This is the weekend we have been looking forward to for some time. We finally get to see some dirt action after many visits to asphalt tracks in and around Wisconsin and Michigan. Our Friday night race takes us to our title sponsors home town of Superior, Wisconsin, and the AMSOIL Speedway in the first of a three-track run all in the same weekend. The next day we travel to Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minnesota, for a special promotion that went very well indeed.

These two tracks will be the first dirt tracks we will visit for this year's Tour and I can say, it's about time after all of those tarmac tracks. Friday morning we visited the factory and corporate offices of AMSOIL just down the road from AMSOIL Speedway. We were treated to a comprehensive tour of the impressive and massive facilities.

AMSOIL Speedway
Earlier known as Superior Speedway, AMSOIL agreed to be the title sponsor here in 2011 for a three-year deal. The speedway is a part of the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds facility and when the fair is going on, the races do too.

With AMSOIL the company being so close and involved in racing, it just made sense to support the local track where AMSOIL is produced. Additionally, the track is sanctioned by the Wissota AMSOIL Dirt Track Series. And we will be attending no less than six Wissota–sanctioned tracks on this year's Tour.

The "we" I refer to who accompanied me for this race were Rob Fisher, now Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of CT and Glenn Bucher, one of our company's national account representatives, both of whom traveled to Superior, Wisconsin, specifically to be a part of this Tour stop. AMSOIL supports the automotive industry in many different areas. The lubricants it produces are well suited for a wide range of automotive uses from everyday driving to extreme off-road and racing applications.

The way I heard it, AMSOIL was the first company to offer synthetic lubricants for uses other than the military. Synthetic lubricants were being used for jet engines because of the superior qualities it exhibited. Lt. Col. Al Amatuzio, the founder of AMSOIL, was a jet fighter squadron commander and realized how useful this product would be for automobiles while he was still in the service. He formulated the very first synthetic oil to meet API specs for the automotive industry and began marketing the products in 1972.

Today we have many companies who offer synthetic lubricants, but all of these owe their existence to Mr. Amatuzio for his foresight in bringing the technology to the everyday user. As the major sponsor of our Tour, the company seeks to make known its history and quality product line to the many circle track racers who can benefit from the many special characteristics associated with synthetic lubricants.