[Busted!]
Well, we've finally broken him in and he's no longer the new guy. Would-be new guy Kevin Aguilar is officially off the hook here at the office and here's why: The same day FNG Galen Armenta started working for us was the same day that Kevin received multiple tickets for infractions of the California Vehicle Code. The story goes something like this. Kevin took Galen out for his first Sport Truck photo shoot and got popped by the Po-Po for tinted windows, missing windshield wipers, altered lighting, no license plates, and so on. It was a damn respectable amount of fines for his under-construction S-10. So, we'd like to salute old, new guy Kevin by printing his "mug shots" and welcome FNG Galen by printing...well, nothing about him. After all, he is the new guy and should be treated accordingly.

If you like trucks and the prospect of watching them race side by side in the dirt and maybe crashing, flipping, jumping, and creating mayhem, then check out the CORR series.

CORR organizers announced changes and improvements to the Lucas Oil Race Pro and Sportsman series' schedules.

Midwest Sportsman Series races held in Crandon, Wisconsin, Bark River, Michigan, and Antigo, Wisconsin, will feature all Sportsman classes, including Light Buggy, Single Buggy, Super Buggy, Stock Truck, and Sportsman 2. The Midwest Pro Series racing will feature Pro Lite, Pro 2, and Pro 4 classes.

Because of the success of the format in 2005, the Western Sportsman Series held in Chula Vista, California, will consist of Single Buggies and invite desert class 1600 to race alongside. Super Buggies will also compete and invite Class 10 and Class 12 Buggies to race alongside. The Western Pro Series racing will feature Pro Lite, Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes.

Within the Sportsman Series, there will be the two distinct geographic points champions, Midwest and Western, while within the Pro classes there will be one unified champion as determined by cumulative points. Sportsman Series racers are invited to race in each other's geographic series.

Within the Western Pro Series, there have been two new money races added to the regular points series races for each of the four weekends. The races will be a shoot-out format with a purse of $20,000 per race. This means that Pro 2 and Pro 4 racers will race twice on one of the weekend race days. The money races will alternate between the Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes on Saturday or Sunday.

Television coverage on Speed TV, which currently is available to 68 million households across the country, will feature four hours of television coverage for each weekend of Pro racing. This exciting new format will feature two races from the Pro Series racing and highlights from the Sportsman Series racing, except Light Buggy, in each episode. For updated information, please log on to www.corracing.com.

Sport Truck Slang Term Of The Month
BODY DROP - Different than lowering the suspension of your truck, a body drop is when you effectively lower the outer body panels of your truck in relation to the framerails, adding several more inches of visual drop to your truck. A body drop is what allows the rocker panels or even doors of some trucks to sit on the ground after an adjustable air or hydraulic suspension puts the framerails on the pavement. Traditional body drops are executed by cutting the floor of the cab and bed away from the outer sheetmetal, repositioning the floor higher than stock and then welding and gusseting the panels back into place. A stock floor body drop accomplishes the same task with rebuilt frame sections to lower the entire body of the truck, rather than cutting up the body.

Holy Welders, Batman!
Check out these spy shots from inside Fabtech's manufacturing facility in Chino, California. Fabtech has two types of welding work cells. The largest and most important is the traditional welding booths. They consist of 32 booths in full operation, 24 hours a day, six days a week. All welders are trained in-house, learning Fabtech's signature welding technique of dime-on-dime welding. This provides excellent penetration for strength with superior uniformity. In this industrial environment, Fabtech uses Miller Electric welding power sources throughout the 32 welding booths.

For high volume welding, Fabtech has initiated robotic welding cells. These automated welding cells use Lincoln welders with Fanuc robotic controls. The robots can weld three times faster than a human with unsurpassed strength and consistency. Fabtech uses these robots for smaller high-volume parts that don't require welding by hand. Many times, Fabtech is asked if robots will replace all the human welders in the future. Fabtech's President Brent Riley states, "Both our robots and our welders have there own place in production. Robots never call in sick and can weld non-complex parts very fast for super high production. But, for the core of what we build, such as crossmembers for IFS 4WD systems, they are larger and require technical welding techniques that only our skilled welders in the booth can do properly."

See, humans and robots can live together in harmony. That silly I, Robot movie got it all wrong.