By Mike Leone


February 26, 2016                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Pulaski, PA)…
The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance is set to begin its third year of existence heading into the 2016 season.  Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to release an expanded 2016 Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series schedule, which will feature seven events at four different speedways in addition to the 2015 “Apple Festival Nationals” make-up. 


"We’re excited to continue to see new interest in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  “With Sharon expanding the class from specials only in 2014 to weekly in 2015 the class grew to 15 cars per night and we expect that to grow even more for 2016.  And with that said we’ll continue to build on our Touring program, which will begin its second year with Bicknell again presenting the program.”


Larry Kugel is the defending Bicknell Tour Champion.  The competition is expected to get tougher as just about all of the 2015 racers are expected to return with more experience.  In addition, racers from all over eastern Ohio and western Pa. have acknowledged they will be joining the divisions.  This includes several racers that will be moving up from lower divisions, rookie racers, and a couple Modified crew members moving behind the wheel.  


The season will actually kickoff unofficially with the 2015 make-up “Apple Festival Nationals” at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, April 16.  The twice rained out night two show will see Greg Martin lead the field to green for the $800 to-win feature.  This will be a non-point tour event; however, will offer Bicknell Weekly Series points.  New cars are permitted to tag the feature or run a B main depending on car count.


This year, Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pa. will host two Bicknell Touring Series events.  The first will be the opener on Sunday, June 19 paying $600 to-win in a RUSH Tour doubleheader with the Late Models in the “Bill Emig Memorial”.  The Bicknell Tour for the Sportsman returns to Tri-City on Sunday, September 18 as part of their “Apple Fest”.


“Manufacturers Night” will come to Sharon Speedway for the first time for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on Saturday, June 25.  This will be the third “Manufacturers Night” for the division and is expected to grow once again in product for all competing racers.  The inaugural event in 2014 was held at Lernerville Speedway where over $5,000 of product was given away.  Last year, the event more than doubled to over $11,000 in contingency prizes at Sportsman's Speedway.  In addition, $600 will be on the line for the Bicknell Tour event.


The Bicknell Tour then returns to Sharon for the next event on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17 for the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” with $800 on the line.


Though not a weekly track, Lernerville Speedway continues to support the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds with numerous Bicknell Weekly and Tour events.  July 1 will another RUSH Tour doubleheader with the Late Models.  The Sportsman Mod portion will pay $600 to-win event.  The season will again conclude at the Sarver, Pa. oval as part of the popular “Steel City Stampede” paying $800 to-win.


The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are set to join up with the RUSH Late Models once again as part of the Trumbull County Fair race at Expo Speedway on Wednesday, July 13 for $600 to-win.  The big 5/8-mile oval held not only the first ever Bicknell Tour race for the Sportsman in 2015, but the first ever race for the division at the Cortland, Ohio oval which was won by Greg Martin. 


Membership is $125 or $225 for both Touring and Weekly.  Membership includes $100,000 of excess participant accident insurance over and above one’s personal health insurance and track’s insurance.


2016 Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Touring Series Schedule*

·         Sat, April 16  Sharon Speedway - 2015 Apple Fest Make-up - $800 to-win (non-point)


·         Sun, June 19  Tri-City Raceway Park - “Bill Emig Memorial” - $600 to-win


·         Sat, June 25  Sharon Speedway - "Manufacturers Night" - $600 to-win


·         Fri, July 1  Lernerville Speedway - $600 to-win


·         Wed, July 13  Expo Speedway - "Trumbull County Fair" - $600 to-win


·         Fri-Sat, Sept 16-17  Sharon Speedway - "Apple Festival Nationals" - $800 to-win


·         Sun, Sept 18  Tri-City Raceway Park - “Apple Fest” - $600 to-win


·         Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15  Lernerville Speedway - "Steel City Stampede" - $800 to-win


*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.


RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bicknell Racing Products, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Velocita-USA, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, K&N Filters, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, CrateInsider.com, 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 Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.