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.
Crane Lives Viola, WI
Wisconsin-based S&S Cycle acquired certain assets of Crane Cams, Inc. on May 7, 2009, including inventory, intellectual property, and trademarks for all Crane automotive and motorcycle electronic and valvetrain products. S&S intends to continue to sell Crane products through many existing distributors and dealers. To that end, S&S will establish a new facility in Daytona Beach, Florida, to manage the business and provide customer service and technical support. This new facility will be staffed by many of the same personnel that Crane customers have worked with in the past, providing as seamless a transition as possible. Check www.cranecams.com for updates.
SuperFlow Acquires Zoom Technology Des Moines, IA
SuperFlow Technologies Group recently announced that it has acquired the assets of Zoom Technology, Inc. In an agreement reached with Zoom, SuperFlow will take over all manufacturing, sales/marketing, and administrative operations for Zoom's product line, effective immediately. Zoom CEO Chris Hansen will relocate from Zoom's New Jersey facility to Des Moines, Iowa, to assist in the transition.
Zoom products are designed primarily to diagnose the automatic transmission before removing it for repair and include the Answermatic Valve Body Tester/Analyzer, AMI Hydraulic Circuit Analyzers, Sol-X Solenoid Test Systems, and the TranX 2000 Transmission Analyzer.
For more information visit www.superflow.com.
New Partner, New Goals For ASAEducational Series Daytona Beach, FL
In just its third year of operation the ASA Educational Series has retooled its management staff and developed an aggressive program of expansion for 2009. Dennis Huth, President of the American Speed Association, has joined ASA Educational Series founder Pete Raskovic as partner and the pair seek to build a nationwide program based on a successful model created at Raskovic's Wisconsin high school and Madison International Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Madison, Wisconsin.
The ASA Educational Series pairs high school students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive field with a local race team. Students are required to work a minimum of three hours in the team's shop during the week and at the track on race night with the end of season reward being a guaranteed scholarship valued from $1,500 to $25,000 to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information visit www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com and click on the ASA Educational Series logo.
ASA Educational Series
Proposed Bill Could Outlaw Racetrack Camping Augusta, ME
A proposed bill in the state of Maine could outlaw overnight camping at the state's racetracks. Bill LD 114 was planned to protect state campgrounds from people camping at places such as Wal-Mart, but could also apply to racetracks, such as Oxford Plains Speedway, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and others. Maine hosts several big short-track events, such at the TD Banknorth Oxford 250 and the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge every year. Concerned Maine racers should contact their State Representative.
Ford Joins IMCA ContingenyProgram Dearborn, MI
Drivers in the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions with a Ford-manufactured powerplant under the hood are in the running for new contingency awards this season. Eligible drivers in either class winning a regional championship in 2009 pocket $1,000 cash prizes. Display of two Ford Racing decals and a driver's uniform patch is also required. For more information visit www.imca.com.
Sparks Joins CalliesFostoria, OH
Callies Performance Products is proud to announce that Jack Sparks has joined the company in the production of high-performance connecting rods. Recognized worldwide, Jack Sparks is an expert in the design, process development, and manufacture of connecting rods intended for severe duty applications. Having more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, Jack brings an extensive background in the metallurgy, and heat treatment of high alloy steels. Jack's new responsibilities will be to consult and oversee the design through manufacture development phases.