Heading into this years contest, only two racers in history have won the Eagle River World Championships three times in their careers. Team AMSOIL oval ice racer has been knocking on the door to the exclusive club the past three years. It was five years ago that P.J. Wanderscheid won his first of two consecutive World Championships. This year, he was looking to make it into the history books by becoming the youngest 3-time World Champion.
The Wanderscheid team would get a good start on the weekend of racing during last Thursday’s 600 Open class qualifying heats. The early rounds were also a good place to continue testing their new Arctic Cat 600, which is only three races old. Wanderscheid was able to hold on around the wet track for a sixth place finish for the tracks Friday Night Thunder performance. In that Formula 1 Shootout, Wanderscheid was able to get into second off the start behind Terry Wahl, Wanderscheid was able to hold onto second place until the final corner when Dustin Wahl overtook the #28 sled of Wanderscheid with an aggressive inside move.
Saturday meant qualifying for the Champ 440 Open race on Sunday. Wanderscheid won his first round qualifier and grabbed two; second place finishes, putting him in the top 10 row for Sunday’s World Championship.
At the start of the final, Wanderscheid got a good hole shot and was heading through the first two turns in the mix with the rest of the race leaders. Contact was made in the second corner with Jeff Moyle, who was sent into the bales that guard the tracks walls. The red flag came out, meaning everyone was able to restart the race. On the restart, Wanderscheid got in behind Terry Wahl, and was battling with Mark Mondus for second place. Wanderscheid ran a high line for about half of the race and continue to battle with Mondus for second. After a few laps, Wanderscheid found his groove on the inside and began picking up time on race leader Wahl, who had built up a full-straight-away lead over Wanderscheid. On lap 22 of the 25-lap race, Wanderscheid was right behind Wahl. He made a hard charge down to his inside line and was able to pull ahead with two laps to go, moving out to a three-sled length lead when the checkered flag dropped.
“People questioned our decision when we went to a Wanderscheid Chassis
and Speedwerx motor and this just redefines us as one of the top oval race
teams,” said Wanderscheid. “To be put in a class with Dave Wahl and Jacques
Villeneuve has been the teams goal since that tough loss in 2004 and not
being able to qualify last year because of an electrical issue, makes this
win even better. We were more determined than ever to have a good run at
the 2006 Championship.
ExxonMobil Follows AMSOIL into Extended Drain Market
According to AMSOIL Vice President Alan Amatuzio, the introduction of ExxonMobil extended drain oil is long overdue. "While AMSOIL INC. has certainly proven that extended drain intervals provide valuable benefits," said Amatuzio, "the fact that ExxonMobil is finally saying the same thing brings the message to even more people. ExxonMobil's move is significant in that more consumers will now recognize AMSOIL as the pioneer in extended drain oils and will benefit from the advanced technology we introduced 33 years ago."
Motor oil technology has gradually progressed since the days of the earliest automobiles. In those days, standard motor oil drain intervals were between 500 and 1000 miles, and motorists had to switch viscosity grades with the changing of the seasons. The development of oil filtration and additive technology in the 1930s allowed drain intervals to increase to 2000 and later 3000 miles, while the development of viscosity modifiers in the 1940s allowed the formulation of multi-grade oils that could be used in both hot and cold temperatures.
AMSOIL has always formulated its products to be the absolute best, continually researching ways to make its already outstanding products even better. Other oil companies, however, are beholden to shareholders, and one could speculate that their incentive is to maximize profit. They formulate oils down to a price, rather than formulating them to be the best they can be. Then, they price their products to maximize profits. In addition, AMSOIL has 33 years of experience blending premium extended drain synthetic oils. That’s 33 years worth of proven performance in the field.
A close look at ExxonMobil’s new long drain motor oil line reveals that two are petroleum based, one is a synthetic blend and only one, Mobil 1 Extended Performance, is a full synthetic. The petroleum based products are recommended for 5000 mile drains, the synthetic blend for 7500 mile drains and Extended Performance for 15,000 mile drains. However, a look at the fine print reveals that ExxonMobil is still recommending drivers follow the oil drain recommendations listed in their owners manuals during the warranty period. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are recommended for 25,000 mile or one year drain intervals in both new and older vehicles. The AMSOIL warranty stands behind this recommendation.