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Don O’Neal Captures First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at Roaring Knob

April 26th, 2015

MARKLEYSBURG, PA- Don O’Neal found victory lane for the first time this season on Friday Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion landed in Lucas Oil Victory Lane
for the 41st time in his career.

Trailing O’Neal to the finish line was current LOLMDS point’s leader, Jonathan Davenport; followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Kyle Hardy, and Chris Ferguson.

“It was a good night for the Clint Bowyer Racing Team. To get that first win of the season is just great and hopefully this will get us going! The track was really good tonight. That one caution flag might have saved me from getting passed for the lead, but I just kept it glued on the bottom and brought it home,” said O’Neal.

“I have to thank all my crew: Barry and Lance Wright, Tony Trent, and my crew chief Jeremy Justice. The car was perfect tonight. All I did was just keep out of trouble. Towards the end there I was hoping to get to the checkered flag before I got into some more traffic.”

“I would like to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Georgia Boot, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, Penske Shocks, and Sunoco Race Fuels.” Davenport; with his runner-up finish; maintains the series point’s lead heading to Hagerstown Speedway tomorrow night. “Well I guess we get to keep the Midwest Sheet Metal Orange Spoiler for another night. Earl and I had a great race most of the night. That Chris Ferguson, man he did a great job. I have run with him countless times in the Southeast and he can wheel a car. He has just had a lot of bad luck this year.”

Davenport was able to track down O’Neal at the end of the race, but just as O’Neal was about to enter heavy traffic, the race was over. “I was able to catch Don, but passing him was going to be another story. I am real happy for K&K Rumley and all of my sponsors. I have only been here and at Hagerstown once, so it is going to be a learning weekend for sure.”

Pearson, in the Lucas Oil Products/Dunn-Benson Ford, entry ran as high as second in the race, and eventually settled for third. “I thought we had a shot at O’Neal, but our tires went away at the end. We could really gain some ground on restarts. Somebody kicked that mud and water out on the track in turn four and it started to get real slimy.”

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Dylan Yoder, Eddie Carrier Jr., Rick Eckert, and Mason Zeigler.

In preliminary action, Chris Ferguson set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 32 entrants, with a lap of 16.024 seconds. Don O’Neal set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.342 seconds. Chris Ferguson, Gregg Satterlee, Don O’Neal, and Kyle Yoder won their respective heat races. Scott Bloomquist and Tim Senic won their respective B-Mains.

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Roaring Knob Up Next for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

April 25th, 2015

WAYCROSS, GA -The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to action this weekend as the premier dirt late model touring sanction heads to the Mid-Atlantic for a pair of $10,000 to win events. The series will travel to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 24th with action shifting to Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday, April 25th.

The LOLMDS is set to make its fifth appearance at the Rick Jones-promoted Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee has two series victories at this track with Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tennessee winning the series’ last visit to the 3/8-mile oval.

A complete show of Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a $10,000 to win, 50-lap feature is on tap for Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The Street Stock and Mod-Lite divisions will also be on the track that evening. Pit gates will remain open all day, prior to the pit area being cleared and re-opening at 3:00pm. General Admission gates open at 4:00pm, with a driver autograph session from 6:00pm – 6:45pm, followed by Hot Laps at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information concerning the event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, visit the track website at: www.roaringknob.com or call the track office at: (724)-329-0306.

Hagerstown Speedway, known as the “Capital of Dirt Racing”, will host the nation’s best dirt late model talents, along with an always-stout group of regional drivers on Saturday, April 25th, for the running of the 34th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Founders Day Classic. The ultra-competitive LOLMDS has seen an impressive streak of eight different winners in eight races at Hagerstown Speedway. Jimmy Owens returns as the defending champion of the event.

The 34th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Founders Day Classic will be a complete show with Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the $10,000 to win, 50-lap main event. Joining the LOLMDS as support classes at Hagerstown Speedway will be the Late Model Sportsman and Pure Stock Divisions. Pit gates will open at 2:00pm with General Admission gates opening at 5:00pm and Hot Laps set for 7:00pm. For tickets and more information about the 34th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Founders Day Classic, visit the track website at: www.hagerstownspeedway.com or call the track office at: (301) 582-0640.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia leads the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship point standings. He holds a ten (10) point lead over four-time series national champion, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. Jimmy Owens (TN), Devin Moran (OH), and Eddie Carrier Jr. (WV) round out the top five in series championship point standings. Sixth through tenth in the current series standings include: Don O’Neal (IN), Steve Francis (KY), Jared Landers (AR), Scott Bloomquist (TN), and Brandon Sheppard (IL).

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2015 tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit the official website at:www.lucasdirt.com.

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Blair Makes Late Charge to Power at Roaring Knob

April 20th, 2015

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series kicked off its 2015 campaign for its new Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Summer-like conditions were present at the scenic 3/8-mile facility that saw 28 competitors from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York compete.

After drawing the next-to-worst pill for his heat race starting spot, Max Blair raced his way from ninth to fourth with a last lap pass to qualify for the feature redraw. That proved key as Blair lined up fourth in the 25-lap feature. After young Garett Paugh of West Virginia and New York’s Brian Knowles traded the lead early on, Blair found moisture on the top and rode it to the lead on lap 17. Once in front and without a caution to slow action, Blair pulled away from the field to capture the $1,200 win. Blair takes the early point lead as he has his sights set
on the $10,000 Sweeney Touring Series sweep.

“We got put behind with that big pill draw and it was tough to pass in the heat races, but I got in position on the final lap to make something happen and it worked out,” explained the 25-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver. “We ended up drawing a four for the feature so it realistically took me from starting 14th to fourth so that was a huge deal. It was fun. I wasn’t a big fan of the water when we were packing it, but it ended up making it pretty racey. I moved up and there was something to get a hold of. It sure was a lot of fun to ride around this place on the top- I’ve never gotten to do that in all the years coming here.”

