By Mike Leone


January 25, 2017               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)…For the first time ever, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series will sanction events in the “First State” as Delaware International Speedway in Delmar will be the newest Sweeney RUSH Late Model Weekly Series track beginning the season on Saturday nights. This will mark the furthest eastward progression of the Series as Delaware joins Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Maryland, and Ontario, Canada in states and providences that will host RUSH-sanctioned events in 2017!


For over a decade, GM 602 crate engines ruled the state of Delaware in Crate Late Models; however, with the RUSH sanctioning blossoming in the Mid-Atlantic at Potomac and Winchester Speedway in recent years, the decision was made to have RUSH sanction all Crate Late Model events in 2017!


“To now have Delaware join Winchester and Potomac under the RUSH banner is a huge step in solidifying Crate Late Model racing under one banner throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “Charlie Cathell’s Delaware International has been a prominent name in East Coast racing for many, many years and he’s done a tremendous job with his GM 602 Crate Late Model program. His decision to sanction with RUSH will now give RUSH racers another option to accumulate points toward our valuable championship programs, while at the same time allow their racers to compete under a standardized rules package and be part of a championship program.”


“Delaware is going to be a great partner to Potomac on Friday nights, and I have little doubt that this move is going to give other racers incentive to get involved in the division like we have seen over the past three years at Potomac and Winchester,” continued Emig.


RUSH member racers will be able to participate at Delaware on a weekly basis and be eligible for all of the programs including the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the Pace Performance “Summer Chase”, along with the Bilstein Bandits and the “Futures Cup” for those eligible racers.  Member racers will battle for the “Track Pack Bonus” with $300 going to the driver that accumulates the most RUSH points at each track, $200 to second, $150 for third, $100 for fourth, and $50 for fifth.  Contingency prizes will then be posted for those racers in sixth through eighth in the RUSH member points at each track.  While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership also include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy, which is over and above drivers’ health insurance and speedways’ participant accident policy.


To implement a smooth transitional process RUSH will allow previous season’s (2016) DIS GM 602 competitors to burn-off their 2016 previously legal (American Racer) tires through July 2, 2017; all other racers must utilize RUSH’s Hoosier USA25 and only 55/harder stamped Crate Racin’ USA Tires. In 2017, for the weekly DIS program, GM 602 weights for car & driver after the feature event will be 2200lbs. All GM 604 competitors will have to weigh 2400lbs. car & driver after the feature event. During the three series races with Potomac and Winchester Speedways, all RUSH sanction rules and weights will apply. In addition to these rules and amendments exclusive for DIS for 2017, an additional spoiler height is being discussed for the GM 602 competitors.


The DIS Engine Seal will “only” be recognized at DIS throughout the 2017 season with the exception of the following three Delaware/Potomac/Winchester weekends of April 27-29, July 27-29, and August 10-12 where DIS engine seals will be permitted at Potomac and Winchester. DIS racers wishing to compete at any other RUSH-sanctioned speedway must have their engine properly sealed under the RUSH sealing system clearly stated in the RUSH Technical Rules package. Stay tuned for an announcement on a RUSH Authorized Engine Rebuilder being named for Delaware area racers.


For more information on Delaware, check out their website at www.delawareracing.com. The track office number is 302-846-3911. You can like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DelawareRacing and follow them on Twitter @delawareracing.



RUSH Late Model 2016 marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.


E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.