SealMaster NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel partners Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd now hold the distinction of running the closest race in NHRA history. With yesterday’s win, Doug Kalitta holds the No. 1 position in NHRA Mello Yello Series points and J.R. Todd stands at No. 5. It’s great to be a part of the excitement surrounding the closest contest NHRA has ever seen! Please join us in extending congratulations to the entire Kalitta Motorsports family. Read the Fox Sports story Watch the race
SANDUSKY, Ohio (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Associa, the worldwide leader in community association management has officially partnered with SealMaster to offer property managers and homeowners within the Associa network the best sourcing solution for pavement maintenance products and equipment. SealMaster is an official partner with firm’s Associa Advantage program, which fosters excellence in community association management.
“SealMaster’s excellent reputation and international marketplace make them a perfect partner for Associa and its communities around the globe,” says Associa Advantage President Jennifer Shannon. “Homeowner and condo associations are always looking for cost-effective ways to keep the neighborhood looking good and now our managed communities can save money on premier pavement solutions.”
“All of us with SealMaster are excited to build relationships with the people who work for and live in Associa properties. We share high standards and we’re committed to pro-active pavement preservation, which not only extends the service life of paved assets, but dramatically impacts curb appeal and first impressions,” says SealMaster National Account Representative Ryan Strzalka. “We will work with Associa communities to put plans into place that can more than double the service life of paved assets, including tennis and pickleball courts and other sport surfaces.”
CHARLOTTE, NC. (April 7, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports and J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, are pleased to welcome NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and ThorSport Racing drivers Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes to the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The drivers will join Todd in participating in the SealMaster Track Walk prior to the beginning of the NHRA race action.
ThorSport Racing and SealMaster, the most trusted name in pavement maintenance for more than 40 years, are part of the ThorWorks Family of Brands. SealMaster is in first season as the primary sponsor of Todd’s Top Fuel dragster and is an associate partner on the remainder of the Team Kalitta NHRA entries driven by Las Vegas winner Alexis DeJoria, Doug Kalitta and Del Worsham.
“It is always interesting to have drivers from other motorsports to the track and get to show them what we do,” said Todd. “I am excited to have my NASCAR teammates to the drag strip and let them experience some of the NHRA racing action.” Todd debuted the new look SealMaster ride to a semi-final finish in Pomona and returned to the semi-finals this past weekend in Las Vegas. He currently ranks sixth in the point standings.
Abreu is the two-time, and defending Chili Bowl Nationals Champion and is in his rookie season in the NCWTS with ThorSport Racing. Crafton, the only driver to win back-to-back championship titles in the NCWTS, is coming off a career-best 2015 season with six race wins. Hayley is in his sophomore season with ThorSport Racing and is the only full-time Canadian driver in the NCWTS. Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, started his NCWTS rookie season off with back-to-back top-10 finishes at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, and Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.
“Personally inviting drivers from our sister company, ThorSport Racing, to the 4-Wides is just one more example of the great job J.R. and Kalitta Motorsports do to serve partners and introduce fans of other teams and sports to the world of NHRA drag racing,” says SealMaster Communications Director Debbie Hufford.
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SealMaster and Kalitta Motorsports are pleased to announce SealMaster will become the primary sponsor of the Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd for the entire 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series.
“After having top-notch experiences with Kalitta Motorsports, the NHRA and their fans for the past two years, we decided to take our partnership to a more prominent level in 2016,” says Rick Simon, director of franchise operations. “J.R. Todd is a great driver and stand-up guy. He represented us in a SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster in Norwalk and Denver last year and the exposure our brand received for both events was quite eye-opening,” he adds. “Our involvement with Kalitta Motorsports and the NHRA gives us a great national platform to share who we are and what we do: We’re the one-stop source for pavement maintenance supplies and equipment,” Simon adds.
SealMaster will also have a role in the remainder of Team Kalitta’s entries as it returns to sponsor Doug Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster for the third season, while adding 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Champion Del Worsham’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Alexis DeJoria’s Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car to their sponsorship portfolio.
“First, I cannot thank SealMaster and all of their franchisees for stepping up in a big way and sponsoring the entire season on my car,” said Todd. “Over the past two years, having SealMaster as an associate partner, I’ve met a lot of their franchise owners and customers and I could not be more thrilled to be the driver to represent them in NHRA action. This announcement makes me even more excited for the new season. I know we are going to take the SealMaster machine to the winner’s circle many times next year.”
“SealMaster has the same values as Team Kalitta,” said Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “The growth of this program has been amazing, and we are excited to welcome even more SealMaster franchisees to the race track each week.”
SealMaster will also continue its partnership with the NHRA sponsoring the SealMaster Track Walk every race weekend. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Team Kalitta personalities all season as they walk the surface drivers will race on just hours before the race action. In addition, SealMaster’s popular display dragster, the SealMonster, will also make several appearances on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Season.Those attending the National Pavement Expo later this month will have the opportunity to meet J.R. Todd between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on January 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center at SealMaster Booth #339. Additionally, the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster will be on display in the exhibit hall.
