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BEC to Present Bandolero Seminar to Prepare for Summer Shootout

Former ASA Championship Crew Chief Bond Suss to Help Bandolero Teams Get Organized


CONCORD, NC (April 24, 2008) – Bond Suss has been involved in the motorsports industry for more than 20 years.  He has turned wrenches in every form of racing, from weekly Late Models in the tracks of the Upper Midwest all the way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  He’s won races and championships in ASA with notable drivers such as Mike Garvey, Joey Clanton and Kevin Cywinski.  He’s been a head wrench in the NASCAR ranks and currently serves as the crew chief for 15-year-old Super Late Model standout Zach Stroupe.


Now his company, Bond Engineering and Consulting, (BEC) is teaming up with some of the brightest minds the short track racing world to present a Bandolero Seminar on May 13, 2008 to assist teams involved in the competitive Bandolero ranks in the Southeast prepare for and succeed in major events such as the Lowe’s Motor Speedway Summer Shootout and more.


“We’ll give everyone the how-to knowledge, not just on the setup of the car, but an understanding of the car completely,” said Suss, who recently led Stroupe to a fourth-place finish in the PASS South Super Late Model event at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).  “Whether you buy a new car or a used car from someone, there’s going to be some things that you’re going to want to go through on a routine basis and make sure they’re done properly.  With some aspects there is only one way to do things, but with other parts of the setup, there are several ways.  I hope to give people the general knowledge and the theories behind why you set up a car a certain way and then establish a proper procedure to do so.”


In his years in the sport, Suss has developed a track-proven formula that he will transfer to Bandolero drivers and teams at the May 13th seminar, to be held at the BDI Racing shop in Concord , North Carolina .


“Bandoleros are pretty entry-level, so seeing as how many of the parents are also entry-level; we will give them an understanding of what they need to do.  We’ll share with them general procedures and what to do with the car, how you keep track of your notes, what you should do at the racetrack and what parameters at the racetrack you should focus on. 


“To have success in racing, you have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.  The most important fact is establishing routines and following the basic stuff every time.  It’s all things you have to do before you go to the racetrack and while you’re at the racetrack.  Routines are important in racing, whether you’re in Bandoleros, Super Late Models or the Cup Series.  Everyone needs a checklist for doing things.  All that stuff trickles down and we will convey that to teams at the seminar.”


While Suss’s accomplishments in the sport have come primarily in full-scale racecars on the short tracks and speedways of America , he is leaning on the success that BDI Racing has built up over the years to combine efforts for the seminar.  BDI Racing’s Dustin Archer, Mike Stroupe and Bob Dillner have all worked hand-in-hand to win races and championships in Bandoleros and Legends Cars during the Summer Shootout at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  The combination of those minds and the years of Suss’ NASCAR-level experience is certainly a winning one.


“No matter what form of racing you’re in, you always have to find those people that are experts in that form of racing.  If you’re moving up from karts to Bandoleros, then you have to ask the questions of those who know Bandoleros.  If you’re moving up from Bandoleros to Legends Cars, then you have to talk to the people who know Legends Cars and so on and so forth.  I have been able to pull from Mike, Dustin and Bob and combine their knowledge with some of my own theories and overall organization.  Those guys know what it takes to tune these cars; their track record is outstanding.”


As an added bonus for attending the May 13th seminar, Bandolero drivers have the chance to earn a coveted ride in a BDI Racing-prepared Bandolero in the Lowe’s Motor Speedway Summer Shootout.  More details will be forthcoming.


For more information on Bond Suss, BEC or the May 13th Bandolero Seminar, call 704-788-2134 ext: 7 and stay tuned to  For more information on BDI Racing, contact Matt Kentfield at 704-788-2134 ext: 5.



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