Three months after the announcement that the new Sportsman Modified division would be launched in 2014 under the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Series banner, directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have released a tentative schedule of events.
At least nine different speedways will host a sanctioned event in 2014. The series debut will take place on Saturday, April 26 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
The RUSH Sportsman Modified features GM 602 crate engines ($3149 through Sweeney’s Pace Performance), spec Hoosier Tires on steel wheels, and affordable and long-lasting Bilstein “sealed” shocks ($135). RUSH has formed a strong alliance with DIRTcar to build and develop the Sportsman Modified class throughout RUSH’s region.
Currently there are only two weekends from April 26 through the end of October where no events are scheduled, and that could change. Additionally, Tour events will be incorporated into the schedule once plans are finalized with the speedways. Also, a “Manufacturers Night” with a minimum of $5000 of product being awarded to the racers to be held at a date and location to be announced.
A minimum $10,000 point fund has been established for member racers. Member drivers competing for the championship should know that it is not necessary to compete in this entire schedule of events. Drivers best finishes will be used to determine the point standings. The specific number of best finishes that will be utilized to determine the points will be announced when everything is finalized.
There will also be several doubleheader style events, with the series sanctioning events at multiple tracks on the same day.
“Though it’s still tentative and a few items have to be finalized, we wanted to release this schedule to the public,” stated Emig. “We’ve had a lot of people asking plus it’s important for people to see these speedways are 100 percent behind the program. Considering it’s only been a few months, we’ve had tremendous response and know the class will only grow as time goes on. We have to thank everyone for their overwhelming support to launch this much-needed class.”
2014 RUSH Sportsman Modified Series Schedule:
April 26 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, Ohio