Brad Keselowski Clinches the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may have come to a close, but the celebrations continue for Penske Racing and Champion Driver Brad Keselowski. The driver of the #2 car needed to finish 16th or better after Kyle Busch received the bonus point for leading the most laps in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski did just that by passing Tony Stewart for that much-needed position. Then, to be sure there would be no doubt when the checkered flag flew, Keselowski passed Mark Martin for 15th. This is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship for both Keselowski and Penske Racing.
This is also a milestone for Jasper Engines and Transmissions and its Racing Drive Line Division as it celebrates the first championship for its products. Keselowski was running a JASPER Differential when he secured the title Sunday, as he had for the 2012 season. JASPER Race Products celebrated 14 pole positions and 16 wins this season. Clint Bowyer, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished second in Chase points, while Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth and eleventh respectively.

JASPER Says “Thank You” to Our Veteran Associates

A special Veterans Day lunch was recently held for Associates at each of JASPER’s remanufacturing facilities (Jasper, Crawford, Willow Springs) who served in branches of the United States Military.

Veterans Day traces its roots back to 1938, when Congress declared November 11th of each year a legal holiday, known as "Armistice Day." This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and in the early 1950’s American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1st, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans, wherever, and whenever, they had served.

JASPER says "Thank You" to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of our great country.

Military Veterans from the Jasper (top) and Crawford (middle) facilities received their special lunch November 9th. Veterans at the Willow Springs (below) facility were treated to lunch November 8th.

 

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which German automaker uses the slogan "Das Auto"? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which division of General Motors offered the WS6 Performance Package? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Pontiac Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: William F.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which division of General Motors offered the WS6 Performance Package? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Chevrolet introduced the LUV pickup truck in the early 1970s. What does the acronym LUV stand for? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Light Utility Vehicle Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Branch Profile: Milwaukee

The Milwaukee branch opened its doors in June of 1974. In those 38 years, the branch has seen many changes as the company continues to grow and new product lines are introduced. Currently, the Milwaukee branch serves most of the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 2007, JASPER's St. Paul Branch was added as a satellite branch to Milwaukee's responsibilities. Additionally, with the recent acquisition of Canam Marketing, JIS sales rep Scott LaTour now considers the Milwaukee branch his home base. Our Milwaukee team is well equipped and prepared to meet the challenges and celebrate the successes that lie ahead.

JASPER Hot Air Balloon Team

  The JASPER Hot Air Balloon is made by Lindstrand Balloons USA. It is a sixty-nine thousand cubic foot envelope. That means approximately sixty-nine thousand basketballs could fit inside the balloon. The balloon burns propane for fuel, and expels about 15 million BTU's when burning. Hot air balloons are at the mercy of the winds, so it is only flown when the surface winds are ten miles an hour or less. The balloon is flown the first two hours after sunrise and the last two hours before sunset to avoid thermal heating during the midday hours. Like other Jasper Performance Products, the JASPER Balloon competes at races designed to test the balloon and pilot skills. We compete at both the local and national levels. The pilot, Warren D. Smith is a commercially rated pilot with ratings in fixed wing and seaplane aircraft as well as lighter than air. Warren won Rookie of the Year honors at the 2004 United States Hot Air Balloon National Championships sanctioned by The Balloon Federation Of America.  

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Chevrolet introduced the LUV pickup truck in the early 1970s. What does the acronym LUV stand for? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automaker offers a Guards Red paint finish? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Porsche Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Steven M.

Morgenthaler Holds Rend Lake Fishing Tournament

 
JASPER-sponsored bass angler, Chad Morgenthaler, recently held his annual Benefit Bass Fishing Tournament on Rend Lake in southern Illinois.
This event was held in the fall for the first time in the seven-year history of the Tournament. The day turned out to be a cold one for the competitors. The weather didn’t matter to Ricky Byrnes and Earl Sigley. The Illinois duo caught five bass totaling 19 pounds, 15 ounces. That’s over six pounds more than the second place team of Ed Daniels and Jeff Atchison. Byrnes and Sigley earned $2,500 for the victory, plus a $500 bonus for catching the biggest bass of the tournament. The winners caught their fish on rock and wood structures. "Rend Lake in the fall, when the weather gets cold like this, they eat," Byrnes said. "They’re feeding because they feel winter coming on, so we threw them swim baits, spinner baits and crank baits and caught our fish that way." The Chad Morgenthaler Benefit Bass Fishing Tournament has raised a total of $180,000 in its seven-year history for various causes. This year’s benefit raised nearly $17,000 for the Illinois Conservation Foundation, Five-Star Industries and a number of local high school fishing teams. "These guys really reached deep this year," said Morgenthaler. "The money is going to some great causes."  

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which German automaker offers a Guards Red paint finish? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: In what year did Jasper Engines & Transmissions become 100% Associate Owned? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 2010 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER’s Steel Torque Plate Boring Process

Customers of Jasper Engines & Transmissions are familiar with our long-standing process of torque plate honing gas engine blocks. The process ensures the proper size and shape of the cylinder after the block is bored. Through a series of updates, JASPER has taken the successful process one step further by utilizing torque plates during the boring process.

"We’re using steel torque plates in place of the traditional aluminum plates on select engine families, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the process," says Alex Ernst, JASPER Gas Engine Quality Engineer. "These steel torque plates allow JASPER to bore and hone the cylinders, with the torque plates installed on the block, enabling us to achieve stricter tolerances for cylinder size and shape."

 

Ernst added the honing process becomes more efficient by tightening the cylinder boring specification closer to the finished size. "This is another process that has benefited from our commitment to Continuous Improvement as we strive to provide customers with the Perfect Product," he said.