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Why it’s important to keep the pin spinning: In each firing cycle the piston pin carries the weight


By Titus Bloom, October 13, 2014

MPG-Conrod-Trend-pin

Race engine progress follows a basic pattern: As power increases, problems emerge and as the ingenuity of the race engineer solves them other problems appear. Race engines operate in a state of perpetual crisis. In the 1970s Top Fuel cars generated 2,500 to 3,000hp today they make 8,000 to 10,000hp. To get from 2,500 to 10,000hp a lot of problems needed solutions.

When Trend Performance introduced its tool steel TP-1 piston pin in early 2013, first to drag racing’s Top Fuel teams and subsequently to all other engine categories generating big power, it possessed several attributes that weren’t easily copied.

“Most people don’t realize that during the firing cycle of one cylinder the piston pin carries the weight—the mass and momentum—of the whole car and drives it forward,” says Michael Giannone, founder of MGP connecting rods.

But beyond its strength and toughness, derived from its unique mix of materials, the TP-1 possesses a further intriguing element—its ability to spin reliably. The late Bill Jenkins once told Giannone, the irrepressible 25-year veteran of the competition con rod business, that the pin spins at around 2,000rpm during valve overlap. “We don’t know how Bill knew this,” says Giannone, “but we do know that when the pin stalls you destroy the connecting rod and piston. Typically, Bill allocated around 0.020in end-play and precise concentricity to ensure his pins wouldn’t stall.

new-conrod

Competition MPG connecting rod with mirror-finish small end

Pin spin is probably caused by the orbital path and oscillation of the big-end

“If the concentricity between the pin’s inner diameter and outer diameter is not held to close tolerances, the pin becomes slightly eccentric and consequently doesn’t spin properly.” Giannone believes concentricity must be held to one or two tenths of one thousand’s inch.

“If the pin stalls you risk burning the upper portion of the piston-pin bore and the lower portion of the connecting rod small end as it tends to grind itself against these surfaces. Though DLC (diamond-like coating) will offer some relief, ultimately damage is inescapable and the life of the connecting rods, either steel or aluminum, will be jeopardized.

damaged-conrod2

If the pin bends or stalls, galling is likely to occur on the upper portion of the piston’s pin bore and the lower portion of the connecting rod small end as it tends to grind itself against these surfaces.

“We’ve observed high quality DLC coatings from three pin suppliers and noticed unavoidable coating loss when the pin stalls. To check for evidence of pin stalling, examine the end of the pin for black marks. If present, these indicate that the pin has jammed against the lock—either the spiral type or the round wire style.

“For the pin to excel in its environment the round wire lock, which was devised to circumvent the stress raiser caused by the square-cut spiral lock groove, must provide exact end-play. If exorbitant, the pin will strike the locks at high velocity. If insufficient the pin will stall, says Giannone.

But end play opinions differ, particularly among leading engine builders

 

Jon Kaase

Jon Kaase

In stark contract Mike Allen, Sr. of Allen Competition from Surgoinsville, TN says, “We employ minimal clearance between pin and locks.” A similar belief exists at John Kaase Racing Engines, who runs spiral locks in his big engines. “A lot of times our end clearance is near zero, just as long as we can turn them. But things might be a little different between big engines that rev to 8,000rpm and others that run up 11,000rpm,” says Kaase. “Don’t forget,” he concludes, “that as the engine warms it expands. If the aluminum piston expands by 0.008in or 0.010in, the steel pin might only expand by 0.005in therefore pin-to-lock end play increases naturally as the engine reaches normal operating temperature.”

 

Doug Patton

Doug Patton

These conclusions fit with Doug Patton’s doctrine. Patton of Proline Racing Engines based in Ball Ground, Georgia says, “We use buttons instead of locks on most of our turbo engines with end play of around 0.010in to 0.015in rather than fight with spiral locks. But when we do use spiral locks we run them with barely any clearance.”

Regarding round wire locks, Patton admits, “I don’t believe it’s possible to run them with minimum clearance because there is not sufficient room to install the second lock.” Interestingly, his attentions are focused more on the security of the wire locks and takes great pains to ensure they are fully engaged in their retaining grooves. “To guard against their coming out, we use a little plug gauge which signifies when they are fully expanded in the groove.” Incidentally, Diamond Pistons affords 0.017in to 0.020in end play between the piston pin and the round wire locks.

