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Rottler will join Mart Hartford as a primary sponsor in Sonoma and Seattle

Matt Hartford and his Total Seal/CIP1 Pro Stock team are excited for the return of Pro Stock to all three races of the Western Swing and will have Rottler Honing Equipment as the primary sponsor at the Sonoma and Seattle events.
13 Jul 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Mart Hartford

Matt Hartford and his Total Seal/CIP1 Pro Stock team are excited for the return of Pro Stock to all three races of the Western Swing for what promises to be a busy and action-packed three weekends.

“The last time we raced in Denver was 2019, and we narrowly lost to [Greg] Anderson in the finals,” said Hartford. “We feel that we have a great chance to close the deal this time around as we love racing on the mountain.  The Bandimere facility and family are a class act.”

After the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals, the show moves to Sonoma wine country and back to sea level, where the Total Seal Camaro will transform into the Rottler Pro Stock Camaro. Rottler Manufacturing will take over as primary sponsorship for the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals and the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.

“Rottler and Total Seal Piston Rings are such a great fit together,” said Hartford. “We discuss honing with customers daily, and Rottler is certainly at the top of our list for achieving the best bore geometry and surface finish. We also have been utilizing Rottler Honing Equipment for well over a decade at Total Seal. The ease of use, accuracy of machining, and technical support are second to none. It is an honor to have Rottler as the Primary sponsor for the two West Coast races.”

On Wednesday, July 27, between the Sonoma and Seattle events, the team will have the transporter and race car on display at Rottler’s headquarters in Kent, Wash., for an open house.  From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., customers and fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at a Pro Stock operation as well as the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility of Rottler.

“We are proud to be part of the action with Matt and the Total Seal team both on the track and off the track,” stated David Bianchi, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Total Seal manufactures the finest piston rings in the world, and we are thrilled to be partners with them. The entire team at Rottler is excited about the races and thankful for the opportunity!”

At 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, racers and fans are invited to join the trackside Tech Talk in Hartford’s Pro Stock pits. This is a free seminar for all. Lake Speed Jr. of Total Seal and Ed Kiebler from Rottler will discuss the ever-changing landscape of piston ring technology, honing technology, and a vast array of topics of cylinder sealing efficiency. Attendees will be able to listen to the seminar while watching a Pro Stock team get ready for qualifying. 

Rounding out the extracurricular activities for the weekend is the addition of two U.S. veterans to the team on Friday. They were selected through a local veteran’s social media challenge.