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Tech: Carburetor Tuning Tips from AED Competition
Publisher's note: I was on the website of our friends at AED Competition, makers of competition carburetors, and saw this informative tuning tutorial that I thought would be helpful to share with you here. Although it naturally applies best to tuning an AED Competition carburetor, some of the principles will apply universally.
This short reference guide is intended to explain in plain English the correct method to set-up your new AED carburetor. It will cover all of the basic adjustments that you may run into in a step-by-step guide to ensure both your car and your new AED Carburetor will perform to their best potential.

Reference Diagram of Part Names & Location

Initial carburetor set-up

  • Be sure to use a new carburetor-to-manifold gasket
  • Be sure all fuel supply lines are secure and free of leaks
  • Make sure you are using fresh fuel that is free of trash/debris
  • Fuel pressure should be set @ 6 to 7 psi. Max (gas models)

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Alabama Tracks Atmore and Mobile Join NHRA
Alabama dragstrips Atmore Dragway, one of the most modern eighth-mile racing facilities in the South, and sister facility Mobile Dragway have joined the NHRA Member Track Network. Equidistant to Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., Atmore Dragway opened in the 1960s and becomes a member of NHRA’s Southeast Division.

In 2012, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians reached an agreement with new track operator Gary Moore to begin a $1.5 million dollar renovation of the facility that included a completely new concrete racing surface and asphalt shutdown, new scoreboards, new grandstands, new food stands, new return roads, and new lightning. The track reopened in 2013 and joins the NHRA Member Network for the 2015 season. As an NHRA Member Track, Atmore Dragway is eligible to offer drag racers a variety of NHRA opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street, and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events, including the National Dragster Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

“The Poarch Band of Creek Indians and Gary Moore have teamed up to rebuild an iconic NHRA dragstrip and bring it into the modern era,” said Rich Schaefer, director of NHRA’s Southeast Division. “NHRA racers in the Mobile and Pensacola areas have a fantastic facility with an experienced track operator at the helm. The variety of pre- and post-event entertainment options next to the track, along with great hotel choices, truly makes this a destination for racers and fans alike."

“We have had a great opportunity to bring Atmore Dragway and Mobile Dragway back to the NHRA member program,” said Moore, track operator. “Our racers will once again have the opportunity to win a coveted Wally trophy and race their way to becoming a Summit Racing Series national champion.”

Atmore Dragway is housed next to the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Resort, which features a variety of entertainment options for adults and families. With arcades, bowling alleys, a Jerry Pate designed golf course, multiple dining choices, and big name music entertainment, a trip to Atmore Dragway brings NHRA members and their families a complete weekend of fun. Mobile Dragway, Atmore’s sister facility, is an eighth-mile dragstrip located in Irvington, Ala., a suburb of Mobile.

PC Richard & Son Announces New Asleep at the Tree Award in NHRA Division 1
To bring awareness to their new line of mattresses and bedding accessories, PC Richard & Son along with NHRA Northeast Division have announced the new PCRichard.com Asleep at the Tree Award for all NHRA Northeast Division Events for 2015. The events are Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Events, PCRichard.com Open Series Events, Summit Racing Series ET Finals and Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Division Championships. Any and all categories contested at these events will be eligible for the award.

This unique program will provide a $100 PC Richard & Son Gift Card to the worst winning reaction time for each event. The rules are simple: the winner must have had a race against an actual opponent; broke byes, competition singles, bye runs and obvious shenanigans do not count. In case of a tie, the first racer to record the win will be eligible for the award. There will be one winner per event.

Once the individual event winners are determined, those 13 racers will be judged to see who had the overall worst winning reaction time for the entire NHRA Northeast Division Season. That racer will then receive the grand prize -- a $2,000 credit toward a mattress or bedding-accessories purchase of their choice through PC Richard & Son.

New National Dragster Top Performer Program for 2015
Attention, NHRA bracket racers, this is for you: in a new program for 2015, National Dragster will recognize outstanding bracket racers from NHRA member tracks with its monthly Top Performer award. All winners will be featured in National Dragster, and Top Performer decals will be sent to them for display on their car, trailer, etc.

The Top Performer award will be presented to racers who have excelled in recent competition such as by putting together a strong string of races, having a single outstanding day of competition, or even making a great single run, such as with a perfect package. To nominate someone else or yourself for the Top Performer award, email racer information and the reason for consideration to nd@NHRA.com. Include a photo to go with the story if your nominee is selected.

