Automotive Trivia


Friddle: PCA is an acronym for which North American car club?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Who drove the first pace car in automobile racing history?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Carl G. Fisher

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Joyce K.

Keselowski Wins at Kentucky with His JASPER Differential

Brad Keselowski, starting from the pole position, took the win at Kentucky Speedway running a JASPER Differential. This was Keselowski's second win at the Kentucky track in three years, and it guarantees him a spot in the Chase. Keselowski also started from the pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race and finished second. Kyle Busch, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished second and third respectively in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races.

A recap of finishes for JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions and Differentials follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts - Kentucky Speedway

1st     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
2nd    Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
19th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
23rd   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
26th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

4th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
5th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
10th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
14th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
19th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
25th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
39th   Michael McDowell (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Kentucky Speedway

2nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
3rd     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
5th     Ryan Blaney (JASPER Differential)
10th   Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
36th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Fundraiser is a Sweet Success

2014 Pie in the Eye












Thumbs up from third-place contestant Sara Schmidt

Today marked the finale of the Jasper Engines Team #77's sixth annual Pie in the Eye fundraiser. As in the past, this event took place at high noon in the Jasper facility's north parking lot. JASPER Associates paid a quarter per vote to see their favorite three of twelve participants get a "pie in the eye." For the second year in a row, the Indiana Tool and Die division provided the number one pick.

Chris Hochgesang was voted as this year's grand champion, followed by Michael Lamkin of the Sales Department and rounding out third was Sara Schmidt, the Transmission Division Manager. There was even an independent competition within the fundraiser between Maria Ramirez and Josh Budd for a forth pie. This two-week event raised a grand total of $1,674 for the Dubois County Relay for Life, a good start for their $15,000 goal. Thanks to all who participated and donated to this worthy cause.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: Who drove the first pace car in automobile racing history?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What automotive brand has offered the YJ, TJ and now
the JK

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Jeep

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ted N.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: What automotive brand has offered the YJ, TJ and now the JK?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER’s eastern-most branch

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: (Boston Branch) Southborough, MA - longitude

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER Opens Additional Gas Engine Remanufacturing Unit at Jasper Facility


Jasper Engines and Transmissions has expanded its Gas Engine Remanufacturing Division within the Jasper, Indiana, facility.

The Jasper facility utilized four remanufacturing lines (called PODs) in which an engine went from a core, to a finished product, within one remanufacturing unit.  Each POD has specific engine families that it remanufactures.  This allows each POD to become specialized with those engine families, which helps JASPER produce a quality product and produce it more efficiently.

The need for a fifth POD was realized as early as November, 2013, as increased sales of JASPER remanufactured Ford modular engines (4.6L and 5.4L Triton V8 and 6.8L V10) exceeded the Gas Engine Division’s maximum production. “We were selling 28 units per day at the start of the year,” said Randy Bauer, Jasper Facility Gas Division Manager.  “We’re currently averaging 33 sales per day of these units.”

“We were spending a considerable amount of overtime to produce these units,” Bauer said. “With this engine family remanufactured in a separate POD, we’ll reduce the amount of overtime that our Associates are working, and at the same time improve the ergonomic part of their work.”

The new POD, named POD 305, began gas engine remanufacturing on June 1st after months of development, and the relocation of JASPER’s Differential Division.  A team of Associates handles engine remanufacturing duties within five areas: disassembly, prep and repair, head machining, block machining and assembly/testing.

This POD expands on an open concept method used in other areas within the Gas Division.  “We had open floor space available to configure each department in a U-shaped design,” said Bauer.  “We found this design to be very successful in the disassembly and assembly areas in our other PODS, so it was used in each area of 305, said Bauer.”

“The U-shaped design gives Associates more room to work, and it’s more visible and manageable for Team Leaders to check in on progress,” he said.  “This is in contrast with areas in our existing PODS that utilize a linear form of remanufacturing, where work space is at a premium.”

The open concept of POD 305 also allows customers to see what happens while they are on tour.  “The linear fashion of the old-style PODs is very cramped, and it’s hard to get tours to view the processes,” Bauer said.  “With POD 305, customers will be able to see from the aisle way, looking into the area, and get a much better view of the quality of our product.”

With the formation of the Power Drive Transmission facility later this year, the Gas Division is anticipating additional floor space within the Jasper Facility to transform their existing PODs in a similar fashion.

For more information on the complete line of remanufactured gas engines from Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 800-827-7455.

2015 JASPER Calendar Email has Changed!

The Jasper Engines & Transmissions 2014 calendar is out. We had some great entries, and a big “Thank You” goes to everyone.

But we can’t rest on our laurels – we’re in the preliminary stages for our 2015 calendar. Do you, or your customer, have a vehicle that’s calendar worthy? Don’t hesitate! Send us your entry!

Entrants must submit a high-resolution color photograph and information about their unique vehicle, or performance car or truck, along with the JASPER remanufactured product that has been installed. Vehicles should be placed in a “show” type setting. Low resolution digital images transferred onto photo paper cannot be accepted. High-resolution digital images, 8” x 10” at 300 dpi, are preferred. All entries will be judged based on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph.

REMINDER!!! The deadline for 2015 Calendar entries is August 1st. If you have vehicle images, and would like to request an entry form, or for additional information, contact Jennifer Hohl at

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER’s eastern-most branch located?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer produces the
(sport compact) Eos

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagen

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jason T.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer produces the (sport compact)

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker developed the Variable Valve
Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Honda

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Nathan C.

Chesapeake Bay Fishing with JASPER Customers

2014 Fishing Pics_1

From left to right: Sonny Michaelszyn, AMF Auto Clinic; Gene Hammond, Sevys Auto; Mike Crilly, Crilly Car Cures; Frank Ricci, Car Clinic; Jeff Weigle, Chips Auto Center; Tom Wizda, Wizda Auto; Joe Tomlinson, JASPER Sales Representative; Dan Pizzuto, Southern Auto; Craig Hessenauer, JASPER Regional Vice President; Doug Durkee, Durkee Automotive.

Date: Thursday 5/8/14

The day started at 3:30 a.m. at the Christiana Mall in Newark, DE, where we all met to van-pool to the marina. Tom Wizda said, "On an overcast day, the fish really bite." How little did he know how true his statement would turn out to be.

We arrived at the marina in Chesapeake Beach, MD a little after 6 a.m. and set out on the 50' Bay Hunter. The mate had barely cast six lines when Tom Wizda landed the first rockfish of the day! The captain's excellent fish finding skills had us pulling in up to three fish at a time. All keepers, no less. Dan Pizzuto had the feistiest fish. It gave him a great fight and almost wiggled its way off the boat. Doug Durkee and Jeff Weigle helped the mate by manning the net during the furious fishing frenzy.

We trolled the Bay for a while for some catch and release while enjoying a "little boat ride," said Craig Hessenauer. The boat docked, the fish were filleted and we headed to a local restaurant to enjoy some lunch while discussing important issues facing shop owners today.

Memories were made that will not be forgotten.

Joe Tomlinson
JASPER Associate Owner