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08-12-2010

COMP Cams® Supports American Modified Series In Its Inaugural Season

COMP Cams® steps into sponsorship role to help American Modified Series during inaugural season

There was definitely no shortage of Open Wheel Modified competitors in the Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois area; however, there was a shortage of special events for these competitors. As a result, Niles Lauderbaugh made the decision for the 2010 season to form a touring series in the area that would allow Open Wheel Modified drivers to compete within a reasonable driving distance of their homes for increased purses. The new series was named the American Modified Series, and tracks immediately began acquiring dates.

For the first season of the American Modified Series, the tour originally scheduled sixteen dates throughout the Ohio Valley. However, due to weather issues and scheduling conflicts the final docket for the 2010 season was trimmed down to just twelve events. All of the events on the schedule are slated to pay at least $1,500 to win and $200 to start, with select events boasting as much as $3,000 to win.

Support from the competitors was overwhelming at the first event for the American Modified Series as thirty-eight of the region’s top Open Wheel Modified wheelmen entered the $1,500 to win event at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky. When the checkered flag dropped, Randle Sweeney had claimed a thrilling win over Russ Gabbert. While Sweeney claimed the win in the tour opener, it was obvious that all of the drivers were true winners with a top notch series that had come to fruition in their own backyard.

Even though three events have been nixed by Mother Nature already this season, the tour has managed to host four successful events. It has already become apparent that there is a level playing field within the tour as no driver has won more than one event. Along with Randle Sweeney, Michael Long, Mike Harrison and Jason Wheatley have all etched their names into the record book thus far in the season. The tour has averaged an impressive 39 cars through the first four events, and other tracks are starting to take notice of the growth of the tour as eight dates have already been booked for 2011, including shows in Michigan.

American Modified Series Director, Niles Lauderbaugh, gives a lot of the credit for the first year success of the tour to companies like COMP Cams®, who provided the series with sponsorship. Lauderbaugh notes, “By sponsoring our COMP Cams® Engine Builder of the Year Award, it brings a great deal of credibility to our series to have such a big company like COMP Cams® involved with us. It has led to other companies coming on board as well, and for this we are extremely grateful.”

For more information on the American Modified Series, please visit www.AmericanModifiedSeries.com. For more information about COMP Cams® sponsored events and contingency programs, call us at 1-800-999-0853, or visit us online at www.compcams.com.

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