CITY OF COMMERCE, CA — The Assn. of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers will host the Belt Sander Racing Assn. National Championship Race at the AWFS Fair this summer in Las Vegas.  The final race will take place Thursday, July 16 at 4:30 p.m.

In 2008, the qualified racers for the National Championship race competed in seven regional races across North America for a chance to race in the finals at the Las Vegas Convention Center. They competed in Stock or Modified classes. The Modified class gives racers the option to alter their belt sander’s motor, drive system and electric systems. Belt Sander Racers in both classes are encouraged to dress up and decorate their belt sanders. The sanders zip down a 75-foot race track consisting of two lanes, and modified belt sanders can reach speeds over 17mph.

A single entrant can enter up to two sanders and a shop may enter multiple sanders. At the race track each sander may be supported by a pit crew of two people.

Trophies will be given to the first, second and third place finishers. Additional awards are to be handed out for Best Design and Judge’s Choice, which could go to the biggest wreck.  Prizes are also given out to lucky audience members.

“In 2007, our bleachers were full and we had standing room crowds of 10 people deep,” said Marguerite Hoffman, vp trade shows, AWFS. “These races are something like you have never seen before- especially at a tradeshow. It is a great way for our attendees and exhibitors to let loose and have some fun!”

The full-scale international AWFS Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, brings together the home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers.

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