PULASKI, PA – Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance Directors have already begun to diligently prepare for the 2020 season. One exciting announcement will be an increase to the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Championship for the RUSH Sportsman Modified division.
The 2020 RUSH Sportsman Modified Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Weekly Series Champion will take home $3,500 with an increase in all 20 points-paying positions. Each points-paying position will increase from $100-$500, which represents a 36% increase over the 2019 points fund. The second increase since the Series debuted in 2014.
“It’s really been amazing to watch our RUSH Sportsman Modified division grow and evolve since its inception,” said Series Director Vicki Emig in a statement. “From just 10 cars at the inaugural event at Sharon Speedway to an average of more than a full field of cars each of the past four years. We already are hearing of new racers that will be joining our Sportsman ranks in 2020. Through the continued strong support of our sponsors, racers, and speedways, we are really excited to be able to increase our weekly championship program some 36% for our Sportsman Modified racers in 2020, pushing the total amount of cash point funds and valuable product they will be able to compete for to well over $50,000!”
Seven different speedways throughout the Tri-State area, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, scheduled events in 2019. Sharon Speedway, which has been the division’s home base since its inception, will continue to run the class on a weekly basis. Lernerville Speedway, Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, Raceway 7, Expo Speedway, Dog Hollow Speedway, and Tyler County Speedway scheduled events in 2019 and are expected to return to the schedule in 2020.
In addition to the Hovis Weekly Series Championship, the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds also compete for the Hovis Touring Series Champion, the Hovis Futures Cup Championship, and new in 2019- the “Wheelman” Championship based on the nightly non-winners race at Sharon.
The richest RUSH Sportsman Modified race in history will be coming up at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on October 4-5 for the second annual “Betsy Kriegisch Memorial”, which will be a Hovis Touring Series event. The event started at $1,000 to-win, $150 to-start and has grown with contributions coming in daily. Stay tuned for more details.
Chas Wolbert, Rob Kristyak, and defending champion Garrett Krummert are currently involved in a fierce battle for the $3,000 Hovis Weekly Series Championship this year, which will conclude with the final event at Lernerville Speedway on October 19.
The 2019 “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance at Sharon Speedway saw a record $23,000 of valuable product distributed to eligible racers. Also, more than $3,000 in product giveaways have been added to the “Betsy Kriegisch Memorial” for drivers that compete on Friday night AND contribute at least $50 to increasing the purse.
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.