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.