Whiteley Captures E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Win at Baytown

Jim Whiteley captured round two of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing series at Royal Purple Raceway outside Houston TX. The strength of the Pro Mod class for 2018 was witnessed by the 29 class entries at Baytown for the SpringNationals. As always, thousands of racing fans took advantage of the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers and garnered a firsthand look as the Pro Mod teams tweaked the last ounce of speed out the 3,000 horsepower engines. Whiteley's first Pro Mod victory came two years ago at the track when he defeated this year's Gatornationals winner Rickie Smith in the final round. As a three-time national champion in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster, it was Whiteley's 25th Wally and second victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by...

April 23, 2018
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Wins and Woes Continue at Baytown for Force Racing at NHRA Springnationals

For the Godfather of Funny Car, engine woes continued for the Peak Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro SS. John Force failed to make a fast enough run in all four of his qualifying attempts at Royal Purple Raceway. Having qualified for the show at the previous 33 SpringNationals, it had been 221 races since Force had failed to make the field for Sunday's eliminations. Force set the record for drag racing earlier in his career by qualifying for 395 consecutive events. However, don't think that missing the show is a day off for the patriarch of John Force Racing. He was upset about not being behind the wheel at Baytown but spent the day signing autographs for fans and supporting teammates Robert Hight, Courtney Force and Brittany Force. In Top Fuel, Brittany rebounded from her...

April 22, 2018
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Is Horn Honking Really Necessary to Lock Your Car?

A good friend from the west coast recently posted an interesting blog on his facebook page. It seems the homeowners in his neighborhood have become upset with the unnecessary noise produced by horn honking. No, not the honking at someone's untethered pet in the street, but the annoying blast created by drivers who have to double-click their vehicle's remote fob every time they lock the doors. Why Should You Care About Noise Pollution? Most vehicle owners never think about the noise pollution that is created when they are simply too lazy to have pressed the door lock upon exiting their vehicle. However, the collective effect of a neighborhood, a community, a township, a city, a state, a region, a country, a continent -- you get the point -- produces an overwhelming amount of noise...

April 18, 2018
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Buy the Right Replacement Tire for Your Vehicle

Once you've put a certain number of miles on your vehicle, it's going to be time to buy new tires. Just like changing your vehicle's plugs and wires, tire industry nomenclature needs to be de-coded, so you select the best rubber for the road. As you will discover below, driving variables, such as road surface, weather conditions, speed limits and even your driving behaviors, will be accounted for as you decipher the hieroglyphics. Unless you're racing at the local drag strip or turning laps on an oval track, it is best to install the same brand, size, tread pattern and rubber compound on all four wheels of your vehicle. With that in mind, let's get started. What does P215/60R16 mean? Tire sizes most often begin with a letter. "P" indicates a passenger car tire. "LT" at the beginning...

April 17, 2018
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Torrence, Todd and Nobile Triumph at NHRA Four Wide

The 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hosted the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A sell-out crowd of West Coast fans turned out to support the first ever side-by-side-by-side-by-side event. In Funny Car, the top four drivers in the points championship lined up for the final and let it rip. Tommy Johnson Jr. had a -.008 reaction time and took himself out of the running with a "red light". Number one qualifier Courtney Force was late off the line with a .103 RT and was done. JR Todd ran a 4.041 at 317.05 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry to beat Jack Beckman and claim the eleventh win of his career. When the Top Fuel dragsters took to the track, number one qualifier Tony Schumacher, three-time world champion Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta and Steve...

April 9, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces 90% Application Coverage for Lawn Mowers

Ponte Vedra, FL (April 4, 2018)…E3 Spark Plugs entered the small engine market in 2003 with a fuel efficient, low emissions spark plug for lawn mowers. This year, E3 is proud to announce that their small engine plug, designed with the company’s patented DiamondFIRE ground electrode, has met a new milestone in lawn mower coverage. E3 spark plugs are now available for 90% of all lawn mowers on the market and is quickly growing its applications for sidewalk edgers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers. The unique design of the E3 spark plug ensures improved combustion, reduced emissions and improved fuel economy through an open ground electrode design, forward projection into the spark zone and through the plug’s edge-to-edge spark discharge. The fuel burns more efficiently...

April 6, 2018
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E3 Announces 2018 Sponsorship Agreements; Congratulates Joss Moffatt for being Named USAC Rookie of the Year

Ponte Vedra, FL (March 20, 2018)…With a growing commitment to grassroots motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs is pleased to announce that the company has significantly increased its level of motorsports sponsorship for 2018. In addition to renewing their longstanding sponsorship of NMRA, NMCA and NHRA drag racing, E3 recently announced the title sponsorship for the NHRA PRO MOD drag racing series. This popular series which is all new for E3, features 12 races of high powered turbo, nitrous and supercharged late model American muscle cars that compete in a 16 car field.     Other new sponsorships that are being renewed for 2018 include: Title sponsor for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. For both, E3 will be the title sponsor with...

March 20, 2018
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Capacity Crowds at the NHRA Gatornationals Treated to a Firework Show of Attrition

After John Force blew the body off his Team Peak Camaro in practice, NHRA race fans flocked through the gates on Saturday at Gainesville Raceway Park. The hot, humid Florida air was almost certain to set off the fireworks at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The sell-out event left no space unoccupied as crowds poured into the historic facility to get a glimpse of the world's fastest cars and drivers. But, for the 16-time NHRA champion, Saturday was a test day for his Funny Car team that had lost three cars in the first three events of 2018 season. In the Funny Car quarterfinals on Sunday, former Funny Car champion Matt Hagan and defending Funny Car champion Robert Hight had a double-body blower with both chassis crossing the finish line without bodywork....

March 19, 2018
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Rickie Smith Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod NHRA Series at Gatornationals

Legendary driver and crew chief Rickie Smith did what he is famous for doing in Sunday's Pro Mod final at the E3 Spark Plugs Drag Racing Series Gatornationals; he won. Not bad for a 64-year old North Carolina driver who didn't have a sponsor until the day before the first Pro Mod race of the 2018 season. That's when the multi-time doorslammer champion received an unexpected call from Sheikh Abdullah of Bahrain. Smith was informed that he would be teamed with Khalid al-Balooshi and Steve Jackson as a member of the Bahrain 1 Racing Pro Mod contingent. Although a newcomer to the team as a driver, Smith had joined the Bahrain 1 team in 2017 as crew chief for Kahalid al-Balooshi and Johnathan Gray. After all, you wouldn't expect a grassroots racer like Smith to just sit at home and recover...

March 19, 2018
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What Do the Numbers on Tires Really Mean?

Chances are, when the tread on your tires starts to show too much wear, you start looking for deals at nearby tire stores. Unfortunately, the set of tires on sale for a hundred bucks are almost never the tires that will fit your car or truck. Truth is most people don't spend a lot of time looking at the various numbers molded or imprinted on their vehicle's tire. But, just like the numbers on a spark plug, these provide important information and identify the characteristics and strengths required for different types of driving. Let's get started with the tire nomeclature listed below: Three Digit Number - This number that appears before the forward slash is the tire width measured in millimeters at the widest part of the tire. NOTE: It is not the tread width. If the number is 245,...

March 12, 2018
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