Lebanon I-44 Speedway Gets New Promoter
Lebanon I-44 Speedway lost veteran promoter Craig Armstrong in June, but it didn't miss a beat when it announced that veteran Ozarks motorsports executive Kevin Grevin had signed on to serve as promoter. Lebanon I-44 Speedway opened in 1983 on historic Route 66 and is currently the only operating asphalt oval racetrack in Missouri. "It's an honor to fill my new role with Lebanon I-44 Speedway," Greven said. "Lebanon and Bolivar are the tracks that got me interested in motorsports years ago, and I feel like I have come full circle to be back home and grow the things at Lebanon that the Willard family, Craig and the team at I-44 have in place." Greven's background includes eight years as the Motorsports Manager with O-Reilly Auto Parts as well as stints as promoter of the old Bolivar (MO) Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Additional information about the track and its race schedule can be found at www.i44speedway.net.
Shasta Speedway Joins ASA Member Track Program
ASA Racing recently announced that Shasta Speedway has joined the fold as an ASA Member Track. The 3/8-mile asphalt facility is also racing under new management for the 2012 season. A three-person team recently received the management rights from Shasta District Fairgrounds and the 27th District Agricultural Association to operate the track located on the fairgrounds. The new management team is made up of Adam Nelson, George Wade, and Seth Sands. "Our major goal is to get the track a consistent car count for the local divisions," says Nelson. "We need race cars on the track to put on a show."
To help expedite an influx in drivers, the group feels it has to take some risks to make competing on a Saturday night more affordable. A big cut in pit pass pricing was the first change planned. Front gate pricing at Shasta Speedway was already at an industry low, so step two was to change the age of the admission for kids to free for those 12 and under. Racers competing at Shasta Speedway will be able to compete for the ASA Member Track Championship beginning with this year. The winner of the title will receive a major prize unlike any other in the industry, but we can't tell you exactly what it is just yet…stay tuned.
Angola Motor Speedway Sold
East Fremont, IN
Angola Motor Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked asphalt track in Indiana. It has just undergone a nearly complete renovation, and now it has been sold to Kurt Henry of Hoosier Metal Recycling. The track was sold after it suffered from several rainouts in 2011 and closed for the start of the 2012 season. We don't know much more about when the track will reopen the gates, as former promoter Craig Everage says he won't be returning and the speedway has yet to name a replacement. As part of its schedule before the closing, Angola hosted the CRA Super Series and had a big Outlaw Super Late Model event every year. Here's hoping they return as well.
CV Products Supplying Racers with New Crane Ignition Boxes
This year, seven major Southern tracks entered into a new agreement to mandate the 6000-6701 ignition system from Crane Cams to be used in their Pro and Super Late Model classes. And CV Products is working to make sure that every race team that needs the new ignition can get one. The racetracks making the change are Gresham Motorsports Park, Five Flags Speedway, Mobile International Speedway, Montgomery Motor Speedway, New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway, and Orlando Speedworld. The new Crane system will include the ignition box with an adjustable rev limiter, coil, and a mounting plate. The plan should save racers money because no dual ignition systems will be permitted and neither will any alterations to the systems be allowed. The Thomasville-based company has made its reputation as a supplier of race parts for everyone from the NASCAR Cup teams to Mini Stockers. Jim Zoretich, the President of CV Products, says the company has placed two large orders for the ignitions from Crane Cams and is prepared to keep a large supply on hand along with all the necessary accessories racers will need to get up and running with the new ignition.
Pit Stop USA Becomes Series Sponsor for Sprint Racing at Petaluma Speedway
Petaluma Speedway has welcomed Pit Stop USA as a major partner at the 3/8-mile dirt track. Pit Stop USA will be the series sponsor for both the Winged 360 Sprint Car Series and the Wingless Spec Sprint Series. The Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series will compete a total of 25 times at the California facility. "We are very pleased to make this announcement and to have established a relationship with Ed Coughenour and his professional staff at pitstopusa.com. Ed and I have strategized over the last two months about how to best showcase Petaluma Speedway as well as how to best incorporate Pit Stop USA's partnership with the racetrack. We both feel that we have a successful road map established for the 2012 racing season and beyond," stated Petaluma Speedway General Manager Rick Faeth. "We are very excited about our sponsorship of both sprint car divisions at Petaluma Speedway," commented Coughenour, President of Pit Stop USA. "We plan to work very closely with Rick Faeth and the Petaluma Speedway team towards the goal of making the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car Series and Petaluma Speedway the premier racetrack for Sprint Car racers throughout the Northern California region."
Now this is a High School for Gearheads
La Puente, CA
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic--oh, and Shop Class. Those are the hallmarks for most of us from our high school days. But this high school has a shop class that will put practically everyone else's to shame. Nogales High School in La Puente, California, has recently updated its equipment to include two dynamometers. There's one Superflow chassis dyno and one Superflow engine dyno. Teacher Mike McCarthy says that the purpose of the dynos is to help students work with cars in a state with the most restrictive smog requirements anywhere. But a short video we watched showed a NASA-legal Mustang on the chassis dyno, so it's a safe bet that the students are learning a little about creating horsepower, too. Currently, Nogales is the only school in California with such equipment. Half the money for the two dynos came from a state bond passed by voters five years ago (Ed. note: What took so long?) and the other half from the school district. It's good to see some schools are still encouraging their students to learn a craft along with their academic education.