Here’s looking at you, kid

There were some photos stuck in the mayo jar on the Phlegm building front porch this morning. The note said they were from the cackle cars at the Southland Dragway Reunion held in Houma, LA.


We’ll see if we can get some more info from “Chopper” and bring the whole thing to you next week. 

Wheel standing championship return to Byron Dragway

Byron Dragway officials have announced the 24th Annual World Power Wheel Standing Championships will return October 6-7, 2018.  The trademark event features a wide variety of drag racing action that culminates with two rounds of the wheel standing competition on Sunday afternoon.


The two-day event features qualifying and eliminations on Saturday with final eliminations on Sunday and concludes with two rounds of the wheel stand competition on Sunday afternoon.  Additional drag racing action includes Top Dog Shootout, Top Sportsman, Midwest Index Shootout, and more.


Brian Ambrosini of Kenosha, Wisconsin, won the 2017 World Power Wheel Standing Championship in his ’74 AMC Gremlin. To the delight of the capacity crowd, Ambrosini delivered one of the best performances in event history as he successfully carried his wheel stand over a distance of 885 feet.  2015 Champion Jason Schubert finished runner-up for the second consecutive year in his ’78 Oldsmobile Cutlass.


We’ll have a look at the 2017 event coming in the December issue of DRO.  

E3 renews NHRA sponsorship agreement

E3 Spark Plugs, manufacturer of DiamondFIRE spark plugs and performance ignition products, has renewed their sponsorship agreement with NHRA which includes their latest decision to sponsor NHRA’s Pro Mod series.


“E3 has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the NHRA and with the recent successes of the past two seasons, drag racing is enjoying a renaissance so it made perfect sense to take this opportunity to extend our status as the Official Ignition Products of the NHRA,” said Rob Fisher, E3’s vice president of motorsports. “This extension coupled with our new position as the title sponsor of the Pro Mod division series demonstrates our commitment to NHRA, its racers and its fans.” 

New digs for Mickey Thompson

Mickey Thompson’s street, strip and off-road tires and wheels are now rolling out of a new facility in the company’s hometown of Stow, Ohio. Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels opened its state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse in September. The new location covers 200,000 square feet, including 20,000 square feet of office space.


The facility serves as the eastern distribution center and corporate headquarters for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, which includes both the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek brands.


Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels’ new headquarters can be found at: 4651 Prosper Drive, Stow, Ohio, 44224.  

New Product of the Day


Cloud-Based Data Systems from Racepak

Racepak is expanding the capabilities of their recently released Vantage CL1 cloud based data kit to include track day, autocross, and junior dragster functionality. Vantage CL1 took both the Best Engineered New Product and Best Performance-Racing Product awards at the SEMA show last month.


The CL1 data box is now offered in two distinct models: Karting/Jr. Dragster and Track Day/Autocross. Karting and Jr. Dragster are designed specifically for single-cylinder-type engines and include an engine temp/RPM cable that obtains a tach signal. The Track Day/Autocross kit is geared specifically for automotive use. Instead of the engine temp/RPM cable from the Karting/Jr. Dragster kit, there's an OBD2 and/or standard tach signal pickup cable as an option.


Racepak’s D3 app converts a standard mobile phone into an onboard instrumentation, data logger, and cloud-connected device, all while receiving sensor data via Bluetooth from the vehicle mounted Vantage CL1 data box.



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