FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2018

By Mike Leone

(Hartford, OH)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance will head to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio this Saturday night (August 25) for the rescheduled “Manufactures Night” presented by MSD Performance. It will be the fourth Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event of the season in the first of two appearances at Sharon. Action gets underway at 6:30 with Ohio Intra Express “Shock the Clock” Qualifying.

Saturday will mark the fifth annual “Manufacturers Night” for the Modifieds and fourth straight year to be held at Sharon as a record of more than $20,000 in products will be distributed to competing racers!  There will be at least 40 product packages each valued at a minimum of $300 up to the grand prize of $1,420!  (See complete prize list to date below.)  If there are less cars than the number of prizes, a second round of drawings will be conducted. Certificates for prizes are non-transferable and prizes must be redeemed by December 31, 2018 unless otherwise noted.

MSD Performance, the “Official Ignition” of RUSH, presents all seven of the Series’ Manufacturers Nights as well as providing product for giveaways. MSD was purchased by Holley Performance in 2016, which expanded their support and contribution substantially last year throughout all of the divisions under the RUSH banner. For the first time, Holley’s Circle Track Sales Manager, Graham Fordyce, will be making the trip in from company headquarters in Bowling Green, KY.

“MSD’s Manufacturers Nights have become the featured attraction of each Series’ schedule of events”, stated Series Director Vicki Emig.  “In 2018, over $150,000 in product contingencies will be distributed to RUSH racers with the Sportsman Modifieds laying claim to over $20,000 of product this Saturday at Sharon.  I think it speaks volumes as to how the numerous nationally recognized manufacturers feel about the RUSH concept and our efforts to provide an affordable and exciting avenue for racers to participate.  I don’t think they realize just how important their contribution of tens of thousands of dollars in product for our racers helps with the overall success of the Series, and we are truly grateful for their unwavering support.”

The grand prize on Saturday night has once again been posted by TBM Brakes, which is two F1 Tornado Calipers and two F3 Tornado Calipers along with three bottles of TBM Brake Fluid. MSD and its parent company, Holley, are providing over $2,000 in giveaways on Saturday night alone including two Holley 0-4777C Chromate 650 Carburetors along with two MSD 8727CT Digital Soft Touch Rev Limiter & two 8.5 mm Super Conductor Wire Sets. One of the new contributors is Jim Bloom of Animal Graphics, who has posted a complete Modified wrap as prize valued at $700!
Saturday will also feature a complete Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event with $600 to-win. The Bicknell Tour has made four prior visits to Sharon with Chas Wolbert winning two, while Steve Slater and Justin Shea captured their first career wins last season.

Brandon Ritchey, who was the 2016 Sharon track champion, leads the Bicknell Tour points heading into Saturday. Ritchey’s first career Tour win came on July 12 at Expo following a runner-up finish as part of the two-night Trumbull County Fair races. Krummert, who is in his first season of RUSH, leads the Bicknell Weekly Series points and is second in the Tour points. Krummert won the last Tour race run on July 15 at Tri-City.

Sharon has completed nine Bicknell Weekly Series events to date in 2018. Wolbert enters Saturday night on fire winning three straight races and four overall this season totaling $2,100. Two-time winner, Garrett Krummert, leads Sharon’s points. Blaze Myers, Jeremy Weaver, and Josh Deems have also been victorious this season for their first career Sharon victories. Sharon’s weekly car counts have been strong with 21 being the lowest and a record 31 on the June 2 season opener, and the average being over 25 per night. The last three weeks have features car counts of 27, 27, and 28.

In addition to the posted “Manufacturers Night” prizes, several event contingencies will be posted. Ohio Intra Express will award $100 to the fastest qualifier. RUSH Series Officials will determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Man of Steel” award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly each night.  The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the Late Model feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.

New this year is the Dirt Defender “Defensive Drive” to the driver that best defended his position throughout the night. This award chosen by RUSH Officials will award a $40 Dirt Defender product package.  The award could go to a driver holding off another for the final heat race or B main transfer position, a driver denying a hard charging racer a feature win, a move to stay on the lead lap before a caution, or any such deserving move.