Those attending the National Pavement Expo later this month will have the opportunity to meet J.R. Todd between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on January 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center at SealMaster Booth #339. Additionally, the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster will be on display in the exhibit hall.
SealMaster franchisees manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Franchisees serve contractors, public and private road maintenance departments, property managers and others charged with pavement maintenance and preservation. The company’s products and equipment are sold in every state where the NHRA Mello Yello Series races.
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SealMaster is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 loca-tions in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed distributors in Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, Sweden and the United Kingdom; and distribution in more than 50 countries. Through its franchise system, SealMaster distributes a full line of pavement maintenance products, tools and equipment for asphalt, concrete and sport surfacing
About Kalitta Motorsports:
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motor-sports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world champion-ships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.
It’s Time to Winterize
SealMaster sealer application equipment and bulk storage tanks should be winterized each autumn before they go into hibernation. Take time to clean and prep them so they’ll be ready to put into service in the spring. Proper care and maintenance go a long way toward ensuring optimum performance and service life.
MAD Creative Concepts puts the finishing touches on the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster, which will make its debut this weekend at the Summit Motorsports Nationals, with J.R. Todd behind the wheel.
SealMaster will expand its role to the primary level on J.R. Todd’s Top Fuel dragster at upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in Norwalk and Denver. SealMaster has been a valued Kalitta Motorsports partner since 2014, but this is SealMaster’s first primary sponsorship at the Pro level of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Based less than an hour from Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Sandusky, Ohio, the franchisor distributes SealMaster pavement maintenance products and equipment through franchises coast to coast. The company’s products and equipment are sold in every state where the NHRA Mello Yello Series races, and SealMaster franchisees and customers have enjoyed Kalitta Motorsports’ hospitality and winning tradition for two seasons.
“SealMaster’s relationship with Kalitta Motorsports and the NHRA has flourished over two seasons,” said Debbie Hufford, spokesperson for SealMaster. “We’re excited to expand this program to the primary level of J.R. Todd’s Top Fuel dragster to further spread the word to NHRA fans about SealMaster’s top-quality pavement maintenance products and equipment. We want to let international fans know, too, that we have a global distribution system and our products are available worldwide.”
The black scheme makes its debut at the home race for the SealMaster brand before taking on the altitude in Denver, where Todd walked away with the victory last season. The Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals has been a great place for Todd throughout his NHRA career. He earned his first victory in Denver in 2006, which was part of his historic run to the Auto Club Road to the Future Award.
“SealMaster has chosen two great races, and I am excited to represent all the outstanding SealMaster franchisees,” said Todd, who earned his 100th round-win last weekend in Bristol. “SealMaster really takes their NHRA partnership seriously, and I am honored to be able to educate the awesome NHRA fans about pavement maintenance. SealMaster is the best at what they do, and we are confident we can take the SealMaster tradition and be the best in Norwalk and Denver.”
Fans will have the opportunity to meet Todd as he walks with fans prior to the race action during the SealMaster NHRA Track Walk. SealMaster, an NHRA partner, backs the Track Walk at all 24 NHRA Mello Yello events. Fans can also meet Todd, along with teammate Doug Kalitta, at the SealMaster display in Norwalk as the SealMonster display dragster makes its return to the NHRA Nitro Alley.
“It is always great when a sponsor continuously wants to grow their program,” said Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “SealMaster has been such a solid part of the Kalitta Motorsports family, and we could not be more excited that they have decided to grow to the primary level.”
Durability, efficiency and ease of use make SealMaster’s all-diesel powered CrackPro Heated Hose Melter/Applicators a favorite among road crews and other pavement maintenance professionals—and a winning product among trade authorities overall.
Feedback from asphalt construction equipment owners and end users, and factors “including longevity and consistency in the market, dependability, productivity and innovation” garnered the CrackPro an Asphalt Contractor 2014 Top 30 Editor’s Choice Award. “To gauge the audience’s preferences, we also factored in how much interest these products received on the Buyers Guide at ForConstructionPros.com/Asphalt,” states correspondence from Publisher Amy Schwandt and Editor Lisa Cleaver.
Available with multiple tank capacities, the line of CrackPro Melter/Applicators comes with the option of a 100 CFM air compressor—the industry’s largest—to thoroughly clean cracks quickly and efficiently. The CrackPro also leads the industry with the longest air hose (100 feet) on a heated hose melter/applicator.
“I’ve been in business 15 years and I’ve used probably every crack filling machine out there,” says Bob Roth, who with partner Justin Bishop owns Asphalt Solutions in Youngstown, Ohio. “The simplicity is refreshing,” Roth adds. “The CrackPro is so easy to use and it’s so easy to get to everything. We can get in and get out, do a top-quality job, and that keeps our customers coming back and referring us to others.” The pavement maintenance and construction firm serves commercial property owners and managers throughout the eastern United States.
