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1. CT525 Financing
America’s first “Factory Backed and Factory Built” Dirt Late Model series, the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series, has another first, as financing is now available for the Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine that power the race cars in the series.
“Once again, we are setting new industry standards as the leader in economical Dirt Late Model racing by making it easier to purchase a Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine,” stated Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Founder and Director Mike Vaughn. “Since we’re a series that likes to do things that have never been done before, we have established a working relationship with an outside lender that is offering a 24-month, no-money-down financing program for competitors with approved credit.”
The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series is offering a $499-a-month payment for 24 months with no money down with approved credit for both the Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine and the Turn Key Kit. For more information about financing, contact the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Tour Development Manager Brad Smith at 336/816-7223.
The engine is available for free next-day delivery anywhere in the Southeast from NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Claxton, Georgia, for $7,195. They also have an interchangeable Turn Key Kit that includes everything except the carburetor, fuel pump, power steering pump, or headers that is also available for $2,259. To place an order, call Tim Bland at 877/497-3624.
2. Levi Jones Retires
Seven time USAC national champion Levi Jones recently announced his retirement from professional racing. His decision to step away from racing comes not long after the death of fellow Sprint Car racer Jason Leffler, though we can’t comment on if this influenced Jones’ decision. Jones had this to say:
“After reevaluating where I am at this point in my life, I’ve made the decision to step away from my career as a professional driver and focus on my family and our business. Racing has consumed the majority of my life, and while I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to share this with my family, the time has come for my focus to shift to exploring what lies outside of the sport.”
We wish Levi the best as he explores new opportunities outside of racing.
3. Melissa Scoles Named President of QA1
QA1 is excited to announce the promotion of Melissa Scoles to President. CEO and Founder Jim Jordan announced the news, stating “QA1 is fortunate to have someone with Melissa’s broad skillsets to assume this position within the company.”
Melissa has been associated with QA1 since she was a teenager, as Jordan is her father. She started at the company folding boxes and worked the company’s trade shows during college. She then worked through every department at the company, taking a break to get outside experience and attain her MBA from Carlson School of Management. When she returned in January 2011, she joined the QA1 team again as Vice President of Marketing, to be quickly promoted to Executive Vice President, and now President.
In the past couple of years, Melissa has helped lead the company to several milestones. She oversaw the acquisition of CAP Auto Products and Edelbrock’s Suspension Division, adding more than 350 American-made suspension products to QA1’s product offering. She has also been integral in organizing QA1’s new Composite Component Group, which will be introducing a variety of carbon fiber filament wound products to the market for late 2013 and 2014. Currently, she is leading a project to expand QA1’s manufacturing space to accommodate the company’s growth over the past couple of years.
QA1 is excited about the future with Melissa leading the way. Her extensive knowledge of the performance automotive and various industrial markets puts QA1 in great hands. She knows and understands the value of the QA1 team and genuinely values each employee and customer.
4. Miami-Dade County To Rename Speedway Boulevard
The Miami-Dade Board of County Supervisors will conduct a street co-designation ceremony at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, July 12, recognizing track founder Ralph Sánchez.
A nearly six mile stretch of SW 137 Avenue/Speedway Boulevard from Palm Drive to U.S. 1 in Homestead will be co-designated “Ralph Sánchez Speedway Boulevard,” in recognition of Sánchez, who passed away April 1.
“Homestead-Miami Speedway stands today because of Ralph Sánchez,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “His vision continues to pay dividends for this region, as the track hosts more than 280 events a year highlighted by NASCAR’s championship races and a worldwide audience. Ralph’s life story from his roots in Cuba, his childhood in an orphanage, to a successful developer and racing promoter is legendary. I commend Miami-Dade County, and the City of Homestead for acting promptly to create this honor that Ralph clearly deserves.”
Sánchez, who founded and managed the Grand Prix of Miami starting in 1983, led efforts to bring the motorsports facility to Homestead. He worked with City of Homestead and Miami-Dade County officials to make the track a reality. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the track took place on August 24, 1993—exactly one year after Hurricane Andrew wiped out much of Homestead. The track is credited with being a major catalyst for redevelopment following the category five hurricane that leveled large portions of Miami-Dade County.
5. Babb Ties Hell Tour Win Record
Shannon Babb scored his sixth victory of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” on Sunday, July 14, in a thriller at Vermilion County Speedway to tie Billy Moyer’s record of 82 all-time wins. Shannon scored the second fastest time in his group during the qualifying session and went on to win his heat race. After drawing the pole position prior to the 40-lap main event, Shannon lead 17 laps, capturing the $5,000 in the process. This win was Shannon’s sixth victory of the 2013 “Hell Tour!”