Four-Time Pro Stock World Champ Greg Anderson Focused on More Vegas Success at Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals

29 03 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – When it comes to betting favorites, it’s hard to do much better than Greg Anderson at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The four-time Pro Stock world champion has posted seven victories at the facility heading into this weekend’s 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, adding a K&N Horsepower Challenge win last year at the facility as well.

Even with those good vibes in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro and three straight final round appearances to open the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Anderson knows those good times don’t come easily. After falling in the final round at the most recent event in Gainesville, that rings even more true for the 87-time event winner.

“We have something special there in Vegas, no doubt about it,” Anderson said. “But we had something special in Gainesville, too, and we should have come away with the Wally. The bottom line is you have to execute perfectly, no matter where you are. We’re going to a happy racetrack for KB Racing, and everybody will be smiling because we love racing in Ken Black’s hometown but we’re still going to have to perform, and none of us forget that. The competition is tough right now and anybody can win. If you don’t perform flawlessly, you will not win.”

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including three hours of live finals coverage starting at 6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. It is the fourth of 24 races during the 2017 season, and the first of two annual stops in Las Vegas, where Anderson and longtime teammate Line have posted a combined nine victories.

Line took the victory last year, but the K&N Horsepower Challenge win was the fifth of Anderson’s standout career and meant a great deal to the Pro Stock veteran as well. The event, which takes place on Saturday, pits eight of the top Pro Stock drivers against each other to earn a $50,000 payday. Anderson will meet two-time winner Allen Johnson in the opening round, while other first-round matchups include Jason Line vs. Erica Enders, Bo Butner against Drew Skillman and Shane Gray matching up with Vincent Nobile.

“I love that K&N Horsepower Challenge race,” Anderson said. “It’s all about prestige and that fantastic trophy. I look forward to it all year long, and I missed it for two years and it killed me. Now that I’m back and qualified, I have a chance to win it again. I love it, and I can’t wait. It’s the biggest race of the year as far as I’m concerned.”

Anderson heads to Vegas with the points lead and a win at Phoenix, and is coming off a banner 2016 campaign that included eight wins and a second-place finish to Line. Despite his 2016 performance, Anderson is never one to stand pat and the focus remains on constant improvement, which is why he is anxious for this weekend and a chance to improve on the final-round loss to Shane Gray in Gainesville.

“We had some time between now and Gainesville to work and make our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros happier, and that’s good because Vegas is a big, big race,” Anderson said. “If you look at the landscape, it’s one of the biggest of the year because you have that chance to double-up and win twice in one weekend. There’s a lot on the line. We’ve had good karma there before, and we’re looking forward to getting there and parlaying that good karma into victory.”

Antron Brown’s second straight Top Fuel world championship included a victory in Vegas last year, but he’ll have to deal with teammates Leah Pritchett, who has two wins and the points lead this season, and Gainesville winner Tony Schumacher.

Alexis DeJoria’s Funny Car win was her second in three years at the track, but she’ll have to contend with two-time 2017 winner 2017 Matt Hagan, Gainesville winner John Force and defending world champ Ron Capps, a five-time Vegas winner.

The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. After Nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Muy Caliente Racing jet dragsters sponsored by Lucas Oil. Jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.

As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers with an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, April 1, at 1:20 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, April 2.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS

WHAT: The 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, the fourth of 24 events in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The race also will feature competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

WHERE: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 1

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, March 31 –
LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 1 –
LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:40 and 4:05 p.m.
K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE at 1:30, 4 and 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 2 –
Pre-race ceremonies, 11:15 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon

TELEVISION:

SUNDAY, April 2, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 6 p.m. (ET)

2016 EVENT WINNERS:  Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock; Anderson, K&N Horsepower Challenge.

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, 6, FC: Larry Dixon, 4, TF; Tony Schumacher, 4, TF; Antron Brown, 3, TF: Robert Hight, 3, FC; Greg Anderson, 3, PS; Jeg Coughlin, 3, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 2, TF; John Force, 2, FC; Cruz Pedregon, 2, FC; Mike Edwards, 2, PS; Erica Enders, 2, PS; Allen Johnson, 2, PS.

