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JASPER® Race Products Performance Report - Richmond

JASPER® Race Products Performance Report

 Three Straight for Kyle Busch with JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, Bell Wins Richmond NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

Kyle Busch, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, earned his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2018 in Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.  Busch came from 32nd starting position to equal Kevin Harvick's run of three straight wins this year at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix.  Drivers running JASPER products took five of the top ten finishing positions at the checkered flag.  Christopher Bell, also running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, won Friday's NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond.  Drivers running JASPER products took five of the top ten finishing positions in Friday's race.

 

A recap of the results from this weekend's races at Richmond Raceway follows.

 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Toyota Owners  400 - Richmond Raceway

1st      Kyle Busch #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
3rd      Denny Hamlin #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
5th      Kevin Harvick #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th      Clint Bowyer #14 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th    Daniel Suarez #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th    Kurt Busch #41 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th    Erik Jones #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
14th    Martin Truex, Jr. #78 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th    Aric Almirola #10 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
25th    Darrell Wallace, Jr. #43 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
29th    Kasey Kahne #95 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
36th    Harrison Rhodes #51 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Points Standings

1st      Kyle Busch #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
3rd      Clint Bowyer #14 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
4th      Kevin Harvick #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th      Denny Hamlin #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th      Martin Truex, Jr. #78 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th      Kurt Busch #41 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th    Aric Almirola #10 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th    Erik Jones #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
21st    Daniel Suarez #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
22nd   Darrell Wallace, Jr. #43 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
31st    Kasey Kahne #95 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
37th    Harrison Rhodes #51 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series - ToyotaCare 250 - Richmond Raceway

1st      Christopher Bell #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
2nd     Noah Gragson #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
6th      Cole Custer #00 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th      Ryan Truex #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th    Brandon Jones #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
18th    Ross Chastain #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
24th    Tony Mrakovich #28 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
25th    Joe Nemechek #15 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
27th    Garrett Smithley #0 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
30th    Kaz Grala #24 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
31st    Vinnie Miller #01 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
36th    Mike Harmon #74 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Fleet Business: A Great Opportunity for Sales Growth

Many service professionals have improved their businesses by documenting and honing their processes and systems. They also found that creating a strong unwavering culture that put their people first was a positive turning point in their business.  When your people come first, they take care of your customers and allow for organic sales growth. Your team and your customers are appreciated, and your systems ensure their success and satisfaction.

When your business is firing on all cylinders, stretching your sales growth goal is not hard to do. Those two components, systems and culture, convey the confidence to consider a double-digit growth goal. It can be as high as 15 or even 25 percent; sometimes known as ‘Big Audacious Goals.’

Growing your fleet business is a great tactic in a double-digit growth strategy. Fleet business is different than traditional motorist volume. Fleet opportunities will not come to you. You will need to go after fleet business by becoming the sales person or face of the business.  For many owners, being a sales person is out of their comfort zone, however, this may be the only way to grow your fleet sales.

Fleet owners or managers are always looking to talk to a facility that can help them control their costs and keep their fleet running reliably at all times. When their fleet does not move they do not make money. Keep in mind, your call to a potential fleet customer provides the fleet an option. Do not expect a yes on the first call, it may take a while to land a fleet but keep in touch and never give up! Always ask when they would prefer you to follow up with them.

There are a few ways to find fleet business opportunities: google local businesses, sit at a busy gas station and write down fleet names proudly displayed on vehicles, drive through the industrial parks in your marketing areas and lastly, ask your current customers.

Your fleet customer will be looking for convenience, a job done right and on time. It should not be too hard to integrate fleet business into your business model. If you need a higher bay door to accommodate larger fleet vehicles you may need to wait, but there are big opportunities for fleet business without modifying your bay door or building size.

You must have a strong value proposition to offer the fleet customer. Ask yourself, why would a fleet customer drive by three other shops to get to you? When you answer that question, you have your value proposition. Never present yourself as a sales person rather as a solution provider.

Fleet business will require you to have some flexibility because every fleet has different expectations. Relationships will become the most important part of the transaction. It goes without saying that honesty and integrity will rule and always be in the customers’ interest.

Fleet business can sustain your revenue during the up and down times of the year. Get out of your comfort zone and take on the challenge to grow your fleet business!

For more how-to’s and an in-depth discussion on fleet business, please listen to a great Town Hall Academy on Growing Your Fleet Business here: http://remarkableresults.biz/a048

 

Carm Capriotto 
Host, Remarkable Results Radio Podcast

JASPER® Expands Remanufactured GM 6L80 Product Line

JASPER is pleased to announce an expansion to the current GM 6L80 Transmission line.

