great weekend for RUSH racers," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "Lernerville and Tyler County are popular venues for racers and to be able to do them on back-to-back nights is tremendous. The weather is looking great for both nights. We have to thank Lernerville for their continued support of the RUSH program and the 'RUSH Summer Showcase' is always popular with the racers and fans. We also have to thank Raceway 7 and Dog Hollow for giving the RUSH Late Models the night off on Friday night to allow their racers to compete at Lernerville. Tyler County has been a long sought after addition to the RUSH Series and we know many racers are looking forward to their RUSH Tour events."
Thus far this year, the RUSH Late Model Flynn's Tire Touring Series has completed 11 events with an average car count of over 36 per event. There have been eight different winners as only Virginia's Roberson (three) and Joe Martin (two) have been able to score multiple victories. Other winners include Delaware's Joe Warren, New York racers Chad Homan and John Waters, Florida's Mark Whitener, and Pennsylvania's Michael Norris and Josh Ferry.
Roberson continues to lead the Flynn's Tire Tour points with 10 top 5s and 11 top 10 in 11 races. Roberson expanded his lead to 27 over Martin after the July 10 Eriez event. Three-time Tour champion, Jeremy Wonderling finally passed his brother Brady for the third spot in points. Matt Latta has come on as of late to solidly sit fifth in points. Santee is sixth over Andy Michael, Ashton Briggs, Brandt Graham, and Craig Graham. Jim Rasey, who most recently won his first career RUSH Late Model race at Raceway 7 last Friday night, leads the D&V Jewelers Non-Qualifier points.
Each night for the Late Models will include $100 "Shock the Clock" Qualifying and $25 to-win heat races presented by FK Rod Ends. The Sunoco Dash will set the beginning rows of the 30-lap feature lineups and will award the winner a $100 Sunoco fuel gift card. The "Fill'er up with Sunoco Bucks" program will include an additional $400 of Sunoco fuel card giveaways each night; two $100 random draws for drivers in the top 15 of Tour points and another four $50 random draws for all other competitors.
Precise Racing Products will award a $50 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature each night. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid each night. The feature winner each night will receive a 5-Gallon Race Jug from Precise. Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a spoiler kit to the 12th place finisher on the first night and the 13th place finisher on the second night (note: if a driver has already won a spoiler this season, spoiler will be awarded to the next position). Performance Bodies will award a $100 gift card to the first non-qualifier each night part of the "Nosed Out" program.
The following contingencies will also be posted for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on Friday night at Lernerville: Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger, Sherwood Wheels "Man of Steel", and TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" valued at an additional $410.
Late Model Touring Series Feature Payoff Each Night: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $650 5. $600 6. $500 7. $475 8. $450 9. $425 10. $400 11. $325 12. $300 13. $275 14. $270 15. $265 16. $260 17. $255 18-24. $250.
D&V Jewelers Non-Qualifier Payoff Each Night: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150. Tow $125
Sportsman Modified Touring Series Feature Payoff for Lernerville: 1. $800 2. $500 3. $350 4. $300 5. $250 6. $220 7. $180 8. $175 9. $170 10. $165 11. $160 12. $155 13. $150 14. $145 15. $140 16. $135 17. $130 18-24. $125. Tow $75.
You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete only to receive Weekly and/or Tour points. The Late Model entry fee for each night is $100, while the Sportsman Modifieds is $35 on Friday night. AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used; Westhold transponders will NOT work. Units are available to rent for $25 and no cost to Tyler County regulars on Saturday night. Driver radio channel will be 454.000.
On Friday at Lernerville, pits open at 4 p.m. RUSH registration will open by 4 p.m. with the drivers meeting at 6:00. Warm-ups are slated for 6:30 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing. Pit passes are $35. For those unable to attend in person, Lernerville TV will broadcast the RUSH portion on Friday night. Go to https://lernerville.tv/ to subscribe. The cost is $20 or $30 for a one-month subscription.
On Saturday at Tyler County, pits open at 4 p.m. RUSH registration will open by 4 p.m. with the drivers meeting at 6:15. Warm-ups are slated for 6:45 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing. Pit passes are $35.
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.
Tyler County Speedway is a 1/4-mile dirt oval located at 1 Boreman School Rd., Middlebourne, WV 26149. Tyler County ran its first race on June 9, 1974 and the 2019 season will mark the 46th straight year of continuous operations. Tyler County Speedway annually hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Ohio Valley region. For more information, check out their website at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebullringwv and follow them on Twitter @The_Bulling.
The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply together with Born2Run Lubricants along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage, Wedge Motorsports, 3C Graphix, D&V Jewelers, DrumPreserve, CrateInsider.com, Marthinsen & Salvitti Insurance Group and Terry Bowser Excavating.
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. The RUSH Late Model website is www.rushlatemodels.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.