Spud Miller: An American Hot Rodding Success Story

  This story might sound familiar. Boy shows an early …

  This story might sound familiar. Boy shows an early aptitude for machinery and goes out on his own at an early age, tinkering with any motor that others will let him touch. He turns drag racer in his teens, starts tuning for his friends for beer (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 3

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked …

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked the question: What causes catastrophic nitro engine failures in drag cars? We addressed this question to a few well-known racers and tuners. In Part 3 we speak to infamous tuner Austin Coil.   The a (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 2

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked …

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked the question: What causes catastrophic nitro engine failures in drag cars? We addressed this question to a few well-known racers and tuners. In Part 2 we speak to Dave Settles.   Terry McMillen ligh (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 1

  There is one sentence that all racers never want …

  World champ Antron Brown’s wild Winternationals ride. There is one sentence that all racers never want to hear: “The motor blew up!” In drag racing, when those words are uttered it’s often a literal statement: engine parts scattered (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 3

Part 3 wraps up our investigation of why parts fail …

Part 3 wraps up our investigation of why parts fail and how to prevent mishaps. Cryogenics   The cryogenic process lowers the temperature of the parts to 300°F below zero. Increasingly, machine shops are taking advantage of cryogenics to dimensionall (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 2

Metal enhancements: What to Look out For There are scores …

Metal enhancements: What to Look out For There are scores of operations offering dozens of metal enhancement programs and promising all kinds of success rates, some rather less reliable than others. Naturally, you want to take advantage of the opportun (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 1

In the first part of this tech feature, we’ll investigate …

In the first part of this tech feature, we’ll investigate why parts fail. Subsequent installments will examine prevention and cures that will save you time and money at the track. Premature failure of racing components is a problem all racers fa (Read More..)

Bracket Racing 101: Don’t be Afraid of the Deep

Their are two major components that comprise reaction time: the …

Their are two major components that comprise reaction time: the driver’s reaction to the tree and the vehicle’s reaction to the driver. The latter is somewhat easily adjusted: If the vehicle is leaving too quickly or too slowly, the driver can leav (Read More..)

Digger Diaries-The Realization of a Lifetime Ambition

  Hilo, Hawaii, drag racer Paul Crivello is a heavy …

  Hilo, Hawaii, drag racer Paul Crivello is a heavy hitter in the Big Island Auto Club’s Bracket One with his big-block Chevrolet-engine Top Sportsman Dragster. His consistent 7.24 elapsed times and speeds of over 180 mph have earned him this st (Read More..)

No Trailer, No Tow Bar, No Problem!

Drag Racing Practically Pain-Free

  Drag Racing Practically Pain-Free   When Las Vegas racer Jim Yankers mentions A/C with regards to his race car, he isn’t referring to Altered Coupe. He really does mean“air conditioning.”   His ‘02 Camaro Z28 is a perfect exam (Read More..)