Junior Is Headed to the Broadcast Booth

Like Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett before him, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs his final Monster Energy Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, he is headed to the broadcast booth. According to an online report in SportsBusiness Daily, NBC has signed the popular NASCAR driver to a multiple year deal starting in January 2018. Broadcast rights for NASCAR Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity races airing on TV and radio are among the most expensive of any sporting event. NBC grabbed a piece of the pie back at the turn of the millennium. Along with FOX Sports, NBC has been airing half of the NASCAR season each year. Prior to his father's death at Daytona in 2001, NASCAR's most popular driver for the last 14 consecutive seasons was referred to as "Little E". Today, the future hall of...

July 24, 2017
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Brown Was Back on Top at the Mopar MIle-High NHRA Nationals

So, what happens when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visits Denver for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals? Antron Brown makes the finals at Bandimere Speedway. Actually, Brown making it to the finals in Top Fuel is a common occurrence but this time he drove the MATCO Tools sponsored dragster to the 64th victory of his career. After losing in his last three final round appearances, Brown toppled Leah Pritchett with a better elapsed time of 3.792 to Pritchett's 3.816. Both Antron and Leah trail Pritchett's teammate at Don Schumacher Racing for the series points lead. The final round defeat was only Pritchett's second of the 2017 season in her Papa John's Pizza ride. Her teammate Steve Torrence now leads the Top Fuel class by 54 points over Brown and 70 points over Pritchett....

July 24, 2017
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Trying to Diagnose an Engine Misfire?

Ignition components are normally very reliable. But, with any electronic part, things can fail. To understand the range of induction coil failures, it is crucial to understand how various auto coils function as well as how overheating fits into the equation. When voltage from your automobile's battery passes through the ignition coil to the plugs, it ignites the fuel mixture in every cylinder. Regardless of the type of ignition system, all coils are exposed to a lot of heat with the repetitive surge of power passing through them. A failed automotive coil can cause problems such as an engine misfiring or stalling of the engine when you try to pull off. With time, the spike of voltage and the repetitive heat produced by the generation of spark can wear out the insulation between the...

July 20, 2017
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Build It and They Will Come

No, we're not talking about the famous 1989 fantasy film Field of Dreams. You might remember when Ray (Kevin Costner) heard a mysterious voice one night saying, "If you build it, he will come". The Oscar-nominated movie was a controversial screenplay based on an Iowa corn farmer who was driven by the ghost of a dead baseball player to build a field where he could once again play ball. The movie was loved for its heartfelt story, but criticized as entrepreneurial nonsense. However, a quarter of a century later it is often cited by those who dream of one day having something bigger than what was originally dreamed to be possible. Following today's press release by RACER X ONLINE, entrepreneur and track builder Wayne Scarborough Jr., known to most people in the motocross world as Junior,...

July 19, 2017
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The Sale of New Vehicles Continues to Slide in the U.S.

Major automakers have reported a slump in sales for the fourth consecutive month after a record-setting year in 2016. Optimism is mixed as many analysts are expecting, or at least hoping for a stronger finish to the year. Some manufacturers are blaming the drop in numbers on a massive shift in consumer preference from traditional passenger-car sedans to larger pickup trucks, crossovers and SUVs. Industry experts had been expecting a downward turn after hitting a record seventeen and a half million new vehicles sold last year. In part, the slumping auto market is believed to have been affected by a gradual rise in interest rates for both new and used vehicles. After nearly a decade of low rates, interest rates are above 5% for the first time in seven years. This has caused an inventory...

July 18, 2017
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Capps and Torrence Claim NHRA Wins Atop the Points Standings

At the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters, it was another good day for the point leaders. With Mother Nature providing a hot, humid day outside the Windy City, Funny Car points leader Ron Capps was on form for Sunday's final round. Having only qualified ninth on Saturday, the driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T got on a win streak by defeating Jonnie Lindberg, Jim Campbell and Matt Hagan before lining up against Tommy Johnson Jr. in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T in the penultimate race of the 2017 event. Tommy Johnson Jr. went into Sunday's event with a 2-1 edge over Capps in prior final round appearances. Capps won the race off the line with a .059 reaction time and a 4.026 ET at 319.67 mph compared to Tommy Johnson Jr....

July 10, 2017
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Dale's Last Daytona Race Ends in Earnhardt Tradition

No one knows better that Dale Earnhardt Jr. that Daytona International Speedway can "giveth" but can also "taketh" away. The Earnhardt legacy at NASCAR's first super speedway began in 1961 when Ralph Earnhardt (Dale Jr.'s grandfather) was a relief driver for Cotton Owens and finished fifth in the Daytona 500. That paved the way for Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s record setting 34 wins at the Speedway. Dale Jr. was looking for his eighteenth win at Daytona on Saturday night at the Coke Zero 400 before Kevin Harvick blew a tire putting both himself and the #88 car into the wall. Being dubbed as "Dale-Tona" by the fans, Earnhardt Jr. was set to claim another victory at the track on Saturday having put his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole. With teammates Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne in...

July 1, 2017
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When to Replace Bad Ignition Parts

Today's cars and trucks have a computer that records the sensors' output and stores the failures as well as displays the vehicle service light. For less than twenty dollars, you can purchase a code reader that plugs into a sixteen-pin slot found below the driver's side dash. The reader will exhibit one or more codes that can be used to identify where failures have occurred. In most cases, a faulty automotive coil will reveal multiple faults but you don't have to worry about cross-reference every code. Using a multimeter, you or a mechanic can analyze the readings for both sets of windings. Ignition coils are normally somewhat bullet proof, but similar to any mechanical or electronic automotive part, it can break. To understand the range of coil breakage, it is crucial to understand...

June 29, 2017
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Potential Dangers of a Keyless Ignition System

If you have a vehicle with a keyless ignition system, then you likely know what a fob is. What you might not know is the inherent danger posed by car and trucks that use a keyless system. Back in December of 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned motorists and auto manufacturers that keyless vehicles were a problem. The NHTSA proposed rule changes that would require some kind of warning system to alert the driver that the keyless car or truck was still running. In addition, the agency suggested that automakers consider an alarm system that would also include eliminating the ability for an engine in a keyless vehicle to be started without the fob being present in the car or truck. Critics of the NHTSA's proposal to add an alarm system feel the...

June 28, 2017
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Want to Be Successful as a World Championship Racer?

If you live in the United States and want a career in competitive racing on a global scale, then you might want to consider studying a foreign language or two. For the most part, American drivers and crews have it made on the world's stage. Since the 1950s when Formula One (which is often considered to be the top echelon of auto racing) was founded in Europe, most of the teams and eventually the team's drivers learned to speak English. For no other reason, the vast majority of chassis engineers and engine builders worked out of British speed shops. But, that preceded the onset of the sport's amazing live "digital" feeds. While Europe was the sport's traditional base, over the years the single-seat auto racing sanction has expanded to the far corners of the world. The popularity of the...

June 26, 2017
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