Archive for October, 2011

The 41st Napa Auto Parts Ignitor

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Jason Rupert Conquers the 41st Firebird Ignitor

On the western side of the country, the Big Three in the world of nostalgia racing include the March Meet, Pepsi Nightfire and the Hot Rod Reunion. Emerging as another standout stop for the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series is the oldest major drag racing weekend in the Pacific Northwest. For 41 consecutive years, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor has established itself as a haven for the nitro fraternity. (more…)

Pump up the Volume, Fuel Volume That Is

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

FAA Parts Standards Are a New Reality!

The effect of a fuel pump failing on a race car creates little more than depression over a lost race. OK, so maybe it’s really depressing, but as disheartening as that might be the affect of a failed pump on aircraft usually results in a fall from the sky. This is where Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations play an important role in not only the fuel pumps Weldon produces for aircraft, but also for the auto and marine racing industry. (more…)

MasterCraft Safety Makes a Big Impact

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

As a racer there are very few things better than unbridled horsepower and whiplash-inducing acceleration. The smell of fresh laid rubber, eye-burning nitro fuel and the heart-stopping sound of horsepower rocketing away from the starting line is what feeds this maniacal addiction called racing. It’s why competitors spend many long nights wrenching and thousands of dollars looking for just fractions of a second in the unending pursuit of victory. (more…)

Embrace the New Age of Fuel Management! Part 1

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

EFI Alphabet Soup

Electronic fuel injection often seems more complicated than it is because of the myriad acronyms used to reference the sensors and controllers included in most systems. (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…)

Behind The Scenes — Gary Fratus

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

It takes concentrated effort to put on a successful drag racing series. Most of us are familiar with the roles of the drivers, crew chiefs, mechanics, race officials and publicists that comprise the NHRA Full Throttle Tour. But there’s one key component of the equation that labors in relative obscurity, but clearly helps keep the show on the road, the field reps of the various sponsoring manufacturers. Whether there is a need to get a new set of tires, weld a broken bracket, replace a valve train component or get a case of oil, it’s all there on the Manufacturer’s Midway, the world’s largest portable speed shop. (more…)

Burnouts 101: Heat Your Tires Without Beating Your Parts

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Burnouts. We love doing them, but do we know how to do them properly? In a recent issue of National Dragster, David Reher had a great column entitled “Are Burnouts Abusing Your Engine?” I thought his article was so important that I referenced it on The Dragtime News ( (http://www NULL.dragtimenews site earlier this year as a must-read. On a separate occasion, I had a conversation at The PRI Show with Milodon about a new oil pump they came out with because racers were breaking regular oil pumps on the burnout due to excessive shake.  I’ve long suspected that racers way overdo it on the burnout, but seeing David Reher’s article in National Dragster and my conversation at PRI gave me an idea for a more inclusive article about how excessive and/or improper burnout technique can be killing 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 (http://www NULL.Dragtimenews 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…)