Patents by Inventor Donald E. Krueger

Donald E. Krueger has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10024010
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses, methods, and systems to clear a road surface of debris, water, or other contaminants. A system for clearing a road surface is provided including an air knife with an elongate orifice extending along a line, a frame configured to support the air knife in a position substantially parallel to a plane defined by the road surface, and a tow bar coupled to the frame, where the tow bar is pivotable relative to the frame along an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface. The system may include a mounting plate connected to the tow bar, where the mounting plate is pivotably mounted to the frame. The air knife may be supplied with pressurized air to clear the road surface of debris. A guide wheel may be attached to the frame, where the guide wheel is configured to rotate about an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: National Association For Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, John K. Sutton, Michael D. Horton, Shawn Rogers, John Austin Tate, IV, Jerome Kaproth
  • Patent number: 10024009
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses, methods, and systems to clear a road surface of debris, water, or other contaminants. A system for clearing a road surface is provided including an air knife with an elongate orifice extending along a line, a frame configured to support the air knife in a position substantially parallel to a plane defined by the road surface, and a tow bar coupled to the frame, where the tow bar is pivotable relative to the frame along an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface. The system may include a mounting plate connected to the tow bar, where the mounting plate is pivotably mounted to the frame. The air knife may be supplied with pressurized air to clear the road surface of debris. A guide wheel may be attached to the frame, where the guide wheel is configured to rotate about an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, John K. Sutton, Michael D. Horton, Shawn Rogers, John Austin Tate, IV, Jerome Kaproth, Christopher Allen Popiela
  • Publication number: 20160251813
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses, methods, and systems to clear a road surface of debris, water, or other contaminants. A system for clearing a road surface is provided including an air knife with an elongate orifice extending along a line, a frame configured to support the air knife in a position substantially parallel to a plane defined by the road surface, and a tow bar coupled to the frame, where the tow bar is pivotable relative to the frame along an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface. The system may include a mounting plate connected to the tow bar, where the mounting plate is pivotably mounted to the frame. The air knife may be supplied with pressurized air to clear the road surface of debris. A guide wheel may be attached to the frame, where the guide wheel is configured to rotate about an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, John K. Sutton, Michael D. Horton, Shawn Rogers, John Austin Tate, IV, Jerome Kaproth
  • Patent number: 9388542
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses, methods, and systems to clear a road surface of debris, water, or other contaminants. A system for clearing a road surface is provided including an air knife with an elongate orifice extending along a line, a frame configured to support the air knife in a position substantially parallel to a plane defined by the road surface, and a tow bar coupled to the frame, where the tow bar is pivotable relative to the frame along an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface. The system may include a mounting plate connected to the tow bar, where the mounting plate is pivotably mounted to the frame. The air knife may be supplied with pressurized air to clear the road surface of debris. A guide wheel may be attached to the frame, where the guide wheel is configured to rotate about an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, John K. Sutton, Michael D. Horton, Shawn Rogers, John Austin Tate, IV, Jerome Kaproth
  • Patent number: 9359731
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses, methods, and systems to clear a road surface of debris, water, or other contaminants. A system for clearing a road surface is provided including an air knife with an elongate orifice extending along a line, a frame configured to support the air knife in a position substantially parallel to a plane defined by the road surface, and a tow bar coupled to the frame, where the tow bar is pivotable relative to the frame along an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface. The system may include a mounting plate connected to the tow bar, where the mounting plate is pivotably mounted to the frame. The air knife may be supplied with pressurized air to clear the road surface of debris. A guide wheel may be attached to the frame, where the guide wheel is configured to rotate about an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, John K. Sutton, Michael D. Horton, Shawn Rogers, John Austin Tate, IV, Jerome Kaproth
  • Publication number: 20150354156
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses, methods, and systems to clear a road surface of debris, water, or other contaminants. A system for clearing a road surface is provided including an air knife with an elongate orifice extending along a line, a frame configured to support the air knife in a position substantially parallel to a plane defined by the road surface, and a tow bar coupled to the frame, where the tow bar is pivotable relative to the frame along an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface. The system may include a mounting plate connected to the tow bar, where the mounting plate is pivotably mounted to the frame. The air knife may be supplied with pressurized air to clear the road surface of debris. A guide wheel may be attached to the frame, where the guide wheel is configured to rotate about an axis orthogonal to the plane defined by the road surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, John K. Sutton, Michael D. Horton, Shawn Rogers, John Austin Tate, IV, Jerome Kaproth
  • Patent number: 7097240
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is described that releasably locks at least two objects together. The locking mechanism allows one of the objects to be rotatably connected to the other, allowing for a variety of uses. The rotatability and releasability of the locking mechanism allows several locking mechanisms to be used together as an escape hatch system, particularly for use in race vehicles. The locking mechanism has uses beyond the escape hatch system and is applicable to doors, cover, and other objects that are rotatably attached to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: NASCAR, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Kurtz, Donald E. Krueger
  • Patent number: D547249
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Dean Kurtz, Donald E. Krueger, Daniel Barry Honeycutt
  • Patent number: D556648
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Alan Nelson, Michael Dean Horton, Donald E. Krueger
  • Patent number: D598811
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Barry Honeycutt, Donald E. Krueger
  • Patent number: D603295
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Barry Honeycutt, Daniel Dean Kurtz, Donald E. Krueger
  • Patent number: D740860
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Krueger, Michael D. Horton, John K. Sutton