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Racing News: Falken Kicks Off King of the Hammers With 11 Sponsored Teams

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Falken’s teams are running in the King of the Hammers 4400, 4500, 4600 and 4800 classes.

Falken Tires Kicks Off King of the Hammers Week 2018 With 11 Teams Competing

Falken Tires returns to off-road racing in 2018 through its support of 11 teams for the 12th running of the King of the Hammers (KOH) race week, February 2–10, on Means Dry Lake. Falken’s teams are running in the 4400, 4500, 4600 and 4800 classes. Drivers include Brian McNamara, the 2015 Ultra4 4600 Class National Champion, who also placed second in the same class in both 2016 and 2017, and Shawn Rants, who scored first in national points in the 2017 Ultra4. Savvy Off-Road returned, and entered a vehicle in the 4500 class driven by Dan Fresh, who is known for his four Baja 1000 championships.

Angie Smith
Angie Smith

DENSO Sponsors Angie and Matt Smith for 2018 NHRA Season

DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc. will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DENSO also will serve as an associate sponsor of racer Matt Smith, Angie’s teammate and husband. Only one of a handful of women to ever compete in the class, Angie Smith will continue to ride her Matt Smith Racing Buell V-Twin powered by DENSO Iridium spark plugs. As part of their ongoing partnership, Angie Smith will continue to support DENSO by making personal appearances at customer events, trade shows and associate gatherings. The 2018 Mello Yello series kicks off February 8–11, at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. In addition to backing the Smiths, DENSO returns for the third consecutive year as the title sponsor of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 6–8, in Las Vegas. DENSO also remains a supporting sponsor of all 24 races in the series that crisscrosses the nation through November.

Landon Simon
Landon Simon’s Mt Baker Vapor race cars will sport new paint schemes this season.

Landon Simon to Sport New Colors

There are fresh, new, colorful paint schemes on the Mt Baker Vapor race cars this season, two of which will occupy the Landon Simon Racing hauler when the team enters the pits for the 2018 USAC season opener next week in Ocala, Florida. Simon will kick off the season behind the wheel of the Mt Baker Vapor-sponsored race car at Bubba Raceway Park, February 15–17. Simon’s car has a new look to it this year, featuring Mt Baker Vapor’s new line “Make the Switch,” which encourages tobacco users to make healthier choices and utilize vaping as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. This three-day race in the Sunshine State will begin a 60+ midget, sprint car and wing sprint car schedule for Simon, who operates the team out of Speedway, Indiana, and wears multiple hats as owner, driver and crew chief of the #24 cars. The team’s complete schedule will be published on at a later date.