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posted April 13, 2001 06:57 PM
Russell Racing Components is new sponsor for I.M.C.A. specials
THEDFORD, Neb. (April 13) - The builder of the Big Dog chassis is a new special events sponsor for I.M.C.A.
Russell Racing Components, Inc., of Thedford, Neb., is owned by veteran racer Garold Russell, and will award $75 product certificates at each National Modified Series event this season.
"We've had a fair amount of success at an early stage," Russell said. "We're not all over the country, but where our cars are running at, they've become quite popular in a hurry."
Founded in 1999, RRCI has three full-time and two part-time employees. The company also sells race car parts.
"I had built myself a couple cars at different times and was always pleased with 'em," said Russell, who toyed around for a while with the idea of starting the business. "We decided to go for it, so we went out and bought the equipment we needed to build a quality car and duplicate it each time."
Russell's 25-year racing career includes eight seasons in a sanctioned Modified. He believes the new sponsorship pro-gram with I.M.C.A. is a good way to promote the Big Dog chassis with drivers.
"This opens some avenues for us, and it's a way we can get some additional recognition," he said.
"Big Dog is a relatively new name in I.M.C.A. Modified chassis, but what a better place to debut than by awarding certificates at our new National Modified Series," I.M.C.A. Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. "RRCI will be a nice addition to our contingency program."
New Jackson Speedway promoter balancing taxes, track
JACKSON, Minn. (April 13) - Jon McCorkell doesn't do lunch these days.
April is one of the busiest times of the year for accountants and race track promoters and McCor-kell is both. He's the new promoter at Jackson, Minn., Speedway, a part-time job he's balancing with his very full-time occupation preparing tax returns as a CPA in Estherville, Iowa.
"The next week or so is going to be pretty tough. I have to prioritize everything," said McCorkell, whose season opener is tentatively scheduled for April 28 "I've only had the track for about a month and right now I'm working about 80 hours a week at my regular job. Once tax season is over I can back off and devote more time to the track."
"I'm taking about an hour and a half at lunch, from 5-7 p.m. and whenever I possibly can to work on track stuff," he added.
I.M.C.A. sanctions the Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock divisions at Jackson. McCorkell worked at Jackson the past four years for former promoter Dennis Houseman, so he's already well acquainted with those divisions and the fa-cility itself.
No major changes are planned for the regular Saturday night program on the half-mile dirt track, though drivers in all three sanctioned divisions who win feature races or make the top 10 in points qualify for a new Big Bud Shootout.
Most of last season's staff will be back and Dean Wieskus returns to head up track preparation.
"He had done the track work at Jackson for many years and came highly recommended. I feel fortunate to have been able to hire him to take care of the track," said McCorkell, who will concen-trate more on the business side of promoting.
McCorkell had accompanied his father Jack, a regular on the Sprint Car circuit, to many area tracks as a youngster. After graduating from Southwest State University in Marshall, he was trying to decide between becoming a driver him-self or working at a track.
He talked to Houseman about those options before taking the weekend job at Jackson, then took over as promoter when that opportunity came up.