Buying Used Forklifts Shouldn’t Be a Terrifying Experience

November 30, 2010 at 9:10 AMRing Power

How to evaluate a used forklift and things to look for to avoid getting ripped off.used and  reconditioned forklifts

Purchasing a used forklift does not have to be a monumental expenditure, and with careful consideration, a used forklift might make fiscal sense. Even though buying used forklifts makes sense for some material handling applications, there are many benefits and pitfalls to compare and consider during the purchasing decision.

When Buying a Used Forklift Makes Sense
• Lower cost
• Avoid loss of depreciation
• Avoids long lead times
• Has some form of used warranty and/or guarantee
• Fits your material handling application because it doesn’t require you purchasing a new one
• Might come with additional parts, accessories, and other items

But Be Cautious!
Looks can be decieving, here are some tips when you're ready to buy a used forklift:

• Wear – some forklifts for sale can be completely worn out or not operable when purchased
• Older forklifts may not have the latest safety items, features and options
• Won’t last as long as a new version because there are already a number of hours on the motor, chassis and other components.

Another useful tool in your selection process is how to evaluate used forklifts. Determination should be made for what kind of forklift and any attachments that your application will require. In other words, what kind of capacity, lift height, lift weight, side shift, etc., will you need? Carefully consider the make and model because some trucks are easier to get reliable maintenance for and have greater parts availability than others. Make sure to ask for all maintenance records and if none exist, have the truck mechanically evaluated. Look for leaks in the transmission, mast and tilt cylinders, differential, radiator and engine. Test drive the unit in order to check all of its operations. Lift a load with the forklift to see how it operates under normal operating conditions and make sure all attachments are functioning properly. And lastly, evaluate the dealer you are considering purchasing from. What is their reputation? How long have they been in business? Do they have certified mechanics on staff?

With this said, finding a reputable dealer is the important link to the used forklift purchasing process. Make sure you know who you are buying from and that you are dealing with a strong company that can back their used equipment. This company should have a sound service department with qualified mechanics and have a parts department that could supply your parts orders quickly.

What Makes Our Trucks Different?
Ring Power Lift Trucks' Used Forklifts Department purchases all of its equipment from reputable venders, customers, and has the option of pulling units out of our rental fleet. We then perform the following services on each lift truck:

• Our service department performs a complete inspection and steam cleans every used lift truck.
• A condition report is generated and reviewed by the Used Forklift Manager. All necessary repairs are preformed and a complete safety check is completed to insure a Ring Power Certified Used piece of equipment.
• After the lift truck's inspection and before the unit is put in to inventory or delivered to the customer, the service department completes a final Quality Control Inspection Report.
  This report insures customer satisfaction at time of delivery.
• Most important thing in this process is the paperwork from the time the unit has been purchased to the time the customer expects delivery.
  The used equipment process is designed to assure you, our customer, that the used forklift you've purchased has met Ring Power Standards and is labeled as Ring Power Certified.

Used forklifts are an economical solution for the right application. Do your homework and you could save yourself a lot of money on your next used forklift purchase.

If you feel a used and reconditioned forklift will suit your manufacturing or material handling operation, feel free to browse our online inventory of used forklifts. We have a variety of pneumatic, cushion, large capacity and specialty lift trucks available. Or contact us to speak with a representative.

Ring Power Lift Trucks  is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Kalmar Container Handlers, specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments. All of these products utlized properly could help your warehousing operation to become more efficient and more productive warehouse.

 

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Improving Warehouse Design and Efficiency

September 22, 2010 at 2:27 PMRing Power
Improve warehouse design and efficiency, beyond forklifts.

When we speak of “Warehouse Systems Consulting” or “Turnkey Design” we are addressing the umbrella of warehouse design. Everything comes from a warehouse of some sort. Receiving, storing, production, packaging to shipping, all products we touch every day start at a warehouse. Too many clients believe they can go it alone, drop some rack into a space with a forklift and crank it up. Most do not consider product flow, work in process (WIP), and the design of their system.

