Stateline adding RUSH Stock Cars this summer
The Pace Performance RUSH Stock Car Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC recently announced the addition of Stateline and Eriez Speedways to the recently announced series. The two well-known speedways, located just 40 miles from each other, will be a catalyst for the growth of the division throughout the northern end of the region. Dog Hollow Speedway was announced on Nov. 23 as the flagship speedway operating on Friday nights.
Stateline Speedway also announced its 2021 schedule recently, kicking off Saturday, May 1 with its season-opening night. The final points night for Stateline Speedway will be Saturday, Aug. 21. The 2021 season will conclude Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4 with the Super Late Model Spectacular. The entire 2021 schedule is included at the end of this article.
Stateline will run the RUSH Stock Cars weekly on Saturday nights in 2021 beginning with a feature only until 13 or more cars are present, while Eriez will run the division biweekly on Sunday nights alternating with their Pro Stock Division.
Stateline will continue to run their previous weekly six division program consisting of Super Late Models, RUSH Late Models, Outlaw E-Mods, RUSH Pro Mods, Pro Stocks and Challengers in addition to the RUSH Stock Cars; now making it a weekly seven division program.
With now three regional facilities taking part in the RUSH Stock Car program, the inaugural Weekly Series Championship will increase nearly $2,500 going from a $5,000 10-position paying point fund to a $7,500 15-position paying point fund. The 2021 champion will now take home $2,000.
In addition, RUSH will post an additional $1,250 minimum point fund for a Mini Series of events between the speedways with dates to be announced. The Mini Series will include approximately six higher paying events that will offer cumulative points toward the five-position point fund that pays $500 to the champion. The Mini Series events will also count toward the Weekly Series Championship.
A $200 to-win “Futures Cup” Championship will also be posted for eligible teenage racers. Also, as is the case with the other RUSH divisions, a “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance will take place at Dog Hollow on a date to be announced where thousands of dollars of valuable product giveaways will be distributed.
The RUSH Stock Cars will look like “stock cars” and be powered by Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engines on sealed/spec Bilstein Shocks, RUSH 91 pump fuel and Hoosier H500 8-inch tires. Those four key “cost containment” elements have already proved very successful in the RUSH Sportsman Modified and Sprint Car divisions, and are now expected to drive the same results in the RUSH Stock Car Division. Questions on these components, rules, and membership should be directed to RUSH. Dog Hollow has already seen a tremendous response since the initial announcement was made; speedway officials feel there could be 10-12 cars on opening night.
“Dave (Alexander) contacted me months ago with his thoughts on a crate ‘stock car’ division and they were honestly similar to what Dog Hollow’s Mark McClellan and Kyle Smith were thinking,” explained RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “Dog Hollow has forged the path and now with Stateline and Eriez, historically known as strong Saturday-Sunday night partners in the north, we couldn’t have asked for a better trio of speedways to begin developing this division. I think the timing is perfect for the RUSH Stock Cars, and we expect the division to grow very quickly; and we continue to be in discussions with other promoters about the division.”
“The region needs an entry-level ‘stock car’ division,” stated soon-to-be third year Eriez owner-promoter Dave Alexander, who also features the RUSH Late Models weekly. “While the Pro Stock division has always featured good racing at Eriez, there is no affordable entry level division to get into racing outside of the Mini Stocks. And while our Mini Stock class continues to grow, we’d like to offer this option to get into an affordable full-size race car.”
“I had been thinking about coming up with some entry-level Stock Car Division even before RUSH made their announcement,” added Alexander. “The RUSH package makes sense by keeping the rules package uniform and they supplement it with the point funds, Manufacturers Night, teching and more. Raceway 7 also runs the Pro Stocks biweekly. We’ll work with them so the Pro Stock racers have ample nights to race. By announcing the RUSH Stock Cars now it still gives those interested a chance to get a car ready for the upcoming season. We realize it will be a building process, but felt it’s better to begin now than possibly wait until 2022.”
“There’s no question there needs to be an affordable entry-level, full-bodied division for regional racers,” stated Stateline owner-promoter Jean Scott, whose track also runs the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Pro Mods weekly. “We need to give young racers an opportunity to affordably get into a full-size race car as well as preserve current racers, who are struggling financially to be competitive. We feel the RUSH Stock Cars Division is the answer for both of these situations and need to start it sooner than later to develop this concept. Jim (Scott) has always wanted to see stock cars return to looking like ‘stock cars,’ which is what the RUSH body package addresses.”
Chevrolet Performance 602 Stock Car divisions continue to flourish across the country with strong weekly car counts by providing an affordable and exciting option for those wanting to participate in a Stock Car Division. Please contact the RUSH Office for any rules questions.
RUSH membership is $125, which makes driver eligible for the points funds and Manufacturers Night. Membership also includes a $100,000 excess participant accident insurance policy when competing in a RUSH-sanctioned event.
Interested speedways in the RUSH Stock Cars are urged to contact the office at 724-964-9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers interested in the division are asked to e-mail their contact info to be added to the driver contact list to keep abreast of any updates concerning the division.
The RUSH Stock Car website is still in development at www.rushstockcars.com, the Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushstockcars and Twitter @RUSHStockCars.
Saturday, May 1 — Season opener, Super 7 Racing
Saturday, May 8 — Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series plus Super 7 Racing
Saturday, May 15 — RUSH Late Models “Bill Law Memorial” plus Super 7 Racing
Saturday, May 22 — Super 7 Racing
Saturday, May 29 — ULMS Super Late Models plus Super 7 Racing
Saturday, June 5 — Super 7 Racing, Challenger special
Saturday, June 12 — Super 7 Racing
Thursday, June 17 — World of Outlaws Late Model Series plus Super 7 Racing
Saturday, June 26 — Super 7 Racing, Coca-Cola Fun Night
Saturday, July 3 — ULMS Super Late Models plus Super 7 Racing
Friday, July 9 — Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions plus Super Late Models
Saturday, July 17 — 65th Anniversary Race featuring Super Late Models, UMP Modifieds and Challengers
Saturday, July 24 — Super 7 Racing
Saturday, July 31 — Super 7 Racing
Saturday, Aug. 7 — Super 7 Racing, Autograph/Fan Appreciation Night
Saturday, Aug. 21 — Super 7 Racing, final points night
Friday, Sept. 3 — Super Late Model Spectacular
Saturday, Sept. 4 — Super Late Model Spectacular