Originally released in April 2011, this 6-speed transmission is now available on exchange for these additional applications:

Cadillac

   2010 Cadillac CTS-V

• Chevrolet/GMC

   2010 Camaro (6.2L)

   2012 Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon (6.0L, 4WD)

   2013 Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon (6.0L, 4WD)

   2014-2015 Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon (5.3L, 4WD)

   2014-2016 Silverado/Sierra 1500 (4.3L)

   2015 Express, Savanna, Silverado, Sierra, Yukon (6.0L, 4WD)

   2015-2016 Express, Savanna, Silverado, Sierra, Yukon (6.0L, 2WD)

   2016 Silverado 3500 (6.0L, 2WD)

   2016 Silverado 3500 6.0L, 4WD)

 

“The transmission control modules of this unit are hydraulically, and electronically, tested on a stand-alone system, then tested again on a dynamometer using a state-of-the-art CAN software package,” says Brad Boeglin, JASPER Research and Development Group Leader. “JASPER offers free rental of DREW Technologies J2534 pass through devices and now also offers shops the ability to rent the DREW Remote programming system (RAPS).”

 

The 6L80 is covered by a 3-Year/100,000-Mile nationwide, transferable, parts and labor warranty. Full warranty disclosure is available on our website, or upon request.  For more information on the complete line of JASPER remanufactured transmissions, log onto jasperengines.com or call 1.800.827.7455.

JASPER® Offers Remanufactured GM 2.4L Ecotec OHC Engine

JASPER’s is pleased to announce the availability of the GM 2.4L Ecotec Direct Injection, and Port Injection, engines.  These OHC engines are available on exchange for the following applications:

(Direct Injection)                                      (Port Injection)

2010                                                          2006-2008

Chevy: Equinox                                       Chevy: Malibu, HHR

GMC: Terrain                                            Pontiac: G5, G6

Buick: Lacrosse                                       Saturn: Aura, Vue, Ion

 

2011-2017                                                  2009-2011

Chevy: Equinox, Malibu, Impala,            Chevy: Malibu, HHR

            Captiva Sport                                Pontiac: G6

GMC: Terrain                                            Saturn: Aura, Vue

Buick: Regal, Lacrosse, Verano

 

“JASPER replaces the OE cast aluminum pistons with upgraded aluminum pistons of our own design,” says Brad Boeglin, JASPER New Product Development Group Leader.  “The JASPER-engineered piston has an anodized top land and crown, which provides a thermal barrier and reduces carbon build up.”

 

“Our piston design increases oil return by 300% through the use of additional oil drain back holes, and incorporates an accumulator groove that decreases the pressure between the first and second ring,” added Boeglin.  “This prevents the upper compression ring from unseating at higher RPMs.”

 

“Finally, a graphite coating prevents dry startup and piston scuffing,” he said.

 

The JASPER remanufactured GM 2.4L Ecotec engine is covered by a 3-Year/ 100,000-Mile nationwide, transferable, parts and labor warranty.  Full warranty disclosure is available upon request.

 

For more information on the complete line of JASPER remanufactured gas engines, log onto jasperengines.com or call 1.800.827.7455.

 

JASPER® Race Products Performance Report - Texas

Kyle Busch wins at Texas, Three of Top Four with JASPER 4-Speed Transmission

Kyle Busch, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, lead 116 of 334 laps to win Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Kevin Harvick was second.  Drivers running JASPER products took three of the top four finishing positions, and six of the top ten, at the checkered flag.  NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers running JASPER products took three of the top five finishing positions in Saturday's My Bariatric Solutions 300.  Both races were held at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

A recap of the results from this weekend's races at Texas Motor Speedway follows.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - Texas Motor Speedway

1st      Kyle Busch #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) - Stage 2 Winner
2nd     Kevin Harvick #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) - Stage 1 Winner
4th      Erik Jones #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th      Kurt Busch #41 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th      Darrell Wallace, Jr. #43 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th      Clint Bowyer #14 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th    Kasey Kahne #95 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
22nd   Harrison Rhodes #51 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
29th    Daniel Suarez #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
32nd   Aric Almirola #10 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
34th    Denny Hamlin #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
37th    Martin Truex, Jr. #78 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Points Standings

1st      Kyle Busch #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th      Kevin Harvick #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
5th      Martin Truex, Jr. #78 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th      Clint Bowyer #14 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th      Kurt Busch #41 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th      Denny Hamlin #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th    Erik Jones #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th    Aric Almirola #10 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
19th    Darrell Wallace, Jr. #43 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
26th    Daniel Suarez #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
27th    Kasey Kahne #95 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
36th    Harrison Rhodes #51 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series - My Bariatric Solutions 300 - Texas Motor Speedway

