Where Have All the Pro Stocks Gone?

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Needless to say, NHRA officials were expecting fallout from Pro Stock drivers and teams when the sanctioning body announced plans last fall to cut the 2019 schedule for the class to eighteen races. Almost immediately Tanner Gray, one of the NHRA's most promising young stars and winner of the NHRA Pro Stock World Championship in 2018 announced his plans to move full-time to NASCAR's K&N East Series as well as to race part-time in ARCA Menards Series. The 19-year old is currently the youngest national event winner and NHRA season champion in the history of the sport. Gray is set to drive for David Gilliland's American stock car race team DGR-Crosley, which also competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Similar to the move that has revitalized the modified division (Pro...

April 2, 2019
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Sellout Crowds Watched the NHRA's Best Claim Gold Wallys at the 50th Gatornationals

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At the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, sellout crowds lined the newly paved track at Gainesville Raceway on Sunday for a glimpse of the world's fastest cars and drivers. For the most part, the Florida weather cooperated and the combination of the cooler temperatures and a new racing surface ensured record-setting elapsed times. This year's event was not just the traditional season opener for E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Racing series, but the 2019 Gatornationals was the 50th anniversary of the historic event at the NHRA-operated facility. The race was the third of twenty-four NHRA National events scheduled for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for the Pro Stock, Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. 2017 World Champion Bo Butner coasted his Jim Butner's Auto Chevrolet Camaro to an...

March 18, 2019
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Busch Overcomes Pit Road Violation to Claim His 200th Career NASCAR Win

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Kyle Busch, the driver of the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, notched his 200th career victory in NASCAR's upper racing divisions. The win at the Auto Club Speedway in Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race in southern California allowed the Las Vegas native to equal the national series total of Richard Petty, who won 200 events in NASCAR's premier series. It was a somewhat fitting win for Busch who scored his first-ever Cup Series victory as a rookie at the track in 2005. Although he still trails ten other drivers for the most Cup wins, Busch is the winningest driver in both Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Busch has always said his goals were simple when he started his NASCAR career. His first goal was to qualify for a NASCAR event, then to finish a race and try to...

March 18, 2019
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Records Set in Pro Mod at the 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals

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If you are going to win your first race in the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by Hoosier Tire, then there's no better place than at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals. That's what North Carolina native Todd Tutterow did to take home a special edition "Gold" Wally trophy for his first ever NHRA win in Pro Mod. But, Tutterow's holeshot win was only part of the record-breaking Sunday afternoon at Gainesville Raceway. In the same final event that Tutterow won, Fast Stevie Jackson set an E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod national speed record with a quicker 5.643 ET at 253 mph, but didn't get the win. The incoming Pro Mod record holder, Mike Castellana, had a scary moment during qualifying on Saturday, when his AAP Camaro came off the tree sideways and crashed....

March 18, 2019
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Kyle Busch Sweeps Phoenix; One Away from 200 Wins

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"It is not for me to decide" has been Kyle Busch's comment when asked about reaching 200 combined wins in NASCAR's upper division racing series. Having won two out of three races last weekend at Las Vegas coupled with a two-race sweep this weekend at Phoenix, much of the conversation in the pits surrounds he and Richard Petty. After all, King Richard is the only driver in history to reach the magical 200-win mark in NASCAR Cup Series. Nonetheless, it is a different playing field for today's drivers. With the added opportunities for wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series, most experts suggest comparing Busch's wins to King Richard's is like comparing apples to oranges. A look back at Petty's greatness also demonstrates how much things have changed...

March 11, 2019
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E3 Returns as Pole Award Sponsor of the 2019 NASCAR® K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series

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Ponte Vedra, FL (February 26, 2019)…E3, manufacturer of a full line of E3 DiamondFIRE racing products, announces that the company will return as Pole Award sponsor this year for all 13 NASCAR® Pinty’s Series (NPS) races and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. NPS is the premier motorsports division in Canada with events held at a variety of road courses and oval tracks in the country in addition to one event in the United States.   The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West kicks off its first event of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track on Thursday, February 28 with the Star Nursery 100. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicked off at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on February 10 as headliner of the track’s 53rd running of its week-long World...

February 26, 2019
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Coughlin Jr., Torrence and Hagan Victorious at NHRA Arizona Nationals

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As the finals got underway for the second event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, it had been ten years since Jeg Coughlin Jr. won the Pro Stock division at the Arizona Nationals. Coughlin Jr. was looking to secure his 1000th round win and claim his 62nd Wally after eliminating Greg Anderson, Alex Laughlin and teammate Erica Enders. Standing in his way, an opportunistic hometown favorite Matt Hartford who had advanced to the semifinals with a scant .001 second margin of victory over Rodger Brogdon. Coughlin Jr. didn't have to wait long to claim his 81st NHRA overall win when Harford left too soon in his Sealed Power Camaro and triggered a red-light foul at the tree. In Funny Car, Matt Hagan scored this third win in five years at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA...

February 25, 2019
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Magnetos Helped Spark the Earliest Automobile Engines

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More than a hundred and fifty years ago, the magneto became the first reliable generator to perform the rather complex electrical functions needed to power the earliest petrol engines. However, that's not where our story starts. About 2,000 BC, an elderly Cretan shepherd named Magnes stumbled upon lodestones containing an iron oxide mineral called magnetite, which a naturally occurring magnetic material. Interestingly, all natural magnets are permanent magnets that will never lose their magnetic power.   In 1831, British scientist Michael Faraday was the first to publish results of his experimental work that explained eletromagnetic induction. A year later, French scientific instrument maker Hippolyte Pixii built one of the earliest working models of an alternating current...

February 19, 2019
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JGR Wins the Last NASCAR Restrictor Plate Event at Daytona

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Over the past three decades, superspeedways like Daytona and Talladega have required NASCAR teams to bolt a restrictive plate between the carburetor and motor to limit the amount of air/fuel mixture to the engine.  A rule change that has become synonymous with the Big One, a term used to describe the inevitable multiple car crash that results from 200 mph race cars being glued together for five hundred miles. Although NASCAR has always claimed the restrictor plate rule that was added in 1987 was to slow the cars down and make them safer, the rule change also eliminated the possibility that cars would get strung out during the event. After all, in 1965, Ned Jarrett won the Southern 500 at Darlington, SC by 14 laps over Buck Baker. A year before restrictor plates were implemented...

February 18, 2019
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Harvick & Logano Win Duels; Bryon Claims Pole for the Daytona 500

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Few sports start their season with the Super Bowl. But, as NASCAR fans know, traditions run deep in stock car racing and especially at the home of the "Birthplace of Speed". Since 1959, when Daytona International Speedway replaced the hard-packed sands on Ormond Beach, race teams have traveled south to break in their new rides for the upcoming Monster Energy Cup Series. Sixty years later, not much has changed, as the forty-two cars that qualified, lined up for the 2019 Daytona Duels at NASCAR's premier super speedway. Going into Thursday's Gander RV Duel races, only the front-row qualifiers William Bryon, who won the pole for the 61st running of the Daytona 500, and his teammate, Alex Bowman, had guaranteed starting spots. Byron was a pleasant surprise for Hendrick Motorsports...

February 15, 2019
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