The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series has entered into an alliance with the newly formed Pulaski, PA-based Northern States RUSH Late Model Series that will sanction crate late model racing in several states.
The Northern States RUSH Late Model Series will use the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS as a model for operations and rules.
The Northern States RUSH Late Model Series will implement the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS engine and tire rules, with only a few differences for the Chevrolet Performance 604 and 602 Crate Engines used by both series.
The RUSH series will also adapt the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS engine sealing program to create accountability for engine repairs and rebuilds.
The Northern States RUSH Late Model Series will be operated by veteran race organizers Vicki Emig and Mike Leone, who bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the series after working with another series in the area for the past six years.
Like the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, the Northern States RUSH Late Model Series will feature a Touring Division and a Weekly Racing Series for non-touring drivers. The two series will have separate point funds. Both series will operate independently with the NeSmith DLMS covering the Southeastern United States, and the RUSH LMS operating in the Northeastern United States.
The RUSH Northeast Touring Series will consist of 20 to 25 events. The RUSH Regional Weekly Series Championship will feature a $25,000 point fund paying back 30 spots and paying the top 30 drivers in the point standings with $5,000 going to the Champion.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series has been in operation since 2005 competing exclusively with economical Chevrolet Performance 604 and 602 Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications.
Through the years, the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS has developed a Certified Engine Rebuilders program and a special seal for repaired and rebuilt engines that has ensured a level playing field and gives accountability to the rebuilt engine. The NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Engine Seals will be available to engine builders in the RUSH LMS area of operation that choose to be approved by the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS.
The RUSH LMS will still accept seals from other dirt crate late model series, as does the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS. Racers with technical questions and interested engine builders looking to be approved as Certified Engine Rebuilders can contact the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Technical Director Tim Sims at 256/794-4047 or at firstname.lastname@example.org until the RUSH LMS Technical Director is put in place.
The NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS and the Northern Sates RUSH Late Model Series will share the same tire rule with two different Hoosier Race Tire compounds to choose from—the Crate Racin’ USA D55 and Crate Racin’ USA D21 tire.
Also, by aligning the Northern States RUSH Late Model Series with NeSmith, competitors will have the opportunity to participate in the following upcoming National Events: the 8th Annual $10,000 to-win, 100-lap Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL on November 30-December 1, 2012, and Florida Speedweek at BRP on January 28-February 2, 2013.
Tracks wishing to sanction weekly Crate Late Model racing under the RUSH Racing Series and/or interested in booking a Northeast Touring Series event, should contact the office at 724/964-9300.
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