29th June 2012

Keogh steps up as Audi’s U.S. chief

Scott Keogh has already made quite a mark at Audi in the past six years. The one-time Mercedes-Benz PR man helped launch TDI diesels in the United States and raised Audi’s profile by, among other things, introducing advertising with more bite to it.

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29th June 2012

Scott Reneau $1,000 RaceSaver Sprints feature winner at Cowtown Speedway

Scott Reneau was the RaceSaver Sprints feature winner.

By Don Cook
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cowtown Speedway (Kennedale)
June 23 (Saturday)

Scott Renau, No. 1s, mentioned that it had beem sometime since he had won at Cowtown Speedway. Saturday night in the RaceSaver Sprints feature, Scott didn’t appear to have any problem in winning the $1,000 A-Main. Twenty-four Racesaver Sprints started the feature with Scott starting on the front row and quickly jumping out to the lead. There were a couple of cautions during the race, but Scott managed to out run the field with Martin Edwards, No. 45, settling for second and last weeks Sprint feature winner Jeff Day, No. 95, coming in third. Rounding out the top five were Chad Wilson, No. 20x and Chase Brewer, No. 99.

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

Nick Clinkenbeard was the USRA Modified feature winner.

“Quick” Nick Clinkenbeard, No. 66, said his arms were exhausted. He wasn’t sure if he could have gone another lap. Thankfully there wasn’t another lap and “Quick” Nick defeated a hard charging Troy Taylor, No. 56, for the USRA Modified feature win. Matt Martin, No. 11, was third, Jim Knight, No. 73, was fourth and Clyde Dunn Jr., No. 88xxx, was fifth.

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

Nick Clinkenbeard was the Limited Modifieds feature winner.

This was a big night for Nick Clinkenbeard, No. 66, along with the USRA Modified feature, he also won the Limited Modifieds feature. Troy Taylor, No. 56, had to settle for second, Bo Day, No. 4, was third, Jimmy Day, No. 23m, was fourth and Bret Young, No. 69, was fifth. 

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In the 600 A Class Mini Sprints, Jeb Sessum, No. 01j, defeated Chance McCrary, No. 13m, in a very close finish for the feature win. Keith Martin, No. 85, was third, Scott Evans, No. 118, was fourth and Chipper Wood, No. 47, was fifth. 

Larry Smitherman, No. 74, was the Bomber feature winner. Gary Smitherman, No. 42, was second and Ray Tidwell, No. 25, was third. Rounding out the top five were Justin Baker, No. 8, and Trey Smitherman, No. 96. 

David Redman, No. 54, was the Street Stocks feature winner. Jake UpChurch, No. 24, was second, David Bonham, No. 66, was third, Kerry Harrison, No. 1m, was fourth and Tommy Williams, No. 151, was fifth.

MacKenzie Ramey, No. 7m, was the Restrictor Mini Sprints feature winner. Reagan Reed, No. 7, was second, Payton Pierce, No. 51, was third, Johnny Boland, No. 1, was fourth and Tony Dowd, No. 11t, was fifth.

The kids enjoyed riding on the race cars.


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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29th June 2012

Ask An Engineer: Natural Gas For Dummies

Westport Innovations has just signed a second deal with General Motors to produce light duty natural gas engines, and it’s probably not the last time we’ll be seeing these kind of partnerships forming. Natural gas vehicles have been explored previously on TTAC, but the technology hasn’t been fully explored in-depth, aside from some well-informed comments in various articles.

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29th June 2012

Take a look inside the Tesla factory

Motor Trend has been given access to the former NUMMI plant in San Francisco’s Bay Area where Tesla will soon start building its Model S. The images make for interesting viewing.

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28th June 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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28th June 2012

2013 Ford Mustang Red Tails Edition To Cross Auction Block

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The 2013 Ford Mustang Red Tails Edition, which honors the Tuskegee Airmen, will cross the auction block here on July 26 to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program.

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