Dave Hance, owner of New York Motorsports and founder/promoted of the Shakedown Nationals, announced SPEEDTECH CORP. as the title sponsor of the 10th Annual Shakedown Nationals Oct. 12-14 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
"The Shakedown event and SPEEDTECH Corp. have a common goal, and that's record-setting performances. Every year we reset the bar, and SPEEDTECH Corp. wants to do the same with its business," Hance said. "The new SPEEDTECH Corp. will be offering performance products and services to drag racers worldwide, and 2013 season championships no doubt will be influenced by the new SPEEDTECH Corp., which expects to be up & running prior to the 2013 season.
"The leadership Team at the new SPEEDTECH Corp. has been a long time supporter of the Shakedown Nationals. We thank them for their continued support and look forward to working with the new SPEEDTECH Corp. for years to come," he said.
The Shakedown Nationals, known for the first nine years as "The Shakedown at E-Town," long has been a favorite of the Nobile family of Long Island. John Nobile, the NHRA and IHRA Pro Stock racer whose son Vincent is a rising star in the NHRA Pro Stock class, won the 2007 Shakedown in the old Pro Outlaw class.
"This is THE race," John Nobile, of Dix Hills, N.Y., said. "It's a mixed variety, with nitrous and blown cars. This is just a fun thing . . . no pressure, maybe a little money. We like these kind of races, this Outlaw stuff, Every time we come here, we underestimate how much horsepower we really have because of the weather conditions and the air."
Eddie Krawiec, the two-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, is the former Raceway Park dragtsrip manager who every year has prepped the racing surface. Even though he's in the middle of the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship as points leader, he'll be back once again at The Shakedown Nationals to "make sure the track is 100 percent. This is an event Raceway Park takes a lot of pride in. It's very tough to put on one of these. And to put it on in one day and give about 200 cars several runs down the track and then run them through eliminations. . . Our guys are right on top of it."
Mike Modeste, the 2007 Drag Radial winner at The Shakedown and multi-time National Street Car Association Drag Radial champion, called the race "the best. It's THE end-of-the year race -- it's the best. Dave Hance puts on a good show."
Hance said of the participating racers, "I'm happy that they're walking away with money. They put a lot of money into their cars, a lot of time. Drag racing is a huge sacrifice, and it's so good to reap the reward of winning a race, because it doesn't happen that often."
He also said he has enjoyed watching the crowds pour into Raceway Park. Hance said he enjoyed "seeing the line coming into the park. It put a smile to my face, people waiting on line, people coming to buy our product, the product Englishtown and Raceway Park offers. There's no greater satisfaction as a racer like it is racing in front of a crowd. It really revs us up. It gives you more energy to get going. It's a great time to be a heads-up racer. It's a great time to be a heads-up fan," he said.
Billed as a "run-whatcha-brung, no-holds-barred feast of tire shredding horsepower," this exciting race in the past has seen racers brave rain delays, a power outage, temperatures in the 40s and race the neighborhood noise curfew as much as each other. So it has a reputation for an entertaining blend of history and hysteria.
Tickets for this year's edition are available each day of the event at the Raceway Park box office.
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