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Some companies in the material handling industry manage to get products or services out the door with some profit. Many are so busy running the myriad of details a business requires, that they do not see the gaps in their efficiency. This is where a design consultant can step in, interview employees, collect necessary data and provide impactful changes affecting the bottom line. For many companies, this could equate to a double-digit benefit to the bottom line.

Design Strategies
One key to effective design is the relative dominance of picking or storage activity. These two warehouse functions have opposing requirements.

Techniques that maximize space utilization tend to complicate picking and render it inefficient, while large storage areas increase distance and reduce picking efficiency. Ideal picking requires small stocks in dedicated, close locations. This works against storage efficiency.

Automation of picking, storage, handling and information can somewhat compensate for these opposing requirements. However, automation is expensive to install and operate.

The most difficult thing to absorb is the knowledge of how your pallets flow and why they move like they do. Ask yourself: 

Does your product move units in and out (the simplest). Or are they unit in – case or per piece out?

How many turns per month, per quarter or per year?

Are you special labeling or tagging product?

Are there any temperature requirements for your goods?

Has your information technology (IT) department ever run a velocity report?


As you see there are many questions to answer and necessary information to collect in order to begin designing an efficient and productive warehouse.

The one thing to remember when designing your warehouse is to select a vendor that can supply you with a turnkey system. Select a business partner that has many years of system designs and consulting work. Make sure they have the experience to offer good solutions out of the gate.

Maximize Your Current Setup
To receive a consultation or to discuss ways to improve your warehouse productivity and efficiency, contact one of our Regional System Consultants.

Contact one of our warehouse forklift specialists with any questions or recommendations for warehouse design and efficiency improvements.

Ring Power Lift Trucks  is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Kalmar Container Handlers, specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments. All of these products utlized properly could help your warehousing operation to become more efficient and more productive warehouse.

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Match the Right Forklift Battery to the Application

September 10, 2010 at 3:10 PMRing Power
forklift battery selection and applications

Electric forklifts are becoming more prevalent in the material handling industry. Electric forklifts are quiet, energy efficient, and require less overall maintenance costs. Today’s electric forklifts are not just used in warehouse applications either, as evident with Cat Lift Trucks’ new 10,000-lbs. 80-volt electric pneumatic truck. Or Linde’s energy efficient RX60 high-performance electric lift truck, also featuring an 80-volt electrical system, AC motors and 1,000-hour service intervals.

All electric forklifts rely on battery power and each application has an industrial battery to match. Exide Technologies has a battery power no matter where your lift truck operates.

GNB Flooded Classic Battery

Titan Flooded Forklift Battery

Exide Fusion Fast Charge Battery

The economical Flooded flat-panel forklift battery is the ideal solution for use in all classes of forklift trucks.
3 years full, plus 2 year prorated warranty.

Titan Flooded batteries are designed to deliver consistent, reliable power and engineered to increase your efficiency and productivity. For standard and high demand applications.
5 years full, plus 1 year prorated warranty.

The Exide Fusion line of fast charge batteries is specifically designed to meet the high-energy demands of fast charging using rugged flooded flat-plate technology. Ideal for cold-storage applications and 10-12 hour shifts. Meets high-energy demands of opportunity fast charging applications.
4 years full when used with a Fusion charger.

Tubular-HP High Performance Battery

Liberator Low Maintenance Battery

Element Valve-Regulated
Lead-Acid Battery

These high performance flooded tubular-plate batteries are designed to deliver more power than the equivalent dimension flooded flat-late batteries. For standard and high-demand applications.
5 years full warranty, plus 1 year prorated warranty.

The Liberator low-maintenance forklift battery is designed to deliver consistent, reliable power using round tubular positive plate technology. These batteries are able to achieve a 45-day or 90-day watering interval, depending on the type of SCR charger used. For medium to heavy-duty applications.
5 years full warranty, plus 1 year prorated warranty.

The Element battery virtually eliminates the mess and hazards associated with typical forklift battery maintenance. The Element makes it cleaner, safer and easier to use. A battery designed for use in all classes of electric forklift trucks. For light and standard demand applications.
1 year full, plus 2 years prorated.

