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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Torrence, Todd and Nobile Triumph at NHRA Four Wide

The 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hosted the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A sell-out crowd of West Coast fans turned out to support the first ever side-by-side-by-side-by-side event. In Funny Car, the top four drivers in the points championship lined up for the final and let it rip. Tommy Johnson Jr. had a -.008 reaction time and took himself out of the running with a "red light". Number one qualifier Courtney Force was late off the line with a .103 RT and was done. JR Todd ran a 4.041 at 317.05 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry to beat Jack Beckman and claim the eleventh win of his career. When the Top Fuel dragsters took to the track, number one qualifier Tony Schumacher, three-time world champion Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta and Steve...

April 9, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces 90% Application Coverage for Lawn Mowers

Ponte Vedra, FL (April 4, 2018)…E3 Spark Plugs entered the small engine market in 2003 with a fuel efficient, low emissions spark plug for lawn mowers. This year, E3 is proud to announce that their small engine plug, designed with the company’s patented DiamondFIRE ground electrode, has met a new milestone in lawn mower coverage. E3 spark plugs are now available for 90% of all lawn mowers on the market and is quickly growing its applications for sidewalk edgers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers. The unique design of the E3 spark plug ensures improved combustion, reduced emissions and improved fuel economy through an open ground electrode design, forward projection into the spark zone and through the plug’s edge-to-edge spark discharge. The fuel burns more efficiently...

April 6, 2018
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E3 Announces 2018 Sponsorship Agreements; Congratulates Joss Moffatt for being Named USAC Rookie of the Year

Ponte Vedra, FL (March 20, 2018)…With a growing commitment to grassroots motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs is pleased to announce that the company has significantly increased its level of motorsports sponsorship for 2018. In addition to renewing their longstanding sponsorship of NMRA, NMCA and NHRA drag racing, E3 recently announced the title sponsorship for the NHRA PRO MOD drag racing series. This popular series which is all new for E3, features 12 races of high powered turbo, nitrous and supercharged late model American muscle cars that compete in a 16 car field.     Other new sponsorships that are being renewed for 2018 include: Title sponsor for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. For both, E3 will be the title sponsor with...

March 20, 2018
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Capacity Crowds at the NHRA Gatornationals Treated to a Firework Show of Attrition

After John Force blew the body off his Team Peak Camaro in practice, NHRA race fans flocked through the gates on Saturday at Gainesville Raceway Park. The hot, humid Florida air was almost certain to set off the fireworks at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The sell-out event left no space unoccupied as crowds poured into the historic facility to get a glimpse of the world's fastest cars and drivers. But, for the 16-time NHRA champion, Saturday was a test day for his Funny Car team that had lost three cars in the first three events of 2018 season. In the Funny Car quarterfinals on Sunday, former Funny Car champion Matt Hagan and defending Funny Car champion Robert Hight had a double-body blower with both chassis crossing the finish line without bodywork....

March 19, 2018
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Rickie Smith Wins E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod NHRA Series at Gatornationals

Legendary driver and crew chief Rickie Smith did what he is famous for doing in Sunday's Pro Mod final at the E3 Spark Plugs Drag Racing Series Gatornationals; he won. Not bad for a 64-year old North Carolina driver who didn't have a sponsor until the day before the first Pro Mod race of the 2018 season. That's when the multi-time doorslammer champion received an unexpected call from Sheikh Abdullah of Bahrain. Smith was informed that he would be teamed with Khalid al-Balooshi and Steve Jackson as a member of the Bahrain 1 Racing Pro Mod contingent. Although a newcomer to the team as a driver, Smith had joined the Bahrain 1 team in 2017 as crew chief for Kahalid al-Balooshi and Johnathan Gray. After all, you wouldn't expect a grassroots racer like Smith to just sit at home and recover...

March 19, 2018
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What Do the Numbers on Tires Really Mean?

Chances are, when the tread on your tires starts to show too much wear, you start looking for deals at nearby tire stores. Unfortunately, the set of tires on sale for a hundred bucks are almost never the tires that will fit your car or truck. Truth is most people don't spend a lot of time looking at the various numbers molded or imprinted on their vehicle's tire. But, just like the numbers on a spark plug, these provide important information and identify the characteristics and strengths required for different types of driving. Let's get started with the tire nomeclature listed below: Three Digit Number - This number that appears before the forward slash is the tire width measured in millimeters at the widest part of the tire. NOTE: It is not the tread width. If the number is 245,...

March 12, 2018
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Honda Wins AMA Supercross at 77th Daytona Bike Week

Privateer rider Justin Brayton saw his tenacity pay off big Saturday night at the opening event for the 77th Annual Daytona Bike Week. A veteran motocrosser, Brayton posted his first career AMA Monster Energy Supercross win. The 33-year old won his heat race to qualify directly into the main event on America's biggest stages. When the gate dropped, Brayton only needed to pass Honda-factory rider Christian Craig to put his Smartop/MotoConcepts Honda CRF 450 out front. Racing from the lead early on, the veteran was passed once on Lap 4 by Marvin Musquin. But, the factory KTM rider made a mistake on the next lap relinquishing the lead. Two-time defending Daytona Supercross champion Eli Tomac had troubles after the start but quickly worked his way through the pack from 22nd to finish in...

March 12, 2018
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O2 Sensor Operation and Oxygen Sensor Replacement

With today's computerized controls, engines rely on sensors to provide accurate information when adjusting the air/fuel mixture. Mounted in the exhaust manifold, O2 sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen. The information collected is used by the vehicle's onboard computer to regulate emissions for peak engine performance. On your streetcar, the engine is started without signal from the O2 sensor (called an open loop). This allows for a rich mixture during engine warm-up. The tip of the oxygen sensor in most vehicles emits a voltage signal when the bulb of the O2 sensor is exposed to the hot exhaust. The sensor sends the information to the computer. If there is less oxygen, the engine is running rich. Conversely, if there is more oxygen, the engine is running lean. Most...

March 12, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Named Title Sponsor for NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series

Recently the NHRA announced that longtime pro racing supporter E3 Spark Plugs had inked a new sponsorship agreement with the National Hot Rod Association. The multi-year deal included designation as the Official Ignition Products of NHRA and title sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The manufacturer of the Diamondfire spark plug and high performance ignition products has been an integral partner with the NHRA for several seasons. Race fans easily recognize the brand's official green and black logo from the trackside inflatable signage, advertising materials and digital lane overlays from last season's televised events. Since the development of the spark plug that was "Born to Burn", E3 has been actively involved in American racing series from dirt to...

March 6, 2018
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