PULASKI, Pa. – With the new year dawning, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone continue to make forward momentum as the inaugural season closes to within three months.
Allegheny Mountain Raceway has become the latest track to join the weekly sanctioning program initiated by the new series.
Located five miles south of Kane, Pa., in Lamont, Allegheny will run the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Models on a weekly basis on Sunday evenings.
Allegheny was built by former racer Harry Spaulding near his home in the Allegheny National Forest on Gunsmoke Road in the village of Lamont at the elevation of 2,100’.
The track’s first race was held on May 26, 2001. Spaulding, a former member of the U.S. Army, grew up racing in Wisconsin before moving to Pennsylvania. Spaulding, who turned 72 years of age on Christmas Eve, operates the speedway with his wife Sandy and their nine children.
The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Models will now headline the racing action on Sunday evenings at Allegheny and will be joined by the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Chargers, and Mini Stocks.
Allegheny will unofficially kickoff their season with a car show on Saturday, April 27 at the NAPA Auto Parts in Kane at 9 a.m. followed by a test and tune at noon. Approximately 14 events will be planned with the season opener on May 5. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5.
“I’ve been watching the Crate Late Models the last several years and their growth in the Northeast,” explained Spaulding. “I recently held our annual drivers meeting and several Crate Late Model racers attended and expressed their interest in running at AMR. With Bradford and McKean signing on with RUSH, I felt the time was right for adding the class at AMR I think it’ll bring some excitement and notoriety from RUSH, and attract new fans to AMR.”
“We really have to thank Harry and his wife Sandy for believing in the RUSH concept and giving Crate Late Model racing a shot at AMR,” said Emig. “He recently contacted us; and a phone call and a meeting later and the relationship was forged. This will give racers another option in the region to race at and the ability to accumulate points towards the various championships. The class will be an exciting addition to AMR and bring in people that may have never been to the track before.”