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Archive for the ‘Manufacturer Press Release’ Category

USRA B-Mod title contenders pass engine tests

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–Three of the top six drivers in the USRA B-Mod national points race were subject to various inspections, including in-depth engine analysis, by USRA technical inspectors this past Friday at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

All three have passed all tests, officials announced today.

The USRA B-Mods of title contenders Chad Clancy, J.C. Morton and Yancy Shepard, were scrutinized intensely Friday night following the main event. Shepard, who utilizes the standard engine package, finished second in the race while Clancy and Morton, both of whom use crate engines, failed to finish due to separate incidents.

Clancy’s crate engine was removed at the track and taken back to USRA headquarters for further inspection.

“Both Shepard and Morton passed all of our tests at the track, but we had an issue with one of our test results on Chad’s car” said USRA Technical Director Darlo Mulder. “After further inspection and replacing a damaged lifter, all tests passed with flying colors.”

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AEM Dyno-Shaft On-Vehicle Dynamometer System

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

AEM Dyno Shaft
The Dyno-Shaft is a true on-vehicle dynamometer system that delivers Horsepower and Torque numbers. The company says the on-vehicle dynamometer is as accurate as the most respected industry dynamometer and a much better choice than accelerometer-based system.

According to AEM, accelerometer-based systems will skew readings due to uphill or downhill transitions, crosswids, vehicle aerodynamics, wheel spin, vehicle weight or a myriad of other factors.

How it Works:

AEM uses a set of laboratory-grade strain gauges inside of a supplied slip yoke to measure Torque at the driveshaft. This is combined with a driveshaft speed sensor to precisely measure the rotational speed of the yoke to determine RPM. The combination of real Torque and RPM readings allows the Dyno-Shaft to output Torque and Horsepower numbers as accurately as any dynamometer but in a more useful setting.

The data broadcast device (Controller) for the Dyno-Shaft yoke is non-contact, does not have slip rings, does not require batteries and is maintenance free. This Controller installs over the transmission tail shaft housing and allows information from the Dyno-Shaft to be transmitted via AEMnet (AEM’s CAN-bus communications network) to a data logger, AEM or other programmable engine management system, or custom dashboard via a single connection.

Learn more at AEM

Federal-Mogul’s Champion® Brand to Offer $100,000 in Racing Sponsorships Through Web-Based ‘Search for a Champion’ Contest

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Southfield, Michigan, …The legendary Champion® spark plug, filter, wiper and performance chemicals brand from Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) will support a new generation of talented amateur racers through an innovative Web-based video contest that will award $100,000 (USD) in motorsports sponsorships.

Through the “Search for a Champion” contest, Federal-Mogul will award each of five finalist prize winners a $10,000 (USD) motorsports sponsorship and one grand-prize winner a $50,000 (USD) sponsorship for submitting videos that best demonstrate their ability to win a racing championship in 2012. Entries will be accepted from amateur teams in any form of engine-driven racing, whether on earth/dirt, asphalt, snow, ice, water or other course. Judging will be based on viewer voting on the brand’s newly updated website as well as input from NASCAR® driver and team owner Kevin Harvick. (See for contest rules.)

The contest was announced by Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet in Sprint Cup racing and official spokesperson for the Champion brand. “I got my start racing go-karts, so I know what a sponsorship can mean to a small race team,” he said. “This program enables Champion to give back to the sport that has helped make it one of the world’s most popular brands by supporting local racers who have what it takes to capture a title in local and regional racing.”

OPTIMA® Batteries Announces New Power Play Text-to-Win Promotion through September 30, 2011

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Consumers Can Text or Scan On-Pack QR Code for a Chance to Instantly Win One of Hundreds of Great Prizes from Performance Automotive Power Brands

OPTIMA® Batteries, a leader in high-performance automotive and marine batteries, today announced its new 2011 retail promotion that is designed to benefit automotive enthusiasts as they gear up for an action-packed season of high-powered events. Beginning July 1, 2011 consumers will find OPTIMA RedTop® and YellowTop® products with a specially designed on-pack sticker, and will be given an opportunity for text-to-win one of hundreds of prizes instantly from leading automotive aftermarket brands.

