Dirt Late Models





LODLMS Rookie of the Year Title Chase  


WAYCROSS, GA (May 14th, 2015) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is pleased to announce the talented drivers that have officially declared to compete for the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year title in 2015.

Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, Illinois, looks to capitalize on his success in recent years and challenge for the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year Championship this season.  The 22-year-old Sheppard pilots the Sheppard Racing Team, #B5 Rocket Chassis with a Pro Power Racing Engine. He is sponsored by Kid's Castle Learning Center, Valvoline, Keyser Manufacturing, Sheppard Auto Sales, Champion Spark Plugs, and Integra Racing Shocks. Sheppard, who was the 2013 Dirt Track World Champion, brings several years of experience in super late models to his quest for the Rookie of the Year title. On his decision to run for the Rookie of the Year Championship and goals for this season, Sheppard commented, "I decided to run for Rookie of the Year for a lot of reasons, and this is a way to really get my name out there.  The TV package with the series is unbelievable for the drivers.  The way the series treats its drivers is just top-notch and incredibly professional.  My goals for this year are to win the Rookie title, win as many races as I can on the series, and finish in the Top-5 in points."

Chris Brown, a 36-year-old hot-shoe from Spring, Texas, has also committed to contend for the Rookie of the Year Championship.  Brown brings with him, several years of racing experience and loads of success in racing modifieds and super late models.  Brown is the 2013 U.S. National Open Wheel Modified Dirt Track World Champion.  He can be recognized as the driver of the #21B, Black Diamond Club 29 Race Car, powered by a Durham Race Engine. The team's sponsors include:  Lonestar Hydro and Maintenance, Performance Graphix, Integra Racing Shocks, Ralo's Lube and Auto, Durham Race Engines, Stuckey Enterprises, and Club 29 Race Cars.  When asked why he decided to contend for the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year Championship, he exclaimed, "I've wanted to do this for quite some time and toyed with the idea for several years. With the way things fell into place this year, and if we are ever going to do it, this is the year!  We see the potential and see that the goal is to win the Rookie of the Year and stay in the Top-10 in points all year."

The driver that wins the Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 will earn $10,000 in cash and other prizes at the year-end awards banquet.  The Rookie of the Year runner-up will take home $2,500 in cash and several product awards for his efforts.  Associate sponsors of the Rookie of the Year program will be awarding numerous product awards and include:  Performance Bodies, Fast Shafts, AR Bodies, C&R Racing Inc., Keyser Manufacturing, QA1, and Wrisco Aluminum.



May 12, 2015

By Jim Zufall


Pulaski, PA...The second weekend of May brought continued warm, summer-like weather, and while most tracks were able to dodge the rain, a couple speedways weren't so fortunate. The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series saw six drivers capture their first win of the season, while the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds featured a first ever winner on Sunday evening at Sportsman's Speedway.

Freedom Motorsports Park kicked off the 2015 racing season on Friday night. The night ushered in a new era with Bob Reis taking over the ownership of the Delevan, New York oval. Taking the opening night win was Bryce Davis in the Carley Collision RUSH Late Models. Randy Hall finished in the runner up spot as he continues his consistent runs in Terry Suppa's #4s. Adam Sixt, Zack Carley and Bob Kish rounded out the top five. Kish made his debut on the $135 Bilstein sealed, spec shocks. Racing action returns to Freedom Speedway this Friday night for a regular six-division program.

The Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series headed southeast for the much-anticipated "Mid-Atlantic States Classic". The first night of the doubleheader took place at Potomac Speedway in Mechanicsville, Maryland with a track record 26 competitors from all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic participating. Northern Pennsylvania driver Max Blair was the class of the field early on setting fast time in Bobby Lake Motorsports qualifying, winning his heat, and the K&N dash to earn the feature pole.

The second half of the race saw Walker Arthur and Blair wage a heated battle for the lead. In the end it was Arthur picking up his first career Potomac win in his first ever RUSH start over Blair, Jason Knowles, Logan Roberson and Rick Singleton. "There were a few times I didn't think I'd be able to catch Max." Arthur stated. "Those double-file starts really seemed to help because I could get alongside him and try to break his rhythm a little and we were able to beat him at the line."

The two-night event continued on Saturday at Virginia's Winchester Speedway where Arthur pulled off the sweep of the weekend by capturing the checkered yet again in the 30-lap feature event. His second win of the weekend also paid $2,000 to the winner; the same as his Potomac win the previous night, giving him not only his first win at Winchester, but a very lucrative pair of paychecks for the weekend.

Michael Lake, who turned 14 on Monday, grabbed the top spot from the drop of the green. Lake had his hands full from Blair, Arthur, Tyler Hershey, and Joe Martin. A late-race caution bunched up the field, which allowed Arthur to roar past both Blair and Lake. "This car has just been awesome the past two-nights and to win both of these races, I couldn't be happier for this team," said a jubilant Arthur in victory lane.  The RUSH Late Models return to action at Winchester on Saturday, May 23.

At Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa, no driver in the RUSH Late Models had stood in victory lane other than the #00 car of Josh Holtgraver through the first two events. That was until Saturday when the bright orange #12 of third generation driver Daryl Charlier showed the way to the finish, besting Holtgraver and the rest of the field for his first win of the season.

Although a heat race winner, Holtgraver was relegated to an 11th place starting position due to his previous wins. He managed to pick off every car in the field except for Charlier, who picked up his first win of the new season. The #60C car of Corey McPherson was third, followed by Michael Reft and Justin Lamb rounding out the top five. A regular four-division Action Event returns this Saturday night at PPMS when all residents of Ohio and West Virginia will be admitted free until 6:45 PM.

At Roaring Knob on Saturday it was a familiar car in victory lane as Jerry Hasleu's #RJ1 parked it on the frontstretch for the second straight week. This time Jared Hawkins carried Hasleu to victory matching Gary Dalton's win from the week before. On April 18 in the Bazell/Sunoco Tour event, Ryan Montgomery finished runner-up to Max Blair in the #RJ1 giving the car three top two finishes in three starts! Troy Shields was runner-up. Garrett Paugh was third and now has finished in the top five in all four starts!

It was Dollar Dog Night at Brighton Ontario's Brighton Speedway Saturday night. That's where Belleville, ON driver Charlie Sandercock picked up his first win of the new season, and second overall in the RUSH competition. The sixth starting Sandercock picked his way through traffic and used a couple of mid-race caution periods to get himself alongside leader David McDonald on the lap 10 restart. Sandercock took over the lead on lap 11, and built a substantial space between him and McDonald that was all erased when the yellow flew yet again. Sandercock held the lead for the win despite a last lap restart where he held off eventual runner up Phil Potts. Corey Earl, Steve Baldwin and Caley Weese made up the top five.

"We rolled off sixth tonight and just kind of picked our way through. I had 30 laps to get there," Sandercock said of his race strategy, whose victory came on the Bilstein Shocks, "so we just kind of drove our race and did what we had to do." Action continues this Saturday at Brighton Speedway as they welcome the Southern Ontario Sprints and hold their fifth annual Chili Contest!

Dale Caswell bested a field of 18 RUSH Late Models at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY on Saturday night for their second program. Chris Fleming took an early lead of the 20-lap feature event ahead of a field of drivers including Johnny Hill, Caswell, Jason Occhino and Aron Bachus. Caswell took over the lead running high on lap nine as Fleming and Hill were racing on the bottom. Caswell set sail from there taking the win by 3.5 seconds over Alan Fink. Hill, Occhino and Fleming were third through fifth. This Saturday, action returns to Fulton with extra attractions being the Small Car and Youth Demo Derbies along with their "World Famous Boat Races."

At Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY, the RUSH Late Models were a part of the card that included a $3,000 to win ULMS Super Late Model event. In the Shults Auto Group RUSH Late Model portion of the evening, Dave Lyon and Jason Genco led the way to the flag stand at the outset of the feature. After an early caution, Dave Shagla Jr. took the lead for a short time until Genco jumped back in front. Damian Bidwell became the third different driver in just three laps.

A nasty lap seven crash saw four cars involved, including the Chad Schauer 28C which got upside down. After an extended red and yellow flag period, racing resumed with Bidwell holding the lead for the balance of the event for his first RUSH win of 2015. Genco settled for runner up with Shagla, Lyon and Matt Harvey making up the top five. Action continues at Stateline Speedway on Saturday with their wildly popular Fan Appreciation Night.

Sunday night at Port Colborne, Ontario's Humberstone Speedway, Jorden Peters got out to a fast start with Dennis Lunger Jr. quickly capturing the second spot. Lunger, the opening night winner, worked his way around Peters on the fifth lap. Lunger opened up a good lead on the field while Peters and Rob Pietz waged a battle for the runner up spot. Pietz got the advantage late in the race, securing the second spot, but it was a strong Lunger taking his second win in as many weeks, and tied Blair with his third RUSH win of the season. Peters was third followed by Colton Ledingham and Sam Pennacchio. The Southern Ontario Sprints invade Humberstone this Sunday for the John Puhl Memorial. All regular divisions will be on the card as well.

Sportsman's Speedway in Knox, Pa. opened the new season on Sunday night with the first night of Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series racing for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. In the end it was 67-year-old Les Myers taking the inaugural first win for the RUSH Mods at Sportsman's. Substitute driving for Brandon Richey, who was under the weather, Myers beat out Nick Richey, Justin Shea, Kole Holden, and Jeremy Weaver. Sportsman's Speedway returns this Sunday with a full Sunday Night Thunder program, as well as a Compact Car Demo Derby.

Sharon Speedway, which was slated to host both the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and the RUSH Late Models, fell to rain on Saturday night. Eriez Speedway lost its Mother's Day program on Sunday evening, but will try again this week. Friday night's Can-Am Motorsports Park has the RUSH Late Models back on the card as does Orrville, Ohio's Wayne County Speedway on Saturday night with a special $800 to-win feature along with the winged and non-winged "410" Sprint Cars.

