Story By: MIKE LEONE / RUSH RACING SERIES – VIRGIL, NY – The Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is excited to announce that Skyline Raceway Motorsports Park has signed on as a weekly-sanctioned track in 2022 and beyond.
The 3/8-mile bullring recently purchased by RUSH Late Model racer Brad Smith will give RUSH Late Models in central New York a Saturday night home with Fulton Speedway no longer running the class in 2022.
Skyline held its first and only RUSH Late Model sanctioned event to date on July 8, 2018 when John Waters won the $1,000 Weekly Series special. This past October, Skyline hosted a pair of non-sanctioned Crate Late Model races with RUSH member drivers Chad Homan and Alan Chapman victorious. Late Models have a history at Skyline running at the track from 1998 through 2008.
“When taking over the facility I knew I was going to have to implement changes,” acknowledged Skyline’s Brad Smith. “Some of those changes were going to be sanctions. I knew the RUSH family was a series that I wanted to partner with. We are happy to work with the staff at RUSH and bring great racing back to Skyline Raceway Motorsports Park- a place where Late Models cut their teeth at years ago. We want to continue to make Skyline a hotspot for 2022.”
RUSH member racers will be able to participate at Skyline on a weekly basis in 2022 and be eligible for all of the programs including the National Weekly Series Championship, “Track Pack Bonus” program, and the “Futures Cup” for those eligible racers. While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership also includes a $100,000 excess participant accident policy, which is over and above drivers’ health insurance and speedways’ participant accident policy.
The “Track Pack Bonus” is offered to all RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways, and once again in 2022 will award $2,500 that each track’s top six member racers will share. The 2022 RUSH member champion at Skyline will earn $1,000 with $500 for second, $400 for third, $300 for fourth, $200 for fifth, and $100 for sixth.
“It’s great to see RUSH continue to grow throughout New York,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “This past season, eight different tracks throughout the Empire State hosted a RUSH Weekly and/or Touring Series event. With Brad Smith taking over Skyline it was the perfect timing with Fulton no longer running the class on a weekly basis. We talked to several central New York and northeast Pennsylvania racers at the recent Northeast Racing Products Show in Syracuse that were hopeful RUSH would be sanctioning Skyline.”
Late Model racers that are not currently on the RUSH Late Model driver/owner contact list, should contact the RUSH Office to be added by providing your name, address, phone # and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 724-964-9300.