I am trying to find a place to buy a D&M steering quickener and/or parts for same.
I tried to buy your magazines here in Boulder today, and the best magazine store in town didn't have any copies. (Egads). Can you direct me to D&M, or a seller of their parts?
Well, if that mag store isn't carrying Circle Track then how good is it really? Seriously though, D&M Performance Manufacturing is located in Dumas, Texas. Dave Poske's Performance Parts (www.poske.com) is a dealer and can probably help you out.
High School Racing Part 2
I'd like to take the opportunity to present an interesting development here at Burlington High School. Over the past few months we have worked endlessly on our new (07') Dirt Late Model from Wild Incorporated and look forward to kicking off our season at the end of the month. With a little guidance from Pete Raskovic at Urban Force Racing we have dedicated our time to creating a cutting-edge racing team/club. Our emphasis has allowed us to pair high school students with technical college students in an effort to raise the bar in education. I must say the program has been a blast to put together.
The reason I'm writing is because I think we need to support the youth of our sport on a variety of levels. I grew up around grassroots racing and have such an appreciation for the atmosphere that permeates those local short tracks. Having worked with my dad and cousins on their cars I've been fortunate to learn a lot over the years. I truly believe more kids need to experience the atmosphere and rush of preparing and ultimately winning. This is something that we can't duplicate in a classroom and I feel programs like ours are a step in the right direction for our youth.
The world of Dirt Late Model racing is a high class market and I'm looking forward to running alongside some of Wisconsin's top Dirt Late Model drivers with a group of high school students as my crew.
Perhaps, you might consider taking a drive over the next time you visit Pete in Beloit as we're only 45 minutes east of there.
Thank you for the time,
Burlington High School
It's great to hear that you've followed Pete's lead and developed a race team for your students to learn and benefit. Good luck with your season and when it comes time to get some of your fellow competitors involved with the students, contact the ASA Educational Series about starting a program at your local track. Pete has created one at Madison International Speedway with great results.
Dear Circle Track,
In the latest edition of Circle Track (June '09) I read an article entitled "Clean It Right, Proper firesuit care is the key to its performance" by Rob Fisher, pages 72 through 78. On page 76 under "New Kid in Town" Mr. Fisher references the Molecule Technical Fabric Care System. He states a Wash Kit includes the Molecule Wash, Molecule Spot Cleaner, and Molecule Refresher all for just under $42. I contacted Pit Stop USA to inquire about the product for $42. The only price available for this kit at Pit Stop was $100. I was wondering where Mr. Fisher found the price of $42? I would appreciate any information you could provide.
The Molecule Wash Kit referenced in the article is available for $39.95 through both that company's website (www.moleculelabs.com) and Pitstop USA (www.pitstopusa.com). However, that Wash Kit is a different kit than Molecule's Complete Care Kit which is $100 and a new addition to the line.
Loctite ColorsDear Circle Track,
I have a question about an article on installing brass freeze plugs in an engine block on your website (originally printed in the Nov. '08 issue). I'd like to know what specific product of "Loctite" was used as mentioned in this article. They say "red or green" but this actually does little to specify what it is. On the Loctite website there are dozens upon dozens of products and I have no idea which one was used.
We probably should've used the term threadlocking compound, because the brand doesn't really matter. It's sort of like Kleenex vs. facial tissue or Sanka vs. decaf coffee. As far as Loctite goes Red No. 271 is the best way to go and what was used in that article. Green is stronger than red and will basically weld a bolt in place. On a freeze plug green won't make a big difference, and is pretty much overkill. Blue is too lightweight to be used in that application.