FIREBIRD PURCHASES POWERBOSS TRACK SCRUBBER
Top image by M & D Photography
Firebird has never been bashful when it comes to making capital improvements. We
take a great deal of pride in offering a cutting edge Compulink timing system, a
first-rate Fire & Safety Team, quality Food & Beverage operation, top-shelf
restrooms, substantially paved Professional and Sportsman pit area,
national-record setting racing surface, full-fledged walk-in Souvenir stores,
and the list goes on and on.
General manager Bill New probably put it best when he said, For forty-one years,
we strived to make Firebird the best race facility we can. As a family, were
committed to the racers, the fans and all our sponsors who have indirectly
helped shape and make our raceway into the first-class operation it is today.
Most recently, Firebird made the decision to purchase a PowerBoss Track
To reflect back a bit, a trip this past winter to the NHRA National Track
Operators Conference in Florida started the ball rolling on this new piece of
equipment that we think will help further elevate Firebird to new levels. Over
the past several seasons we've taken the time to research riding scrubbers made
by a number of manufacturers.
In Orlando we met Steve Garrett who owns and operates Waynes Industrial Service
in Grand Prairie, Texas. The 45-year-old company is home to the PowerBoss Track
Hands down, it is what we would call the state-of-the-art
scrubber for Drag Racing operations in the country. Overall, there are now more
than 20 of these machines in action, principally east of the Mississippi, at
This unit has been specifically developed to clean dragstrips when an oil-down
occurs. It is capable of removing oil, synthetics, antifreeze, transmission
fluid, rear end grease and almost anything else that can hinder traction on the
surface of a race track. From the burnout box to the quarter-mile stripe, this
piece of equipment will now replace the need for rice hull or powdered oil
absorbent, not to mention the manpower behind brooms, scrapers, propane, vacuum
trucks and the like. Plain and simple, its a remarkable piece of machinery.
The unit we purchased is diesel-powered utilizing a 100-gallon main
full-concentrate soap solution tank integrated with a 42 spray bar. In addition,
the Scrubber also has two more 100-gallon tanks, one with a mild soap solution
and the other for fluid recovery. Furthermore, the Scrubber maintains a series
of propane jet torches to evaporate any water or solutions remaining on the
track after a clean-up.
The unit will also have the capabilities to completely clean the racing surface
prior to major events. Moreover, the scrubber can be used to remove water (in
the way of rain) from the race track when the unexpected need arises.
A select number of tracks in the country and the NHRA national event tour have
added the PowerBoss to their cache of equipment. As you can imagine, we are very
excited to purchase this remarkable tool and place it into the stable of
machinery we currently employ at various times. Highly respected in our sport,
track operator Royce Miller from Maryland International Raceway told us, Next to
the Christmas tree, the PowerBoss Scrubber is the most important piece of
equipment at our facility! That's a pretty tall statement, but one of which
comes direct from one of the busiest dragstrips in the east.
In conclusion, this is a very significant investment for the future and beyond.
It goes without saying, if it'll make our events a better experience for
everyone involved (from the fans to the racers)then its a commitment the New
Crew is more than excited about making.
NEW POWERBOSS SCRUBBER ARRIVES
Like a kid in a candy store, the Firebird staff went right to work
getting brought up to speed on the tracks latest acquisition a
PowerBoss Dragstrip Track Scrubber. Steve Garrett with Waynes
Industrial flew in from Texas to help train a motivated and excited
group of Firebird starting line officials over the weekend.
The training seminar was not only an eye opening experience, but
also very beneficial. Hands down, the new scrubber is an
extraordinary piece of equipment. It not only cleans up after an oil
down, but it is well suited to perform a number of other
Special thanks to Steve Garrett for not only making the trip to
Firebird, but also spending pretty close to twenty hours at various
times over the weekend helping to train our staff. The only amazing
aspect to the day was the fact that not a single oil down occurred
all day or night (of the Street Machine/Gold Cup race), a mighty
fine tribute to all the first-rate equipment that runs down the
track at Firebird. But leave it to Steve, he was kind enough to take
a few gallons of black gold early in the day and cover our starting
line concrete pad with a make-believe oil down. Fortunately enough,
the new PowerBoss scrubber cleaned up to perfection and left the
surface even better than it was prior to the training exercise in
nearly less time than it took to pour it on the ground.
The New family would also like to pass along our appreciation to the
Firebird team who got up at nearly sun up, many hours before the
start of the racing day, to be brought up to speed on the new
machine. No doubt about it, the new PowerBoss scrubber ROCKS!