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Contact Ring Power Lift Trucks to discuss all your forklift battery options or get a battery quote online. Curious to see if you can save money by converting your current internal combustion forklift to electric forklifts? Contact us. You may be surprised at the savings.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark, Linde, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks and truck-mounted forklifts, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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Forklift Regional Sales Manager Announced for South Florida

September 9, 2010 at 4:57 PMRing Power
Forklift sales manager announced in Pompano Beach, Florida

DeSantis named Regional Sales Manager for Ring Power Lift Trucks located in Pompano Beach, Florida.pompano beach forklift 
sales mgr

Ring Power Corporation has promoted Dominic DeSantis to the position of Regional Sales Manager for the Pompano Beach forklift operation.DeSantis joined Ring Power in July 2001 following career with United Forklift. DeSantis brings over 9 years of forklift and material handling experience. He has worked as a Princeton piggyback and truck-mounted forklift specialist and most recently as a major accounts representative covering North Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

As a Ring Power Lift Trucks sales representative, DeSantis has been instrumental in growing the South Florida forklift market.

For more information, contact us at rlinfo@ringpower.com

Ring Power Lift Trucks  is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service  Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Kalmar Container Handlers, Princeton piggybacks, Navigator truck-mounted forklifts, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments.

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Electric Forklift Battery Owners Turn to Exide® Technologies

August 26, 2010 at 11:39 AMRing Power
Electric forklift batteries now available at Ring Power Lift Trucks, supplied by Exide Technologies

Forklift parts supplier, Promatch collaborates with Exide Technologies for forklift industrial batteries in Florida.industrial forklift battery by exide

The Promatch® parts program, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has partnered with Exide Technologies Industrial Energy to offer a full line of Exide industrial forklift batteries and chargers. Exide Technologies is a global leader in motive power battery and charger systems for electric forklifts and other material handling equipment. In addition to a broad battery and charger offering, Exide Technologies' network of representatives offers comprehensive support and product expertise. The forklift batteries and chargers are sold through Ring Power Lift Trucks.

Assistance and Support. Together, Ring Power Lift Trucks and your local Exide Technologies representative will help you manage a successful forklift battery program.

Broad Forklift Battery Selection. Exide Technologies offers the broadest range of forklift batteries and chargers in the industry. The following forklift batteries are available throughout Ring Power's Florida locations: GNB Flooded Classic Batteries, Titan® Flooded Batteries, Exide Fusion™ Fast Charge Batteries, Tubular-HP
® High Performance Batteries, Liberator® Low Maintenance batteries, and Element® Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Batteries.


Matching Battery Chargers. Exide also offers a line of industrial battery chargers to match the family of forklift batteries used in a wide variety of applications, from light-duty to high frequency chargers to fast charging. Exide Technologies' line includes: Exide FER50, Exide EF Series Ferroresonant Charger, Exide FLX200 Charger, Exide SCR200 Charger, Exide Element-HF
® Charger, Exide Fusion® Charger and the Exide EHF® Series High Frequency Charger.
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Environmentally Conscious. Exide Technologies is committed to keeping the environment clean. Recycling is a big part of the beneficial use and responsible handling of lead and products made from it. Exide Technologies invests in battery recycling because it's good for business and for the environment. In fiscal year 2010, Exide Technologies recycled sufficient lead tonnage to make the Company one of the largest secondary lead recyclers in the world.

Industrial Battery Experience. Exide Technologies sells more tubular batteries worldwide than any other battery manufacturer.

Forklift Battery Delivery. With Exide Technologies "Quick Ship" Program, 70% of forklift batteries are shipped within 48 hours.

Exclusive Brands. Exide Technologies is the exclusive supplier of Jungheinrich branded batteries. No battery supplier has more experience powering Jungheinrich electric forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers and walkies.

Click here to see details on the different battery types and charger types.

Interested in converting your operation from LP Gas to electric forklifts? Ring Power Lift Trucks has detailed information covering the benefits of operating electric forklifts in a wide-variety of applications–forklifts are not just for warehouses.

When it comes to electric forklift trucks, Ring Power Lift Trucks is Florida's real industry leader. No matter the forklift manufacturer, we supply electric forklift batteries and parts for Toyota, Clark, Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, Linde, Crown, Hyster, Komatsu, Nissan, Raymond and Yale. Our technicians service and repair electric motor drives, hydraulic pumps, power steering and electric control board assemblies.

