Phillips County changes To 3/8-Mile Oval Holyoke, CO
The configuration that served Phillips County Raceway's first century of racing will be shortened for its second. Work has already begun to move the second set of turns inward 330 feet, transforming the Holyoke half mile to a 3/8-mile oval. The pit area will be moved from the infield to the west, off Turns 3 and 4.
"As it is now, the track is a long paper clip half-mile and the result is two drag races between the turns," promoter Garrett Sporhase said. "Shortening the track takes horsepower out of the equation and also gives area drivers more continuity because they won't have to change gears to race here.
"Another plus is the increased visibility for fans in the grandstand," he added. "They'll be able to see the entire track because there won't be any haulers parked in the infield."
Phillips County was originally built to accommodate four-legged horsepower. Motorcycle races were held there beginning in the 1930s and automotive races were soon to follow.
Banking was added in the early 1980s. Garrett Sporhase
Roush Gasman Wins Red River Charity Event Wichita Falls, TX
High winds that kept NASCAR's Greg Biffle grounded in Fort Worth couldn't slow Billy Manchester as he won the 3M Night At The Races, featuring Greg Biffle and Friends at Red River Speedway back in April. Manchester was the defending champion of the event and captured his second consecutive win driving Robby Ybarra's No. 44 Lewisville Motorsports Super Truck in the 10-lap feature/celebrity race that uses borrowed LMST Super Trucks and one-half of the No. 16 pit crew.
The annual event, underwritten by 3M Company, benefits the Humane Society of Wichita County, Texas, and is the brainchild of Mike Cooper, the past track owner, and Ryan Dextrase, a Wichita Falls native who is the catch can man and mechanic for Biffle's Roush-Fenway Team. For more on the event visit www.circletrack.com.
Racing Expert Joins IUPUI Faculty Indianapolis, IN
The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI has just announced that Andrew Borme has joined its motorsports engineering faculty. Borme comes to IUPUI after working for more than 20 years in the motorsports industry including stints as chief engineer for two of three of Helio Castroneves' Indianapolis 500 victories.
Borme is highly experienced in aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, mechanical systems design, race and test engineering, and data analysis. After working with major race teams all over the world, he's expected to bring a wealth of knowledge and industry insight to IUPUI's campus next fall. Borme most recently worked with the Toyota Formula One (F1) Team. For more information on the School of Engineering & Technology, visit www.engr.iupui.edu.
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Speedway Expands Sponsorship Role Lincoln, NE
Speedway Motors is pleased to announce its title sponsorship of the 2009 WISSOTA 100. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Speedway Motors will also serve as the Official Speed Shop of WISSOTA Auto Racing.
In announcing the new sponsorship, Speedway Motors Founder and President "Speedy" Bill Smith said the historic multi-year agreement unites two great brands with common goals. "Speedway Motors has always aimed to make racing safe, fun, and affordable. WISSOTA has the same objective, has done a remarkable job of organizing tracks in the northern United States and Canada, and offers exciting weekly competition for racers and fans alike. The organization has also worked hard to keep costs manageable for the average racer."
The WISSOTA 100 is WISSOTA's premier racing event and will be held September 16-19 on the high banks of Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, South Dakota. For more information visit www.speedwaymotors.com or www.wissota.org.