It's mid-May and most, if not all, of the racetracks, even those in the far north of this great country, have finally gotten their racing programs under way. The snow has melted and engines have fired. Here in Florida many of our tracks are even approaching the halfway point of their season. From tracks to sanctions to here at home there is lots going on.

For us here at Circle Track this issue marks the final appearance for Tech Editor Pete Epple, who after five years with Source Interlink, and the last year and a half here at CT, is moving on to a new venture. The consummate car guy and racer is staying in the automotive aftermarket, but we'll let him tell you about that in his final column. Personally, I'll miss working with the kid. We may still drag him out to a race or two, but we wish him the best in his new endeavor.

Now with Pete's exodus, I'm excited to announce that next month we'll debut a new column focused specifically on women in racing and penned by our own racer gal, Stephanie Davies. It's an extension of her internet series that appears on www.circletrack.com and we think you're going to love it. You'll find her column as the final editorial page of all future issues.

Another change in the magazine appears in the “Racin' Around” news section on page 24 this month. Thanks to the fine folks at Allstar Performance, we are debuting a brand-new section called the Allstar Performers of the Month. Each month we'll highlight four drivers who are the hot ticket at their local track. You get your picture and a brief bio front and center in the largest oval track racing magazine in the country. Best of all you can also list your sponsors to give them a little plug. To kick start this cool new feature we headed over to our local track at East Bay Raceway Park and checked out the winners from different divisions on a typical Saturday night. So are you an Allstar Performer of the Month? If you think you are, send a high-res picture of yourself in Victory Lane along with the following information:

Driver's Name
Hometown
Home Track
Division Raced
Car #
Years Racing
Sponsors
Website or other social media

Email all of that to performer@circletrack.com and you may just find yourself in the pages of Circle Track. It's just our little way of recognizing all the hard work that racers put in night after night and week after week in pursuit of victory.

Until next month, go fast and turn left.