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Schedule Released for Crate Racin' USA 2022 Winter Shootout Series

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EASTABOGA, Ala. (Nov. 26) — Riding a wave of momentum, the Eastaboga, Ala-based Crate Racin’ USA organization will kick off its annual Winter Shootout Series with a unique new twist on the just-released schedule: A long-awaited return to 411 Motor Speedway in Sevierville, Tenn., where the prestigious annual Hangover event will be held Jan. 1. The 604 Late Model portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by the Adam Stewart-managed organization, and pay $2,500 to win


The sanctioning body has been noticeably absent from the upper East Tennessee region in recent seasons, but has been working to make a potential return to the area, where a few tracks once hosted the series on a regular basis, and showcased the now-burgeoning organization with several of its most memorable events.


Eight races make up the newly-released schedule, with the possibility of a ninth event being added in March. The series scheduled nine races last season, and seven were completed after rainouts reduced the slate. The miniseries, which emerged from humble beginnings, has become a much-anticipated highlight of the winter months for racers


“We started out running the Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track [Eastaboga, Ala.] and a few races at Bubba Raceway Park [Ocala, Fla.], but our racers are smaller-budget teams and if you’re doing national points and most of your races aren’t in Florida, we felt we were hurting the guys who choose to only run that part of the tour that’s closest to home. Not everyone can commit to running from January through November, so the guys who weren’t going to Florida would get behind the 8-ball in the points early in the season, and we’d never see them again.


The decision was made to split the season into two parts, which created the Winter Shootout Series portion of the schedule as a separate entity. Unexpected by Stewart and company, the miniseries has grown exponentially


“Essentially it took off once we started doing that, and now it draws two different groups of racers,” Stewart said. “It has sorta took hold a lot better than we’d figured. We wanted to break it up a little bit to help our regular drivers and not force them to race in Florida over the winter for points, and now the whole Winter Shootout Series is standing strong on its own. I’m not sure we expected that to happen.


ast year the events drew eye-catching car counts in the 60-80 range on a consistent basis, including the fast-growing Sunshine Nationals scheduled Jan. 20-22, 2022, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., which is a collaboration with DIRTcar Racing’s popular Pro Late Model division. The three races will pay $1,500 to win, $2,000 to win, and include a whopping $10,000 to win event for the division on the final night.


“We look forward every year to working with the officials and teams involved with the DIRTcar organization, and that event has steadily grown with the two sanctioning bodies working together to make the event bigger and better for fans, teams and competitors,” Stewart said. “They do a great job presenting their events, and our entire organization looks forward to working with their people in the warmer temperatures that can usually be found in Florida during January.”


Other events on the slate include the traditional Ice Bowl scheduled Jan. 6-8 at Talladega Short Track, and a three-race engagement Feb. 3-5 at third-mile East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. The series-closing dates at the famed “Clay by the Bay” will also feature Crate Racin’ USA’s highly-competitive 602 Late Model Sportsman division all three nights.


Dylan Knowles of Lanett, Ala., is the defending Winter Shootout Series champion, having claimed supremacy in last season’s hard-fought title battle during an intense, final-race showdown with points runnerup Jason Welshan at Modoc (S.C.) Speedway. It was Knowles’ first-ever championship in a national-type series, and it came against some of the largest fields of the season.


About Crate Racin’ USA

The economical Chevrolet Performance 602 and 604 Circle Track Engine is utilized by competitors in the various divisions presented by Crate Racin’ USA. It’s in stock and available for free, next-day delivery from Newsome Raceway Parts in Hartsville, S.C


Each engine is built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. To place an order, call 1-877-497-3624.

For more information and rules, visit the organization’s website at www.crateracinusa.com, or follow our extensive social media programs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Newsome Raceway Parts, a division of Raceway Chevrolet in Hartsville, S.C., is the title sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. E-Z-GO Golf Carts is the title sponsor of the newly-established E-Z-GO $100,000+ Challenge.


Chevrolet Performance is an official sponsor of the organization, along with Advanced Laser & Machine, Cruise with the Champions, Hoosier Racing Tire, KRC Power Steering, Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, My Race Pass, VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants and Willy’s Carburetors.


Official chassis sponsors include Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis and CVR Race Cars.


2022 Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series

Jan. 1: Hangover @ 411 Motor Speedway (Sevierville, Tenn.) - $2,500 to win!

Jan. 6-8: Ice Bowl @ Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) - $3,000 to win!

Jan. 20: Sunshine Nationals @ Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) - $1,500 to win!

Jan. 21: Sunshine Nationals @ Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) - $2,000-to-win!

Jan. 22: Sunshine Nationals @ Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) - $10,000 to win!

Feb. 3: Winternationals @ East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) - $2,500 to win!