MOST K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE VICTORIES: Greg Anderson, 5; Kurt Johnson, 4; Jeg Coughlin, 3; Bob Glidden, 3; Warren Johnson, 3; Larry Morgan, 3; Bruce Allen, 2; Erica Enders, 2; Allen Johnson, 2; Jim Yates, 2

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.689 sec. by Steve Torrence, Oct. ’16 and 332.67 mph by Shawn Langdon, Oct. ’15.
Funny Car – 3.871 sec. by Jack Beckman, Oct. ’16 and 331.94 mph by John Force, Oct. ’16.
Pro Stock – 6.559 sec. and 210.28 mph by Erica Enders, Oct. ’15.

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.658 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Feb. ‘17, Phoenix; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.
Funny Car – 3.822 by Matt Hagan, Aug. ’16, Brainerd, Minn.; 335.57 mph by Hagan, May ’16, Topeka, Kan.
Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 644-4444. Tickets also available online at www.lvms.com/tickets.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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Chosen Payments named Preferred Credit Card Processor of NHRA

29 03 2017

GLENDORA, CA – March 29, 2017- (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Chosen Payments, the most trusted credit card processor in the payment processing industry, has been named as the Preferred Credit Card Processor of NHRA, it was announced today.

Chosen Payments are experts in credit card processing, check processing, gift/loyalty, ATM, merchant cash advance, mobile applications and other payment processing and financial services. Their focus is being a partner in success. And they treat each and every relationship like a true partnership, while using decades of industry experience to facilitate growth for their merchants.

“Chosen Payments has a large presence within the automotive industry and NHRA being the largest association in the business, it was a natural marriage for this partnership to come together,” said Jeff Brodsly, chief executive officer of Chosen Payments.

Credit card processing for NHRA’s corporate headquarters and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum will be managed by Chosen Payments, including all four NHRA owned tracks (Atlanta Dragway, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Gainesville Raceway and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis).  The company also manages credit card processing for Texas Motorplex, an NHRA sanctioned track and host facility to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event contested October 12-15.

“This business partnership will prove to be mutually beneficial to both parties,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “Chosen Payments is sure to provide first class customer service and support for our customers during the year.”

Additionally, Chosen Payments has put together an NHRA member benefit package which will reduce costs and increase profits of businesses owned by NHRA members.

“The value brought by both Chosen Payments and NHRA, which will be rolled out to the membership, is going to be a major win for all business owners associated with NHRA,” said Richard Scalesse, partner of Chosen Payments.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions welcome Series Supporters for 2017

29 03 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  With the 2017 season officially underway, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions is pleased to officially welcome new, as well as returning, Series partners, each bringing a significant level of support that will help fuel one of America’s oldest and most prestigious touring sprint car series. Boasting a roster of nearly 20 full-time travelers, the Arctic Cat All Stars will take on a schedule exceeding 50 events in 2017, spanning nearly nine months from start to finish.

As previously announced, Arctic Cat, the official recreational vehicle of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, returns in 2017 as the title sponsor, extending its relationship with “America’s Series” through the 2018 season. With the intent to develop a sturdy connection with devoted race fans, Arctic Cat will promote their product line through a number of displays that will be on hand during select events throughout the season. Arctic Cat representatives will give fans an opportunity to see new product line, as well as learn about special sales and savings.

Effective immediately, Ford Performance, one of the world’s leaders in motorsports performance and racing operations, is now a proud partner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. On top of its commitment with the Series, Ford Performance will also take on the presenting role during an upcoming visit to the Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana, on Friday, May 19.

In addition to Arctic Cat and Ford Performance, a multitude of All Star partners that were associated with the Series in 2016 will continue their relationships in 2017.

“We are proud to be associated with each and every one of our Series partners,” Tony Stewart explained, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. “Lucky for us, we’ve had the opportunity to build great relationships during the last two seasons. We prioritize their commitment to our Series. In return, we’ll do our best to promote those who support the All Stars.”

Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions partners:

All Star Circuit of Champions Title Sponsor – Arctic Cat

About Arctic Cat
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Hoosier Tire

About Hoosier Tire
Hoosier Racing Tire is the official and exclusive tire supplier of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions!  Hoosier Racing Tire is the largest manufacturer of racing tires in the world with distributors located both domestically and worldwide. Visit the brand new HoosierTire.com website for the best in hats, shirts and all Hoosier apparel. Receive special offers and stay up-to-date with their weekly promotions by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @HoosierTire

All Star Circuit of Champions Heat Race Sponsor & Main Event Contingency Award Sponsor – Daido Engine Bearings

About Daido
Daido Metal produces Original Equipment automotive engine bearings for the most recognizable brands around the world and is also a leading producer of engine bearings in every other engine market from power sports to marine and off-highway heavy machinery. Daido is a leader in race engine bearings serving all major global race series and the race engine builder market, including the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. The same technology that has helped power winners at Daytona, Indy, Le Mans and Monte Carlo is used in every bearing made for stock block race engines across America. For more information, visit www.daidometal.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Heat Race Sponsor – Ford Performance

About Ford Performance
Ford’s racing program is part of the Ford Performance organization based in Dearborn, Mich. It is responsible for major racing operations globally, including NASCAR (Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, Chinese Touring Car Championship, Formula Ford (Formula Four), and NHRA sportsmen drag racing. In addition, Ford’s action motorsport programs involve FIA World Rallycross and Formula Drift. The organization also oversees the development and marketing of Ford’s racing engines and performance parts, as well as the outreach programs with all Ford Clubs and Ford enthusiasts. For more information regarding Ford racing’s activities, please visit www.fordperformance.com, www.facebook/FordPerformance, Ford Performance on Instagram and @FordPerformance on Twitter.

All Star Circuit of Champions Heat Race Sponsor – Hunt Brothers Pizza

About Hunt Brothers Pizza
With more than 7,300 locations in 28 states, Hunt Brothers® Pizza is the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry. Perfect for today’s on-the-go lifestyle, Hunt Brothers Pizza offers original and thin crust pizzas with All Toppings No Extra Charge®, breakfast pizzas, plus Hunt Brothers Pizza Wings and WingBites®. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Hunt Brothers Pizza is family owned and operated with more than 25 years of experience in offering all of the food products, marketing programs, equipment and training for convenience stores to operate their own turnkey pizza program.

All Star Circuit of Champions Heat Race Sponsor – All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads

About All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads
Since 1986, All Pro Cylinder Heads has successfully produced the absolute best small block Chevrolet, LS Gen 3 and W9RP Mopar cylinder heads available. Developed for top engine builders worldwide, the family owned business of Bob and Susie Williams is proud to manufacture all American made cylinder heads in Johnstown, Ohio. The dedicated staff at All Pro supplies powerful parts to a majority of champions in series such as the All Star Circuit of Champions, PA Posse, World of Outlaws, LSX Drag Radial, Off Road Baja 1000 and many more. All Pro is honored to serve the best customers in the business with the highest quality parts and Service possible. For more information, visit All Pro online at www.allproheads.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Fast Time Contingency Award Sponsor – Lincoln Electric

About Lincoln Electric
We are a global manufacturer and the market leader of the highest quality welding, cutting and joining products. Our enduring passion for the development and application of our technologies allows us to create complete solutions that make our customers more productive and successful. For more information, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Hard Charger Contingency Sponsor – MSD Performance

About MSD
MSD products are the finest ignition components you can install on your car whether it’s a daily driver, dirt tracker, 4-wheel drive, a seven second Pro Stock car or Big Foot. MSD is your exclusive performance ignition company and we thank you for your interest and support.

All Star Circuit of Champions Dash Sponsor – JE Pistons

About JE Pistons
With 70 years of experience, JE Pistons is the leader in forged racing pistons. JE offers the largest selection of off-the-shelf racing pistons for all popular engine combinations. JE can also manufacture custom pistons for your race engine in only two weeks. In a rush? – JE offers expedited services that can complete your custom piston order in only five days. If you demand the highest quality American-made pistons for your race engine, call JE Pistons today, or visit online at www.jepistons.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Dash Sponsor – Kistler Racing Products

About Kistler Racing Products
Kistler Racing Products is proud to provide a wide array of high quality, dependable and race winning capable parts, most in stock. Kistler Racing Products and Kistler Engines are proud of their unique niche – the only comprehensive shop for dirt sprints in the United States where you can build a car from the ground up including motor and arrive at the race track in a one-stop shopping atmosphere.