On Monday, Merrittville Speedway will hold the first Crate Late Model race in their history as the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Tour kicks off with a $2,000 to-win event to celebrate Victoria Day along with the DIRTcar "358" Modified Series.



May 9, 2015

By Mike Leone

Winchester, VA...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series rounded out the second annual "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" weekend on Saturday night at Winchester Speedway for race #3 of the Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series.  Another beautiful summer-like day saw a Winchester record 34 cars turn out shattering last year's event's previous record of 27.  A total of 42 different drivers from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Virginia, and Maryland participated in the successful weekend!

Walker Arthur came out on top of another fantastic feature event to earn the clean sweep of the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" weekend.  Ironically, last year Rick Singleton performed the same feat, but this year could only manage a sixth and a seventh place finish.  After Michael Lake led the first 23 laps, Arthur, who dropped back as far as fifth, snookered both Max Blair and Lake on a restart and then drove away from the field for his first career Winchester win in the 30-lap, $2,000 to-win feature.  Arthur, who had never competed in a RUSH event prior to the weekend, left with $4,075 plus contingencies.

"I didn't have any idea we'd be able to get that pulled off around the top," explained the 30-year-old Forest, Virginia driver.  "I got lucky that Michael and Max went low, and we were able to get around the top down there.  I did what I had to do there on that restart, and I want to thank Max for being such a clean racer.  Him and I raced hard.  I believe it was his race to win if that last caution hadn't come out.  They had harder tires on than I did and that caution really hurt them.  If they'd had stayed up high, I wouldn't have been able to do anything with them, but it worked out for us as I was real good around the top.  I want to thank the Series for putting these races on and two fantastic race tracks for having us."

Following his K&N Dash win from the fourth starting spot, Joe Martin earned the feature pole, but it was Lake using the outside on the initial start to take the lead over Martin, Blair, and Arthur.  Fifth starting Tyler Hershey was subbing for Jennae Piper, who was at homecoming, and he raced past Arthur for fourth on lap two.

As Lake continued to lead, Blair began to challenge Martin for second as the two ran side-by-side on lap three.  Back behind this battle, a great race was taking place for fourth with Hershey trying to fend off Arthur and Singleton.  This went on lap after lap and it was three-wide for the position on lap nine with Arthur retaking fourth.  Just ahead, Martin and Blair continued their great side-by-side battle on laps 11 and 12.

Up front, Lake set a strong pace maintaining a fairly comfortable lead as he caught lapped traffic on lap 13.  Arthur began to close in on Blair and Martin and the race appeared to be heating up when Jonathan Dehaven came to rest in turn four.  That ended his solid run in his RUSH Tour debut and he was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night."

Back under green, a slow restart for Lake allowed Arthur to pass both Blair and Martin for second.  By lap 17, Arthur was right on Lake, but Lake continued to hold down the lead.  After battling Martin for the entire race, Blair finally made the pass for third on lap 19.  And now it was a five-car breakaway battle for the lead with Lake holding on over Arthur, Blair, Martin, and Hershey.

Blair looked like he was coming on strong as he resumed his battle from the night before at Potomac with Arthur.  The two standouts raced side-by-side on laps 22 and 23 with Blair getting runner-up at the start-finish line on lap 23.  It looked like Blair was about to make the pass of Lake for the lead racing through turns one and two on lap 24, but the caution was displayed when Ralph Morgan, Jr. got into the wall and was sideways on the frontstretch in front of most of the field.  The flagman decided to err on the side of caution and turned the yellow lights on.

Two more cautions following that caution without another lap completed resulted in a single file restart.  Lake, who had been running the middle and top of the track, went to the bottom in turn one to block Blair, who was fast on the bottom.  Blair followed in tow and that left the top open for Arthur, who drove around both to lead lap 24.  The final seven laps went green-to-checkered, and Arthur extended his lead every lap to win by 2.521 seconds in his Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farm/All About Wraps/Penske Racing Shops/Kenny Lamb Racing Engines-sponsored #87.  The win was a little more comfortable, but certainly not much more easier than Friday night's win at Potomac, which was by a mere 0.010 of a second!

Blair fought with Lake right down to the finish, but was unable to get by as Lake crossed in runner-up 0.189 of a second ahead of Blair.  Lake, who is two days shy of turning 14 years of age, was awarded the Maxima Racing Oils "Maximum Performance" Award for his stellar run against some of the top Crate Late Model racers in the country.

"I saw Max on the bottom there so I was just trying to block him to keep the lead and hopefully the win, but Walker made the outside work," explained Lake- the Uniontown, Pa. 2014 "Futures Cup" Champion.  "I didn't know if he was going to be there or not, but I figured I'd try the bottom.  It's nice to know I'm racing against the best, and to know I basically led most all of the race and finished second feels good.  I have to thank all of my sponsors and everyone that helps out, and also Ken Herman that came down tonight to help out."   

"That one kind of slipped away from us- that one was mine, I just didn't bring it home," expressed Blair- the disappointed 25-year-old Centerville, Pa. point leader, who has now finished first, second, and third in the first three Series races.  "We struggled bad early in the night, but every time we came on the race track we got a little better and better.  I thought we had the car to beat in the feature, but Walker just hit that restart perfect.  I guess I should have tried the top.  I messed up, but it is what it is.  If I was told I was going to finish third after the way the day started after qualifying, I would have been thrilled with that.  We'll take it; we learned some stuff for the big race next month and will go for it then."

Hershey was fourth in his first RUSH start of 2015 over Martin, who crossed in fifth in his first RUSH Tour start of the season.  Chad McClellan, Singleton, and 13th starting Kyle Lukon were sixth through eighth.  Brian Knowles raced from the 21st starting spot to a solid ninth place finish and earned the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger gift card.  Ben Bowie completed the top 10.

Without power steering, Matt Glanden was still able to set fast time in Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" Qualifying with a lap of 16.662 to beat out Hershey for the $100 by just 0.012 of a second.  Earning $25 for Bobby Lake Motorsports heat race wins were Singleton, Hershey, Martin, and Arthur.  Transton Stoner and Knowles won the two last chance B mains.

Martin became the third different driver to win a K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash in as many races thus far this year, and was awarded a $100 K&N certificate.  Lake received a $50 K&N certificate for second.  Blair and Arthur finished third and fourth respectively and received an additional $25 cash.

The next Tour event will be the kickoff to the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Touring Series in the inaugural event at Merrittville Speedway on Monday, May 18 for $2,000 to-win in the "Canadian Victoria Day Classic".

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Southern Touring Series Race #3 (30 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. WALKER ARTHUR (87)  2. Michael Lake (Yowler 27)  3. Max Blair (111)  4. Tyler Hershey (Piper 14)  5. Joe Martin (55)  6. Chad McClellan (119)  7. Rick Singleton (99*)  8. Kyle Lukon (1)  9. Brian Knowles (7)  10. Ben Bowie (17)  11. Jason Knowles (4)  12. John Waters (LeBarron 11)  13. Ralph Morgan, Jr. (44)  14. Rob Marhefka (99FM)  15. Steve Lowery (48)  16. Kris Eaton (3)  17. Eric Wilson (27W)  18. Darin Henderson (22)  19. Logan Roberson (17)  20. Transton Stoner (M14)  21. Matt Glanden (01)  22. Matt Tarbox (66x)  23. Jamie Sutphin (18)  24. Reese Masiello (22R)  25. Rob Nichols (7)  26. Jonathan Dehaven (Hall 69R).


May 8, 2015

By Mike Leone


Mechanicsville, MD...After two weekends off, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series headed southeast to resume the Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series on Friday night at Potomac Speedway. Summer-like conditions were present at the racey 3/8-mile facility that saw a Potomac record 26 competitors from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, and New York compete eclipsing last year's total of 22 for night one of the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" at the Series' southernmost facility.  

Southern and Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model and Crate Late Model standout Walker Arthur made his first ever Sweeney RUSH Late Model start a successful one overtaking Max Blair in a stirring battle between the two stars. The two raced side-by-side for much of the 30-lap feature in an event that officially had seven lead changes with the lead changing hands the last four laps! Arthur won the drag race to the checkered by a mere 0.010 for the $2,000 prize!

"It was awesome racing Max- he's one of the cleanest racers I've ever raced with in a long time," expressed the 30-year-old Forest, Virginia driver. "To battle back and forth like that for a win is phenomenal. We kept having those cautions and I was hoping we'd get some green flag laps. Max was just as good as me on the outside. We had a real good car and it was real fun to be here at Potomac to race like this. It was super frustrating when he kept driving back by me. There are so many people that help out on this thing and especially J.R. Overstreet and Eddie Groom at the shop."

Blair started the night off perfect setting fast time, winning his heat, and the K&N Dash to earn the feature pole. Blair raced into the early lead with track regular Ben Bowie, Arthur, Jeff Pilkerton, and John Imler in tow. Following a restart on lap four, fourth starting Arthur moved past Bowie for second, while Imler grabbed fourth from Pilkerton.

Ohio's Eric Wilson, who started eighth, was on the move as he cracked the top five on lap five then passed Imler for fourth on lap six. Wilson continued to move forward as he overtook Bowie for third on lap eight following a caution for Kyle Lukon. Arthur began to challenge Blair at the 1/3rd point of the race. He pulled even for the first time on lap 13 running the bottom, while Blair was up top on the multi-groove surface.

Following a caution with 13 laps scored, Arthur made the pass of Blair to lead for the first time on lap 14; however, it was short-lived as Blair gained the top spot back one lap later at the halfway point running the outside. After qualifying just 24th out of 26 cars, Jason Knowles raced much better. He improved from eighth to fifth in his heat race to earn the 15th starting spot. Knowles began to make his presence known in the feature when he took third from Wilson on lap 15. The two swapped the spot several times before Knowles took control for good.

With Blair still out front, Arthur didn't go away as he stayed within striking distance then pulled alongside the leader once again on lap 23 running the low line. Three cautions slowed action on laps 23 and 24. Arthur was able to nip Blair at the line to lead the 24th lap. The last six laps went green-to-checkered, and what a race it was! The two literally raced side-by-side the entire final six laps swapping the lead at the start-finish line the final four. Everyone knew it was going to come down to a drag race off turn four on the final lap, and it did with Arthur coming out by one hundredth of a second in the near photo finish!

