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Description: ON a. Field of Invention The invention relates generally to the conditioning of bowling lanes, and, more particularly to an apparatus and method for automatically applying a predetermined pattern of dressing fluid along the transverse and longitudinal dimensions of abowling lane. b. Description of Related Art It is well known in the bowling industry to clean and condition a bowling lane to protect the lane and to help create a predetermined lane dressing pattern for a desired ball reaction. Cleaning a bowling lane generally involves the applicationof a water-based or other cleaner, and the subsequent removal of the cleaner by means of an agitating material and/or vacuuming. While subtle variations may exist in the cleaning methods utilized by the various lane cleaning machines available on themarket, the general technique of using an agitating cloth and thereafter vacuuming the applied cleaning fluid off the lane remains central. Methods of conditioning bowling lanes have however evolved over the years from the advent of the wick technologyof the 1970's, 80's and early 90's to the metering pump technology of the 1990's and early 2000's. With regard to wick technology, as illustrated in FIG. 3 of U.S. Pat. No. 4,959,884, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference, wick technology generally involved the use of a wick 162 disposed in reservoir 138 includingdressing (i.e. conditioning) fluid 140. During travel of the conditioning machine down the bowling lane, dressing fluid 140 could be transferred from reservoir 138 onto transfer roller 164 via wick 162 and then onto buffer roller 136 for applicationonto the lane. The wick technology of the 1970's, 80's and early 90's however had exemplary limitations in that once the wick was disengaged from the transfer roller, a residual amount of fluid remaining on the transfer and buffer rollers would beapplied onto the bowling lane, thus rendering it difficult to precisely control the amount of dressing f