Knowles and Paugh brought the 24-car starting field to green with defending Sweeney Tour champion Ryan Montgomery and standout Blair in tow followed by “Futures Cup” racer Clinton Hersh, who moved into the top five after one lap. By lap six, Paugh began to open up his lead, while the battle for second heated up with Knowles trying to fend off Montgomery, Blair, and now last year’s leading Tour winner, Rick Singleton.

The first seven caution-free laps were uneventful until Chad McClellan’s spin slowed action. Paugh chose the inside for the double file restart, but it was Knowles, who used the moisture from the water that was put down on the topside of the speedway prior to the race, powering to lead off turn four to lead lap eight. Blair and Montgomery
swapped the third spot on laps eight and nine with Montgomery regaining the position on lap nine.

Paugh didn’t let Knowles out of his sight as he ran consistent laps around the bottom. The duo ran side-by-side for several laps before Paugh regained the lead on lap 10, while Blair took third back before the event’s second and final caution with 11 laps scored. Nolan Dalton was the victim as damage from contact with Troy Shields ended his night. Dalton, who also got caught up in a heat race skirmish that was not of his doing, was awarded the TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night”.

When green replaced yellow, Paugh was able to maintain the lead this time, while positions behind him began to change. Montgomery and Blair were able to get by Knowles for second and third respectively. Blair then got up top and nosed ahead of Montgomery for runner-up just past the halfway point on lap 14. Blair stayed in the moisture and closed in on Paugh on lap 16. One lap later, Blair pulled alongside and made the pass stick racing off turn four.

Once in front, Blair quickly pulled away as he was running laps three tenths quicker than everyone else. Meanwhile, Montgomery moved up like Blair did and closed on Paugh on lap 22. Montgomery then drove around Paugh for the second spot off turn two on lap 24. Blair had a half-straightaway lead built up when he caught traffic on lap 24, but the traffic un-phased him as he carried the R&J Poultry/Moody & Son Welding/Genesis Shocks/Murphy’s Logging/C&J Dairy-sponsored #111 to his sixth career Tour win- tying him with Montgomery for the most all-time.

“I have to thank my dad (Rob),” stated Blair. “I can’t wait to watch him in his Late Model. He gives up a lot to support my stuff. I have to thank all of my sponsors and crew. Without these guys I couldn’t do this. It takes everyone’s effort. We did the trip to Florida and it started out as a real good year and I hope we can keep this going.”

Montgomery had to be pushed to the front-stretch for the podium presentation after breaking at the finish. “I heard a big snap and I don’t have a gear anymore,” explained the 18-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer. “It was my first time out this year and I have thank Jerry for letting me drive his car. Jerry helped us out and got everything set up for us. We worked out the kinks in the heat race. The car was great. I just wished I could have got to the top a little quicker than Max (Blair) did, but he knew it was going to be good. As soon he got around me on the top, I moved up and it was a lot better but I couldn’t keep up with him.”

The 19-year-old Paugh, who was making just his third career Tour start and first since October 19, 2013 at Roaring Knob, impressed everyone leading the most laps and his best career Tour finish earned him the Maxima Racing Oils “Maximum Performance” award!

“This feels pretty good,” expressed Paugh of Elkins, West Virginia. “I was getting pretty nervous, but I just kept trying to hit my marks every lap and was hoping I could come out with one. We had shock troubles this week and didn’t think we were going to get to race, but Tim Scenic thankfully gave me a set of shocks to try and they worked pretty well. I’m super pumped about this!”

Brian Knowles dropped to fourth holding off his brother Jason, who raced from 11th to fifth at the finish. Singleton was sixth. Longtime E-Mod standout, Randy Hall, made his debut in the Terry Suppa-owned #4s and finished seventh ahead of John Waters, Eric Wilson, and Rob Marhefka. Ralph Morgan, Jr., who drove John Powell’s #100 last year to a 10th place Tour point finish, was in his own #44 and charged from the 22nd starting spot to 11th at the finish to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card.

Heat race winners were Montgomery, Wilson, and Singleton. Last year’s “Futures Cup” Champion, Michael Lake, passed fellow “Futures Cup” driver, Jennae Piper, on the final lap to win the last chance B main.

Troy Shields won the opening K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash to earn the $100 K&N certificate. Steve Lowery was second and received a $50 K&N certificate, while Russell Baird, Jr. and Nolan Dalton earned an extra $25.

The next Sweeney Tour event will be the second annual “Mid-Atlantic States Classic” on May 8-9 at Potomac and Winchester Speedways. Each event will pay $2,000 to-win and will be part of the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour Series.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance,MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power SourCes, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, 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

Austin Hubbard Is the Big Kahuna at Roaring Knob

October 2nd, 2014

Seaford, Delaware – Austin Hubbard was back in victory lane over the weekend in his #11 Trinity Logistics/Mastersbilt by Huey/Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model with a $5,000 triumph in the finale for the annual Big Kahuna at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

A $2,500-to-win program was contested on Friday night, as thirty-two entries filled the pit area. Austin finished fourth in his heat pace to lock into the feature event, and raced his way to a solid sixth place finish behind race winner, Keith Barbara, Davey Johnson, Kyle Hardy, Kenny Pettyjohn andTim Senic.

On Saturday evening the winner’s check increased to $5,000 for the event, which was sanctioned by the Three State Flyers Series. Thirty-three Super Late Models registered for battle, and a second place finish in his heat race earned Hubbard a starting spot in the finale. In the main event, Austin drove his entry to the front of the pack en route to his fourth triumph of the 2014 season over Kenny Pettyjohn, Keith Barbara, Jason Covert and Tim Senic.

