Smith Wins 2021 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger Award

Salem, IN (November 5, 2021) – Winchester 400 winner Sammy Smith has won the 2021 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger Award after eight ARCA/CRA Super Series point events during the 2021 race season. Smith gained a total of 22 positions in the series point events he participated in during the 2021 season. Smith gained his most positions at the July 12th Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway, where he came from his 17th starting position to finish second, gaining 15 positions earning a Hoosier Race Tire Performance Award and the Progressive Racing Engines Hard Charger Award for that event. Smith also gained five positions in his Winchester 400 victory. 

The Platinum Motorsports Team would finish in second place in the 2021 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger standings with 19 gained positions between drivers Kody Swanson and Jack Smith. Swanson picked up 13 of those gained positions in the Redbud 400 where he came from his  19th place starting position to finish in sixth.

2019 series Champion Greg Van Alst would finish in third place with 13 gained positions during the 2021 season. Stephen Nasse was fourth with eight gained positions. Josh Ebbert was fifth with five gained positions. 

Cometic Gasket, the Official Gasket of the ARCA/CRA Super Series, will award an $800 cash bonus to 2021 Cometic Gasket Hardcharger Award winner Sammy Smith and the Wilson Motorsports Team. A driver must be in the top 15 in series points. 

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. 

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