The Chrome Horn News



   The Motorsports University will be in session January 18th thru 20th as part of the Motorsports 2008 Race Car Show presented by VP Racing Fuels. A ticket to the show offers some wonderful rewards and educational opportunities that could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. A full list of FREE seminars covering a wide range of subjects have been scheduled during the three day show that offers just about everything imaginable in motorsports including free autograph opportunities with some of the major names in the sport. The show, filling close to 300,000 square feet of the plus Atlantic City, NJ Convention Center, is set to open at 12 noon on January 18th and closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 20th.
    Ever wonder what Billy Colton, Jim Bernheisel or Scott Jeffery are thinking at race time? Find out by attending Colton’s “Dirt Modified Chassis Set-Up” seminar, Bernheisel’s “Dirt Late Model Set-Ups and Chassis Tuning” or Jeffery’s “Reading A Dirt Track/Communicating With Your Driver.” For the entry-level set, there is Sleepy Gomez’s “Engine and Chassis Tips For Low-Buck Dirt Racers.” NASCAR racer Randy LaJoie will present the “Safer Racer Tour,” covering racing safety in all divisions.
    Looking to start out in racing or climb up the ladder? Try “How To Get Your Child Started In Racing,” “A Young Driver’s Next Step Up,” or “What You Need To Know To Move Up To An Open Wheel Modified Division” presented by Matt and Tony Hirschman.
    Looking to increase exposure for your team or land a major sponsor? Try “How Do You Get Good Media Exposure?” or Ernie Saxton’s “The Basics of Race Team Sponsorship.”
    Have a passion for Vintage Car racing but don’t know where to start? Try “Race Car Restoration” hosted by Ray Shea of the Garden State Vintage Car Club.
    Small-car enthusiasts can participate in the “600 Micro-Sprint Roundtable Discussion” or the “Quarter Midgets of America Region Two Meeting.”
    Work at a speedway? There will be plenty of information at Motorsports 2008 including “Race Car Handicapping,” hosted by Lincoln (PA) and Williams Grove (PA) handicapper Bryan Householder, a “Race Announcer Forum” led by Shane Andrews, a “A Race Track Public Relations/Media Workshop” hosted by Lincoln Speedway’s Wayne Harper, and “Proper Extrication of an Injured Driver,” led by George McElvey and Rick Toretala, two noted track safety specialists.
    Aspiring photographers can get an in-depth lesson from award-winning photographer Bob Yurko in an “Amateur Auto Racing Photography Workshop,” while those established in the trade can participate in a “Professional Auto Racing Photographer Workshop.”
    A full seminar schedule with times and locations is listed below.
    Though there is no diploma offer, participation in the Motorsports University will certainly go a long way toward making attendees better at what they do in the sport.
    For complete information on Motorsports 2008, the SoBe Water “Gambler’s Classic” Indoor Races and the “Promoter’s Summit” check in at or telephone 609.888.3618.


Friday, January 18: (Show Hours 12 noon to 8 p.m.)

3:15-4:15 p.m.: (Room 201) Professional Auto Racing Photographer Workshop
- Open discussion and a sharing of knowledge between racing photographers. Topics include the latest in equipment, digital photography, changes in the sport, the internet, etc. All photographers covering the Indoor Racing at Boardwalk Hall are urged to attend to discuss shooting locations. Tips will be given to help everyone get better photos inside the building. Hosted by photographers Bob Yurko and Dave Dalesandro.
3:30-4:30 p.m.: (Room 202) “Reading A Dirt Track/Communicating With Your Driver” - Presented by Scott Jeffrey (Chief Mechanic of Gypsum Express Racing driven by Billy Decker)
4:30-5:30 p.m.: (Room 201) “Race Car Restoration: How Do I Get Started?” – The do’s and the don’ts. Racing or just show? Where to find hard parts? Preserving the car’s history. Hosted by Ray Shea of The Garden State Vintage Car Club.
4:45-5:45 p.m.: (Room 202) Sleepy Gomez’s “Engine and Chassis Tips for Low-Buck Dirt Racers.”

