CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Each week, AC Delco PSC Modified rookie Jason Rush loads up his No. 92 Hurlock Auto & Speed 602 Crate Sportsman and takes to Delaware International Speedway, looking to earn his first win and continue his learning curve.
Earlier this month, he was one lap from capturing the feat, after dominating the first 14 laps in a 15-lap feature at the half-mile dirt track — but a slowed lap car cost him the win and allowed Jordn Justice to pass him for the lead on the final circuit.
Even though it was disappointing, Rush was still all smiles following the runner-up finish. He was also, able to celebrate his career-best finish with his girlfriend Anna, her daughter, and his own two sons.
“It feels good now being able to contend for victories,” Rush said. “It is a huge confidence booster, for sure. When the car handles how it should and runs how it should, that is the hard part — the easy part is driving it.”
Hailing from Cambridge, Md., Rush is competing in his first AC Delco Modified season after a part-time schedule in the Crate Models last season at the Delmar, Del. track.
Through three months in the Modifieds, Rush has recorded two heat race wins and the career-best second place result, sitting 13th in the points standings despite not having run every race on the schedule.
“I think that people believe I am a legitimate contender now,” Rush explained. “Like I said, I have a couple sponsors on board, like Hurlock Auto & Speed, and have a crew setting up our tires and helping with the car — and that makes a big difference.”
“These are my true first months in a Modified. Last season, I was driving a late model here for a couple races — and I just could not figure it out. But here in the Modifieds, I think I am getting it down pat. Still learning a little bit, though.”
Continuing to learn the new cars has also been a huge thing for the rookie.
“I watched the tape from our second place finish, saw where we were messing up a little bit,” Rush added. “So, hopefully, I can correct those little mishaps next time out.”
Right now though, Rush is content with his racing, especially as he continues to grow in the new division. But, for a father working a job as a regular patrol corporal in Talbot, Md. and managing a racing career, he is not doing too bad.
“I have two kids, so I cannot race full-time, like I would like to,” Rush said. “But, I have to work and support the family. It takes a lot to do all this, along with racing. I don’t do the maintenance I should to the car. Sometimes, after the races, I have to pack up the car and head right to the midnight shift at work.”
“I don’t have a shop at the house. I have to drive about 15 minutes to the shop that I rent out. I get a little more than four or five hours at the shop, on a good week. It is a lot to balance. But, it is all worth it in the end.”
Rush will look to continue his strong rookie campaign and capture his first-career win at Delaware on Saturday night, when racing begins at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Through his performances this season, Rush would also like to send his extended appreciation to Shawn Ward, Shane Bloodsworth, Jason Bloom, Buddy Bloom III, Buddy Bloom IIII and Vintage Porsche Restoration for their assistance.
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