RUSH Creates Sportsman Modified Class
PULASKI, Pa. – It’s been a successful year for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series and with the inaugural season set to wrap up in about a month, RUSH Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have announced that a Sportsman Modified class will be added under the Series umbrella for the 2014 season.
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in Boardman, Ohio will back the GM 602 Crate Engine division, which will share specifications with DIRTcar’s Sportsman Modified division, as sanctioned by DIRTcar throughout the Northeast.
Five regional speedways have already announced their commitment to each host multiple events in 2014 including Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, Pa.), America’s Motorsports Park (Clearfield, Pa.), and Bradford (Pa.) Speedway. Through the support of these four speedways alone, it is expected that the inaugural schedule will be comprised of over 35 events, a combination of weekly and touring shows.
McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, Pa.), which is located in the northern most part of the region, has also expressed a desire to schedule possible two events. Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, a great partner of RUSH, would consider participating if feasible. Other regional speedways are also expected to be added to this list. Speedways are urged to contact the RUSH office if interested in becoming part of this program.
“We believe the time is right for the development of the Sportsman Modified division in the eastern Ohio and western and central Pennsylvania region,” stated RUSH Series Co-Director Vicki Emig. “The division has flourished throughout the Northeast and East Coast and we expect the same here in time. Not only does the area need an affordable Modified division, but a feeder division for the DIRTcar Big-Block Modified class.”
The RUSH Sportsman Modified division will mirror the RUSH Late Model Series very closely and will bring many of the same important pieces that have already proven to be very successful to the Late Model division to the Sportsman Modifieds. Foremost, the implementation of strong rules enforcement and teching procedures that are keys to preserving the integrity of a crate-motored division will be put in place. The experience of both current RUSH Late Model Competition Director Travis Harry and DIRTcar’s Competition Director Joe Skotnicki will be brought to the table.
A minimum of a $10,000 regional cash point fund has been guaranteed for RUSH member racers. In addition, one lucky racer will win a brand new GM 602 engine in a promotion to be announced, additional contingency programs, and a preferred starting spot in a B Main Qualifier at Super DIRT Week XLIII in 2014 will also be part of the program. As the Series progresses, individual “Touring” and “Weekly” point funds will be established along with the addition of a popular “Futures Cup” program for the teenage racers. All three of these programs have already proved successful with the RUSH Late Models Series.
The rules package will model DIRTcar’s, but just as in the Late Models with the NeSmith Series, RUSH will have the freedom to make adjustments and changes as we see fit for our region. One exception is the requirement of a $135 Bilstein “sealed” shock program with three selections and a more minimal selection of Hoosier tire compound choices. Sweeney currently offers the GM 602 motor at the cost of $3,149. The partnership will allow the Series to work together toward mutually beneficial events and promotions in the future. The entire rules package along with the eligibility requirements can be found at www.rushsportsmanmods.com.