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Quaker State Teams Run Strong – Sunset Speedway – May 10th

Race #2

Our second night of racing was very good for both our Mini Stock and Late Model teams.  What most thought would be weeks for Lauren to be comfortable racing her Honda, has turned out to be a great surprise as she wheels her car around like she’s been doing it for a few seasons, not two nights.

In her qualifying race Lauren finished 3rd of 12 cars and was promoted to her first ever Dash ffor Cash, a race containing all the top Mini Stock drivers.  She held her own finishing 9th, but gained a lot of experience in this hot-shoe showdown.

Lauren has overcome some of racings greatest fears  and tests, driving her car as hard as any of the other competitors, and more than most into the corners.  As an experienced racer, I am very surprised at how fast she has caught on.

In the Late Model race, we had our second 100 lap event.  It wasthe first time in my career that we started the season with back toback 100 lap feature races.  The good news is our car is handlingmuch better than 2013.  We need to make a few more changes to get us closer to the front, but we are all happy with the car.

This race was an open Invitational to all Late Models in Ontariio and many of those who came have a bigger engine rule package at their home track.  We were allowed to make adjustments to ourcars to be competitive.  We were off slightly but ran the entire 100 laps in a group of cars, all visiting fast machines.

At the end of the night, finishing 14th, we were pleased with our run, knowing it will be better running against our regular competitors.   We have raced two long hard fought races so far in 2014. Next weekend is the first rregular night of racing at Sunset Speedway. It’s a 50 lap event with heats and a semi for qualifying.Our crew and I have started out this season miles ahead of 2013 and we look forward to the challenges and fun for 2014.


Quaker State Team Looking To Have Record Breaking Event  

On June 5th 1987, we started a streak of consecutive nights run that had us at 687 nights in a row, at the end of the 2013 race season.  We have accumulated 26 seasons of perfect attendance in that time, and look forward to our 700th consecutive night, which will fall on our 13th night of this season. The NASCAR record is 788 held by Ricky Rudd.  We will reach this goal using 3 different race cars in the span of 27 years.

The one consistent with this streak is that Quaker State has been with us for all of it and so for our sponsors, fans, promoters and other competitors we are going to celebrate this milestone by giving away a keep-sake to our friends in racing.

On our 700th night we will give away Frisbees to the fans, all the racers competing in every class that night, the track staff and of course all our own crew and sponsors.  Fans will get Frisbees when they come into the grand stands, and before our feature race, the Late Model or Modified drivers will throw Frisbee’s into the grandstands prior to the start of our feature race.  The reason it could be Late Model or Modified will depend on weather.  Our scheduled 700th night will be at Capital City Speedway in Ottawa. That is an OSCAAR Modified show, but if there are any rain outs between now and then,it could be at Sunset Speedway in the Late Model.  Both promoters have agreed to let us throw Frisbee’s to do this pre race celebration and include the fans.   After this past weekend we are at 689 consecutive nights.  The logo below is  the decal that will be on all the Frisbee’s.

I am so thankful to all my sponsors for allowing us to do so much for the fansand race tracks in our sport.  We are also doing more shows in 2014.   We have four completed so far and will be on display with both our Late Model and OSCAAR Modified at MacMaster GMC Buick on May 31st for a customer appreciation event.  We hope to promote GM and Quaker State products during the day.

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