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My Special AMSOIL Project &

You may have noticed the dearth of blog posts these past few months.  I have been spending my energies on an AMSOIL marketing campaign & a second (part-time) job.  This is a good thing, that will eventually help to improve the automotive & motorsports community, as well as my family with added benefits later.

AMSOIL - The First In Synthetics

So, what is this marketing campaign?  Last year I became an Independent AMSOIL Dealer.  I made the effort to become a T-1 Certified Dealer with additional training.  This further knowledge has helped me better explain the  benefits of AMSOIL to prospects & clients.  But until this summer, my business had been slow to expand.

Recently, in cooperation with my AMSOIL upline sponsor & mentor, Mike Westwood, I am calling on Automotive Performance Shops in the San Antonio, TX area.  Although I’m months into this project, I am finding a large & viable auto enthusiast community.  This is just with talking to a small number of businesses – I’m only barely scraping the surface, so far.  I can’t wait to find out what more businesses are doing in this area of commerce that deals with automotive repair & performance modification.

AMSOIL Business Card for

Generally, all of the shop owners I’ve been granted the chance to visit are good, honest, salt of the earth, hard workers.  They are in business for the long haul & value good customer service.  Many have had some prior knowledge or past use of AMSOIL products – all stating those experiences as good.  Those that I’ve been able to discuss pricing with are pleasantly surprised at the fair & good pricing AMSOIL offers.

Move Up To AMSOIL - Visit

This is a long term project that will take it’s time to grow.  But like anything well-built, I am establishing a good foundation for future growth.

For those of you interested in the benefits of AMSOIL products, here they are:

  • you save money & get a discount at the gas pump
  • you improve your vehicle’s performance
  • you make our earth a better place for our children & our grandchildren

I’ll be happy to assist you with these and other areas that will help your wallet, the care & performance of your vehicle, & being a steward of our environment – all these by using AMSOIL products.  Go ahead – contact me at

I am also excited to announce my new, AMSOIL-branded site:

Racing Ready continues to work on other amateur motorsports projects for your reading & research pleasure.  Stay tuned & thanks for your readership & synthetic motor oil & other lubricants consideration!


If it has moving parts... it needs lubrication! - AMSOIL, the Original Synthetic Motor Oil

Texdive Motorsports Racing @ Thunderhill

Okay, I know you’ve been waiting for it.  You want to see the Runcos actually do some racing!  If you’ll have just a little patience, this video shows the 9 Allison Legacy race cars impounded after post-qualifying inspection.  Also, Texdive is showing their AMSOIL Racing colors!

(Click on the lower right YouTube logo, you’ll see the video “non-squished”.)

During the race, all I did was record digital video (& learn more how to best record these events – it’s a work in progress).  Enjoy the ongoing commentary by Cole & Lauren’s Dad, Pete Runco.  He was on the radio with his kids!  You can also hear their Mom & Kali, Special Operations Coordinator.

This race was a challenge for both Cole & Lauren.  Cole finished 2nd & Lauren 7th.  As you saw in the videos, both cars suffered some contact.  The guys will be busy in the shop this week.  Here’s some of the minor carnage.  Most of the damage is aesthetic fiberglass.  Cole’s car #19’s air box for the radiator will need to be reworked.

Cole Runco's Texdive Motorsports car #19, radiator air box damage...

Lauren’s car #56 got hit hard & the J-bar (like a Panhard rod for the rear suspension) got whacked – it pushed the suspension out a good 1/2″, at least!

Lauren Runco's Texdive Motorsports car #56, rear suspension & body damage...

Post race, not unlike after qualifying, the cars were inspected.  The Technical inspectors can verify what they see fit to review.  After this race, they had the teams top 5 cars disassemble the cars’ rear axle assembly.

Post race disassembling the Texdive Motorsports car #19

Specifically, they took off the rear wheels & disk brake hubs, the rear axle half-shafts & the driveshaft.

Detail of the post race disassembling the rear axle of the Texdive Motorsports car #19

All were weighed & measured to make sure they did not deviate from the standards.  Pete Runco, Texdive Motorsports Team Manager (Cole’s & Lauren’s Dad) said, “I like good, thorough inspection!”  He was alluding to the fact that it keeps all the teams honest & that’s a good thing!

