E3 Spark Plugs Highlights the Players in Pro Mod: Billy Harper

Nashville, TN, (May 15, 2018)…One of today’s most exciting classes in drag racing has become the Pro Mod series, such as the National Muscle Car Association sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs. Pro Modified  is the only one that allows multiple makes of cars, builders and engines to compete on a level playing field. This combination is now drawing ever increasing throngs of fans to each city that Pro Mod races. The 2018 season is shaping up yet again, as a special one with barely hundredths-of-a-second continually dividing winners and runners up. One of the competing racers is Billy Harper, from Paducah, KY. Billy has been racing for 58 years. Harper says, “As long  as my health and my crew chief will let me, I’ll keep driving!”   Harper recalls...

May 15, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Highlights the Players in Pro Mod: Billy Glidden

Nashville, TN, (May 15, 2018)…One of today’s most exciting classes in NHRA drag racing has become the Pro Mod series that is now in its first season, sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs. The 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service is the only one that allows multiple makes of cars, builders and engines to compete on a level playing field. This combination is now drawing ever increasing throngs of fans to each city that Pro Mod races at NHRA. The 2018 season is shaping up again as one packed with thrills as barely hundredths-of-a-second divides the number 1 with the 16th qualifier, from entries topping 30 cars per event.      One of those competing racers is Billy Glidden, from Whiteland, IN. Billy was born into racing...

May 15, 2018
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Gonzalez Earns First E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Victory in Charlotte

Dominican born Jose Gonzalez earned his first career victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service at Charlotte's zMAX Dragway. Just one week after capturing the Number One qualifying position at Baytown, Gonzalez posted a 5.743 ET at 254.09 mph in his Q80 Chevrolet Camaro to take the win. The weekend's Pro Mod racing, sponsored by Al-Anabi Performance, which was the third of 12 events scheduled for the 2018 season, was a four-wide thriller. Gonzalez barely edged Brandon Snider off the tree with a .021 reaction time to Snider's .022 RT. But, a puff of smoke from Snider's car just past half track took him out of the hunt. Gatornationals Pro Mod winner Richie Smith had his hands full as his Bahrain 1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro lost traction...

May 1, 2018
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Four Wide Racing at zMAX Dragway with Milestones on the Line

Drivers and crew chiefs spent most of the weekend talking about finding the right recipe for racing four wide at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord NC. But, is it really that different to make a winning run when you line up against three other competitors instead of just one? Well, according to some teams, those few precious seconds that it takes to stage four entries can play havoc with an engineer's calculations for something as simple as the amount of fuel onboard. As any diehard race fan can confirm, running out of fuel at the 980-foot mark can result in a spectacular supercharger explosion. For the drivers, it is just different. There are two Christmas trees, so the drivers in the two inside lanes have to pay special attention. Moreover, there are four lanes of...

May 1, 2018
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Whiteley Captures E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Win at Baytown

Jim Whiteley captured round two of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing series at Royal Purple Raceway outside Houston TX. The strength of the Pro Mod class for 2018 was witnessed by the 29 class entries at Baytown for the SpringNationals. As always, thousands of racing fans took advantage of the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers and garnered a firsthand look as the Pro Mod teams tweaked the last ounce of speed out the 3,000 horsepower engines. Whiteley's first Pro Mod victory came two years ago at the track when he defeated this year's Gatornationals winner Rickie Smith in the final round. As a three-time national champion in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster, it was Whiteley's 25th Wally and second victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by...

April 23, 2018
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Wins and Woes Continue at Baytown for Force Racing at NHRA Springnationals

For the Godfather of Funny Car, engine woes continued for the Peak Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro SS. John Force failed to make a fast enough run in all four of his qualifying attempts at Royal Purple Raceway. Having qualified for the show at the previous 33 SpringNationals, it had been 221 races since Force had failed to make the field for Sunday's eliminations. Force set the record for drag racing earlier in his career by qualifying for 395 consecutive events. However, don't think that missing the show is a day off for the patriarch of John Force Racing. He was upset about not being behind the wheel at Baytown but spent the day signing autographs for fans and supporting teammates Robert Hight, Courtney Force and Brittany Force. In Top Fuel, Brittany rebounded from her...

April 22, 2018
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Is Horn Honking Really Necessary to Lock Your Car?

A good friend from the west coast recently posted an interesting blog on his facebook page. It seems the homeowners in his neighborhood have become upset with the unnecessary noise produced by horn honking. No, not the honking at someone's untethered pet in the street, but the annoying blast created by drivers who have to double-click their vehicle's remote fob every time they lock the doors. Why Should You Care About Noise Pollution? Most vehicle owners never think about the noise pollution that is created when they are simply too lazy to have pressed the door lock upon exiting their vehicle. However, the collective effect of a neighborhood, a community, a township, a city, a state, a region, a country, a continent -- you get the point -- produces an overwhelming amount of noise...

April 18, 2018
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Buy the Right Replacement Tire for Your Vehicle

Once you've put a certain number of miles on your vehicle, it's going to be time to buy new tires. Just like changing your vehicle's plugs and wires, tire industry nomenclature needs to be de-coded, so you select the best rubber for the road. As you will discover below, driving variables, such as road surface, weather conditions, speed limits and even your driving behaviors, will be accounted for as you decipher the hieroglyphics. Unless you're racing at the local drag strip or turning laps on an oval track, it is best to install the same brand, size, tread pattern and rubber compound on all four wheels of your vehicle. With that in mind, let's get started. What does P215/60R16 mean? Tire sizes most often begin with a letter. "P" indicates a passenger car tire. "LT" at the beginning...

April 17, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Highlights the Players in Pro Mod: Shane Molinari

Nashville, TN, (April 12, 2018) One of today’s most exciting classes in NHRA drag racing has become the Pro Mod series, now in its first season sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs. The 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service is a show like no other in the NHRA series, allowing multiple makes of cars, builders and engines to compete on a level playing field, now drawing ever increasing throngs of fans to each city that Pro Mod races at NHRA. The 2018 season is shaping up yet again, as a special one with barely thousands-of-a-second continually dividing winners and runners up, from a Pro Modified entry field of over 30 cars per market.   One of those competing racers is Shane Molinari, from Battleground, WA. Shane started when a couple ...

April 12, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Highlights the Players in Real Pro Mod: John Waldie

Nashville, TN, (April 12, 2018)…In NHRA drag racing, the E3 Spark Plugs Real Pro Mod Series Presented by J&A Service is creating excitement on the track and in the stands. The series allows multiple makes of cars, builders and engines to compete on a level playing field and the result is showing in the stands as throngs flock to this series for the showdown. So far this season there has been barely thousands-of-a-second dividing winners from the runners up in an entry field of over 30 cars.   John Waldie, a.k.a. the “Ringleader” of Real Pro Mod provides some insight on his past, present and future in the sport.   Waldie started in drag racing 55 years ago. Then he was only 15 years of age and he got started when  two high school buddies went...

April 12, 2018
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