Rickie Smith Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod NHRA Series at Gatornationals

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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?

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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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Honda Wins AMA Supercross at 77th Daytona Bike Week

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Privateer rider Justin Brayton saw his tenacity pay off big Saturday night at the opening event for the 77th Annual Daytona Bike Week. A veteran motocrosser, Brayton posted his first career AMA Monster Energy Supercross win. The 33-year old won his heat race to qualify directly into the main event on America's biggest stages. When the gate dropped, Brayton only needed to pass Honda-factory rider Christian Craig to put his Smartop/MotoConcepts Honda CRF 450 out front. Racing from the lead early on, the veteran was passed once on Lap 4 by Marvin Musquin. But, the factory KTM rider made a mistake on the next lap relinquishing the lead. Two-time defending Daytona Supercross champion Eli Tomac had troubles after the start but quickly worked his way through the pack from 22nd to finish in...

March 12, 2018
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O2 Sensor Operation and Oxygen Sensor Replacement

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With today's computerized controls, engines rely on sensors to provide accurate information when adjusting the air/fuel mixture. Mounted in the exhaust manifold, O2 sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen. The information collected is used by the vehicle's onboard computer to regulate emissions for peak engine performance. On your streetcar, the engine is started without signal from the O2 sensor (called an open loop). This allows for a rich mixture during engine warm-up. The tip of the oxygen sensor in most vehicles emits a voltage signal when the bulb of the O2 sensor is exposed to the hot exhaust. The sensor sends the information to the computer. If there is less oxygen, the engine is running rich. Conversely, if there is more oxygen, the engine is running lean. Most...

March 12, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Named Title Sponsor for NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series

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Recently the NHRA announced that longtime pro racing supporter E3 Spark Plugs had inked a new sponsorship agreement with the National Hot Rod Association. The multi-year deal included designation as the Official Ignition Products of NHRA and title sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The manufacturer of the Diamondfire spark plug and high performance ignition products has been an integral partner with the NHRA for several seasons. Race fans easily recognize the brand's official green and black logo from the trackside inflatable signage, advertising materials and digital lane overlays from last season's televised events. Since the development of the spark plug that was "Born to Burn", E3 has been actively involved in American racing series from dirt to...

March 6, 2018
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Force Takes a Wild Ride at Wild Horse NHRA Nationals

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So far this season, it has been an up and down ride for the "King of Funny Car." Sixteen-time NHRA Champion has taken two trips to the hospital in as many events. On Saturday's second round of elimination for the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, John Force eliminated Jonnie Lindberg but suffered an engine explosion at the finish line that blew the body off his Peak Chevrolet. Force bounced off the outside wall and veered across Lindberg's lane. The parachutes on both cars tangled sending them spinning together to a stop. Lindberg walked away from the incident and Force spent the night in the hospital but returned trackside Sunday afternoon. With Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Brittany Force (Top Fuel) eliminated in Round One, the weekend for John Force Racing...

March 1, 2018
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Will Everyone Buying the Carolina Panthers Please Stand Up?

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Since the owner of the Carolina Panthers announced that he was selling the franchise, there has been a "Who's Who" of celebrities, sports stars and stock car racers that have expressed interest. In December, 81-year old Jerry Richardson agreed to sell the Charlotte-based team that he founded due to allegations of sexual misconduct and a racial slur that supposedly occurred in the workplace. Richardson, a former NFL player with the Baltimore Colts, and his ownership group reportedly paid $206 million for the expansion team in 1993. Forbes estimates the current worth to be around $2.3 billion. One of the first sports figures to put his hat in the ring was Steph Curry. The Golden State Warrior is a lifelong Panther fan and voiced first interest in December. With no majority African...

February 19, 2018
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Was the Daytona 500 Among the Worst NASCAR Races in History?

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A statement by Matt Weaver in the weekend edition of Autoweek said it all, "Based on Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series opener, the Daytona 500 could either be the best race we've seen in a long time or it could be the worst." As a former racer and self-proclaimed cheeseburger connoisseur, Weaver's proclamation was insightful but unfortunately, the later proved to be true. Almost every racecar in the field was "involved in" or "damaged by" the wreck known as the "Big One"... except this year, the big one coincided with the closing laps for each of NASCAR's three stage races. In the end, did the best car and driver win? No, it wasn't even close. Maybe Sunday's race needed the excitement of Saturday night's five attempts at an overtime finish that resulted in the closest win in NASCAR...

February 19, 2018
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How to Reduce Pollution from Lawn Edgers and String Trimmers

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It's the last month of cold weather for most of the country, which means it is time to service your lawn and garden equipment. If you typically just pull your lawn edger, string trimmer or leaf blower out of storage and use everything as is, you might want to read the report below. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you could be a major air polluter out of ignorance. Did you know that one hour of running your gasoline-powered lawn mower emits more pollution than eleven new cars over the same amount of time? How about one gas mower spews 88 lbs. of greenhouse gas and 34 lbs. of other hazardous pollutants into the air each year? EPA Emissions Study for Gas-Powered Lawn & Garden Equipment In a recent study conducted by Jamie L. Banks, PhD, MS for the US...

February 16, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces Two Year Sponsorship of American Flat Track Racing - Named Official Spark Plug

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Ponte Vedra, FL, (February 15, 2018)…E3 Spark Plugs announces a renewed partnership with American Flat Track Racing for 2018 and 2019. As the series’ official spark plug for a second year in a row, E3 is very proud to be a sponsor of the world’s most prestigious form of dirt track motorcycle racing.   E3 Vice President of Motorsports & Marketing, Rob Fisher, says, “American Flat Track racing is always exciting to watch whether it’s new talent competing in AFT Singles short track, TT or half mile courses, or American Flat Track Twins racing globally in the professional ranks at 90+ HP. For enthusiasts like myself, this partnership allows us to work directly with racers that can test throttle response and durability under the most intense race...

February 15, 2018
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