Sonny’s David Harper says they use round wire locks with end clearances of 0.018 to 0.020in to prevent them from being forced out of the grooves. “Depending on the application,” says Harper, “we run vertical clearance of 0.0025 to 0.003in and 0.0023 to 0.0025in on the big engines. In the nitrous engines, which use button locks, we use a vertical clearance of 0.003in.

Taking a spin on the wild side

But what if the pin spun into the sharp end of a round wire lock so violently the wire end gouged a 0.005in groove in the end of the pin? Clearly the pin had stalled but what could have caused it?

wristpinWe know the pin end must possess the correct shape. If, for example, the radius is too big or the taper on the wrong angle the pin can bind itself against the lock. You could also speculate the damage was caused by inadequate lubrication or excessive vacuum. Higher vacuum draw makes more hp on the dynamometer but at the expense of proper lubrication. For this reason Bill Jenkins tended not to apply vacuum beyond 12in of pressure.

Paul Hoskins believes the galling was most likely caused by pin weakness. “If the pin has insufficient wall thickness,” says the acclaimed NHRA Pro Stock engine builder, “it will deflect and gall the rod. We use 0.990in OD pins with 0.240in to 0.270in wall thickness with wire locks and have no troubles of this kind. Hoskin’s theory seems likely. The damaged pin (pictured below) was removed from an older-style Pro Stock engine and running round wire locks. The pin dimensions were as follows: 2.5in long x 0.927in diameter x 0.200in wall thickness.

 

damaged-pin

To check for evidence of pin stalling, examine the end of the pin for black marks. If present, these indicate that the pin has jammed against the lock—either the spiral type or the wire lock style.

Keeping the piston straight in the bore

Finally on the topic of keeping the piston straight in the cylinder, “The greatest advantage of the premium piston pin,” says Michael Giannone, “is its ability in keeping the assembly upright in the bore. Given today’s thin 0.027in piston rings it doesn’t take much angle to lose ring seal. You simply cannot afford to let the piston tilt to the front or rear of the block. Obviously this provokes blow-by but in a high-revving Cup engine, for example, you can transfer combustion gases to the crankcase and crankcase gases to the combustion chamber, which tortures the rings and degrades the ring sealing capabilities of the cylinder walls. Pondering all the variables we are faced with, you are forced to conclude the integrity of the piston pin is one of the keys to acquiring a reliable race engine.

“Consider the proposition of off-shore piston pins. Costing $5 to $15ea and operating in 500hp engines there may be little wrong with them. But used in  1,500+hp engines everything is wrong with them. If they get by in lower power applications they emphatically do not at higher power levels. We had a customer who combined premium MGP rods and Diamond pistons with cheap pins in his 3,500hp alcohol dragster engine. He blew-up the engine twice with the inferior piston pins. Since then he rebuilt using Trend piston pins and has avoided further catastrophes, which made the point startlingly well for a switch to a premium pin.”

 

Source

Trend Performance
Warren, Michigan
(586) 447-0400
www.trendperform.com

 

MGP Connecting Rods
Colorado Sprints, Colorado
(719) 219-3107
www.mgpconnectingrods.com

 

Allen Competition
Surgoinsville, TN 37873
(423) 345-4600

 

John Kaase Racing Engines
Winder Georgia
(770) 307-0241
www.jonkaaseracingengines.com

 

Pro Line Race Engines
Ball Ground, Georgia
(678) 880-3000
www.prolineracing.net

 

Sonnys Racing Engines
Lynchburg, Virginia
(434) 239-1009
www.sonnysracingengines.com

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500

The Chase

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 27, 2014) – Below is a look at the Eliminator 8 – and beyond –  at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas going into the AAA Texas 500 on November 2. ESPN’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 3 p.m.

TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.3

2014 Rundown

·         Four wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 10.1

·         Led 24 races for 873 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 17.2 in 27 races

·         Average Running Position of 13.9, 10th-best

·         Driver Rating of 92.3, ninth-best

·         323 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·         4,067 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), eighth-most

 

2 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.4

2014 Rundown

·         Four top fives, 15 top 10s

·         Average finish of 13.0

·         Led 7 races for 41 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, three top fives, five top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 19.1 in 22 races

·         Average Running Position of 20.1, 22nd-best

·         Driver Rating of 73.1, 21st-best

·         1,479 Green Flag Passes, second-most

 

 

 

 

3 - Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.9

2014 Rundown

·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 11.3

·         Led 21 races for 976 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, four top fives, four top 10s

·         Average finish of 18.4 in 12 races

·         Average Running Position of 19.3, 20th-best

·         Driver Rating of 77.1, 19th-best

 

4 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.8

2014 Rundown

·         12 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.3

·         Led 19 races for 470 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s

·         Average finish of 8.3 in 24 races

·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.4

·         Series-best Driver Rating of 106.1

·         353 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         1,448 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.587 mph, second-fastest

·         Series-high 5,045 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%)

·         742 Quality Passes, second-most

 

5 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.9

2014 Rundown

·         One win, six top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 14.9

·         Led 15 races for 286 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s

·         Average finish of 10.8 in 17 races

·         Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best

·         Driver Rating of 93.8, seventh-best

·         179 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

·         1,380 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.154 mph, 10th-fastest

·         3,931 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), 10th-most

·         742 Quality Passes, second-most

 

6 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.4

2014 Rundown

·         Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s

·         Average finish of 14.7

·         Led 11 races for 135 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 15.5 in 19 races

·         Average Running Position of 12.4, seventh-best

·         Driver Rating of 96.9, sixth-best

·         361 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·         1,240 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.402 mph, fourth-fastest

·         4,573 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), fifth-most

·         716 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

7 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.4

2014 Rundown

·         Six wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles

·         Average finish of 13.5

·         Led 26 races for 1,518 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One top five, three top 10s

·         Average finish of 19.5 in 12 races

·         Average Running Position of 18.1, 18th-best

·         Driver Rating of 78.8, 18th-best

·         164 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

 

8 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.3

2014 Rundown

·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; eight poles

·         Average finish of 14.0

·         Led 24 races for 1,817 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Three top fives, 11 top 10s

·         Average finish of 13.6 in 23 races

·         Average Running Position of 16.0, 15th-best

·         Driver Rating of 83.3, 14th-best

·         1,461 Green Flag Passes, third-most

·         3,706 Laps in the Top 15 (58.2%), 12th-most

·         685 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

9 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.2

2014 Rundown

·         One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles

·         Average finish of 16.8

·         Led 15 races for 453 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, seven top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.4 in 18 races

·         Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best

·         Driver Rating of 102.2, fourth-best

·         353 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 173.610 mph

·         4,448 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), sixth-most

·         641 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.7

2014 Rundown

·         One win, two top fives, five top 10s

·         Average finish of 19.9

·         Led 5 races for 68 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two top 10s

·         Average finish of 21.7 in 11 races

·         Average Running Position of 22.1, 28th-best

·         Driver Rating of 68.5, 25th-best

 

11 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.5

2014 Rundown

·         Four wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s

·         Average finish of 12.5

·         Led 16 races for 379 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, four top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 15.0 in 24 races

·         Average Running Position of 13.1, ninth-best

·         Driver Rating of 90.4, 10th-best

·         216 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

·         1,346 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.243 mph, eighth-fastest

·         4,624 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), fourth-most

·         736 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

12 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's  Red Vest Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.5

2014 Rundown

·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 15.2

·         Led 16 races for 1,119 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 9.5 in 22 races

·         Average Running Position of 11.4, fourth-best

·         Driver Rating of 103.6, second-best

·         Series-high 522 Fastest Laps Run

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.393 mph, fifth-fastest

·         4,666 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), third-most

·         681 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

13 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.7

2014 Rundown

·         Three top fives, 10 top 10s

·         Average finish of 16.0

·         Led 7 races for 110 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 14.7 in 21 races

·         Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 102.2, third-best

·         473 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.543 mph, third-fastest

·         4,797 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4%), second-most

·         Series-high 784 Quality Passes

 

14 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.0

2014 Rundown

·         One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s

·         Average finish of 17.1

·         Led 12 races for 218 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 17.7 in 20 races

·         Average Running Position of 14.9, 13th-best

·         Driver Rating of 85.4, 13th-best

·         223 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

·         1,398 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

·         3,957 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), ninth-most

·         688 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.6

2014 Rundown

·         One win, six top fives, nine top 10s

·         Average finish of 19.9

·         Led 13 races for 204 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s

·         Average finish of 16.3 in 23 races

·         Average Running Position of 15.3, 14th-best

·         Driver Rating of 86.5, 12th-best

·         193 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

·         1,451 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

 

