VOLUME XII,  ISSUE 4 - OCT. - DEC.,  2018

Original Super Chevy Show returns to Cordova, Illinois

The Original Super Chevy Show will return for the 32nd year to Cordova International Raceway on Saturday, July 7.


In addition to a car and truck show taking place, drag racing will be held on the track starting at 10 a.m. A special Box vs. No Box race will be held with the winner receiving $1,500 and the runner-up $750.


The pro show will begin at 6 p.m.  and among the participants will be the Chicago Wise guys, Nostalgia Pro Stocks, nostalgia Gassers, Pro Mods, Ozark Mountain Super Shifters, Chicagoland Super Stocks, and wheelstanders.[06/29/18]

Al Balooshi gets first NHRA Pro Mod win of the season

Khalid al Balooshi drove to his first victory of the season and fourth of his career Sunday, June 17, during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, was the sixth of 12 events this season.


AlBalooshi used a 5.924-second pass at 247.38 mph in his Bahrain ‘17 Chevy Camaro to take down Todd Tutterow (5.948/242.10) in the finals.

AlBalooshi celebrated the Fathers Day win with his sons. 


“I’ve been thinking about retiring recently and wondering if I could still compete in this class, but finally I got a win again and it feels amazing,” AlBalooshi said. “I just came out here and had fun and this is definitely a good way to get some momentum heading into the rest of the season.”


Tutterow notched his first final round of the appearance of 2018 as his 5.948 at 242.10 was not enough to defeat AlBalooshi.


AlBalooshi jumps up to third in the Pro Mod standings with the victory, while Tutterow now sits in eighth. Mike Janis retains his points lead in the class by following up his victory in Richmond with a semifinal exit in Bristol.[06/29/18]

Elliott, McMurray finish in top 10 at Michigan

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Camaro ZL1, races to a 9th place finish Sunday, June 10, in the delayed, rain-shortened Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.


Jamie McMurray (#1 McDonald’s Camaro ZL1) finished 10th, William Byron (#24 Liberty University Camaro LS1) was 13th, Austin Dillon (#3 DOW Salutes Veterans Camaro ZL1) was 14th, Alex Bowman (#88 nationalwide Camaro ZL1) was 16th and Chris Buescher (#37 Scott’s ComfortPlus Camaro ZL1) finished in 24th place.  [06/29/18]

Simon Pagenaud Puts Chevy on Podium at Texas

Simon Pagenaud scored a hard-fought runner-up finish in the 248-lap/357.12-mile DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on June 9.  Behind the wheel of the No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) champion scored his first podium of the season and his first at TMS.


Starting second, Pagenaud battled through the scorching heat that plagued the event all weekend that resulted in greater tire wear.  He was credited for leading twice for 26 laps, and jumps to eighth in the standings with eight races remaining in the 2018 season.


Charlie Kimball, No. 23 Tresiba Carlin Chevrolet, scored his third top-10 of the year after starting in 12th position.


Defending VICS champion Josef Newgarden started on the pole and was credited with leading once for 59 laps, but had to pit for a vibration that relegated him to the 13th finishing position, four laps down to the leader.  After nine races, the driver of the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet sits fifth in the standings.


Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, started third and ran in the top-five throughout the majority of the race until on-track contact with another competitor ended his night in 18th position.  Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, now sits third in points as the Series looks forward to a weekend off.


Other Team Chevy drivers finished as follows: Spencer Pigot (11), Max Chilton (12), Gabby Chaves (15), Ed Carpenter (20), Tony Kanaan (21), and Matheus Leist (22). [06/29/18]

Petty’s Garage begins work on ‘Drive with the Original’ Resto-Mod

At Petty’s Garage work has commenced building the grand prize for the 2018 MAHLE “Drive with the Original” Technician Promotion – a custom, resto-mod 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS. The one-of-a-kind vehicle will be finished and tested in time to be awarded to the winner by MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, taking place from October 30 to November 1, 2018.


