Fluid Film to Sponsor STA-BIL Lawn and Garden Mower Racing Series 1st Race of 2012 at Florida State Fair

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Fluid Film® will Sponsor the STA-BIL Sunshine State Winter Nationals Lawn Mower Races, February 18-19 at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

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“Fluid Film ®, is a leader in corrosion prevention and lubrication, and now we’re going to be on the cutting edge of motorsports,” said Dan Williams, Technical Sales Manager for Eureka Chemical Company.

The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) has announced that Fluid Film®, http://www.fluid-film.com, Eureka Chemical Company’s lanolin-based brand of corrosion preventive and lubricants, will be the Presenting Sponsor of the STA-BIL Sunshine State Winter Nationals February 18-19, 2012 at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

The Fluid Film® product line offers powerful protection for all metals subject to corrosion and Superior Tack-free Lubrication for moving parts. From its first seagoing use in the 1940s, Fluid Film® has been proved in some of the most severe conditions; industrial, agricultural, automotive – now even on racing Lawn Mowers! Fluid Film is classified as non-toxic and non-hazardous and contains no solvents. Fluid Film® can be found nationally through Grainger, John Deere, New Holland Agriculture, AGCO Parts, and Stens.

Racers from across the country will compete as will snow birds from Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee who need an excuse to take their racing mowers out of the shop before Spring.

“Fluid Film ®, is a leader in corrosion prevention and lubrication, and now we’re going to be on the cutting edge of motorsports,” said Dan Williams, Technical Sales Manager for Eureka Chemical Company. “We’re excited about showcasing our products in a rapidly expanding segment of motorsports. We’re ready to mow!”

The STA-BIL Lawn and Garden Mower Racing Series is sanctioned by the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA), the nation’s oldest and largest lawn mower racing sanctioning body. Founded on April 1, 1992 and celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2012, the USLMRA sanctions and presents organized lawn mower racing across America including the 20-race STA-BIL Lawn and Garden Mower Racing Series and a network of 50 Local Chapters and Affiliated Clubs hosting more than 140 sanctioned races nationwide every year. STA-BIL lawn mower racers compete in ten classes at speeds up to 60 mph with all cutting blades removed. Racing mower classes include Junior Prepared (8 mph), IMOW (20 mph), Prepared (50 mph) and Factory Experimental (60 mph). A sense of humor is not required, but strongly encouraged.

Confirmed racers include:

  • Wally Bender, Maryland: 2011 USLMRA Driver of the Year and AP Class National Champion.
  • Ron Rollman, Tennessee, 2011 USLMRA Most Improved Driver of the Year.
  • Jason Brown, Maryland, 2011 SP Class National Champion.
  • Jordan Brown, Maryland, Jason’s daughter, and 2011 Top 10 National Rookie.
  • Kevin Ferguson, Maryland, Member of the DelMarVa Turf Warriors
  • Scott and Keith Beacom, Maryland, Members of the DelMarVa Turf Warriors.
  • Rodney Peeler, Tennessee, President of the East Tennessee Lawn Mower Racing Association.
  • Tommy “Gun” Flynn, Member of the East Tennessee Lawn Mower Racing Association.
  • Charles Butcher, President of the Florida Lawnracing Association.
  • Tom Knobel, President of the Space Coast Sod Slingers.
  • Glenn and Kelsey VanEpps, father-daughter racing team from Michigan.
  • “Dr. Mow”, Dr. Kenneth Holder, a family practice physician from Kentucky who travels the country racing his mower.

Also on hand will be 2011 National Lawn Mower Racing Hall of Fame honoree Dr. Art Neavill of Commerce Township, Michigan. “Dr. Art is beloved for his spirit, love of competition and eagerness to help fellow racers,” noted Bruce Kaufman, “Mr. Mow It All,” USLMRA Founder & President who is coming in from Chicago. “Just before his retirement from the Michigan public school system, Art became a lawn mower racer, touring the country with his son-in-law and wife by his side, while intermittently battling cancer. Lawn mower racers across the country have benefited from Art’s generosity. Be it a spare part, extra engine or entire lawn mower, if Dr. Art is in the pits, what’s his is yours.”

“Also of special ‘mowtivation’ will be the appearance of Rocket Man Racing, with team members from Florida, New York, North Carolina and New Jersey,” Kaufman added. “The Rocket Man Team will have six drivers on 10 racing mowers. Pat Sullivan is ‘The Rocket Man’. He started it all about 10 years ago. He is a 4-time National Champion and has built every one of the team’s 10 machines. Wyatt Sullivan is Pat’s grandson, racing at 10 years old, and finished 2nd nationally last year in his rookie year. Danny, Pat's nephew, is coming all the way from Plattsburgh, NY. Driving over 24 hours, that is ‘mowtivation!’ - Pete, Pat's son and Wyatt's dad, is a 3-time national champion, and is coming from Raleigh, North Carolina. Husband and wife racers Tina (Pat's daughter) and Mike Paccione are traveling in from New Jersey. Mike is a 2-time national champion. Pat, Pete, and Wyatt are the first and only 3-generation racing family in the USLMRA. And the team has an awesome pit crew in Joey (9), McKenna (8), Nicholas (7), and Olivia (5). What a great bunch of people!”

USLMRA Title Sponsor is STA-BIL, America's top selling fuel stabilizer that keeps fuel fresh for quick, easy starts after storage along with support from HEET Gas-Line Antifreeze, Start Your Engines! 104+ Octane Boost, No Leak, Alumaseal and GnomeFrenzy.com.

Race location is 4800 U.S. Highway 301 N, Tampa. Race time is 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00am-2:00pm on Sunday. Fair admission is $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children age 6-11, with age five and under free. The lawnmower races are a free attraction with Fair admission.

For more information visit http://www.letsmow.com or call (847) 272-2120.

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