16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Farmland Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.6

2014 Rundown

·         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s

·         Average finish of 21.5

·         Led 5 races for 23 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One top 10

·         Average finish of 19.6 in seven races

·         Average Running Position of 21.4, 24th-best

·         Driver Rating of 68.2, 26th-best

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator 8 at Texas Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Jeff Gordon

27

2

1

9

12

6

17.2

92.3

 

2

Ryan Newman

22

2

1

3

5

3

19.1

73.1

 

3

Joey Logano

12

0

1

4

4

1

18.4

77.1

 

4

Matt Kenseth

24

0

2

13

17

0

8.3

106.1

 

5

Denny Hamlin

17

0

2

5

9

0

10.8

93.8

 

6

Carl Edwards

19

1

3

6

8

4

15.5

96.9

 

7

Brad Keselowski

12

0

0

1

3

0

19.5

78.8

 

8

Kevin Harvick

23

0

0

3

11

1

13.6

83.3

 

* – Based on last 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2014).

 

Texas Motor Speedway:

History

·         Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.

·         The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by Mark Martin.

·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on April 6, 1997 – won by Jeff Burton.

·         The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

·         In 2011, the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 6, 2005 – won by Carl Edwards.

Notebook

·         There have been 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

·         138 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 111 in more than one.

·         Jeff Gordon is the only drive to have made all 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.

·         19 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. with two each.

·         Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004) and Ryan Newman (2005 sweep).

·         Youngest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Brian Vickers (11/05/2006 – 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).

·         Oldest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (4/08/2002 – 46 years, 6 months, 0 days).

·         18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson with three each.

·         Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway:  Carl Edwards (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two.

·         Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five and Joe Gibbs Racing with four. 

·         Three of the 27 (11.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013). 

·         The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins than any other starting position (five) – most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall 2013).

·         Six of the 27 (22.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second-place.

·         21 of the 27 (77.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

·         Four of the 27 (14.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.

·         Youngest Texas winner: Joey Logano (03/30/2003 – 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).

·         Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).

·         Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four. 

·         Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 10.

·         Matt Kenseth leads the series lead in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 17; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 16 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 13.

·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.818. Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas in the top 10.

·         Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Texas: Matt Kenseth (8.250) and Jimmie Johnson (9.455).

·         There have been three NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Texas Motor Speedway: fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), and fall 2012 (334/335).

·         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway; the inaugural event in 1997 and spring 2007. The race has never been rain shortened. 

·         Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (20).

·         Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.   

·         2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (11/02/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/07/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep). 

·         11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Texas Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in his first appearance; Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman won in their second appearance at TMS. 

·         Jeff Gordon competed at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times before winning in the spring of 2009; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.

·         Only three of the 12 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (16) Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13).

·         Kevin Harvick and Joe Nemechek lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23 each.

·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 second ahead of Kasey Kahne.

·         Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

24

27

4/7/2014

Danica Patrick

30

25

11/3/2013

Danica Patrick

42

28

4/13/2013

Danica Patrick

32

24

11/4/2012

Shawna Robinson

16

36

4/8/2002

 

·         Tony Stewart leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 801 laps led in 24 starts.

·         Jeff Gordon leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in Laps Completed at Texas Motor Speedway with 7,990 laps.

·         One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 – Ford; 2007 – Chevrolet)

 

NASCAR in Texas

·         There have been 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in the state of Texas.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth

27

Texas World Speedway

College Station

8

Meyer Speedway

Houston

1

 

·         80 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.

·         10 drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. Six of the nine Texas native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Terry Labonte

22

11

1

Bobby Labonte

21

10

1

A.J. Foyt

7

0

0

Billy Wade

4

0

0

Bobby Hillin Jr

1

2

0

Johnny Rutherford

1

0

0

Chris Buescher

0

1

0

James Buescher

0

1

6

David Starr

0

0

4

Colin Braun

0

0

1

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A2 WIND TUNNEL PRODUCES ON-TRACK RESULTS - 301.33 MPH

Hanna Motorsports


 

Enfield, CT – October 22, 2014 – The President of Hanna Motorsports Jets, Al Hanna, today announced the post wind tunnel performance results of the Queen of Diamonds II jet dragster. The head-turning performance was the direct result of the Hanna’s day of testing at the A2 Wind Tunnel complex, located in Mooresville, North Carolina.

