VOLUME XII,  ISSUE 3 - JULY - SEPTEMBER,  2018

Dale Jr. drives pace car at the Brickyard; readies for Xfinity ride

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was back behind the wheel of a car, but he just didn’t drive as fast as he once did. The retired driver turned NBC color commentator drove the Camaro ZL1 pace car for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Earnhardt will be driving in the Xfinity race at Richmond, but says he won’t be as driven to win as he was when he was a regular racer.

 

“I just want to go run and have fun. It’s the only time I’m going to race a car this year. And it may be the last time I race a car.”

 

He continued, “I really don’t know what our plans are going forward. I don’t really have any initiative to drive a ton of races. So, we’ll just kind of see what kind of opportunities there are down the road with the sponsorships and so forth that help the rest of the company.”  [09/15/18]

Inductees honored at National Corvette Museum

Every September the National Corvette Museum inducts new members of the NCM Hall of Fame. This year four individuals were welcomed into the Hall: Corvette engineer Tom Wallace; Mike Yager, owner of Mid America Motorworks; and2018-NCM-Hall-of-fame brothers John (race driver) and Burt (engineering and aerodynamics) Greenwood.  [09/15/18]

Camaro drivers dominate Pro Stock at U.S. Nationals

Tanner Gray took his first win at the prestigious NHRA Chevrolet U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis over the Labor Day weekend. He took over the Pro Stock point lead as the six-event Countdown to the Championship begins.

 

See all of the Chevy results at here.  [09/15/18]

Gateway moves Super Chevy Show; adds Fall Bracket Battle for October

The Super Chevy Show event originally scheduled for October 5-6 at Gateway has been rescheduled to April 26-27, 2019. The Super Chevy event will be run in conjunction with the first of two visits to GMP for the Midwest Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) and the Premier Street Car Association (PSCA). The new date will be one of the earliest car show events on the 2019 calendar in the St. Louis region and will avoid conflict with two other local events scheduled on the October date. In addition, the partnership with the other sanctioning groups will provide a great addition to the existing show.

 

GMP will host three days of drag racing – the Fall Bracket Battle -- on the original date of the Super Chevy Show that will be open to all makes and manufacturers (the car show element will not be held at this time). What was the original Super Chevy weekend will now have a Battle of the Brands bracket event on Friday, Oct. 5, that will pay $1,500 to win Box and $1,000 to win No-Box. Saturday, Oct. 6, will feature the Fall Bracket Battle that will pay a guaranteed $5,000 to win in Super Pro along with racing in other categories. The event weekend will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 7, with the NHRA National Dragster Challenge that will award NHRA “Wally” trophies to bracket class winners.  [09/15/18]

Dart Machinery sold

Race Winning Brands has acquired Dart Machinery, producer of engine blocks, cylinder heads, and intake manifolds.

 

Dart’s founder, Richard Maskin, will continue to play a leading role within the organization as a partner and chairman of research and development. Maskin founded the company in his two-car Oak Park, MI, garage in 1981.

 

In addition to retaining the current Dart management team, including Vice President Dave Tratechaud, former Dart general manager Ted Keating returns to the organization in a new role as president.

 

Race Winning Brands is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries. Race Winning Brands, headquartered in Mentor, OH, markets its products globally through a portfolio of brands that include JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Rekluse Motor Sports and ProX Racing Parts. [09/15/18]

‘Stevie Fast’ gets U.S. Nationals Pro Mod win

“Stevie Fast” Jackson raced to his first career Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Monday. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Al-Anabi Performance, is the eighth of 12 events this season.

 

Jackson ran a 6.167-second pass at 168.51 mph to the trailing run of Jose Gonzalez at 6.682 at 189.26.

 

“I want to thank all the people that have stood by us this season,” said Jackson. “After two DNQ’s, all my sponsors and especially Bahrain 1 have had my back this whole time so to come out and win the U.S. Nationals is really special. I really couldn’t do this without my team. I know I’m the driver and drivers always get all the credit, but I really got to give it to my guys. This is because of them.”

