Leah Pritchett Backs Up Her NHRA Record Run with a Win

When the nation's top teams rolled into to Brainerd MN this week for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, it just felt like records could be broken. After all, racing fans come in droves when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series shows up at the Brainerd International Raceway. The spectator camping area known as the "Zoo" fills with speed freaks and the Minnesota countryside comes to life. Leah Pritchett got the ball rolling in Friday's qualification run with the quickest pass in NHRA history with a 3.640-second run in her Papa John's Pizza dragster. With a top speed of 330.63 mph, Pritchett broke her own Top Fuel record time of 3.658 seconds set earlier this year at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Pritchett knows you don't get a Wally for a "fast pass" in qualifying, so it would all be...

August 21, 2017
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Ford F-150 Police Responder Is Industry's First Pursuit-Rated Truck

Ford Motor Company took a major step forward in 1948 when they introduced the Ford Bonus-Built pickup to replace its car-based line of trucks. The move set the stage for generation after generation of F-Series trucks. In 1975, the Dearborn-based automaker recognized a growing need for an affordable blue-collar work truck and released the first F-150. Two years later, the Ford F-150 became America's best selling truck for the next 40 years and later the bestselling vehicle for 35 years. Today, Ford continues to make headlines having sold more than 26 million F-150 trucks and finding new uses for its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The first editions of the Ford F-150 Police Responder with a high-strength fully-boxed ladder frame will roll...

August 14, 2017
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Buy VIP Passes and Tickets to the U.S. MXGP

One of our most popular E3 Spark Plugs blogs this year was our announcement of the United States round of the FIM World Motocross Championship being relocated to a track that is just to the east of Jacksonville FL. It takes a lot of extra effort to make an event like a MXGP happen, so this race should definitely be on your racing calendar. We are on the cusp of having the top dirt bike racers in the world busting berms side-by-side with the best American riders. It truly is an international event and one that is broadcast around the globe. There is a lot of information circulating on other websites advising people which airports to use, where to stay and where you can find food. Certainly some of the best prices on airline tickets go in and out of Orlando International. As one of the...

August 11, 2017
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What Does It Mean to Get a Tune Up?

If you or your car are old enough to rust, getting a "tune up" for your vehicle meant very definitive things would be done to the engine. Nowadays, many of the old school components that needed routine maintenance and service just don't exist, or exist as a digital part that either works or needs to be replaced. However, the basic functions of a combustible engine really haven't changed that much. You need a balance of three things to make a motor come to life and produce power. These are air, fuel and fire. Traditional Tune Up An old-fashioned tune up consisted of examining, cleaning and sometimes replacing parts that affected the flow of fuel, air and fire to an engine. This usually started with checking the air filter, which is still an important item for today's checklist. After...

August 11, 2017
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Toyota Drivers Dominated the Top Spots in Motor Racing

It was a great weekend to be driving a Toyota. Three factory-backed Toyota Racing teams got the month of August off to a great start by claiming victories in the upper-level series of NASCAR and NHRA. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota swept the podium with Martin Treux, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez finishing one, two, three at Watkins Glen International. That followed Kyle Busch's dominating performance the day before in the NASCAR XFINITY series at the Glen. Not to be out done, three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown finished ahead of the field in Sunday's Northwest Nationals. The win at the Glen for Martin Truex, Jr. was his fourth of the 2017 season and allowed the driver of the No. 78 Denver Mattress Toyota to maintain his points lead in the...

August 10, 2017
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Discontinued Cars That You May or May Not Miss

If you're shopping for a new vehicle, you may already know that some of the dealership's inventory may be fading into the sunset. So, what do you do if you are considering a model that is already tagged to be discontinued? The most obvious first step is to determine why the automaker is removing the vehicle from their lineup. Most often, a model is sent to the graveyard when sales drop below expectations (shrinking profits). This is frequently a result of a shift in consumer taste or a demand for newer technologies. Listed below are some of the 2017 vehicles that won't be celebrating the New Year: Buick Verano - Small car sales are down and pseudo-luxury passenger cars are a top the list. Cheverolet SS - A cool car but the market isn't there for full-size, rear-wheel drive...

August 8, 2017
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Robert Hight Takes 250th Funny Car Win for John Force Racing

When the NHRA Mello Yello series rolled into Sonoma last weekend, John Force Racing's Robert Hight was ready to make history.  With his qualifying pass on Saturday, he became the first NHRA driver to top 339 mph in any professional NHRA category. Hight grabbed a near perfect run to solidify a four-hundreths quicker time than the field over the four qualifying sessions at a record 339.87 mph in his Southern California/California Highway Patrol Chevrolet Camaro SS. Unfortunately, you don't win a Wally for speed records and Hight was eliminated by Tim Wilkerson and failed to make the final round. At the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, Robert Hight returned to the winner's circle for the second time in three weeks by eliminating Tommy Johnson Jr. Although...

August 7, 2017
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The Role Spark Plugs Play in Your Engine

Every vehicle has and requires an ignition system. The battery contains stored energy that starts your car or truck's motor. Electrical current travels from the battery to the induction coil, which raises the voltage to ignite the plugs. Spark Plugs are necessary to produce a smooth burn. Each spark plug is connected to an ignition system. When high voltage is generated by the coil, electrical impulses travel from the ignition coil through insulated plug wires. Spark plugs require voltage in excess of 20,000 volts from a lower voltage battery. Once the voltage exceeds the dielectric strength of the gases, a spark jumps the gap at the plug's firing end. The electrical voltage needed varies with different spark plugs. Each cylinder has a spark plug and a piston. The highly compressed...

August 1, 2017
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J.R. Todd Adds His Name to the NHRA Record Book at Sonoma

When the DHL Toyota Camry of J.R. Todd crossed the finish line at the 30th Annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, new entries were posted in the NHRA Record Book. Todd's last Wally came at Sonoma Raceway one year ago in Top Fuel but the annotations for this year's victory in Funny Car include: * 1st Win in NHRA Funny Car Division * 1st Graduate of NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League to Win in Funny Car * 1st African American to Win in Funny Car * 1st Win of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series J.R. Todd also become the 16th driver of all time to win in both NHRA Nitro Categories (Top Fuel & Funny Car). The popular victory also earned Todd the final transfer spot into the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout this Labor Day Weekend. With a 4.049 ET at 323.27 mph pass, Todd defeated Tim...

July 31, 2017
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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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