PACE RUSH RACING SERIES 2020 SEASON DEEMED VERY SUCCESSFUL DESPITE COVID-19 PANDEMIC; 8 NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED PLUS 4 IN THE NEW KARTING SERIES
January 19, 2021
Pulaski, PA...While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly did its best to disrupt the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC 2020 season and forced the cancellation of the awards banquet that was scheduled for January 16, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone were still able to crown champions for all of the RUSH divisions. Despite the pandemic, 2020 featured strong car counts in all of the RUSH Series divisions and also saw debut of the new RUSH Karting Series. In fact, the Late Model Tour averaged more than 38 cars per event for the second straight year!
Capturing 2020 championships on the dirt were Jeremy Wonderling (Late Model National Weekly & Touring Series), Logan Zarin (Late Model Futures Cup), Kassidy Kamicker (Late Model Wheelman), Jeremy Weaver (Sprint Car Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series), Nolan Groves (Sprint Car Futures Cup), Chas Wolbert (Sportsman Mod Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series), Rob Kristyak (Sportsman Mod Wedge Motorsports Route 7 Rumble), Ayden Cipriano (Hovis Sportsman Mod Futures Cup), and Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Pro Mod Weekly Series).
In the new RUSH Karting Series, the following won the inaugural titles: Jay Groves (Adult Flat), Nolan Groves (JR-2), Ryan Chase (JR-1), and Kaden Pyle (Amateur/Rookie).
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It was determined by an independent lab that
the tire sample taken after Bobby Allen's
RUSH Adult Flat Kart heat race at Stateline Speedways Karts on August 15, 2020, did not conform to
the Hoosier Tire factory benchmark(s).
Therefore, Allen was disqualified from the Stateline event forfeiting event points and any
race earnings. In addition, per the 2020 RUSH Karting Series Technical Rules, a $200 fine and 30-day suspension
from all RUSH-sanctioned events have been imposed for Allen's first offense.
In order for Allen to compete in a RUSH-sanctioned event after his
30-day suspension, he must pay the $200 fine and the $90 lab testing
SIX TRACKS SET TO DEBUT RUSH KARTING SERIES IN 2020; $8,500 IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINT FUNDS UP FOR GRABS
June 15, 2020
Pulaski, PA...After the COVID-19 pandemic put the inaugural season for the RUSH Karting Series on halt, plans are now underway for regional tracks to begin their 2020 season. The RUSH Karting Series will have four different classes; Amateur/Rookie for 5-7 year olds or 8-year-olds with no experience; Jr-1 for kids 8-11; Jr-2 for kids 12-15; and Adult Flat class for those 16 and older. All of the classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that all total more than $8,500. An Adult Cage class will be added for the 2021 season.
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PACE PERFORMANCE RUSH SERIES CLOSELY MONITORING COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION; 2020 SEASON CONTINUES TO BE ON PAUSE
May 11, 2020
Pulaski, PA...Heading into March, the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC was gearing up for what was poised to be a record breaking season across all divisions; however, an unprecedented situation developed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world.
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RUSH KARTING SERIES SET TO LAUNCH; INDUSTRY LEADERS, RACERS, KARTERS WEIGH IN ON CONCEPT
February 27, 2020
Pulaski, PA...For the last 13 seasons, Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been committed to developing and promoting crate engine auto racing throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada with five different divisions of race cars on dirt and four on asphalt. On December 9, 2019, it was announced that RUSH had now added the RUSH Karting Series to be under the umbrella of the Pace Performance RUSH Racing Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.
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RUSH KARTING SERIES CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS NAUGLE SPEEDWAY BECOMES THE 7TH TO SIGN ON FOR 2020
December 23, 2019
Coraopolis, PA...Two weeks since the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance announced the creation of the new RUSH Karting Series banner for the 2020 season, Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to announce that seven facilities are now on board for the inaugural season. The latest to join the fold is Naugle Speedway. Naugle is a 1/8-mile high-banked dirt track located minutes from the Pittsburgh Airport. Naugle runs on Friday nights and will be an excellent partner with Wednesday night's Shaffer Speedway as the two facilities are just three miles apart.