 Dragster Wind Tunnel Performance Results

"Our family is dedicated to growth and success. With that said, we made the decision to invest in a full day session at the acclaimed A2 Wind Tunnel, for our ‘one-of-a-kind’ jet dragster; the new ‘Queen of Diamonds II.’ There were many issues to trouble shoot with this new design, and we wanted to test in a controlled manner. The A2 Wind Tunnel made those tests available in a safe and really exciting environment.”

The weekend prior to going to Mooresville, they competed at Maryland International Raceway, where Jill Canuso piloted the "Queen of Diamonds II" to a 5.29@299.93 MPH pass. They immediately knew they were on the right track, with some recent changes and updates that were implemented on the machine.

After their A2 trip, they brought the car to the New Capitol Raceway, in Crofton, Maryland, as it was time to test results of the things they learned at A2.  After making minor changes to the fuel system, Jill ran consecutive passes of 5.29@297.80 followed by a terrific 5.25@301.33.

The Hanna’s used A2 to configure the best combination of down force versus drag, and lateral stability.  "This is truly a work in progress," stated Rich Hanna, VP of Hanna Motorsports Jets and the driver of the record holding 'GOJO Firebird' Jet FC. "Although we've achieved our goal of 300 MPH with this new design, we also learned there are so many other areas we now have to explore further. Our goal is to achieve even better on-track performance along with even better handling characteristics."

The Hanna Motorsports Jets team has support from GOJO Industries, XLERATOR Hand Dryers, and Simpson Performance.  The "Queen of Diamonds II" is now booking for 2015, after a very successful 2014. 

The final appearance of the team jet funny cars, the 'GOJO Firebird', and the 'XLERATOR' Top Secret Firebird is at the PBIR Citrus Nationals in West Palm Beach, Florida November 29/30.  "There's no question the investment in a day at A2 Wind Tunnel was a great decision.  I'd recommend anyone in motorsports spend a day at A2.  The learning cannot be duplicated on the track", said Al Hanna.

ABOUT HANNA MOTORSPORTS

Hanna Motorsports is a 47-year professional exhibition drag race company. Hanna Motorsports is dedicated to safety, showmanship, and performance in fielding three of the finest professional exhibition machines in the nation. The Hanna Motorsports team cars, the ”GOJO Firebird”, driven by Rich Hanna, the XLERATOR “Top Secret” Firebird, driven by Ken Hall, and the “Queen of Diamonds II” 300 MPH Jet Dragster, driven by Jill Canuso, are recognized as one of the top teams in history. Hanna Motorsports was incorporated in 1978 by President Al Hanna and wife, Ellen. Having been in professional motorsports since the mid-60’s, the Hanna’s made the decision to operate as an organized business from that moment through today. Along with Al and Ellen, sons Scott and Rich joined the program with support, and a ton of hard work. Al & Ellen Hanna are both “Hall of Fame” members in New England. Since the inception of the very first Hanna Motorsports machine, Hanna Motorsports has fielded nearly 50 professional drag race cars in multiple categories including Top Fuel Dragster, Nitro Funny Car, Jet Dragster, Jet Funny Car, and Super Stock. For more information visit www.hannamotorsportsjets.com or call 860-745-1870.

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  • Every year we broaden our product line by adding new discs and deluxe versions of our existing discs. We carry high quality complete wheel assembly kits and replacement parts for our discs and other manufacturers.
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Lmarr Disk Ltd was started in 1986 by owner Mike Rabin. While looking for replacement wheel discs for his 1935 20/25 Rolls-Royce, Mike found pictures in a prewar brochure showing the original disc design. He successfully had molds made to match that original look. Lmarr follows the same procedure with all of its 90 stock discs and custom orders.

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blank 10/22/14 08:12AM Ford Mustang, Hard Rock Hotel, Music in America

Ford and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos Celebrate 50 Years of Mustang
and the Future of Music in America

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Ford’s ICON50 and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos name 10 artists who embody the spirit of the iconic Ford Mustang and are driving the future of music in America

ICON50 artists include ASTR, Betty Who, Cathedrals, Elle King, Joywave, MisterWives, Sheppard, Smallpools, Young Rising Sons and Young & Sick

Launched in September, ICON50 is a unique program that unites the new Ford Mustang with cultural experts from Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Zagat, ESPN The Magazine and Mashable to discover the next wave of cultural drivers

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mustang and its influence on popular culture, Ford Motor Company and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos have teamed up through the ICON50 program to name 10 up-and-coming artists who are breaking new ground and setting the stage for the future in the music industry.

