Like many car fanatics, Marc Shankweiler got hooked on drag racing from early on, although his parents didn’t quite like it. His first car was a ’66 Nova that he had in high school. It was a garage project with a 327 – enough to put a smile on any kids face.
Cody Norris Junior Staff Writer
Cody has been around motorsports his whole life - from boating all the way to off-roading and everything in between. When he decided he wanted to turn his hobby into a career, he found himself helping out in the PowerTV shop. With a thirst for knowledge, Cody turned himself into a sponge to everyone on the PowerTV crew, in hopes to gain a little something from everyone. He soon drifted into the office as a writer in order to broaden his learning capabilities, and be able to talk face to face with the great people in this industry.
Heat is a common monster every hot rodder has a tough time battling under their hood. The heat gremlin tries to burn spark plug wires, vacuum lines, or just decrease the performance of your vehicle. By adding insulators or heat barriers to different components under your hood to protect them from high temperatures will help increase the longevity and performance of your parts.
Bluebaugh Racing is pleased to announce that DJ Safety Racing Equipment has joined us as a sponsor for the 2010 racing season. Bluebaugh’s Marketing Director, Deborah Woodard, said we are proud to carry the DJ Safety name and a company that believes in supporting the racer. We recently received a new 3-2A/15 Fire Suit, which is the best quality suit we have had in all our years of racing.
Vortech Superchargers just released a new product to help those high powered 5th Gen Camaros get more fuel. The new programmable fuel pump voltage booster is perfect for Camaros that are making 500+ rwhp, especially those running forced induction.
The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods “1320 Pro Mod Warrior Series” season opener at Virginia Motorsports Park was a huge success with over 20 Pro Mods contesting eight qualifying positions in each of the two classes. Read more to see who won the classes.
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels have announced their Racer Rebate program will be going on from May 1st till June 15th. If you purchase a set of two ET drag tires in sizes of 26″, 28″, or 29.5″ between the set dates, than you will receive a $50 Mickey Thompson gift card. If you also buy a set of ET Front tires they will throw in an extra $20.
Chris Tynan and the Century Batteries 55 Chev are living proof that “Murphy’s Law” is alive and well! Despite a sensible maintenance program, all 3 qualifying runs were not fast enough to get into what turned out to be a relativity slow bump spot in Top Doorslammer at Sydney Dragway. With the final “bump” (slowest qualifying time in an eight car field) in the 6.40’s, Chris only had to run what the Century Batteries Chev has already run and he would be racing on Sunday – but mechanical gremlins and “Murphy” had other ideas!
ATI Performance Products has just broaden their Super Dampers by adding on the ’07 and newer GT500 and Super Cobra Jet. They have both a 10 groove and six groove super charger pulley. The 6 groove is offered in the OEM size only while the 10 groove is available in both OE and a 15% overdrive.
For the last 13 seasons, Gateway Int’l Raceway has been Larry Dixon’s own personal Bermuda Triangle on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit. His racing history at the multipurpose motorsports complex just across the Mississippi River from the famed St. Louis Arch is at best an unexplained mystery.
COMP Cams has just released their new 3-Bolt Camshaft Retaining Plate Kit. This retaining kit is made from high strength aluminum bronze alloy, that will help lower the friction over a stock piece.
Just one more round win. That’s all ADRL Pro Nitrous legend Charles Carpenter has needed at the first two races of the 2010 championship season to go from two second-place finishes in a row to two huge wins in a row. There hasn’t been a Pro Nitrous final round contested thus far in 2010 without Carpenter’s unmistakable ’55 Chevy Bel Air in one of the lanes, and while a win would be nice, Carpenter is thrilled to be going rounds and consistently going down the track.
NHRA Pro Stock sophomore racer Danny Gruninger is about to fulfill a dream thanks to Pro Stock team owner Jim Cunningham. Gruninger, 24, has been selected to drive the Cunningham Motorsports Pro Stock Ford Mustang for the next two NHRA Full Throttle national events, beginning this weekend at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Int’l Raceway in Madison.
Danny Rowe made a fast turnaround to his race program following an uncharacteristic DNQ at the season-opening NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway in mid-March.
Stuart Bishop is hoping to steer his Diamond Doorslammer up the Top Doorslammer points ladder at the Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Heading in to the penultimate round of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship, the world’s fastest jeweller is currently sixth in the standings, behind Robin Judd (leading), Maurice Fabietti, John Zappia, Ben Bray and Peter Kapiris.
Diamond Pistons just released a set of pistons with their new Diamond double-coating. These pistons can benefit any engine but they shine the most in power adder applications, by adding together a hard-coat anodizing with a moly-skirt coating. The coating on these pistons will help with decreasing heat, corrosion, and wear.
After a grueling wait and months spent staring at the April 30 date the drivers making up the 2009 Tournament of Champions have less than a week left before returning to Rockingham Dragway where the first champions under the new format will be crowned giving the IHRA its first ever sportsman champions decided via on-track competition.