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Preston Davis Named Grand Marshal for the 11th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Legendary Tennessee Bo Weevil Driver Preston Davis Named Grand Marshal for the 11th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance.

Three pioneer drag racers, a beloved track official and famed track announcer are among those named Honorees for the 11th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance, Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15, at the glorious Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

This year’s honorees are Alan Bockla, Lynwood Dupuy, Melvin Heath, Jon Lundberg, and Tom Prock. The Grand Marshal will be Preston Davis, the popular Tennessee Bo Weevil driver. The Reunion Spotlight will shine on Lynwood Welding’s Pat Bilbow, the renowned drag racing fabricator that ruled in the early drag racing days and continues today. They will be feted on Fri., June 14 at a reception in the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, host hotel for the event.

 

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MSD’s Power Grid Ignition System

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The new Power Grid ignition system from MSD Ignition is set to be on nearly every drag strip in the country, but what does the new controller really have to offer? If you’ve considered using a programmable ignition system, the Power Grid could seriously change what you thought you knew. Take a look at the box, its features and the software that controls it. (more…)

Competition Connecting Rods

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Nothing undermines the reputation of a connecting rod maker more than a deficient batch of rods. He agonizes constantly about heat treatments, high revs, heavy pistons, heavy pins, the number of race laps between rebuilds, but probably most of all whether or not nitrous is being sprayed. It’s a complicated business determining minimum weight while yielding maximum strength, enough to withstand the abuse sustained by the average race motor. (more…)

Cool Hand Lucas

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Morgan Lucas has it Goin’ on—Everyone chill.

Okay, let’s review how several of the sport’s most popular Top Fuel drivers wound up in the NHRA’s quickest and fastest fraternity. (more…)

Myth Bustin’ at the Track

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Truth About Motor Oil

There are misconceptions concerning motor oils available in the consumer marketplace. Similar myths are just as prevalent in motorsports, including drag racing. Royal Purple offers its expertise to clarify some of the most common drag racing oil myths. (more…)

The New Ramchargers Dodges

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Photo cred: Auto Imagery

Chrysler and Ford are adding a new and controversial chapter to the history of factory involvement in NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing.  The fabled Ramchargers’ name is prominent in Mopar’s contribution to the latest installment of this ongoing saga.

In 1959, a ragtag, bucks-down but incredibly talented bunch of employees from the Chrysler Engineering Institute pooled their meager resources (it’s said that each of them kicked in less than $40) and started a car club. The mission? Build a competitive drag car, one that could compete with and beat the Chevys and Pontiacs that were dominant at the time. They eventually picked a name for their group: the Ramchargers. (more…)

Caging the Gen 5 Camaro

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Running Quick? Be Safe! 

The Fifth Generation Camaro was the most eagerly anticipated new model release in the modern history of the automobile. Thankfully, it lived up to all of the advanced hype in appearance and performance.

Straight from the showroom, the Super Sport model is an easy 13-second ride; a few tweaks and you’re in the 11-second zone. This elapsed time mandates a five-point roll cage for participation at NHRA sanctioned tracks. Plus, common sense should prevail at this point, dictating added protection. (more…)

Fast Jack

Friday, November 18th, 2011

You Know What he Does, but do you Know who he Is?

John Russell Beckman has stared death in the face. Not behind the wheel of the Aaron’s/Valvoline Dodge Funny Car, which he drives for Don Schumacher Racing, although there is certainly an element of real danger attached to that. No, the man they call Fast Jack had his most intimate encounter with his final curtain in 2004 after a visit to his doctor’s office, and what he confronted, endured, overcame and achieved while bobbing and weaving around the Grim Reaper does much in telling the story of who he is. (more…)

Nitrous Safety

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Some may Call it Giggle Gas, but Safety Precautions for Nitrous use are no Laughing Matter

The use of a nitrous system to augment a vehicle’s performance has been around for more than 30 years now, with the marketplace offering many choices for the street enthusiast and racer alike. Along with the progression in the state-of-the-art nitrous technology throughout the years comes the responsibility of proper use to keep things safe, whether we’re talking about personal safety or safe use on a particular engine to promote maximum reliability without hurting parts. (more…)

Bob Beucler: Sportsman Racer With a Pro’s Mindset

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Even if you’re the most casual sportsman/bracket racer, you know Bob Beucler—if not by name, by his website Dragtimenews.com (http://www NULL.Dragtimenews NULL.com). This guy’s one serious bracket racer, who’s truly devoted to this style of drag racing.  If his website doesn’t convince you, his race car, the Dragtime Dodge ’64 Polara, and his level of dedication surely will. (more…)