Arthur has won features in most all of the top Crate Late Model sanctioning bodies in the country and now adds RUSH to his resume in his Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farm/All About Wraps/Penske Racing Shops/Kenny Lamb Racing Engines-sponsored #87. When you pass Max Blair to win a race, you know you've accomplished something, and that feat alone earned Arthur the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" Award.

Blair's runner-up was worth $1,000 and allowed him to maintain his Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series point lead. "It's always fun racing with Walker," stated the Centerville, Pa. great. "We raced a few nights in Florida and it was just like that- door-to-door. You can race as hard as you want and it's clean. I wish a lot more people were as clean as he is.   There's tiny little lip up there on top and if you hit it right it would shoot you down the backstretch, but if you hit it too hard it would kill your momentum. I hit it right to lead at the white (flag), but I missed it a little bit on the last lap and he took my momentum a little in (turn) four. He did everything right. He left me a lane on the frontstretch and there aren't many that would do that, and that's why he's so fun to race with. It hurts not to come out with a win when you're that close, but it was a lot of fun and am looking forward to tomorrow."

Knowles, who traveled six hours to make his first ever Potomac start, was third, which improved on his fifth place Roaring Knob Motorsports Park finish to move him into runner-up in points. Knowles earned the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger Award for advancing 12 spots from his original starting position.

"We really screwed things up at the start of the night and we actually went back to what we came with and hot lapped with," explained the Addison, New York racer. "We put it right back to the way it was, threw some new tires on it, and said here we go this is it. I'd like to thank my dad, A.J., and Jason Dobson that helped me tonight, and all of my sponsors."

Seventeen-year-old Logan Roberson, who won the last Sweeney Weekly Series event at Potomac charged from 14th to a solid fourth- his best ever in a Tour event. Last year's event winner, Rick Singleton, was another driver that made a charge to the front racing from 15th to fifth, which bumped him up to third place in the Tour standings following his sixth at Roaring Knob.

After suffering a flat tire early on, Bowie made his way back up toward the front with a sixth place finish. After running in the top five for much of the event, Wilson dropped to seventh over Pilkerton. Kris Eaton, who runs the $135 Bilstein sealed spec shocks came from 17th to ninth over Reese Masiello. John Imler, who had a top five run going during the first half of the event, was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" after getting caught up in a couple of accidents and was credited with 19th.

Blair's 16.203 lap in $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" Qualifying was just 0.019 of a second off David Puckett's fast lap and track record at last year's event. Bobby Lake Motorsports $25 heat race wins went to Blair, Bowie, and Pilkerton. Blair also received a $100 K&N certificate for winning his first "Cold Air Induction" Dash of the season. Bowie received a $50 K&N certificate in second, while Pilkerton and Arthur picked up an additional $25 cash for their third and fourth place dash finishes.

Southern Touring Series Race #2 (30 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. WALKER ARTHUR (97) 2. Max Blair (111) 3. Jason Knowles (4) 4. Logan Roberson (17) 5. Rick Singleton (99*) 6. Ben Bowie (17) 7. Eric Wilson (27W) 8. Jeff Pilkerton (8) 9. Kris Eaton (3) 10. Reese Masiello (22R) 11. Brian Knowles (4) 12. Matt Glanden (01) 13. Darin Henderson (22) 14. Darren Alvey (30) 15. James Sutphin (18) 16. Doug Gavette (9G) 17. Kyle Lukon (1) 18. John Waters (LeBarron 11) 19. John Imler (63) 20. Harry Shipe, Jr. (00) 21. Timmy Booth (95) 22. Matt Tarbox (66x) 23. Steve Lowery (48) 24. Richard Culver (213) 25. Tracy Graves (28) 26. Megan Mann (55).



May 6, 2015

By Mike Leone

Pulaski, PA...After two weekends off, the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will resume action this Friday and Saturday (May 8-9) in a Southern Tour doubleheader. The second annual "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" will feature $2,000 to-win events on Friday night at Potomac Speedway and Saturday night at Winchester Speedway.

Last year's inaugural event weekend saw Rick Singleton sweep both nights of action. Singleton, who finished sixth in the opening event this year at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on April 18, will be chomping at the bit for another sweep! Last year, Potomac and Winchester were in the inaugural season of sanctioning their Crate Late Models with RUSH. The Tour events attracted track records of 22 cars at Potomac and 27 at Winchester. Those counts are expected to be broke this weekend.

Saturday's event at Winchester will be an excellent tune-up for the inaugural "Crate Racin' USA Nationals" on June 12-13 where one driver could win well over $7,000! The Friday program will see twin $1,000 to-win "Bill Hendren Memorial" qualifiers and the $500 to-win "Miles Traveled" event before Saturday's $6,000 to-win main event and $1,500 to-win non-qualifier.  

Neither Potomac nor Winchester has had much luck with the weather on their Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series events this year; however, dry weather is predicted for this weekend. Potomac has completed two events with Darin Henderson and Logan Roberson victorious, while Henderson topped a 19-car field back on April 11 in the only event to date for Winchester.

Roaring Knob winner, Max Blair, has been hot already this season. Besides his opening Tour win, Blair swept action last weekend in Sweeney Weekly Series events at Stateline and Eriez Speedways. In addition to Weekly Series monies, Blair has his sights set on winning the $10,000 potential pot of gold by capturing both the North and South Tours in addition to the $2,000 overall point champion bonus.

Currently second in points is defending champion Ryan Montgomery over the New York Knowles brothers, Brian and Jason, followed by Singleton. Two more New York drivers in Randy Hall and John Waters are sixth and seventh. Hall, an E-Mod standout for many years, is in his first season driving the Terry Suppa-owned #4s, while Waters is back on the Tour for the second straight year in Dale LeBarron's #11. Ohio's Eric Wilson is another driver entering his second season on the Tour. Rob Marhefka, last year's Sweeney/Pace engine giveaway winner, is ninth after hitting the majority of the Tour shows in 2014. Two-time 2014 Tour winner, Chad McClellan, is 10th. 2014 "Futures Cup" Champion, Michael Lake, and Russell Baird, Jr. complete the top 12 points paying positions.

"We're really looking forward to this weekend," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "Both Potomac and Winchester are racey, bullrings that provide great racing. Last year's show were tremendous. Potomac and Winchester are in their third year running Crate Late Models and second year under RUSH. It's great to see their car counts growing and I'm sure their racers are getting better and better and will offer staunch competition to our touring invaders. We have to thank Greg Gunter and Denise Hollidge for their continued support."

This weekend's events will be the first as part of the Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" and "Beat the Heat" Quick Cash Program for the new season. For the third straight year, B.L.M. will offer $100 to the fastest qualifier and $25 to-win heat races in events that pay $2,000 or more to win! This means a weekend sweep of the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" would be worth a minimum of $4,250!


UFo Returns to Earth May 24 plus Super LMs at Hesston May 16

(Mars, PA) The UFo Championship will return to planet earth in May 2015. Hesston Speedway will present the "DR Eriksen Grand Prix" on Sunday, May 24.   This event honors the "Dirt Doctor", who rebuilt the track from 2010-2013.

The "DR Eriksen Grand Prix" will see the UFo Super Late Models race 56 laps for $4,056 to win.   24th position will pay $400, while non-qualifiers will receive $150. The starting grid will be 24 of the best Super Late Models drivers in the region.

Hesston has become famous for being a late model powerhouse with its dual late model division special events.   The "DR Eriksen Grand Prix" will continue this tradition, with a 30 lap Semi-Late feature paying $1,000 to win and $125 to start.   Hesston's Semi-Lates are a mix of limited, steel block and crate late models.   Weight and spoiler variations are used to even competition.

A-Cadets (street) will race 25 laps for $575 to win and $80 to start. Hobby-Modifieds (pure stock) will race 20 laps for $300 to win and $45 to start.   The Roadrunners will race 15 laps for $200 to win and $38 to start. Cadets and Hobby-Modifieds also have weight and/or spoiler variations to allow cars with different equipment to race together competitively.

On May 24, pit gates will open at 2:00 with grandstands opening at 4:30.   Pill draw will end at 5:45 with racing or Super Late Model warm-ups at 6:30. Grandstand admission will be $20 with children 12 and under free in grandstands. All pit tickets will cost $36.   Super Late Model entry fee will be $25.

Hesston will also give the Super Late Models an additional chance to hit the high banks on Saturday May 16. With Port Royal Speedway taking their spring break, Hesston will be hosting the Super Late Models for "the Hesston Trophy."   The 30 lap feature will pay $1,500 to win, $200 to start and $150 to non-qualifiers.   Semi-Lates, A-Cadets, Hobby-Modifieds and Roadrunners will also compete in their "Hi-Octane" racing programs.

On May 16 pit gates will open at 3:00 with grandstands opening at 5:00.   Pill draw will end at 5:45 with racing at 6:30.   Grandstand admission will be $14, with children 12 and under free in the grandstands. All pit tickets will cost $28.

The next UFo Super Late Model event is scheduled for Friday, June 12 at Dog Hollow Speedway. The "Shawn McGarvey Championship" will pay $3,000 to win for a 41 lap feature. This race honors Shawn McGarvey, who is a multi-time Dog Hollow champion and finished 5th in the initial year of UFo points.  



HAGERSTOWN, MD. – On Mothers Night, Gary Stuhler returned to Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol victory lane for the second time this season with Saturday’s triumph over Trever Feathers.

It was the career 133rd for Hagerstown’s all-time leading feature winner and National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame veteran.

Stuhler came from seventh and gradually worked his way to the front until getting past Feathers following a 19th lap restart.

“I kinda didn’t have a shot at it until that yellow came out,” Stuhler said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I wasn’t very good on the top.  I just drove it in there and tried to force it in there to get it to get traction. I had to catch the stuff on the bottom to keep traction to the car. It just worked out that the yellow came when it did.”

