Then and Now

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Myth Bustin’ at the Track

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. Read the rest of this entry »

EFI Tech, Part 2

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. Read the rest of this entry »

The New Ramchargers Dodges

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Caging the Gen 5 Camaro

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing The 2K, the First Aftermarket Cleveland Available by the Crate

November 22nd, 2011

McKeown Motorsports Custom Tailors the Induction Systems on These Beauties Like a Fine Suit

The world’s first aftermarket Cleveland crate engine was unveiled recently by McKeown Motorsport & Engineering (MME). They call it the 2K.

Though MME’s 2K crate engine distinguishes itself from its mighty predecessor of the ‘70s and ‘80s in many ways—internally balanced forged crankshaft, deck plate bored and honed, priority mains wet or dry sump lubrication systems and so on—it is the multiple choices of induction systems that set it apart from the conventional crate engine. MME offers five different cylinder heads, and the technicians at the company require specific information to select the correct cylinder heads and induction system for every engine. Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Jack

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mongoo$e Journals

November 15th, 2011

It seems like old times for Snake and me; between friendship and business we’ve been spending more time together as of late than since the Hot Wheels days. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Room for These Beauties!

November 11th, 2011

These little jewels 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/). Read the rest of this entry »

Quarter-Mile Update

November 10th, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action! Snake and Mongoo$e Motion Picture Moves Forward

Drag Racing prepares to return to the big screen after a 30-year absence. Not since Heart Like A Wheel has our sport received much cinematic attention.

Rhino Films and newly formed shingle Storywise Productions have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoo$e” McEwen, and partnered with NHRA to produce a movie about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track. Read the rest of this entry »