 

Jackson defeated Sidnei Frigo (red-light), Bob Rahaim (5.835/246.89 to 5.895/246.35), and Mike Castellana (5.843/246.84 to 5.856/250.37) to advance to the finals. He is fifth in points. The Pro Mods next compete with the NHRA at St. Louis, Sept. 21-23, then at Dallas on Oct. 4-7 before their season final in Las Vegas on Oct. 25-28.  [09/15/18]

Shane Tucker starts shortened season at U.S. Nationals

Australian businessman and Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker brought his Auzmet/Structglass Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaro to Indianapolis for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, racing for the first time this season.

 

Starting on the Gold Coast of Australia the 33-year-old Tucker founded Auzmet Architectural and years later added a Dallas, TX, headquarters. He built a Pro Stock team with his father who lives in Charlotte, NC, and the duo have campaigned a Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock on the NHRA Mello Yello Series since in 2014.

 

“We are going to go our every race and try and get qualified and see what happens on Sunday,” Tucker said. “We are realistic but we also know that anything can happen. We have won rounds and beaten some of the established teams. This has been a great year for the underdog in NHRA when you look at some of the winners in the Nitro categories. I don’t consider myself an underdog but we know what we can do. I am putting my entire focus on this team and doing my best when we get to the track.”

 

At Indianapolis Tucker did not make the 16-car field, but he will be racing the rest of this NHRA season with the exception of Maple Grove Raceway on Sept. 13-16.  [09/15/18]

Larson leads Camaro racers at Darlington

Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 DC Solar Camaro ZL1, makes a pit stop on his way to a 3rd place finish Sunday night, September 2, in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. Larson, who led 284 laps, captured first place in both Stages 1 and 2. Chase Elliott was in 5th place and Jamie McMurray was 9th.   [09/15/18]

‘Throwback’ paint scheme for Austin Dillon

Austin Dillon’s American Ethanol E15 Camaro ZL1 will sport a “throwback” paint scheme for the Bojangles Southern 500. It will be a tribute to the 1995 All-Star car that Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove.

 

“Dale Jr. and I kind of talked about this car and then it kind of came together and American Ethanol, I can’t thank them enough.  They have been so supportive of our Darlington schemes and just changing their logos for us to put it however we need it.,” Dillon said. “That is what is cool about this is our sport comes together for everybody to enjoy a weekend like this at Darlington, our throwback weekend.”    [09/15/18]

GM races Tesla to quicker electric-car recharging time

Mary Barra, GM’s chairman and CEO, recently confirmed the fast-charging EV will be released soon to Delta Electronics as part of a research initiative with the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Electric cars developed by General Motors Co. may be able to recharge their batteries with 180 miles of driving range in less than 10 minutes, a quicker juicing up than drivers can get at Tesla Inc.’s superchargers.

 

The Detroit-based automaker and one of its research partners, Delta Americas, are developing the fast-charge system as part of a three-year project. GM has said it’s readying 20 electric cars for sale by 2023 that will be capable of rapid charging.[09/15/18]

HROT announces qualifiers for Engine Challenge championship

The regular season of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is over and the teams are ready for the dual championship competition.

 

The qualified teams will compete at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas (Oct. 20-Nov. 2) and the PRI Show in Indianapolis (Dec. 6-8). [09/15/18]

Will Power takes IndyCar win at St. Louis

Will Power began the stretch run to the championships with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 under the lights Aug. 25 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

 

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and four-time runner-up, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was the pole winner last August on the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval in the return of Indy car racing to the racetrack in Madison, Illinois, after a 13-year absence.

 

It's Power's 35th career victory and third win of the season. Power is in third place in the 2018 Driver's Championship with two races to go. He is tied with Bobby Unser for seventh on the all-time list.

 

Simon Pagenaud finished in fourth position, Spencer Pigot was sixth, Josef Newgarden finished seventh, Ed Carpenter 12th, Tony Kanaan 13th, Matheus Leist was 16th, Gabby Chaves was 18th and Charlie Kimball was 19th.    [09/15/18]

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