2nd     Christopher Bell #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th      Cole Custer #00 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
5th      Ryan Preece #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th    Ryan Truex #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th    Dylan Lupton #28 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
19th    Kevin Harvick #98 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
26th    Kaz Grala #24 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
27th    Garrett Smithley #0 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
28th    Ross Chastain #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
33rd    Brandon Jones #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) - Stage 2 Winner
39th    Vinnie Miller #01 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

 

JASPER® Race Products Performance Report

Bowyer Wins Martinsville, Four of Top Five with JASPER 4-Speed Transmission

Clint Bowyer, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, lead 215 of 500 laps to win Monday's weather-delayed STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  It was Bowyer's first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season.  Drivers running JASPER products took four of the top five finishing positions at the checkered flag.

A recap of the results from Monday's race at Martinsville Speedway follows.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - STP 500 - Martinsville Speedway

1st      Clint Bowyer #14 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
2nd     Kyle Busch #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th      Martin Truex, Jr. #78 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
5th      Kevin Harvick #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th    Kurt Busch #41 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th    Denny Hamlin #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) - Stage 1 Winner
14th    Aric Almirola #10 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th    Erik Jones #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
18th    Daniel Suarez #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
24th    Kasey Kahne #95 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
34th    Darrell Wallace, Jr. #43 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
35th    Harrison Rhodes #51 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Points Standings

1st      Kyle Busch #18 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
2nd     Martin Truex, Jr. #78 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
6th      Denny Hamlin #11 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th      Kevin Harvick #4 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th      Clint Bowyer #14 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th    Kurt Busch #41 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th    Aric Almirola #10 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th    Erik Jones #20 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
22nd   Daniel Suarez #19 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 
23rd    Darrell Wallace, Jr. #43 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
27th    Kasey Kahne #95 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
38th    Harrison Rhodes #51 (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

Carm Capriotto, AAP - It’s time to do a SWOT

 

This could be the best team exercise you’ve ever done; unless you’ve done some team building exercises on an obstacle course, or at a horse ranch.

For the small business person, a SWOT exercise is like creating a strategic plan. A strategic plan you say? That is for the big world of corporate America. But I say no. EVERY company needs a strategic plan. It is really about short and long-range goals, and what we will need to do more of, less of, and new things to keep us competitive and relevant in the marketplace.

SWOT is a deep review of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. There are 23,600,000 results in Google for SWOT. Does that kind of response, from mother Google, make this an important tactic in your business? I say yes.

This exercise could be one of the greatest gifts you give your business this year. I’ll explain how big results come from doing a SWOT on your business.

  • This is not an exercise you do by yourself.
  • This is a team exercise; everyone who works for the business. (Assemble that team.)
  • As the owner of the business, you should not lead the exercise. Your people will contribute more if you are sitting in the back of the room and not saying a word.
  • If not you, then who leads the exercise? Find a friend or fellow businessman who can be the SWOT leader and write down on the white board or flip chart the contributions from your team. It is best that your SWOT leader understands business in general or even your business. It could be your accountant, a mentor, an advisor, or even a fellow shop owner.
  • The leader asks the team to define their Strengths and then their Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. In some cases, you may have a strength that is also a weakness and a weakness that can be an opportunity. Once your team narrows down what they know to be the company’s strengths, it gets easier from there.
  • The facilitator goes through each section and may even challenge your team to help crystalize the point being made. Your facilitator makes it fun and will keep the energy in the room at a high level.

If you have ever wanted your team’s perspective on your company, the marketplace, and the industry, this is the best exercise you can do. You will learn a lot about your team, your company and the road ahead.

I recommend doing this on a flip chart, one page for each element of SWOT. (If you do it on a white board take pictures of the results). Why use a flip chart? I want you to post them in your office and create a ‘war room.’ You’ve now got a perfect picture staring you in the eye on what you need to build upon: your strengths, what you need to sustain and constantly improve; your weaknesses, or what you need to fix; the exciting new potential opportunities that could push your business into new markets; and, your threats, things that could derail your business if you don’t prepare. Talk about a strategic plan, and it came from YOUR people! It’s simple, easy, and engaging and should be done on a yearly basis.

When your team feels that their input matters and they are part of the business, magic happens. And when you are ready to implement the improvements and changes that flowed from the SWOT, they’ll be on board ready to participate because they own a piece of the rock.
 
Carm Capriotto, AAP
Host, Remarkable Results Radio Podcast
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A related post: The Extreme Value in Doing a SWOT On Your Business
http://remarkableresults.biz/a040
Also find a link to a SWOT overview on the above link.


