26th July 2012

Mike Goodman won the Red River Rumble at Cowtown Speedway Saturday night

Mike Goodman was the ASCS Sprints feature winner.

By Don Cook
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cowtown Speedway (Kennedale)
July 21 (Saturday)

The third leg of the Red River Rumble rolled into Cowtown Speedway Saturday night. The American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region vs The Oil Medics LoneStar Region ASCS Sprints Show. Twenty-four Sprints started the 25-lap A-Main. Mike Goodman, No. 11g, who came in second at Heart O’ Texas Speedway Friday night, started on the front row and a few laps into the race, Mike worked his way passed Martin Edwards, No. 45, to take the lead and go on to take the $2,000 feature win. Robert Sellers, No. 36, was second, Martin Edwards, No. 45, ended up third, J.P.Bailey, No. 45x, was fourth and George White, No. 10, was fifth.

To view a video of the ASCS Sprints feature, click below:

Troy Taylor, No. 56, won again in the USRA Modifieds feature. Chris Huceba, No. 2c, was second, Bryan Suggs, No. 99ii, was third, Matt Martin, No. 11, was fourth, Eric Tomlinson, No. 45, was fifth and Brandon McElroy, No. ps3, was sixth. Six Modifieds started the USRA feature.

To view a video of the USRA Modifieds feature, click below:

Troy Taylor, No. 56, was also the Limited Modifieds feature winner. Jacob Pirkle, No. 41, was second, Jake UpChurch, No. 24, was third, Bret Young, No. 69, was fourth and Tom Earl III, No. 46, was fifth.

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Kevin Ramey, No. 7m, who also won the Mini Sprints feature at Heart O’ Texas Speedway Friday night, was the feature winner in the 600 Mini Sprints A Class. Kyle Jones, No. 04, was second, Brian Debrick, No. 10, was third, Keith Martin, No. 85, was fourth and Jason Tyler, No. 12, was fifth.

Gary Nabors, No. 95, was the Street Stocks feature winner when David Redmon, No. 54, developed mechanical problems coming out of turn four on the last lap. Demetrius Carter, No. 44, was third, Tom Earl II, No. 47, was fourth and Luke Fritchen, No.1, was fifth.

Frank Lackey, No. 517, held off Gary Smitherman, No. 42, to take the Bomber feature. Larry Smitherman, No. 74, was third, Jared Murry, No. 01, was fourth and Trey Smitherman, No. 96, was fifth.

Johnny Boland, No. 1, was the Restrictor Mini Sprints feature winner. Trevor Goad, No. 4t, was second, Westom Gorham, No. 71m, was third, MacKenzie Ramey, No. 7m, was fourth and Colby Stubblefield, No. 2, was fifth. 

 

Louren, from San Antonio, was the winner of the 2nd Annual Bikini Contest sponsored by City Vending. 


Payton “Wild Thing” Willaims got into the act.

To view a video of the Bikini Contest, click below: 


For Cowtown Speedway action photos, check out Rudy Garcia’s racing photos at: www.rudygarciaphotos.smugmug.com

For OFFICIAL results and more information, go to: www.cowtownspeedway.com

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26th July 2012

Bankruptcy looms for many Chinese brands: CAAM

Dong Yang, the general secretary of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, has been speaking to China Daily about what he believes will be a major shake-out for the country’s vehicle manufacturing industry.

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26th July 2012

Manufacturing Troubles Remain a Drag on Recovery, Trade & Jobs


via The Seattle Times

by Jon Talton

Top of the News: The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index seems consistent with recovery, coming in at 53.6 for November; any number above 50 signifies expansion in the sector. Unfortunately, the reading sagged from 55.7 the month before, tripping up what economists had hoped would be a steady climb out of recession.

A deeper look shows that the index provides no relief for the biggest immediate problem facing Americans, unemployment. Only six of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in employment. Only 11.7 million Americans worked manufacturing as of October. That compares with 17.3 million in October 1999.

Not only do manufacturing jobs pay better than their counterparts in service industries, they tend to add real value to economic activity (as opposed to selling mortgage swindles). They are also twined with our trade issues. Even fewer manufacturing jobs are now in industries that export, a key part of our huge manufacturing trade deficit.

Unfortunately, this phenomenon was happening even before the Great Recession. A report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that manufacturing employment between 1965 and 2000 never dipped below 16.5 million. This even as manufacturing shrank as a share of the economy (take out Boeing and it would be much smaller). This changed as imports surged after China joined the WTO and other Asian factory centers upped their game. By 2004, the number was lower than any time since 1950.

“It is often claimed that declines in manufacturing employment stem entirely from productivity growth,” according to EPI economist L. Josh Bivens. “However, rapid productivity growth is the norm, not the exception, in manufacturing. What is new about the manufacturing job crisis of the last four years is the sharp downturn in the ratio of domestic production to demand.”

Indeed, American steelmakers are shrinking yet again.

The Back Story: The official unemployment rate including discouraged workers and part-timers seeking full-time work is 17.5 percent. But Shadow Government Statistics, a provocative and reliable site, argues even this underestimates the problem. Try…22 percent.

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26th July 2012

NASCAR’s Allmendinger Suspended Indefinitely After Second Drug Test

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger has been suspended indefinitely after a second urine sample from a drug test violated the league’s substance-abuse policy, NASCAR has announced. Allmendinger later vowed on Twitter that he “will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this and get back our (sic) there no matter what,” after the announcement.

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26th July 2012

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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25th July 2012

New 2014 Mazda6 Sedan Goes on Sale in 2013

Mazda unleashed the first official photos and video of the all-new ’6′ sedan, also known as Atenza in Japan. Mazda said that it will hold the world premiere of the 2014 Mazda6 with the 2.0-liter SkyActive model at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show in Russia, on August 29. The complete lineup of ’6′ vehicles will make a debut in late September at the Paris Motor Show.

The new Mazda6 is a production version of Takeri Concept with the company’s more aggressive ‘KODO’ design. The mid-size sedan is the second Mazda after the CX-5 crossover to incorporate the full range of SKYACTIV technologies which brings a lightweight modular platform and a suite of clean gasoline and diesel engines.

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