Feb. 4: Winternationals @ East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) - $2,500 to win!

Feb. 5: Winternationals @ East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) - $5,000 to win!





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By Mike Leone

(November 24, 2021) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Sarver, PA)...On the heels of the recent announcement that all 2022 Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Flynn's Tire/Born2Run Lubricants Touring Series events will pay a minimum of $3,000 to-win with the champion earning $15,000 as part of a $51,400 championship point fund, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have released their first major race event announcement for the upcoming season.

Not only will the RUSH Late Model Tour return to the 2022 "Firecracker 100" weekend at Lernerville Speedway for the fourth consecutive year on June 23-25, but the "Bill Emig Memorial" feature purse has been increased $18,125 with the victor earning $20,000- an all-time Northeast high for Chevrolet Performance Crate Late Models! The blockbuster Big River Steel "Firecracker 100" event will feature the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time ever racing for $50,000 to-win, pushing the overall weekend to historic prominence in Late Model racing throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic! This is annually thought to be the highest attended event for Chevrolet Performance crate engine racing in the country. In addition, Lernerville TV will carry the entire RUSH portion live for the first time.

"We continue to work very hard to grow every aspect of the Firecracker weekend and are very happy with the dramatic increase in purse for the RUSH Late Model Series portion of the event," acknowledged Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski. "Lernerville has always had an outstanding working relationship with RUSH, and the on-track action that RUSH competitors bring to the speedway repeatedly pleases our fans. The 2022 Firecracker is going to be monumental in so many ways, including what the RUSH Late Models provide to the event!" 

The 2022 "Bill Emig Memorial" will be the 32nd annual event remembering the late car owner and father of RUSH Director Vicki Emig. In 2019, the "Bill Emig Memorial" took place with the "Firecracker 100" at Lernerville for the first time and attracted a season high 53 cars from seven different states and Ontario, Canada as Max Blair passed Ross Robinson with five laps to go for the victory. In 2020, the status of the event was up in the air until about one week prior due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that didn't stop Blair, who won the caution-free 50 lapper for another $10,000 payday. This past season the event continued its forward momentum as an event high 54 cars from 11 different states were in competition. Florida's Mark Whitener won his first RUSH event in his first attempt, worth $10,000. The event has been presented by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply each of the first three years.

Not only will the 2022 feature winner's take double from $10,000 to $20,000 for RUSH, but an additional $8,125 has been spread throughout the remainder of the feature purse! Notably, second place has jumped from $5,000 to $7,000, 10th place from $700 to $1,000, and start money from $450 to $600.

"We've been working very hard to take the RUSH Touring Series to the next level," stated Emig. "COVID delayed our attempts in 2020, but this past season we doubled our point fund and the racing was tremendous all season long. Now with our purses all going to a minimum of $3,000 to-win, our point fund going up another 25%, and to be able to announce our first ever $20,000 to-win race just says so much about how RUSH competition has evolved over the past years."

"We cannot thank the Tomson Family at Lernerville for believing in our program enough three years ago to include us as part of the Firecracker 100," continued Emig. "Now to be able to have the richest event in the 16-year history of Crate Late Models in the Northeast in conjunction with the biggest Super Late Model race in the history of western Pennsylvania is beyond words; it's going to be historic and I don't think anyone is going to want to miss it!"

"On a personal note, I wish my Dad was here to witness what his love of racing has grown to- the RUSH Racing Series truly is his legacy," added Emig.  "It was him who gave me my love of racing; always taking me with him and never leaving me home. He passed away at just 54. I remember planning his first memorial in 1992 that also took place at Lernerville and paid $1,000 to win. He would have loved our racers and vice versa because he was such a character; and also greatly appreciated our sanctioned speedways and corporate marketing partners, all who have helped Mike (Leone) and I develop RUSH. I know he will be smiling down when our racers pull into to their 4-wide in his memory, but this time for an amazing $20,000 to win!"    

2022 "Bill Emig Memorial" Feature Payoff ($51,325): 1. $20,000 2. $7,000 3. $3,500 4. $3,000 5. $2,000 6. $1,500 7. $1,300 8. $1,200 9. $1,100 10. $1,000 11. $900 12. $800 13. $700 14. $650 15. $625 16. $620 17. $615 18. $610 19. $605 20-24. $600 25. $600 (provisional, if necessary).

Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $400 2. $300 3. $250 4. $240 5. $235 6. $230 7. $225 8. $220 9. $215 10. $210 11. $205 12-24. $200. Anyone not starting a feature will receive $125.
Camping spots are available for the "Firecracker 100" weekend by calling the Lernerville office at 724-353-1511. An announcement will be made when event tickets go on sale. 
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements on the upcoming 2022 RUSH Late Model Touring schedule.




