Shortly before turning 50, Dan Stevenson announced to his wife Donna that he was returning to drag racing. A dedicated racer back in the early ‘70s at legendary strips like U.S. 30 Dragway in York, Pennsylvania, Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove, Wisconsin, and Oswego Dragway in his native Illinois, Stevenson gave it all up when marriage, children and work took over his life. (more…)
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A Living, Breathing History Lesson With a Shot of Nitro
The California Hot Rod Reunion—you must attend, I repeat, you must attend!
If you truly love this sport, you need to make a pilgrimage to Bakersfield for the reunion. And you need to come real quick, like this year, for sure. Each year is like the racing equivalent of the Woodstock Music Festival, once it’s over, you just can’t recapture that piece of history. (more…)
Ah, boys and their toys, of course, the older the “boy” the more expensive the “toy.” When it comes to Yenko Supercars the going rate for a fully restored example is on average 350-750K, but that doesn’t stop these guys from driving the hell out of them. (more…)
In This Era of “Buy and Race” the Faint Light of Creative Engineering Still Flickers in Competition EliminatorMonday, February 21st, 2011
Michigander Steve Ambrose and his guys have certainly left their mark on Competition Eliminator, winning nine NHRA National Events including Indy and capturing three division championships. They’re currently marching toward their fourth. (Hope we didn’t jinx you, Steve!) The J/AA six-cylinder Ford-powered ‘23 T roadster, which has chalked up these wins, is powered by cubic ingenuity not cubic dollars.
It’s no secret that respect and respectability don’t come easy in the cut-throat world of outlaw doorslammer racing. Past results and credentials don’t really mean all that much, a point driven home to “Texas Bounty Hunter” Gaylen Smith when he ventured into the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL’s) premier Pro Extreme class.
Check out our stats from 10 pulls in one day.
The original “Drag Special” front tire from Moroso Performance (http://www NULL.moroso NULL.com/) has been a “must-have” item for decades, thanks to its light weight construction and lower rolling resistance. And that’s not all the parts maker is famous for. Since 1968, Moroso has pioneered the development of deep-sump oil pans, pan evacuation systems, vacuum pumps, and countless other performance systems and accessories.
Recently, the Drag Racer team was pleased to spend a day at Moroso Performance, where its team of engineers soundly thrashed a host of parts on the company’s DTS dyno. This aggressive project showed us (in real time) how a host of products have increased horsepower over the years.
Mule Engine Basics
The mule engine selected for this exercise was a 582-inch big-block Chevy provided decent results from most of the products tested here. However, it’s difficult to baseline such a wide variety of power producing items using one mule, as different combinations respond differently when applied to engines that put out either less or more grunt.
Specs … (more…)
The decision to contend for a berth in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship is taking Steve Torrence to some new race sites, including Bristol Dragway, home to the Thunder Valley Nationals, Friday through Sunday.
While it is Torrence’s initial Top Fuel appearance, those making the tuning decisions have a vast performance notebook for the track Bruton Smith carved out of the East Tennessee mountains.
“I’m looking forward to racing there,” said Torrence, driver of the Torrence Racing/Tuttle Motorsports dragster. “We do have a good race car now. Dexter (Tuttle, team owner and tuner) and co-crew chiefs Richard Hogan and Kevin Poynter are working well together. The car has been running consistently and it is going to get better. We just need to win more rounds.”
Next: Points rankings … (more…)