RUSH LM Tour "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek April 13-16 preview


By Mike Leone


(Pulaski, PA)
...In just a matter of days, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Late Model Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants fourth annual "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek will get underway, and for the first time will be presented by 3C Graphix of Meadville, Pa. The four-race kickoff to the 2022 Flynn's Tire Touring Series season will take place April 13-16 at Delaware International, Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways. The 2022 Tour point fund has increased once again to $51,400 with a record $15,000 going to the champion!

The Speedweek will get underway once again at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar on Wednesday night (April 13) followed up by just 20 miles up the road to Georgetown Speedway, also in the First State, on Thursday night. Action shifts southwest to Potomac Speedway in southern Maryland on Friday night before heading north into Virginia for the finale at Winchester Speedway on Saturday night. In addition to each event paying $3,000 to-win, there will also be a $3,000 point fund for the top 10 drivers in cumulative points with $1,000 going to the champion.

"We are looking to forward to kicking off our season with the 'Battle of the Bay' Speedweek," expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "This has become one of the most anticipated swings in Crate Late Model racing. We have to thank promoters Mark Cathell, Brett Deyo, Denise Hollidge, and Greg Gunter for continuing to give racers the ability to race four straight nights in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as 3C Graphix for presenting the 'Battle of the Bay'. Racers from all over the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Ontario, Canada are anxiously ready to get the season started in a big way."

Over the three-year "Battle of the Bay" history, 10 events have been completed and car counts have ranged between 40-53 with an average of over 45 cars per event! Kyle Hardy, who swept last year's three events, along with Max Blair and Logan Roberson each have three "Battle of the Bay" wins, while Ross Robinson has a single victory. There has yet to be a repeat "Battle of the Bay" Champion as Roberson won in 2018, Blair in 2019, and Hardy in 2021. Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the 2020 "Battle of the Bay", only two other events have been cancelled with rain outs at Potomac in 2019 and Delaware in 2021.

Past Delaware RUSH Tour winners: Max Blair (2018 & 2019). Past Georgetown RUSH Tour winners: Ross Robinson (2018), Max Blair (2019), and Kyle Hardy (2021). Past Potomac RUSH Tour winners: Rick Singleton (2014), Walker Arthur (2015), Logan Roberson (2018), and Kyle Hardy (2021). Past Winchester RUSH Tour winners: Rick Singleton (2014), Walker Arthur (2015), Allen Brannon (2015), Logan Roberson (2018 & 2019), and Kyle Hardy (2021).

One year after more than doubling from the pre-pandemic Flynn's Touring Series point fund, the 2022 season will see another 25% increase with a whopping $51,400 in potential payoff for the top 20 point earners! The 2022 Flynn's Tire Tour Champion will receive a record $15,000- the highest of any Chevrolet Performance Crate Engine Series in the country. Each of the top 10 positions have been increased with $7,500 for second, $5,000 for third on down to $1,500 for 10th place! The minimum Tour event payoff has increased from $2,000 to-win to $3,000 to-win with each position seeing an increase.

In 2021, Hardy ended Jeremy Wonderling's run of three straight Flynn's Tire Tour Championships by earning the $12,000 title in addition to the $1,000 "Battle of the Bay" Championship, and $5,000 National Weekly Series Championship. After slipping to third in 2021 points, Wonderling will look to get back on top in 2022. Joe Martin is coming off a tremendous season finishing second in points with one win and led the Tour with five FK Rod Ends fast time awards. Michael Duritsky, Jr. finished fourth in points and will look to get over the hump for his first career Tour win. The Masontown, Pa. driver has come out of the gates strong in 2022 winning Weekly Series events at Georgetown and Tyler County Speedways already this season.

3C Graphix founder, Matt Latta, has committed to following the entire Flynn's Tire Touring Series for the first time. This season will be the 12th for Latta in the division as he owns one career RUSH Tour win at Sharon Speedway in 2016. The Conneaut Lake, Pa. driver won a pair of features at his home track, Raceway 7, in 2021. Latta also won two features and the track championship at Raceway 7 in 2020 and finished in a tie for 10th in the National Weekly Series points. In 2019, Latta won six features at Raceway 7 and tied for sixth in the National Weekly Series standings.

Each night will include $100 "Shock the Clock" Qualifying and $25 to-win heat races presented by FK Rod Ends. The Sunoco Dash will set the beginning rows of the 30-lap feature lineups and will award the winner a $100 Sunoco fuel gift card. The "Fill'er up with Sunoco Bucks" program will include an additional $400 of Sunoco fuel card giveaways each night; two $100 random draws for drivers in the top 15 of Tour points and another four $50 random draws for all other competitors.