Current point leader Scott Palmer became the second driver to repeat wins in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman Spring Championship after getting past Jonathan DeHaven Jr. with seven laps to go to pick up the double point $1,000 to win event. Mike Corbin was back in victory lane for the fourth time this season and overall 20th time in the K-Lynn Management Pure Stocks while Gary Proctor recorded his season second and career 25th in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks.

D. J. Myers and Brian Tavenner started on the Late Model front row as Tavenner took charge over Myers and Feathers with Myers charging to the lead following a fourth lap restart. Feathers passed Tavenner on the seventh lap and then pressured Myers while Stuhler also moved Tavenner back to fourth on the ninth lap.

Two laps later, Feathers advanced past Myers for the lead and left him to deal with Stuhler who arrived on Myers bumper and made the pass on the 19th lap as Myers suddenly coasted to a stop in the second turn.

When Feathers used a low entry on the restart, Stuhler used the opportunity to quickly blast around his outside and take command off the second turn. Feathers didn’t give up easily but in the final two laps, Stuhler opened a little breathing room and won by 1.058 seconds. Kyle Lear, Tavenner and Devin Friese were next.

The Late Model Sportsman went off heads up as DeHaven surged to the front over Kyle Lee who was overtaken on the third lap by Palmer. Palmer made up nearly a half straightaway to get in challenging position by the seventh lap. He kept the pressure on DeHaven until finally seizing the opportunity to charge ahead on the 19th lap while Paul Cursey overtook DeHaven following a lap 21 caution but Palmer sped ahead to take the win by 2.421 seconds. DeHaven ended third over Travis Stickley and Lee.

“That was a good race with all those laps and DeHaven,” Palmer said. ”We really had a good race going. We talked before the race and we both wanted to win but he slipped up one time and that gave me the chance to get by.”

Craig Parrill charged to the front while Chris Ebersole quickly grabbed second on lap two. Parrill, Ebersole and Brian Miller toured the track a length apart while Corbin joined them on the sixth lap. When the group encountered a rear car on the ninth lap, Corbin slipped into second while Ebersole dropped to fourth. On the 12th lap, Miller made contact with Parrill as they both spun as Corbin took over for the final three laps. Jamie Zentmyer, initially to start on the pole, charged from the rear of the field and took second from Ebersole with three to go but came up two lengths short. Eleventh starter Kenny Dillon was fourth over Michelle Walls.

Late Models: 25 Laps, 21 Entries: 1.Gary Stuhler, 2.Trever Feathers, 3.Kyle Lear, 4.Brian Tavenner, 5.Devin Friese, 6.Kyle Hardy, 7.Marvin Winters, 8.Allen Brannon, 9.Jerry Bard, 10.Roy Deese Jr., 11.Jim Bernheisel, 12.Joe Leavell, 13.Barry Miller, 14.Kenny Moreland, 15.Ronnie DeHaven Jr. 16.Larry Baer, 17. D. J. Myers, 18.Frankie Plessinger, 19.Brad Omps, 20.Andy Anderson, 21. Tyler Horst

Late Model Sportsman (Spring Championship): 25 Laps, 20 Entries: 1.Scott Palmer, 2.Paul Cursey, 3.Jonathan DeHaven, 4.Travis Stickley, 5.Kyle Lee, 6.Chad Myers, 7.Mike Walls, 8.Bobby Beard, 9.Chaz Walls, 10.Cody Lear, 11.Wayne Dillman, 12.Kevin Deremer, 13.Garrett Walls, 14.Elwood Sord, 15.Brayden Anderson, 16.Jimmy Richards, 17.Mike Walls, 18.Dallas Richards, 19.Cody Kershner, 20.Joe Westerman Jr.


Jimmy Owens Wins St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway


MACON, IL (April 30, 2015) Jimmy Owens scored his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Thursday Night at Macon Speedway.  Owens inherited the lead when race-long front-runners Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer pitted to change flat tires.  Owens then led the rest of the way to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.

Trailing Owens to the finish line were Jason Feger, Devon Moran, Shannon Babb, and Ryan Unzicker.

"It feels great to get the first Lucas Oil Series win for Bryan Rowland.  We learned a lot from last year running here and we made the proper changes tonight and got the job done," said Owens, who collected his 53rd career LOLMDS victory.

"We came here last year for the first time in a late model.  We nearly got lapped early on by Bobby [Pierce], but we made our way back to finish third.  Tonight, I guess Pierce and Moyer cut down tires and that left the door open for us.  You have to hit that turn three and four at an angle to scotch it off.  It worked out pretty good."

Pierce and Moyer battled back and forth for the lead several times as lapped traffic was causing Pierce issues.  Pierce had led the first 20 laps until Moyer took the lead on lap 21.  Pierce fought back and retook the point on lap 32.

Pierce and Moyer ran one-two until a fateful caution on lap 58 as both drivers would go pit side with flat right rear tires.  Owens then inherited lead and held on till the end.  

"I would like to thank Widow Wax Car Care Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Red Line Oil, Keyser Manufacturing, Ford, Midwest Sheet Metal, Cornett Engines, and Club 29 Race Cars.  It is a great way to start the weekend."

Feger, who has ran a limited schedule thus far in 2015 was happy with his second-place finish.  "I am tickled to death with this run.  After coming back from a broken arm, we have had bad luck so far, but this makes it a whole lot better," said the driver of the Cheap Cars, Pro Tire and Automotive, Griffin Sign Shop, and Titan #25.

Moran made his first appearance at Macon and came home third in the final rundown.  "I have to thank Jerry Hupp for getting us to come over here.  We weren't going to come, but he wanted us over here.  To place third against this stacked field is just tremendous.  We have never been here, and it was fun."

Completing the top ten were Chris Brown, Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Don O'Neal, and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 30 entrants, with a lap of 10.228 seconds. Bobby Pierce set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 10.558 seconds. Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, and Brandon Sheppard won their respective heat races. Devin Moran and Jonathan Davenport won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Macon Speedway - Macon, IL
Feature Finish (100 Laps): 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Devin Moran, 4. Shannon Babb, 5. Ryan Unzicker, 6. Chris Brown, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Bobby Pierce, 9. Don O'Neal, 10. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 11. Jonathan Davenport, 12. Greg Kimmons, 13. Scott Bloomquist, 14. Earl Pearson, Jr., 15. Dennis Erb, Jr., 16. Steve Francis, 17. Mike Benedum, 18. Jared Landers, 19. Kevin Weaver, 20. Levi Kissinger, 21. Billy Moyer, 22. Ryan Little, 23. Daryn Klein, 24. Jake Little, 25. Terry Babb.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 30
Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 - 20); Billy Moyer (Laps 21 - 31); Bobby Pierce (Laps 32 - 58); Jimmy Owens (Laps 59 - 100)
Time of Race: 62 minutes 17 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. Jonathan Davenport 1655
2. Jimmy Owens 1620
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 1620
4. Don O'Neal 1560
5. Devin Moran 1505
6. Eddie Carrier Jr. 1490
7. Steve Francis 1435
8. Brandon Sheppard 1405
9. Jared Landers 1350
10. Scott Bloomquist 1340


Stateline will roar to life this week

Busti, NY (April 27, 2015): The historic clay-surface speedplant known as Stateline Speedway will again swing open its gates for another summer of racing excitement with two events this week.

Wednesday, April 29, weather permitting, the twice-scheduled and twice-weather-postponed "test-n-tune" session will finally occur with the pit gates opening at 6 PM and cars taking to the track at 7. Grandstand admission will be free for this event and a limited concession menu will be available. Pit admission will be $20 for this event.

Finally, after one of the most brutal winters in history, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, the second season of the "Catania Era". Will commence with the second annual "Papa Don Frank Memorial". Frank was one of the original owners of the track, which was built and opened in 1956. This year the event for the Overhead Door Company of Jamestown Super Late Models will run thirty five laps and pay a purse of over $16,000 and $2,500 to win. All seven of Stateline's competing classes will compete with the green flag falling promptly at 6 PM. Gates will open at 4PM.

The 2015 season will see a variety of events including specials for all seven regular classes. Well as special appearances by the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Patriot Sprint Tour, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, United Late Model Series, United E-Mod Series, Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, and the Rush Late Model Series. The Rush Late Model Series will be the sanctioning body for the Crate Late Models for the first time in the history of the class at Stateline.

Regular classes, in addition to the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, will be the ShultsAuto Group Rush Crate Late Models, the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsmen, and Challengers.       

Another first for 2015 will be the “Party on the Hill” Concert Series, a series of four Friday Evening Concerts, including Nashville Star semi-finalist Sean Patrick McGraw. Stateline Kart Track will also kick off its season on Saturday, May 2 with Karting events running every Saturday until the end of September.


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - May Midwest Tripleheader


WAYCROSS, GA (April 27, 2015) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will kick off the month of May with a highly anticipated Midwest tripleheader. The three-race swing will see the nation's top dirt late model drivers and regional stand-outs battle it out for over $130,000 in total prize money.

The LOLMDS returns to Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois on Thursday night, April 30th, for the 2nd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.   This complete show includes: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the $12,000 to win, 100-lap main event. Modifieds and B-Modifieds will join the LOLMDS as support divisions that evening.

In 2014, Bobby Pierce scored the biggest win of his young racing career, when he pocketed $12,000 for his triumph in a thriller over Brian Shirley. Steve Francis finished third, followed by Jimmy Owens, who rallied from twenty-fourth to finish fourth. Eddie Carrier Jr. completed the top five.

More information about the 2nd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway is available by visiting the track's website, located at: www.maconracing.com.

The action shifts to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on Friday night, May 1st. This event will mark the first of two visits to the Kevin and Tammy Gundaker-promoted facility in 2015. Some of the Midwest's best dirt late model talents are expected to challenge the nation's premier touring series drivers in the annual Spring Spectacular at the 3/8-mile oval. Scott Bloomquist will return as the defending champion of the event. Fans can look forward to a complete show of Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the $10,000 to win, 50-lap feature. The Modified and Crate Late Model divisions will also be in competition on May 1st.