Race tech inspector measuring the Allison Legacy car #19 axle half shafts

After the post race inspection, the members put cars & equipment away.  I was able to get a good picture of the Runco Racers of Texdive Motorsports, Cole & Lauren.

Cole & Lauren Runco of Texdive Motorsports in the Thunderhill Raceway pits

We watched some of the other events.  I though watching the Mini Stocks racing was fun.  It was intriguing to see & hear the compact, FWD cars squealing their stock tires around the track’s banking.  More on that in a future post.

Both Texdive Motorsports Allison Legacy race cars loaded in the trailer - nice!

Racing Ready will follow up with more progress of the Texdive Motorsports Race Team as developments unfold.


Texdive Motorsports Readying @ Thunderhill

Continuing from yesterday’s post, Texdive Motorsports Competes @ Thunderhill

Welcome to Thunderhill Raceway - Don't be late!

Since the first race (of the Allison Legacy cars) was not until 6pm, I wandered around the Thunderhill Raceway track grandstands and the pits.  This track is a D-shaped, asphalt paved, and has a distance of 3/8’s of a mile.  It is banked all around, about 10 degrees on the front & back straights & 23 degrees on the corners.

Thunderhill Raceway from GoogleMaps

Here’s a panorama shot taken from the point of view of turn #1.  Click to enlarge…

Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas - Overall Track Panorama

Here’s panorama shot of the occupied grandstands.  Also, click to see many fan details…

Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas - Grandstand panorama with fan details...

In case you are wondering how I met the Runcos of the Texdive Motorsport Team, they recently became an AMSOIL Dealer sponsored through me.  They are starting to use AMSOIL products.  Here’s a visual testament to that fact!

Texdive Motorsports Allison Legacy AMSOIL Racers, #56 & #19

In preparation for the Allison Legacy cars race event, the cars were lined up & the drivers prepped.  Here’s Cole getting ready to race in his car #19 with the help of his older brother PJ & another Texdive Motorsports Team member.

Prepping & strapping Cole into the Allison Legacy race car of Texdive Motorsports!

And of course, here’s Lauren being assisted & coached by Texdive Motorsports Team member Tom.  The guys coaching job is to help the drivers focus & do their best.  They are VERY supportive of the the Runcos job of racing!

Lauren getting ready to race in her Allison Legacy Texdive Motorsports race car #56, with Tom's coaching help!

The field is ready to race, following behind the Thunderhill Raceway Dodge Challenger pace car.

The Allison Legacy race cars in pace formation, awaiting the opening ceremonies...

The race coverage will follow in the next post here – stay tuned for more of Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS) with the Texdive Motorsports Allison Legacy race cars!  Racing Ready is still working out the details of getting the some of the video I took processed.
It will be interesting…


Texdive Motorsports – Regional Racing’s Finest

Texas Super Racing Series - Allison Legacys

I met the principal members & drivers of the Texdive Motorsports Racing Team just the other day!  Peter Runco, Manager of Texdive, has been grooming his kids to go as far as they can, starting with karts & Kart Runco Racing.

Since then, Cole (alias Rowdy”, car #19) & Lauren (alias “La La”, car #56) have graduated to the Legacy Allison Spec Racer car.  They are competing in the Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS)/Allison Legacy – showcasing tomorrow’s racing stars!

Cole Runco - #19 TSRS Allison Legacy - Texdive Motorsports

Lauren Runco - #56 TSRS Allison Legacy - Texdive Motorsports

They race these 3/4-sized NASCAR racing cars in the TSRS Series.  This is a cool, surprisingly fast & maneuverable car powered by a Mazda 4 cylinder truck engine.  The engine is internally stock, but obviously everything outside is not.  The secret is in tuning the chassis.  Here are the specific details from the manufacturer:

The Allison Legacy car is a three-quarter sized replica of a Sprint Cup car and is powered by a four cylinder MAZDA B-2200 truck engine that produces approximately 125 horsepower.  The cars use the standard MAZDA five-speed transmission.

