Freedom, WI - May 23, 2019 - The Dirt Kings Tour Education Engagement Program is an exciting new opportunity to highlight the sport of auto racing in Technology Education classrooms. We want to engage the next generation of mechanics, fabricators, and entrepreneurs through the Dirt Kings Tour Education Engagement Program. We know how important skilled workers are to our workforce and also to the sport of auto racing. We want to reach the next generation of drivers, crew members, officials and racing fans and get them involved in the automotive industry through auto racing.

Last night, the Freedom High School Auto Club hosted the first Dirt Kings Tour Education Engagement Program. Stockbridge Engineering Touring King Chris Engels and his team brought their #33E dirt late model to Freedom High School and kids and instructors alike got to see a car up close, touch it, and ask lots of questions.

During the presentation we covered:

• Safety Equipment and Safety Systems

• Suspension Mechanics and Technology  

• What causes rear steer and forward bite

• Shocks, Springs, Bump Stops

• The 5th link, J-bar

• Car Maintenance

• Tire siping/grooving

• Aerodynamics

• Sponsorship and funding

• How to can get involved in racing

Along the way kids asked questions of Engels, his car owner Bob Luebke and the 2018 Dirt Kings Late Model Tour Crew Chief of the Year Rick Zeinert. Each student that attended the presentation was given a free ticket to Friday’s Dirt Kings Late Model Tour Triple Crown race at Outagamie Speedway in Seymour, courtesy of the track.

“Having a Dirt Kings Late Model in the classroom was a great learning experience for myself and my students! Relating the mechanical and technical aspects of racing into our curriculum really had my students interested, involved, and actively learning! I cannot wait to see their excitement level at the track, this is the best way to grow motorsports and education,” says Jay Abitz, Technology Education Teacher at Freedom High School and Auto Club Advisor.

In addition to free admission to the track on Friday, the Freedom Auto Club will be taken on a guided pit tour and will have another opportunity to see the dirt late models up close and hopefully have a chance to talk to Engels and his team.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to work with area schools to bring the technical aspects of dirt late model racing to their classrooms. The Freedom High School Auto Club was the first stop for the Dirt Kings Tour Education Engagement Program and we are in the process of scheduling up to four more events this year, with the help of drivers and tracks that support the Dirt Kings Tour,” said Jason Shultz, Dirt Kings Tour Promoter.

The Dirt Kings Late Model Tour brings high energy entertainment that captivates fans as drivers compete for the title of King, while battling side-by-side lap after lap. The Tour is the fastest growing dirt series in the Midwest. More than 45,000 fans have packed their local dirt tracks to support their favorite driver and find out who is King. In 2019, the Tour will sanction 13 events at 9 venues across the state of Wisconsin. More information about the Dirt Kings Tour is available at

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Jason Shultz

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