All Star Circuit of Champions B-Main Sponsor – Classic Ink Screenprinting & Embroidery

About Classic Ink
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting and Embroidery  is constantly testing the limits of custom racewear and specialized embroidery. Headquartered in Western Pennsylvania, Classic Ink holds the highest standard, maximizing your return, as well as the ultimate customer satisfaction. From “Track Swag” fan wear to “Quick Crew” crew wear, Classic Ink  has you covered. Their dedicated staff and graphic design team will be sure to keep your race team, and your fans, looking sharp on and off the racing surface. Contact Classic Ink USA Screenprinting and Embroidery today and get your race team ahead of the competition. Visit www.classicinkusa.com.  That’s Classic Ink; “at the track and on your back!”

All Star Circuit of Champions Driver’s Meeting Sponsor – EMi

About EMi
Beginner to professional, EMi equips race teams with chassis, components, and knowledge to win races. Building Sprint Cars, Midgets, Lightning Sprints, and Micros, EMi’s dedicated sales and technical support staff are ready to assist you. Visit www.EagleMotorsports.com to begin your #EMinent journey.

All Star Circuit of Champions Hot Laps Sponsor – State Water Heaters

About State Water Heaters
In 1946, State Water Heaters was founded by Herbert Lindahl, Sr. as a small entrepreneurial company producing coal and wood-burning stoves in a garage in Nashville, Tennessee. In the years that followed, State expanded and became a leader in the water heating industry, through steadfast commitments to seeking new materials, new technology and innovative engineering techniques. When it comes to building durability into a product, nobody does it like State. Learn more at www.statewaterheaters.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Outback Steakhouse

About Outback Steakhouse
Australia inspires a fresh take on life. That seize-the-day mindset reflects in all that Outback does – especially in the menu. Outback serves up a wide variety of innovative creations, bold flavors and traditional classics, made fresh to order and how you want it. Enjoy mouthwatering steaks, grilled chicken, ribs, fresh seafood and the world famous Bloomin’ Onion(R) all at affordable prices down under. Don’t forget Outback’s unique cocktails, wines, premium liquors and beer – domestic, craft, import, and Aussie! For more information, visit www.outback.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speedweek Sponsor- Cometic Gasket

About Cometic Gasket
Cometic Gasket is the Official Gasket of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Cometic is a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the Automotive Performance, Powe sports, Original Equipment and Remanufactured Engine Industries. Cometic gaskets are must-haves for championship-winning teams across the globe. Cometic Gaskets are proudly made in the USA.  For more information, log on to www.cometic.com. Cometic Gasket. Sealing championships since 1989.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts

About Elliott’s
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, also carrying Haulmark Toter Homes, Bolt Trucks and Haulmark Trailers, is a full service facility carrying new and used trailers. Trailer lines available include United, Cobra, Intech, and Cargo Mate. Elliott’s is also an authorized EZ-GO golfcart dealer. They offer repair and service on all of their products, as well as carry a large line of parts and accessories. Elliott’s has been in the trailer business since 1995 and a golfcart dealer since 2004, serving areas all over the world. Contact Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts today at www.elliottstc.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Kear’s Speed Shop

About Kear’s Speed Shop
Kear’s Speed Shop out of Tiffin, Ohio, has been in the racing business since 1969, serving teams all over the United States.  For more information, visit Kear’s Speed Shop live on the Web at www.kearsspeedshop.com, or call today at 419-448-9551.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Kistler Engines

About Kistler
Kistler Engines was established in 1993 and builds lightweight, high-performance racing engines with a commitment to quality. We pride ourselves in high tech, innovative designs, producing highly competitive engines for sprint cars (410 c.i., 360 c.i. & 305 c.i.), as well as, late models & midgets. Kistler Engines has also earned a great reputation for our service among professional race teams due to our quick turnaround time on rebuilds.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Racing Electronics

About Racing Electronics
Racing Electronics is the worldwide leader in two-way communications equipment for motorsports drivers, teams, series, venues, and fans, as well as the exclusive provider of FanVision technology to NASCAR, NHRA and Red Bull Global Rallycross.  Racing Electronics offers reliable, industry-tested equipment and best-in-class customer service throughout the motorsports industry.  Founded in New Jersey in 1988, Racing Electronics has called Concord, N.C., home since 2005.  For more information, visit www.racingelectronics.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Jake’s Carts

About Jake’s Cart
Jake’s Golf Carts, “America’s Home for Custom Carts” is a proud golf cart provider for the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions.  Jake’s has proudly supported both local and national dirt track racing for over 20 years.  Did you know Jake’s ship carts nationwide and offers financing for as low as 0%?  If you are in the market for a golf cart give Jake’s a call and mention the All-Star Circuit of Champions for a special racing discount or you can check them out at www.jakesgolfcarts.com.