The cars weigh about 1,400 pounds dry but must weigh a minimum of 1,675 pounds with driver to race.  The series is a “SPEC” series designed to minimize your racing costs and place the emphasis on the driver instead of the equipment.

“The Allison Legacy Cars are excellent equipment for the beginner to get his or her first exposure to racing,” said David Pearson, winner of 105 NASCAR Winston Cup races.  “They are well designed and professionally constructed cars that will give the drivers the same feel and experience they would get from a bigger and more powerful car.”

The Allison Brothers, sons of former NASCAR competitor Donnie Allison, are the creators of the Allison Legacy car.  Rules and National technical inspections are strictly enforced to limit alterations to the basic car. The engines are sealed and can only be rebuilt through Allison Brothers Race Cars.  The engines are resealed before shipment back to the competitor.  Almost all parts are spec and cannot be modified for competition.

And here are the detailed specifications of this well sorted out race car:

*  Body Styles – Thunderbird or Monte Carlo
* Engine – Mazda B-2200 120 HP
* Weber Carburetor
* Fire Suppression System
* Aluminum Racing Radiator and Electric Radiator Fan
* 4.8 Gallon Fuel System
* Sealed Engine with 5 Speed Transmission with Reverse Gear
* Vehicle Wheel Base – 80 Inches
* Vehicle Width: 60 Inches
* Length: 12 Feet 6 Inches
* Height: 42 Inches
* Vehicle Weight: 1425 lbs (without driver)
* Tires – Goodyear
* Wheel Size – 13” x 7” Steel Racing Wheels
* Wheel Width: 7 Inches
* Wheel Diameter: 13 Inches
* Aluminum Front Hubs
* Interchangeable and Adjustable Front End Suspension
* Quick Change Rear End
* Fully Adjustable 3 Link Lear Suspension
* Rack and Pinion Steering
* One Set of 4.86 Gears
* Four Wheel Disc Brakes
* Coil Over Shocks and Springs
* Aluminum Racing Seat and 5 Point Safety Harness
* Custom Window Safety Net
* Custom Instrument Panel – Tachometer, Oil Pressure Gauge and Water Temperature Gauge

In the picture below,  of both Texdive Motorsports Allison Legacy race cars, you can see how small they really are…!

The Runco Allison Legacy Race Cars, prepping to load them in the trailer

Peter Runco is a proud Dad who really supports his kids, who are now becoming young adults (Cole is 18 & Lauren is 17).  In order to support the demands of racing they are pursuing, both Cole & Lauren are home schooled.  You see, the Runcos aren’t doing this as a hobby.  Years ago Pete saw his kids achieve better than average, consistent finishes in shifter karts.  He decided to move this from expensive hobby to a serious business, & developed Kart Runco & setup an almost mile long track in South/Central Texas.

Pete, his racer kids & the team he has built up are seriously committed to racing success.

Texdive Shop & Lot panorama

Since the end of last year Cole has won all races he has entered in the TSRS Series.  His sister Lauren has finished usually about 3rd or 4th.  But they recently found out her car wasn’t performing to its potential.  This was due due to some broken parts, not working properly on her car.

This is the Texdive Motorsports Allison Legacy #56 - it's a bit cramped in there!

Pete also mentioned that in a recent track test at their local track, Thunderhill Raceway, Lauren set a time just .04 seconds shy of the track record.  So, watch out big brother!

Just a portion of the Texdive Motorsports shop, with the #19 Allison Legacy car

You will see more coverage of this team as they have just signed up, with me, to be an Independent AMSOIL Dealer, into AMSOIL Racing!  This will be fun & interesting!

Feel The Thunder at Thunderhill Raceway - Kyle, Texas

Racing Ready is looking forward to learning more about this Regional NASCAR feeder series.  It will be great to be involved in Texdive Motorsport’s growth & racing success.


AMSOIL Show Booth Promotional Video

As I ramp up my AMSOIL business, I have been working a monthly local gun show booth.  My good friend & helpful AMSOIL sponsor, Mike Westwood, is generously assisting me.  Mike most definitely wants me to succeed.  He has been a greatly supportive mentor, as I get established.