By Mike Leone

(November 11, 2021) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...Even though the 2021 Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Flynn's Tire/Born2Run Lubricants Touring Series season completed just one month ago, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been hard at work on the 2022 season. While a lot of event details are still in the works, RUSH is proud to announce that all 2022 Touring Series events will pay a minimum of $3,000 to-win and the points fund will see another increase of approximately 25%! This will bolster the 2022 Touring Series point fund to $51,400 with the champion to earn a record $15,000!

The 2021 season produced some of the best racing in Touring Series history. Linden, Virginia's Kyle Hardy conquered the $12,000 championship in his first season of RUSH racing. The quality of competition was never better. Besides Hardy, veteran RUSH racers Jeremy Wonderling, Joe Martin, and John Waters picked up wins in addition to Super Late Model standouts Chub Frank, Michael Norris, and Mark Whitener. Over the past three years, the Touring Series has averaged 38 cars per event. A record 194 different drivers from 12 different states competed in at least one Flynn's Tire/Born2Run Lubricants Tour event in 2021. 

"Our RUSH Late Model Touring Series events have always produced great racing but this year it was simply incredible," acknowledged Emig. "The competition has definitely went to the next level and our car counts continue to be very strong which has translated into tremendous RUSH Late Model Touring Series events! With that said and after discussions with our RUSH-sanctioned speedway partners, we are excited to offer the richest Touring Series Championship and schedule of events in RUSH Series history!"

After the COVID-19 pandemic was a setback in 2020, the RUSH Touring Series doubled the pre-COVID point fund with all spots getting a boost in 2021. Now with the promoters stepping up to a pay a minimum $3,000 to-win purse (see breakdown below), RUSH has once again increased all 10 guaranteed points paying positions.  RUSH will once again offer $1,000 to drivers that finish 11-15 in points with 75% attendance and $500 to drivers that finish 16-20 in points with 75% attendance. This increase will put the 2022 Touring Series point fund at a record $51,400! 

"To be able to nearly triple the overall 'Touring' Championship is amazing but none of this would be possible without the strong support of our corporate marketing partners, speedways, and racers- we can't thank everyone enough," expressed Emig. "This is just the beginning of the exciting news for 2022, as we look forward to releasing more news in the very near future on some of our signature RUSH Late Model Touring events!"

The 2022 Flynn's Tire/Born2Run Lubricants Touring Series schedule is expected to get underway April 13-16 for the "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek. Signature events such as the "Bill Emig Memorial" (June 23-25 at Lernerville Speedway), "Jook George Steel City Classic" (August 6 at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway), and "Bill Hendren Memorial" (September 30-October 1 at Pittsburgh) have already been confirmed. 

On the RUSH "Weekly" side, the 40-position National Weekly Series Championship, "Track Pack" that offers a $2,500 point fund to each weekly-sanctioned speedway's top six member racers, and the "Futures Cup" will all return in 2022. This together with the record breaking Touring Series point fund will boost the 2022 RUSH Late Model championship cash point funds alone to over $115,000!

2022 RUSH Late Model Touring Series Minimum Feature Purse: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $650 5. $600 6. $500 7. $475 8. $450 9. $425 10. $400 11. $325 12. $300 13. $275 14. $270 15. $265 16. $260 17. $255  18-24. $250.

2022 RUSH Late Model Touring Series Point Fund ($51,400): 1. $15,000 2. $7,500 3. $5,000 4. $4,000 5. $3,000 6. $2,500 7. $2,000 8. $1,800 9. $1,600 10. $1,500. Will pay $1,000 to Tour members in positions 11-15 in points that compete in 75% of the total Tour events, and $500 to Tour members in positions 16-20 in points that compete in 75% of the total Tour events.

RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Born2Run Lubricants, Flynn's Tire & Auto Service, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Stop-Fyre, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage, CrateInsider.com, and Wedge Motorsports.
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. The RUSH Late Model website is www.rushlatemodels.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

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2022 Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series

Jan. 1: Hangover @ 411 Motor Speedway (Sevierville, Tenn.) - $2,500 to win!

Jan. 6-8: Ice Bowl @ Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) - $3,000 to win!

Jan. 20: Sunshine Nationals @ Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) - $1,500 to win!

Jan. 21: Sunshine Nationals @ Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) - $2,000-to-win!

Jan. 22: Sunshine Nationals @ Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) - $10,000 to win!

Feb. 3: Winternationals @ East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) - $2,500 to win!

Feb. 4: Winternationals @ East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) - $2,500 to win!

Feb. 5: Winternationals @ East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Fla.) - $5,000 to win!


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