Providence Forge, VA-Bobby Creech and Richard Hutwohl have announced a sponsorship agreement for the 2005 USAR Hooters Cup season. Creech is president of Creech Motorsports in Ashland, VA and has produced championship-winning racecars in almost all divisions of motorsports. Richard Hutwohl owns First Cryogenic Services, in Providence Forge, Va., a cryogenic processing and powder-coating company.

Creech's No. 13 Monte Carlos qualified for several events last season but fell victim to parts failures, nullifying potential top 10 finishes.

Bobby Creech said, "We had some good cars and drivers last season and in every race, and we were moving forward until something went wrong. We either had to drop out, or hold on for whatever we could to pull out a finish. That makes this sponsorship special to us."

This season rookie of the year contender Jeff Oakley will drive for Creech with FCS as the sponsor. First Cryogenic Services treats a wide variety of parts and materials prolonging their useful life to over 200% in most cases.

Hutwohl explains, "This is space age technology available to everyone. Even though it isn't popular, cryogenic treatment has been around for a while and the results are proven. This is something that can help motorsports and the automotive industry, but also most major industries as well. Everything from razorblades to tubas have shown improved qualities from our services."

Cryogenic processing is a continuation of the heat treatment process. In a computer controlled processor, temperatures are lowered to -300F the put in an oven and heated to +300F over a period of days. The result of the process is greatly improved resistance to wear from vibration or abrasion, and dimensional stability under stresses from pressure and temperature.

"In motorsports, we process the long block parts of the engine, gears, brake rotors and bearings," added Hutwohl. "All of these parts have shown significant improvement to resistance to wear and stress. We can improve the qualities of most metals including ferrous metals, high carbon and other alloy steels, aluminum, and brass, as well as nylon and others material up to 600% in some cases."

Creech agrees.

"I have seen the results of cryogenically treated parts and I am convinced this can help eliminate some of these problems we had in our driveline and brakes," said Creech. "Also, knowing other teams use it means we had better get on board or fall behind. We're not in the sport to fall behind."

Hutwohl continues, "This is the big secret to the higher performance in racing today no one wants to talk about. Thirty years ago it was synthetic lubricants. I remember changing the oil containers so no one could tell what we were using, just like everyone else was doing. Today the big teams have their own processors and others send their parts out for processing. While they don't admit to it, the fact is they can't afford not to."

In addition to cryogenic tempering, FCS is providing Creech with their powder coating service on the racecar chassis and parts, as well as specialty coatings such as dry film lubricants and ceramic coatings.