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#1 fastrakpr

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:03 PM

When the green flag flies on February 9, 2018 at Screven Motor Speedway, FASTRAK Companies International will be entering its 15th year in business. It all started because Stan Lester, FASTRAK founder, knew that the highest costs in late model racing were the engines and tires. With the idea that those costs could be controlled, the corporation was formed late in 2003 and held its first ever race, with five cars, on April 3, 2004 at Winder Barrow Speedway in Winder, GA. It was then that the idea by Lester came to fruition. 

“All five cars piled up in turn one after the white flag,” said Lester, “The track owner asked me, having never directed a race in my life, “What are you going to do?”, I told the drivers that the first one back to the finish line was the winner. You have never seen such a crazy dash to the finish in your life. It was a humble beginning to say the least.”

During that 2004 season FASTRAK saw tremendous growth. The second event had 18 cars, the third had 22, and the final race of the inaugural season had 51 cars at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Pooler, GA. 

The very next season saw the birth of the FASTRAK Mid-Ohio Valley Region. Sticking with the initial mission of controlling the two most expensive components in racing, engines and tires, FASTRAK now uses the Chevrolet Performance CT 400 (604) engine, an affordable engine that offers 450 horsepower. FASTRAK has worked side by side with Chevrolet Performance to ensure that the engine remains affordable and dependable. To address the costs associated with tires, FASTRAK worked with Hoosier Tire to develop the FT Crate Spec tires known as the FT 200 and FT 400. The FT tires are the cheapest and best performing crate spec tires currently on the market. 

“We have stuck to our original mission statement of controlling the cost of the engines and tires, and the 604 and 602 crate engines have met and exceeded all expectations, along with the FT Crate Spec tires” said Lester.

In 2011 the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series was born with the Southeast Region. ULTIMATE itself has since expanded into three more regions, the Battle of the Bluegrass, Mid-Ohio Valley, and Northeast. In total, FASTRAK Companies International now has six regions of dirt late model tours along with its Weekly Sanctioning of tracks throughout the eastern part of the United States. All parts of the FASTRAK family of racing, have a common goal; help tracks make money and give back to the drivers. The following Tuesday after any FASTRAK or ULTIMATE race, the regional director contacts the track with once simple question, “Did you make money?”. 

“Our goal is simple,” stated FASTRAK General Manager DJ Irvine, “help tracks make money with successful events, give back to the drivers, and make certain the fans make memories at the race track.” 

Over the course of the past 14 years, FASTRAK Companies International has paid out over $4,300,000 in Championship point money to the drivers. The Company looks forward to continuing to reward drivers, while also keeping costs in check. “We’ve done a pretty good job, along with our partners in containing the cost of engines and tires,” stated Lester.

Check out the official website for the FASTRAK Racing Series at www.fastrakracing.com and continue to follow our social media networks for the FASTRAK Racing Series. Like and Follow our Fan Page on Facebook plus follow @FASTRAK_SE and/or @FASTRAK_MOV on Twitter to get up to the minute news and details as they become available.

The 2017 marketing partners for the FASTRAK Racing Series are Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Beyea Headers, Rocket Chassis, TNT Race Cars, Arizona Sport Shirts, Simpson Safety Equipment, Safecraft Fire Suppression Systems, Rockauto.com, RacingJunk.com and Thomas Clarke Performance.




 

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:31 PM

Stan

 Will there ever be an alternative to that brand of Motor? Some people will never buy that brand after their grandmother was stripped of her Preferred stock and basically thrown in the street . A very serious question ..

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:02 PM

Stan

 Will there ever be an alternative to that brand of Motor? Some people will never buy that brand after their grandmother was stripped of her Preferred stock and basically thrown in the street . A very serious question ..

 Thanks!

 

Sorry for the delayed response. I am rarely on message boards anymore. I can understand your position on that for sure, but I don't know of one series that has tried to mix them that ever made it work. The manufacturers unfortunately try to out do each other versus building something equal so people could simply make a choice. 

 

Really sorry to hear that happened to your Grand Mother. Thats sad. Please let me know if I can help with anything. You can always get me at sl@fastrakracing.com. 



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:36 PM

Stan

 Will there ever be an alternative to that brand of Motor? Some people will never buy that brand after their grandmother was stripped of her Preferred stock and basically thrown in the street . A very serious question ..

 Thanks!

 

Hope if grandma didn't get out soon enough and hung onto it.  I think those that did were this past year offered an exchange at a discounted price, meaning you had to fork over more money to convert this past year.  I think if you didn't take it after that your totally out.



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:13 PM

Hope if grandma didn't get out soon enough and hung onto it.  I think those that did were this past year offered an exchange at a discounted price, meaning you had to fork over more money to convert this past year.  I think if you didn't take it after that your totally out.

 

Paul---what the heck does that mean----



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:43 PM

 

 

Hope if grandma didn't get out soon enough and hung onto it.  I think those that did were this past year offered an exchange at a discounted price, meaning you had to fork over more money to convert this past year.  I think if you didn't take it after that your totally out.

 

Paul---what the heck does that mean----

 

If grandma didn't get out soon enough and hung onto her Preferred I think this past year an offer ended to exchange at a discounted price.  I think it went something like you had to fork over more money to convert to common stock.   I don't remember exactly but it was something like if you had x amount of Preferred still with your name on it you could give it up and pay, hypothetically $900 for $1000 worth of common stock.   The difference or gain in value over what you paid for the stock if I'm remembering correctly was peanuts and if you then sold it you'd still have to pay fees for selling.   I think it was an offer that was there on the table for a long time but ended the middle part of this past year.  If I'm remembering correctly old GM Preferred stock didn't completely disappear until last year.  The offer may even still be around I don't know nor care anymore and don't really remember exactly or maybe even don't remember even closely to correct.  There was some sort of offer still in effect at least some time last year.   



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:48 AM

Thank You for answering the question about other brands !

 And thank you very much for the personal well wishes !

Its Understandable to keep one brand to attempt an even playing field .. I for one don't believe that brand would honor that and not play favorites ..

If you look at Nascar you see all three brands win races and I believe your right ! They would try to outdo each other but I believe it would benefit the User if the prices were all the same .. Ie you can buy Chevy Ford Toyota ..and maybe Mopar comes back .. but all the same price say 6500 ?

 Your series has proven to follow through with the Tech Inspections on the back end and holds the highest reputation in the " Crate Racing Industry "!

Mario Andretti tells the story of when he drove for Holman / moody that they had special markings on the motors that Fred Lorenzan got over himself .. and when he confronted them he got a good one and won the Daytona 500 ..

 Same builder .. same motors.. same shop .. much different performance!

Yes Dirtstudent .. A  take it or leave it offer was presented and the LEGAL Contracts were torn up !  That's how they do it in Russia  !

 Thanks Again Stan






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