Archive for December, 2011

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…)

Make Room for These Beauties!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Prepare to break out your plastic, race fans! These highly detailed gems are available from Prestige Hobbies, 1238 S. Beach Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92804, call toll free 888.886.5778 or click on Prestige-hobbies.com (http://www NULL.prestige-hobbies NULL.com/). (more…)

Fuel Bowl Control

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Here are the lock screw and adjustment nut with instructions.

The process of carburetion starts at the bowl where fuel arrives at the needle and seat. The needle’s cone-shaped top presses against the matching seat in the housing to limit the amount of fuel that enters. The float located inside of the bowl rides on the fuel like a boat and raises or lowers the needle based on the level. This is why proper float adjustment is crucial. If the float is adjusted to ride too high, the excess fuel will find its way to the vent tube and into your engine unatomized, causing the engine to run poorly or stall. If the float level is set too low, you can starve your engine of fuel, causing it to lean out or stumble. (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…)

Then and Now

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

First-time JEGS All-stars winner Mike Griggs is awarded his personal trophy.

The 2011 JEGS (http://www NULL.jegs NULL.com) All-stars event at Route 66 Raceway was a huge hit, featuring some of the best Sportsman action of the year. In my estimation, it was a total home run, but it took a lot of work to pull off an event of this magnitude.

The JEGS All-stars Race invites the top Sportsman racers from all classes in all NHRA divisions, plus the returning champions are the team blockers. Eighty competitors took part in this year’s race and every one earned their spot through some exceptional driving over the past 12 months. There’s a reason this race is considered such a crowning achievement: It’s so darn hard to make the cut. (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…)

EFI Tech, Part 2

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Photo by Doug Adams

Acronyms in Action

EFI systems don’t respond directly to changes in rpm or engine load—they do it through sensors, device controllers and a decision maker known as a control module.

The alphabet soup of acronyms that is part of any electronic fuel injection system is often a source of confusion. The definitions of those acronyms were addressed last issue. This issue, those acronyms spring into action. (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…)