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STEVE SLATER HOLDS OFF HARD CHARGING BICKNELL WEEKLY CHAMP ROCKY KUGEL FOR $800 RUSH MOD TOUR WIN IN SEASON FINALE AT LERNERVILLE; KYLE MARTELL EARNS 2017 BICKNELL TOUR TITLE

By Mike Leone | October 13-14, 2017

(Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance were part of the ninth annual "Steel City Stampede" this past weekend at Lernerville Speedway featuring the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series and the Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series in their season finale events. Series regulars John Waters (Late Models) and Steve Slater (Modifieds) cashed in with feature victories on Saturday night.

Congratulations to the 2017 Touring Series champions Bryce Davis (Late Models) and Kyle Martell (Modifieds). Also, Rocky Kugel earned the Bicknell Weekly Series Championship with the Modifieds pending an engine teardown by a protest from a fellow competitor and the confiscation of his MSD box.

 

Steve Slater came out on top of a wild 20-lap Bicknell Touring Series feature for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Slater emerged victorious after a spirited three-wide last lap battle between veteran racers Rocky Kugel and Alan Dellinger for the $800 victory- his second of the season. Ironically, both of Slater's wins this year, the only two of his career, have come in Tour competition.
 

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CHAS WOLBERT DENIES JUSTIN SHEA OF WEEKEND SWEEP TO EARN 1ST CAREER TRI-CITY WIN IN BICKNELL TOUR FOR SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS

By Mike Leone | September 10, 2017

(Franklin, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance completed a busy weekend by heading to Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday for a Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series show as part of the track's annual "Applefest" event. It marked the second and final visit to the 1/2-mile Franklin, Pa. oval of the season and race #7 overall of 2017.

 

The 2017 season has seemed to be feast or famine for Chas Wolbert. The second year RUSH Sportsman Modified racer has been fast much of the year, but mechanical woes or accidents have kept him out of victory lane more than his speed has showed. Wolbert did pick up a pair of wins at Sharon Speedway and one at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway this season, and on Sunday night led all 20 laps of the feature holding off Justin Shea for his first career Tri-City win. The $600 victory was Wolbert's second Bicknell Tour win of the season including the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up race on August 5 at Sharon. Shea was selected as the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" award winner.  


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JUSTIN SHEA GETS REDEMPTION WITH LATE RACE PASS AT SHARON FOR 1ST CAREER SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD BICKNELL TOUR WIN IN $800 "APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS"

By Mike Leone | September 8-9, 2017

(Hartford, OH)... The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance headed to Sharon Speedway on Friday and Saturday night for a Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event as part of the track's annual "Apple Festival Nationals" for the fourth consecutive year. It marked the second and final appearance of the season to the 3/8-mile Hartford, Ohio oval and race #6 overall for the 2017 season. Heat races were contested on Friday night with the K&N Dash and 25-lap feature event on Saturday night.

 

After watching Steve Slater steal a win away from him on the outside coming down for the white flag at the last Bicknell Touring Series event on August 26 at Sharon, Justin Shea performed a similar pass of race-long leader Chelsie Kriegisch on lap 15 to score his first career Tour win. Shea earned $800 for his second career Sharon win in the 25-lap feature, and was also selected by Series Officials as the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" awards winner.  


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STEVE SLATER OUT-DUELS JUSTIN SHEA FOR THRILLING 1ST CAREER WIN IN SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD BICKNELL TOUR AT SHARON AS PART OF "MFG NIGHT" PRESENTED BY MSD

By Mike Leone | August 26, 2017

(Hartford, OH)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance headed to Sharon Speedway on Saturday night as part of the track's "Steel Valley Thunder" finale. It marked the first of two appearances to the racey 3/8-mile Hartford, Ohio oval for the 2017 season and race #5 overall for the 2017 season. The fourth annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance attracted a field of 29 cars turned out from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. Over $19,000 in product giveaways were distributed amongst the 29 drivers. A complete list of the prize winners will be posted in a future press release.

 

In what was probably the best of the season anywhere for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Steve Slater worked the top side of the track to perfection stealing a win away from race long leader Justin Shea coming down for the white flag. Slater, a former crew chief for Big-Block Modified racer Dave Murdick, earned his first career win coming in the 25-lap $600 to-win Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series feature event. Slater was also chosen as the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" award winner.