New 11.50 Index Class To Debut At IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals
The International Hot Rod Association will debut a new class – No Throttle-Stop 11.50 -- at the April 17-18 Nitro Jam Southern Nationals in Bradenton, Florida. The class will allow “no-box” racers to compete in a heads-up index format at select Nitro Jam event weekends. In addition to the April 17-18 Bradenton event, NTS 11.50 also will be contested at Nitro Jam events at Maryland International Raceway (June 19-20) and US 131 Motorsports Park (August 7-8).

“This class is a way to introduce heads-up racing to a large number of No Box competitors who want to try old-school index racing without major changes to their vehicles,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA’s Vice President of Race Operations. “We will be testing the viability of the class in these distinct regions on the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. We look forward to seeing how this class develops throughout the year.”

NTS 11.50 prohibits delay boxes and throttle stops, while mechanical fixed or “restrictor plate” style methods of slowing the car will be allowed. To help grow the class, IHRA memberships will not be required for the first year. Winners in the NTS 11.50 class will be awarded a coveted IHRA Ironman trophy and $1,000. The runner-up will receive $500. During this trial run, the NTS 11.50 class will not award points and racers who enter this class will not be allowed to compete in other Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour classes.

For more information and a complete set of rules for the NTS 11.50 class, CLICK HERE to view the IHRA Supplemental Rulebook beginning on page 27.

Wrap-Up: IHRA Summit Super Series Bracket Racing at PBIR, March 21st, 2015
Racers in Palm Beach International Raceway's Summit Super Series E.T. Bracket Racing program started time runs for Race #7 on March 21st making impressive passes. However, as eliminations began the race was plagued by an unusual rain storm which positioned itself directly over the drag strip. The heavy down pour halted the racing action for an hour, along with another two hours of track prep before it got back underway. An additional time run was given to all racers due to the newly prepped track. Once race 7 was completed, race 8 began with no more stops for weather. Racing concluded at 1:20 am on Sunday morning.


Top Eliminator (Box)
Race #7
Robert Owens (pictured) of Malabar, Fla. started the day off as the No. 1 qualifier with a pass of 5.975 ET. Owens continued through eliminations running within .01 seconds of that qualifying run each pass. In the final, Owens faced off against David Bledsoe of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Bledsoe in his '06 Mullis dragster red lighted at the start giving Owens the victory. Owens dialed in a 5.97, running a 5.966 ET at 114.23 mph in his final pass.

Race #8
In race 8 it was Bruce Liberman of West Palm Beach, Fla. that made an impressive move in the points standings during this race. After race 7 Liberman found himself in the 13th position, 112 points out of the lead, which all changed when he took his Spitzer dragster to victory. After finishing runner up in race 7, David Bledsoe found himself in the final again facing Liberman for the win. Bledsoe dialed in a 4.75 hitting it right on the mark with a pass of 4.750 ET at 144.94 mph. Liberman dialing in at 4.95 missed his mark by .001 as he ran a 4.951 ET at 139.52 mph. Overall, it was Liberman taking victory from his .010 RT to Bledsoe's .015 RT. By taking victory, Liberman moved up to 3rd place in the points.

Super Eliminator (No Box)
Race #7
In No Box, Doug Parlamento (pictured) of Lake Worth, Fla. qualified first and never looked back. Knocking out Sonny Freelan, the 2015 points leader, in round 3 Parlamento marched his way into the finals. John Taylor of Ft. Pierce, Fla. faced off against Parlamento for the final. In the end it was Parlamento with a dial in of 7.10 seconds running a 7.11, 97.97 mph to take victory over Taylor.

Race #8
In race 8 of No Box it was Jeremy Jarosz of Boca Raton, Fla. who qualified first. Jarosz was knocked out in round 4 by Ethan Doty of Margate, Fla.. Doty continued on to the final to face the 2015 points leader Sonny Freeland from Hollywood, Fla. In the final it was Freeland dialed in at 6.12 seconds to run a 6.177, 102.14 mph to defeat Doty dialed in at 9.67 seconds, running 9.770, 75.62 mph. The victory has now extended Freeland's points lead to 93.

Other winners were Jennifer Craft (Jr. Dragster, Race #7), Amanda Foley (Jr. Dragster, Race #8), Rodney Pimetal (Street Bike, Race #7) and Tom Ivy (Street Bike, Race #8).