More information on the May 1st event at Tri-City Speedway is available by calling the track office at: (618) 931-7836 or by visiting their website at: www.tricityspeedway.net.

The series will then head to Paducah International Raceway (Paducah, Kentucky) on May 2nd for the annual Spring Showdown. The lightning-fast, high-banked, 3/8-mile oval provides some of the best racing in Western Kentucky. A strong pool of regional talents, accompanied by the stars of the LOLMDS are sure to cap off a great weekend of racing action. Jason Feger won the 2014 edition of the Spring Showdown. The May 2nd event at PIR includes: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the $10,000 to win, 50-lap main event. The Modifieds and Pro Late Models will also be on the track that evening.



Hagerstown, MD: Today’s running of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model 34th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Founders Day Classic event has been cancelled.

Following the season opener for Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol being postponed followed by six consecutive race events,  Mother Nature has failed to cooperate for the second consecutive season in trying to get this prestigious and fan awaited event completed.

The percentage of precipitation to arrive closer to race time is not promising. With no suitable dates for the speedway or the Lucas Series and no rain date, the event will not be made up.

The speedway returns to action next Saturday, May 2rd with the Mother’s Day Special with free general admission for all mothers. .Late Models, the Spring Championship for Late Model Sportsman (with double points) along with the Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks and “Van” Dits are featured. Starting time is 7:00 p.m.


Don O'Neal Captures First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at Roaring Knob


MARKLEYSBURG, PA (April 24, 2015) - Don O'Neal found victory lane for the first time this season on Friday Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion landed in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 41st time in his career.

Trailing O'Neal to the finish line was current LOLMDS point's leader, Jonathan Davenport; followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Kyle Hardy, and Chris Ferguson.

"It was a good night for the Clint Bowyer Racing Team. To get that first win of the season is just great and hopefully this will get us going! The track was really good tonight. That one caution flag might have saved me from getting passed for the lead, but I just kept it glued on the bottom and brought it home," said O'Neal.

"I have to thank all my crew: Barry and Lance Wright, Tony Trent, and my crew chief Jeremy Justice. The car was perfect tonight. All I did was just keep out of trouble. Towards the end there I was hoping to get to the checkered flag before I got into some more traffic."

Davenport; with his runner-up finish; maintains the series point's lead heading to Hagerstown Speedway tomorrow night. "Well I guess we get to keep the Midwest Sheet Metal Orange Spoiler for another night. Earl and I had a great race most of the night. That Chris Ferguson, man he did a great job. I have run with him countless times in the Southeast and he can wheel a car. He has just had a lot of bad luck this year."

Davenport was able to track down O'Neal at the end of the race, but just as O'Neal was about to enter heavy traffic, the race was over. "I was able to catch Don, but passing him was going to be another story. I am real happy for K&K Rumley and all of my sponsors. I have only been here and at Hagerstown once, so it is going to be a learning weekend for sure."

Pearson, in the Lucas Oil Products/Dunn-Benson Ford, entry ran as high as second in the race, and eventually settled for third. "I thought we had a shot at O'Neal, but our tires went away at the end. We could really gain some ground on restarts. Somebody kicked that mud and water out on the track in turn four and it started to get real slimy."

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Dylan Yoder, Eddie Carrier Jr., Rick Eckert, and Mason Zeigler.

In preliminary action, Chris Ferguson set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 32 entrants, with a lap of 16.024 seconds. Don O'Neal set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.342 seconds. Chris Ferguson, Gregg Satterlee, Don O'Neal, and Kyle Yoder won their respective heat races. Scott Bloomquist and Tim Senic won their respective B-Mains.

Race Summary
Friday, April 24th, 2015
Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex - Markleysburg, PA
Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Don O'Nealm 2. Jonathan Davenport, 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Kyle Hardy, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Steve Francis, 7. Dylan Yoder, 8. Eddie Carrier Jr., 9. Rick Eckert, 10. Mason Zeigler, 11. Dennis Erb Jr., 12. Brandon Sheppard, 13. Jimmy Owens, 14. Devin Moran, 15. Kenny PettyJohn, 16.
Austin Hubbard, 17. Chris Brown, 18. Keith Jackson, 19. Gregg Satterlee, 20. Scott Bloomquist, 21. Jared Landers, 22. Mike Lupfer, 23. Keith Barbara, 24.
Justin Kann, 26. Tim Senic, 25. Mike Benedum.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 32
Lap Leaders: Don O'Neal (Laps 1 - 50)
Time of Race: 40 minutes 28 seconds     

Point Standings
1. Jonathan Davenport 1480
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 1460
3. Don O'Neal 1375
4. Jimmy Owens 1370
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 1310
6. Steve Francis 1285
6. Devin Moran 1285
8. Brandon Sheppard 1210
8. Jared Landers 1210
10. Dennis Erb Jr. 1175
10. Scott Bloomquist 1175


Stateline opener delayed by wet grounds

Busti, NY (April 22, 2015): The worst winter in recent memory has soaked the track, pit, and parking area at Stateline Speedway to the extent that General Manager Bill Catania Sr has made the decision to postpone opening night until the following week, May 2. The featured event will be the Papa Don Frank Memorial, originally scheduled for April 25. All seven classes will be running with gates opening at 4 PM for a 6PM dropping of the green on the 2015 season.

Track conditions being considered, there will be an attempt to hold a practice session Wednesday April 29 starting at 5 PM with a tentative rain date for Thursday April 30.

Check racestateline.com on the World Wide Web or @racestateline on Twitter. Also check Stateline Speedway's Facebook page.

Details of rescheduled events will be announced as soon as possible.


April 18, 2015

By Mike Leone


Markleysburg, PA...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series kicked off its 2015 campaign for its new Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Summer-like conditions were present at the scenic 3/8-mile facility that saw 28 competitors from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York compete.

After drawing the next-to-worst pill for his heat race starting spot, Max Blair raced his way from ninth to fourth with a last lap pass to qualify for the feature redraw. That proved key as Blair lined up fourth in the 25-lap feature. After young Garett Paugh of West Virginia and New York's Brian Knowles traded the lead early on, Blair found moisture on the top and rode it to the lead on lap 17. Once in front and without a caution to slow action, Blair pulled away from the field to capture the $1,200 win. Blair takes the early point lead as he has his sights set on the $10,000 Sweeney Touring Series sweep.

"We got put behind with that big pill draw and it was tough to pass in the heat races, but I got in position on the final lap to make something happen and it worked out," explained the 25-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver. "We ended up drawing a four for the feature so it realistically took me from starting 14th to fourth so that was a huge deal. It was fun. I wasn't a big fan of the water when we were packing it, but it ended up making it pretty racey. I moved up and there was something to get a hold of. It sure was a lot of fun to ride around this place on the top- I've never gotten to do that in all the years coming here."

Knowles and Paugh brought the 24-car starting field to green with defending Sweeney Tour champion Ryan Montgomery and standout Blair in tow followed by "Futures Cup" racer Clinton Hersh, who moved into the top five after one lap.  By lap six, Paugh began to open up his lead, while the battle for second heated up with Knowles trying to fend off Montgomery, Blair, and now last year's leading Tour winner, Rick Singleton.

The first seven caution-free laps were uneventful until Chad McClellan's spin slowed action. Paugh chose the inside for the double file restart, but it was Knowles, who used the moisture from the water that was put down on the topside of the speedway prior to the race, powering to lead off turn four to lead lap eight. Blair and Montgomery swapped the third spot on laps eight and nine with Montgomery regaining the position on lap nine.

Paugh didn't let Knowles out of his sight as he ran consistent laps around the bottom. The duo ran side-by-side for several laps before Paugh regained the lead on lap 10, while Blair took third back before the event's second and final caution with 11 laps scored. Nolan Dalton was the victim as damage from contact with Troy Shields ended his night. Dalton, who also got caught up in a heat race skirmish that was not of his doing, was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night".

When green replaced yellow, Paugh was able to maintain the lead this time, while positions behind him began to change. Montgomery and Blair were able to get by Knowles for second and third respectively. Blair then got up top and nosed ahead of Montgomery for runner-up just past the halfway point on lap 14. Blair stayed in the moisture and closed in on Paugh on lap 16. One lap later, Blair pulled alongside and made the pass stick racing off turn four.

Once in front, Blair quickly pulled away as he was running laps three tenths quicker than everyone else. Meanwhile, Montgomery moved up like Blair did and closed on Paugh on lap 22. Montgomery then drove around Paugh for the second spot off turn two on lap 24. Blair had a half-straightaway lead built up when he caught traffic on lap 24, but the traffic un-phased him as he carried the R&J Poultry/Moody & Son Welding/Genesis Shocks/Murphy's Logging/C&J Dairy-sponsored #111 to his sixth career Tour win- tying him with Montgomery for the most all-time.

"I have to thank my dad (Rob)," stated Blair. "I can't wait to watch him in his Late Model. He gives up a lot to support my stuff. I have to thank all of my sponsors and crew. Without these guys I couldn't do this. It takes everyone's effort. We did the trip to Florida and it started out as a real good year and I hope we can keep this going."

Montgomery had to be pushed to the front-stretch for the podium presentation after breaking at the finish. "I heard a big snap and I don't have a gear anymore," explained the 18-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer. "It was my first time out this year and I have thank Jerry for letting me drive his car. Jerry helped us out and got everything set up for us. We worked out the kinks in the heat race. The car was great. I just wished I could have got to the top a little quicker than Max (Blair) did, but he knew it was going to be good. As soon he got around me on the top, I moved up and it was a lot better but I couldn't keep up with him."  

The 19-year-old Paugh, who was making just his third career Tour start and first since October 19, 2013 at Roaring Knob, impressed everyone leading the most laps and his best career Tour finish earned him the Maxima Racing Oils "Maximum Performance" award!

"This feels pretty good," expressed Paugh of Elkins, West Virginia. "I was getting pretty nervous, but I just kept trying to hit my marks every lap and was hoping I could come out with one. We had shock troubles this week and didn't think we were going to get to race, but Tim Scenic thankfully gave me a set of shocks to try and they worked pretty well. I'm super pumped about this!"