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PITTSFIELD BECOMES FACILITY #6 TO JOIN UNDER THE RUSH KARTING SERIES BANNER FOR 2020
December 18, 2019
Pittsfield, PA...In less than 10 days, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to welcome on the sixth different facility under the new RUSH Karting Series banner as Pittsfield (PA) Championship Karting Association will host Friday night weekly-sanctioned racing during the inaugural 2020 season. The 1/8-mile tri-oval dirt track located at the former Pittsfield Elementary School near the intersection of Routes 6 and 27 in northwest Pennsylvania will be an excellent partner with Stateline Speedway Karts, which operates on Saturday mornings just 14 miles away.
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RUSH KARTING SERIES EXPANDS NORTH WITH ADDITION OF NEW YORK'S STATELINE SPEEDWAY KARTS IN 2020
December 11, 2019
Busti, NY...On the heels of the announcement of the launching the RUSH Karting Series at four western Pennsylvania Karting facilities, RUSH is pleased to welcome the 3/16-mile Stateline Speedway Karts facility in Busti, New York as a weekly-sanctioned track in 2020. Stateline becomes the first big car RUSH-sanctioned facility to join under the RUSH Karting Series banner. While the big car track hosts Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model and RUSH Pro Mod powered by Pace Performance weekly events on Saturday nights, the Karting facility is operated independently by Mark Matthews and hosts primarily Saturday morning action in addition to some evening events that do not conflict with the big track.
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RUSH RACING SERIES ROLLS OUT RUSH KARTING SERIES WITH OVER $8,500 IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINT FUNDS POSTED FOR 2020; NEW CONCEPT - NEW VISION FOR KARTING ENTHUSIASTS
December 9, 2019
Pulaski, PA...After 13 years of developing and directing crate engine auto racing on dirt and asphalt throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada, Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are pleased to announce the addition of the RUSH Karting Series under the growing Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance umbrella. The program, in conjunction with Hoosier Racing Tire, will debut in 2020 with four different classes of karts for participants in cage and flat karts with weekly championship point funds. The following four western Pennsylvania speedways have already committed to launching the program in various capacities: Blanket Hill Speedway, Lockhart Motorsports Park, Shaffer Speedway, and Slippery Rock Raceway.
The same structured, cost-containment concept that has flourished on the dirt in the RUSH Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock divisions along with four classes on the asphalt will now be brought to the world of Go-Kart racing. The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors, spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted, and RUSH 91 spec fuel. The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon.
The four classes for 2020 will include an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience, a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age, a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older. Speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children's class as a flat or cage cart; the track's selections will be announced soon.
All classes will compete for separate Weekly Series Championships that will exceed $8,500 in 2020 (note: there will be just one point fund for each of the children's classes whether it's flat or cage for the first year). The championship programs are expected to exceed $12,000 in 2021 with the addition of the Adult Cage class.
Member drivers will receive a $100,000 excess participant accident insurance policy in addition to being eligible for "Manufacturers Night" that has seen several hundreds of thousands of dollars of valuable product awarded to RUSH racers throughout the years. Continuous promotion and marketing of Series' drivers and sanctioned speedways, as well as strong technical support will also be part of RUSH Karting Series package.
"Over the past few years we've been approached by several people in various capacities of karting about the possibility of getting involved in kart racing," acknowledged Emig. "The main points of discussion ranged from the expense and other more serious concerns associated with tire treating and fuel additives, as well as a desire to have a proven sealed engine program. RUSH has successfully addressed all of these elements for many years in our big car programs resulting in strong weekly car counts and exciting wheel-to-wheel racing at our sanctioned speedways. I believe the RUSH Karting Series can achieve the very same success in a very short period of time and we're really excited to be able to offer the RUSH program to karting enthusiast across the country."