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CHAS WOLBERT WINS SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD $800 BICKNELL TOUR 2016 "APPLE FESTIVAL NATIONALS" MAKE-UP FEATURE AT SHARON

By Mike Leone | August 5, 2017

(Hartford, OH)... After several failed attempts thanks to Mother Nature, the 2016 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up feature for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Touring Series was finally put in the record books on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway. After his father finished second in the regular program, Jeff Schaffer, Jr. was the scheduled driver in the make-up feature. After making his way through the pack from the 16th starting spot to the lead, Schaffer, Jr. appeared on cruise control for his first career win. A spin though by Jessica Kriegisch on the final lap gave Schaffer two flat tires and it was Chas Wolbert inheriting the lead and the $800 victory.


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ROCKY KUGEL REBOUNDS FOR 1ST BICKNELL RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD TOUR WIN OF 2017; FLAWLESS CAUTION-FREE NIGHT OF RACING AT EXPO

By Mike Leone | July 12, 2017

(Cortland, OH)... The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance had another doubleheader event on Wednesday evening as the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series and the Bicknell Racing Products Sportsman Modified Touring Series made its annual stop at the big 5/8-mile at Expo Speedway part of the 171st annual Trumbull County Fair. Track conditions were optimal and most likely the best ever in the 10-year history of RUSH racing at the fairgrounds. The entire night, which received rave reviews, went caution-free with only one total DNF in the features.

 

One month ago at Thunder Mountain Speedway, Rocky Kugel found himself upside down in the pit area after contact with another competitor while leading that sent Kugel to the hospital. Since then, Kugel has made a pair of starts with a runner-up and a third. On Wednesday, Kugel returned to victory lane for the first time since the accident by leading all 15 non-stop laps of the $600 to-win feature for his first Bicknell Touring Series victory of 2017. Kugel was also selected as the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" Award winner.


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CAREER 1ST RUSH WIN FOR ANTHONY GILLESPIE COMES IN BICKNELL SPORTSMAN MOD TOUR EVENT AT LERNERVILLE

By Mike Leone | June 30, 2017

(Sarver, PA)... The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance made its first visit of the season to Lernerville Speedway on Friday night for both the RUSH Late Model Touring Series and the RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series. Capturing wins were Russell King in the Late Models and Anthony Gillespie in the Sportsman Modifieds. In addition, the RUSH Pro Stocks were also in action for a Sweeney Weekly Series event, which was won by Tyler Dietz making for a total of 75 crate engine RUSH cars in the pit area. The event was completed without delay despite areas all around getting heavy rains.

 

Anthony Gillespie captured his first career RUSH win in the 20-lap Sportsman Modified feature. After inheriting the lead on lap five, Gillespie battled hard trading the lead with 2016 Sharon Speedway Champion, Brandon Ritchey, and came out on top in a close finish for the 20-lap $600 Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series victory. Gillespie was also named the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" award winner.


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KYLE MARTELL GOES 2-FOR-2 IN BICKNELL TOUR FOR RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS WITH 1ST EVER WIN AT TRI-CITY IN "BILL EMIG MEMORIAL"

By Mike Leone | June 25, 2017

(Franklin, PA)... The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance made its first visit of the season to Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday for the rescheduled "Bill Emig Memorial" for both the RUSH Late Model Touring Series and the RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series. Capturing wins were Jeremy Wonderling in the Late Models and Kyle Martell in the Sportsman Modifieds. The event was originally scheduled for Father's Day, but was postponed a week due to thunderstorms. Sunday's weather was fall-like with cool conditions and scattered showers, but the show was completed without any delay.


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KYLE MARTELL WINS A WILD SEASON OPENING BICKNELL TOUR EVENT FOR SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS AT THUNDER MOUNTAIN FOR 1ST CAREER TOUR WIN

By Mike Leone | June 9, 2017

(Knox Dale, PA)... The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance headed to Thunder Mountain Speedway on Friday night. It was the opening event on the 2017 Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series schedule and the first ever Tour appearance at 3/8-mile oval located south of Brookville, Pa. Twenty-six cars turned out from all over western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio on a very weather threatening night.

 

Kyle Martell survived a wild season opening Bicknell Touring Series feature event to be credited with the rain-shortened 22-lap victory. The 2016 "Futures Cup" Champion led for the majority of the race until Rocky Kugel and Brian Schaffer got by late in the event. Schaffer and Kugel then tangled before a rain shower moved over the speedway, and Martell was awarded the $800 victory and also named the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" award winner.  


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