“For the first time in a few years our team is really having a great time again,” said Hubbard. “Obviously winning makes it that much more enjoyable, but it’s great to again be competitive every time that we unload.”

Complete results from the events are available at www.RoaringKnob.com and www.ThreeStateFlyers.com .

Hubbard will look to carry his momentum into this weekend’s Fall Classic at Natural Bridge Speedway (Natural Bridge, Virginia). The unsanctioned event is headlined by a $7,500-to-win finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.NBSpeedway.com .

Austin Hubbard would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Trinity Logistics, Salisbury Door and Hardware, Keyser Manufacturing, Mastersbilt by Huey, Cornett Racing Engines, WAR Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Schaefer Oil, Team Peterson Fluid Systems, Performance Bodies, Ernie D’s Enterprises, Three Wide Clothing, ASI Wear, Jones Racing Products, WearWide.com, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

Please keep your browsers locked to www.AustinHubbard.com for the latest team news and information.

Jennae Piper Wins Career 1sst Sweey Rush Late Models at Roaring Knob

September 20th, 2014

(Pulaski, PA)… With the 2014 racing season winding down for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series weekly tracks, action is going strong right to the end. The Sweeney Weekly Series for the RUSH Late Models will end at the close of September, while the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Sweeney Late Model Tour will conclude at the end of October with the running of the “Steel City Stampede”.

Last weekend got off to a rough start when New York’s Freedom Speedway was forced to cancel their regular Friday night racing program. Freedom officials are planning on a makeup date of September 26for Championship and Autograph Night featuring the RUSH Late Models as they conclude their inaugural season under RUSH.

The weather however did not hamper racing action at Hartford, Ohio’s Sharon Speedway where they ran night one of the annual “Apple Festival Nationals” A whopping 190 cars filled the pit area, including a stellar field of 35 RUSH Late Models for the “Gary Knollinger Memorial” Touring event. It was the highest count at Sharon this season. Making just his second RUSH Late Model start of the year, King went wire-to-wire in the $1,500 to-win feature. While there was racing throughout the field, the action was up front in the closing laps when Alan Dellinger cut into King’s lead as both were dealing with heavy lapped traffic. In the end, King of Bristolville Ohio, held off Dellinger for his second career Sweeney Tour victory.

“Anytime you can beat that guy (Dellinger) no matter what you’re racing it’s a pretty big accomplishment,” expressed the 25-year-old who became the event’s fourth different winner in as many years. “I didn’t get a chance to know Gary (Knollinger) very well, but from everything I’ve heard from the Blairs, Montgomery, and the people involved- he sounded like a really down to earth guy and I’m glad to win this race in his memory.” After King and Dellinger’s one-two finish, it was Sweeney Tour point leader Ryan Montgomery, Andrew Wylie and Max Blair rounding out the top three.

Also on the card Friday night at Sharon were the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Friday’s action saw series point leader Adam Hilton take his first career victory at Sharon. Hilton, who started the feature fifth made his way to the front, ultimately making a pass for the lead on lap 11 and held off 10th starting Greg Martin, who passed Schaffer on the final lap for second. After Schaffer, it was Larry Kugel and Ken Moy, Jr.

The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds return for night two of the “Apple Festival Nationals” on Saturday night and Greg Martin would make up for just missing the win on Friday. Martin won for the fourth time in seven tries this season. Taking the lead from pole sitter Jeremy Zufall on lap three, Martin would finish nearly four seconds ahead of Zufall, who held on to the runner up spot. It was Martin’s sixth overall RUSH win of the season, which propelled him into the point lead by two over Friday’s winner Adam Hilton, who came in third. Larry Kugel was fourth for the second straight night as Chad Reitz completed the top five.

Sharon will look to resume “Steel Valley Thunder” action on Saturday night in its weekly six divisions including the RUSH Late Models for the first time since August 23. Sharon is down to just two events remaining in its 2014 85th anniversary season.The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, who are off this weekend, will return to Sharon on the 27th.

While the Mods were at Sharon again, the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series moved to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway for the second Tour events in as many nights as part of the 26th annual “Pittsburgher” weekend. It was the second and final Tour event of the season at the Imperial. Pa. “Monster Half-Mile”.

In a demonstration of the diversity and strong competition in the RUSH Late Model ranks, Colton Flinner won the 25 lap event in just his second Crate Late Model start of the season, making him the seventh straight different Sweeney RUSH Tour winner and ninth of the year in 13 races! Four different drivers held the lead during the 25-lap event. The bulk of the race saw an abundance of passing marred by a few caution periods.

Fifth place starting Chad Ruhlman, always a threat to win wherever the Bemus Point, NY standout travels to, battled Flinner for the lead in the final nine caution-free laps. Ruhlman stretched his lead turning the fastest laps of the event in the closing laps looking like a sure winner; however, it all came to an end when his engine went up in smoke on the final lap taking away a chance of winning his first ever Sweeney RUSH Touring Series race.

Flinner inherited the lead and the $1,200 win, but would have rather have raced Ruhlman for the victory. “I didn’t want to see him blow up because I wanted to see if I could beat him fair and square, but I’ll take the win this way- this is my first RUSH Tour win,” said a happy Allison Park, Pa. driver in victory lane. Flinner was followed by Daryl Charlier (career best Tour finish), John Waters, Nico Dabecco and Michael Lake (best Tour finish of the season).

RUSH also held the rescheduled “Steel City Roulette” drawing from June 8 as all 26 feature starters won between $50-$1,000. The grand prize $1,000 winner was Tony White, who qualified for his first ever Sweeney Tour feature!