Like music, which has the power to transcend generations, help define popular culture and ignite movement, Ford Mustang inspires a sense of freedom, independence and adventure.

“Hard Rock is the perfect collaborator to explore music as part of popular culture and to identify trends that will shape the industry’s future,” said Melanie Banker, Mustang brand manager, Ford Motor Company. “For five decades Mustang has represented some of the best of American popular culture, and since the early ’70s Hard Rock has embodied that same spirit – one deeply rooted in rock ’n’ roll culture while evolving with the ever-changing music landscape and inspiring fans along the way.”

ICON50 artists include ASTR, Betty Who, Cathedrals, Elle King, Joywave, MisterWives, Sheppard, Smallpools, Young Rising Sons and Young & Sick.

“There’s no denying the significant impact both music and Mustang have had on popular culture,” said Matt Watts, director of music and marketing, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “The artists whom we’ve identified are each carving their own path, and have pushed musical and cultural barriers to reach a broader audience. They not only represent what’s great and exciting about music right now, we feel they’ll inspire and move people in the future as well.”

Launched in September, ICON50 explores how popular culture could evolve. The unique program encourages Americans to rekindle their sense of adventure behind the wheel of the all-new Mustang. Along with Hard Rock, experts from Zagat, ESPN The Magazine and Mashable are helping to curate a list of 50 innovators and designing themed driving routes across America in celebration of Mustang’s 50th anniversary and the arrival of the all-new pony car in dealerships throughout the country.

Driving what’s next in music
Ford and Hard Rock have laid out a cultural road map and developed a driving route along the eastern region of the country featuring must-see destinations that are helping to shape what’s next in the music scene.

“There’s no better way to explore what’s coming in music than to hit the road and drive, and there’s no better car to do this in than Mustang,” said Watts. “The sense of freedom and adventure Mustang inspires has been echoed in many great songs over time.”

From New York to Florida, Hard Rock helped to create a route that will allow consumers to discover the cultural landmarks of music. The tour begins in Brooklyn, home to many hot spots that have made the borough an indie rock mecca for the young and trendy. The route continues south through Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana, before ending in Miami – with music festivals and unique venues aplenty along the way. An interactive map featuring the driving route and key points of interest can be found at http://www.fordmustangicon50map.appspot.com/#.

A specially curated playlist featuring tracks from each of the ICON50 artists will be available for download to guests at Hard Rock venues around the world starting in February 2015.

To celebrate the artists named to the ICON50 music list, ASTR, Betty Who and MisterWives will perform live at a special event today in conjunction with the College Music Marathon in New York.

ICON50 will continue over the next several months, exploring cultural drivers that will help define a new generation in the realms of food, sports, technology and design. The next list of innovators and themed driving route will focus on the culinary space, and will be released with Zagat in early November.

Why Mustang is a pop culture icon
Early on, Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sports car. Its impact goes well beyond the more than 9.2 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. Mustang has made thousands of appearances in film, television and video games, and is referenced in nearly 50 songs.

On sale now, the all-new Mustang is the most advanced pony car yet, featuring an all-new, sophisticated design and a host of innovative new technologies and connectivity systems.

Next year, for the first time, Mustang will go on sale globally to customers in more than 120 markets, including right-hand-drive markets.

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Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
Rosemont, IL-Chicago; November 22-23, 2014

Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

The Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals is the ultimate gathering place for enthusiasts, young and old, who have a passion for horsepower. This indoor showcase celebrates the cars that have become a part of our lives and to provide a place to revive past memories and friendships while opening the door to many new memories and friendships.


More Than Just Cars

By being involved in many shows over the years, we have seen what works and what doesn’t work. First and foremost, we know that it takes much more than a room full of cars to have a great show. We know that it is the people involved in our hobby that make it so enjoyable. Surely the sights and sounds are what opens the door, but it is the shared enthusiasm we all have and the enjoyment we get by sharing the memories with those who love these four-wheeled wonders as much as we do.


Join us for the ride, whether as a participant showing your own pride and joy or selling your parts, or as a spectator reliving those memories. Let us all make some new memories together.
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