Andrew Hines Riding the Screamin' Eagle Harley Davidson to the Top

After fifteen of twenty-four rounds, Andrew Hines has ridden his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson to a 36-point lead in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 35-year old veteran from Brownsburg IN (via California) is no stranger to the winner's circle and has competed in 85 career finals for 48 career wins. Hines is a five-time National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock motorcycle champion. He follows in the footsteps of the legendary duo of Terry Vance and Bryon Hines. Andrew's brother Matt was the 1996 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion and turns the wrenches that makes the team's flagship ride fly. With nine races to go in the championship, teammate Eddie Krawiec sits in second place. Krawiec was born in the shadows of historic Englishtown N.J. and was once a...

July 31, 2018
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2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Schedule

As the NHRA teams prepare for the final half of the 2018 Mello Yello Drag Series, the National Hot Rod Association pre-staged the 2019 tour by announcing the 24-race schedule for next season. The championship will again feature intense racing action at historic racing facilities across the country. Millions of drag racing fans will experience sensory-overload at its best with side-by-side racing action where victories may be determined by mere thousandths of a second. For those with a broader vision, four-wide racing again returns to Las Vegas and Charlotte NC. NHRA Announces Schedule for 2019 As in previous years, the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season will begin at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona in Southern California for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Feb....

July 31, 2018
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Kalitta Claims 332.36 mph NHRA Track Record at Sonoma

Talk about the "little team" that could get it done. Part-time NHRA Top Fuel contenders Blake Alexander and his Pronto Auto Service team found victory lane for the team's second Wally of the 2018 Mello Yello Championship in Sonoma. Alexander defeated Antron Brown and Scott Palmer in earlier rounds to face off against the most experienced Top Fuel racer (Tony Schumacher) in NHRA history starting his 151st final round. With both drivers looking for his second win of the season, it was a matchup between the part-time team against the winningest driver of all time. In his sophomore year in Top Fuel, Alexander is well-known for his reaction time leaving the "Christmas Tree". His average reaction time is .071 seconds, which only trails Antron Brown and Doug Kalitta this season. Ironically,...

July 30, 2018
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John Force Wins at Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Since win number 148 at Gatornationals in 2017, it has looked like the 69-year old NHRA Funny Car driver was likely headed to a well-deserved retirement. But, John Force has always been the exception and never the "rule". In eliminations at Bandimere Speedway outside Denver CO, John Force raced his way past a handful of the best-ever Funny Car drivers, such as his daughter and points leader Courtney Force, two-time champion Matt Hagan, and long-time rival Cruz Pedregon to faceoff with Ron Capps in finals for the NHRA Dodge Mile-High Nationals. Although the patriarch at John Force Racing has not had a good year with the Peak Chevy having blown up in four of the ten races, the ageless wonder moved into eighth place overall in chase for this season's championship with 10 events to...

July 24, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Sponsors 1940 Dodge Truck Restoration by Cool Hand Customs Featuring 1970s style Challenger Suspension and 440 Big Block

Ponte Vedra, FL (July 24, 2018)…E3, manufacturer of E3 DiamondFIRE spark plugs and performance products, is a sponsor this year of a beautiful 1940 Dodge truck custom built by Cool Hand Customs of Middleton, WI. The truck will be the centerpiece attraction at E3’s booth for the 2018 SEMA Show, booth #71000, and will be entered into SEMA’s Battle of the Builders.   The highly modified Dodge truck built by Amy and EJ Fitzgerald, owners of Cool Hand Customs, will feature three E3 high performance ignition products: an E3 Billet Distributor, Race Spark Plugs and Race Wires.  The truck will be equipped with a 440 big block and a 1970s style, torsion bar Dodge Challenger suspension. The truck’s paint scheme will be an exterior satin white with green and...

July 24, 2018
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Smith Claims Third Win in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series at Summit Nationals

E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series kicked off the second half of 2018 with great performances at the 12th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals outside Norwalk OH. In Friday's second qualifying session, Rick Hord posted a 5.754-second pass at 254.76 mph to lead the pack as the Number One qualifier in his 2016 Corvette. Hord fell to Troy Coughlin Sr. in the first round on Sunday. Number Two qualifier Mike Castellana eliminated Danny Rowe before being eliminated by Jeremy Ray. In addition to Castellana, the Carolina Kingpin took care of Eric Dillard and Pete Farber on the way to his first ever NHRA Pro Mod final. When the smoked cleared following Sunday's final run, three-time world champion Rickie Smith had earned his third Pro Mod Wally for 2018 season and fourteenth career...

June 25, 2018
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Mid-Season Recap for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series

Pro Mod race teams around the country are preparing for the second half of the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service. With six races completed, Virginia Nationals winner Mike Janis holds a slim point's lead over a showcase of talented drivers like three-time world champion Rickie Smith, who claimed wins at Gatornationals and Heartland Motorsports Park earlier in year. At the most recent Thunder Valley Nationals, former world champion Khalid alBalooshi joined Jose Gonzalez and Jim Whiteley with one win each. The fast-and-furious doorslammer class offers exciting action for its growing fan base with something unique for every hotrod enthusiast. Highlighted by muscle cars from the 1960s through late models, such as Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros and...

June 19, 2018
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Toyota Shines at 24 Hours | E3 Spark Plugs | Le Mans Race Results

After years of frustration with consecutive victories having slipped from the team's grasp, it was time for Toyota to enjoy the spotlight. Qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans saw the team qualify with two Toyota TS050 Hybrids sharing the front row. However, the automotive giant had been teased before by early race success at the world's most challenging auto endurance event; but still came up short. It's twenty-four grueling hours of high-performance racing that tests every inch of a team's strengths and weaknesses; not 23 hours 59 minutes. But this year, Toyota had something new on their side... Luck! Finally, all the hard work and effort paid off big. Twenty-four hours after the team Toyotas took the green flag, they saw the checkered flag fly at Le Mans. The No. 8 LMP1 Toyota...

June 18, 2018
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Khalid alBalooshi Claims Thunder Valley Win at E3 Pro Mod Nationals

It was another exciting weekend for the teams and drivers at the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. Featuring the world's fastest door-slammer racecars on the planet, the series is the only class that allows for multiple makes of cars, builders and engines to compete heads up. From historic muscle cars like a nitrous-powered '67 Mustang to late model classics with full-blown superchargers, Pro Mod is drawing 30-plus weekly competitors separated by hundredths-of-a-second at the finish line. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door Pro Mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph. Rumors of a driver change circulated mid-week with the announcement that the man who is responsible for the...

June 18, 2018
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Capps Captures 300th Nitro Victory for Don Schumacher Racing

Funny Car driver Ron Capps loves coming to Thunder Valley. After all, Bristol Dragway has been hosting an NHRA National event since 1965, which is the same year the San Luis Obispo driver was born. The NAPA Funny Car pilot now ranks second all time in Funny Car wins with 58 and earned a Wally for Top Fuel dragster back in 1995. Moreover, Capps secured his first victory of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The win was Capps fifth at Bristol Raceway and his second consecutive breaking a tie for totals wins he had shared with John Force. Capps only qualified 11th overall for the event but wasted no time in eliminating three Funny Car greats, John Force, Robert Hight and J.R. Todd, on his path to the final round. Capps secured Schumacher's milestone 300th nitro team win with a...

June 18, 2018
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