Saturday, January 19: (Show Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

9:15-10:15 a.m.: (Room 305) “Race Car Handicapping”
- Point handicapping, blind draws, time trials, group time trials, passing points . . . What’s best for the racers? What’s best for the fans? Got a better idea, bring it and let’s discuss it. Hosted by Bryan Householder, the Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway handicapper.
10:30-11:30 a.m.: (Room 201) Sleepy Gomez’s “Engine and Set-Up Tips for Low-Buck Asphalt Racers.”
10:30-11:30 a.m.: (Room 305) “Proper Extrication of an Injured Driver From a Crashed Race Car” - presented by George McKelvey and Rick Toratela, two noted race track safety specialists. This seminar is a must for all track crew members, flagmen, officials and promoters. Racers and crew members could also benefit from this presentation.
10:45-11:45 a.m.: (Room 202) “Tuning Your Car With Shocks” – Bob DeBois of Shadow Race Products.
12:00-1:00 p. m.: (Room 201) “Safer Racer Tour” - presented by Randy LaJoie of LaJoie Seating. He will cover racing safety in all divisions.
12:00-1:00 p.m.: (Room 305) “Race Announcer Forum” - A must for all track and organization announcers and racing radio show hosts. Shane Andrews will moderate this open forum. Topics include: General information to fans explaining facility, events and cars; making heroes and villains; nicknames, fun and games; when silence is golden; handling a bad situation; the use of music or theme songs; proper use of race and car sponsors and much more.
12:15-1:00 p.m.: (Room 202) “Amateur Auto Racing Photographer Seminar” – Get tips on getting better race track photographs. One lucky attendee will get a chance to take photos at the Ms. Motorsports competition at 4 PM up front with the professionals. Hosted by award winning photographer Bob Yurko.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: (Room 201) “Dirt Modified Chassis Set-Up”
- Billy Colton of Troyer Engineering.
1:30-3:00 p.m.: (Room 305) 600cc Micro Sprint roundtable discussion
, presented by, on the current state of this class and an outline of the new proposed rules.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: (Room 202) “What You Need to Know to Move Up to an Open Wheel Modified Division”
- Presented by winning Asphalt Modified Drivers Tony and Matt Hirschman of Hirschman’s Speed Shop. What you need to know to move up to a full blown or limited open wheel modified division. From a NASCAR type modified to an IMCA/UMP Modified and everything in between.
2:00-4:00 p.m.: (Room 312) Quarter Midgets of America Region Two Meeting.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: (Room 201) “Dirt Late Model Set-Ups and Chassis Tuning”
-- presented by Jim Bernheisel of Bernheisel Race Components/Lazer Chassis.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: (Room 202) “How Do You Get Good Media Exposure?” - Our experienced panel can give you the inside information regarding talking with the press and getting them good materials, the use of emails and thank you notes, when ³no comment” isn’t a bad idea, proper handling of a bad situation. If you’re looking to get your driver, race team, sponsors, race track or sanctioning body some publicity, this is a must event!
3:45-4:45 p.m.: (Room 202) “Race Track Public Relations/Media Workshop” -- Open discussion between racing writers and track/series Press Directors as to professionalism, credential usage, event coverage. Hosted by Lincoln Speedway press director Wayne Harper.
3:45-4:45 p.m.: (Room 201) “Street Stock/4-cyl. Stock Car Chassis Set-Up & Tires” - Presented by Roy Anderson of Anderson Race Cars.

Sunday, January 20: (Show Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

10:00 a.m.: (Room 201) Chapel Service - Rev. Dan Petfield & Rev. Don Rivers of Racing with Jesus Ministries.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: (Room 202) Sleepy Gomez’s “All About Low-Buck Racing” - Street, Hobby, Pure and Factory Stocks.
12:15-1:15 p.m.: (Room 201) “How to Get Your Child Started in Racing” - From a test drive, to novice school to purchasing a race car. Jill Forrester, multi-term president of Garden State (Wall, N.J.) Quarter-Midget Club.
12:30-1:30 pm.: (Room 202) “The Basics of Race Team Sponsorship” - presented by Ernie Saxton.
1:30-2:30 p.m.: (Room 201) “A Young Driver’s Next Step Up: Making the Transition from Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts into Larger Race Cars” – Jill Forrester, Director of Wall Township Speedway’s Teenager Racing Series.
1:45-2:45 p.m.: (Room 202) “Legal Issues in Racing, and with the Racing Business” - Chaired by Meri Van Blarcom-Gupko and Eugene Huang of Wiley, Malehorn and Sirota Attorneys; and “Tax Advice for Racers” -- Chaired by George Grasic and Ann Donley, CPA. Those speakers will answer your questions relating to racing, as well as legal and tax situations your team, racing-related business or track may encounter.


Source:  Ernie Saxton/Ernie Saxton Communications PR
Posted:  December 30, 2007

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