RUSH Dirt LMS Splits Into Two Regions
PULASKI Pa. – Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced Wednesday that in 2015 there will be two separate regions for the Sweeney Touring Series.
Separate Northern and Southern Touring Regions will be created with 8-12 non-conflicting events per region.
In 2014, RUSH greatly expanded its territory with Potomac (Mechanicsville, Md.) and Winchester (Va.) coming on board in the Mid-Atlantic as well as Freedom (Delevan, N.Y.) and Humberstone (Port Colborne, Canada) in the Northeast as weekly-sanctioned speedways. All four of these speedways hosted a Sweeney Tour event in 2014 as part of the 20-event slate. Preliminary talks are already underway with additional speedways to join the Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series program in 2015.
“We’ve always been blessed to have great support from speedways and racers across the region,” stated Emig. “However, as with any successful business you must evolve and make slight changes to your business model to ensure continued growth. We feel we’ve reached a point where we’re now asking the racers to travel too far. Drivers like Cody Dawson from southern Maryland and John Waters from New York have gone above and beyond competing in all nine of the Touring events to date.
“Dawson just towed nine hours to compete Sunday at Humberstone, and Waters towed over six hours to Potomac earlier this season. Although growth is a good thing, we need to be realistic and feel that by creating two regions a positive effect for both our speedways and racers will be created.”
While the exact dollar amounts will not be released for some time, a minimum of $4,000 to-win championship paying down a minimum of 12 positions in each region is expected with a bonus program paying $2,000 to the overall top point man of the combined regions. A racer who competes in all of the Sweeney RUSH Tour events throughout both regions has the possibility of capturing $10,000 for their efforts, double what the Touring Championship has paid since its inception! Racers who choose to compete in the touring programs of both regions will still pay only one membership. The Sweeney Weekly, Pace Performance “Summer Chase”, and “Futures Cup” programs will remain intact.
All events will still be run by the same RUSH Touring Series Staff and as stated earlier will not conflict amongst regions. There’s also the possibility of one or two combined events for both regions with higher payouts. It’s also the goal to try and get these Sweeney Tour events to not conflict with Sweeney Weekly Series events in the region and doing so should be an easier task with less events per region.