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 Hello from a frigid Nashville Tennessee. We’re at the FASTRAK awards ceremonies on January 26, 2008. For the last few days FASTRAK has been holding seminars for their regional directors and teams at the airport Marriott. During the tech seminar on Friday Rick Ellison showed what to look for in illegal parts and how to keep the racing as fair as possible with a thurough inspection procedure.  Saturday’s sessions were with Stan Lester explaining the new rules changes and one where he showed the teams how to secure sponsorships. There will be a change in procedure for getting to the seasons final Grand National races. The best 15 races are all that will count. Looking around the rooms we saw engine builder Bill Hendren (Hendrend’s engines), parts man Steve Heintz (Heintz Performance), promoter Fred Brown (Wythe Speedway), drivers David Smith (Champ at  Harris Speedway), Gary Puckett (Champ at Carolina Speedway) and Ashley Lancaster.

A little Saturday afternoon rest and it was time for the FASTRAK banquet. After an excellent meal the night started with Bill Martens, Manager of General Motors Performance Parts (crate program), telling everyone that Chevy is committed to the crate  racing idea and will continue its partnership with FASTRAK. The Marketing Director of the Goodyear’s short track program, Scott Junod, said Goodyear was also glad to be a FASTRAK partner and had several certificates for free sets of tires. Drawings were held to give away many sets of wheels and exhaust headers.  A state of the series message from Stan Lester put everyone in a receiving mood and the checks started to flow. By the time the night was over Stan and FASTRAK had given away 3 brand new chassis, 4 new crate engines and over $422,000. FASTRAK 2007 champion William Thomas, who at 20 years of age is the youngest national champion on dirt, had a check for $50,000.

 

 

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