On Sunday, PPMS held a Sweeney Weekly Series event and Colton Flinner completed the weekend sweep at the “Pittsburgher” earning a cool $1,000! Charlier was second for the second straight night. Dabecco improved one position from Saturday night. Justin Lamb and Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. also bettered their Saturday night finishes with a fourth and fifth place respectively.

PPMS has one more event on their schedule when the RUSH Late Models in a Sweeney Weekly Series event join the new Renegade Sprint Series on September 27.

History was made on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex when “Futures Cup” racer Jennae Piper picked up her first ever win in the Sweeney RUSH Late Model feature. Piper joined Laura Lukon as the only female drivers to win Crate Late Model races in the state of Pennsylvania. Lukon won a RUSH event last year at Pittsburgh. Piper is a 17-year-old from Mercersburg, Pa. in her second year of Late Model racing, Teenager Garrett Paugh was a career best second over Bill Pluta, Bryan Rankin and Clinton Hersh, a new “Futures Cup” driver.

This Saturday at Roaring Knob it’s Championship Night featuring double points for all divisions and a $1000 to win, 35-lap feature race for the RUSH Late Models.

Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway it was Albion, Pennsylvania’s Dennis Lunger, Jr. scoring his third victory of the season at the Port Colborne, Ontario oval after taking the lead from pole sitter Rob Pietz on lap four of the 20-lap RUSH Late Model feature. Lunger and Pietz would continue their battle for the lead throughout the race as Jorden Peters took third away from points leader Paul Grigsby. As the race wore on, Lunger stretched out his lead taking the victory. Pietz held on for the runner up spot with Peters, Jeff Dayman and Grigsby rounding out the top five. Humberstone’s inaugural season of RUSH comes to a close this Sunday as all point titles will be decided.

Another track ending its inaugural season under the RUSH banner this weekend on Saturday night is Virginia’s Winchester Speedway. Winchester averaged nearly 19 cars per event this season with Ralph Morgan, Jr. winning the track title for John and Janet Powell.

McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. will sit idle until the two-day “Fall Classic” on October 10-11. The RUSH Late Models will race for $800 to-win on the Friday night program and a 50 lapper on Saturday for $3,000 to-win!

You can follow the latest news from both series by going to www.rushracingseries.com. Current point leaders are Ryan Montgomery-Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series, Chad Ruhlman-Sweeney RUSH Late Model Weekly Series, Michael Lake-”Futures Cup”, Rick Singleton-Pace “Summer Chase” Champion for Late Models, and Greg Martin leads the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Driven Racing Oil, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, Utsinger’s Towing, 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.

Jared Hawkins Notches First Win of 2014 Campaign

August 6th, 2014

Fairmont, West Virginia – Jared Hawkins powered his #37 Rick Sturms Motorsports/Rocket Super Late Model to his first victory of the 2014 season in a Weekly Racing Series program at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, Pennsylvania) on Saturday night.

Jared started his night with a sixth to second run in heat race action, earning him the fourth starting spot on the feature grid. In the main event Hawkins took control on lap five and led the rest of the way to score the victory over Billy Holbert, Cody Hardesty, Scott Rhodes, and L.C. Powers.

Action shifted to Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, West Virginia) on Saturday night for annual Bud Weigle Memorial, which posted a $1,500 winner’s check for Super Late Model competitors. Jared timed in second fastest overall during time trials, sending him to the dash where he advanced to a fourth place finish after starting fifth. In the feature Hawkins was battling for second when contact from another competitor sent him spinning. As a result he chose to retire from the balance of the program to a fourteenth place finish.

“Not a bad weekend at all for us,” noted Hawkins. “We had a good car both nights, and while things didn’t end the way we wanted at Tyler County, at least we knew we were contenders again.” He concluded by saying, “Hopefully all of the bad luck that we had to start the year is finally behind us.”

Full results from the weekend are available at www.RoaringKnob.com and www.TylerCountySpeedwayOnline.com

The team’s plans for the upcoming weekend aren’t yet finalized. Please stay tuned to www.JaredHawkins.netfor the latest schedule updates.

Jared Hawkins would like to thank all of his sponsors including Rick Sturms Motorsports, JC Distributing, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service, Inc., Rogers Electric, Bobby Lake Motorsports, American Fence Co., Gwynn Tire, Dohm Cycles, Rocket Chassis, Tauranga ITM (New Zealand), Hoosier Race Tires, Integra Shocks & Springs, Simpson Race Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Frankland Rear Ends, Peterson Fluid Systems, Snap On, Butlerbuilt, Sunoco Race Fuels, NAPA Auto Parts, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Jared Hawkins and J-Hawk Motorsports, please visit www.JaredHawkins.net.

Pearson Phenomenal in winning at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex July 4th Holiday Week

July 3rd, 2014

MARKLEYSBURG, PA- Earl Pearson Jr. driving the Lucas Oil Products #44 passed race leader Scott Bloomquist with two laps to go to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event Wednesday Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. It was Pearson’s first LOLMDS win in 2014.

Bloomquist took the lead from race long leader Mason Zeigler on lap 27 and was in control of the race until Pearson and Owens tracked him down late in the race. Bloomquist slipped slightly in turn four with three laps to go and that opened the door for Pearson, who had trailed Bloomquist for the previous 19 laps. Pearson dove under Bloomquist as they came to the white flag and forged ahead for the lead and brought his car to the checkered flag for the first time this season.

“What a great finish,” said Pearson, a 4-time LOLMDS National Champion. “I almost ran out of laps to pass him. The car just kept getting better and better. I knew I was faster than him [Bloomquist], and then he pushed up there in turn four and we were able to get underneath him. I did not want to see a caution flag in those last ten laps, I am glad it stayed green,” said Pearson, who became the 14th different winner this season on the LOLMDS tour.

