VP Circle Track Resin (CTR) - Traction Compound

Traction Compound That’s Revolutionizing Circle Track Racing

Race tracks use traction compound to help create better racing for both drivers and fans alike. One such product on the market is VP Circle Track Resin (CTR). VP Racing Fuels, in response to longstanding problems faced by oval tracks across the country, developed Circle Track Resin to combat single-groove, boring, ‘follow-the-leader’ style racing. If early returns are any indication, VP CTR could revolutionize oval track racing like no other similar product has.

Holland Speedway Case Study

Head south for 30 minutes on I-190 from Buffalo, New York, and you’ll hit the rural and scenic town of Holland, which was established in the early-1800s and even today boasts a population of fewer than 4,000. The town prides itself on its charming, small-town atmosphere. The annual Tulip Festival, which has been held there for over 60 years, is the biggest annual event in Holland.

Holland is also home to the venerable family-owned Holland Speedway, a NASCAR-sanctioned, 3/8-mile high-banked short track that opened in 1960. From the time it hosted its first event, the venue raced for six straight decades without interruptions. Then, after the 2018 season concluded, the speedway sat in silence for nearly three years.

The track didn’t operate in 2019 because of fallout from a bad lease agreement. After the original owners took it over, the worldwide pandemic shuttered operations in 2020 and deep into 2021. On August 14, 2021, after 1,072 days of inactivity, the roar of engines replaced the sound of silence when Joe Skotnicki’s Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Crosby’s Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 christened the rebirth of Holland Speedway. Green and checkered flags replaced the black cloud that had hung heavily over the track.

Skotnicki is the owner of the Race of Champions, a sanctioning body that presents modified and stock car racing on asphalt and dirt throughout the northeast in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. He said that the return of racing to the speedway produced some serious challenges for him. Mainly, the track itself was in a state of disarray after sitting idle for nearly three years. Knowing that it needed some dire TLC before his event took place, Skotnicki decided to try VP Racing’s Circle Track Resin (CTR). He was already familiar with VP products, having previously used the company’s Lance Choice 7 (LC7) Traction Compound to great success at other race tracks in the northeast.

VP CTR Passes the Test at Holland Speedway

Did VP CTR traction compound pass the test and work as advertised at Holland Speedway? We decided to speak with Skotnicki to find out:

VP: What can you tell us about your experience with CTR?

JS: The feedback is … for us it was an outstanding product. It was easy to apply and wasn’t hard to work in. Did everything that Fred [Turza. VP’s Technical Manager of Research & Development Sales] said it would do. It actually lived through weather, which is the rarest of rare in that type of application.

VP: So, you guys had some dicey weather that day?

JS: Not that day. Well actually … we sprayed [VP CTR] on a Thursday for practice and basically just ran it in with the cars at practice. Fred said to drag it but we had nothing left to drag it with, so we ran some safety vehicles around on it first, maybe 20 laps, and right away put the race cars on it, and the thing [track] just came to life. Turned black. Grooved right up. Couldn’t really ask for anything more … it widened out.

So then that night and Friday night, well … I think Friday night before the event it rained and we had no more to apply. So, it rained on Friday but it [track] came right back to where it was on Saturday when we ran the event. Then we ran another race [the Bud 100] two weeks later, and out of budget I didn’t order anymore, but it [VP CTR] stayed with it.

VP: Wow. Two weeks later? That’s pretty impressive.

JS: The stuff … I’d swear by it now. You know, if I figured out there’s something I did wrong or whatever, I’ll let you know. But I’d swear on it right now. It really impressed me … you can ask Fred. I’m not one who’s easily impressed.

CTR Makes Racing Competitive

VP: Did you guys get any feedback from the drivers?

JS: Really didn’t because we didn’t have to. The best comment is no comment.

VP: Did you notice if the races were a little more competitive because maybe you had that extra groove?

JS: The racing there is traditionally competitive. I worried it wouldn’t be, but it was. You know, it brought it back to the three lanes it traditionally is. The place [Holland Speedway] is unique. It’s 21- or 22-degrees banking and, you know, only Slinger [Speedway in Wisconsin] … and Bristol [Motor Speedway] are higher. So, it’s a unique little place … I mean, if we didn’t do it [apply VP CTR], the racing would’ve been a struggle because the track had sat so long.

VP: What did you guys previously use for the other tracks?

JS: We definitely used LC7 … we lease Spencer Speedway in Rochester [New York], which is flat … we use the 7 [LC7] to create the outside lane. And that works really well. But next year I’ll probably put this stuff [CTR] down first and then then the 7.

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