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SCORE Imperial Valley 250 to Air This Weekend
The SCORE Imperial Valley 250 will air this Sunday, June 15, at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on CBS Sports Network. This is the second of five races that encompass the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship. Check out the video promo below.
McLeod Racing Celebrates Being Named Official Clutch of the NASCAR Racing Experience With Free Giveaway
McLeod Racing has been chosen to be the official clutch of the NASCAR Racing Experience, which gives individuals the chance to get behind the wheel of a true NASCAR race car. These cars are subject to a lot of use with a lot of different drivers on many different style tracks. For that reason, a clutch that was driver-friendly yet durable was needed. McLeod Racing will celebrate this relationship by offering a McLeod Newsletter recipient a free NASCAR Racing Experience. Visit www.mcleodracing.com and sign up for the newsletter to be entered.
Kyle Hart soars in Round 6 qualifying at Wild West Motorsports Park.
Kyle Hart Delivers a Podium Performance and First Career Win in Pro Lite at Reno
Kyle Hart and his ReadyLift Off Road Suspension/Kolpin Dodge Pro Lite team are celebrating this week with his first career win in this division. In Round 6 of the Pro Lite Division, Hart finished the qualifier in second between RJ Anderson and Brian Deegan. During the night race on lap 25, Hart took the lead and placed Jimmy Fishback and Sheldon Creed into second and third respectively. The next stop on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for rounds 7 and 8, June 21–22.
NMCA WEST Races at Pomona Raceway
The third-annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals, held last month at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, included some of the best stars from all over the country. Susan Roush McClenaghan qualified second in the Currie Enterprises Open Comp class in her propane-powered ’10 Mustang. Donnie Bowles raced in Open Comp and the Granatelli Motor Sports Mustang Madness class, where he took home a Wally by beating Greg Dreher in the finals. Scott Oksas took the top qualifying spot in Garrett Turbochargers Pro Mod with John Mihovetz right behind him. The top-five qualifiers reached more than 220 mph at the famed quarter-mile. Andrew Berry claimed the weekend's bragging rights and the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed Wally after a battle against Mihovetz in the final round. Visit www.NMCAdigital.com for complete race results.
Tommy Turner and the Turner Racing Team won the Top Sportsman class at the 34th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals using Holley's Dominator EFI system.
Turner Wins NHRA Top Sportsman with Holley Dominator EFI
Tommy Turner and the Turner Racing Team won the Top Sportsman class at the 34th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, held May 16–18, at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. Turner and crew had switched to Holley's Dominator EFI only weeks before the event, and made a visit to Holley's R&D facility to fine tune the normally aspirated 904cid Steve Schmidt Racing engine, which, in the Turner Racing Pontiac GXP, makes more than 1,800 hp using the Holley Dominator EFI system. The Holley Dominator EFI Vehicle Management System works with all engine applications, from street to unlimited high–end racing. The system has nearly unlimited capabilities to control normally-aspirated single or dual throttle body applications and engines with any supercharged, turbo, nitrous and water-methanol power adders. The Dominator EFI also controls GM transmission functions, drive by wire throttle bodies and features inputs for data acquisition and more.
Tony Lombardi’s supercharged ’30 Model A Ford from Niles, Ohio, won the Goodguys 2014 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award last weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Supercharged Model A wins Goodguys 2014 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year Award
Tony Lombardi’s supercharged ’30 Model A Ford from Niles, Ohio, won the Goodguys 2014 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award last weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The criteria is unique in that it’s the only major Goodguys Top 12 award which requires participants to drive on a 100-mile reliability run as well as an 1/8th-mile blast down the dragstrip. Lombardi’s A-Bone, built by Hilton’s Hot Rods, blasted down Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with an elapsed time of 9.316 seconds—the third-fastest ET of the day.
Painted PPG Manderin Maroon with black steel wheels, ’40 Ford hubcaps, finned drums and a healthy dropped axle rake, the coupe plays on the heartstrings of traditional hot-rod aficionados. The 371cid blown Oldsmobile Rocket 88 engine, built in-house by Lombardi’s Ross Racing engines, features a Dyer’s 4-71 blower atop a Cragar intake with 94-series carbs. A Tremec T-5 transmission and Winter’s quick-change rear end ensure a sporty drive and spirited stop light sprints. The black leather interior was stitched by Mike Sholly. The cabin is comfortable, yet all business with a custom bench seat. The dash (out of a Pierce Arrow) houses the Stewart Warner gauges. At the ready is a Hurst shifter and Schroeder steering wheel.
For winning the Hot Rod of the Year award, Lombardi will be one of the Top 12 featured cars of the Goodguys event season. He’ll receive a custom toolbox from Snap-on and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 17th Southwest Nationals, November 14–16, at Westworld, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The top five finalists for the Goodguys 2014 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award included William Shores (’32 Ford), Tony Lombardi (’30 Ford), Bruce Vath (’36 Ford), Kevin Roberts (’32 Ford), and Garey Roberts (’32 Ford).
Patrik Sandell leads the way at X Games in the Kobalt Tools/OMSE Ford Fiesta ST. Photo credit: OMSE
Olsbergs MSE Fords Fast at X Games Tight Racing in Austin for Second Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross
The second round of Red Bull Global Rallycross joined X Games in Austin, Texas, for two days of action on a tight, half-mile dirt and tarmac course built into the Circuit of the Americas. Olsbergs MSE drivers Patrik Sandell and Joni Wiman both qualified at the top of a competitive 19-car field. Sandell, in the Kobalt Tools Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST, finished at the front of every qualifying match and earned a position on the front row of the Final where he was issued a penalty that knocked him out of podium contention. Wiman, in the Red Bull/Bluebeam Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST, was unable to land a spot in the six-car Final.
In addition to the Supercars competition, a full roster of GRC Lites joined the series last weekend for the first race of the season. Red Bull/Olsbergs MSE GRC Lites driver Mitchell DeJong earned X Games gold, while teammate Kevin Eriksson scored the silver medal in his Olsbergs MSE GRC Lites car. The GRC Lites are purpose-built 310-hp rallycross racers designed and built by Olsbergs MSE and introduced to GRC in 2013 as a development series for the sport of rallycross.
The team will next appear in competition with World RX drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss at World RX of Norway in Hell, Norway, June 14–15. Olsbergs MSE's Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers are back in action for the Washington, D.C., championship stop June 21–22.
Al Unser Jr. returned to the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week in the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am Race. Photo credit: Dana Garret
Pulstar Performance Expert Al Unser Jr. Wins Again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pulstar Pulse Plugs Performance expert Al Unser Jr. returned to the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week in the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am Race. Unser Jr. and his amateur partner Peter Klutt took the top prize on the track’s road course in the marquee event of the three-day inaugural SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Unser Jr., a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, participated in the 45-minute race that paired former Indy 500 drivers with amateurs to race vintage, ’63–’72 Chevrolet Camaros, Chevrolet Corvettes and Ford Mustangs. Unser and Klutt, president of Legendary Motorcar Co. and a former TV show host, drove Klutt’s ’69 Corvette to the win. Unser was one of 24 Indy 500 veterans in the field that included drivers Eliseo Salazar (who finished second with Gary Moore), Willy T. Ribbs (third-place winner with Ed Sevadjian), Buddy Lazier, Scott Goodyear, Mark Dismore, Robby Unser and Lyn St. James.