Honda Wins AMA Supercross at 77th Daytona Bike Week

Privateer rider Justin Brayton saw his tenacity pay off big Saturday night at the opening event for the 77th Annual Daytona Bike Week. A veteran motocrosser, Brayton posted his first career AMA Monster Energy Supercross win. The 33-year old won his heat race to qualify directly into the main event on America's biggest stages. When the gate dropped, Brayton only needed to pass Honda-factory rider Christian Craig to put his Smartop/MotoConcepts Honda CRF 450 out front. Racing from the lead early on, the veteran was passed once on Lap 4 by Marvin Musquin. But, the factory KTM rider made a mistake on the next lap relinquishing the lead. Two-time defending Daytona Supercross champion Eli Tomac had troubles after the start but quickly worked his way through the pack from 22nd to finish in...

March 12, 2018
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O2 Sensor Operation and Oxygen Sensor Replacement

With today's computerized controls, engines rely on sensors to provide accurate information when adjusting the air/fuel mixture. Mounted in the exhaust manifold, O2 sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen. The information collected is used by the vehicle's onboard computer to regulate emissions for peak engine performance. On your streetcar, the engine is started without signal from the O2 sensor (called an open loop). This allows for a rich mixture during engine warm-up. The tip of the oxygen sensor in most vehicles emits a voltage signal when the bulb of the O2 sensor is exposed to the hot exhaust. The sensor sends the information to the computer. If there is less oxygen, the engine is running rich. Conversely, if there is more oxygen, the engine is running lean. Most...

March 12, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Named Title Sponsor for NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series

Recently the NHRA announced that longtime pro racing supporter E3 Spark Plugs had inked a new sponsorship agreement with the National Hot Rod Association. The multi-year deal included designation as the Official Ignition Products of NHRA and title sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The manufacturer of the Diamondfire spark plug and high performance ignition products has been an integral partner with the NHRA for several seasons. Race fans easily recognize the brand's official green and black logo from the trackside inflatable signage, advertising materials and digital lane overlays from last season's televised events. Since the development of the spark plug that was "Born to Burn", E3 has been actively involved in American racing series from dirt to...

March 6, 2018
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Force Takes a Wild Ride at Wild Horse NHRA Nationals

So far this season, it has been an up and down ride for the "King of Funny Car." Sixteen-time NHRA Champion has taken two trips to the hospital in as many events. On Saturday's second round of elimination for the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, John Force eliminated Jonnie Lindberg but suffered an engine explosion at the finish line that blew the body off his Peak Chevrolet. Force bounced off the outside wall and veered across Lindberg's lane. The parachutes on both cars tangled sending them spinning together to a stop. Lindberg walked away from the incident and Force spent the night in the hospital but returned trackside Sunday afternoon. With Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Brittany Force (Top Fuel) eliminated in Round One, the weekend for John Force Racing...

March 1, 2018
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Will Everyone Buying the Carolina Panthers Please Stand Up?

Since the owner of the Carolina Panthers announced that he was selling the franchise, there has been a "Who's Who" of celebrities, sports stars and stock car racers that have expressed interest. In December, 81-year old Jerry Richardson agreed to sell the Charlotte-based team that he founded due to allegations of sexual misconduct and a racial slur that supposedly occurred in the workplace. Richardson, a former NFL player with the Baltimore Colts, and his ownership group reportedly paid $206 million for the expansion team in 1993. Forbes estimates the current worth to be around $2.3 billion. One of the first sports figures to put his hat in the ring was Steph Curry. The Golden State Warrior is a lifelong Panther fan and voiced first interest in December. With no majority African...

February 19, 2018
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Was the Daytona 500 Among the Worst NASCAR Races in History?

A statement by Matt Weaver in the weekend edition of Autoweek said it all, "Based on Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series opener, the Daytona 500 could either be the best race we've seen in a long time or it could be the worst." As a former racer and self-proclaimed cheeseburger connoisseur, Weaver's proclamation was insightful but unfortunately, the later proved to be true. Almost every racecar in the field was "involved in" or "damaged by" the wreck known as the "Big One"... except this year, the big one coincided with the closing laps for each of NASCAR's three stage races. In the end, did the best car and driver win? No, it wasn't even close. Maybe Sunday's race needed the excitement of Saturday night's five attempts at an overtime finish that resulted in the closest win in NASCAR...

February 19, 2018
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How to Reduce Pollution from Lawn Edgers and String Trimmers

It's the last month of cold weather for most of the country, which means it is time to service your lawn and garden equipment. If you typically just pull your lawn edger, string trimmer or leaf blower out of storage and use everything as is, you might want to read the report below. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you could be a major air polluter out of ignorance. Did you know that one hour of running your gasoline-powered lawn mower emits more pollution than eleven new cars over the same amount of time? How about one gas mower spews 88 lbs. of greenhouse gas and 34 lbs. of other hazardous pollutants into the air each year? EPA Emissions Study for Gas-Powered Lawn & Garden Equipment In a recent study conducted by Jamie L. Banks, PhD, MS for the US...

February 16, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces Two Year Sponsorship of American Flat Track Racing - Named Official Spark Plug

Ponte Vedra, FL, (February 15, 2018)…E3 Spark Plugs announces a renewed partnership with American Flat Track Racing for 2018 and 2019. As the series’ official spark plug for a second year in a row, E3 is very proud to be a sponsor of the world’s most prestigious form of dirt track motorcycle racing.   E3 Vice President of Motorsports & Marketing, Rob Fisher, says, “American Flat Track racing is always exciting to watch whether it’s new talent competing in AFT Singles short track, TT or half mile courses, or American Flat Track Twins racing globally in the professional ranks at 90+ HP. For enthusiasts like myself, this partnership allows us to work directly with racers that can test throttle response and durability under the most intense race...

February 15, 2018
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Are Your State's Roads Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

While a driverless future promises much in terms of safety, convenience and congestion relief, the speed at which autonomous driving becomes a reality may depend upon a high-tech vehicles' compatibility with your state's roadways. After all, there is a current need for more than $500 billion in restoration to our nation's existing infrastructure of roads and bridges. Moreover, unclear lane markers, potholes and poor signage don't work well with an autonomous vehicle's advanced technology. So, how soon you see driverless transportation in your area could have a lot to do with the investment your state, city or municipality is willing to make in improving roads and traffic systems. Although the Department of Transportation faces complex challenges, the agency also understands the value...

February 15, 2018
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Winternationals Featured the Quickest Run in NHRA History

What do you do for exercise on a Sunday afternoon in Pomona? Well, if you are one of southern California's diehard drag racing fans, you take the traditional SealMaster Track Walk down the historic quarter mile of pavement at Auto Club Raceway. After that, you just hang out at the Winternationals while the fastest drivers in the world try to beat each other off the tree and post three runs good enough to earn them a Wally at day's end. In the middle, well that's filled with the smell of burnt rubber, the roar of the crowd, and the fiery flash from blown engines. With last year's champions and the top contenders in the sport present, Round One got off to a spectacular slow start. In Top Fuel Brittany Force spun the tires, veered across the centerline in front of Terry Haddock, slammed...

February 13, 2018
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