Friday Night Street Racing at Beaver Springs Dragway
The Friday Night Street Racing series at Beaver Springs Dragway runs from April through October, showcasing street performance enthusiasts and more, with six classes of competition. Racing is conducted on a .500 Pro tree. Eliminations use a handicapped start by dial-in, with breakout rules in effect. Winners and Runners-Ups each receive a trophy.

Classes for 2015:
Top Street: Eight low ET street legal cars from time trials. Modified Street: for domestic and import cars and trucks that are modified with either headers, power adders, tin work etc. True Street: unmodified domestic and import street cars and true bone-stock trucks. Unmodified drive line with factory headers, no additional power adders, no slicks. DOT tires. Bike: real street-legal bikes on a DOT tire. Extended swing arm is limited to 6 inches. No slick, power adders or wheelie bar. Outlaw Street: for any vehicle that isn’t licensed or inspected or is running open headers. Real race cars are legal. Bikes with extended swing arms over 6” will compete in Outlaw. 1/8 mile ATV: all ATVs are legal. No restriction on modifications. In all classes except Outlaw and ATV, all vehicles must be licensed, inspected and run through the mufflers with working head lights and tail lights.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with open time shots between 5:30 and 7:30. Top Street qualifying starts at 7:30. Eliminations kick off at 9 p.m. Racer entry $25.

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Skyview Drags’ Perfect Pass Fund for ET Bracket Points Racers
Skyview Drags and longtime supporter Precision Crankworks have just announced that they will sponsor a Perfect Pass fund starting with the 2015 race season and continuing until it has been claimed.

Racers must be registered points racers at the track. They must compete in a non-trophy class (Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled, Street Money or Junior Dragster) and the Perfect Pass must be won during a points race competition elimination round.

After each points race, the Perfect Pass fund will grow by $20 ($40 for Double Points races) and will continue to grow until it is claimed by one lucky racer. Skyview Drags thanks Don & Kathy Kiekel for offering such a great opportunity for our racers.

US-13 Dragway Joins IHRA Family of Tracks
March 27, 2015 (Norwalk, OH) -- IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) have announced U.S. 13 Dragway, located in Delmar, Delaware, has signed a sanctioning agreement to join the IHRA as a member track.

Constructed in 1963, U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the country’s longest-running tracks. U.S. 13 Dragway was constructed by the Cathell family, sole owner-operators of the facility throughout its 52-year history. U.S. 13 Dragway currently is managed by the founders’ son, Charles Cathell. The historic quarter-mile drag strip near the Delaware-Maryland border is part of a 155-acre motorsports complex that also is home to a dirt oval track and go-kart racing facility.

“We are pleased to welcome the Cathells and the revered U.S. 13 Dragway to our growing IHRA family,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the most respected tracks in the country and we are impressed by their efforts to maintain a friendly atmosphere toward racers and fans alike.”

“We decided to join IHRA because we perceive it as being easier to work with new customers – racers – coming in,” said Cathell. “My parents built the track in 1963 and since its inception there have been growing pains. But we do not own another business. Our only income comes from the drag strip, speedway and go-kart facility. This is not a hobby for us. The family, staff racers and fans are excited for this new partnership with the IHRA.”

While the track was born during drag racing’s golden age, Cathell says its biggest moment in its 52-year history was the U.S. 13 Dragway 50th anniversary celebration. “It was a real tribute to my parents,” said Cathell. “It was the largest crowd we’ve ever had. This family-owned-and-operated business is proud to acknowledge that over the 52 years we have witnessed more than three generations of fans and racers coming out to support the facility.” For more information on U.S. 13 Dragway, please visit www.delawareracing.com.

Dave Milcarek's Photo Flashback: Don Prudhomme, 1974

Thanks to renowned drag race photographer Dave Milcarek for sharing photos from his archive with us. Dave is just as busy as ever, photographing weekly at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ and Atco Dragway in Atco NJ, as well as at events at other tracks in the Northeast. See his work at www.DaveMilcarek.com. (photo by Dave Milcarek)

