Built in 1929, Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio is oldest continuously running dirt ovals in the United States, and it's one of Del Rougeux's favorite all-time tracks. The three-eighths mile, high-banked dirt and clay oval has shown Rougeux, the Frenchville, Pennsylvania driver plenty of favor and success over the years.
Rougeux says the one thing he never worries about, or ever requires fine-tuning, are his K&N products. Photo by: JMS Pro Photo.
Rougeux Motorsports currently holds second place in overall championship points. Photo by: JMS Pro Photo.
"The first win of the season is always a great feeling, you build off the momentum and carry it into the next few races," remarked Rougeux after recently winning at Sharon Speedway. "We ended 2009 winning our last two events, so it makes us feel like we haven't lost our 'magic' during the off season."
After completing his first heat race in fourth place, Rougeux felt that the car wasn't setup the way he wanted it to be, in order to pound out 20 hard laps on the very fast Sharon Speedway surface. To prepare the car for the feature event Rougeux first talked with his father, and then after a short brain-storming session with his crew, they went to work making some "wholesale" changes to the car.
"I was unhappy with how the car was laying hard on the right side through the corners and slowing my ability to exit the corner," said Rougeux. "We decided to make some spring changes to the rear of the car and try a different valving on our shocks. The end result was perfect, the car was stable and comfortable."
Rougeux says the one thing he never worries about, or ever requires fine-tuning, are his K&N products.
"K&N is the top company in motorsports filters. We have been a team for many years and are very happy with our air filters, oil filters, breathers, sealing grease, filter oil and pre-wraps. They are a very important part of keeping us in the front of the field, without a clean engine, it can't perform at the level we need it to."
"We tour with a group called Modified Tour Inc., and our plan for this season is to race Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania on Friday nights and Sharon Speedway on Saturday nights. Basically, with this schedule and a few scattered year end specials, we will race about 60 nights a season. My biggest goal is to win as many races as possible, and in turn, take home as many championships as I can."
Del and his Rougeux Motorsports team currently hold second place in the overall championship points standing.
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