NHRA Results from the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Finals

Indiana fans love Monday races especially when local drivers and Indiana-based teams get to stand atop the podium for one of the NHRA's premier events. It was an extended weekend of high-speed action at the 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway just outside Indianapolis. In Monday's Top Fuel elimination, Texan Steve Torrence put the finishing touch on his point's lead eliminating Kebin Kinsley with a 3.757-second pass at 322.96 mph. Kinsley had a surprising weekend having defeated Clay Millican, Shawn Langdon and Tony Schumacher on his way to the finals. The CAPCO Contractors' Top Fuel dragster of Torrence eliminated season-long rivals Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett before capturing his seventh victory of the season. Kinsley's dream weekend came to an...

September 5, 2017
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Courtney Force Wins Fan Draw for $100K Traxxus Nitro Shootout

When the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series rolls into Indianapolis for the Chevrolet U.S. Nationals prior to the Labor Day weekend, E3 Spark Plugs race fans know there are races within the race. A popular addition to what is called the world's biggest drag race is the Traxxas Nitro Shootout featuring the top drivers and teams in the National Hot Rod Association's Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. Based in McKinney TX, Traxxas (a radio-control model manufacturer) awards $100,000 to the winner in each division with $15,000 going to the runners-up and $7,500 to drivers reaching the semi-finals. Leading up to the U.S. Nationals, the first seven winners of a Mello Yello Funny Car or Top Fuel race automatically qualify for the special event with the point's leader in each division...

September 3, 2017
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Florida Motocross Rider Triumphs at U.S. MXGP

With live race coverage airing on CBS Sports Network over the Labor Day weekend, WW Ranch about 20 minutes west of Jacksonville FL was filled to capacity. Fans turned out in record numbers at the north Florida facility as it hosted the seventeenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championships. After rain pounded the track on Friday, crews brought out the heavy machinery and went to work on the track. By early Saturday morning, the black sand with a clay mix was shaping up to be a worthy challenge for the day's qualifying races. In the MX2 class for 250cc motorcycles, American Thomas Covington grabbed the holeshot and led all the laps to the checkered flag. Covington, who is a regular to the World Championship tour, finished ahead of Justin Cooper (USA) and points leader Pauls Jonass...

September 3, 2017
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How Spark Ignition Wires Transfer Energy

Spark plug wires (also referred to as ignition wiring) transfer the spark from the distributor or ignition coil to the plugs. The subsequent spark ignites the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber of your engine. This process starts with the ignition coil, which transforms low-voltage power into extremely high voltage. However, the transfer of this energy through the ignition wires creates heat. Over time, the ignition wiring can become brittle, crack or breakdown. In such cases, a weak or non-existent spark can cause the failure of the fuel in your engine's cylinder to ignite. Depending upon how many spark ignition wires are bad, your car or truck will run poorly, or not at all. Unfortunately, your spark plugs and ignition wires never get to rest while the engine is running....

August 31, 2017
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The Big Go Is the Race Every Driver Wants to Win

When the NHRA rolls into Indianapolis prior to the Labor Day weekend, drag racing fans know that it is time for the National Hot Rod Associations' premier event, the Big Go. Not only does the historic weekend mark the end of the Mello Yello Countdown to the 2017 NHRA Championship, drag racing takes center stage in one of racing's most prestigious cities. Once again, race fans turned out in numbers for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series "Fan Fest" on Wednesday Aug. 30 at the downtown Soldiers and Sailors Monument Circle. Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars lined the brick streets as fans mingled with some of NHRA's finest. NHRA and sponsor Chevrolet took special efforts to celebrate the past, the present and future of drag racing with a multi-hour event featuring a press conference,...

August 31, 2017
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E3 Performance Products Signs Kunzman and Associates

Ponte Vedra, FL, (August 30, 2017)…E3 Performance Products is pleased to announce Kunzman and Associates has joined the company’s expanding roster of manufacturer representation for E3 spark plugs and performance products.   “With 46 years’ experience representing some of the finest automotive aftermarket manufacturers in the industry in addition to numerous SEMA and PWA Manufacturer Rep of the Year Awards, it was an easy decision to entrust Kunzman and Associates to grow distribution of our performance product line,” says Rob Fisher, E3’s Vice President of Motorsports & Marketing.   The 24 member expert staff of Kunzman and Associates services over 3,000 accounts across 37 states east of the Rockies, including: Alabama, Arkansas,...

August 30, 2017
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Is the Leaf Losing Its Charge?

Nissan introduced the Leaf, a five-door hatchback electric car, in December of 2010. Since its release, Nissan has sold one quarter of a million Leafs worldwide, which makes it the best-selling highway-capable electric car in history. The award-winning all-electric vehicle produces zero greenhouse-gas emissions from the tailpipe. Nissan built its own battery production plants to provide a 24kWh EV battery with 192 cells that weighed in at 480 lbs. With overall production and sales consistently coming in below the original estimate of 200K units per year, Nissan has announced plans to sell its technology and battery production facilities to GSR Capital, a private Chinese investment group. With an EPA-rated range of 107 miles, the Nissan Leaf is expected to see a major redesign. At just...

August 21, 2017
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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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