Around The Dial: March 2015
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: Friday-Saturday, 13th-14th: Southern Outlaw Tour season opener; Sunday 22nd: Edmund Hall season opener; Friday-Saturday, 28th-29th: Super 7 Series
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: Saturday, 7th: American DRAGCAR; Saturday 21st: Arizona Drag Racing Association.
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: Friday-Sunday, 6th-8th: Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series; Thursday-Sunday, 12th-15th: NHRA Gatornationals. Palm Beach International Raceway: Friday-saturday, 6th-7th: Pro Mod Showdown in the Swamp; Sunday 22nd: Outlaw Sunday; Saturday, 28th: Super Chevy Show.
  • ILLINOIS: Cordova International Raceway: closed for the winter.
  • KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: closed for the winter. Mt. Park Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: Friday-Saturday, 13th-14th: Atomic Blast 4; Saturday-Sunday, 21st-22nd: King of the Coast bracket series.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • NEW JERSEY: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: Sunday 8th: Street Wars 1. EVO vs. WRX-STI; Friday, 27th: Ratchet Friday (street muffled only).
  • NEW YORK: ESTA Safety Park: closed for the winter. Lebanon Valley Dragway: closed for the winter. Skyview Drags: closed for the winter.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Farmington Dragway: Saturday, 21st: Classic Gear Jammers; Sunday 29th: Blueridge Drag Series. Rockingham Dragway: Saturday-Sunday, 7th-8th: Carolina Coalition Series. Sunday 15th: True Outlaw Street Drags
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Maple Grove Raceway: closed for the winter. Numidia Dragway: Opening day April 3. South Mountain: closed for the winter.
  • QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: call. Greer Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • TENNESSEE: Memphis International Raceway: Thursday-Sunday, 26th-29th: Outlaw Street Car Reunion II
  • TEXAS: Little River Dragway: Saturday-Sunday, 14th-15th: Stanley and Tommy Memorial Race; Saturday, 21st: Little River Nostalgia Nationals; Saturday 28th: Rumble at the River.
  • VIRGINIA: Elk Creek Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: Opening day March 28..

Visit The Track Info page for more information about these tracks. Attn. track owners / managers: want your track and events listed? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com.

A Dragtime News Featured Photo: Lenny Bucher at Englishtown, March 2014

The first two points days of the 2015 season at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park have been scrapped due to the continued frigid conditions in the Northeast, so we'll just have to look back to the opening day of 2014. Here's the winner in Super Pro on that day, Lenny Bucher as he waited under the tower for the next round of competition. (photo by Bob Beucler)

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Free Racer Appreciation Test Session at Maryland Int'l Raceway
Maryland International Raceway will be inviting its Speed Unlimited E.T. Series racers to a free “Racer Appreciation Test Session” on Saturday, April 4, 2015 for Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster racers. Gates will open at 10:00 am. Racers will be able to come in early and park for the day and get their pre-season tech completed. There will also be a free test session from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster racers that purchase a tech card for the E.T. race on April 4th.

Jason Miller, MDIR Vice President & General Manager stated, “We know that the Speed Unlimited E.T. Series at MDIR is one of the toughest bracket racing programs in the country. Many of our racers freshen up and tweak their combos every year, and we wanted to provide them with a free test session at no charge to make sure their cars and bikes are running at 100% before official time runs start at 2:00 pm. We have received so much positive feedback from our E.T. racers on our new guaranteed purses for 2015 that we wanted to take it one step further by adding a “Racer Appreciation Test Session” too. Thank you to all of our E.T. racers for your support, and let's make the 2015 season the best one yet.”

For more info, visit www.RaceMDIR.com.

PTE Adds Khalid Al Balooshi To Pro Mod Team As Second Driver
Precision Turbo and Engine will be adding a second car to its NHRA Pro Mod team for the 2015 season. In addition to the twin turbocharged 2014 Camaro driven by Don Walsh Jr., PTE will also field a 1968 Camaro which will be driven by Khalid Al Balooshi.

Although many may recognize his name from his time behind the wheel of the Al-Anabi Racing team’s Top Fuel dragster, Al Balooshi has also had an extremely successful Pro Mod career and is very excited about getting back in a Pro Mod. His numerous accolades include being named the 2011 NHRA Pro Mod champion, and having won the Arabian Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Mod championship three years in a row. Since 2001, Al Balooshi has racked up more than 150 career wins in Top Fuel, Pro Mod, Outlaw, and Super Street classes combined.

