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Lessard Wins 2018 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger Award

Salem, IN (November 9, 2018) – Canadian teenager Rapheal Lessard claimed the 2018 Cometic Gasket Season Hardcharger Award at the series 2018 Championship event, the Winchester 400 on Sunday. October 14th. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver was seventh in the Cometic Gasket Season Hardcharger Award standings heading into that event with four gained positions on the season. A broken suspension part left him with a 24th place starting position for the race after qualifying, Lessard ended up in 10th place in that event, giving him 14 gained positions for the event and 18 total gained positions for the season, the most of the eligible drivers for the award.


Jon Beach had led the 2018 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger Award standings for most of the season and came into the 400 with 27 gained positions. Beach qualified 11th, looking to have a chance at winning the series Championship as well as the 2018 Cometic Gasket Season Hardcharger Award, but bad luck struck when another competitor pushed him into the back stretch retaining wall causing significant damage, ending his chances for the Championship and giving him a 24th place finish, resulting is a loss of 13 positions for the race, dropping him all the way down to third place in the final 2018 Cometic Gasket Season Hardcharger Award standings.


The EDCO Welding racing team of Billy and Eddie Van Meter finished in second with 15 gained positions on the season. Three time series Champion Johnny VanDoorn finished in fourth with nine gained positions.  Hunter Jack rounded out the top five with five gained positions.


Cometic Gasket, the Official Gasket of the ARCA/CRA Super Series, will award a $800 bonus to 2018 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger Award winner Rapheal Lessard at the 2018 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet. A driver has to be in the top 15 in series points to be eligible for this award.


Cometic Gasket, Inc. is a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the Automotive Performance, Powersports, Original Equipment and Remanufactured Engine Industries.


All Cometic products are made in the United States with materials manufactured on American soil.


Launched by four partners including current Founder and CEO Bob Gorman in 1989, Cometic was originally dedicated exclusively to the powersports industry. Operating from a tiny 1,500 square foot manufacturing facility, the company produced a mere 900 SKUs in its first year.


Fast-forward to Cometic’s 25th Anniversary in 2014. The company is now wholly owned by the Gorman family – and has grown into a global leader and innovator in the highly competitive engine supplier marketplace.


Housed in a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing center in Concord, Ohio, Cometic Gasket has maintained its deep roots in the powersports industry while expanding to service the Domestic Automotive, Sport Compact, V-twin, Marine, Diesel, Agricultural, Industrial and Stationary Power markets.


Today, Cometic Gasket offers over 85,000 SKUs, shipping gaskets and engine sealing solutions across the globe.


Cometic is dedicated to customer satisfaction and provides quality products, delivered on time at a competitive price, designed for each customer’s specific application. Cometic is an industry leader in manufacturing processes and committed to pairing the highest possible quality materials with knowledgeable personnel. Cometic is also dedicated to continually improving all areas of its operations through employee development and involvement, as well as continual and comprehensive reviews of customer feedback.


To ensure superior performance across a wide variety of engine types and sizes, Cometic manufactures gaskets from a comprehensive range of materials. Whether the situation calls for the latest in advanced technology like the MLS (Multi-Layer Steel) Gasket, or a synthetic blend such as Aramid Fiber, Cometic finds a solution. Cometic stays on the forefront of gasket design technology by utilizing in-house dynamometers and engine assembly rooms to bring its distributors, retailers and ultimately the end-user, the most reliable gaskets available today.


Cometic combines advanced materials with the most current manufacturing processes to provide custom-tailored solutions to meet the needs of each individual customer. Engineers analyze the environment in which the gasket will perform, select the proper material, and apply the appropriate technology to offer the best-performing gaskets available in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Cometic gaskets are the industry standard for championship-winning teams across multiple disciplines of both professional and amateur motorsports.


For more information about Cometic, visit www.cometic.com.


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