PULASKI, Pa. – After putting a final wrap on the inaugural 2013 season with the awards banquet on Jan. 18, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have released a tentative schedule for the Sweeney Touring Series for the 2014 season.
This year’s Sweeney Tour schedule includes approximately 20 events at a minimum of 12 different facilities throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Ontario. Some of the Northeast’s most premier speedways will be the schedule once again and showcased in conjunction with many of these speedways signature events. In addition to the more than $25,000 cash point fund, more than $60,000 in product contingencies will be awarded throughout the 2014 Sweeney Tour season.
“We’ve taken a different approach to this year’s schedule,” said Emig. “We analyzed last year’s schedule and took into account feedback from the racers and the speedways to come up with this year’s schedule. We’ve cut back on the total number of events, spread the schedule out better, reduced the number of two-day/one-event programs, and cut back on the number of shows at each track. We feel this will produce a much more attractive schedule for the teams and make the events more special at each speedway. Currently, racers will only have to leave home 14 times.”
Negotiations are underway to kick-off the 2014 Sweeney Tour season on Saturday, April 12 at a venue to be announced. Freedom Speedway will be reopening in 2014 on Friday nights and have given northern racers a three-night circuit with McKean County Raceway on Saturdays and Humberstone Speedway on Sundays. The Delevan, N.Y., oval will host the facility’s first ever Crate Late Model Tour event on Friday, May 30. Freedom was one of the original speedways when Crate Late Model racing was started in the Northeast in 2007. Emig worked with prior promoters Dan Hoffman and Mike Lauterborn and are now excited to be working with new Freedom promoter Troy Shuknecht.
Action heats up for the first weekend of June in what could be the season’s biggest weekend of the year and will take place at Roaring Knob on Saturday, June 7 followed by Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 8. The Markleysburg, Pa., oval will again host the Northeast’s Bill Hendren Memorial paying $2,000 to-win for the second straight year. Then the next evening, action shifts to The Monster Half-Mile for the Northeast’s first ever 100-lap race. The Steel City 100 will pay a minimum of $4,000 to-win, $300 to-start with 30 cars taking the green flag.
Two weeks later, another huge weekend will be on tap for the inaugural Mid-Atlantic States Classic. Maryland’s Potomac Speedway on Friday, June 20 and Virginia’s Winchester Speedway the following night will both pay $2,500 to-win, $250 to-start. Both speedways joined the Sweeney Weekly Series for 2014 and on this weekend will both host their first ever Crate Late Model Touring Series events.
The season’s third weekend doubleheader will take place over the Independence Day holiday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. on Friday, July 4 followed by Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on Saturday night . The Bill Emig Memorial will feature a pair of $1,500 to-win events along with the infamous card draws that add points to determine the $1,500 Wild Card Weekend” point fund.
The annual Trumbull County Fair and McKean County Fair race events will take place at Expo Speedway in Cortland, Ohio on Wednesday, July 9 for $2,000 to-win and at the East Smethport, Pa., raceway on Thursday, Aug. 14 respectively.
In between these fair events will be two big shows at Pittsburgh and Humberstone Speedways. On Saturday, July 12, Pittsburgh will host Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance Night where one lucky RUSH competitor will win a brand new GM 604 engine valued at $5,675. This will be the first time ever this night has taken place at Pittsburgh! Then on Sunday, July 20, the Canadian Late Model National Championship will be a $2,000 to-win event at the Port Colborne, Ontario, facility.
The Labor Day Weekend will be an exciting one for racers. It kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 30 at McKean County for Manufacturers Night where more than $30,000 in contingency products will be given away to the competing RUSH racers. This will be the first time that Manufacturers Night will be held at McKean. The following night another new venue will be on the docket as Wayne County Speedway hosts their first ever Crate Late Model race and will be showcased with the All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars. The Orrville, Ohio oval is less than an hour and a half from the Pennsylvania/Ohio state-line.
Another weekend doubleheader for racers and fans will take place at Sharon and Pittsburgh on Sept. 12-13. The Sweeney RUSH Tour will be part of the Apple Festival Nationals at Sharon on Friday night for the Gary Knollinger Memorial and the Pittsburgher 100 with NDRL at PPMS on Saturday night. More info on these events will be released soon.
The Sweeney RUSH Tour will be part of the October season finales at Roaring Knob, McKean, and Lernerville. RUSH will compete in the traditional Fall Classic weekend at MCR Oct. 10-11 with details to be announced in the near future. And the season will again conclude at Lernerville with the Steel City Stampede on Oct. 24-25 with $2,000 to-win on Saturday night.
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Racing Series Schedule
April 12 – TBA – TBA
May 30 – Freedom Speedway – Delevan, N.Y.
June 7 – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex – Markleysburg, Pa.
June 8 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
June 20 – Potomac Speedway – Mechanicsville, Md.
June 21 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Va.
July 4 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, Pa.
July 5 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, Ohio
July 9 – Expo Raceway – Cortland, Ohio
July 12 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
July 20 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ontario
Aug. 14 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.
Aug. 30 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.
Aug. 31 – Wayne County Speedway – Orrville, Ohio
Sept. 12 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, Ohio
Sept. 13 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, Pa.
Oct. 3-4 – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex – Markleysburg, Pa.
Oct. 10-11 – McKean County Raceway – East Smethport, Pa.
Oct. 24-25 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, Pa.