PULASKI, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Racing Series is expanding in 2020 by adding a new Karting Series.
RUSH is bringing 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 – to the world of Go-Kart racing.
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. Area 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.
“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,” said RUSH Racing Series Director Vicki Emig. “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 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!”
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.
Hoosier Racing Tires is working in conjunction with RUSH to bring the Karting Series to life.
“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 (Leone, RUSH Racing Series Director) 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!”
Six area race tracks have signed-on, so far, to feature the RUSH Karting Series. Those tracks include: Blanket Hill Speedway in Kittanning, PA; Lockhart Motorsports Park in Seneca, PA; Pittsfield Championship Karting in Pittsfield, PA; Shaffer Speedway in Aliquippa, PA, which is owned by Sprint Car great Tim Shaffer; Slippery Rock Raceway in Slippery Rock, PA; and Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY.
“Pittsfield’s promoter Tim Kays was a former racer himself and has stayed closely in tune with the RUSH Late Models and Pro Mods at nearby Stateline Speedway’s big track,” said Emig. “The one really neat aspect is that all six track promoters really understand how the RUSH program has worked at the big tracks, and how that very same concept can and will be beneficial to kart racing.”
Racers and tracks interested in the RUSH Karting Series are encouraged to email the series at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Series email contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks.
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.