Tripleheader Weekend For Rush Late Model Series On Tap; Starts Friday At Outlaw Speedway
Story By: MIKE LEONE / RUSH RACING SERIES – PULASKI, PA – After a weekend off following a successful two-night swing at Stateline and Eriez Speedways, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Late Model Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants will return to action this weekend for a Flynn’s Tire Touring Series tripleheader.
Race #7 will be at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY on Friday night (May 26) with warm-ups at 7 p.m. followed by race #8 on Saturday night at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY with warm-ups at 5:45 p.m. and then race #9 on Sunday night at Bradford (PA) Speedway with warm-ups at 5:15 p.m. All three races will pay $3,000 to-win.
Friday night at Outlaw will be the fourth annual “Gary Montgomery Memorial” honoring a man that was synonymous with racing all over the Upstate New York State Region. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Montgomery passed away in November 2016 and left behind a loving family that will be invited back to Outlaw to help present the trophy to the winner of the event.
In 2017, longtime “360” Late Model competitor, Bryce Davis, claimed the victory over a stellar field of drivers including many that competed in Montgomery’s former 360 Can Am Series. Davis went on to win the 2017 Touring Series Championship. In 2018 and 2019, it was another former “360” Late Model competitor, Jeremy Wonderling, winning one of the season’s best races and he too ironically went on to win the Touring Series Championship both of those years. The 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and rain has claimed the last two years. Could this year continue the streak of the winner going on to win the championship!? Back on April 8 at Outlaw, Chad Homan won a $2,000 RUSH City Chevrolet Weekly Series special.
“Gary Montgomery was a pretty special man,” stated Outlaw owner Tyler Siri. “He had a very big presence wherever he went either as a top notch announcer, track manager, or series promoter. Gary was Glenn Donnelly’s confidant at the DIRT Motorsports Organization and later went on to promote his own series, the BRP Can AM 360 Late Models. It is a privilege for us to again honor his legacy with a night named in his behalf.”
Saturday will move about 100 miles northwest to Genesee Speedway. The Batavia, NY fairground track under the second year promotion of RUSH Late Model racer Kurt Stebbins and his wife Bonnie will host their only appearance of the season by the Touring Series. John Waters won the first ever Tour race at the track in 2017, while Jason Genco swept both shows in 2018 before Jeremy Wonderling was victorious in 2019. No Tour event was held in 2020 due to COVID-19. Waters and Wonderling then added their second Genesee Tour wins in 2021. Last year, Homan won his first career Touring Series event in May, while Wonderling swept the two-day “Topless Nationals” for $6,000. Wonderling has now won four of the last six Tour events at Genesee.
Genesee has completed five City Chevrolet Weekly Series events to date in 2023. Jon Rivers is the only repeat winner, while Wonderling, Homan, and David Pangrazio have single victories.
Everyone will head 90 miles south on Sunday to Bradford Speedway as the 1/4-mile bullring will host their third RUSH Tour show in Series history. In 2017, Bryce Davis won with a thrilling last lap pass of Waters, while Waters got redemption last year stealing one away from eventual champion, Logan Roberson. Bradford is in its fourth season promoted by former RUSH Late Model racer Dennis Cummings. Bradford will have its pits open on Saturday night for teams that would like to make the trip after Genesee. Bradford opener their season last Sunday night with Wonderling victorious.
Bradford’s race is a Platinum Event designation- the second of three scheduled in 2023. Platinum Events allow Tour members the opportunity to use the event to replace their worst Tour finish or give Tour members that have or will miss a Tour show in 2021 the opportunity to use the event as a replacement Marquee Event.
Three-time Flynn’s Tire Touring Series Champion, Jeremy Wonderling, enters the weekend with a 37-point lead. Joe Martin, who has finished runner-up in points each of the last three years, is tied for second with Jeremy’s brother Mike Wonderling, who is touring for the first time. Cody Dawson is fourth, while Ashton Briggs and Andy Michael are tied for fifth. Brock Pinkerous, who has a fourth place finish at Stateline, is seventh as Chad Sines, Jim Rasey, and Craig Graham complete the top 10.
“We’re looking forward to three big nights over Memorial Day weekend with great weather forecasted,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “These shows are a great opportunity for our northern racers to compete in Tour shows. The Outlaw shows have been tremendous in the past; some of our best racing. The Stebbins have taken over from where the Johnson Family has left off at Genesee and their small track always offers competitive racing. We have to thank Dennis Cummings for his support of RUSH running both the Late Models and Pro Mods weekly for the fourth straight year. Bradford’s small size and unique configuration will provide a challenge for our Tour racers.”
Each night this weekend will include $100 FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying and $25 to-win heat races capped off by 30-lap $3,000 to-win, $250 to-start feature events. There will be a $200 to-win, $150 to-start non-qualifier at Outlaw and Genesee, while Sunday’s non-qualifier will have an increased payoff with $300 to-win due to a 20-car feature starting field (plus provisionals) at Bradford.
The Sunoco Dash will set the beginning rows of the feature lineup each night and will award the winner a $100 Sunoco fuel gift card. The “Fill’er up with Sunoco Bucks” program will include an additional $400 of Sunoco fuel card giveaways each night; two $100 random draws for drivers in the top 15 of Tour points and another four $50 random draws for all other competitors.
Precise Racing Products will award a $50 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature each night. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid each night. Ontime Body & Graphic’s “Spoiler Alert” will award a spoiler kit to the seventh place finisher on the first night, eighth place finisher on the second night, and the ninth place finisher on the third night (note: if a driver has already won a spoiler this season, spoiler will be awarded to the next position). Performance Bodies will award a $100 gift card to the first non-qualifier each night part of the “Nosed Out” program.
Outlaw & Genesee Feature Payoff Each Night: 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.
Outlaw & Genesee Non-Qualifier Payoff Each Night: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150. Tow $125
Bradford Feature Payoff: 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 18-20. $250.
Bradford Non-Qualifier Payoff: 1. $300 2. $250 3. $240 4. $235 5. $230 6. $225 7. $200 8. $190 9. $185 10. $180 11. $175 12. $170 13. $165 14. $160 15. $155 16-20. $150. Tow $125