2018 RUSH Sportsman Modified “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance Prize List:

  1. TBM Brakes – (2) F1 Tornado Calipers and (2) F3 Tornado Calipers & 3 Bottles of TBM Brake Fluid ($1,420)
  2. Alternative Power Sources – Yamaha PW3028 Pressure Washer ($790)
  3. Lincoln Electric – Power Mig 140C Welder & Utility Cart ($700)
  4. Animal Graphics – Complete Modified Wrap, Fully Printed Sides, Roof, Chutes ($700)
  5. Holley – 1 Holley 0-4777C Chromate 650 Carburetor ($650)
  6. Holley – 1 Holley 0-4777C Chromate 650 Carburetor ($650)
  7. Classic Ink-Quick Crew (48) Piece Apparel Package ($600)
  8. Schoenfeld Headers & Exhaust – Complete RUSH Legal Header & Exhaust System ($500)
  9. Schoenfeld Headers & Exhaust – Complete RUSH Legal Header & Exhaust System ($500)
  10. Jones Racing Products – SBC 602 Crate Serpentine Water Pump & Power Steering Belt Drive Ki & 1 15″ Jones Hustler 3-Blade Fane ($450)
  11. Jones Racing Products & Ingram Engines – SBC 602 Crate Serpentine Water Pump & Power Steering Belt Drive Kit & 1 15″ Jones Hustler 3-Blade Fan ($540)
  12. Art’s Radiator- Modified Manifold Mounted Expansion Tank & Recovery Tank ($520)
  13. MSD/K&N Filters- 1 8727CT Digital Soft Touch Rev Limiter & 1 Set 8.5 mm Super Conductor Wire Set/K&N $100 Gift Card ($518)
  14. MSD/K&N Filters- 1 8727CT Digital Soft Touch Rev Limiter & 1 Set 8.5 mm Super Conductor Wire Set/K&N $100 Gift Card ($518)
  15. FK Rod Ends- 1 Complete Set of 4130 Black FK Rod Ends ($500)
  16. FK Rod Ends- 1 Complete Set of 4130 Black FK Rod Ends ($500)
  17. Russell King Racing- $500 Gift Certificate ($500)
  18. Sherwood Wheels- 2 Sherwood Steel Wheels ($450)
  19. Sherwood Wheels- 2 Sherwood Steel Wheels ($450)
  20. Wrisco Industries- Package of 6 Sheets of White Aluminum ($432)
  21. Wrisco Industries- Package of 6 Sheets of White Aluminum ($432)
  22. Hoosier Tire/Dirt Defender/Race 1- 2 Hoosier Spec Tires/Dirt Defender Product Package/HEI Distributor Lock Out Kit ($405)
  23. Hoosier Tire/Dirt Defender/Race 1- 2 Hoosier Spec Tires/Dirt Defender Product Package/HEI Distributor Lock Out Kit ($405)
  24. Frankland/Precise Racing Products- $300 Gift Certificate for Product or Repairs/$100 Precise Gift Card ($400)
  25. Oakley/Precise Racing Products- 1 Pair Oakley Driving Gloves & 1 Pair Racing Shoes & $100 Precise Gift Card ($380)
  26. Landrum Performance Springs/TBM Brakes- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs/TBM Brake Fluid ($350)
  27. Landrum Performance Springs/TBM Brakes- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs/TBM Brake Fluid ($350)
  28. Landrum Performance Springs/TBM Brakes- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs/TBM Brake Fluid ($350)
  29. Landrum Performance Springs/TBM Brakes- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs/TBM Brake Fluid ($350)
  30. Landrum Performance Springs/Ultra-Shield- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs/2 Boxes of Tear-Offs ($350)
  31. Landrum Performance Springs/Ultra-Shield- Package of 4 VB Standard Coil Springs/2 Boxes of Tear-Offs ($350)
  32. Wedge Motorsports/TBM Brakes- 2 Bilstein RUSH Spec Shocks & TBM Brake Fluid ($350)
  33. Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance – 1 Drum of RUSG 91 Fuel ($350)
  34. Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance- 1 Drum of RUSH 91 Fuel ($350)
  35. Wrisco Industries/955 Automotive- Two Sheets of White Aluminum/ Complete GM 602 Tune-Up Package – GM Valve Springs, Oil, Plugs, Filter & $100 Precise Gift Card ($345)
  36. Big Daddy’s Speed Center- Complete Bumper & Side Rail Kit for a Bicknell or Teo Chassis ($325)
  37. Bilstein Shocks/Dirt Defender- 2 Bilstein RUSH Shocks & Dirt Defender Product Certificate ($320)
  38. Bilstein Shocks/Dirt Defender- 2 Bilstein RUSH Shocks & Dirt Defender Product Certificate ($320)
  39. Dynamic Drivelines- Steel Driveshaft ($300)
  40. Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance- $300 Precise Racing Products Gift Card ($300)

 

Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Points (only Tour members receive points): 1. Brandon Ritchey 290 2. Garrett Krummert 288 3. Chas Wolbert 286 4. Kyle Martell 282 5. Justin Shea 279 6. Darin Gallagher 264 7. Jeremy Weaver 259 8. Kole Holden 254 9. Steve Slater 252 10. Blaze Myers 247 11. Jordan Ehrenberg 166 12. Brian Schaffer 88 13. David Kalb, Jr. 82 14. Jason Hufnagel 78.

Feature Payoff: 1. $600  2. $400  3. $300  4. $250  5. $225  6. $200  7. $170  8. $165  9. $160  10. $150  11. $140  12. $135  13. $130  14. $125  15. $120  16. $115  17. $110  18-24. $100.  Tow $50.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete or be eligible for the Manufacturers Night giveaways; however, driver must compete and car must be 100% RUSH legal to be eligible for prizes.  The AMB/MyLaps transponders are required.  One-way driver radios are always mandatory at 454.000.  The entry fee is $25.  Pit passes are $30.  Pits are open throughout the afternoon with pit passes going on sale at 4 p.m. A drivers meeting will be held at approximately 6 with qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7.

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

RUSH Sportsman Modified marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Dynamic Drivelines, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance,CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com 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. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.