AMSOIL Products Display

Mike is always up to date with computer technology peripherals.  In the process, he sells off his previous technology solutions to move on the next, more capable technology.  I was able to benefit from this by receiving a Sony Webbie HD Digital Video Camera from Mike!

SONY Webbie HD MHS-CM1, in Orange

At the show I was able to learn the camera’s basic functionality & record a short video. Since we had our booth set up, I felt it appropriate that my first digital video promote our AMSOIL presence.  Mike is all about promotion & he greatly supports my blogging efforts.  Here is the video, after some basic editing in Windows Movie Maker:

To prepare myself for regular video contributions, I need to do 2 things:

  1. Purchase a SONY Memory stick (internal memory, obviously the onboard, internal memory isn’t going to cut it)
  2. Retrofit some sort of stable attachment point for the camera to mount on Karlino – should be a fun mini-project…

Car tripod mount...

Racing Ready needs to add more video content to this blog.  Having this little SONY Webbie will greatly help in this regard (it’s orange like a traffic cone).  I look forward to more of this…


AMSOIL Miata Rally Racing In The BC Snow!

Here’s some more cold weather racing information & inspiring video.  I came across this while looking up AMSOIL racing data.  This is in cold, rugged British Columbia, Canada.

IrnieRacing AMSOIL Miata - Initial curve under power

It’s the highlights of the ThunderBird Rally on February 7-8, 2009.  The driver is Marcel Irnie, the car is his IrnieRacing AMSOIL Miata.

IrnieRacing AMSOIL Miata - Powersliding through a curve

The Event:

The Thunderbird Rally is a winter driving adventure through snow and ice covered back roads in the British Columbia interior.

Following the Thunderbird route is simple, but staying out of the snow banks is not.



Racing Ready has a number of years experience driving in the snow, but not like this!  This is crazy, he’s on the knife edge of car control.

IrnieRacing AMSOIL Miata - Nicely setup for this corner at speed

Marcel Irnie does a great job, but I am not at all impressed about his driving without a helmet, practice run, or not.  DUMB!


Stubborn Transmission Fill Plug Bolt Conquered

Last weekend I was stymied by a 4-sided transmission fill bolt, that would just not budge on my 1999 Mazda Miata, Karlino.  This was part of my project to change out the driveline fluids of my car to AMSOIL product.

Miata transmission fill plug nut - line drawing vs. reality

I thought maybe it was because my lack of proper tools or not sufficient leverage.  Being on the cold concrete garage floor with the car’s floorpan a mere 16″ above me was not the most reassuring environment to work in.  In comparison, changing out the rear differential gear lube fluid & the motor oil & filter with AMSOIL products was easy.

Karlino patiently waiting in the quick lube bay...

Today I went to a privately owned quick lube place that also sells AMSOIL lubricants.  They were willing to charge me 1/2 hour of labor (& no tax) to replace the transmission oil with my provided Snythetic AMSOIL 75W-90 Gear Lube.  This was the same oil I put into my limited slip rear differential.

O'Brien's Rocket Lube, also a Proud AMSOIL Dealer!

After 5 minutes under the car, they came out saying the bolt (probably a 14mm) would not budge, at all.  They even tried with a “cheater” pipe extension on the end of the wrench, to increase their leverage.  They were still not successful.  Although I was disappointed, I did feel vindicated & felt better about my not being able to loosen it.

Under Karlino - Where's that tranmission fill nut?

So, I made an appointment with the same dealer, North Park Mazda, where I got the fuel pump replaced.  They were able to squeeze me in.  I brought things to do & read, & even did a Mazda 6 test drive.  End result, they got the plug nut off (3 techs had to confer & they decided to use a “super size” wrench), & replaced my transmission fluid.  It actually was less expensive than what the quick lube place was going to charge.
I was pleasantly surprised!  🙂

Karlino Miata, up in the air at the North Park Mazda service bay

So now my Karlino goes snick-snick when changing gears – feels good!  And all the driveline components are fully covered by the AMSOIL family of extended drain synthetic lubricants.  Next item?  TIRES…

I’d be curious… Racing Ready wants to know.  What oil/lube change challenges have you had, dear reader, that you’d be willing to share?  Thanks!