“We have had all sorts of things break this year, from transmissions to rear ends, to all kinds of crazy stuff. Our car has been strong all year and it finally feels good to get a win for Bobby Labonte. These Longhorn cars have been strong all over the country this year. Kevin Rumley has done a superb job with these cars ever since he came on board. I have to thank my crew, they have stuck it out through thick and thin this year. I have to thank Lucas Oil Products, Sunoco, MAVTV American Real, Hoosier, Midwest Sheet Metal, and Clements Racing Engines.”

Owens snuck under Bloomquist at the finish line to take second, just behind Pearson. “We got it going late and we finally caught Scott and Earl there at the end; the next thing I knew, we almost won the race. Scott slid up in four and I thought Earl might due to the same thing. We almost stole that one. I hope the crowd enjoyed that race. I have to thank Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Edge Services, and all of my other great sponsors for making this possible.”

Bloomquist came home third was disappointed after leading so many laps. “With this car, we have not been outside the top three. We had bad luck at Smoky Mountain with that cut tire, and then to get the lead here tonight and thinking this was going to be our night, it is disappointing. I got into some crumbs there in turn four and the car slid up the track. We will just have to come back tomorrow and try again. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Randy Sweet, and everybody else on the team.”

Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal, John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Gregg Satterlee, and Vic Coffey. In preliminary action, Steve Francis set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 37 entrants, with a lap of 15.637 seconds. Mason Zeigler set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.752 seconds. Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Mason Zeigler, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Corey Conley and John Garvin won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt  and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt .

Singleton’s Roaring Knob “Bill Hendren Memorial” Win is His 1st Sweeney Rush Late Model Tour Victory Since 2013

June 10th, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its initial visit of 2014 to the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday night. The Hendren Family presented the second annual “Bill Hendren Memorial” event in the Northeast that featured over $18,000 in contingencies being awarded randomly to the 29 racers that participated from all over New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Rick Singleton opened the 2013 Sweeney Tour season in victory lane at Hagerstown Speedway. Singleton led the points early on then suffered a mechanical issue on his toter that forced him to miss an event, battled a summer illness and then a late season concussion that not only took him out of the championship chase, but was unable to win another Tour event the rest of the season.

This year, Singleton has been fast already picking up two Sweeney Weekly Series wins at Roaring Knob and another at Winchester Speedway in addition to several Steel-Block Late Model wins. On Saturday night, Singleton made his first Sweeney Tour start of the season a successful one taking the lead from Jason Rider on lap 16 after a hard fought battle with several competitors then drove away for the 25-lap $1,500 to-win “Bill Hendren Memorial” victory.

“The track was awesome- that was some good racing,” acknowledged the 49-year-old Front Royal, Virginia racer. “I got into Chad (McClellan) and (Nolan) Dalton down there. I guess it was a 50/50 deal. There was some water laying in the bottom and when I got under Chad I had nowhere to go, I slid up and got into him. But hey that’s racing. Chad and I race hard, and I when I come here sheet metal takes a back seat to winning. Those guys were fast. I got trapped behind a guy on a restart and Nolan and Chad got by me. I found myself in fourth, had to regroup, and work my way back up to the front.”

“It’s awesome to win this race,” continued Singleton. “This RUSH crate racing is great. I know Hendren was a large part of crate racing. I never knew him. I talked to him on the phone a few years ago, and was a good guy to talk to. You can’t beat this RUSH deal. It’s good close racing. We battled. That didn’t come down to horsepower or money- it came down to getting it done. I love to race- that’s what we’re here for. I race hard, and that was fun. If I get out there and run single file- that’s no fun.”

Pole-sitter Nolan Dalton led the opening lap before Rider took over on lap two with an inside move racing off turn two. Singleton started fourth and passed Cody Dawson down the backstretch for third on lap three. Dalton didn’t go away as he stayed right with Rider and the two raced side-by-side on lap four. Rider was able to hold on, while Singleton made the pass for second the following lap after some contact with Dalton.

The event’s first caution was for Vince Masi, Jr., who got crashed out with five laps scored. Masi received The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night” Award in addition to a $100 Schoenfeld Headers certificate. Masi was also awarded with the Driven Racing Oil “Slick Move of the Night” Award as he narrowly avoided a three-car last lap accident in turn four in his heat race to qualify for the feature in his first ever Sweeney Tour start.

Back under green, Dalton got a great restart to get back by Singleton for second and raced side-by-side for the lead with Rider on lap seven, but once again Rider prevailed. Chad McClellan, who won the season opening Sweeney Tour race last Friday at Freedom, started sixth and snuck past Singleton for third on lap eight before a three-car accident involving Michael Lake, Russell Baird, Jr., and Bill Pluta, Jr.

When racing resumed, McClellan nosed ahead of Dalton for second on lap nine and appeared to have the fastest car. It was a four-car race for the lead on lap 10 when Dalton got crossed up allowing Singleton to get by for third. Singleton looked fast again as he ran down Rider and McClellan on lap 13. Singleton slid up the track on lap 14 and made contact with McClellan to take second.

Ryan Montgomery, who started 11th, was quietly moving forward. Montgomery cracked the top five on lap 13 taking the spot from Bryce Davis then got past Dalton for fourth racing down the backstretch on lap 15. Back up front, Singleton made his winning pass with an inside move in turn four on lap 16. A pair of cautions with 18 laps scored bunched up the field for the final time and set up a seven-lap shootout to the finish.

