Las Vegas Motor Speedway Hosts NHRA Four Wide Nationals

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After the four-wide events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, drag racing fans headed to The Strip this weekend for the highly anticipated return of the 21st annual DENSO Spark Plug NHRA Four Wide Nationals. State, county, and local officials allowed organizers to sell grandstand seating at 50% capacity for the first of two races scheduled at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. After the sound of nitro-powered 11,000 horsepower engines settled over the Mojave Desert on Friday, three-time Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence, Funny Car ace Robert Hight, Pro Stocker Aaron Stanfield, and the legendary Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith had all earned Number One qualifying...

April 19, 2021
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Are Lithium Motorcycle Batteries Worth the Price?

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Yes, for most riders, lithium motorcycle batteries are worth the price. Invented in 1859, the rechargeable lead-acid battery has been around for as long as the motorcycle. Nonetheless, as good as they have been, there are several shortcomings when the traditional wet lead-acid battery is compared to today’s lithium iron phosphate or LiFePO4 motorcycle batteries. For starters, the lead-acid battery in your motorcycle has a give and take relationship with vehicle’s electrical system. When your two-wheeler or favorite powersports vehicle is sitting in your garage, there is a slow but steady self-discharge. Unfortunately, a lead-acid battery can lose a significant amount of its charge even though there is no draw on the battery. Although most manufacturers advertise a life...

April 16, 2021
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Josh Hart Won the Race at the Tree in Gatornationals Debut

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It was business as usual for Steve Torrence during qualifying for the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Three-time NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series driver of the CAPCO Contractors Top Fuel dragster captured the number one spot going into Sunday’s elimination rounds. Unfortunately, Torrence would faceoff in round two with newcomer Josh Hart. The two-time U.S. Nationals Top Alcohol Champion nailed a holeshot victory with a .076 RT against the defending NHRA Top Fuel Champion. Hart had eliminated Clay Millican in the opening round and breezed past Justin Ashley after he had issues during staging for the semifinal round. As the Ocala newcomer staged for his debut final round in Top Fuel at the Gatornationals, the 2013 NHRA Top Fuel...

March 15, 2021
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Gonzalez Captures E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Win at Gainesville

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Veteran Pro Mod driver Jose Gonzalez made the quickest run in E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod drag racing history on Sunday at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with a 5.621 ET. After qualifying third fastest behind Khalid Albalooshi and number one qualifier Justin Bond, the Dominican born Gonzalez (aka The General) posted his record setting run during the first round of eliminations against Jerico Balduf. Missing its familiar bright orange body color, Gonzalez powered his flat gray Q80 Racing/EGR ProCharger-powered Chevrolet Camaro, to elimination round wins over Clint Satterfield and Khalid Albalooshi enroute to his sixth career final round matchup against Bond. Justin Bond posted a 5.638 ET at 253.80 mph to qualify number one for the first time in his ProCharger-powered...

March 15, 2021
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Eco-Friendly LiFePO4 Batteries for Powersports

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We’ve all heard of Lithium-Ion Batteries, they had become industry standard for anything electrical and motorized. Before the LiCoCO2 battery, Lead Acid batteries were the staple but were noted for their environmental toxicity and unreliability. But Lithium-Ion's superior performance came at a cost as well, they are also not environmentally friendly. Recently, Lithium-Ion batteries have become surpassed by LiFePO4 Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries which allows cars, trucks, and ATVs to utilize a much more efficient and reliable energy in accordance with the new and improved automotive advances and regulations. Moreover, powersports are particularly impacted by the need for a better source of power. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, quarantine lifestyle helped to escalate sales in...

March 10, 2021
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Al-Balooshi Dominates Orlando World Doorslammer Nationals

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Drag racing fans gathered at Orlando Speed World Dragway over the weekend for the second annual CTech Manufacturing World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS. The popular event attracts the stars of Pro Stock and Pro Mod to the Sunshine State to compete for $75,000-to-win in Pro Stock and $50,000-to-win in Pro Mod, and $15,000-to-win in $hameless Racing Pro 632. In addition to those star-studded fields, heavy hitters competed in Comp Eliminator, Ray Skillman Auto Group Factory Shootout, Top Sportsman and Strange Engineering Stock/Super Stock divisions. In lieu of a qualifying ladder, drivers in both Pro Mod and Pro Stock drew chips to determine pairings for Round One eliminations and continued the draw process to select head-to-head competitors before each subsequent round. Pro...

March 8, 2021
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Bluegreen Vacations Duels Set Field for Daytona 500

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It was a muggy night as NASCAR Cup Series teams prepared their cars to complete in the legendary Bluegreen Vacations Duels to determine Sunday’s starting positions 3 thru 40 for the 63rd annual Daytona 500. NASCAR traditionally splits qualifying into two parts that included one-lap qualifying run for the front row (this year) and two 150-mile sprint races known as the Daytona Duels. Qualifying for the “Great American Race” held earlier in the week set the front row with Alex Bowman earning the pole with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Bryon alongside. Although the majority of the field are locked-in to the 500 based on qualifying times, eight teams entered the Duels fighting for the final four spots in the 40-car field. Duel #1 at Daytona International...

February 12, 2021
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Busch Wins the Busch Clash at Daytona

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Tuesday night at Daytona, Kyle Busch claimed his first win of 2021 at the Busch Clash. Always a fan favorite, Rowdy passed the 2020 NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott coming out of the chicane just yards before the finish line. Ryan Blaney had chased down the number 9 of Elliott on previous lap to take the lead with only two laps remaining in the 35-lap precursor to the season opening Daytona 500. Elliott entered the Clash having won the last four NASCAR Cup road races and wasn’t going to let Blaney just pull away. With Kyle Busch moving himself up to third, Elliott dove under Blaney going into the chicane for one final chance at the win but an overly aggressive move midway through the chicane took both drivers out of contention when the two made contact and Blaney spun into the...

February 10, 2021
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Chasing Neon Dreams for Seventy NHRA Seasons

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“Take it to the bank.… John Force will be back in 2021.” Last season NHRA president Glen Cromwell sent a message to racing fans when he made the above comment to Steven Cole Smith in an interview for Autoweek. Now five months later, race fans might be wondering if the National Hot Rod Association is chasing a neon dream for the sanctioning body’s 70th Anniversary. After all, John Force will be 72 years old in 2021 and the coronavirus pandemic is still raging. Although the Godfather of Nitro is eligible for an early round COVID vaccination, will it be possible for the Camping World Drag Racing Series to make it through the 2021 schedule in a way that allows the sport’s winningest driver to meet sponsorship requirements for the John Force Racing? No doubt...

January 29, 2021
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NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series for 2021

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National Hot Rod Association has announced an ambitious 22-race schedule for the 2021 world championship of drag racing. Beginning its 70th season as the sport’s premier sanctioning body, NHRA welcomes a new sponsor in Camping World and will bring back the Countdown to the Championship format for the upcoming year. For the first time in drag racing history, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will kick off the new season at the 52nd annual Gatornationals on March 12-14 at Gainesville Raceway in Florida. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted during the 2021 racing season, fans will experience special treats and features as the NHRA tour celebrates its seven decades of success. Although the COVID-19 pandemic took a heavy toll on the 2020 NHRA season, the series was able to...

January 18, 2021
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