Contact any one of Ring Power's five Florida branch locations serving Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Pompano Beach, Jacksonville, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee or email us below to order your forklift parts or schedule a service.

  

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Ring Power Launches New Tier 4 Website

August 20, 2010 at 4:19 PMRing Power

Ring Power Is Your Guide to Understanding EPA Tier 4 Emissions Regulations Ctaerpillar Egine Tier 4 Compliance Technology

Ring Poweralways strives to keep our customers informed and up to date with the latest information pertaining to you. That’s why we’ve launched a brand new website explaining the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions regulations and what it means for you, the business owners, customers and hard workers. Ring Power wants to help educate our heavy construction equipment and power systems customers on this detailed new regulation so that they can be informed to make the best business decisions possible. It is always our goal to serve you. Please read for more information on Tier 4 below and then visit our new website at http://emissions.catdealer.com/ringpower.

The United States and European Union (EU) are implementing significant regulations that mandate the lowest emitting non-road equipment in history. Canada and Japan are expected to release similar regulatory programs yet this year. These regulations, which are known as U.S. Tier 4 // EU Stage IIIB/IV, will result in non-road equipment approaching near-zero emissions of particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

Transition to these standards is challenging for non-road equipment manufacturers. For Caterpillar alone, hundreds of complex products with unique and challenging application spectrums must be re-engineered to accommodate the lower emitting engines being developed to meet these standards.

Regulators recognize the challenge and the difficulty non-road equipment manufacturers would face if they had to introduce all of their new lower emitting products on one particular date. To address these transition challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed for implementation of the upcoming emission standards in two phases: Tier 4 Interim and Tier 4 Final. Tier 4 Interim is effective 1 Jan 2011 for 130-560 kW non-road engines and 1 Jan 2012 for 56-130 kW non-road engines. Tier 4 Final emission standards apply after the 2014 model year. The EU’s Stage IIIB and Stage IV emissions levels and regulatory dates are essentially the same as EPA’s.

In addition, under its Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers ("TPEM," which is commonly known as the "flex" program), EPA also allows equipment manufacturers to continue to introduce equipment powered with engines meeting prior Tier emission requirements for a certain limited percentage of their overall production volumes during the Tier 4 timeframe. The EU also has a "flex" transition program, as well as a unique "sell off" program, both of which allow equipment manufacturers to continue selling prior Tier machines in order to allow for a smooth transition to the more stringent EU emission standards. These transitional programs are calculated into the environmental benefits regulators forecast when developing these programs.

Caterpillar has a robust Tier 4 introduction plan, which is structured to transition from Tier 3 to Tier 4 products in a smooth and orderly fashion utilizing a variety of the transitional tools provided in the regulations in order to maximize value to you, our customers.

Please visit our new website to learn more about Tier 4 at http://emissions.catdealer.com/ringpower . The emissions education website also has contact information for Tier 4 Specialists at http://emissions.catdealer.com/ringpower/contact-us .

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Leaking Hydraulic Cylinders Can Contaminate Hydraulic System

June 15, 2010 at 4:51 PMRing Power
hydraulic system contamination

Know the effects of contamination on your heavy equipment, forklift or machinery's hydraulic system.

Hydraulic fluid contamination has the potential to damage your entire hydraulic system in two different ways.

1. Accelerating Hydraulic Component Wear
hydraulic system contamination tolerances
From 75 to 85 percent of all hydraulic pump, motor, cylinder and valve failures can be traced to fluid contamination. Due to the extremely small tolerances of today’s hydraulic systems, even particles that can not be seen by the naked eye can cause damage to your hydraulic system, leading to costly repairs.

2. Reducing Hydraulic System Efficiency

Machine productivity and efficient hydraulics go hand-in-hand. If a hydraulic system isn't performing at peak efficiency, it's robbing machine performance. Efficiency losses occur gradually, and can decrease productivity by as much as 16-20 percent before being detected by the operator. Over time, these "invisible" efficiency losses can also lead to increased fuel consumption.