Al Balooshi’s new ride – the’68 Camaro doorslammer owned by Harry Hruska, President of Precision Turbo and Engine – had been previously campaigned by both Walsh and Brad Personett. It features a set of Precision Turbo and Engine NHRA-legal 88mm GEN2 Pro Mod CEA® turbochargers as well as AFIS spark plug wires, PurePower! oil filter, and Brisk Racing spark plugs.

New Text Message System for Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway has announced a new text message system for the 2015 season. To sign-up for the new service, text "drag" to 71441. Numidia Dragway management states, “We are creating a new list. If a racer has signed-up with us in the past, they will need to sign-up again to receive updates.”

In other Numidia Dragway news, the track is gearing up for its Opening Day of the 2015 season on Friday, April 3rd with the Street Legal Drags. Gates open At 5:00 pm, time trials at 6:00 pm and eliminations at 8:00 pm. Then on Saturday, April 11th, Numidia will host a chassis certification day. Call 570-226-2237 to reserve your spot.

Visit www.numidiadragway.com for more information.

Sponsor News: A Video Tour of S&W Race Cars
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Wrap-Up: Lang Wins Pro Mod Showdown in the Swamp at PBIR
Palm Beach International Raceway held its Pro Mod Showdown In The Swamp on March 7-8. As qualifying concluded it was "Fast" Frank Cersosimo on top (pictured below), running an impressive 3.944 ET at 190.14 mph. The second spot went to Kenny Lang (pictured bottom) in the Summit Racing '69 Camaro behind by only 0.029 seconds. When the race began on Sunday it was these two drivers that continued on through the elimination rounds running consistent ET's with each pass.

Cersosimo faced off against Khalid Albalooshi, former Top Fuel Dragster pilot and Pro Mod Champion, in the semi-finals. The staging bulbs were lit, green light came on and off they went. At the top end it was Cersosimo with the win light running a 3.982 ET at 189.79 mph. After facing one former champion, "Fast" Frank found himself up against another in the final. Kenny Lang, who had been improving on his car setup with each pass, was now ready to go up against the No. 1 qualifier for the final.

The '02 Killer Instinct Viper of Cersosimo approached the tree in the LKQ lane while the '69 Camaro of Lang staged in the Gordon & Donor lane. The tree was lit but there was a red light. Cersosimo jumped the gun ultimately finishing runner-up to Lang who ran a 4.061 ET at 188.73 mph.

Sponsor News: Auto Meter Expands GPS Speedometer Line

Auto Meter continues to expand their selection of speedometers equipped with their award winning integrated GPS technology. After the incredible successful launch of fully integrated GPS into the legendary Sport Comp, Ultra Lite, Phantom and Street Rod lines, this exciting tech is now available in the Carbon Fiber, Traditional Chrome and Z Series. These highly advanced GPS Speedometers require no interface with your vehicle aside from power and ground. Their ultra fast, omnidirectional micro antenna is included for true plug and play functionality and never requires calibration. Even changes in gear ratio or tire and wheel size has no effect on these units’ pinpoint accuracy. Configurable Rally Nav display shows odometer, trip odometer, time/date, GPS coordinates, heading info, compass, and peak speed recall. Quite simply, the easiest, most accurate speedometers available. For more information on Auto Meter's full line of GPS Speedometers along with all of their products, visit the company's website HERE.

2015 NHRA Rulebook Available for Download; Division 1 Office Relocates
ATTENTION NHRA RACERS, make sure you stay current with the rules for 2015. The 2015 NHRA Rulebook is available for download as a .pdf. and is available by clicking HERE.

In other NHRA news, the Northeast Divison (Division 1) office has relocated to Lancaster, PA. The new address and phone numbers are:

NHRA Northeast Division
2420 Gehman Lane, Suite 200
Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: (717) 584-1200
A.A. Auto Salvage Presents "The King/Queen of the Dot-90" Program

A.A. Auto Salvage has announced the return of their King/Queen of the Dot-90 program. This program will reward $100 to the first run 8.900, 9.900, or 10.900 in Super Comp, Super Gas or Super Street respectively on a winning run at all Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Events in 2015. If a dead-on run is not made at an event, the money for that category will carry over to the next event.

At the end of the season, the various winners of this award will be invited to participate in a winner-take-all $500 “Dead-On Zero Tournament” at the first Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in 2016. During the first scheduled time run session, each contestant winning the award in 2015 will have a chance to run 10.900, 9.900, 8.900 on their respective class index (8.90, 9.90, 10.90). If no one runs dead-on with a zero on the class index, then the tournament will carry over to the scheduled second session. During the second session, the racer running closest to the dial without break-out for their respective class will win the contest. If a tie remains, the best overall package will be declared the winner (for example, a SST racer runs 10.901 and a SG racer runs 9.901, the tie will be broken with the best reaction time (red-lights not included, unless all affected drivers red light).

