It's Time to Talk About Fall Maintenance for Your Vehicle

With the days getting shorter and kids headed back to school, summer is officially over. So now is a perfect time to invest a little effort into refurbishing the family wagon as well as giving attention to the other vehicles lining your driveway. After all, the added heat and travel associated with summertime fun can take a toll on your car or truck. If you spent more time pulling your boat and trailer to the lake, it may be time to flush the transmission and top off all the fluids. For anyone who took a summer road trip, or two, you should check your tire wear and consider rotating your wheels to increase the life of your tread. It is always prudent to take care of routine maintenance items before the cold weather arrives. Summer months are typically hard on your engine's oil,...

September 18, 2017
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Kalitta, Hight and Gray Post Countdown Wins in NHRA

It may have taken Top Fuel racer Doug Kalitta all season to hoist a Wally in 2017, but what a way to kick off Round 1 of six for the Countdown to the Championship with a win at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. The zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte NC was one of three tracks on the NHRA circuit where Kalitta had failed to win over an illustrious career that now includes 43 victories. Kalitta earned his way to the final tree of the day after qualifying in the top slot for Top Fuel and eliminating Chris Karamensines, Tony Schumacher and Clay Millican. In the day's final round, Kalitta nailed a start in his Mac Tools dragster to out run teammate Richie Crampton with a 3.755-second pass at 318.39 mph. In Funny Car, Robert Hight blasted his way to the third victory of the season with a...

September 18, 2017
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What's Three-Foot Tall and Weighs Sixty Eight Pounds?

Every NASCAR race fan around the globe should know the answer.. it's the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup trophy. Standing just over a yardstick high and weighing in at 68 pounds, this year's trophy is awaiting the winner of the "Playoffs", NASCAR's thrilling shootout for the final ten rounds of the racing calendar. Sixteen drivers were selected at the end of the 26-event regular Cup season to compete for top honors in the world's most prestigious stock car racing series. Since no other sanctioning body races a 40-car field for up to 600 miles over a five hour stretch, NASCAR instituted a stage-system for this year's championship where drivers compete for playoff points as well as the overall win at each event. Still, nothing beats winning a race outright, as drivers can qualify directly...

September 18, 2017
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NASCAR: The Monster Energy Cup Playoffs

Opposite of MLB's World Series or NFL's Super Bowl, the premier event for NASCAR had always been the Daytona 500, which was the opening race of the year. In 2004, NASCAR created a playoff system called the "The Chase for the Nextel Cup". The top 10 drivers (and any additional drivers within 400 points of the leader) by the end of the 26th race would be eligible to compete in a final 10-race chase to determine that season's NASCAR Cup champion. Since then, NASCAR has methodically gone about making adjustments to the Chase concept and this year implemented a new system called the "Playoffs". Although drivers still have a strong incentive to accumulate points that carry forward through the first nine races of the playoffs, regular season race events are now divided into three stages...

September 16, 2017
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NHRA Results from the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Finals

Indiana fans love Monday races especially when local drivers and Indiana-based teams get to stand atop the podium for one of the NHRA's premier events. It was an extended weekend of high-speed action at the 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway just outside Indianapolis. In Monday's Top Fuel elimination, Texan Steve Torrence put the finishing touch on his point's lead eliminating Kebin Kinsley with a 3.757-second pass at 322.96 mph. Kinsley had a surprising weekend having defeated Clay Millican, Shawn Langdon and Tony Schumacher on his way to the finals. The CAPCO Contractors' Top Fuel dragster of Torrence eliminated season-long rivals Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett before capturing his seventh victory of the season. Kinsley's dream weekend came to an...

September 5, 2017
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Courtney Force Wins Fan Draw for $100K Traxxus Nitro Shootout

When the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series rolls into Indianapolis for the Chevrolet U.S. Nationals prior to the Labor Day weekend, E3 Spark Plugs race fans know there are races within the race. A popular addition to what is called the world's biggest drag race is the Traxxas Nitro Shootout featuring the top drivers and teams in the National Hot Rod Association's Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. Based in McKinney TX, Traxxas (a radio-control model manufacturer) awards $100,000 to the winner in each division with $15,000 going to the runners-up and $7,500 to drivers reaching the semi-finals. Leading up to the U.S. Nationals, the first seven winners of a Mello Yello Funny Car or Top Fuel race automatically qualify for the special event with the point's leader in each division...

September 3, 2017
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Florida Motocross Rider Triumphs at U.S. MXGP

With live race coverage airing on CBS Sports Network over the Labor Day weekend, WW Ranch about 20 minutes west of Jacksonville FL was filled to capacity. Fans turned out in record numbers at the north Florida facility as it hosted the seventeenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championships. After rain pounded the track on Friday, crews brought out the heavy machinery and went to work on the track. By early Saturday morning, the black sand with a clay mix was shaping up to be a worthy challenge for the day's qualifying races. In the MX2 class for 250cc motorcycles, American Thomas Covington grabbed the holeshot and led all the laps to the checkered flag. Covington, who is a regular to the World Championship tour, finished ahead of Justin Cooper (USA) and points leader Pauls Jonass...

September 3, 2017
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How Spark Ignition Wires Transfer Energy

Spark plug wires (also referred to as ignition wiring) transfer the spark from the distributor or ignition coil to the plugs. The subsequent spark ignites the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber of your engine. This process starts with the ignition coil, which transforms low-voltage power into extremely high voltage. However, the transfer of this energy through the ignition wires creates heat. Over time, the ignition wiring can become brittle, crack or breakdown. In such cases, a weak or non-existent spark can cause the failure of the fuel in your engine's cylinder to ignite. Depending upon how many spark ignition wires are bad, your car or truck will run poorly, or not at all. Unfortunately, your spark plugs and ignition wires never get to rest while the engine is running....

August 31, 2017
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The Big Go Is the Race Every Driver Wants to Win

When the NHRA rolls into Indianapolis prior to the Labor Day weekend, drag racing fans know that it is time for the National Hot Rod Associations' premier event, the Big Go. Not only does the historic weekend mark the end of the Mello Yello Countdown to the 2017 NHRA Championship, drag racing takes center stage in one of racing's most prestigious cities. Once again, race fans turned out in numbers for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series "Fan Fest" on Wednesday Aug. 30 at the downtown Soldiers and Sailors Monument Circle. Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars lined the brick streets as fans mingled with some of NHRA's finest. NHRA and sponsor Chevrolet took special efforts to celebrate the past, the present and future of drag racing with a multi-hour event featuring a press conference,...

August 31, 2017
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Is the Leaf Losing Its Charge?

Nissan introduced the Leaf, a five-door hatchback electric car, in December of 2010. Since its release, Nissan has sold one quarter of a million Leafs worldwide, which makes it the best-selling highway-capable electric car in history. The award-winning all-electric vehicle produces zero greenhouse-gas emissions from the tailpipe. Nissan built its own battery production plants to provide a 24kWh EV battery with 192 cells that weighed in at 480 lbs. With overall production and sales consistently coming in below the original estimate of 200K units per year, Nissan has announced plans to sell its technology and battery production facilities to GSR Capital, a private Chinese investment group. With an EPA-rated range of 107 miles, the Nissan Leaf is expected to see a major redesign. At just...

August 21, 2017
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