New Super Late Series - Huntsville, AL
Legendary race promoter B.J. Parker has formed a new Super Late Model asphalt short-track series in the South. The Southern Super Stars will kick off its season at Sayre Speedway and Huntsville Speedway in Alabama and will include races at Montgomery (AL) Motor Speedway as well as Senoia Raceway in Georgia. Races will be 100 laps with no tire purchase requirement. A driver can use take-offs for practice or run the race on used tires. Races will pay $1,500-to-win and $200-to-start. The season finale will be a bigger race with details to come. The 2009 rules are posted at www.superstarsracing.com.
ARCA Race Moves To Mansfield - Mansfield, OH
The doors were barely shut on Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio when it was announced that the ARCA RE/Max Series race on June 20 originally scheduled to take place at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN, will be moved to the 3/8-mile asphalt of Mansfield.
The change in venue was approved by ARCA officials after promoter Joe Mattioli III reached an agreement with Mansfield Motorsports Park owner Mike Dzurilla to run the event at Mansfield. For more info, visit www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com.
A Place To Race - Concord, NC
USARacing, formerly known as the Hooters Pro Cup Series, announced a 14-race schedule for 2009 with the first race at Concord Speedway, in Concord, NC. That means John Gibson, Circle Track's Tech Editor, now has a place to race! The events will be held in a seven state geographical region and will include return visits to Winchester Speedway in Winchester, IN, for the first time since 2003, and Rockingham, NC, in conjunction with the Automobile Racing Series of America (ARCA) season finale on October 10. For more information, visit www.usarprocup.com.
R.I.P. Crane - Daytona Beach, FL
Crane Cams, the 56-year-old icon of the auto racing and hot rod enthusiast markets, closed its doors during the last week of February. At press time, Crane had already laid off all of its employees. Crane Cams and Crane Technologies Group were founded by Harvey J. Crane Jr. in 1953 as Crane Engineering Inc. in Hallandale, FL. The company was well known for its line of camshafts and engine valvetrain components.
In 1979, Crane became an employee-owned company. More recently, Crane fell on hard times. In 2006 Mikronite, an industrial technology firm based in New Jersey, bought Crane and attempted to rejuvenate the brand to no avail.
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