Singleton went unchallenged in the closing laps to win by a margin of 3.045 seconds in the Clint Enyeart-owned, Rick Singleton Rental, MBH, TC Racecars-sponsored #99*. Singleton’s victory also earned him a guaranteed starting spot and free entry fee in the October 16-17 “King of the Carolinas” Crate Late Model event at Clint Elkins of Speedway benefits promoted Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North Carolina.

The battle from positions two through seven was intense and swapped several times in the closing seven laps. McClellan actually got past Rider for second on lap 20, but Rider didn’t go away as they side-by-side for three laps as Rider regained the position for good on lap 22. It was a four-car race for second right down to the wire with Rider prevailing for his best career Sweeney Tour finish. Rider was also awarded the Accelerator-1 carb spacer kit from Crate Innovations.

Montgomery, last year’s Sweeney Tour runner-up finisher, rebounded from last Friday night’s disappointing end to finish third after getting by McClellan on lap 24. What a run for John Over! Over had a transfer spot locked up in his heat, but spun in turn four on the final lap. Over went from third to first in the B main giving him the 19th starting spot for the feature. Over made his way forward in the feature and ended up finishing fourth after passing McClellan on the final lap, which also earned him the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate for passing 15 cars!

McClellan dropped to fifth at the finish and holds on to a slim two-point lead in the Sweeney Tour points over Rider. New York racer Bryce Davis was sixth in his first ever Roaring Knob appearance. Dalton faded to seventh. John Waters, another New York driver, was eighth in his second ever Roaring Knob start. Rick Strickler and Robby Marhefka completed the top 10. “Futures Cup” racer Reese Masiello earned the Crate Innovations Moroso Plug Wire Set in his first ever Sweeney Tour start.

Heat winners were Lake, Singleton, and Davis. Over of course won the B main. Dave Friedrich missed the feature by one spot in his first ever Sweeney Tour start and was awarded the ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit.

Bill Hendren’s son Steve along with Kate Dillon of CrateInsider.com were on hand again from North Carolina to help present the over $18,000 in contingencies during the drivers meeting that was well appreciated by the racers. The majority of the drivers all received three prizes. A complete list of winners will be posted soon. Hendren also awarded beautiful engraved plaques to the top three feature finishers.

“Bill Hendren Memorial” Saturday at Roaring Knob

June 5th, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA)…After kicking off the season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series last Friday night at New York’s Freedom Speedway, action shifts south to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex this Saturday night (June 7). The “Bill Hendren Memorial” will take place at the scenic 3/8-mile oval in Markleysburg, Pa. followed up by the $4,000 to-win “Steel City 100″ and expected $5,000 “Steel City Roulette” drawing on Sunday evening at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway.

The late engine builder from Rutherfordton, North Carolina was a big supporter of the Crate Late Model engine concept from its inception. Bill passed away on March 19, 2011, but his legacy is being carried on by his son Steve, who continues to operate Hendren Racing Engines and also campaigns a Crate Late Model in the Southeast. Steve was the winner of the inaugural memorial event held back in 2011.

Last year’s event at Roaring Knob marked the first time ever a “Bill Hendren Memorial” event was held in the Northeast. The race was won by Chad McClellan, who ironically is coming off the season opening win last Friday night at Freedom. McClellan also has Sweeney Weekly Series wins this season at Roaring Knob and Winchester Speedway. The Stoystown, Pa. driver is also a loyal customer of Hendren Racing Engines.

“We are truly honored to be able to present a Bill Hendren Memorial in conjunction with one of our RUSH Touring Series events for the second straight year,” expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “The Bill Hendren Memorials have been a huge hit in the past for competitors in the South and we know our racers will be thrilled when they see everything that will be up for grabs in both cash and contingencies once again. While I didn’t personally know Bill Hendren, it’s obvious that he was a great man and built the strong foundation that has established Hendren Racing Engines as one the most respected engine builders in the industry.”

This year’s event will pay $1,500 to-win along with thousands of dollars of contingencies to be given away to the racers. The top three finishers will each receive a beautiful engraved plaque from the Hendren Family. The Hendrens alone are also putting up an additional $5,000 plus in contingencies!

At last year’s event, the racers shared in approximately $8,000 in contingencies and this year that amount is expected to double! Companies such as FK Rod Ends, High Velocity Heads, Dirtwrap, Velocita USA, Flag to Flag, Ontime Body & Graphics, Hendren Racing Engines, Mike’s Custom Tanks, Willy’s Carb & Dyno Shop, R2C Performance Products, Bernheisel Race Components, Race-1, KRC Power Steering, TNT Race Cars, Hooker Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, and Schaeffer’s Oil are expected to participate.

In addition, the normal Sweeney Touring Series contingencies will be available. Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” will award 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.

The ARbodies “Nosed Out” will award a nose kit to the first driver that fails to qualify for the feature through the B main. Driven Racing Oil’s “Slick Move of the Night” winner will receive a bottle of Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, a can of Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean, and a certificate for $50 off a case of Driven XP Synthetic Racing Oil!

Crate Innovations will present both the “Ignite” and “Performance Plus” Awards. The feature runner-up will receive a carb spacer kit that includes one billet aluminum Accelerator-1, one upper and one lower spacer gasket, and four specifically designed washers used for installation, while the driver that finishes last on the lead lap will receive the Moroso Custom Fit Plug Wire Set, which are custom tailored for use with the Chevrolet Performance 602 and 604 circle track engines.

Clint Elkins of Speedway Benefits and the promoter of Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North Carolina is awarding a guaranteed starting spot to the winners of both Sweeney Tour events this weekend as well as free entry fees for all non-North Carolina and South Carolina racers for the October 16-17 “King of the Carolinas” crate event. The event does not conflict with any RUSH event. RUSH is part of Speedway Benefits and Elkins is good friends with Steve Hendren.

