Total Seal Expands Hours
Starting March 18, 2010, Total Seal's new business hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. In an effort to better serve our customers across the nation and around the world, Total Seal has extended our hours. To find the times listed for each Sales and Technical person, and for more information about Total Seal Piston Rings and our other fine products, please visit our website at www.totalseal.com to learn more.
Holland Takes Over Champion
The new promoter at Champion Motor Speedway has asphalt in his background and a fondness for dirt. Scott Holland takes over the reins at Odessa, where Saturday night shows will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, and Southwest Racing Specialties Southern SportMods. The former boss at the 1/2-mile paved San Antonio Speedway, was motivated to take the gig at Champion, a 1/4-mile clay track, when his daughter enrolled in The Art Institute of Austin, in nearby Austin, Texas. Champion will offer weekly IMCA-sanctioned racing beginning in early April. More info can be found at
VP Official Fuel of NeSmith Dirt Late Models
Series officials announced a three-year agreement making VP Racing Fuels the Official Fuel of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series as well as sponsor of its Rookie of the Year program through the 2012 racing season. The VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year will win a $5,000 cash award at the end of the season. In making VP its official fuel, the series will help promote CHP, VP's newest racing fuel designed for crate engines. Although it's not mandatory to use in the series, CHP is specially formulated for the GM Performance 602, 604 and CT 525 Crate Engines used in the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS National Tour, Weekly Racing Series, and Super Dirt Car Series.
Busch Takes to the Strip
Recently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kurt Busch spent a rare free weekend behind the wheel of a different kind of race car, a 426 Hemi-powered Dodge Challenger. Busch raced in the Super Gas division of the Sportsman class at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. It all started when his wife bought him a class at a drag racing school as a surprise present. Bitten by the drag race bug, the 2004 Cup Series champ bought a 1970 Dodge Challenger off eBay for $15,000 and turned it into a Super Gas car. The street legal Mopar features a 426ci Gen 3 Hemi with a single 106mm turbo that puts out nearly 1,200 horsepower. Using a 3.70 gear and 10.5 Goodyear slicks, Busch's best e.t. was a 9.04 at 166 mph in the 3,300-pound car. Not too shabby for a guy who only turns left.
Skinner Raises Big Bucks
Daytona Beach, FL
Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner was joined by his wife, Angie, celebrities, sponsors, and fans to raise more than $150,000 for local Volusia County charities. The 4th Annual Toyota Skinner Round Up for Charity took place March 11-12 at Daytona International Speedway and Spruce Creek Country Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. Among the celebrities on hand were blues superstar Stacy Mitchhart, "American Idol's" Bo Bice, NASCAR Drivers Michael Waltrip, Ron Hornaday, Geoff Bodine, Rick Crawford, Steve Park, and Tommy Baldwin.
Rain forced the golf tournament portion of the two-day event inside Spruce Creek Country Club, but that didn't stop the efforts to raise money. "We could not let the rain ruin our efforts to raise dollars," says Angie Skinner. "Participants played an impromptu 18 holes of dice golf along with a nine-hole putting course featuring Red Bull tee markers." She added that players are hoping that the Dice Golf and Red Bull Putting Course remain a part of the Skinner Round Up in future years.
Following the round of dice golf, more than 100 players joined in for the Poker Tournament. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Director Wayne Auton had the winning $1,000 hand at the Celebrity Table donating all back to the charities.
Developmental Series TV
Daytona Beach, FL
NASCAR recently announced an expanded television calendar for its developmental series that includes 21 events on SPEED for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and seven races for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The comprehensive package includes airing of every race on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules. Three of the Whelen Modified Tours will air as same-day televised events. The NASCAR Developmental Series programming will air Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET. Kevin Thorne
Dirtcar Racing to Sanction MDLMS
The year-old Midwest Dirt Late Model Series (MDLMS) will carry the sanctioning of DIRTcar Racing in 2010, officials from the two organizations have announced. Renamed the Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series, the Wichita, Kansas-based tour will focus on full-fender Dirt Late Model competition at tracks in the Kansas/Oklahoma area. It will feature several co-sanctioned events with the Colorado Late Model Association DIRTcar Series, which also ran under the DIRTcar banner for the first time this past season. Series president Dusty Wiegert remains at the helm. For more information on the Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series, visit www.mdlms.net. MDLMS
ASALMS Signs Title Sponsor
Ron Varney's ASA Late Model Series has signed Sunoco Race Fuels, which was recently announced as the Official Fuel of the series, as title sponsor of its Challenge Division. Featuring the newly designed Mustang- and Camaro-bodied Late Models, the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division will now be known as the Sunoco National Tour. The ASA Late Model Series Northern Division will see a slight change in its name as it has been shortened to the ASA Late Model Series. Varney says that the Sunoco National Tour is a new Series from the ground up. For more information visit www.sunoconationaltour.com.
USAC Goes Green
The United States Auto Club, recognizing the importance of alternative sources for fuel, is endorsing the United States Government's "Green Initiative" and encouraging its racing teams to think "green." Its first step was to grant probationary use of ethanol to Mario Clouser Motorsports of Auburn, Illinois, for use in National Midget Series events in 2010. Clouser has been a leading proponent of the usage of ethanol in USAC competition to the extent of coordinating meetings between ethanol-producing companies and USAC management, as well as spending time on the chassis dyno to prove the fuel's mettle. While Clouser is the only USAC Midget racer to make the switch to ethanol, series officials will review requests to run the environmentally friendly fuel on a per team basis.
All-American 400 Returns to Nashville Fairgrounds
During the driver's meeting at the recent CRA race at Gresham Motorsports Park, officials announced that the All American 400 Weekend would return in 2010 to the previously shuttered Nashville Fairgrounds track. The event will be held October 2-3 at the historic Tennessee Fair facility as the sixth and final race of the CRA Six Pack schedule. Nashville native Tony Formosa has an agreement to promote events at the famous high-banked facility for the 2010 season. Four other race dates have since been announced. For more information visit fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com.
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