Brian Knowles dropped to fourth holding off his brother Jason, who raced from 11th to fifth at the finish. Singleton was sixth. Longtime E-Mod standout, Randy Hall, made his debut in the Terry Suppa-owned #4s and finished seventh ahead of John Waters, Eric Wilson, and Rob Marhefka. Ralph Morgan, Jr., who drove John Powell's #100 last year to a 10th place Tour point finish, was in his own #44 and charged from the 22nd starting spot to 11th at the finish to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger gift card.

Heat race winners were Montgomery, Wilson, and Singleton. Last year's "Futures Cup" Champion, Michael Lake, passed fellow "Futures Cup" driver, Jennae Piper, on the final lap to win the last chance B main.

RUSH Dirt Late Model Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series Race #1 (25 laps, $1,200 to-win): 1. MAX BLAIR (111) 2. Ryan Montgomery (12) 3. Garrett Paugh (03) 4. Brian Knowles (7) 5. Jason Knowles (4) 6. Rick Singleton (99*)   7. Randy Hall (Suppa 4s) 8. John Waters (LeBarron 11) 9. Eric Wilson (27W) 10. Rob Marhefka (99FM) 11. Ralph Morgan, Jr. (44) 12. Chad McClellan (119) 13. Michael Lake (Yowler 27) 14. Clinton Hersh (16) 15. Russell Baird, Jr. (17B) 16. Steve Lowery (48) 17. Kyle Lukon (1) 18. Doug Gavette (9G) 19. Jennae Piper (14) 20. Dylan Lewis (44) 21. Troy Shields (11) 22. Michael Ott (21) 23. Vince Masi, Jr. (61) 24. Nolan Dalton (D2).



HAGERSTOWN, MD. – In an event put together in the past several weeks, the “Salute to a Champion, Rodney Franklin”, Gregg Satterlee completely dominated the 33-lap event Saturday evening honoring Franklin, whose health if failing. Franklin was a big part of Hagerstown Speedway beginning in 1972 when he ran his first race and finished 13th. For years the family #33 and later, Creed and Linda Calton’s #01 cars made many laps around the speedway. Nicknamed “The Virginia Leadfoot”, he was a two time Late Model champion, 1997 and 98, winner of every major race held at the speedway and second in all time wins with 114.

Satterlee won his heat and started on the outside pole to lead every lap, picking up more than $12,000 including the $4,301 payout plus the rest in lap money donated by family and many friends. He never raced against Franklin but knew of him from when he was a youngster.

“This is awesome,” Satterlee said. “I don’t know him personally, but when my uncle used to come here and race, I came here as a little kid and remember the 01 car and his name, He was always one of the best cars here, so to win a memorial race for him means a lot. The track was in really good shape and the car was awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better night. I want to thank the Franklin family for putting on this race and all the sponsors. This is a tremendous payout and all the lap money.”  

“The whole thing has been a family function, a family event,” Dave Stultz said. “We’re a tight knit family .We all wish Rodney could be here. Some of the other family members are with him tonight. I know we’ll have videos and tapes to show him tomorrow. He told me “I wish this would be a big event” and it has been. I said “Well Rodney, you want it big, it will be big.”

“Congratulations to Gregg on his win,” Franklin’s daughter Jamie said. “He was really hooked up tonight; it was great.  The family of Rodney Franklin would like to express our deepest gratitude to Hagerstown Speedway, to Ernie and Keya Davis, for all the drivers and fans that came out tonight; it really meant a lot to our family. We thank you for your support and continued prayers and God bless you all. Also, thank to Devin (Friese) for his car, it looks awesome, it brought tears to all our eyes and dad a big smile. We loved it. It was nice seeing the #O1 out there.”

Friese had his car completely redone like the Calton race car that Franklin drove up until 2002 when he and Calton both quit. Franklin did race one more time, the 2003 Octoberfest in a second Friese race car.

Paul Cursey became the first repeat winner in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman feature with a flag to flag win as did Chris Ebersole, who shook his season’s bad luck and added his name to the K-Lynn Management Pure Stock winners. Tom Caravello also led all the way to take the Mason Dixon Auto Auction win over previous week’s winner Gary Proctor. Bryan Green was the All American Outlaw winner.   

In the 33 entries, Gary Stuhler set fast time of 19.735 seconds for the night which earned him $331 from TC Race Cars along with $33 from KRS Graphics for each heat and B Main winners.

Following parade laps behind the 01 racer, Stuhler took the green and powered into the first turns, but Satterlee charged around the top to speed off the second turn with the lead which he would not relinquish. He had stretched a lengthy lead and was past two rear cars by the 13th lap when a caution reset the field.

With Stuhler, Kenny Pettyjohn and Kyle Hardy chasing, Satterlee checked out and was more than seven seconds ahead by the 28th lap when seventh running Jamie Lathroum had a flat.

In the final five circuits, Satterlee again left the others behind as Hardy grabbed third on the 30th lap and set his sights on Stuhler while Satterlee drove on to score the triumph by 3.841 seconds over Stuhler, Hardy, Pettyjohn and Allen Brannon.  

Stuhler, Satterlee, Pettyjohn and Hardy were the heat winners while Barry Miller and Mason Zeigler were the B main winners. Brian Tavenner came from 24th to 11th to be the Hard Charger and receive $133 from ARC Racing.

“I’m looking forward to coming here next week,’ Satterlee said. “This is pretty much my favorite race track and we usually run very well here. I’m looking forward to the Lucas Oil guys coming here next week and hopefully we have something for them.”

Paul Cursey started outside the front row in the four car invert of the Late Model Sportsman feature with polesitter Mike Walls into second. Second row starters Travis Stickley and Scott Palmer were next until Palmer took over the runner up spot on lap ten while Cursey had more than a five second lead and two lapped cars between them that was erased two laps later. Cursey held off Palmer in the closing laps to post his season second win by 1.16 seconds. Rodney Walls was third with ninth starter Chad Myers and Stickley next.

Late Models: 33 Laps, 33 Entries: 1.Gregg Satterlee, 2.Gary Stuhler, 3.Kyle Hardy, 4.Kenny Pettyjohn, 5.Allen Brannon, 6.Austin Hubbard, 7.Andy Anderson, 8.Dylan Yoder, 9.C.S. Fitzgerald, 10.Mason Zeigler, 11.Brian Tavenner (Hard Charger), 12.Roy Deese Jr., 13.Keith Jackson, 14.Ronnie DeHaven Jr., 15.Jason Miller, 16.Coleby Frye, 17.Brad Ritter, 18.Devin Friese, 19.Brad Omps, 20.Jerry Bard, 21.Dan Angelicchio, 22.Jamie Lathroum, 23.D.J. Myers, 24.Traver Feathers, 25.Justin Kann, 26.Earl Pearson Jr., 27.Glenn Elliott, 28.Linsdsay Barton, 29.Frankie Plessinger, 30.Nick Dickson, 31.Marvin Winters, 32.Barry Miller, 33.Matt Cosner

Late Model Sportsman: 20 Laps, 23 Entries: 1.Paul Cursey, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Rodney Walls, 4.Chad Myers, 5.Travis Stickley, 6.Justin Weaver, 7.Mike Walls, 8.Robbie Black, 9.Kyle Lee, 10.Bobby Beard, 11.Ryan Walls, 12.Sam Gallagher, 13.Larry Neiderer, 14.Chaz Walls, 15.Cody Kershner, 16.Jason Nace, 17.Joe Westerman Jr., 18.Elwood Sord, 19.Brayden Anderson, 20.Kenneth Yoder, 21.Garrett Walls, 22.Jeffrey King. DNS- Rick Hulson


Raceway 7 practice delayed until Saturday, April 18

Conneaut, OH (April 16, 2015): Management at Raceway 7 have decided to postpone the first of two practice sessions to Saturday, April 18 wi gates opening at 3:30 PM with cars on the track at 5 PM.

The decision was made due to threats of rain Thursday night and Friday morning. The pit area and parking lots are saturated after the long, brutal winter and really need the extra day to dry out enough to be passable.

Grandstand admission will be free while pit admission will be $20 per person. A limited menu will be available at the main concession stand.


Sugar Grove race car show, "test 'n' tune" session set for Stateline Saturday, April 18!

Busti, NY (April 15, 2015): Stateline Speedway prepares to open the gates on the 2015 season of racing with an afternoon car show on the streets of downtown Sugar Grove, PA Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 PM and running to 5 PM. The show will include all classes, including Karts. Registration forms will be available for all classes. Cars can be put in position as early as 11:30 AM but no later than 12:30 PM. Traffic will be detoured around the show area.

At 5PM activities will move to Kortwright Road for a practice session to formally begin the 2015 season. Pit admission will be $10 with grandstand admission free.

The 2015 schedule released in March includes racing for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the headline class since the track opened in 1956, the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsmen, and Challengers. Each class will have special events throughout the season, which will culminate in the second annual Fall Brawl in September. The green flag will drop on the season at 6 PM April 25 with the second 'Papa Don Frank Memorial' and switch to 7 PM May 23 and continue every Saturday night. Among the specials will be an appearance by the Patriot Sprint Tour May 23, the always popular "Autograph Night" on May 16, and the "Triple Crown", a three-race series beginning May 9 to honor legends of Stateline's track history. The first event will be the Lloyd Moore Memorial to remember the Frewsburg, NY native who was instrumental in early NASCAR racing and the winner of premier series in Winchester, IN in the 1950s.

Wednesday, April 22, the track will conduct open auditions for singers to perform out National Anthem. Tryouts will be held at the track in the press box starting at 7 PM.

Admission to regular events is only $12 per adult, seniors and veterans $10, children 6-15 $5, and 5 and under always free. Special events are higher. Camping is free except for special events.



April 15, 2015

By Mike Leone


(Markleysburg, PA)...After a six-month offseason, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will get things started this Saturday (April 18) with the first of 24 Touring events scheduled. Saturday's event at the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. oval will be a designated Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series event. Action begins early with warm-ups at 5 p.m. and racing at 5:30.