Upgrades Will Make Great Lakes Dragway Greater
Great Lakes Dragway (GLD) in Union Grove, WI is counting down to its opening day on March 28, 2015, and when the track’s racers arrive they’ll see the many upgrades that have been completed or started during the off-season. Among the improvements are an updated tower with new stairs, a new entrance sign, a concrete safety wall at the top end, repairs to the track surface at the starting line, a new Emergency Response Vehicle that was purchased by the support of GLD’s race fans who purchased season passes, and a remodeled top-end safety tower that will have new stairs, a new roof, new windows and a beacon light to alert track crew when there is a breakdown or a safety concern in the shutdown area.

Check out the track’s 2015 schedule here, and when you go to race at GLD make sure to thank Randy and Claire for the upgrades they’ve done to the track for their racers

Sponsor Spotlight: AED Competition
AED Competition was founded with one basic premise in mind - the manufacturing of high quality components at reasonable prices. The company manufactures performance and competition CNC-machined carburetors and also carries an extensive fuel system parts line-up that is second-to-none along with support and service capabilities to match.

AED's background includes over three decades of research, design and development of high performance components. They have one of the most high tech research facilities in the country including their computer controlled wef flow bench which is capable of flowing any throttle bore seperatly or combination of throttle bores to provide CFM, air-fuel ratio, test pressure, pounds of fuel and air, and corrected data as related to RPM range.

AED features in-house CNC machining centers, flowbenches, total induction benches, engine dyno, and chassis dyno.

For more information visit www.aedperformance.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: ATI Performance Products

ATI Performance Products is a family owned and operated company that has been in business for over 50 years. The company specializes in racing transmissions, torque converters, engine dampers and the internal parts for each. ATI races what they sell so you can be sure what you’re buying has already been race proven. Everything they make is manufactured under the roof of their 30,000+ sq/ft facility located in Baltimore Maryland.

ATI manufactures its own SFI cases for the Power Glide and TH400 and offers many different bell housings and options to fit what you race. ATI 8" and 9" torque converters are made from 100% new parts, no old cores here. ATI’s Super Damper is the industry leading damper and is used exclusively in NASCAR, NHRA Pro-Stock, and by every quality engine builder in the world.

In the transmission department, you can find plenty of models to choose from. Based on the weight & horsepower of your combination, ATI can spec you a transmission and converter combination to guide you to the winner’s circle no matter what your combination is. Whether its aluminum drums, Vasco shafts or trick trans brake valve bodies, ATI makes the parts to put in anything from a basic foot brake Glide for your bracket car, to an all-out Outlaw TH400 Lock Up for your Pro-mod. ATI has the parts and the knowledge to build you a reliable transmission to fit your specific needs. They also supply a wide variety of torque converters; each one specifically made to order. ATI offers everything from light weight 8” units for NHRA Stock class racing all the way up to 10.5” Outlaw Lock UP converters for 3000+HP door cars. They even offer a line of StreetMaster Converters for your hot rod or street car.

When it comes to a harmonic balancer the ATI Super Damper has the best design on the market, period! The design is simply the best piece available and provides the most protection you can get for your engine. After spending a significant amount of your hard earned money on a new power plant, an ATI Super Damper is the best insurance policy you could purchase to protect that new investment. A damper plays such an important role in both absorbing harmonics and preventing torsional twist of the crank shaft. With the best technology readily available, why would you want to risk your investment on anything else? Plus, the ATI damper is completely rebuild-able and every individual part is available separately and service is easy. Only ATI offers a damper that will last the entire life of your engine and then some.

For more information, visit www.ATIRacing.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: COMP Cams
For more than 35 years, COMP Cams has prided itself on serving as the preferred valve train partner of racers, engine builders and enthusiasts the world over. Whether the company is working with a professional race team or a weekend mechanic, its commitment to building the highest-quality components and providing unparalleled customer service is unwavering.

COMP Cams employs the aftermarket’s largest and most highly trained engineering staff, and its technicians provide a wealth of knowledge unrivaled in the performance aftermarket. Combine the best people with the best resources available in the fields of development, testing and manufacturing, and you have the recipe that makes COMP Cams the absolute leader in valve train technology.

