Force Takes a Wild Ride at Wild Horse NHRA Nationals

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?

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?

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

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

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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Are Your State's Roads Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

While a driverless future promises much in terms of safety, convenience and congestion relief, the speed at which autonomous driving becomes a reality may depend upon a high-tech vehicles' compatibility with your state's roadways. After all, there is a current need for more than $500 billion in restoration to our nation's existing infrastructure of roads and bridges. Moreover, unclear lane markers, potholes and poor signage don't work well with an autonomous vehicle's advanced technology. So, how soon you see driverless transportation in your area could have a lot to do with the investment your state, city or municipality is willing to make in improving roads and traffic systems. Although the Department of Transportation faces complex challenges, the agency also understands the value...

February 15, 2018
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Winternationals Featured the Quickest Run in NHRA History

What do you do for exercise on a Sunday afternoon in Pomona? Well, if you are one of southern California's diehard drag racing fans, you take the traditional SealMaster Track Walk down the historic quarter mile of pavement at Auto Club Raceway. After that, you just hang out at the Winternationals while the fastest drivers in the world try to beat each other off the tree and post three runs good enough to earn them a Wally at day's end. In the middle, well that's filled with the smell of burnt rubber, the roar of the crowd, and the fiery flash from blown engines. With last year's champions and the top contenders in the sport present, Round One got off to a spectacular slow start. In Top Fuel Brittany Force spun the tires, veered across the centerline in front of Terry Haddock, slammed...

February 13, 2018
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Earnhardt Nation May Still Be Cheering at Daytona 500

It doesn't take a lot to get "Earnhardt Nation" cheering. After all, they have been doing it every NASCAR weekend since Dale Earnhardt Jr. first started winning in the Busch Series twenty years ago. Now, with Junior embracing his new role as a NBC broadcaster, his loyal race fans may have a new driver to cheer to victory. Alex Bowman crawled behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Sunday and dominated qualifying for the Daytona 500 pole. Obviously Bowman inherited one of the series top rides. Come Sunday, we'll see if "Earnhardt Nation" shows up to support the Nationwide-sponsored Chevrolet as Bowman seeks his first Monster Energy Cup win. Dale Jr. shocked many race fans when he named Bowman as a fill-in driver while he recovered from a concussion in 2016; but...

February 13, 2018
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Top Fuel Champion Escapes Horrifying Qualifying Crash

Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Champion was released from the hospital on Monday after an overnight stay that resulted from a terrible crash in Sunday's elimination round at the Lucas Oil Winternationals. Although the John Force Racing team pulled into Pomona CA with high hopes of continuing their success from the previous season, nothing went according to plans. In Q2 the 16-time Funny Car Champion and team owner, John Force saved the remains of his Peak Chevrolet Camaro after a spectacular blow-up nearly the finish line destroyed his primary ride. The rough ride sent the 68 year-old team patriarch to the hospital for a CT scan of his head, neck, chest and abdomen. When Force returned to the track later that evening, the crew was busy prepping the backup car for Saturday's...

February 13, 2018
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Team Penske Dominates the Clash at Daytona

You've just finished practice for the Daytona 500 and really have nothing to do until qualifying starts for the Great American Race; so why not race? Originally called the Busch Clash, the exhibition race was the brain child of Busch Bavarian Beer brand manager Monty Roberts back in 1979. The invitation only event is now sponsored by Advance Auto Parts and is the first competitive event of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season. Although the race does not pay championship points, sponsors do offer a large cash purse. As all E3 race fans know, that's the perfect incentive to guarantee pedal-to-the-metal racing. As a kickoff event for NASCAR Speedweeks, drivers qualify for the Advance Auto Parts Clash by winning a pole during the previous season; being a former Clash winner; being a...

February 11, 2018
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