VOLUME XIII,  ISSUE 3 - JULY- AUGUST,  2018

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‘Angry Bee’ returns on Pritchett’s dragster at Maple Grove

Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster will once again feature special “Angry Bee” graphics, a callout to the new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, at her sponsor’s title event on Sept. 13-16.

 

Pritchett debuted the 1320-themed livery on her Top Fuel dragster at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals in July, where she helped to announce the new street-to-strip Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 drag car. Pritchett raced her “Angry Bee” Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel car, which features a modern tweak of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo, all the way to the event win at Denver. The Don Schumacher Racing driver hopes to repeat that result at the Dodge NHRA Nationals, which kicks off the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

 

Pritchett and her DSR teammate, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan, will once again battle for bragging rights in a pair of Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles in between qualifying rounds at Reading. The DSR duo dueled at Bandimere Speedway during the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals in July, ending in a 1-1 tie. Pritchett owns a 4-2 advantage over Hagan in the “grudge match” series, which began in 2017 at Denver and Reading.    [09/07/18]

Daniels three-peats in Hemi Challenge

Jimmy Daniels got his third Dodge HEMI Challenge win in a row at the U.S. Nationals on Friday, getting past Gary Wolkwitz.

 

See all of the action at here.[09/07/18]

Pritchett takes Factory Stock win; re-sets records

Leah Pritchett raced to Factory Stock Showdown victory behind the wheel of her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at the 64th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday afternoon.

 

Complete domination best describes the performance by Pritchett and her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak team. Pritchett, once again pulling double duty in Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown (FSXX), ran low E.T. of every single qualifying and elimination round during the race weekend, including resetting the FSXX Elapsed Time and speed records with an 8.002 second at 172.56 mph run to claim her second career pole in the class.

In the all-Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak final, Pritchett powered past Mark Pawuk on an 8.108/170.26 pass to claim her first Factory Stock win in her first final-round appearance in the class. 

 

Pawuk believed his chance at a U.S. Nationals win was over after apparently losing to Joe Welch in the opening round, but his opponent was later disqualified by the NHRA, moving Pawuk on to round two.   [09/07/18]

FCA US invests $30M in autonomous driving test facility

FCA US has announce that it has invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeast Michigan to further development and testing of autonomous vehicle and advanced safety technologies. The all-new facility, which begins testing programs in September, features a dedicated autonomous highway-speed track, 35-acre safety-feature evaluation area and a high-tech command center.

 

“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Chief Operating Officer, NAFTA region. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”

 

The facility will allow for testing of various levels of autonomy and enables the company to evaluate FCA vehicles using test protocols from third parties, such the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), plus additional automatic electronic brake test simulations.

 

The autonomous highway-speed track offers the capability to develop autonomous vehicle systems under a wide range of challenging environments, including obstacles, tunnels, varying road lighting conditions, and interstate-style exit and entrance ramps.

 

The command center covers more than 6,500 square feet and houses computer equipment vital to GPS capability and test vehicle communication.   [09/07/18]

HROT announces qualifiers for Engine Challenge championship

The regular season of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is over and the teams are ready for the dual championship competition.

 

The qualified teams will compete at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas (Oct. 20-Nov. 2) and the PRI Show in Indianapolis (Dec. 6-8). [09/07/18]

Dart Machinery sold

Race Winning Brands has acquired Dart Machinery, producer of engine blocks, cylinder heads, and intake manifolds.

 

Dart’s founder, Richard Maskin, will continue to play a leading role within the organization as a partner and chairman of research and development. Maskin founded the company in his two-car Oak Park, MI, garage in 1981.

 

In addition to retaining the current Dart management team, including Vice President Dave Tratechaud, former Dart general manager Ted Keating returns to the organization in a new role as president.

 

Race Winning Brands is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries. Race Winning Brands, headquartered in Mentor, OH, markets its products globally through a portfolio of brands that include JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Rekluse Motor Sports and ProX Racing Parts.   [09/07/18]

Johnston claims World Series NSS crown two years in a row

This past weekend, Cordova International Raceway hosted the 65th Annual World Series of Drag Racing. The Victory Nostalgia Super Stock series helped headline this legendary Midwest race with 31 classic Super Stockers on hand for their fifth points race of their season.

 

For the second year in a row, Shaun Johnston and his wedge-powered 1967 Plymouth turned on the win light in the final taking home the coveted World Series Crown. Johnston's victory in front of the standing room only crowd was an incredibly close – a double breakout race against Dennis Spurgeon.

 

These two racers are in a close Points Race for the Championship as they and several other racers chase Leader Jim Hagenhoff into the final points race. The championship will be decided at Gateway Motorsports Park's Monster Muscle Car Weekend on September 14-15.  [09/07/18]

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