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Schoenfeld Headers

About Schoenfeld
Founded in 1974 by Don Schoenfeld, Schoenfeld Headers is the world’s largest manufacturer of circle-track headers, specializing in a variety of high-quality exhaust parts, including turn-downs, extensions, tubing bends and elbows, race mufflers, insert mufflers, mandrel bends, exhaust reducers, header gaskets, and more. Schoenfeld Headers is based in Van Buren, Arkansas. We truly make exhaust applications for anything with an engine. From mini sprints to sprint cars, midgets and late models, dirt or asphalt, all the way up through the world of truck and tractor pulling and marine as well. Schoenfeld has a system for your needs, including muscle and passenger cars.

Schoenfeld Headers also has state of the art CNC bending and welding equipment, as well as a state of the art chassis dyno facility. Therefore our quality and craftsmanship are second to none, making them the most popular name in racing headers. We remain committed to the Saturday night racer, providing the very best in “Performance, Quality, and Value”

All Star Circuit of Champions Series Sponsor – Donovan Engineering

About Donovan Engineering
Donovan Engineering Corporation has been making aluminum engine blocks since 1971 with the Donovan 417 which was based on the 1958 Chrysler 392 Hemi. Since then, the state-of-the-art facility has provided engine builders around the world with aluminum engine blocks based on the small block Chevy, big block Chevy, Model-D, and the 417 Hemi. For more information, please visit Donovan live on the Web at www.donovanengines.com.

Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info

Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit their official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.

About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing.  Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years.  Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.

Source: All Star Enterprises, LLC

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Autotrader Connects With More Actual Car Buyers Than Any Other Third-Party Listing Site

29 03 2017

Study Shows All Leads Aren’t Created Equal – Quality Consumer Traffic on Autotrader Equates to as Much as Twice as Many Buyers

ATLANTA, GA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Autotrader, the industry’s most influential listing site¹, claims the most traffic among its competitor third-party car shopping sites² for the nineteenth consecutive month, according to comScore Media Metrix® February 2017 ratings. However, with quantity also comes quality, and the long-standing traffic leader is delivering unparalleled value to its dealers.

“While our legacy in attracting the largest monthly consumer audience to Autotrader for more than a year and a half is an impressive achievement, we are even more focused on our unrivaled aptitude for driving superior leads to our clients that help them sell more cars,” said Steve Lind, senior vice president of operations and general manager of Autotrader. “Success also hinges on understanding and innovating around the customer journey and the different shopping methods of car buyers. We offer solutions that are flexible and customizable to each shopper and how they prefer to engage, increasing consumers’ confidence before they walk into a dealership.”

Quantity AND Quality
All leads are not created equal. Autotrader focuses on driving real car buyers to dealer lots, influencing more qualified and ready-to-buy customers than any of its competitors, outperforming CarGurus, Cars.com, TrueCar and Edmunds. In fact, twice as many actual car buyers used Autotrader during the shopping process than CarGurus, according to the 2017 Car Buyer Journey Study conducted in coordination with IHS Automotive.

The higher propensity to purchase is measured scientifically by observing digital behaviors, known as “buying triggers,” which indicate that a shopper is very close to making a purchase at a dealership.  Buying triggers go beyond emails or phone calls, and look for information-rich exchanges with the dealership, such as saving a vehicle to a personal shopping cart using Autotrader’s helpful Save Car tool, clicking on directions or a map to a dealership, initiating a chat session or text message with a dealer or submitting criteria to receive an Instant Cash Offer on a trade-in.

Autotrader is leading the way to establish greater transparency for dealers to eliminate having to pay for hollow or inflated leads – user activity that is repetitive, exploratory or aspirational, and not motivated by serious intent to transact. The third-party car shopping leader is investing in the latest data science and analytical capabilities and turning them into simple, mobile-friendly tools for its clients to quickly gauge information and make business decisions. This sophisticated approach also makes it easier for dealers to understand the extraordinary value and return provided by Autotrader.

About Autotrader

Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today’s empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader’s comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience.

Autotrader is a Cox Automotive™ brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.

About Cox Automotive

Cox Automotive Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has 33,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

1 2017 Cox Automotive Car Buyer Journey Study
2 Defined as: Autotrader.com, CarGurus.com, Cars.com, Edmunds.com, and TrueCar.com.