Unparalleled heating and recovery time
Last year SealMaster increased the size of the CrackPro heating unit by 30 percent, delivering the industry’s fastest heating and recovery time of all machines in its class. The CrackPro’s oil-jacketed melter/applicators render ready-to-apply material in one hour, and the heated hose eliminates the need to flush for cleanup. “By the time we’re done cleaning cracks, our material is ready to go,” says Roth.
With both the burner and engine powered by diesel fuel, the CrackPro Heated Hose machine is designed for maximum safety, efficiency and performance. It’s also fabricated with heavy gauge steel and heavy duty components to withstand the rigors of everyday use in the field, providing for years of reliable performance.
Safety and efficiency
With the lowest profile of machines of its type, the CrackPro Melter/Applicator gives the operator a full view over and around the equipment to readily identify any road or parking lot hazards. Additionally, an automatic horn trigger on the applicator wand lets the operator easily signal the driver for next moves and warnings. The CrackPro’s lightweight hose and wand also features full 360-degree swivel to reduce operator fatigue.
All CrackPro Heated Hose machines feature 1.5-inch, high-temperature ceramic insulation enclosed by a 16-gauage steel outer body; an anti-splash material loading hatch for safer material loading; electro-hydraulic manifold with flow control for pump and mixer speeds; diesel-fired Beckett burners electronically controlled with auto shutoff; electronic thermostat; direct-drive forward and reverse sweep agitation; and a digital control center with protective cover and breakers, including an AC gauge to monitor electric hose heat. Liquid cooled 14.5 and 21.5 HP are standard, while DA models (with air compressor) feature a 33.5 HP Kubota engine.
Photo caption: Bob Roth (left) and Justin Bishop of Asphalt Solutions, based in Ohio, say SealMaster’s CrackPro DA is the most efficient crack filling machine they’ve used in their 15 years of business. The equipment is engineered for easy operation and top-quality results. Its features also improve job site safety and maximize efficiency.
Not many adults start their careers in childhood, but that’s when Doug “Buzz” Johns started building cars. “I was out in the garage as soon as I could walk,” he says. “My dad taught me to build chassis.” Johns’ father also passed along a love of fast cars. The elder Johns raced stock cars and super modifieds locally in Ohio, and Buzz followed suit, building and racing dragsters during the 1980s.
Professionally, Buzz has built chassis for NASCAR teams and all classes of National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel competition. In some cases, he’s built entire cars. Today he works for SealMaster sister company ThorSport Racing, where he was approached by SealMaster’s brand team and asked to build a slingshot dragster as a tribute to sealcoating contractors. “I liked the idea because it was something different and I could be creative,” Buzz says.
After sketching the dragster on paper and building a cardboard model, he set about the business of building the SealMaster SealMonster, “the fastest sealcoating machine on the planet.” Buzz was passionate about building a fitting tribute that would capture midway attention at NHRA Mello Yello races, trade shows and other such tour stops. After buying a slingshot dragster frame, he cut 5 feet off the front end to scale it down for ease of transport and display. Then he tricked it out SealMaster style. He contained the 392 blown/injected hemi, nitro, 1900 horsepower engine in a replicated SealMaster tank. “There’s a huge motor in that tank and I had to make sure everything fit just right,” Buzz says.
In addition to incorporating the traditional elements of a top fuel dragster, parachute and all, Buzz jazzed up the design with a replica sealer tank that houses the engine, adding the SealMaster logo and custom die cuts backlit in red; and mounted a spray bar and squeegee to the back end. He’d only trust the paint scheme he conceptualized to one man: Todd Zeller of Todd’s Extreme Paint. And Todd did not disappoint. “He’s the best,” Buzz says. He did a great job with the carbon fiber (pattern) and really made the chrome stand out.”
Doug “Buzz” Johns is also known for his artistry on stage. In addition to fast cars, he has thing for bass guitars, and has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A flexible schedule allows him the ability to manage his career writing, playing and producing “super funky bass music.” Learn more about his music at dougjohns.com.
Designer: Doug “Buzz” Johns
110” Wheel Base SealMaster Supercharged Altered
Chassis: Chrome Moly
Body: Aluminum, Steel and Carbon Fiber
Wheels: Weld Racing (Front 17 x 2.5) (Rear 33/16/15)
Rear End: Ford 9”/Strange Engineering Axles/ Brakes
Straight Axle/Strange Engineering Spindles
Dan Page Carbon Nose/Spitzer Canards
Top Fuel Wing Stand
Mike Janis Injector Hat and Adaptor
Enderle Fuel Pump
8/71 Kuhl Supercharger
Motor: 392 Blown/Injected Hemi, Nitro, 1900 HP
Paint: Todd’s Extreme Paint