Roaring Knob has already completed nine Sweeney Weekly Series events with six different winners this season! Current point leader Michael Lake leads the way with three wins followed by Rick Singleton with two, while Dan Angelicchio, McClellan, Jacob Hawkins, and Ryan Montgomery all have single victories. Lake not only leads Roaring Knob’s points but is also atop the standings in the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series and $1,000 to-win “Futures Cup”.

Pits open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with warm-ups at 6:45 and racing at 7:15. You do not need to be a member of RUSH to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event. RACEceivers are mandatory and Roaring Knob uses the yellow Westhold transponders.

More information on Sunday’s event at Pittsburgh will be released this week.

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 www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Hendren Racing Engines is located at 1310 US Highway 221 N., Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Hendren Racing Engines offers equal service and recognition to all. From lower budget racers, to unlimited budget racers, Hendren’s can and will take care of you. They are a family-owned and operated establishment, with value and customer service at the forefront of our business policy. As a family-owned business, Hendren’s not only build racing engines, they also have our own race team. We know what it takes to race, to win, and to keep a family together.

Join Hendren as many of the top crate teams in the nation have done, and finally feel for yourself that your engine builder understands you, values your business, and wants to work with you in every way possible. Hendren’s reputation comes from making you a winner, the legal way! All of their 604 crate engines are built the CORRECT and LEGAL way, by the GM rebuilders book. You will never have an issue in the tech shed!

With their knowledgeable staff and vast experience, you receive fast and friendly service. Hendren’s turnaround time on freshening your existing engine is second to none. We are also very happy to answer any and all technical questions that you may have, even if you are not an existing customer! Give Hendren’s a call for more information at 828-286-0780 or check out their website at www.hendrensracingengines.com.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Driven Racing Oil, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, High Gear Speed Shop, RainEater Wiper Blades, CrateInsider.com, Utsinger’s Towing, 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.

Danny Dietrich Steals $5,000 “Dirt Classic” Qualifyier Sprint Car Win Away From Danny Holtgraver on Final Lap at Roaring Knob

June 3rd, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA)…Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex wrapped up a beautiful three-race weekend on Sunday night in the inaugural “Dirt
Classic” Qualifier presented by J&K Salvage. The “410” Sprint Cars were back for the second time in three weeks and for just the third time ever at the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. 3/8-mile oval. Capturing wins were Danny Dietrich-“410” Sprints, Ryan Montgomery-RUSH Late Models, and Mitch Ward-Mod Lites.

For the third time in as many Sprint Car races at Roaring Knob, the feature came down to the final laps. Last year, Lance Dewease made a last lap pass of Tim Shaffer; two weeks ago Sprint Car greats Dave Blaney and Jac Haudenschild dueled with Blaney getting back by in the final laps for the win; on Sunday night, Danny Dietrich made the PA Posse proud stealing the $5,000 win away from western Pa. favorite and All Star Circuit of Champions racer Danny Holtgraver on the final lap. The 30-lap feature went non-stop in just over eight minutes and thirty seconds.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him or not,” revealed the Gettysburg, Pa. racer. “I had a chance to do it the last three or four laps. It felt pretty good when I went down there so I waited until the last minute. I didn’t know if I was going to clear him, but it worked. We’re racing for the lead on the final lap- it was a slide job for the win. I hope he lifted, but it’s what I had to do to get here.”

An invert four put Haudenschild and Cole Duncan on the front row of the feature. Duncan used the highline to power past Haudenschild, while Holtgraver slipped under the “Wild Child” for second on the opening lap. Dietrich started fifth and battled with Greg Hodnett the first two laps before making the pass for fourth.

Duncan, who won a $5,000 to-win Sprint show at Path Valley Speedway in 2012 and last year won his first ever in central Pa. at Lincoln Speedway, looked strong early on as he opened up a near straightaway lead by lap five. Duncan’s comfortable lead though was short-lived as Holtgraver began to close the margin on lap seven as traffic loomed ahead for the leader.

Duncan caught the back-markers on the eighth circuit and Holtgraver was right on the leader on lap nine as Haudenschild and Dietrich closed in making it a four-car race for the lead by lap 10. Dietrich went to the bottom in turns three and four on lap 12 and made the slider stick to grab third from Haudenschild.

With Duncan trying to maneuver his way through traffic, Holtgraver eyed his opportunity and snuck around Duncan on the extreme topside of turn four on lap 13 to take command of the event. One lap later, Dietrich put the pressure on Duncan with Haudenschild looming behind. With the battle intensify for third, Holtgraver began to open up his lead on lap 17. Dietrich went to the bottom of turns one and two and performed a slider on Duncan to take second on lap 18.

Holtgraver had his hands full trying to get around Carl Bowser and Mike Lutz on laps 18 and 19 and this allowed Dietrich, Duncan, and Haudenschild to close back in and it was once again a four-car race for the lead with 10 laps to go. As the laps ticked off caution-free, the running order up front stayed the same. Dietrich began looking for opportunities to get past Holtgraver as he tried various lines around the racey 3/8-mile oval.

On lap 28, Dietrich dropped to the bottom of turns one and two and was able to pull even with Holtgraver, but Holtgraver had the momentum around the topside to maintain his lead. Dietrich stayed right with Holtgraver then with the white flag waving, Dietrich shot hard to the bottom again in turns one and two. This time he found enough bite and slid up in front of Holtgraver. As the two raced down the backstretch, Dietrich got an excellent run into turn three not allowing Holtgraver the ability to go under him.