Prevent Hydraulic System Damage
Hydraulics Xpress' exchange cylinders are in stock and ready for installation. Our highly qualified service technicians repair and rebuild hydraulic components on all equipment makes and models. Our state-of-the-art hydraulic shops are equipped with precision mills, long bed lathes and the latest welding equipment.

Cylinder Exchange Price Includes
Our hydraulic cylinder exchange price includes:
Disassembly and reassembly
New hydraulic seals for head, piston and rod
New seals for barrel and rod eye
Light honing of the barrel
Pressure testing
Cleaning and painting

Here is a list of Hydraulic Cylinder Groups rebuilt by Hydraulics Xpress. Hydraulic Cylinder Exchange.pdf

Warranty
Our hydraulic cylinders come with a warranty of 1 year or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first.

Additional Service Available
Available for an additional charge are:
Salvage repair of cylinder head and piston
Salvage and re-tube cylinder barrels

Re-rod, HVOF cylinder rod resurfacing, and straightening of rods
Update hydraulic heads for wear rings, O-rings, and improved seals

Get a quote from Hydraulics Xpress for your hydraulic cylinder repair, as well as hydraulic pumps and motors of all makes and models, including Rexroth, Sunstrand, Denison Vickers, Linde and others. 

Hydraulics Xpress: we repair all hydraulics regardless of make or model of equipment or industrial machinery. We're located throughout North and Central Florida, with repair facilities in Tampa, Orlando, and St. Augustine. Phone toll free with any questions at 1-877-733-5120.

 

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Tampa Forklift Dealer Relocating to Riverview

June 7, 2010 at 11:55 AMRing Power

Ring Power Lift Trucks in Tampa Is Relocating to Riverview, FloridaRPLT Moving
to Riverview, Florida

We’re Relocating!

Ring Power Lift Trucks is moving to the Riverview campus August 1st, 2010 just 10 miles south of their current facility. The new state-of-the-art Lift Trucks facility is much more spacious and better equipped to service you! 

Our new address & phone number are:

10421 Fern Hill Drive
Riverview, Florida 33578
(813) 620-1337

All of the same great parts you’re used to and even MORE great services!

  • Full Service Hydraulic Shop
  • Advanced Chrome Technologies (The Revolutionary Alternative to Chrome Plating)
  • On-site Machine Shop Fabrication
  • Major Component Rebuild Center – Includes Hydraulics Pump & Motor Repair
  • Full Service Paint Finishing
  • Parts & Service for All Makes & Models

New Directions:

Take I-75 South to Exit 250 and left on Gibsonton Drive, then make a right on Fern Hill Drive (across from Raceway Gas Station).

OR

Go south on U.S. Highway 301 and turn right on Gibsonton Drive and make a left on Fern Hill Drive.

Contact us today to see how we can help you with all your forklift needs! lifttrucks.ringpower.com

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts and Container Handlers, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

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Oil Analysis Program Keeps Engine and Systems in Top Condition

June 2, 2010 at 10:19 AMRing Power
Oil Analysis and fluid testing is the most reliable way to see what's going on inside your construction machinery, engine and hydraulic systems.

Ring Power’s Fluid Analysis tests and analyzes oil, hydraulic fluid and coolant to help keep your systems running at peak performance.  oil sampling and oil analysis testing

Ring Power’s Scheduled Oil Sampling, or S•O•S, monitors the overall health of your engine, hydraulic system, and cooling system. Our Lab performs a series of tests on oil, hydraulic fluid, and coolant to detect problems early and reduce or prevent unnecessary repairs. Machine fluid testing helps to avoid costly repairs, helps keeps operating costs lower and keeps you more profitable.

A regularly scheduled oil analysis and sampling of fluids can:
• Report condition of oil
• Detect machine problems early
• Predict necessary repairs
• Reduce unscheduled equipment downtime
• Reduce unnecessary repairs
• Minimize repair time costs
• Manger repair budgets
• Improve record keeping
• Increase trade-in value

After receiving the oil, hydraulic fluid or coolant sample(s), each is thoroughly tested and analyzed. Ring Power’s Fluid Analysis Lab provides a detailed report of the analysis, along with maintenance suggestions and recommendations once the samples are processed. Machine or engine samples needing attention will be communicated immediately by e-mail, fax, and/or phone.

