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1. NASCAR Technical Institute Celebrates 10th Anniversary
One decade ago, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech)--a branch of Universal Technical Institute--became the first exclusive educational partner of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc. (NASCAR). The 146,000-square-foot training facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina, opened in July 2002 as the first technical school of its kind to combine automotive training and a NASCAR-approved technologies curriculum into one program. Today, NASCAR Tech is celebrating 10 years of operation and has helped change the vernacular from auto mechanic to automotive technician. With state-of-the-industry classrooms designed to effectively train students for the workforce, NASCAR Tech has become the leader for automotive technical education, graduating thousands in its 10-year existence. "We are fortunate to have had such exceptional partnerships with NASCAR, racing teams, industry partners, and dealerships that have offered our graduates opportunities to wake up every day and work in industries that they love and are passionate about," said Jennifer Waber-Bergeron, campus president for NASCAR Technical Institute. "The work these students and grads undertake each day goes beyond the definition of mechanic. The work is so technical we wouldn't call them anything other than technicians."
2. Lanigan Sets New World of Outlaws Late Model Series Single-Season Win Record
The record belongs to Darrell Lanigan, who added another win to a campaign that is shaping up as the most dominant in World of Outlaws Late Model Series history. Lanigan rolled to his 10th victory in the Dondelinger Automotive Company 50 at North Central Speedway on July 14 to set a new single-season win standard on the national circuit. Lanigan, 42, of Union, Kentucky, overtook Rick Eckert of York, Pennsylvania, for the lead on lap 14 and never looked back en route to his 10th triumph of 2012, surpassing the nine-win seasons authored by Scott Bloomquist and Josh Richards. "It's awesome to set the record," said Lanigan, whose 36th career WoO LMS victory moved him within two of matching Richards for the most wins on the tour since 2004. "We're not satisfied, though. We want to get as many (wins) as we can. We go to every race to try to win it, so we'll see what we can come up with (the remainder of the season)."
3. Crane Cams Becomes the Official Ignition System of the American Modified Series
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American Modified Series officials have announced that Crane Cams has agreed to become the Official Ignition System of the AMS for the remainder of the 2012 racing season. This will be Crane Cams' first ever partnership with the American Modified Series. Crane Cams will offer award certificates to racers at each of the races in 2012. The highest finishing car that is using the Crane Cams Ignition and has the decals on the car will receive a $200 award certificate, and the highest finishing car that is using a Crane Cams Distributor and has the decals on the car will receive a $100 certificate. Certificates are good for any product in the 435-page Crane Cams Master Catalog. "We are extremely proud to have Crane Cams Ignition partner with the American Modified Series for the 2012 race season," says Dewayne Ragland of the series. "Our growth and success depend on supporters like Crane Cams who have always helped the racer".
4. Speedway Motors 60th Anniversary Sweepstakes
It's Speedway Motors' 60th Anniversary--and you get the gifts!
America's Oldest Speed Shop announced a sweepstakes promotion as part of its year-long 60th Anniversary celebration. During Speedway's exciting 13-week 60th Anniversary Sweepstakes Giveaway, the company will award weekly $500 Speedway Motors gift cards, plus an opportunity to win a Grand Prize vacation package valued at $5,000! Entries are now being accepted at SpeedwayMotorsSweeps.com
, where contest details, terms, and conditions are available. Deadline for contest entries is October 5, 2012. You only need to enter once for your chance to win one of the 13 $500 gift cards. Plus, everyone who enters is eligible to win the Grand Prize--a three-night trip for four people to Lincoln, Nebraska, to visit Speedway Motors and the Museum of American Speed.
5. Boswell Named Promoter & GM at Montgomery speedway
Bobby Knox, owner of Montgomery Motor Speedway, has named Paul Boswell the new Promoter/General Manager of the half-mile asphalt oval West of Montgomery, Alabama. Boswell has been the Head of Scoring at the track since 2010. Boswell's resume also includes six years of service at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Alabama, as both a scorer and public address announcer. Boswell headed to Montgomery's track office full-time on July 30 in preparation for the Aug 18 Show Me the Money 100.