Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 28 2012

Massive Fire Wins Daytona 500; Kenseth Takes Checkered Flag

If you missed the Daytona 500 Monday night because you have jobs and stuff, here’s what you missed: Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and a handful of other drivers were involved in a crash on the second lap rendering them impotent for the final 198 laps. There was a bunch of …

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Feb 28 2012

Lashing Out: How to Adjust Valve Lash

Setting valve lash isn’t hot rod voodoo. It’s not some sort of mechanical magic or wrenching witchcraft reserved for the automotive illuminati either.  So why do some people seem so spooked when you bring up the topic of adjusting valve lash?             Proper valve lash, which is the clearance between the rocker arm and valve …

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Feb 27 2012

Monday Mailbag: Building Quarter-Mile Power and Huffed 406 Strokers

Got questions? We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re helping customers build better track cars. From: John Baker, Sr. • Harrison, AR Q: I have a 1953 Chevy half-ton truck with a 283 at .030 overbore and .010 under rods and mains. I’m running early …

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Feb 23 2012

Pit Tools Guide: 10 Essential Items Every Pit Area Should Have

The calendar says one more month of winter. We say otherwise.   The NHRA has already launched its 2012 season, and we can practically smell the nitro fumes and tire smoke from here. To us, that means spring is in the air, and it’s time to start preparing for the sportsman racing season. That prep should …

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Feb 22 2012

Regift. Rebuild. Reward: 1967 Camaro RS Convertible

When bare metal just won’t make the grade, car enthusiasts and commercial shops call up Bob Bertelsen— owner of A Plus Powder Coaters in Columbiana, OH—to transform it into something special. So when Bob applied this same idea to his 1967 Camaro RS convertible, it’s no surprise that it turned out tougher than a $2 …

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Feb 21 2012

Detroit Gears Up for 60th Autorama

It has been six decades since the Motor City’s first Autorama.Sixty years! 1952 gave us a handful of things to feel good about: Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” and Mr. T. Cliché be damned: We pity the fool who doesn’t make an effort to attend the …

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Feb 21 2012

Pete Berner Shaking Things Up with New 2012 Camaro

Pete Berner’s sharp new Summit Racing Equipment ZL1 Camaro might have you thinking he’s ready for a ‘come back’ tour—which isn’t far from the truth. The flashy RJ Race Cars built ride, featuring paint by SD Enterprises, harkens back to earlier days in Berner’s Pro Stock career, when he captured his first World Championship (2006). …

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Feb 20 2012

Monday Mailbag: Fixing Fuel Pressure & Optimizing Fuel Economy

Got questions? We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re taking on engine hesitation and the poor fuel economy that’s so common in older trucks.  From: Don Albrent, Jr. • Tomahawk, WI Q: I own a 1991 Chevy K1500. I’ve rebuilt the engine and added an …

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Feb 20 2012

Jason Line Earns First Firebird Win in All-Summit Final at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Defending champion Jason Line and the Summit Racing team continued their strong start to the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season on Sunday, capturing the Pro Stock title at Sunday’s 28th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler, AZ. Starting from the second position, Line defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders and Greg Stanfield in …

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Feb 20 2012

How to Choose an OPTIMA Battery

All automotive and marine batteries are not created equal. And the folks at OPTIMA Batteries make a pretty compelling case for their products being among the very best. If you’re in the market for a new battery for your car, truck, SUV, Jeep, boat, or recreational vehicle, we encourage you to explore OPTIMA’s offerings. OPTIMA …

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