Sunday January 20, 2013
Mike Haught Named Director of Tech
The American Motor Racing Association (AMRA) has named longtime racing personality Mike Haught as the Director of Tech for the 2013 racing season. Other roving tech inspectors working with the organization will be veteran racing personnel Ed Venham, Rick Venham, and Jason Roberts and possibly one other notable racing figure.
“We are delighted to have this group working with the AMRA. They bring a wealth of racing knowledge to the organization and are aboard with the AMRA theme of ‘keeping costs down and keeping the playing field consistent’. They also have a strong background in racing and the ability to be fair, but firm.”
The group will be working in conjunction with weekly track inspectors. All will be equals in enforcing and interpretting the rules, however, every organization needs someone on the front lines, and Haught fills that role. The group will be there for support and supplementing an already knowledgeable base of AMRA inspectors.
Haught has been a driver, a crewman, and track official for many, many years. “He knows racing from both sides of the fence,” noted Director of Racing Operations Scott Wolfe. “He will be the go-to man as far as tech goes. Most rules are pretty clear cut and track inspectors will have the nightly call on a weekly basis. We are going to support those calls. If it’s an interpretation of a rule, the team will collaborate and Mike will make the call.”
“Our goal is not to catch anyone cheating,” noted Wolfe. “We want to catch driver’s getting it right. The additional checks and balances will hopefully restore AMRA to its premise of keeping the playing field level.”
“On any given night, the regular track inspector’s decision is final. If any of our roving staff is not at a track that night, the AMRA inspector hired by the track is final for that night. Any and all discrepancies will be resolved during the next week.”
Haught said, “I am honored to serve in this capacity with the AMRA. it is a great opportunity to serve racers at a higher level and to have a positive impact on the future of racing in our area. I am looking forward to 2013.”
All track promoters, track inspectors, and AMRA staff are invited to the tech inspector’s meeting Feb. 9 at Evans Contstruction in Mineral Wells from 9 a.m. to 11:30.
AMRA members are asked to get their 2013 license early at the ten-dollar discounted price of $65. Both rules and membership forms can be found at the AMRA website at www.amramodified.com for both late model and modified drivers. In the case that members have old forms, they can simply mail them to the new address. Memberships can be sent along with payment to AMRA, Scott Wolfe, P.O. Box 872 , Racine, Ohio 45771. Checks should be payable to AMRA.
Drivers can take advantage of the AMRA License discount on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Poske’s Performance Parts’ “Dave’s Gone Crazy Sale” in Parkersburg, WV. The sale gets cranked up on Monday the 21st and Dave’s men sell through Friday the 25th all day 9am to 6pm. The sale wraps up on Saturday the 26th from 9am to 5pm. This year on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th, representatives from several manufacturers and suppliers will be in-house. Come check out the showroom layout, with 20,000 sq. ft. under roof stuffed clear full of parts, you won’t be disappointed.
The AMRA will once again be racing on Hoosier Tires in its modified division for 2013 as HOOSIER Racing Tire once again is an AMRA partner and sponsor.
Malta Doors and Windows was the Title Sponsor of the AMRA Modifieds and Tru-Tech Customs for the Late Models in 2012. Other fine sponsors of the MALTA AMRA Modified series are Dave Poske’s Performance Parts, Octane Race Products, Wrisco Industries, Hoosier Racing Tire/Hoosier Tire Ohio Valley, Carthage Auto Parts, AERO Racing Wheels, Rocket Chassis, Lincoln Welders & Lincoln Electric, Hypercoils, Bazell Race Fuels, Alky Racing Alcohol and Sunoco Race Fuels, Impact Racing, ADP Rivets, RCI, OTR Filters, MSD Ignition, Wilwood Brakes, Kluhsman Racing Components (KRC), Evans Vinyl Signs, Winters Performance Products, Bilstein Shocks, AFCO, PST Drive Shafts, Schoenfeld, Killer Bee Race Bodies, Bell Racing Helmets, The Bumper Man, and Pike Street Lanes. Join the AMRA now!-America’s Open Wheeled Modified’s Most Competitive Series!
Drivers and Fans can seek updates on www.amramodified.com or the AMRA FaceBook page. The AMRA wishes to thank to all of the racers and promoters who have supported and participated in the past and to those continuing to support and participate in the AMRA.
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