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Rip Michels & Hot Rod Hobbies Join Forces

   Rip Michels Racing and Hot Rod Hobbies/Jimmy Babcock Racing League (JBRL) partner for the May 16, 2009 SLM race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Hot Rod Hobbies /JBRL are owned by Jimmy Babcock. Jimmy is a long time friend of Rip & Laurie Michels. Jimmy served as Rip’s crew chief and tire specialist on the Grand American Modified championship team in 2000 at Irwindale. “I can’t thank Jimmy enough for his support of our race team. We were about done, and this will get us to a few more races.
   Michels powers into race number 7 of 21 this coming weekend at Toyota Speedway. Michels, the all time win leader with 57 career victories, looks to add one more victory to an already stellar career. The eight time champion, including ‘02, ‘03, and ‘07 in the SLM division at Toyota Speedway, has had a tough time finding victory lane this year. “It amazes me how quick things change in racing, since they moved the victory lane location; we just can’t find it… ” commented Rip. “In fact, we had a team meeting, and thought we needed to add a GPS system to the car to help us find it, but thought better of it. We simply could not add any more weight to the car; we need to keep off all the extra weight just to keep up with Nick Joanides horsepower.”
   Michels comes into Saturday night’s race 2nd in points, 32 points back from Nick Jonaides. “Everyone has stepped up their racing programs since we competed full time in 2007, and we’re just a little behind. We made some big gains in the set-up, but just haven’t put it all together for an entire race,” says Crew Chief, Roger Theabold.
   “Having managed Rip’s team since 2002, this year has been difficult for all of us,” says Team Manager, Michael Medlin. “Every year we had a racing budget, a schedule, and a goal of winning races. Now, we are on a race to race basis, and it’s a challenge to get on top of your game without sponsorship & testing. We are really thankful for all of the sponsors who have helped us out this year. At least for now, we can race, which is better than the alternative.”

Sponsor’s Corner:

   Hot Rod Hobbies is located at 25845 Railroad Ave. #21 Santa Clarita, CA 91350. They are Southern California's leader in remote controlled cars and trucks. They have two acres of race tracks to play on!!! From the beginner hobbyist, to the season veteran, Hot Rod Hobbies is your one stop hobby shop. We carry all the industry’s leading brands, as well as provide the best service around! Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with your r/c car or repair it, if need be. We provide fast, friendly service that is truly top notch. Hot Rod Hobbies has been in the same location for 20 years and we are still going strong! With 2 big r/c tracks to choose from and a well stocked hobby shop....why would you go anywhere else for your entire r/c car needs? Come visit us anytime or check us out on the web at www.hotrodhobbies.com and we will be more than happy to show you a great time!!!

The Crew:

   The team would like to welcome back Chris Lazalde from his vacation. Chris is the tire specialist for RMR, Inc.

The Rivalry:

   “Well thanks to a radio interview, Nick Joanides was nice enough to bring me his shock and spring package from his car. I knew that his car was really in the track, and now I know why, Bandoleros Shocks in the front. I know he calls me the king, but I felt like he has kicked me off my throne. It’s very thoughtful of Nick to keep my throne warm for me, but Saturday night I’m busting the door in to take my royal spot back.” said Rip.

The Car:

   “J-lo, has been a handful, and some what temperamental. I guess the name fits… A little diva! We tried subtle changes, to everything but the throwing in the kitchen sink, she has run well at times, and then she has been a beast to handle. We have tried so many things, I think she is confused as to what set up is under her. We have had the speed, just not for an entire race,” commented Shop Foreman, Boyd “Chip” Brown Jr.

This week changes:

1. Bandolero shocks & springs
2. New bump stops
3. New a-arm
4. Change rear end location
5. New roll center location
6. Kitchen sink… swimming pool…GPS….

The Sponsors:

   Life time and honorary member, Stock Building Supply, Victory Circle, Ron’s Rear Ends, Total Power Batteries, Orme Brothers, BCSportsimages, Apache Studio Rentals, D & D construction specialties Merengue Bakery & Café, and Hot Rod Hobbies.

   For more information on Rip Michels and sponsorship opportunities, please visit Rip Michels Racing Inc, at www.ripmichels.com or ripmichelsracing@myspace. Also check out our new Facebook page.

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