Capps and Torrence Claim NHRA Wins Atop the Points Standings

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At the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters, it was another good day for the point leaders. With Mother Nature providing a hot, humid day outside the Windy City, Funny Car points leader Ron Capps was on form for Sunday's final round. Having only qualified ninth on Saturday, the driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T got on a win streak by defeating Jonnie Lindberg, Jim Campbell and Matt Hagan before lining up against Tommy Johnson Jr. in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T in the penultimate race of the 2017 event. Tommy Johnson Jr. went into Sunday's event with a 2-1 edge over Capps in prior final round appearances. Capps won the race off the line with a .059 reaction time and a 4.026 ET at 319.67 mph compared to Tommy Johnson Jr....

July 10, 2017
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Dale's Last Daytona Race Ends in Earnhardt Tradition

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No one knows better that Dale Earnhardt Jr. that Daytona International Speedway can "giveth" but can also "taketh" away. The Earnhardt legacy at NASCAR's first super speedway began in 1961 when Ralph Earnhardt (Dale Jr.'s grandfather) was a relief driver for Cotton Owens and finished fifth in the Daytona 500. That paved the way for Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s record setting 34 wins at the Speedway. Dale Jr. was looking for his eighteenth win at Daytona on Saturday night at the Coke Zero 400 before Kevin Harvick blew a tire putting both himself and the #88 car into the wall. Being dubbed as "Dale-Tona" by the fans, Earnhardt Jr. was set to claim another victory at the track on Saturday having put his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole. With teammates Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne in...

July 1, 2017
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When to Replace Bad Ignition Parts

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Today's cars and trucks have a computer that records the sensors' output and stores the failures as well as displays the vehicle service light. For less than twenty dollars, you can purchase a code reader that plugs into a sixteen-pin slot found below the driver's side dash. The reader will exhibit one or more codes that can be used to identify where failures have occurred. In most cases, a faulty automotive coil will reveal multiple faults but you don't have to worry about cross-reference every code. Using a multimeter, you or a mechanic can analyze the readings for both sets of windings. Ignition coils are normally somewhat bullet proof, but similar to any mechanical or electronic automotive part, it can break. To understand the range of coil breakage, it is crucial to understand...

June 29, 2017
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Potential Dangers of a Keyless Ignition System

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If you have a vehicle with a keyless ignition system, then you likely know what a fob is. What you might not know is the inherent danger posed by car and trucks that use a keyless system. Back in December of 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned motorists and auto manufacturers that keyless vehicles were a problem. The NHTSA proposed rule changes that would require some kind of warning system to alert the driver that the keyless car or truck was still running. In addition, the agency suggested that automakers consider an alarm system that would also include eliminating the ability for an engine in a keyless vehicle to be started without the fob being present in the car or truck. Critics of the NHTSA's proposal to add an alarm system feel the...

June 28, 2017
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Want to Be Successful as a World Championship Racer?

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If you live in the United States and want a career in competitive racing on a global scale, then you might want to consider studying a foreign language or two. For the most part, American drivers and crews have it made on the world's stage. Since the 1950s when Formula One (which is often considered to be the top echelon of auto racing) was founded in Europe, most of the teams and eventually the team's drivers learned to speak English. For no other reason, the vast majority of chassis engineers and engine builders worked out of British speed shops. But, that preceded the onset of the sport's amazing live "digital" feeds. While Europe was the sport's traditional base, over the years the single-seat auto racing sanction has expanded to the far corners of the world. The popularity of the...

June 26, 2017
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NHRA Summit Nationals Results & Series Points Update

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You can always expect the cream to rise to the top. However, the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is nothing but.. Weekend after weekend racing fans fill the bleachers not knowing who is going to win. This weekend in the Buckeye State was no exception as the NHRA teams tried to tame the pavement at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. In Top Fuel, Steve Torrence powered his Capco Contractors dragster to a mid-season win with a 3.743 ET posting a 331.45 mph run. Capturing his fourth victory of the season, Torrence kept the team's momentum going with a holeshot in the final round to defeat a very fast Doug Kalitta who ran a 3.736 at 331.36 mph. On his way to the win at the Summit Nationals, Torrence defeated Troy Coughlin, Jr. and last weekend's winner Clay Millican before...

June 26, 2017
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Air Bag Manufacturer Files Bankruptcy in US and Japan

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Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata Corp, has been at the center of largest product recall in automotive history. In fact, the term "exploding airbags" was coined many months ago when it was learned that a faulty inflator could fail sending shrapnel flying. So far, 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide. That includes 42 million vehicles in the United States alone. Apart from 16 known fatalities, the failed inflators are responsible for more than 180 injuries. T.K. Holdings, the company's U.S. operations, filed Chapter 11 in Delaware earlier this week with $10 billion to $50 billion in estimated liabilities. In February, Takata had pleaded guilty to felony charges in U.S. federal court as part of a $1 billion settlement that included victims of airbag failures. Devastated...

June 26, 2017
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How a Magneto Powers Your Lawn and Garden Spark Plug

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Gasoline-powered lawn and garden accessories use a spark plug but these small engines do not have a battery on board. Push lawn mowers, edging tools, hedge trimmers, chain saws and blowers all have an engine. So how does the spark plug get its fire? Instead of relying on a battery for the burst of energy, these engines use a magneto to generate the power. Because magnetos are extremely reliable and don't have to be repeatedly charged, they are among the most popular ignition devices. Some gasoline-powered propeller driven airplanes also use magnetos. To crank an engine, the ignition system has to generate an extremely high voltage at exactly the right moment. To ignite the fuel in the motor, this initial burst of energy needs to be in the neighborhood of 20K volts. The sudden burst of...

June 20, 2017
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There Lots of Ways to Lose a Race...

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Anyone who has been around motorsports knows there are numerous ways to lose a big race. Mistaking a fellow competitor for a track official is a new one to add to the list. That's exactly what happened to an ill-fated Toyota Racing team at this year's 24 Hour of Le Mans. At the previous year's event in France, the Toyota petro-hybrid had victory in sight when the TS050 coasted to a stop while leading the race at the 23 hour and 55 minute mark. A Toyota team car took second in class but again victory had eluded the automotive giant. Toyota had high hopes to stand on the top step of the podium at this year's 24 Hours. After all, Kamui Kobayashi had put the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the pole. With one of the fastest cars in the world and a favorite to win, the Toyota team ran at the front...

June 20, 2017
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Laughlin Nails a Perfect Light at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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Just below a mile high at 4,549 feet above sea level, the Thunder Valley track at Bristol Dragway crowned a first time winner in Top Fuel. Tennessee native Clay Millican laid down a 3.825 pass to post a top speed of 316.38 mph to defeat Leah Pritchett in Sunday's finals at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Having made very few mistakes during the 2017 season, Pritchett nailed the start with a .058 RT to Millican's .095 RT but dropped a cylinder early in the run. At the line, Clay Millican had piloted the Great Clips/Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster to his first ever NHRA National win in his ninth final round appearance. The win moved Millican to seventh overall in the points championship. Pritchett holds on to second just eleven points behind points leader Steve Torrence. So...

June 19, 2017
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