SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOURING SERIES EVENT
Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex
April 18, 2015
For Immediate Release
(Markleysburg, PA) Mother Nature was in favor providing a beautiful night of racing for the return of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series who kicked off its 2015 campaign for its new Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.
Centerville, PA driver of the familiar 111 Max Blair was able to claim his first victory of the 2015 season for the RUSH regional series. Also in winner circle for the Mid Atlantic Hoosier Tire Super Dirt Models was the driver of the #17B Keith Barbara, Street Stock feature winner #29 Scott Bittinger, Newt’s Bar & Grill Road Runner winner went to #48K Paul Koffler Sr, and Mod Lite winner #862 Mitch Ward.
(Roaring Knob Street Stock Division) First out for their feature race were the Roaring Knob street stock division. Last week’s feature winner #12 Ryan Newman was handy caped and started in the seventh position. With the green flag in the air, hard charger #15 Joe Wrona was able to hold off the pressure of the #89 Gibbs for the first three laps. Caution flew on lap 3 for the slowing of the #3c of Barry Faris. As the green flag waved on the restart, Gibbs had the run off of turn 2 passing Wrona on the back stretch. Gibbs was able to lead the field for the next seven laps before a mechanical failure side lined the #89 machine ending Gibbs night and bringing out the second caution of the night and placing then second place runner Ryan Newman in the lead. A third caution flew on lap fourteen for the spinning of #T2 Hauger. Tightening the field with a green-white-checker, Newman with the lead on the final lap exited turn two high battling the #15 Wrona and giving enough room for third place runner #29 of Bittinger to pass both Worna and Newman on the inside and was able to take the lead earning his first feature win of the 2015 season.
(Street Stocks 15 Laps): Scott Bittinger (29), Joe Wrona (15), Ryan Newman (12), Bob Nelson (99), Jim Byers (32), Mark Peck (17), Eric Miller (XLR8), Greg Hauger (T2), Jason Gibbs (89), Barry Faris (3C)
(Heats): Jason Gibbs (89), Joe Wrona (15)
(Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series) 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.