DAYTON, Ohio — If one would have told Richard Lynch of Prankster Racing Products a year ago that he could shave off two-tenths of a second by using Dayton Progress’ DayLube grease, he wouldn’t have believed it.
Still, he made the switch and saw the time savings — and the checkered flag — for himself.
In racing, friction is the No. 1 enemy.
“Anytime you have something running cool, running with less friction, that means more speed,” Lynch said. And speed is what the racing community is after. In addition to faster lap times, Lynch also applied the grease to his trailer he uses to tow the race car and experienced noticeable improvements there, too. Lynch has experience savings on and off the track thanks to DayLube grease’s high temperature resilience and long-term endurance.
Lynch, of Yadkinville, N.C., primarily races on dirt ovals. He made the switch to DayLube in March 2013 after meeting a Dayton Progress representative at a racing expo in Charlotte, N.C. He applied the grease to the wheel bearings of his crate-engined dirt late model before the nine-month dirt track season and didn’t have to change the grease throughout the season.
Previously, with store-bought grease, he reapplied grease up to three times during a season. That adds up to hours of time during the course of a season that Lynch can spend finding other ways to reduce lap times.
Lynch saves both time and money by not having to replace parts as frequently. After this most recent season, Lynch removed the wheels and his bearings looked as good as new.
“You would’ve sworn I just put new bearings in,” he said. “There only the slightest discoloration of the grease from white to light gray and the bearings show little to no wear.”
Especially in dirt track racing, where the wheel bearings take a beating from the turns, bumps and uneven terrain, Lynch needs all the help he can get to prevent metal-to-metal friction.
“Whenever you can keep the friction down, you keep the heat down and don’t have as much wear on the individual parts because metal products aren’t wearing against each other,” Lynch explained.