By Mike Leone


March 3, 2021               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Pulaski, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Pro Mod Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is set for its biggest and richest season to date.  The 2021 slate of events for the RUSH Pro Mods will feature a record 44 events at four speedways in northwest Pennsylvania and western New York including their crown jewel event, the richest in history paying $2,500 to-win at McKean County Raceway on June 19!  Drivers will also be competing for the $15,000+ Weekly Series point fund that will award $3,500 to the champion and is expected to be hotly contested throughout the season between the division's standouts.


The 2021 season will mark the sixth in Series history for the RUSH Pro Mods.  After Justin Carlson won the inaugural championship in 2016, Dennis Lunger, Jr. is coming off his fourth straight title.  Stateline Speedway was the first track to run the division weekly in 2016 before the Series expanded to Bradford Speedway and McKean in 2017.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the 2020 season, thanks to new Bradford promoter Dennis Cummings, the Pro Mods raced for their biggest weekly purses to date, and over the offseason, new life has been breathed into McKean thanks to Joel Smith and Ken Leet taking over the lease. 


With weekly racing at Stateline on Saturdays, Bradford on Sundays, eight events at McKean, and a midweek special at Genesee Speedway, 2021 is poised to be the biggest.  The season will get underway on April 25 at McKean.  Amongst the schedule will be "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance on June 12 at Stateline, which features thousands of dollars of valuable product giveaways to competing racers.  The Pro Mods will be part of the World of Outlaws Late Model event at Stateline on June 17, and two days later race for their richest purse in their six-year history with $2,500 on the line at McKean!  That event will also include the RUSH Late Models for $2,500 to-win and the RUSH Sprint Cars for $1,000 to-win.


Johnson Distributing of Olean, NY will present the June 19 $2,500 to win event titled, “One Last Ride,” in honor of Bud Johnson, a driving legend across the region, and Pete Parker, who fielded the famous #27 that Johnson piloted to countless victories at numerous area speedways in the 60s and 70s.


The RUSH Pro Mods will also be part of the two-day season ending events at Bradford on September 24-25 and McKean's "Fall Classic" on October 1-2.


There will be at least nine new drivers from various backgrounds joining the class in 2021; 20-year-old Timothy Eastman of Delevan, NY, 45-year-old Brett Ritter of Belfast, NY, 42-year-old Victor Earle, Jr. of Smethport, Pa., 57-year-old Dean Ingalls of Belmont, NY, 44-year-old Mike Eschrich of Mt. Jewett, Pa., 30-year-old Tyler Carlin of Belmont, NY, Duane Powers of Caneadea, NY, along with "Futures Cup" racers 16-year-old Derek Peterson of Wilcox, Pa. and 15-year-old Ian DeGolier of Bradford, Pa.  This group combined with an already stellar group of RUSH Pro
Mod racers is certain to give the division a tremendous boost both this season and moving forward. 


"It's going to be a huge year for RUSH Pro Mod racers," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "The class is finally getting its legs as more and more racers realize how exciting and cost-effective the RUSH Pro Mod division is in comparison to other similar modified divisions, which is resulting in more and more drivers getting involved.  It's tremendous to see at least nine new drivers ready to compete in the division this season. It's taken some time to get the division positioned where it is now, but I really believe 2021 is going to be the breakout year for the class.  I know other regional speedways have been watching the development of the class as an affordable option for modified racing, and I expect this year's success and forward momentum to be a juggernaut for other exciting things to happen for the division in the future." 


"Stateline initially wanted to develop this class, and through it all has been the anchor track staying steadfast on their belief that the region needed a cost-effective modified division," continued Emig.  "Of course the pandemic hit them the hardest, but they are full speed ahead for 2021.  We also have to thank Dennis Cummings for taking over Bradford last year and not only giving the Pro Mods a home in 2020, but offering tremendous payoffs throughout the season that were truly appreciated.  After a two-year layoff, McKean returning to racing with Joel and Ken at the helm has really solidified the division's footing.  We can't thank these promoters for their support and commitment to the RUSH Pro Mods." 


2021 RUSH membership forms are available on the website at


2021 Weekly Series Point Fund ($15,050): 1. $3,500  2. $2,000  3. $1,200  4. $1,000  5. $900  6. $800  7. $700  8. $600  9. $500  10. $400  11. $390  12. $380  13. $370  14. $360  15. $350  16. $340  17. $330  18. $320  19. $310  20. $300.


2021 Futures Cup Point Fund: 1. $300  2. $200  3. $100.


2021 RUSH Pro Mod Schedule*

Sunday, April 25  McKean County Raceway           

Saturday, May 1  Stateline Speedway           

Saturday, May 8  Stateline Speedway           

Saturday, May 15  Stateline Speedway         

Saturday, May 22  Stateline Speedway         

Sunday, May 23  Bradford Speedway          

Thursday, May 27  McKean County Raceway         

Saturday, May 29  Stateline Speedway                     

Sunday, May 30  Bradford Speedway          

Saturday, June 5  Stateline Speedway                       

Sunday, June 6  Bradford Speedway

Saturday, June 12  Stateline Speedway - "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance

Sunday, June 13  Bradford Speedway          

Thursday, June 17  Stateline Speedway - with World of Outlaws Late Models

Saturday, June 19  McKean County Raceway - $2500 to-win         

Sunday, June 20  Bradford Speedway                      

Saturday, June 26  Stateline Speedway         

Sunday, June 27  Bradford Speedway                      

Thursday, July 1  McKean County Raceway

Saturday, July 3  Stateline Speedway                       

Sunday, July 4  Bradford Speedway

Thursday, July 8  Genesee Speedway           

Saturday, July 10  McKean County Raceway           

Thursday, July 15  Bradford Speedway        

Sunday, July 18  Bradford Speedway           

Saturday, July 24  Stateline Speedway         

Sunday, July 25  Bradford Speedway           

Thursday, July 29  McKean County Raceway          

Saturday, July 31  Stateline Speedway                     

Sunday, August 1  Bradford Speedway       

Friday, August 6  Bradford Speedway         

Saturday, August 7  Stateline Speedway - Fan Appreciation/Autograph Night

Sunday, August 15  Bradford Speedway     

Saturday, August 21  Stateline Speedway    

Sunday, August 22  Bradford Speedway     

Sunday, August 29  Bradford Speedway     

Friday, September 3  Stateline Speedway     

Saturday, September 4  Stateline Speedway

Sunday, September 5  Bradford Speedway  

Sunday, September 19  Bradford Speedway

Friday, September 24  Bradford Speedway  

Saturday, September 25  Bradford Speedway          

Friday, October 1  McKean County Raceway - "Fall Classic"

Saturday, October 2  McKean County Raceway - "Fall Classic"


*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.


RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Pace Performance together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Born2Run Lubricants, Flynn's Tire & Auto Service, FK Rod Ends, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Zarin Truck & Automotive, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage,, Vahlco Wheels, and Wedge Motorsports.


E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at [email protected] and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300. The RUSH Pro Mod website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHProMods.