Team headed in right direction, Wilkerson says

Independent driver, tuner and car owner Tim Wilkerson won three consecutive Northwest Nationals (2009-11), but so far this season has been disappointed with the performance of his Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang Funny Car. That may be turning around for the Springfield, IL, team.


“Everything is coming around with our car and our parts after we figured out what we'd been doing wrong procedurally in Epping a couple races back,” Wilkerson said. “We've got it nipped in the bud now, and with any luck, we can go to Seattle, Brainerd, and Indy and make some good runs. The more runs you make once you figure something like that out, the better you get.


“The way the points are right now, I know I have to win rounds. When it comes down to it, if we're ninth or 10th in the Countdown [to the Championship], it will be stupendous. But if not, it sure won't be from a lack of trying. I've got a good group of kids, and our problems are behind us because we've knuckled down and fixed them. Now we're going to be focused on winning some rounds up there in Seattle."


Wilkerson heads into Seattle at number 11 in the points standings, with three more chances to break into the top ten. 

Dunn Racing Funny Car to celebrate Oberto 100th anniversary

Oberto brand ambassador, Jim Dunn Racing, will display its 10,000 horsepower Funny Car at the Seattle Mariners game on Thursday, August 2, with special graphics recognizing Oberto Beef Jerky’s 100th Anniversary. Founded in 1918, the popular snack product is headquartered in Kent, WA, which is also the host community to this weekend’s NHRA national event at Pacific Raceways.


Oberto Beef Jerky has partnered with Jim Dunn Racing for several seasons and has shown multiple versions of its graphics on the race car depending on product announcements and retailer tie-ins. The 100th Anniversary scheme is special for everyone involved. Team Manager, Jon Dunn, noted “It’s special for Jim Dunn Racing to have the opportunity to recognize such a great brand during their 100th Anniversary celebration. Our race team has been around for more than 50 years, so we can relate to how hard the Oberto group has worked to build their following over the decades.”


Funny Car driver, Jim Campbell, will be signing autographs at the stadium prior to the Mariners game, and will then appear on-field during pre-game ceremonies. Fans attending the game can get their picture taken next to the Oberto 100th Anniversary Funny Car starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at SafeCo Field. 

Gasser group to race at hometown track, Lancaster Dragway

The Supercharged AA/Gassers of America will bring their unique excitement back home to the Buffalo, NY, area this weekend, Aug. 4-5.


The 4-second gassers have been running with the PDRA circuit this season but will return home this week with the help of Dolce Panepinto, Attorneys at Law, and Summit Racing Equipment.


Mark Korzaniewski will be driving his “Calamity Jane,” already a two-time winner this year. Among other cars to watch for are Tom Fritz’s “Goin’ Broke” and Jim Oddy’s “Junkyard Dog.”

Spy photos: Checking for power

The Agent found a couple of photos in the old mayo jar on the Phlegm Building’s second-story penthouse porch this morning. A couple of doorslammer racing's premier power makers, Jeff Prock (right) and Luis Fernando Baches de Leon from Fuel Tech at a dyno session on Rage Fuel Systems dyno.

From the photos it appears they are flogging a non-magneto ignition on a supercharged Hemi. The engine reportedly made more power with the coil-over plug ignition than with a magneto. Part of that gain could be credited to the engine not driving a magneto.

New York family heads to Denver with ex-Tutterow Pro Mod

Three generations of the New York-based Caruso family are headed to the WSOPM on the mountain in Denver on August 10-11. Family patriarch Joe will watch over his son Marc and granddaughter Camrie when the family racing team head to Bandimere Speedway.


Marc has recently stepped up his Pro Mod program in the PDRA Pro Boost category with the purchase of an ex-Todd Tutterow '69 Camaro, and the fitment of an Al Billes-fed Noonan 4.9. The switch to Billes Superchargers & Fuel Systems and the revolutionary 4.9 Noonan Race Engineering Hemi came about after the Noonan brains-trust assisted with getting both of the family's hot rods to the PDRA Firecracker Nationals race in June.


“We are headed to Bandimere with the intentions to have fun,” said Marc. “But make no mistake, we are coming to represent ourselves and PDRA at the highest level possible. Considering the company we will be rubbing shoulders with, it will be a tough deal, but we aren't hauling out to Colorado with the plan to come second!"  

NMCA will host 50th anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion at Norwalk

The NMCA stop at Summit Motorsports Park August 23-26 is the official host of the Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, a celebration within the already action-packed Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals.


The 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, which is presented by TascaParts.com, is packed with modern and nostalgia Cobra Jet drag racing categories, Cobra Jet car show, and other special events including guest speakers and the largest gathering of Cobra Jets in the world.


Because participation in the Cobra Jet drag racing classes, car show, or VIP fan experience requires pre-registration due to the luncheons, celebration dinner seating, reserved parking, and meal prep, the cut-off date is August 15 and sign up information is available at www.CobraJetReunion.com.   

Aussie record holder to debut new car at Jamboree

Australian record holder Steve Barnett will begin his pursuit for a world record by debuting a new car at the Honeywell Garrett Jamboree, presented by Link ECU and Tuners Edge (August 25-26 at Willowbank Raceway).


After becoming the first in the country to run a 6-second 13B-turbo-powered pass in 2016 in his RX3 Coupe, Barnett has taken the Pac Performance Billet 13B engine from his RX3 and put together a never-before-seen combination in a re-born Pac Performance Mazda 6.


“I have purchased a well-known Mazda 6 which was previously owned and raced by Pac Performance,” Barnett said. “The car was crashed by Rocky Rehayem a few years back and then sold to someone else who had started rebuilding it but ran out of motivation. I have been slowly working away on it and over the past six months we have really stepped up the build.


“We have taken the Pac Performance Billet engine from my RX3 and combined that with some new technology with a Quick Drive Transmission – this is something that has never been done before, combining this kind of engine with this kind of transmission. With this combination you don’t have a clutch, you have a stall converter like what you have with an automatic-style gearbox but my gearbox is manually shifted,” explained Barnett.   

Get’m Garage acquires MaxJet brand from COMP

In conjunction with its first-year anniversary, GET’M Garage announced that it has acquired the MaxJet® brand from Memphis, Tennessee-based Comp Performance Group. Get’m Garage specializes in carburetor and tuning products.


“The move is a perfect fit for our business, especially with the launch of our Phillips headed jet,” said Trevor Wiggins, GET’M Garage co-owner. “Adding the MaxJet® brand to our product line enhances our ability to provide our customers with the most complete offering of performance fuel tuning products.”

New Product of the Day


Profiler Tunnel Ram Injector Hat Adapter from Koehler Injection

Koehler Injection announces a Profiler Tunnel Ram Injector Hat Adapter. This new product adapts an Enderle Buzzard or Barndoor injector hat -- or any other type with a 15.310 bolt center – to a Profiler Tunnel Ram. The adapter is CNC produced from 6061 aluminum. Also available are Bug, Bird and BAU to Profiler Tunnel Ram adapters  



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