"The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package, championship programs, and promotional efforts will very closely mirror our big car division's templates," added Emig. "We're not afraid to start from zero, be patient, and let the program develop to its full potential; we've done it before. We've seen our big car programs grow from an original $10,000 point fund to what now exceeds over $250,000 of a cash and valuable product that will be awarded to RUSH racers for their efforts in 2020. There's no reason the RUSH Karting program cannot grow and flourish in the same way in the future! We'd be remiss if we didn't sincerely thank the regional karting promoters who have opened their doors in 2020 to set the foundation for the future of the RUSH Karting Series."
"Hoosier Tire is excited to partner with the RUSH Karting Series that will feature spec Hoosier slick racing tires," stated Hoosier Racing Tire's Oval Kart Product Manager Chad Wright. "Vicki and Mike have always been successful with all of their endeavors with the RUSH Racing Series, and we can't wait to watch their success in karting. It's been a great partnership throughout the years with their big car programs and we're really looking forward to joining their efforts in the world of karting!"<
After several years of dormancy, Blanket Hill Speedway will reopen in 2020 with new promoters Phil and Shannon Thornton. Phil has competed in the RUSH Sprint Car division the last two years. Blanket Hill has been a popular destination for small cars and karts for decades and the excitement of the facility located off Route 422 in Kittanning, Pa. Blanket Hill is on Facebook by searching Blanket Hill Speedway and will soon have a website at www.blankethillspeedway.com.
Lockhart Motorsports Park is slated to open in 2020 as a premier state-of-the-art karting complex located in the heart of Seneca, Pa. Owner Joe Lockhart has raced himself and owned cars for various big car divisions over the years in addition to his son racing go-karts and Jr. Sprints. Search Lockhart Motorsports on Facebook.
Shaffer Speedway has been a popular attraction for racers on Wednesday nights for the last 10 years. The Aliquippa, Pa. track is owned by Sprint Car great Tim Shaffer, a four-time All Star champion, winner of the 2010 Knoxville Nationals, and the 2018 $100,000 Sprint Car World Championship Mansfield victor. For more information, check out www.shafferspeedway.com or like them on www.facebook.com/ShafferSpeedway/.
The popular Slippery Rock Raceway has groomed racers for decades kick-starting the careers of many big car racers in the region. The Sunday afternoon facility located between Routes 108 and 173 in Slippery Rock, Pa. has been operated by Mike McFeaters for the past 33 years. For more information, check out www.slipperrockracewayinc.com/ or like them on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/Slipperyrockracewayinc/.
An informational meeting open to the general public will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Smokin' Toad's BBQ at 110 South Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16055, which is located on Route 356 in front of Precise Racing Products.
For more information prior to the informational meeting, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail [email protected] Interested parties, both tracks and participants, are urged to e-mail us to be added to our contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks concerning the RUSH Karting Series.
A website will soon be developed at www.rushkarting.com. A Facebook page has been setup at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and a Twitter account @RUSHKarting.
2020 RUSH Karting Series Point Funds:
Amateur/Rookie: 1. $300 2. $150 3. $140 4. $130 5. $125 6. $120 7. $115 8. $110 9. $105 10. $100
Jr 1: 1. $400 2. $200 3. $175 4. $150 5. $140 6. $130 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10. $100
Jr 2: 1. $500 2. $300 3. $200 4. $175 5. $150 6. $145 7. $140 8. $135 9. $130 10. $125
Adult Flat: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $300 5. $275 6. $250 7. $225 8. $210 9. $205 10. $200
2021 Adult Cage Point Fund: 1. $1,500 2. $750 3. $500 4. $375 5. $300 6. $275 7. $250 8. $225 9. $210 10. $200.
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.
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 Karting Series website is www.rushkarting.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushkartingseries and follow us on Twitter @RUSHKarting.