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MOVERS & SHAKERS: DOMINICK CASOLA, WILLIAM SHULL, MIKE ROWE, MOROSO MOTORSPORTS PARK TO REOPEN AND MORE

Sophomore racing talent Dominick Casola will return to action in the ARCA RE/MAX Series driving the Capital City Motorsports Dodge Charger in the Chicagoland ARCA 200 on Saturday, September 6. Casola is sponsored by Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurants headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania.

“I am excited to get back behind the wheel at Chicagoland. It is one of my favorite tracks,” said the 21-year-old professional racer. “I appreciate Greg Sarff [car owner] giving me this opportunity, and I am looking forward to carrying the Quaker Steak colors to at least a top 10 finish.”

Pep Boys appointed William Shull to senior vice president of stores. Shull, a veteran executive with more than 25 years of retail experience, will be responsible for sales and operations of 562 Pep Boys locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Shull’s experience spans several different retailers including Lowe's, The Wiz, Hollywood Entertainment and a 13-year tenure at AutoZone, where he was instrumental in building the foundation of the retail chain as a field leader.

Mike Rowe, host and producer of the Discovery Channel’s "Dirty Jobs" TV series, will give the keynote address at The Work Truck Show 2009 and 45th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention. Rowe’s presentation is set for the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting from 7:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2009. For more information about The Work Truck Show 2009, visit www.ntea.com.
 
Three local automotive and racing enthusiasts—Raymond Graziotto, Joseph G. Lubeck and J.C. Solomon II—have purchased Moroso Motorsports Park. The partnership is making a multimillion dollar investment in track and facility upgrades to the legendary Moroso Motorsports Park, previously owned and operated since 1981 by the renowned Moroso racing family.

Initial changes include all-new bathrooms and concessions, and a new track layout that will allow for simultaneous use of the new road course and dragstrip. The “All New Moroso Motorsports Park” (17047 Beeline Highway, Jupiter, Florida) will re-open in the fall 2008 and will continue to be open to the public after its grand reopening. For more information, visit www.RaceMoroso.com.

TCI announced that effective June 2, TCI TRANS HELP tech line phone personnel will be available for longer hours six days a week. The TRANS HELP line will be open Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–8 p.m. (CST), and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (CST). The schedule now matches the tech line hours of its sister company, COMP Performance Group, COMP Cams.