Source: Autotrader

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NGK Spark Plugs Announces the Primary Sponsorship of “The NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship”

29 03 2017

NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. has announced the launch and primary sponsorship of the newly announced “The NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship”.

WIXOM, MI – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – This six (6) – race partnership series is based on the past success and core foundation of the partnership of NGK Spark Plugs and team Seebold Sports. Through this partnership a new series was born and is the first primary series Sponsorship for NGK Spark Plugs in the sport of Formula 1 Powerboat Racing. This series runs April through September of this year and highlights: F1, F-Lights, Tri-Hull and J Hydro powerboats.

NGK Spark Plugs, Inc., Vice President of Marketing, David Boer, said: “We’re excited to be involved as the primary sponsor of the The NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship along side of team Seebold Sports. This partnership offers an opportunity for both brands to further engage with an audience who is interested not only in Formula One boat racing, but the highest-quality spark plug and oxygen sensor technology on the market – NGK and NTK products.”

Tim Seebold of Seebold Sports states: “Team Seebold Sports uses the highest-quality products and NGK certainly knows what they’re doing when they make the best plugs money can buy.” Seebold continues, “Through this new series, the two brands coming together and connecting with fans that enjoy the same passion.”

2017 RACE SCHEDULE

*Schedule subject to change.

Television Program
Broadcast coverage will be transmitted in the following ways:
We’re excited to announce that 3 x half hour shows covering the series will be broadcast in national primetime slots and then available on demand via the leading automotive content portal: http://www.motortrendondemand.com Watch this space for full transmission details in the coming days.

Additional coverage will air within the program Motorsport Mundial also on MotorTrend on Demand and within the Max Power on MAV TV. Not only that but highlights from every round will feature in the weekly show Planet Speed meaning coverage of the series will be seen in more than 700 million homes worldwide!

NGK Spark Plugs – World Leader in Spark Plug and Oxygen Sensor Technology
Since 1936, NGK Spark Plugs has been the world leader in technology, innovation, and world-class quality in the design of spark plugs. Today, NGK manufactures NGK Spark Plugs for virtually every automotive manufacturer in the world.

NGK has built a reputation for quality, reliability, and a commitment to excellence that continues to be the driving force behind the company’s advanced research and development programs. With state-of-the-art manufacturing, inventory, and distribution facilities, NGK is dedicated to providing customers with world-class products and services.

In addition to serving OE automotive and aftermarket customers, NGK also produces spark plugs for motorcycle, power sports, marine and small engine manufacturers. NGK also offers complementary product lines including resistor caps, spark plug wires, and high performance cables.

In North America, NGK is headquartered in Wixom, MI and maintains manufacturing, inventory, and distribution facilities in Irvine, CA, Sissonville, WV, and Chicago, IL.

Our Mission:
“We improve life through the environmentally responsible manufacture and precise application of advanced ceramic technologies for all of North America. Focused on innovation and teamwork, we contribute to local and global economic growth by matching our products to our customers’ visions each day, exceeding their expectations in quality, value, service and performance.”

Source: NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc.

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‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ Showcases Stertil-Koni EARTHLIFT Mobile Columns

29 03 2017

STEVENSVILLE, MD – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Heavy duty vehicle lifts from industry leader Stertil-Koni were recently featured on the extremely popular TV show, Jay Leno’s Garage, which is broadcast on CNBC and is also available online.

Jay is recognized worldwide as a prominent TV celebrity, talk show host and comedian extraordinaire who is passionate about getting under the hood of, and behind the wheels of, classic and modern vehicles.

So, when it comes to lifting cars and trucks in the former Tonight Show host’s expansive workshop, there’s one product that is always up to the task — wireless mobile column lifts from Stertil-Koni.

Leno noted that Stertil-Koni’s vehicle lifts catch the eye of many a visitor to his Burbank, California garage. In the episode dubbed “1,000 HP ‘Vicious’ 1965 Ford Mustang,” he tells Jason Pecikonis of Timeless Kustoms, as they stroll under the restored sports car, “Whenever guys come into the shop, they are not impressed by what we are working on, they are impressed by these lifts.”

