Blud Lubricants will give product awards to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car track and series champions and the national champion in the division a driver support sponsorship package. “We are really excited about this new partnership with Blud Lubricants and targeting our IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division is intentional as well,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “Our Sprint Car racers are a dynamic and loyal group and we’ve already had conversations about how we can grow this program and make an even greater impact in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car community nationwide.” “That’s another way we can help. It’s cool for drivers just starting out as well as established racers,” Green said. “We feel there is no product out there that can compete with ours. We are totally confident in what we’ve been producing since 1983.” Every Blud lubricant sold comes in a signature red color, a stroke of marketing genius Green credited to his son Trevor. “We can add value and growth with this program. It’s a real opportunity for us to help drivers, tracks and series,” Green noted. “We want this to be win-win, and if that happens it’s good for all of us.” SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A true racing company has expanded its niche to include IMCA. “We have a long history in racing and really pride ourselves in the technology we use,” said Jeff Green, owner and CEO of the Scottsdale, Ariz., company. “This oil is tested by some of the best racers out there. We’ve been doing this a long time and have a fantastic product and support program for drivers who are serious about racing.” “It’s fun to do marketing-wise and you can tell if the oil needs to be replaced,” he said. “We wanted to come up with a product that was better than anything else first, then worry about making money.” Sprint Car track and series champions receive a case of Pro Series racing engine oil, as does the IMCA RaceSaver Nationals champion. “I encourage IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers to try the product and fill out the online sponsorship application,” he continued. “Every little bit helps and this can be a great relationship to establish for drivers.” IMCA Modified racer Ricky Thornton Jr., along with notable Sprint Car racers Shane Stewart, Brent Marks, Paul McMahan, David Gravel and Sammy Swindell race with Blud technology manufactured by a related company. Blud products can be purchased online at www.bludlubricants.com; that’s the same site where drivers can fill out a sponsorship application. “Blud Lubricants is a true racing company. That’s our niche,” added Green, a life-long fan of the sport. “IMCA is the first dirt track sanctioning body we’ve worked with. We picked them on purpose. We’re getting in on the ground level with Sprint Cars and hope to expand to other divisions.”
USC announced Wednesday that members of the school’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will represent the United States in the 27th World University Games in Kazan, Russia, from July 6-17.For country · USC junior Ray Sarmiento of the men’s tennis team will lead a coalition of members from both the men’s and women’s tennis teams as they compete for America at the World University Games. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan USC men’s tennis head coach Peter Smith, men’s assistant coach Krzysztof Kwinta and women’s associate coach West Nott will helm the national team, which is composed entirely of USC players.The USC men’s and women’s tennis teams are two of the best collegiate tennis teams in the nation. The men’s side is the four-time defending NCAA champion and is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Women of Troy are also a highly regarded tennis program, currently ranked No. 5 in the nation by the ITA.The men’s side will send junior co-captains Ray Sarmiento and Michael Grant, as well as sophomores Eric Johnson and Jonny Wang. Each member of the men’s side is ranked by the ITA, with Sarmiento ranked No. 14 in the nation, Johnson ranked No. 65, Wang ranked No. 96 and Grant ranked No. 101.Sarmiento, who was also recently named Pac-12 player of the week for his efforts in a sweep of Washington and Oregon on the weekend, was initially planning to participate in professional events this summer but put those plans on hold for the World University Games.“When coach asked me about playing in Russia, I could not turn down competing in Russia and representing USC and my country,” Sarmiento said. “It will be awesome.”For other players, going to Russia is a chance to broaden horizons on a personal level.“It’s a real privilege to represent both USC and the United States,” Wang said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the wide variety of different people and cultures in Kazan.”The women’s side will send junior Kaitlyn Christian, sophomores Sabrina Santamaria and Gabriella DeSimone, and freshman Ellie Yates. Santamaria is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the ITA women’s singles rankings, while teammate DeSimone is ranked No. 75.Both the men’s and women’s teams wrap up their regular seasons against crosstown rival UCLA. The women play today at Marks Stadium, while the men play on Friday in Westwood, Calif.Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Pac-12 men’s and women’s championship tournament will take place in Ojai, Calif. The men’s Pac-12 championship will begin on April 23, with the women’s championship starting on April 25.Following the conference tournaments, the NCAA team championships will be held in Urbana, Ill. The men’s tournament is slated to begin May 16, and the Trojans will be gunning for their fifth consecutive national championship. The women’s team championships will start on May 17. Both the men’s and women’s NCAA individual championships will begin on May 22.The World University Games (termed “Universiades,” a portmanteau of the words “university” and “Olympiad”) have existed in various forms since 1923, when the inaugural international collegiate event was held in Paris, France.The United States leads in gold medals and total medals at the event, with 443 and 1155, respectively. In the 2011 Universiades, South Korea took home the gold medal, while USA was not among competitors in the tournament field.
Ashley Cole in action during David Beckham’s recent charity match at Old Trafford Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has confirmed reports that the club are hoping to sign former England international Ashley Cole in the January transfer window.The ex-Chelsea and Arsenal defender is in the final year of his contract at Roma but is out of favour at the Italian club having not featured so far this season.Meanwhile, Garde is desperate to add experience to his squad as he prepares to quip his side for their inevitable fight for Premier League surreal, and the boss believes the 34-year-old will be the perfect addition.Villa are also in need of a left-back after Jordan Amavi suffered a season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury last month.“I will speak soon with the club. I am already working on the January window” said Garde ahead of Sunday’s home against his former club Arsenal.“We know what we want to do. I feel we will need to improve the team to get more chances [of staying up].“Experience is something we need. Ashley is someone who has experience but he didn’t play for a while now.“Every good player is interesting for me and he is a good player.“We are going to try to improve the team in the transfer window but that is all I am going to say today. We have other games to try to win and I am only focused on that.” 1