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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New Concussion Medication May Aid in Preventing CTE

Concussion prevention and treatment protocols have received a lot of press in recent years as high school, collegiate, and pro sports teams began taking the issue very seriously. In February 2017, NASCAR expanding the sanctioning body's concussion protocol for competitors. Screening tools were added to all racing venues and a partnership with AMR provided increased neurological support (SCAT-3 Diagnostic Tool) for race event weekends. During the racing season, race fans may have noticed that drivers were required to visit the Infield Care Center more often, even after relatively minor crashes. Now an assistant professor and medical researcher at Florida State University, with a personal tie to concussions, is working toward a medical solution for problems caused by concussions. As a...

February 7, 2018
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President’s Day Weekend to Include Daytona 500 Again

For the first time since 2011, the Daytona 500 will return to its original Presidents Day Weekend to kick off the 2018 NASCAR racing season. Though in recent years the race had been held in late February / early March, from 1968 to 2011 it was customarily on President’s Day Weekend. In fact, the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 was held on George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd. The 2018 Daytona 500 will be the sixtieth running of the iconic race and has Danica Patrick fans eagerly making plans to journey to the Daytona International Speedway. Many fans are excited to see how this race will play out with the new NASCAR rules and points system. In an attempt to both acquire new racing fans while making the races more interesting for existing fans, NASCAR changed to a...

February 7, 2018
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces New Motorcycle Race Sponsorship - Amsoil A.M.A. Arenacross

Ponte Vedra, FL (February 1, 2018)…In support of E3s expanding commitment to professional and amateur motorcycle racing, E3 announces a two-year sponsorship commitment to Arenacross racing. E3 is now the official spark plug for all A.M.A Arenacross events for both 2018 and 2019.   E3 Vice President of Motorsports, Rob Fisher, says, “With its high flying action and handlebar banging drama, Arenacross competition is one of the most exciting forms of motorcycle racing there is. We at E3 have a long history of supporting extreme sports, after all the competitors and fans alike have an affinity for superior performance and can really appreciate the technology behind an E3 Spark Plug. So it makes natural sense for us to align ourselves with Arenacross. We hope this two...

February 1, 2018
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Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Attracts a World Class Field

The 2018 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona may truly be this year's "Race of Champions". Typically, it is impossible to host an event where the world's best racecar drivers fill the list of entries. Conflicts in racing schedules and the overly possessive demands of sponsors tend to make races like this impossible. Maybe the 55th anniversary of endurance racing at the 3.56-mile road course was just destined for greatness. Utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and infield road course, the race has had numerous sponsors over the years. However, for the past twenty-five years, the winning drivers in all classes have received a Rolex Daytona watch from the title sponsor. Inagural 3-Hour Daytona Continental The inaugural event in 1962, then called the 3-Hour Daytona Continental, was won in...

January 19, 2018
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Freezing Conditions Impacts Drivers from Texas to Maine

The recent slew of intense winter storms has been making headlines in more ways than one. In the northeast millions of people were without power. In other parts of the country, snow and ice caused havoc on roads, which are typically warm and dry. Though most vehicles have little problem operating in cold conditions, recent extreme weather has really put them to the test. In several areas, including Boston, floodwaters filled residential areas with up to 2 feet of water resulting from the storm surge of the “bomb cyclone.” This water then froze leaving vehicles encased in ice, often above the bottom of their doors. Photos and video of this surreal scene have been going viral, bringing to light just how quickly the weather can change and leave people stranded. The east...

January 19, 2018
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Do We Have the Cyber Security to Protect Self-Driving Vehicles?

Consumers, carmakers, and all-around driving enthusiasts are flocking to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The annual event comes on the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which has an entire section dedicated to automotive technology. Top of the list at both shows are companies debuting vehicles, software, and hardware for self-driving vehicles. The topic of autonomous driving has become a big one in recent years, mostly because more companies and investors are getting in on the action. This technology is developing quickly and we are not too far away from taking rides with robots. Despite all the glitz and glamour accompanying this development, security is still the hot topic. In 2015, two hackers named Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek made...

January 18, 2018
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