New for 2015 is the split Touring Series with the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Series and the Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Series. Each region will pay $4,000 to the champion and down 12 positions. Also, the driver that accumulates the most cumulative points between all Touring events will earn $2,000. This means it's possible one Touring Series driver could win $10,000! And the road to the possible $10,000 starts Saturday at Roaring Knob.

Last Saturday, Roaring Knob was the first track north of the Mason-Dixon Line to complete a Sweeney Weekly Series event thus far in 2015. Track regular Troy Shields, who won two features in 2014, edged Ohio invader Eric Wilson, who tied for third in the 2014 Sweeney Touring Series points. Wilson will be one of several drivers hoping to make a run at not only the $4,000 Southern title, but the $10,000 possible sweep. New York's John Waters came up shy to Ryan Montgomery in the 2014 title chase, but he'll be one of the leading contenders to win both regions as well as Max Blair.

Blair of Centerville, Pa. was the 2013 Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace Performance "Summer Chase" Champion. He's been a Touring Series and National Champion in the past, and he'll be focusing more on the RUSH Late Models in 2015 as he tries for the $18,000 sweep of the Series' main championships. Dozens of racers have already completed their memberships for the 2015 Touring Series with many more expected on Saturday.

"We're looking forward to kicking off our season Saturday at Roaring Knob," said RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "It's been a long, cold winter and everyone has been anxious to get the season started. Roaring Knob had a good show to open their season last Saturday, and we expect a strong car count with it being the opening event and good weather forecasted. We also have to thank Winchester for giving RUSH up Saturday night to allow their races the opportunity to participate in this event. The split in the Touring Series, the addition of many new RUSH-sanctioned speedways, and our new Bilstein Bandits program is going to make 2015 a very exciting season."


This Weekend's Event at Batesville Motor Speedway Cancelled

For Immediate Release

Waycross, GA (April 15, 2015) - This weekend's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event at Batesville Motor Speedway, in Batesville, AR scheduled for April 17th-18th, has been cancelled.

The track and grounds have sustained heavy rains this week at Batesville Motor Speedway and more thunderstorms dominate the forecast for this weekend.

"We really hate to lose the event this weekend.  We can't wait to come back to Batesville for the Topless and give the fans a great show," stated Assistant Series Director, Rick Schwallie, "But after talking with Mooney Starr, the promoter at Batesville, we were unable to find a suitable make-up date for the event."

The next event for the LOLMDS will be on April 24th at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA, followed by Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD on April 25th.  Both events will pay $10,000 to win and will feature Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-lap Main Events. For more information, check out: www.roaringknob.com and www.hagerstownspeedway.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2015 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all things LOLMDS, please visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.


Test 'n' Tune tentatively this Friday at Raceway 7

Conneaut, OH April 14, 2015: Raceway 7, northeast Ohio's premier speed-plant, has a test 'n' tune session tentatively planned for this coming Friday evening, April 17 at 7:30. The event, the first scheduled event of 2015, is the first of two such practice sessions before the grand opening set for May 1.

Track conditions look good for the Friday activities. Track sessions for the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods, Campbell's Mini-Storage Street Stocks, Bonnell Auto Sales Economods, and Specialty Products Mini Stocks classes will be held with other sessions possible if other classes attend. Any cars with transponders will be timed by the electronic scoring system.

Please check the website at www.raceway7.com for up-to-the-minute news of any cancellations.

Gates will open at 5:30 PM with admission to the grandstand free. Pit admission is set at $20 per person. The main concession stand in the grandstand area will be open with a limited menu.


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heads to Batesville Motor Speedway April 17th-18th for "Bad Boy 98"

For Immediate Release

WAYCROSS, GA (April 13, 2015) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas, April 17th and 18th for the Bad Boy 98. The event, which is co-sanctioned with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series - Presented by Lucas Oil, will pay $20,000 to win and $1,200 to start the 98-lap feature.

Action will get underway on Friday night, April 17th with LOLMDS Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, and Heat Races to set the starting field for the Bad Boy 98. On Saturday night, April 18th there will be a special autograph session for fans to meet the stars of the LOLMDS, as well as several regional standouts and top drivers from around the country. Following the autograph session will be two LOLMDS B-Mains to complete the starting grid for the 98-lap, $20,000 to win main event. Other divisions in competition this weekend include Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Factory Stocks, and Modifieds. For tickets or more information visit www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or call the track office at 870-251-0011.

The Bad Boy 98 is sponsored by Bad Boy Mowers of Batesville, Arkansas. With their state-of-the-art manufacturing muscle and ever-growing workforce located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Bad Boy Mowers is the classic American manufacturing and the classic American success story that lives on - and is stronger than ever. With a build standard that's anything but disposable quality, Bad Boy Mowers continues to build on the premise that a Bad Boy may be the last mower you'll ever own. The end result has made them the fastest growing mower company in the world. Bad Boy Mowers will have several models on display and will show a huge presence at Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend. Bad Boy Mowers is located at 102 Industrial Drive, Batesville, AR 72501. To learn more about Bad Boy Mowers visit their official website at www.badboymowers.com.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship point standings heading into Batesville Motor Speedway. He holds a ten (10) point lead over four-time series national champion, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. Jimmy Owens (TN), Devin Moran (OH), and Eddie Carrier Jr. (WV) round out the top five in series championship point standings. Sixth through tenth in the current series standings include Don O'Neal (IN), Steve Francis (KY), Jared Landers (AR), Scott Bloomquist (TN), and Brandon Sheppard (IL).

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2015 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on your favorite Social Media outlets at: www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

Track Information
Batesville Motor Speedway
Phone Number: 870-251-0011
Tracks Promoter: Mooney Starr
Location: 5090 Heber Springs Road, Batesville, AR 72550
Website: www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net

Schedule of Events for Bad Boy 98 at Batesville Motor Speedway:

Thursday April 16th
Open Practice Session for Local Support Classes ONLY
 (No Super Late Models)

Friday April 17th
Racing Activities

Pit Gates Open 3:00PM - Grandstands Gates Open - 4:00PM

Drivers Meeting   7:00PM

Hot Laps      7:30PM

Street Stocks
Hobby Stocks

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Factory Stocks

Time Trials  8:00PM   
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (2 Laps)

Invocation and National Anthem


Street Stocks - 8 Laps

Hobby Stocks - 8 Laps
Factory Stocks - 8 Laps
Modifieds - 8 Laps
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - 12 Laps

Street Stocks - 15-20 Laps
Hobby Stocks - 15-20 Laps
Factory Stocks - 15-20 Laps
Modifieds - 15-20 Laps

Saturday April 18th
Racing Activities

Pit Gates Open 3PM - Grandstands Gates Open - 4:00PM

Dirt Racing Outreach Service 4:30 - 5:30PM



Hotlaps     7:30PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Main Cars

Hobby Stocks

Invocation and National Anthem

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains - 15 Laps            8:00PM           
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Hotlaps     ***Top 18 (Heat Transfers)***

Hobby Stock Heats - 8 Laps
Hobby Stocks Feature - 15 Laps

Intermission As Needed (10-Minute Call, Track Prep/PA Announcements/Driver Introductions)

Feature Bay Boy 98 - 98 Laps

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule for Batesville Motor Speedway - April 17th and 18th
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1640, LM40
Right Rear - Hoosier 06, LM40
Event Purse for Bad Boy 98 at Batesville Motor Speedway: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,500, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,100, 8. $2,000, 9. $1,800, 10. $1,750, 11. $1,650, 12. $1,600, 13. $1,550, 14.. $1,500, 15. $1,450, 16. $1,400, 17. $1,350, 18. $1,300, 19. $1,250, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200.



April 13, 2015

By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone


Pulaski, PA --As one of the coldest and seemingly longest winters in recent memory finally loses its grip on the Northeast, dirt tracks in all parts of the region are ready to swing open the gates and get the 2015 season underway. Among those tracks are the 14 that will host the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model and RUSH Sportsman Modified Series in addition to several other speedways hosting RUSH Weekly and/or Touring Series events.

"We are thrilled to be ready to start the 2015 season with such a stellar group of sanctioned speedways'" stated series director Vicki Emig.  "The addition of all of these great facilities is definitely going to influx a whole new group of racers into our program, which is sure to add a very exciting twist to the final results of our championship programs."

Among the new tracks joining the RUSH family this season is Stateline Speedway in Busti NY. Stateline already had a well-established Crate Late Model division in place and along with nearby track Eriez Speedway near Erie, Pa. will give the northwest Pa., northeast Ohio, and southwest New York region racers a chance to race under the RUSH banner two nights a week.

Bob Rohrer of Eriez explains how the track came to come on board with the RUSH Series. "Basically they had a meeting with the drivers; and the majority of them, probably 95% voted to go with RUSH. And it was brought up that RUSH was the most organized (crate late model series)." As for getting the chance to work with Emig, Mike Leone and the rest of the RUSH Racing Series, Rohrer states, "Vicki has always been good. Pretty much what she says, they do. They seem very organized. She contacts me quite a bit in the off season and quite a bit during the season. She was always well prepared about RUSH and what they could represent. "

Eriez will also have the distinction of hosting the wildly popular $30,000 RUSH Late Model "Manufacturers Night" on Sunday, July 26. Rohrer thinks it will be a great fit for Eriez. "I think it will be good for the drivers and for RUSH, because Eriez has always been like a centralized track in the area. Because Sharon (Speedway) isn't far from us, Raceway 7 (in Conneaut Ohio), Stateline isn't that far from us. Most of our drivers are in the Sharon area, the Erie area and in Ohio." All that said, Rohrer thinks this could be the biggest Manufacturer's Night yet. "I think we will bring in more cars than they've ever had!"

Another one-two punch in the southern region of the RUSH family of tracks are Potomac and Winchester Speedways running a Friday-Saturday combination for the fans in the Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Potomac, whose 25 lap, double points feature was won by Darin Henderson on April 3, will see a stout field of RUSH Late Models take to the track. Last year it was Brandywine, Maryland's Ben Bowie besting a field of 36 competitors in the division at the Budd's Creek MD track.

