IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Saturday night’s “Jook George Steel City Classic” is now the richest race in RUSH history with over $10,000 to-win up for grabs in Saturday night’s 30th annual event.
Event coordinator Branden Lockwich told Pittsburgh Racing Nowthat presenting sponsorship from Zarin Truck & Auto and additional contributions from the George Family, Miley Motor Sports, FK Rod Ends, and others are making the event the biggest payday in the tri-state area for the RUSH Late Model Touring Series.
“This year I was blessed to have Jim Zarin, who is a longtime racer at the track, and his son Logan now races in the class,” said Lockwich. “He approached me and came on and said he wanted to be the presenting sponsor, so that kind of got the ball rolling and got me thinking maybe we can get it to ten-thousand this year.”
“On behalf of the Jook George family, we wanted to do something extra special this year since it’s the 30th anniversary for what used to be called the ‘Fall Classic’ at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway,” expressed Dana George. “Jook and his #10 race team looked forward to this race every year so we have contributed additional funds so that the first-place prize money will be a grand total of $10,010!”
There is even more money on the line for the race-winner. Lockwich said PPMS owners Miley Motor Sports also came up with an additional bonus if the winner contributes to the event.
“We wanted to do something to reward the teams and drivers that support this race year-in and year-out,” said Lockwich. “We came up with the idea of a thousand-dollar bonus, so if Jim Smith wins the ‘Jook George Memorial’ and contributes as far as a lap sponsor, he will win that $1,000 bonus making his payday $11,010, which is pretty good for that class on a one-day race.”
“Miley Motor Sports is ecstatic about the 30th edition of the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series ‘Jook George Classic’, which is set-up to be the biggest and best ever to honor our great friend of racing, Jook George,” said PPMS promoter Matt Miley. “We can’t thank Branden, the RUSH team, and all who have contributed enough. It’s a win, win, win, win – for racers, fans, sponsors and the Speedway.”
RUSH announced that payouts for positions 6-26 in the Feature have been increased along with the entire non-qualifier payoff plus 6-Dash positions will now pay. There will also be a “$500 Club” drawing for the top 15 in PPMS Points where 5-drivers will receive $100 each.
“I started this in 2015 just figuring it would be a one-time deal but it just kind of grew every year,” said Lockwich. “I’ve been blessed because a lot of these guys and gals that sponsor, they’ve been with me since I took over in 2015.”
Lockwich and Miley are expecting a huge field attempting to qualify for the 50-lap feature.
“I would look for close to 50 if not more cars,” said Lockwich. “Last year the race was $5,010 to-win and we had 51. I’d say we’re looking at over 50-cars from 5-or-6-States, maybe some guys from Canada.”
“It’s really amazing how this event has grown and how so many people have gotten behind it to make this all possible,” expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “We can’t thank the George Family, Miley Motor Sports, Branden and so many others for their amazing contributions, and allow us to present this as a RUSH Late Model Touring Series event. To think that one driver has the ability to win well over $11,000 is pretty incredible.”
Tickets are available. For more information you can visit the tracks website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223. The track phone number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393.