 

 

JASPER® Offers Remanufactured Nissan 5.6L VK56DE Engine

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the addition of the Nissan 5.6L VK56DE to its remanufactured gas engine line.

 

This engine is available for the following Nissan applications:

2004-2006 Titan, Armada, Pathfinder (non-VVT)

2007-2015 Titan, Armada, Pathfinder (VVT)

2012-2015 NV2500/NV3500 (VVT)

 

“JASPER replaces the OE cast aluminum pistons with an upgraded aluminum piston  of our own design,” says Brad Boeglin, JASPER New Product Development Group Leader.  “The JASPER-engineered pistons have a graphite coating to help prevent dry startup and piston scuffing.  They also designed to include 40% more oil drain backs to prevent oil consumption.”

 

“JASPER 100% installs new, nitrided, engine valves for improved heat resistance and reduction of valve guide wear,” said Boeglin.  “We also 100% install synthetic, rubber-based, PTFE valve stem seals, then air gauge test the valve guides to verify proper clearance between the valve and guide to further prevent oil consumption.”

 

“The variable valve timing of the VK56DE is hydraulically tested using a state-of-the-art, oil controlled, test stand to eliminate the chance of VVT failure,” he added.

 

The JASPER remanufactured Nissan 5.6L VK56DE is covered by a 3-Year/100,000-Mile nationwide, transferrable, parts and labor warranty.  Full warranty disclosure is available upon request.

 

For more information on the complete line of JASPER remanufactured gas engines, log onto jasperengines.com or call 1.800.827.7455.

JASPER® Earns ESOP Company of the Year Honors for 2018

 

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has been named ESOP Company of the Year for 2018 by The ESOP Association, Indiana Chapter.  The announcement was made February 27th at an Association conference in Carmel, Indiana.

 

“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Doug Bawel, JASPER Chairman/CEO.  “We have 2,900 Associate-Owners who are very proud of their 75-year company, and this recognition is all about them.”

 

The ESOP Association is the largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association in the United States.  The Association focuses on employee stock ownership plans (ESOP). Founded in 1978, the Association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the Employee Ownership Foundation.

 

The ESOP Association is a national non-profit organization with 18 local Chapters, including Indiana.  Its members include ESOP companies, companies considering an ESOP, and service providers that assist in setting up and maintaining ESOPs.

 

JASPER has seen immense growth since the inception of the ESOP in 2009. In 2010 the company had grown to approximately $280 million in revenue, and approximately 1,800 Associates nationwide.  In the last six years, JASPER conducted strategic acquisitions within the automotive industry that  allowed the company to grow and prosper.  JASPER also expanded its remanufacturing facilities in Jasper and Leavenworth, Indiana, as well as Willow Springs, Missouri. 

 

Today, JASPER has 2,900 full-time Associate-Owners, with revenue in excess of $608 million.  The company’s ESOP stock has grown in six years from $2.30/share to over $220/share at the end of 2016. 

 

“We will be announcing our current share price in April, and we are excited about our 2017 growth and success, which we feel will reflect in our stock price,” said Bawel.

JASPER's ESOP Committee Pictured Left to Right: Thom Ireland, Kate Schwenk, Audra Dilger, Josseline Carr, and John Wiggins.

 

 

JASPER® Offers Remanufactured Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar Engine

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the addition of the Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar to its remanufactured gas engine line.

This engine is available for the following 2011-2016 applications:

Dodge                                              Chrysler                                            RAM

Caravan                                            Town & Country                             1500

Journey                                             300                                                  ProMaster

Challenger

Charger                                            Jeep

Avenger                                            Wrangler

               Grand Cherokee

“JASPER replaces the OE cast aluminum pistons with an upgraded aluminum piston  of our own design,” says Brad Boeglin, JASPER New Product Development Group Leader.  “The JASPER-engineered pistons have a smooth, fully machined, anodized crown, which provides a thermal barrier to reduce carbon buildup.”

“Our piston design includes 12 additional oil return holes for increased drainback, along with changing the oil rings from a three-piece to a two-piece “Diesel”style ring ,” said Boeglin.  “This reduces oil consumption and prevents the oil rings from sticking.”

“In addition, the JASPER-engineered piston has an additional oil accumulator groove that decreases the pressure between the first and second ring,” added Boeglin.  “This prevents the upper compression ring from unsealing at higher RPMs.”

“Finally, a graphite coating, and 28% more thrust bearing area, prevents dry startup and piston scuffing,” he added.

The JASPER remanufactured Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar is covered by a 3-Year/100,000-Mile nationwide, transferrable, parts and labor warranty.  Full warranty disclosure is available upon request.

For more information on the complete line of JASPER remanufactured gas engines, log onto jasperengines.com or call 1.800.827.7455.