IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Sprints and RUSH Late Models took center stage Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and they didn’t disappoint.
Zach Morrow of Gibsonia started on the Pole Position and led every lap of the RUSH Sprints feature where he cruised to a 5.4-second win over Brady Blackshear and Jeremy Weaver.
“I really enjoy racing on tracks like that, right around the wall, it was a heck of a run,” said Morrow. “I was pretty comfortable. The cushion was pretty good tonight except for off (turn) four. We did a pretty good job. I’d like to thank my wife, Sylan Easler of Alternative Power Sources I couldn’t be doing this without him, Generational Dental, Consumer Law 365, Precise Racing Products and FK Rod ends.”
The victory was sweet redemption for Morrow, who was runner-up to John Mollick two-weeks ago. Morrow and No. 27m Alternative Power Sources car also won their heat race and padded his track points lead in the RUSH Sprint standings. Morrow said he really enjoys running in the RUSH Sprints Series.
“It’s affordable,” said Morrow. “Just about anyone can do it. I have a 410 (Sprint) car as well and I can promise you the RUSH car is much cheaper than that.”
Garrett Paugh picked up the victory in the RUSH Late Models feature, holding off a hard-charging Mike Duritsky by 1.4-seconds with Ryan Frazee coming home in third.
Frazee started on the pole position and led the first 8-laps when Rick Wearing brought out the caution flag after spinning. The restart saw a fierce battle up front as Frazee, Paugh, Ron Hall and Tommy Schirnhoffer battled back and fourth with Paugh taking the lead on lap 16, right before the caution came out for Josh Stoica’s spin.
The restart was eventful as Nico DiBecco jumped the restart and was penalized two spots.
The next lap saw Duritsky move into second place and give chase to Paugh, who was able to hold him off for the trip to Diehl Automotive Victory lane.
Danny Rich claimed the victory in the Pro Stocks feature beating Nick Kocuba by 2.0-seconds with Dave McManus rallying to finish third after spinning out earlier in the race.
In the Hobbystocks feature Stephen Shelpman held off a hard-charging Casey Grumling to take the checkered flag by 1.2-seconds in the 12-lap event. Frank Magill finished third.
The Four Cylinders feature saw Andy Garlinger win by 10-seconds over Craig Rudolph and Tanya Charlier with John Gill coming home in fourth.
In the Young Guns feature Susie Rudolph beat Kyle Janas by 2.7-seconds with Cameron Lambert rounding out the top 3.
Saturday night was “Kids Bike Night” so the little ones were able to take to “Dirt’s Fastest Half-Mile” where everyone was a winner.
Next weekend is the Jook George Steel City Classic for the RUSH Late Model Division where $10,010 goes to the winner. For tickets and information visit www.ppms.com.
The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 007
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This week on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, we talk with W Series and Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Sabré Cook, who is also an engineer. We also talk with 3-time Lernerville 410-Sprint Car division Champion A.J. Flick. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Racing Notebook – Thursday, March 19: F1 Postpones Monaco; WoO Postpones Races and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Formula One and the World of Outlaws are the latest sanctioning bodies to postpone races because of the coronavirus outbreak. The RUSH Sprint Car Series gets a new points fund sponsor and “Super Tex” taking care of his employees during a difficult time.
Formula One Postpones Monaco Grand Prix:
- Formula One has postponed three additional races because of the coronavirus pandemic including the Monaco Grand Prix. Also postponed were the Dutch and Spanish GP’s. The first seven races of the F1 season have now been postponed. The next race on the calendar is in Azerbaijan on June 7. F1 has moved the mid-season break from August to March and April and has extended the break from 14 to 21 consecutive days. The F1 season is scheduled to end with the Abu Dhabi GP on Nov. 29, but could be extended to fit in some of the postponed races.
World of Outlaws Postpones Races:
- The World of Outlaws has postponed all NOS Energy Sprint Car and Morton Building Late Model races through March. The sanctioning body hopes to reschedule the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races originally planned for Friday, March 27th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Saturday, March 28th at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. The World of Outlaws will continue to monitor developments across our nation and make decisions on future events when appropriate.
A.J. Foyt Racing To Pay Employees During COVID-19 Shutdown:
- A.J. Foyt Racing is continuing to pay their employees despite temporarily shutting down their race shops in Texas and Indianapolis due to the coronavirus outbreak. “Our biggest concern is for the health of our communities and our employees, so we are closing the race shops for the time being,” said Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. “I want to thank our partners and sponsors for their support and understanding during these extraordinary times. Many people will face some difficult challenges in the coming days. A.J. and I wish everyone the best, and we look forward to going racing again when the time is right.”
The RUSH Sprint Car Series Gets A New Points Fund Sponsor:
- The RUSH Racing Series announced that Equipment Rental Options are stepping up to be the sponsor of the RUSH Sprint Car Series weekly championship points fund, replacing original points fund sponsor Bonnell’s Rod Shop. The RUSH Sprint Car Series opens their 2020 season May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Read our complete story here.
Equipment Rental Options To Sponsor RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Championship Point Fund
PULASKI, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Racing Series has announced the Equipment Rental Options has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Championship Points Fund for the RUSH Sprint Car Series.
The 2020 Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series Championship will feature 30 RUSH Sprint Car events concluding with the “Steel City Stampede” at Lernerville Speedway on October 17.
Equipment Rental Options is co-owned by current RUSH Sprint Car racer, Arnie Kent. Kent, who got his start in Micro Sprints before moving up the Sprint Car ladder, won the division’s first ever race in 2018 at Lernerville.
“We’re very thankful Arnie has stepped up with his Equipment Rental Options so we can maintain the lucrative point fund,” said Vicki Emig, RUSH Racing Series Director. “Arnie has been a longtime friend of both Mike (Leone, RUSH Director) and myself as well as many of our racers, and we’re really looking forward to being able to promote his growing business!”
Equipment Rental Options currently has two locations in western Pennsylvania; one in Hermitage and another in New Castle; Equipment Rental Options will be moving into a larger facility at 3587 Clover Lane just off Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle this summer.
Bonnell’s Rod Shop had been the presenting sponsor of the Weekly Series Championship during the first two years of the division’s inception. In fact, their sponsorship allowed the point fund to grow to more than $20,000 after the program was originally announced back in 2017.
“We have to thank Scott Bonnell for his unwavering support of the RUSH Sprint Cars,” said Emig. “Scott was behind the concept from day one, had a car in the Series, and offered financial support to grow the point fund without us even approaching him. We know he will remain a strong proponent of the Series.”
The RUSH Sprint Car Series Season Opener is scheduled for May 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.