The “Drive with the Original” promotion runs to October 1, 2018. Four finalists will be randomly selected from all entries at www.drivewiththeoriginal.com to receive a trip for two to AAPEX in Las Vegas. The “Original,” Richard Petty, will be present when the finalists each select a key from The King’s signature Charlie One Horse hat – one of which will start the grand prize MAHLE Camaro RS from Petty’s Garage.


“Last year’s MAHLE Mustang was a huge hit at AAPEX and we wanted to do something that would surpass even that,” said Jon Douglas, General Manager, MAHLE Aftermarket North America. “The MAHLE Camaro RS will be a real showcase for MAHLE Original gaskets, filters and other MAHLE parts. One lucky technician is going to be very happy!”  [06/29/18]

FAST adds training classes

Due to the high demand for the Advanced FAST® XFI™ classes, they have added another class to the 2018 schedule. Intro to FAST EFI  and Advanced FAST SFI will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at the CPG Training Academy, 3416 Democrat Rd., Memphis TN 38118.[06/29/18]

New SEMA board members elected

Results of the 2018 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Donnie Eatherly from P&E Distributors Inc., Dan Kahn from Kahn Media Inc., Brian Lounsberry from Motovicity Distribution, Dr. Jamie Meyer from General Motors and Steve Whipple from Edelbrock LLC elected to serve on the Board.


The 2018-19 SEMA Board of Directors:


Chairman of the Board: Wade Kawasaki, Coker Group

Chairman-Elect: Tim Martin, K&N Engineering Inc.

Immediate-Past Chairman and Secretary: Doug Evans, Crower Cams & Equipment Co. Inc.

Treasurer: Peter Lehman, Granite Creek Capital Partners LLC

Board Members: Greg Adler, Transamerican Auto Parts; Chris Douglas, COMP Performance Group; Donnie Eatherly, P&E Distributors Inc.; Kyle Fickler, Aeromotive Inc.; Dan Kahn, Kahn Media Inc.; James Lawrence, Power Automedia; Brian Lounsberry, Motovicity Distribution; Dr. Jamie Meyer, General Motors; Les Rudd, Bob Cook Sales and Steve Whipple, Edelbrock LLC [06/29/18]

Win a Holley LSX Turbo-ready engine

Enter by July 16 to win a 376 cubic-inch (6.2L) LSX Series Gen IV Small-Block V-8 worth $12,000. It's equipped with the following products from the Holley family of brands: Holley Premium Mid-Mount Accessory System, Holley Single Plane EFI Intake Manifold, Hooker LS Turbo Exhaust Manifolds, Tall LS Valve Covers, Holley TB Intake Elbow, MSD Black SC Wire Set, MSD Pro Power Coils, Trussed LS Valley Cover, and more.


Click here to enter for your chance to win. [06/29/18]

‘Super Dave’ breaks LSX 1/8th mile records with 3.87 at 198 mph

"Super Dave" Adkins, who last year became the quickest LS-powered driver ever with a 3.94 aboard his 2,700-pound '63 Impala, outdid himself with his new Camaro, ripping off a 3.87 at nearly 200 mph at the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion in Bowling Green, KY.


Adkins' 1970 Camaro is powered by a true inline-valve LS engine, a twin-turbocharged 427 cubic-inch powerplant with a billet Noonan block and billet Baker Engineering heads that's completely controlled by a Holley Dominator EFI system. Adkins qualified in the top half of a 16-car Radial Vs. the World field totally dominated by big-blocks – every other car in the field had a big-block under the hood.


Already knocking on the door to 200 mph, Adkins made his historic run in the opening round of eliminations and was gunning for 200 in the second round. A massive oil-down right before he ran eliminated any chance of hitting the double-century mark and knocked him out of the race, forcing him to lift early after blowing the tires off just off the line.


"It felt like I was driving on ice," he said. "All it needed was a couple more pounds of boost to run 200. It should definitely happen somewhere this year, and the potential is there to run in the .70s." [06/29/18]

GM partners with Honda to develop next-gen batteries

General Motors and Honda have announced a partnership to develop new battery components for electrified vehicles.


