RUSH L.M. Tour Northern States Classic 10/18-19/13 preview at Roaring Knob

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October 15, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…After a very successful two-day “Pittsburgher” in which 38 drivers participated last weekend at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returns to action this weekend (October 18-19) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The “Northern States Classic” presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will be the season’s biggest event with the possibility of one driver being able to win over $5,000!

The “Northern States Classic” will be highlighted by a $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour event (open to all). In addition, a $1,000 to-win RUSH members only feature along with the $200 to-win “Futures Cup” Trifecta finale will be run. Also, the top point man between the two features will earn an additional $1,000 meaning a sweep of both features would be worth $5,000!

“This will be a great event for our racers,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Not only is it one of our biggest Tour events, but we’ve added in a members only feature along with the top man bonus money, and the Futures Cup Trifecta race. There’s truly something for everyone to participate in. We have to thank Rick Jones of Roaring Knob and Sunoco Race Fuels for making this event possible. We always enjoy going to Roaring Knob and Rick always gives the drivers a racey track to compete on.”

Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying and heat races will be run on Friday night for Saturday’s Sweeney Tour feature. The fast qualifier will receive $100 and each heat race winner will earn $25. At the end of the program, a separate round of qualifying will be held to determine the lineup for Saturday’s member’s only feature.

Saturday’s program will include the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash to determine the first four starting spots of the Sweeney Tour feature followed by last chance B mains and the $3,000 to-win feature. Later in the program, the RUSH members only feature will be run. The points from the two features will be added up to award the top point getter a cool thousand dollars!

The $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour portion will be race #23 of the 24 season and the fifth and final race of the season at Roaring Knob. Prior Roaring Knob Tour winners include Mike Pegher, Jr., Ryan Montgomery, Michael Lake, and Chad McClellan. Will there be a fifth different winner in as many events this season?

After his sweep of last weekend’s “Pittsburgher”, Montgomery went from trailing Pegher by 18 points to leading him by 17! Roaring Knob is a track that both racers have had success at over the years. Montgomery is now the Series’ top winner of the season with five victories to Pegher and Max Blair’s four wins. A total of 11 different racers have won Sweeney Tour races in 2013.

Butch Lambert is third in points over Rick Singleton and Chad Ruhlman. Completing the top 15 points paying positions are Cody Dawson, Joe Martin, Matt Glanden, Blair, Lake, Andrew Wylie, W.L. Stile, Jorden Peters, Dennis Lunger, Jr., and Matt Latta.

All “Futures Cup” racers will be able to participate in their own race paying $200 to-win on Friday night. This race will finalize the 2013 chase. The race’s points will be added to each driver’s best 15 Sweeney Weekly score and their point totals from the other two “Trifecta” events. The first “Trifecta” race was won by Canadian Jorden Peters at Pittsburgh, while Clay Ruffo captured the win at his home track, Sharon Speedway. The top 10 drivers will share in a $3,000 point fund. Currently Eric Wilson leads Lake by 10 points to determine the $1,000 championship.

NOTE: The $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour portion of the event is open to ALL competitors! RUSH Member racers that joined this season will be eligible to compete in BOTH features and will be eligible for the $1,000 top point man bonus! There will be no Tour points awarded for the second feature. Of course “Futures Cup” drivers can participate in all three events!

Other programs taking place will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the Tour feature will receive $100 Precise certificate. RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” as this driver will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.

Tour Feature Payoff: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $600 5. $500 6. $475 7. $450 8. $425 9. $400 10. $350 11. $310 12. $300 13. $275 14. $260 15. $255 16. $250 17. $240 18-24. $230. Tow $100.

RUSH Members Only Feature: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $250 5. $225 6. $200 7. $195 8. $185 9. $175 10. $170 11. $160 12. $150 13. $140 14. $130 15. $120 16. $110 17. $105 18-24. $100.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series DRIVER Points (must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Ryan Montgomery 2195 2. Mike Pegher, Jr. 2178 3. Butch Lambert 1799 4. Rick Singleton 1574 5. Chad Ruhlman 1529 6. Cody Dawson 1525 7. Joe Martin 1418 8. Matt Glanden 1322 9. Max Blair 1288 10. Michael Lake 1188 11. Andrew Wylie 1176 12. W.L. Stile 1034 13. Jorden Peters 1026 14. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 913 15. Matt Latta 887 16. Nico Dabecco 880 17. Josh Holtgraver 840 18. Josh Double 721 19. John Over 665 20. Justin Tatlow 638 21. Dan Angelicchio 620 22. Glenn Elliott 617 23. Eric Wilson 616 24. Bryce Davis 597 25. Scott Tessman 524 26. Will Thomas III 505 27. Adam Sixt 488 28. Andrew Satterlee 434 29. Shane Weaver 379 30. Russell Baird, Jr. 368 31. Lauren Longbrake 326 32. D.J. Troutman 304 33. Steve Beatty 236 34. Paul McGinley 217 35. Mike Wharton 151 36. Luke Carleton 143 37. Jamie Brown, Mike Laughard & Junior Peters 140 40. John Imler 94 41. Nolan Dalton 88 42. Darren Peters 87 43. Troy Swindell 85 44. Randy Wible 70.

There is a $100 entry fee for the Tour event and a $50 entry fee for the members only race. Warm-ups begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday night and 6:45 on Saturday night.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

The 2013 Sweeney Tour season will conclude on October 25-26 at Lernerville Speedway for the “Steel City Stampede” paying $2,000 to-win.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The -Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing,, and Valley Fashions.

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