RUSH'S POST-RACE COMPLETE GM 604 ENGINE TEARDOWN CONFIRMS LEGALITY OF CURRENT RUSH PRO STOCK AND CURRENT LERNERVIlLE SPEEDWAY POINT LEADER COREY MCPHERSON
July 20, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)…On Friday night , July 17, the GM 604 crate engine of both the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Stock & Lernerville Speedway Sportsman current point leader, Corey McPherson, was inspected during a complete tear-down at the completion of the Lernerville's Sportsman feature event by RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry. The teardown was conducted under the lights in the pit area for all to observe. The conclusive results were that McPherson's engine rebuilt by Ingram Engines of Kittanning, Pa. met the specs per the GM Tech Manual.
McPherson, 27 of Leechburg, Pa., is the defending two-time Lernerville Sportsman champion. McPherson is a four-time feature winner with his GM 604 in 2015 at Lernerville and owns 22 career victories at the Sarver, Pa. oval. McPherson currently leads the $1,000 to-win RUSH Pro Stock $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series points that will conclude September 30 in addition to Lernerville's Sportsman Championship points.
"It's our job to make sure everyone competing within our Series are abiding by the standards set forth in not only the RUSH rules, but most importantly the GM Tech Manual, which clearly defines the permitted parameters of a rebuilt engine, of which McPherson's was,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "We, along with sister series, NeSmith, take the authorizing of engine rebuilders very seriously and are continually policing their work to ensure a level playing field for our competitors to preserve the integrity of our series and speedways throughout the Northeast that are weekly-sanctioned or host RUSH-sanctioned events."
“With the recent introduction of the RUSH Pro Stock Series and Lenerville's GM crate engine participants eligible for the program, along with Corey McPherson's continued success with his GM 604 engine package, both Lernerville General Manager Gary Risch and myself felt that is was in the best interest of both organizations to take this step to continue to preserve the integrity and concept of both crate racing programs,” continued Emig. “Even though drivers have the ability to file a protest, every so often there comes a time where it's in the best interest of the Series, speedways, and racers for a complete teardown of an engine to occur. Corey McPherson and his family were very cooperative from the moment he was informed that his engine would be completely torn at the speedway and through the entire teardown process. The findings will now allow Corey and his team the ability to get back to focusing on racing."
“This entire process is one of the many benefits speedways and its racers receive under RUSH sanctioning,” said RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone. “We’re not just about paying large point funds and promoting our racers, but just as important are only a phone call away to help assist speedway with technical questions, tech support, and the engine teardown/protest process. We realize speedway tech officials can only do so much on race night with several other divisions to worry about. We encourage them to contact us if they are concerned about an issue, and in this case we were happy to assist Lernerville in this process.”
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