Winchester Speedway's season is also underway as Henderson picked up the win on April 11 over a 19-car field to take the early lead in the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship. Kris Eaton, one of the Bilstein Bandit competitors chasing after the $5,000 title finished runner-up. Potomac and Winchester will team up to host the second annual "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" on May 9-10 with $2,000 to-win on the line each night in the Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series events.

Up north, Freedom Motorsports Park is under new management and will once again have their Late Model division run under the RUSH Series banner. A multi-use facility, Freedom has stock car, motocross and ATV events on their very full 2015 schedule. Stock car racing gets underway on Friday, May 8 after an open practice night and safety tech inspection for all stock car classes on May 1st.

Freedom's promoter, Bob Reis is looking forward to the chance to work with the RUSH Series. "Coming into this I knew that this was a RUSH sanctioned track last year. I looked into it and saw that RUSH was an upcoming thing and growing," said Reis, who has a rather extensive background racing Super Modifieds on the pavement in addition to Sportsman Modifieds on the dirt.  "They are a pretty solid Series with good sponsorship throughout. The tech program was really good, so I just figured that was the way to go. A lot of the competitors pointed me in that direction also."

Freedom will likely be one of RUSH's stoutest weekly field of competitors on the track each night. Reis talks about the support he has from the race teams for the division, "Right now, our headcount is at 28 to 32. We're going to need consi's every night if everybody shows up!"

Across the border in Ontario Canada, Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne returns to action on Sunday, May 3 for their 56th opening day. The DIRTcar Sportsman and RUSH Late Models top the five-division weekly Sunday night program.  Springville, NY racing veteran Paul Grigsby is the defending champion as Humberstone moves into its second season as a RUSH weekly member track.

The 2015 season will see another Canadian track joining the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series family. Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario will add the RUSH sanctioning to the Crate Late Model division for the division's sixth season at Brighton. The Crate Late Model class at Brighton is a stout one with Charlie Sandercock the defending champion. Brighton Speedway kicks off the 2015 campaign on May 2 with a special $2.00 admission price with a non-perishable food donation.

Another track joining the RUSH family for 2015 is Can Am Speedway & Motorsports Park. The LaFargeville, NY track is planted squarely in the heart of center-steer Modified country, but includes a Crate Late Model class on their schedule. This year, with RUSH sanctioning and the support that inherently comes with partnering with RUSH, the Late Model division at Can Am is likely to expand. As with Brighton, Charlie Sandercock, who will campaign on the Bilstein "sealed" spec shocks in 2015, is the defending champion at Can Am. Their season kicks off on Friday, April 17 after two open practice sessions on April 12th and 15.

Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway has now had to push their season opening practice sessions and opening night by two weeks after the long winter has left the facility to wet and unsuitable for racing. When they do get underway, it will see the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Series become the headline division on a weekly basis. Returning to PPMS to defend his title is last year's rookie champion Corey McPherson. Crate Late Model standouts Nice Dabecco and Colton Flinner will be there to try to unseat McPherson in 2015. Opening night at PPMS is now scheduled for April 18.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex got their season underway on April 11 with Troy Shields capturing the opening day honors. The Markleysburg, Pa. facility returns for a third season running the Crate Late Models under the RUSH Series sanctioning. Roaring Knob's schedule goes well into October with the Sweeney RUSH Series featured nearly every week through the season of Saturday night racing. The 2015 Touring Series opener is scheduled for this Saturday, April 18.

The addition of Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio brings the number of states with tracks in the RUSH Weekly Series family to five, along with one province in Canada. Wayne County takes the Series to its furthest westward location as it'll host the RUSH Late Models throughout the season, starting on Saturday April 18 when Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series invades the speedway. Wayne County will host three $1,500 to-win Touring Series events in 2015 including the popular Sweeney/Pace GM 604 Engine Giveaway Night on Saturday, July 4.

Rounding out the dozen member tracks now in the RUSH Weekly Series family is Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY. Another of the tracks headlined by the New York-style Modifieds, the RUSH Late Models also have a prominent spot in Fulton's weekly line up. Set to drop the green flag on the 2015 season on Friday, April 24with their "Highbank Holdup" weekend. Regular racing at Fulton is Saturday nights when the gates open at 5:00 PM.

After the first season of special events only, the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified division will have two weekly homes in 2015. Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio and Sportsman's Speedway in Knox, Pa. will give the fledgling series a chance to race every week and for some racers twice. Sharon kicks off the 2015 campaign on Saturday, April 25 with the first of a summer's worth of "Steel Valley Thunder" weekly race programs. Sportsman's get things underway with a practice day on May 3and the first of the weekly "Sunday Night Thunder" race nights the following week on Mother's Day, May 10.

It should also be noted that even though Sharon isn't hosting the Sweeney RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis in 2015, they still will have a strong presence with at least five Sweeney Weekly Series events on tap in addition to the "Gary Knollinger Memorial" Tour event on September 11-12. Sharon's event will not conflict with nearby Wayne County Speedway's events.

Other tracks such as Brewerton Speedway, Expo Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, McKean County Raceway, Merrittville Speedway, Tri-City Raceway Park, and Woodhull Raceway will all host Sweeney Weekly and/or Touring events for either the RUSH Late Models and/or Sportsman Modifieds.

"I know everyone throughout the entire RUSH region is ready to go racing," says Emig, And I know the fans are not going to be disappointed with the level of competition our racers give them each and every week throughout the season."



HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Kyle Hardy had no problem in leading the Late Model field all the way Saturday evening and winning the $2,500 Western Maryland Challenge between Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol and Cumberland Raceway. The triumph was also a good tune up for the upcoming prestigious Dirt Capitol event, the Rodney Franklin “Salute to a Champion.”

Hardy won the season opener on a day surface and now his second at night and also needs one more to tie last year’s total which included his Dirt Capitol first. Hardy held a commanding lead over Roy Deese Jr. the entire race with only one caution to slow his pace. Deese ended up settling for his third consecutive runner up finish 1.85 seconds back.

 “The car was good from the get go as soon as we pulled in here; it usually is,” Hardy said. “There are a lot of good guys here. It feels good to get a win before these big shows come up. The car was hooked up. I could get in the corners pretty hard. If you can get in there pretty hard and get off pretty good, you know you have a good unit.”

Other divisions ran Small Car National Qualifiers for the 9th Annual event coming up in September as Justin Weaver won the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman feature following a tenth lap restart. Craig Parrill raced hard with three time winner Mike Corbin and posted his second victory in the K-Lynn Management Pure Stocks with a final turn pass. Fresh off a Potomac win in last week’s opener, Ed Pope passed previous week’s Dirt Capitol winner Gary Proctor with two to go and won my five lengths for his Dirt Capitol first in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks.  

Hardy began from the outside pole in the two car invert as Roy Deese Jr. sat on the pole, but Hardy over powered him off the second turn and was pulling away with each lap to arrive at the rear of the field by the ninth lap. By the 13th circuit, Hardy had three cars between himself and Deese with a 16th lap caution displayed which reset the field.

Hardy again set the pace over Deese and Andy Anderson while Jerry Bard took fourth place from Devin Friese with six to go. Hardy charged on and was to the finish 1.85 seconds before Deese with Anderson, Bard and Friese next. Matt Cosner was sixth followed by Jim Yoder (from 14th), Glenn Elliott (11th), Brad Omps (12th) and Brad Ritter completing the top ten.

Chaz Walls took off from the pole in the Late Model Sportsman four car invert with pole sitter Kyle Lee settling into the second spot and Justin Weaver next. Scott Palmer began pressuring Weaver until taking the position after a fifth lap restart and getting past Lee for second.

Weaver was lined up fourth in a tenth lap double file restart and quickly was up on the wheel to come out ahead while Travis Stickley advanced into the runner up spot. Weaver maintained control over the final half of the race and with back to back cautions on laps 15 and 16, was able to stretch his lead to just over two seconds for the win over Palmer who passed Stickley on the final circuit. Walls and Robbie Black completed the top five.  

“I didn’t know midway there if we were going to get there or not but that restart is what made it happen,” Weaver said. “I told myself I was going to have to get up on the wheel if I wanted to win a race and that’s what happened. This one goes to my dad. He says I never can make it happen on the top, but we did tonight.”

Late Models: 25 Laps, 24     Entries, 1.Kyle Hardy, 2.Roy Deese Jr., 3.Andy Anderson, 4.Jerry Bard, 5.Devin Friese, 6.Matt Cosner, 7.Jim Yoder, 8.Glenn Elliott, 9.Brad Omps, 10.Brad Ritter, 11.Trever Feathers, 12.Justin Kann, 13.Nick Dickson, 14.Matt Sponaugle, 15.Bryan Bernheisel, 16.Marvin Winters, 17.Allen Brannon, 18.Barry Miller, 19.Chuck Clise, 20.Billy Farmer, 21.D.J. Troutman, 22.Ronnie De Haven Jr., 23.Frankie Plessinger, DNS-Wayne Johnson

Late Model Sportsman: 20 Laps, 22 Entries: 1.Justin Weaver, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Travis Stickley, 4.Chaz Walls, 5.Robbie Black, 6.Chad Myers, 7.Paul Cursey, 8.Kyle Lee, 9.Cody Lear, 10.Rodney Walls, 11.Cody Kershner, 12.Josh Barrier, 13.Garrett Walls, 14.James Sparks, 15.Elwood Sord, 16.Braden Anderson, 17.Ryan Walls, 18.Joe Westerman Jr., 19.Bobby Beard, 20.Brad Kling, DNS -.James Lichliter, Tyler Emory






























 Lucas Oil 2015 Points
May 2
1. J. Davenport 1655
2. Jimmy Owens 1620
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 1620
4. Don O'Neal 1560
5. Devin Moran 1505
6. Eddie Carrier Jr. 1490
7. Steve Francis 1435
8. B.Sheppard 1405
9. Jared Landers 1350
10. Scott Bloomquist 1340






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