Precise Racing Products will award a $50 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature each night. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid each night. The feature winner each night will receive a 5-Gallon Race Jug from Precise. Ontime Body & Graphic's "Spoiler Alert" will award a spoiler kit to the winner the first night, second place the second night, third place the third night, and fourth place the fourth night (note: if a driver has already won a spoiler this season, spoiler will be awarded to the next position). Performance Bodies will award a $100 gift card to the first non-qualifier each night part of the "Nosed Out" program.

Feature Payoff Each Night: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $650 5. $600 6. $500 7. $475 8. $450 9. $425 10. $400 11. $325 12. $300 13. $275 14. $270 15. $265 16. $260 17. $255 18-24. $250.

Non-Qualifier Payoff Each Night: 1. $200 2. $190 3. $185 4. $180 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10-24. $150. Tow $125

3C Graphix "Battle of the Bay" Speedweek Point Fund ($3,000*): 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $225 5. $200 6. $180 7. $150 8. $140 9. $130 10. $125. (*A minimum of three events must be completed for full point fund. If only two events are completed, point fund will be reduced by 50%. No point fund if only one event is completed. Drivers must be a member of RUSH to be eligible for point fund monies.)

Pit Notes/Agendas:

Delaware International Speedway:

Georgetown Speedway:

Potomac Speedway:

Winchester Speedway:

Comfort Suites Seaford is the "Official Hotel" of the DIS and Georgetown events. Call the hotel at 302-262-8085 and ask for the RUSH Racing Group Rate or use the direct booking link:

Comfort Suites Waldorf is the "Official Hotel" of the Potomac event and is located at 11765 Business Park Dr, Waldorf, MD 20601. The phone number is 301-579-0060. Direct booking link:

You do not have to be a member of RUSH to compete; only to be eligible for "Battle of the Bay" point fund along with all other championship programs. The AMB/MyLaps transponders will be used. One-way driver radios are always mandatory on the default 454.000 channel with the exception at DIS as channel 468.725 will be used. There will be a $100 entry fee each night.

The "Battle of the Bay" events will also count towards the RUSH National Weekly Series Championships and "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers. In addition, points will also be awarded for "Track Pack" at the weekly-sanctioned tracks of Delaware, Potomac, and Winchester. The "Track Pack" features a $2,500 per track point fund for the top six racers in RUSH member points at year's end with $1,000 going to the champion.

The 2022 Touring Series is being presented by Flynn's Tire. The "Battle of the Bay" will make-up four of the 24 events on the 2022 schedule as drivers compete for the richest Chevrolet Performance Crate Engine Touring Series championship with $51,400 on the line. Points will be accumulated at each Marquee Event. Drivers can use Platinum Event(s) to replace worst Marquee finishes and/or up to two for missed Marquee Events. Memberships forms are available at

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Delaware International Speedway is a 1/2-mile track located at 37854 Sussex Highway, Delmar, DE 19940. DIS is located on a 125 acre Motorsports Complex which house's three racing facilities in one. The Speedway will celebrate their 52nd consecutive year, when it opens in April. For more information on DIS, check out their website at The track office number is 302-846-3911. You can like their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter @delawareracing.

Georgetown Speedway is a 1/2-mile clay oval located at 24505, 24513 S. Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947. Brett Deyo operates the Sussex County track, which hosted its first race in 1950. The speedway hosts special-events-only schedule with high-profile programs from March through October. For more information on Georgetown, check out their website at You can like their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter @thegtownspdwy.

Potomac Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track operated by Denise and Ronnie Hollidge. The track is located on Route 234 at 27963 Budds Creek Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. The track first opened in 1973, and is located about an hour south of Washington D.C and Baltimore. For information, check out their website at or call 301-481-8855. You can like their Facebook at and follow them on Twitter @PotomacSpdwy.

Winchester Speedway is also a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track located just off Route 50 at 950 Airport Road Winchester, VA 22604. The track, which is owned by Greg Gunter, first opened in 1936 under the name of Airport Speedway. For more information, check out their website at or call 301-481-8855. You can like their Facebook at and follow them on Twitter @Wincvaspeedway.

The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply together with Born2Run Lubricants along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Performance Bodies & Parts, Racing Electronics, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Landrum Performance Spring, Ontime Body & Graphic, Sherwood Wheels, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Waterstone Mortgage Hermitage, Wedge Motorsports, 3C Graphix, D&V Jewelers, Drum Preserve,, and Stop-Fyre.

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