Volkswagen Executive Receives Judgment after One of the Largest Consumer Class Action Suits in U.S. History

The criminal case involving a key Volkswagen executive, ended after twelve months with the sentencing of Oliver Schmidt. In August, Schmidt entered a guilty for two criminal charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. The federal judge sentenced the VW executive to seven years in the prison and ordered him to pay a fine of $400,000, both the maximum possible. He will get credit for the eleven months that he has already served in a federal penitentiary. Although the defendant's attorneys requested a lesser fine and supervised release, Judge Sean Cox sided with the federal prosecutors. Judge Cox went further to say that the conspirator was directly responsible for the cover-up, lied to government officials and spearheaded a massive fraud against our nation's economic systems....

December 11, 2017
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It's Not Your Father's Beer Wagon... a Tesla Semi Truck

As part of the corporate strategy to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 30%, brewer Anheuser-Busch placed an order for forty electric Tesla semi trucks. Considering the size of the brewer's distribution network, reaching their emission's goal would be the equivalent of removing nearly half a million cars from road each year. Probably best known for its popular brands of beer that include Budweiser, Busch, Michelob, Natural Light, and Stella Artois, the St. Louis-based brewer said the preorder is part of an ongoing effort to make the company more sustainable, efficient and innovative. Nearly 200 Electric Semi Trucks Sold Tesla has suggested the base price of $150,000 for its Class 8 semi that has a range of 300 miles-per-charge and $180,000 for the version with a 500...

December 8, 2017
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NHRA Releases the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Schedule

With title sponsor Mello Yello returning to the National Hot Rod Association's premier drag racing series, fans are already making plans for some intense racing at the most action-packed tracks across the country. With speeds exceeding 330 mph in Top Fuel Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster, spectators can experience the sensory overload as cars zip often separated by mere inches at the 1000-foot finish line. Mello Yello Event Changes for 2018 The 24-event professional tour will feature a few changes coming in 2018 as to when the NHRA's action-packed circus will be in town, so check out the list below to mark your calendar for the 2018 season: Feb. 8-11        Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona CA Feb. 23-25      NHRA...

December 8, 2017
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How to Avoid Seasonal Road Rage

As we head into the Holidays, aggressive driving is a major concern and a real threat to the safety of all drivers. As America's roadways become increasingly more congested, we are all challenged by the stress related to heavier traffic patterns. Unfortunately, it is easy to feel like you're crawling into a safe cocoon when you strap into your car. But, nothing could be further from the truth. With excessive speed on roads where the speed limit is already too high, a car crash can quickly become a violent or even deadly event. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found a large percentage of drivers surveyed expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once during the previous year. So, try to follow these principles: Be Aware of Your...

December 7, 2017
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How Your Car's Ignition System Works

Even with the advancement in automotive technologies, how a car or truck ignition system works really hasn't changed much in decades. Some of the things that have changed include how the spark is created, distributed and delivered to the engine's combustion chamber. How a gasoline-combustion engine works is fairly straightforward and simple. The engine has to have fuel, air and spark to create an explosion that sets the motor's piston(s) in motion. Burnt and un-burned fuel is then exhausted into the atmosphere and the process is repeated in very rapid cycles. 3 Types of Car Ignition Systems When you turn the key to crank the engine in your vehicle, the ignition system sends high voltage (20,000 to 50,000 volts) to the spark plug in each of the engine's cylinders. As that energy arcs...

December 6, 2017
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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Releases 2018 Schedule

The National Hot Rod Association recently announced that the 2018 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will return for the 17th consecutive season to many of the premiere racing facilities across the country. Next year's schedule will feature forty-four divisional events. The Lucas Oil sponsored series is the NHRA's premier sportsman racing program for drag racing. The series was created to show case competitors in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and Top Dragster. Drivers compete for national, regional and divisional championships, and depending on their class, a share of more than half a million dollars in prize money. In addition to the divisional and regional races, the series features a standalone event each year...

December 6, 2017
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Tune-up for Your ATV for Hunting Season

ATV's allow you to access hunting areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. However, once you leave the beaten trail, you definitely want to know that you can get back to your truck. Pushing an ATV loaded with hunting gear for miles is not a fun outing. So, take the time to do a thorough inspection and service your ATV before you hit the woods. Preparing Your Ride for the Woods When prepping your ATV, remember gas-station fuel always has water in the tanks, so drain any old gasoline from your tank and add fuel stabilizer when you refill. Check all battery connections and use an inexpensive trickle charger to keep your ride ready to go. Replace the oil with a winter weight for your area and change all your filters (air, oil and fuel). Make sure all your tires are inflated to the...

December 5, 2017
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After Three Decades Alfa Romeo Returns to Formula One

If you are a card-carrying member of the Tifosi (a staunch supporter of Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One), you surely noticed that the Fiat logo was replaced by an Alfa Romeo tag for the past two seasons. This might have been the predecessor move by Fiat to bolster one of its many brands and an early sign of the company's return to F1. After all, the niche brand of Alfa Romeo with its colorful history in racing was probably a much better option to promote than the automotive giant known worldwide as a manufacturer of low-priced economy cars for everyday use. Originally named A.L.F.A. (for Anomica Lombardo Fabbrica Automobili), the firm produced everything from racing cars to airplane engines prior to Nicola Romeo purchasing the auto manufacturer in 1915. A World War I munitions and...

December 5, 2017
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Get Your Outdoor Tools and Toys Ready

Depending on the part of the country where you reside, getting your tools and toys ready for the winter months may hold different challenges. But, for most of us, it is pulling our stuff out of storage and preparing it for the cooler months ahead. After all, the change seasons will bring new opportunities to use them, so here's some tips for E3 Spark Plugs: Chainsaw - Whether you need to remove debris or cut up firewood, a chainsaw is an essential outdoor tool for the cooler months. Start by removing the old gas and change the oil. It is a good idea to remove and clean the carburetor with carb cleaner. Check the cutting chain and pull rope for wear. Clean the air filter and install a new E3 spark plug. Snow Blower - Having a well-tuned snow blower makes dealing with heavy snowfalls...

December 5, 2017
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Things Heat Up In NASCAR Pits for 2018

Most race fans never know their names but they have one of the most dangerous jobs in all of racing... the pit crew. In 2018, according the NASCAR, each of its premier racing divisions will see major changes at the track on both sides of pit road wall. In an attempt to level the playing field, NASCAR will limited the size of each team's crew on pit road as well as other positions in the pits. To establish parity among Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams, the stock car racing sanctioning body is restricting the number of team members traveling to each race. According to NASCAR officials, the rule change is one of the simplest ways to reduce the cost of racing in a way that is equal for all teams in each of the upper-level divisions of stock car racing. Crew...

December 5, 2017
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