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INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR A SUCCESS FOR SWEENEY RUSH SPRINT CARS; INTEREST CONTINUES TO BUILD

March 6, 2017                

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance held an inaugural informational seminar on Saturday, March 3 at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center located near New Castle, Pa. The seminar for the Series that will debut in 2018 was well attended by many prospective racers as pertinent information was distributed and discussed.

The seminar was organized and hosted by RUSH Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone. Pace’s Director of Circle Track Development, Don Blackshear, was part of the panel and explained the facets of RUSH’s required GM 602 engine package by Pace. Weekly Series sponsor, Scott Bonnell of Bonnell’s Rod Shop, made the trip down from Fairview, Pa. and expressed his enthusiasm and support of the division. Two of RUSH’s Authorized Repair Facilities, Jennerstown Engine Technologies and Race 1, were also present.

The prospective racers in attendances included a melting pot of various backgrounds and experience levels. These drivers are viewing the RUSH Sprint Cars as either a great opportunity to either advance in their racing careers or the ability to be able to continue to race with an affordable division . Attendees received a considerable amount of handouts including a detailed informational sheet on the division, a Pace Performance RUSH Sprint Car engine package sheet, information on the Bilstein Shocks from rep Jim Hiland, and a tentative set of rules. That information is now available online at www.rushsprintcars.com.

“It was great to see such a diverse group of racers turn out for the seminar,” acknowledged Emig. “I can honestly say I was really surprised that the majority of attendees were new faces and racers that we were not previously aware were interested and already committed to the division. Since the announcement, we’ve been receiving calls, e-mails, and social media messages nearly on a daily basis from interested racers. I really believe the RUSH Sprint Car package is spot on in creating an extremely affordable way for individuals to go Sprint Car racing. It simply has all the right components to help control costs; the Pace Performance RUSH Sprint Car engine, Bilstein sealed/spec shocks, Hoosier spec tire, and a controlled spec fuel program. This program is going to level the playing field right out of the box and put the racing back into the driver's hands!”

 “I’m very excited about this program and proud to be able to offer support,” said Bonnell. “Vicki and the RUSH team have a proven record of success and always do what they say they are going to do. I believe this division will be no exception. This is going to be an exciting division for the fans as well as with it being non-wing offering a different product and even better racing.”

The Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars will debut in 2018 throughout the western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio region with the ability of its technical rules package to be adopted throughout the country. The RUSH Sprints will feature traditional, non-wing cars utilizing the cost-effective Pace Performance GM 602 Crate Sprint Car engine package developed by the team at Pace Performance utilizing RUSH Methanol Eco Fuel on $135 sealed, spec RUSH Bilstein Shocks, and an affordable spec Hoosier Tire. The program will be kicked off with the Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series point fund of more than $20,000 with $5,000 going to the inaugural champion!

Since the initial press release was posted, the Series’ website has been launched with information now available at www.rushsprintcars.com. If you’ve yet to “like” the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars or “follow” the Twitter page @RUSHSprints please do so. If you’d like added to the potential driver list or press release list, send an e-mail to [email protected].

RUSH Sprint Car marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Bonnell’s Rod Shop, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Maxima Racing Oils.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at [email protected] and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com.

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INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR SET FOR SATURDAY AT GATHERINGS FOR SWEENEY RUSH SPRINT CARS; NON-WING SERIES TO DEBUT IN 2018 WITH $20,000+ CHAMPIONSHIP POINT FUND PRESENTED BY BONNELL'S ROD SHOP

February 27, 2017                

(Pulaski, PA)...The recently announced new Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance will hold an informational seminar this Saturday, March 4 at noon at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Highway, Edinburg, PA 16116. Gatherings is located just west of New Castle, Pa. on Route 422. The seminar is open to the general public and is free of charge. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

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RUSH SERIES ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF NON-WING SPRINT CAR SERIES THROUGH PACE PERFORMANCE FOR 2018; TO DEBUT WITH $20,000+ POINT FUND FEATURING $5000 TO-WIN WEEKLY SERIES PRESENTED BY BONNELL'S ROD SHOP

February 8, 2017                

(Pulaski, PA)...On the heels of multiple exciting announcements concerning the continued expansion of RUSH throughout the off-season, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is excited to launch a non-wing Sprint Car division!  The Sweeney RUSH Sprint Cars powered by Pace Performance will debut in 2018 throughout the western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio region with the ability of its technical rules package to be adopted throughout the country.  The program will be kicked off with the Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series point fund of more than $20,000 with $5,000 going to the inaugural champion!  The RUSH Sprint Cars will join the Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Mods, and Pro Stocks on the dirt side of the RUSH Racing Series umbrella.

The RUSH Sprint Cars will feature traditional, non-wing Sprint Cars utilizing the cost-effective Pace Performance GM 602 crate sprint car engine package developed by Pace's Director of Circle Track Engine Development, Don Blackshear, on $135 sealed, spec RUSH Bilstein Bandits Shocks and an affordable spec Hoosier Tire.  The racer affordability of this type of Sprint Car program is outstanding with a complete race ready car between $12,000-$15,000.      