Equipped with all the latest spectrascopes, inductors, gauges and computers, our Fluid Analysis Laboratory ranks as one of the best in the nation.

Exclusive tests include:
• Wear Metal Rate Analysis measures 14 wear metals in ppm.
• Physical Properties of fluids for Engines, Hydraulics and transmissions: Water, Fuel (engine diesel only), glycol (antifreeze), and viscosity
• Non-engine compartment fluid particle counts and particle analysis: ISO Code levels

Other available tests include:
• Total base number
• Totals acid number
• Diesel fuel or gasoline condition
• Water and coolant analysis, levels 1 and 2

Contact us at the link below to order your oil analysis kit or phone the Ring Power Fluid Analysis Lab, located in Tampa, Florida, at 813-671-3700 or in St Augustine, Florida, 904-737-7730. Or use our Lab's email address: SOS.Lab@ringpower.com

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

 

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Burton, Cat Racing Team Score Third-Place Effort In Sprint Showdown

May 25, 2010 at 9:59 AMRing Power
Cat Racing Team scores third-place

Driving a special-themed Caterpillar Chevy Impala, commemorating Dale Earnhardt’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team overcame a 17th-place starting position to finish third in the annual Sprint Showdown 40-lap event. 

The race, which precedes the yearly All Star event, consists of two 20-lap segments where both green flag and caution laps count toward the first 20 laps, followed by another 20 laps where only green-flag laps are scored.Cat Racing

Friday’s opening day gave the 29 entries an 80-minute practice session so they could fine tune their race cars for Saturday night’s contest. The Todd Berrier-led team meticulously used every second of the session and when it was all said and done, the Cat Racing team was listed second on the scoreboard.

Later that night, Burton was slated to roll of the grid 17th in the qualifying session and toured the 1.5-mile oval fast enough to position himself right behind the provisional pole sitter. But, with four cars left to make qualifying runs, Mother Nature swarmed the Concord area and delayed the time trials session for rain. Track-drying efforts, coupled with a race against the clock to get the Camping World Truck Series race in, forced NASCAR officials to cancel the Sprint Showdown qualifying session and set the starting lineup based on qualifying order.

Despite starting deep in the field, Burton & Company were overall pleased with the performance of the Caterpillar Chevy in Friday’s practice session and hoped that it would translate over to the 40-lap brawl.

The RCR entry did not disappoint.

The veteran driver moved into 12th just two laps in, 10th on lap six, and cracked the top five at lap 12.

Tussling with a machine that was tight through the middle of the turns and loose on the exits, a caution on lap 17 provided an opportunity for Berrier to summon Burton to pit road where the veteran crew chief called for a two-tire pit stop that included air pressure adjustments.

Restarting fourth, the 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner narrowly missed a three-car racing incident that placed him fifth for a 19-lap shootout.

The South Boston, Va., native traveled to fourth on lap 23 and into third on the ensuing lap, where he spent the remaining laps trying to reel in the second-place car. But, the handling on the Caterpillar Chevy shifted to the tight side in the closing circuits and Burton couldn’t make up any time on the frontrunners, taking the checkers third.

Martin Truex Jr. captured the win while Greg Biffle crossed the line second, posting finishes that allowed both drivers to transfer into the All Star Race. Burton, Paul Menard and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top-five finishers.

Burton’s RCR teammate Clint Bowyer retired to the garage early after making contact with the wall, resulting in a 23rd-place finish.

Fellow stablemate Kevin Harvick competed in the All Star Race where he finished sixth.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend for its annual longest race on the 2010 circuit. Flag-to-flag coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 will take the green flag Sunday, May 30, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be televised live on FOX and broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 13th points-paying race on the 2010 schedule will be telecast live on SPEED Thursday, May 27 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT.

Race/Date:  Sprint Showdown on May 22, 2010
Location:  Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.
Start Position:  17th
Finish Position: Third   

Points Position: Eighth – Maintained position, non-points event

Ring Power's virtual storefront, storefront.ringpower.com, has a great selection of Cat Racing apparel, Caterpillar scale models, Cat Racing t-shirts, Cat hats and more. Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.