OPTIMA_LOGO“This Text-to-Win program is designed to demonstrate OPTIMA Batteries’ commitment to supporting the lifestyle of performance automotive enthusiasts, and drive a two-way conversation between the brand and our customers while they’re shopping the category at our retail partners,” said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “We like to reward people who spend time learning about batteries and our product in general. We know that the more time people spend educating themselves on the differences in batteries, the more likely they are to choose the Ultimate Power Source.”

When consumers enter the text-to-win code (or scan the QR code that is also provided) they can instantly win prizes from highly-sought-after brands like Superwinch, Red Line Synthetic Oil, K&N Filters and Holley. The promotion will run through September 30, 2011.

To learn more about OPTIMA Batteries and to find your nearest retailer, please visit You can also visit OPTIMA on-the-go using your iPhone, Android or Blackberry device for helpful tips on charging, battery care and maintenance and product information at

Looney Wins 2nd MLRA Feature In A Row, Familiar Face Wins Pure Stock & 3 Features Postponed

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Mother Nature can be a very fickle woman from time to time. Last night at HPT.Com Speedway she played a game of cat and mouse with the employees, the fans and the racers. In the end, Mother Nature ended up with the upper hand forcing the postponement of several races. The day got started with a bright outlook. Local forecasters were calling for partly sunny skies and a high of 75 degrees. Most of the day it was cool and foggy and by the time the races rolled around rain had slowly crept into the picture.

It was a special night at HPT.Com Speedway. The Lucas Oil MLRA brought in over 40 cars to the track looking to compete for the title. One hundred and sixteen cars total checked in to race. All the stars were lining up. Heat races were completed in all of the regular weekly series classes; Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks, Washburn Tech Modifieds, White Line CDL Factory Stocks and the Super 8 at Forbes Landing B Mods.

A couple of classes on the night finished their portion of the event. The Lucas Oil Latemodels and the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks got through their entire portion of the show. In the MLRA finish it was Brad Looney taking home the win on Friday night at HPT.Com Speedway. Looney battled John Anderson down to the checkered flag and for the 2nd straight week it was Looney who collected the win.

The only other class to complete their portion of the show was the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks.

Nine cars started the A Feature, but only one of them would take home the win. Steve Stewart appeared to be starting off the way he finished a week ago, with a win. Stewart jumped to the top spot and looked to be pulling away. That is
until Henery started closing the gap.

Just as the race was about to hit the halfway point, Henery had caught up to Stewart. The two racers went side by side for a few laps before a bad break would relegate Stewart to the back of the field.

The nose of the car driven by Stewart had fallen off his car on to the track. Having something fall off your car during a race is a bad omen. In this case the bad omen was the fact that he was sent to the rear.

Henery looked to take command of the feature and the yellow flag seemed to be all he needed to win. Randy Kohn might have had a different idea.

Kohn also made most of the opportunity on the restart. He jumped to 2nd place. He would knock on Henery’s door, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Henery would go on to win. It was the 14th time in victory lane for Henrey’s ride since last season.

Kohn held on to finish 2nd, AJ Christian threw another top 5 run with a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Jimmy Millard and rounding out the top 5 was Daniel Canady.

Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Heat race was hauled in by Henrey.

Next week the 3 features postponed will be run first and then next Saturday’s show will begin after the conclusion of the makeup A Mains. Next Saturday night the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series will continue with the features to be made up and another complete show all in one night.

Tickets for next Saturday’s event can be purchased at the track or online at At the track ticket prices will be $10 per adult and children 12 and under will be $5. When fans order online they will get tickets at a discount. Online tickets for adults will be $8. and children 12 and under will be $4.

Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

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