COMP Cams camshafts are the backbone of its lineup and drag racing cams are available in both flat tappet and solid roller configurations for applications ranging from sportsman to Pro classes. Other valve train components by COMP include valve springs that feature revolutionary design, including Elite Drag Race and Dual Conical options, a variety of rocker arms and durable pushrod selections, as well as lifters designed for everything from street/strip to all-out, hardcore racing performance.

For more information about COMP Cams visit www.compcams.com or call 1.800.999.0853.

Sponsor Spotlight: Powermaster Performance
Powermaster Performance Starters & Alternators, located in West Chicago, IL has been manufacturing new starters and alternators in their 145,000 sq. ft. facility since 1981. Powermaster Performance builds a wide range of starters, alternators, and Powergens for all types of domestic vehicles. With adjustable voltage alternators weighing less than 6 pounds all the way up to diesel truck starters and high amp alternators to make sure the race car gets to the track! Powermaster is proud to work with racers to develop starters and alternators that suit specific needs. One example is their Ultra Torque High Speed starter, designed for alcohol or magneto engines. The Ultra Torque High Speed spins up to 25% faster with 200ft lbs of torque for engines up to 15:1 compression.

For more information visit powermastermotorsports.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: Mark Williams Enterprises
It was fifty years ago in 1964 when Denver racer Mark Williams decided to quit his machinist job at John Bandimere, Sr’s speed emporium and go into business for himself building race cars. In the ensuing years Mark Williams Enterprises became the “go to” shop for High Country racers. In addition to the fuel dragster he campaigned with the late Bill Rice, racers like the Kaiser Bros., John Abbott, Vern Moats, Vern & Brian Raymer and Motes & Williams demonstrated the prowess of M-W’s chassis'. The word spread, and soon racers like “Ohio George” Montgomery and Florida’s Jerry Gwynn were winning NHRA events with Mark Williams’ chassis. Williams himself won the Division V Top Fuel Championship when partnered with Larry Frazier. During this time Williams began to manufacture various components to compliment his chassis.

In the late 1970s, sensing a need in the marketplace, Mark Williams came out with the industry’s first guaranteed axle, the “Hi-Torque.” All “Hi-Torque” and budget-minded “MasterLine” axles are individually made to the customer’s requirements. Having the shaft taper from the bearing seat to the spline is a key factor in an axle’s ductility and overall reliability.

In a quest to build the lightest and strongest driveshafts, MW developed the patented Accu-bonding process. This process is used to manufacture aluminum and carbon fiber driveshafts. Now, MW has the most comprehensive driveshaft testing and manufacturing capabilities in the industry. MW also developed a sophisticated computer-controlled torsional testing device that can exert loads up to 15,000 foot pounds torque in measured cycles. Data accumulated from extensive testing has helped SFI establish the specifications that are the cornerstone of the 43.1 Specs program.

Recognizing the shortcomings of steel housings, MW developed the first modular housing to accommodate the popular 9” Ford components. The most important feature of MW modular housings is that everything is CNC machined to exacting tolerances, which makes for optimum alignment of axles, bearings, gears, etc. for maximum efficiency.

The company is also known for its premium grade disc brakes. Kits feature a one-piece aluminum hub/brake hat. The innovative Slot-Drive™ system, used to attach the rotor to the hat or hub, reduces the weight of the rotor while directing heat way from the hub bearings – eliminating warpage. M-W rotors are double disc ground to ensure that both sides are absolutely parallel.

For more information about Mark Williams Enterprises, visit www.MarkWilliams.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: Stroud Safety
Stroud Safety started with one product, the drag chute, and now manufacturers over 150 products with new products introduced annually. Almost every type of racing all over the world uses Stroud Safety products.

Stroud Safety also supplies fire suppression systems and manufactures an extensive line of fire suits, personal restraint systems, window netting, and general racing and shop accessories. Custom design is a specialty at Stroud. With a wide range of color options and on-site design and engineering, most products can be configured to meet specific needs of the customer. Where applicable, all Stroud products are SFI certified with re-certification available for required intervals.

Located in Oklahoma City, the 24,000 square foot facility includes a 4,000 square foot show room. The production area is equipped with a wide range of industrial sewing machines, state-of-the-art digital cutting table, and fire bottle/suppression system assembly area. Efficient production and inventory control expedites the customer ordering experience with daily shipment of products. Customers may order direct from the factory or from U.S. and international dealers.

