Story By: MIKE LEONE / RUSH RACING SERIES – MONROETON, PA – The Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is excited to announce that The Hill Speedway has signed on as a weekly-sanctioned track in 2021.
The 1/4-mile bullring located in Northeastern Pennsylvania will run the RUSH Late Models approximately 21 times beginning on April 9. The Hill becomes the second new RUSH weekly-sanctioned Friday night track in the Keystone State for 2021.
The Hill ran nine Crate Late Model events in 2020 for the first time, but were not sanctioned. Four New York drivers picked up victories led by Chad Homan, while Brian Knowles, Steve LeBarron, and Tim Schram all scored a victory. Fifteen different drivers competed. LeBarron was crowned the inaugural champion.
RUSH member racers will be able to participate at The Hill on a weekly basis and be eligible for all of the programs including the National Weekly Series Championship, a greatly expanded “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 in 2021 has expanded to $2,500 that each track’s top six member racers will share. The 2021 RUSH member champion at The Hill will earn $1,000 with $500 for second, $400 for third, $300 for fourth, $200 for fifth, and $100 for sixth.
“We’re glad to have The Hill join the RUSH program,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “Their Late Model racers will now be able to enjoy all of the RUSH benefits especially with the expanded ‘Track Pack’ program. This now gives a lot of New York and northern Pennsylvania racers the opportunity to run a second night under the RUSH program. The Hill is going to be one of what is expected to be at least four new tracks to run their first ever RUSH-sanctioned events in 2021!”
Late Model racers at The Hill 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.
The Hill is promoted by Eddie McKernan. A Street Stock track champion some 30 years ago at Monroeton, McKernan took over as promoter of the former Dunn Hill 2 Speedway six years ago. Two hundred and forty loads of clay were added to the 1/4-mile oval and a complete remodeling of the speedway facilities continues. In addition to Street Stocks, McKernan has also raced IMCA Mods, Late Models, Semi-Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, and Factory Stock throughout the years.