Holtgraver instead went to the outside in turns three and four. For a moment it looked like he might have enough run off the topside of turn four to out-drag Dietrich down the frontstretch, but at the finish it was Dietrich by a winning margin of just 0.307 of a second. Dietrich became the third different winner in as many Sprint Car shows at Roaring Knob in the Gary Kauffman-owned, Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards/Carlisle Auto Salvage/Weikert’s Livestock/Racers Used Parts-sponsored #48.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for putting the time, effort and money into these shows,” stated Dietrich, whose first ever win in western Pennsylvania also garnered him a guaranteed starting spot in the $20,000 to-win “Dirt Classic” presented by Kasey Kahne on September 27 at Lincoln Speedway. “Getting a guaranteed starting spot in that race is a big gigantic bonus. That wasn’t on my mind. We came here to win. I want to thank everyone for coming out. I know all of the drivers appreciate the fans and I hope we put a show on for you.”

Holtgraver, who last won on May 23 at Lernerville Speedway, earned $2,000 for his runner-up finish. The Pittsburgh, Pa. racer said, “It’s obviously disappointing to finish second and I can’t repeat what I was thinking on the last lap, but the way things have been going the last several races, we’ll take this and move on. Congratulations to Danny Dietrich.”

Duncan was a solid third and received $1,500 for the show position driving his family-owned #22. “We had a fast car from the time we unloaded,” stated the Lockbourne, Ohio driver. “I think driver error cost us this race. I flat screwed up in traffic and should have moved my wing back earlier. Nonetheless it was a great race and a great track tonight.”

Haudenschild, who dropped to third at the last Roaring Knob show, was fourth and earned $1,400 over Hodnett in fifth, who garnered $1,300 in his first ever appearance. Danny Smith came from 12th to finish sixth. Western Pa. locals Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Brandon Matus were seventh and eighth. Former full-time World of Outlaws racer and central Pa. native Lucas Wolfe was ninth in his first ever Roaring Knob appearance. Mike Wagner, who set fast time and finished runner-up on May 18 at Roaring Knob, was 10th and still earned $1,000.

Hodnett set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 14.313 to earn the Precise Racing Products/Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic $100 gift card. Heat winners were Haudenschild, Sodeman, and Logan Wagner.

A second “Dirt Classic” Qualifier presented by J&K Salvage will be held Sunday, June 8 at Bedford (PA) Speedway for $5,000 to-win followed by the “Dirt Classic” presented by Kasey Kahne on Saturday, September 27 for $20,000 to-win at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa.

Roaring Knob will be back in action this Saturday night, June 7 with the “Bill Hendren Memorial” for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series paying $1,500 to-win plus contingencies. Also on the card will be the Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Mod Lites, Chargers, and Four Cylinders.

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 www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Richest Sprint Car Race in History of Roaring KNob is set for Sunday

May 31st, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA)*…Last year, Lance Dewease stole a win away from Tim Shaffer on the final lap in a thrilling first ever Sprint Car event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex; two weeks, ago Sprint Car legends Dave Blaney and Jac Haudenschild battled down to the finish swapping the lead with Blaney emerging victorious; and now the stage is set for the richest Sprint Car event ever to take place at the Knob. The “410” Sprint Cars will return this Sunday (June 1) to the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. facility in the first “Dirt Classic” Qualifier presented by J&K Salvage.

Sunday’s event will boast a feature purse of $23,550 with $5,000 going to the victor, $1,000 for 10th, and $400 to take the green! The event has attracted an impressive line-up of talent that could quite possibly make this the most talented field of racers assembled together in western Pa. for a non-sanctioned event in the modern era!

The “PA Posse” will be represented by Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich and his brother Billy, Lucas Wolfe, Alan Krimes, Ryan Smith, and Mike Wagner and his son Logan, along with Bob Howard and his son Bradley.

The best from the All Star Circuit of Champions are expected like Dale Blaney, Jac Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer, Chad Kemenah, and Danny Holtgraver. They will be joined Ohio top talent like Danny Smith and Cole Duncan along with southern Ohio racers Wes McGlumphy and Randy Fink.

While western Pa. certainly has strong ties to Shaffer and Holtgraver, local racers Jack Sodeman, Jr., Carl Bowser, Eric Williams, Mike Lutz, Dan Shetler, the father-son duo of Brent and Brandon Matus, A.J. Flick, and Bob McMillin hope to have a say in the final outcome to protect their home turf.

Who else may show for this true “outlaw”-type event? Who will emerge victorious in this true battle of the regions event? Will this third ever Sprint Car show at Roaring Knob, a track that has been said by many to be a perfect Sprint Car track, top the two previous thrillers? You’ll have to be there to find out!

A second “Dirt Classic” qualifying event presented by J&K Salvage will take place on Sunday, June 8 at Bedford Speedway for $5,000 to-win as well. Both “qualifier” winners will receive guaranteed starting spots in the “Dirt Classic” presented by Kasey Kahne at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, September 27. That event will be the highest paying race in the history of the Abbottstown, Pa. oval with $20,000 going to the winner.

*June 1 Payoff ($23,550): *1. $5,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,500 4. $1,400 5. $1,300 6. $1,250 7. $1,200 8. $1,100 9. $1,050 10. $1,000 11. $750 12. $650 13. $550 14. $525 15. $500 16. $475 17. $450 18. $425 19. $425 20. $400 21. $400 22. $400 23. $400 24. $400.

There will be no entry or registration fee for the event. The national “410” Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. There will be no muffler or weight rule. RACEceivers are required. The PA Sprint Speedweek format will be used with the fast qualifier receiving a $100 gift card for Precise Racing Products. At the last event, Mike Wagner won the honors before finishing second in the feature.

The RUSH Late Models and STARS Mod Lite Series will also be on the card. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with warm-ups at 5:45 followed by time trials at 6:15, and racing at 7. Go to dirtclassic.com for more information.

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 www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day