Performance Racing Industry
April 2006 Edition
Mel Kluhsman of Kluhsman
Racing Components in Lockwood, Missouri, has developed a new Practice
Wheel to speed up the process, saving teams precious time by
eliminating the gluing and ungluing part.
"The teams do
practice sessions about three times a week, and they'll probably do
eight to ten pit stops per practice," said Kluhsman, who
introduced the time-saving Teflon-coated lug nuts last season.
"They have to glue up all their lug nuts hours in advance. They
may glue up to 40 or 50 wheels. With our new pit stop wheel, they
don't have to glue up wheels because these nuts are already
captivated on the wheel. It saves them time on gluing and it also
saves them time on cleanup because after they've knocked those nuts
offf the wheels they've got to take a wire brush and clean all the
glue off the wheels and the nuts. It takes a lot of time."
"With this practice
wheel, the nuts don't fly off," added Kluhsman, who also offers
wheel checkers along with 16 different types of lug nuts. "They
can hit this probably ten more times than they could do it the other
way. When they're practicing and warming up, the nuts never fly off,
so they can go on/off, on/off, on/off and they don't lose any time.
This will also increase their accuracy on race day. You have to hit
the nuts straight for them to go on. We're here to save the racers
money. Our goal is to extend the life of their components, reduce the
workload at the track, and develop products that allow them to
perform their job faster and keep them safer."