In the show, Leno uses a set of four Stertil-Koni EARTHLIFTs to raise the souped-up classic car. Recognized as the industry’s first “green” mobile column lift, EARTHLIFT has columns that are made from components that are 98% recyclable, uses bio-degradable oil, features batteries that are 100% recyclable, and employs an Active Energy Retrieval System delivering 35% more lifting cycles at maximum load.

As a dedicated vehicle enthusiast and knowledgeable technician, Leno passionately explores the very latest in vehicle servicing and restoration techniques in his Emmy-award winning program, Jay Leno’s Garage. The show is the result of the man’s love for all things automotive. It first aired in October 2015 and features all types of motor vehicles – sporty, classic, restored, vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles.

In making today’s announcement, Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, noted: “We’re big fans of Jay, greatly appreciate his kind words and absolutely love to see our lifts in action – contributing to the efficiency of his facility and making such a big impact on his viewers.”

This is the second time Stertil-Koni lifts have been featured on the automotive showcase. Another segment of Jay Leno’s Garage featured Leno and a sales manager from Stertil-Koni. Then, the topic was the installation of a state-of-the-art friction-less induction braking system in a beautifully restored 1941 American LaFrance Fire Truck. Stertil-Koni wireless mobile column lifts were up to the job– easily handling the lifting and lowering of the TV star’s eight-ton classic, V12 engine monster fire truck.

About Stertil-Koni

Stertil-Koni, a brand of the Stertil Group, is the global market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts – bus lifts and truck lifts – and is the preferred supplier to the world’s leading companies in the truck and bus industries. Stertil-Koni’s breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes mobile column lifts with the ebright Smart Control System, two-post, four-post, in-ground piston lifts, platform lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. The DIAMOND LIFT is now available in a “frame” version, engineered specifically for concrete foundations and ideal for replacement situations. Stertil-Koni USA is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland. Stertil-Koni has production facilities in Europe, in The Netherlands, and in the USA in Streator, Illinois.

Source: Stertil-Koni USA

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Porsche starts web TV format “9:11 Magazine”

29 03 2017

Customer magazine Christophorus receives digital backup

ATLANTA, GA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Nine minutes and eleven seconds of technology, lifestyle and sports: Porsche is expanding its online communication with the new web TV format “9:11 Magazine”. At 911-magazine.porsche.com, the sports car manufacturer presents entertaining and useful information about everything relating to Porsche, ranging from company history to the presentation of new cars. The web TV format supplements the Porsche customer magazine “Christophorus” and will also be published five times a year in German and English. The “9:11 Magazine” also offers a special service to online editors: They can use complete episodes, individual segments, additional footage material and pictures for journalistic purposes.

“The 9:11 Magazine sparks emotions, ably explains technical and technological developments and provides interesting insights into the past, present and future of Porsche. People are at the heart of the magazine. They tell stories that are supposed to reach and be remembered by the viewers,” says Josef Arweck, Vice President Communications of Porsche AG.

Take Walter Röhrl as an example: In the first magazine episode with the motto “Courage,” the two-time rally world champion and best racing driver of his day describes the legendary night of Arganil – and how as a newcomer, he outclassed the entire world elite. A different segment deals with the 911’s most courageous colors. “Courage to take time off” depicts the journey through the spectacular Scottish countryside in the Porsche Panamera. “Pure,” the second episode of the TV-magazine, will be dedicated to the iconic sports car 911.

The “9:11 Magazine” is another building block in digital information provided to journalists by Porsche Communications via The Porsche Newsroom (newsroom.porsche.com) –– a corporate blog, online magazine and social media hub in one. Current updates can be found on Twitter in real time: The account @PorscheNewsroom provides information on all topics relating to Porsche and currently has about 436,000 followers; @PorscheRaces is the Twitter channel for all GT motor sport activities; @Porsche_Team reports on Porsche’s LMP1-team’s test drives and races. Porsche also has its own channel on “Drivetribe,” the online community of the former Top Gear makers Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The Instagram account @porsche_newsroom supplements the provided information with exclusive photos.

You can find more information about the brand Porsche on the official websites www.porsche.com, www.facebook.com/porsche, www.youtube.com/Porsche.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA

Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center and fine dining restaurant, 356. The company operates a second Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles. This 53-acre complex features a driver development track with eight educational modules totaling 4.1 miles, a business center, and Restaurant 917. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 188 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.

Follow us: twitter.com/porsche | facebook.com/porsche

For Porsche apps: http://www.porsche.com/usa/entertainment/apps/

Source: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

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