The two automakers already have a proven relationship when it comes to electrification, having established the industry’s first manufacturing joint venture for an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system set to arrive around 2020. Now, GM and Honda will work together on new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module, in hopes of accelerating both companies’ plans for all-electric vehicles.


In a statement released by both companies, the joint venture promises to deliver a next-generation battery that features higher energy density, smaller packaging, and faster charging capabilities for future products, mainly for the North American market.


The companies will collaborate based on GM’s next-generation battery system, with the intent for Honda to source the battery modules from GM. The goal is to combine scale and global manufacturing efficiencies from both companies to provide greater value for consumers.  [06/29/18]

Lingenfelter partners with Norwalk track

Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering have partnered for a sponsorship program. As part of the program, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be the title sponsor for the Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, and the Wednesday Fun Night, which begins May 16 and takes place most Wednesdays through Oct. 10.


Additionally, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will provide trophies made of engine parts to winners of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Wednesday Fun Night on the first Wednesday of each month, as well as winners of the Nostalgia Drag Racing League categories at the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, winners of Nostalgia Pro Stock at the 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, Aug. 11, and winners of Outlaw Nostalgia Pro Stock and Nostalgia Gas at the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 13-16.


Lingenfelter, which specializes in GM products, especially Camaros, Corvettes, Cadillacs, and trucks, will also post contingency for racers.


“The track is state-of-the-art, and in addition to being involved on a sponsorship level there, we’ll test there while we continue to engineer and develop new parts,” said Mark Rapson, chief operating officer and vice-president of operations for Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.   [06/29/18]

Micke’s Malibu sets standard in ‘Radial v. World’ competition

Mark Micke with crown and a suitcase containing $101,000 in $20 bills at the Sweet 16 at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Mar. 22-24.  (Drew Amitrano photo)


Mark Micke and car owner Jason Carter have entered a cult-like status since their performance numbers and overall win of $101K at March's outlaw super-event at SGMP. Their twin-turbo 1978 Malibu has always been a forerunner in Radial vs. the World competition where incredible turbocharged and supercharged entries funnel all that power through 10.5"-wide radial slicks.


Todd Silvey caught up with Micke following his winning weekend. See the feature in sister publication, Drag Racing Online at here. [06/29/18]

GM Vice president crashes pace car at Detroit Grand Prix

Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President Global Product Development, was behind the wheel of the pace car at the June 3 Verizon IndyCar Series race when it crashed entering the second turn of the race.


Mark Sandy, a manager with IndyCar, was a passenger. Both men were taken to the Detroit Grand Prix medical center where they were checked and cleared. The start of the race was delayed about 30 minutes.   [06/29/18]

Power scores runner-up finish in second race for Chevrolet

For the second straight day, Will Power led the contingent of Team Chevy drivers with a runner-up finish in the second of two Dual in Detroit races as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday, June 3.


The reigning Indianapolis 500 winner started third following a wet qualifying session in the morning and moved up one spot after a consistent run in his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. He appeared on his way to a third-place finish before leader Alexander Rossi went off-track with six laps to go and Rossi’s teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, took the win.


Power said of the challenge of driving on the street, “The constant bumps out of the corner can knock your head around a bit. I drove my (rear end) off all day! We’re really happy with second place. This is a very good result for us. I think that is about as good as we could get.”


Power, a two-time winner on Belle Isle, regained the Driver’s Championship lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series.


Three additional Team Chevy drivers finished in the top-10 Sunday. Tony Kanaan drove his way to a seventh-place finish after starting 22nd in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.


Charlie Kimball placed eight in the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet despite starting 21st. Simon Pagenaud in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet placed 10th.


In the first race on Saturday Chevrolet drivers finished in this order: Power (7), Josef Newgarden (9), Spencer Pigot (10), and Tony Kanaan (14).  [06/29/18]


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