SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 49, December 6, 2018

Racing News: Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Wins 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  Toyo TiresThe Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports team won its fourth consecutive overall victory at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance last Sunday.
   

Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports Wins Record Fourth 2018 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance

The Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports team won its fourth consecutive overall victory at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance last Sunday. The team overcame a broken axle just after the start of the race on Saturday and powered on to the checkered flag at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. The team now holds the most overall titles in the 16-year history of 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Nearly 50 teams competed in seven classes in the endurance race that started Saturday at 11:00 a.m., and concluded at noon on Sunday.

EdelbrockEdelbrock has announced an enhanced partnership with Pat Musi Racing Engines that will cater to the hardcore drag-racing market.  
   

Edelbrock Partners with Pat Musi Racing Engines to Power New Crate Engine Program

Edelbrock has announced an enhanced partnership with Pat Musi Racing Engines that will cater to the hardcore drag-racing market. At the center of the partnership is a new crate engine program created specifically for drag racers, which features the Musi 632 Top Sportsman/Top Dragster engine. Besides the complete engine available from Pat Musi Racing Engines, individual components are also available directly from both Edelbrock and Musi as part of the program. Available components include 12-degree cylinder heads and Victor Musi Big-Block Chevy 24-degree CNC cylinder heads, a Super Victor II CNC intake manifold and a Big Victor 2 Spread-Port Tall Deck intake manifold. Edelbrock is also continuing its support of Pat Musi’s 27-year-old daughter Lizzy Musi in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Pro Nitrous ranks as a primary sponsor of Musi and her Pro Nitrous ’18 Dodge Dart. The official unveiling of the partnership will take place in the Edelbrock booth (#1713), Friday, December 7, at 1:00 p.m. (EST) at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

  VandagriffCris Vandagriff
   

Sonoma Speed Festival Brings HMSA and Vandagriff on Board

Sonoma Speed Festival Owner Jeff O’Neill and General Manager Ryan Turri have tabbed veteran vintage racing expert Cris Vandagriff and the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) to sanction and oversee all competition for the new event.

MacCachren Wins SCORE Trophy Truck points, W. Matlock Tops Overall and Pro UTV FI in 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship

Veteran champion desert racer Wayne Matlock drove solo for the entire 1,802.68 miles to become the first UTV racer to win the SCORE Overall Point season championship, capturing the title in the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. Tied in the SCORE overall points race for 2018 with eventual SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Rob MacCachren entering November’s season-ending 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Matlock capped his season with his solo drive to the 2018 SCORE Overall and his Pro UTV FI class. A night of champions will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park. The evening will salute the champions of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship, honor the 2018 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year award winners and recognize the 43 winners of the 2018 SCORE Milestone awards. For more information and complete results, visit the SCORE website.

MAHLE2018 champions: J.R. Todd, NHRA Funny Car World champion; Matt Smith, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion; Joey Logano, NASCAR champion; and Mike Janis, E3 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series champion.  
   

Four MAHLE-Sponsored Racers Achieve Fastest MPH Recorded for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Competition

In 2018, MAHLE-sponsored racers came out on top with four racers titled champions. They include Joey Logano, who won the 2018 NASCAR championship with a MAHLE-sponsored Roush Yates-built engine. In NHRA series racing, MAHLE-sponsored racer J.R. Todd with Kalitta Racing won the NHRA Funny Car World Championship. Matt Smith not only clinched the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship at the finals in Pomona, but also recorded the fastest MPH ever recorded at 201.22 MPH. In a final five-second run against Ricky Smith at the E3 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series eliminations in Las Vegas, MAHLE-sponsored racer Mike Janis won his first Pro Mod Championship.

AJ Flick Wins Chili Bowl Opportunity

Mt Baker Vapor and Landon Simon Racing have officially named Pennsylvania driver AJ Flick winner of the MBVDirt campaign’s grand prize—a free ride at the 2019 Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Flick will pilot the second entry out of the LSR stable beside driver and team owner Landon Simon.

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