Contact Stroud Safety at 405-632-2022 for information and tech support, 800-554-4648 for orders, and products@stroudsafety.com. More product information available at www.stroudsafety.com and www.facebook.com/stroudsafety.

Sponsor Spotlight: Auto Meter Products
Founded in 1957, Auto Meter Products, Inc. is a high technology company based in Sycamore, IL USA, focused on performance and racing automotive instrumentation and electronics. With a state-of-the-art cellular manufacturing operation, world class ISO 9000:TS 16949 Certified Quality System, an advanced engineering team, and product technology that is unmatched in the instrumentation marketplace, Auto Meter has been a leader in the performance aftermarket for generations. In addition to the more commonly known Auto Meter High Performance division, they are also one of the largest builders of battery and electrical system test equipment. The company's products include the Dedenbear STSK Throttle Stop, the Auto Meter Ultimate DL tachometer, Auto Meter Street & Race Dash and SPEK-Pro Gauges.

Dedenbear STSK Throttle Stop - The Dedenbear STS System combines the consistency of an electric stop with the tunability of an air stop. The STS can open and close the blades 8 separate times during a run, all at different speeds and different angles. Starting line control is also included for the ultimate in launch consistency. Every adjustment can easily be accomplished right from the driver's seat, including stop RPM.

Auto Meter Ultimate DL tachometer - The Ultimate DL includes a high accuracy, competition-grade air core meter movement capable of achieving 0 to 10,000 RPM in 333 milliseconds. I t features new and improved ARMS (automatic recording memory start) system for worry free driver operation, a 4 stage shift light control, advanced LED backlighting for improved visibility, reduced electrical system draw, and resistance to vibration and tire shake. Engine and driveshaft RPM records at 100 samples per second with up to 60 seconds of available memory. Driver can play back data right on the tach itself, or easily download it to award winning DataPro analysis software, the same software found on professional STACK Motorsports data acquisition systems. Onboard tri-axis accelerometer to provide advanced data about vehicle acceleration and launch, working intelligently with DataPro software to pin point not only when, but where particular events occurred on the track. Backed by contingency in NHRA, IHRA, NMCA, and NMRA, a 1 year competition warranty, and Auto Meter's customer service and race support team

Auto Meter Street & Race Dash - Full Sweep, Stepper Motor meter movement and includes user programmable warning function, integrated programmable warning light and LCD message display for temperatures, pressures, and battery voltage, external plugs provided for shift and warning light activation, and a robust professional wiring harness pre-terminated with mil spec and MSS connectors for ease of installation. Operates on most 1-16 cylinder engines with 12V electronic ignitions. The Street & Race Dash is water, dust/dirt, shock, and vibration proof! and is fully sealed to IP67 standard. Multiple pre-programmed display layers allow you to track different combinations of vehicle parameters at the push of a button. Transflective LCD Backlit display provides guaranteed visibility in bright sunlight and complete darkness. Playback Recording mode provides up to 2 hours (or 15 runs) of continual dash sensor input data to be saved to memory for later review and analysis.

SPEK-Pro Gauges - features include plug & play wire harness for easy installation, 7 color user-selectable background illumination, adjustable illumination brightness settings for day and night, independent dimming for dial and pointer, peak recall, and 280-degree brushless stepper motor movement with illuminated pointer. The patented lighting delivers one of the largest viewable displays ever assembled on a 2 1/16 inch gauge.

For more information about the Auto Meter family of products, visit www.autometer.com.

New Design Dragtime News T-Shirts

In addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard at work designing new t-shirts, and I think I came up with a winner. They turned out great, and new for 2014 are women's sizes. These are high-quality, 100% cotton black t-shirts. The men's are Gildan and the women's are Hanes.

All quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL. More info is on the T-Shirts page.

From The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: Troy Moyle in the Hart's Texaco Flathead Ford

Thanks to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting this great photo of Troy Moyle in the wheelstanding Hart's Texaco flathead Ford. I always like sharing what Drag Racer sends in because the photography is first-rate.

Drag Racer Magazine is available at better bookstores and magazines stands or you can subscribe HERE. (Drag Racer Magazine photos: Doug Adama / James Drew / Lou Hart / Pete Ward)

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