"Every year we're asked about creating a Sprint Car division under RUSH," explained Series Director Vicki Emig.  "I think the timing is perfect to introduce this division to our region, and I feel certain that the same success that we've seen over the years with our other RUSH divisions will be duplicated in the RUSH Sprint Cars.  Rather than waiting until the fall or winter, we wanted to get this announcement out now so drivers have plenty of time to prepare to participate in the spring of 2018.  We're really looking forward to bringing all of the valuable and exciting programs that have helped propel the growth and success of all of our other RUSH divisions throughout the years to our Sprint Car program and its racers." 

"While the 410 Winged Sprint Car division continues to be popular, we feel there's a great need for an more affordable, cost-contained Sprint Car division in the region," continued Emig.  "After much discussion and thought, we felt the non-wing/GM 602 crate was the direction we should pursue.  The division will be modeled after our Sportsman Modified division, which has grown in leaps in bounds over the past three years.  As a non-wing division, the class will also offer a different product for the fans."    

Throughout the past several weeks, several former and current stellar "410" Sprint Car drivers have been consulted to discuss their thoughts and gather their input on the Series and its place in the future of regional Sprint Car racing.  Their response, support and endorsements have been tremendous and a press release containing their remarks will be released soon by the Series.  One of those racers that immediately stepped up to not only offer his support of the concept, but to also financially enhance the program was Scott Bonnell.      

"I believe creating a economical non-wing Sprint Car division to western Pa- eastern Ohio area will be beneficial to both racing fans and those wanting to get into an affordable form of open wheel Sprint Car racing," expressed Scott Bonnell.  "Vicki Emig and her team have a proven record of success, and I believe we'll see this division be no exception!  Bonnell's Rod Shop is proud to be the Weekly Series sponsor and is excited to be a part of this 'back to grassroots racing'. My grandfather, Al Bonnell, a national midget champion, would be very proud!"

A schedule of events will be developed utilizing numerous RUSH-sanctioned speedways throughout the region that will give the RUSH Sprint Car racers a full schedule of events and incentive to begin preparing for the 2018 season.  The possibility exists for a possible exhibition event(s) during the fall of this season. 

"Just as we did for our other divisions, especially the Sportsman Modifieds in the inaugural season, we'll look to have several regional speedways host events to give racers a full schedule, which will allow them numerous opportunities to accumulate points towards our championship programs," added Emig.  "Our RUSH-sanctioned speedway partners have always played a very important part in our ability to introduce and grow the various RUSH divisions.  Last year, six different regional speedways hosted events for the Sportsman Mods.  That class has grown from an average of 10 cars a night at Sharon in 2014 to around 15 the second full season to over 22 a night in 2016.  Year two saw us add a Touring schedule, which has grown over the past two years.  A record 29 cars were at Lernerville at the final event, and we're anticipating even more cars in that division this season."

"It's very impressive to come out of the box with a point fund of more than $20,000," stated Emig.  "I cannot thank Scott Bonnell enough for stepping up and growing this inaugural RUSH Weekly Series point fund for the Sprint.  Since Scott quit racing, he's given back so much to racing, and we're very proud to have his and so many other Sprint Car drivers' endorsements.  With more than a year's time before the first official race, we'll continue to work hard to bring additional benefits to the Series such as contingencies and a Manufacturers Night like our other divisions."

As with other the RUSH divisions, membership is never mandatory; however, does allow racers to compete in the $20,050 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series point fund and "Futures Cup" (see breakdown below)  and grants an additional $100,000 excess participant accident insurance policy when competing at RUSH speedways.  The cost of membership is $125. 

An informational meeting and seminar has been scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at 12 p.m. at Gatherings Banquet & Event Center located at 2552 Benjamin Franklin Highway, Edinburg, PA 16116.  For additional information on the required Pace Performance GM 602 Sprint Car engine package prior to the informational meeting, contact Don Blackshear (Pace Performance) at 330-726-3802.  Pace's website is www.paceperformance.com.

A website is in development and will soon be launched at www.rushsprintcars.com.  In the meantime, like our Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints for the latest news and updates. 

Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Point Fund ($20,075): 1. $5,000  2. $2,500  3. $1,750  4. $1,500  5. $1,200  6. $1,000  7. $800  8. $750  9. $700  10. $650  11. $600  12. $500  13. $450  14. $425  15. $400  16. $390  17. $380  18. $370  19. $360  20. $350.

"Futures Cup" (minimum): 1. $300  2. $200  3. $100  4. $50.  

Bonnell’s Rod Shop is located at 8000A Middle Rd., Fairview, PA 16415.  Bonnell's Rod Shop specializes in classic, custom,  and  modified vehicles.  Their staff is dedicated to providing each and every customer the very best in workmanship and customer service.  With over 100 years of combined experience building quality hot rods is in their blood. Whether you need a taillight bulb replaced or you want them to create a one off show piece.

Scott Bonnell and his Auto Group that also includes Bonnell's Collision Center with locations in Erie, Pa. and Fairview, Pa. is committed to the Erie community.  Their 80 local employees volunteer their time and services in the community to make Erie stronger.  They are a proud sponsor of Auto Racers For Kids Charities, please check out their on-going community events.  For more information, check out their websites at www.bonnellsrodshop.com and www.bonnellcollision.com.  Be sure to like the Bonnell's Rod Shop Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bonnellsrodshop.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at [email protected] and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com.

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Vicki Emig
Mike Leone
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