HOVIS RUSH STOCK CARS TO JOIN RUSH LATE MODELS & RUSH PRO MODS AT NEWLY SANCTIONED Freedom Motorsports Park IN 2023
By Mike Leone
(Delevan, NY)…Recently the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Racing Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants announced that Freedom Motorsports Park had signed on to be a weekly-sanctioned track for the RUSH Late Models and RUSH Pro Mods in 2023. Now the Series is excited to announce that Freedom will also run the RUSH Stock Car division on Friday nights at the 1/3-mile western New York dirt track operated by Bob Reis!
Freedom will allow the RUSH Stock Cars to run their own heat race, but will race with the Street Stocks in their feature until car count warrants a separate RUSH Stock Car feature; however, the RUSH Stock Car heat race winner will be eligible for the Street Stock redraw and the highest finishing RUSH Stock Car in the feature will be recognized in victory lane. In addition, the highest finishing RUSH Stock Car in the Street Stock feature will receive first place RUSH points with the second highest receiving second place points and so on (providing the drivers are RUSH members).
One of the committed RUSH Stock Cars for 2023 at Freedom is soon to be 15-year-old Kaden Michael, son of veteran RUSH Late Model racer Andy Michael. Kaden’s car will be on display at the Olean (NY) Mall Show this weekend. Kaden is a former Mini Stock racer.
“The current Pro Stock and Street Stocks are getting totally away from the original concept of Street Stock racing,” acknowledged Reis. “There’s been a lot of interest in the RUSH Stock Car program at Freedom and with us now sanctioning our Late Models and Pro Mods with RUSH, it makes sense that we go that route as we look into the future. I’m totally committed to the growth of this class.”
“We can’t thank Bob enough for going with the RUSH program for three of our classes now,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “It will be seven years since Freedom was part of our RUSH Late Model program and now for the first time the Pro Mods and Stock Car racers will be able to take advantage of competing at Freedom in 2023 for points. Bob really believes in the RUSH Stock Cars concept as we do and we’re grateful for his commitment to the division.”
The RUSH Stock Cars debuted in 2021. The RUSH Stock Cars look like “stock cars” resembling Monte Carlos and are powered by Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engines on sealed/spec Bilstein Shocks, RUSH 91 pump fuel, and Hoosier spec tires. Those four key “cost containment” elements have already proved very successful in the RUSH Sportsman Modified and Sprint Car divisions, both of which continue to have strong forward momentum with great car counts and extremely competitive racing. Estimated current cost for a complete Chevrolet Performance 602 engine package, carb to pan, range from $7,500 (used) to $10,000 (new), and racers who competed in the class this past year estimate they have $12,000-$16,000 in their complete cars.
Beginning in 2023, the Bernheisel “M” Series full perimeter metric chassis, part #788200, which retails for $2,195 will be permitted in competition. Also, Hoosier Medium 100’s or Medium tires will be permitted, which is the same Hoosier Tire utilized on the RUSH Pro Mods and other similar Pure/Hobby Stock Car divisions in the region.
A Hovis Weekly Series Championship in excess of $7,500 has again been posted for 2023 with $2,000 to-win paying down 15 positions for member drivers. In addition, a three-position paying “Futures Cup” points fund with $200 to-win will again be posted for eligible teenage racers. Also, as is the case with the other RUSH divisions, a “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance will also be part of the program.
RUSH Membership, which is optional but required to receive points and be eligible for the points fund, is $125. Membership 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 e-mail 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.
Weekly Series Championship: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $750 4. $500 5. $400 6. $350 7. $325 8. $300 9. $290 10. $280 11. $270 12. $265 13. $260 14. $255 15. $250.
Freedom is located at 11099 Bixby Hill Road, Delevan, New York 14042. Their website is www.freedommotorsportspark.com. Like them on Facebook by searching for Freedom Motorsports Park.
The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply together with Born2Run Lubricants along with the support of Hoosier Tire, City Chevrolet, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Bilstein Shocks, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Wieland Metal Services, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Sherwood Wheels, Precise Racing Products, Velocita-USA, Novus Home Mortgage Hermitage, Wedge Motorsports, 3C Graphix, D&V Jewelers, DrumPreserve, CrateInsider.com, and Terry Bowser Excavating.
E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at email@example.com and mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushstockcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHStockCars.