Spotlight on Steve Matukas -The Muscle Behind Matukas Motorsports
  Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Mary Lendzion and FSC Staff Steve Matukas was fascinated by four-wheelers when he was growing up in Southern California. While riding his Suzuki 250 and Banshee on sand dunes around his family's home, he wanted to know what made them fast, and how he could make them even faster. That passion for power propelled when he st...
Where It All Started SCE Gaskets
Coming from an entrepreneurial family, its no surprise that SCE Gaskets founder, Ryan Hunter, was destined to own a business right from day one. Now, his company, which began in a garage, is a recognized leader in the manufacture of engine gaskets for automotive racing and high-performance applications. Growing up in the high desert of Los Angeles County in California, Hunter was inspired b...
Where It All Started Livernois Motorsports
With deep roots in the automotive industry, Livernois Motorsports came into existence when founder Dan Millen followed a different path than his familys prior two generations. Now, Millens company specializes in late-model Ford, GM, and Chrysler performance parts, service, and tuning, and has become a name known around the world. In 1949, Millens grandfather founded the original Livernois E...
Shop Tour Vengeance Racing Builds the Baddest GMs in the Nation
Located a short drive north of Atlanta in Cumming, Georgia, Vengeance Racing is owned by mastermind Ron Mowen. Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photos by Ainsley Jacobs Vengeance Racing (VR) has long been associated with building some of the quickest and fastest GM-based street cars, and we recently had the opportunity to take a tour of the shop, which offers late-model vehicle performance parts,...
Strange Engineering Announces New and Improved Drag Floater Kits
Strange Engineering has built its reputation by developing reliable and innovative driveline components. With the evolution of power in the Pro Mod and Alcohol car ranks, Strange Engineering has responded with the introduction of its new and improved full floater kits. Improvements include scalloped hubs and drive plates, stronger chrome moly spindles, resigned wheel studs and proven two-pi...
Performance President FSC takes the pulse of the industry with new President of the PRI trade show and media company, Dr. Jamie Meyer
Written by Steve Turner Photography by Justin Cesler and courtesy of Performance Racing Industry You might remember his voice echoing from the public address system at NMRA races more than a decade ago. He took a passion for drag racing into a fun interpretation of the events as they unfolded. At the time, announcing races, writing for car magazines, and helping run a racing series were ...
Fresh Off NMCA Win, Knieriem Focused on Backing it Up at NMRA All-Ford World Finals
  By Mary Lendzion Tim Knieriem puts together some potent powerplants at Knieriem Racing Engines in Louisville, Kentucky. His small-block Ford is one of them, and paired with a Nitrous Express system and Bilbrey Racing Transmissions Powerglide, it helped him haul to a 4.69 and a third-place finish in NMRA Edelbrock Renegade and a second-place finish in NMCA Edelbrock Xt...
Perseverance and Power Prevail at 19th Annual Nitrous Supply NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance
Written by Mary Lendzion While a global pandemic made parts of the 2020 season problematic, racers persisted and put it all on the line at the 19th Annual Nitrous Supply NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance, Sept. 24-27 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana. Wicked wheel-to-wheel passes were abundant at the final NMCA event of the year, where racers were competing for points, ...
A Slug's Life Pistons take a lot of abuse in a high-performance engine. What causes them to fail
For builders and racers pushing engine combinations to the limit of their capability, piston failures can be an on-going concern. When a piston does kick the bucket, the type of damage thats created generally falls into one of three categories: fractures, heavy abrasion, and melting. While that damage can provide some insight into what caused the issue to begin with, its not necessarily a stra...
2020 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Cancelled
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2020) “ Performance Racing Industry (PRI) announced today that the 2020 PRI Trade Show will not be taking place as scheduled in December. The announcement comes after months of working closely with the Visit Indy team, the Indiana Convention Center staff, and other Indianapolis officials to develop a plan for a safe and productive PRI Trade Show. Despite hea...
Wilwood Disc Brakes Announces New C10 / C15 2.5" Drop ProSpindles and Disc Brake Kits
Wilwood Disc Brakes has announced the release of new 2.5" drop ProSpindles for 1963-1987 Chevrolet C10 and GMC C15 pickup trucks. The high-strength, all iron and steel design with steering arm improves handling and provides an aggressive stance without affecting steering geometry. Radial mount caliper brackets allow for the secure mounting of popular Wilwood Superlite 6R and Aerolite 6R bra...
Where It All Started Sonnax
From its humble yet enterprising beginning, Sonnax has gone from a small startup to a global leader in the cutting-edge design, manufacturing, and distribution of automatic transmission, torque converter, and driveline components for commercial vehicles, private sector, performance, and beyond. After spending three decades working in transmission shops and auto parts stores, Max Joseph had ...
Race Ready 1,500HP Cobra Jet 1400 Set To Electrify Indy With 8-Second Passes
Earlier this year Ford Performance teased its latest quarter-mile missile, a prototype machine designed to showcase the performance potential of electrification on the quarter mile. Dubbed the Cobra Jet 1400, this test vehicle will make its public debut this weekend with Bob Tasca III behind the wheel and its performance credentials are impressive. During its development tests the electric ...
Nitrous Supply Named Title Sponsor of NMCA World Street Finals
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals is proud to announce Nitrous Supply as the title sponsor of the NMCA World Street Finals, which goes down September 24-27, 2020 at Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN). It is the fifth and final event of the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals season with championship hopes and dreams hanging in the balance. The NMCA World Street Finals always delivers an action-packed weekend...
Saturday Coverage Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Force Engineering
While rain fell most of the morning on Friday, the track team worked diligently to dry it so that racing could resume for the Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Force Engineering at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. It was well worth the effort, for everyone, as racers poured on the power for an all-around incredible first round of qualifying. Soon after the final pai...
Friday Coverage Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals Presented by Force Engineering
It is the second day of the Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals Presented by Force Engineering and the cars keep coming in the gate, but fans are limited to just 100 per day, as required by local health laws. Thursday wrapped up with a fast second test sessions where VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod racers were dropping 3.70 runs with ease. Other notable runs were Edelbrock E...
Matt Harget's New Mod Muscle for Factory Stock '79 Mercury Capri
It's practically impossible for a racer not to turn wrenches. So, when his own ride didn't need much, NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock current points leader Frank Paultanis instead turned his focus to his friend, Matt Harget, and his '79 Mercury Capri instead. Early last season, Paultanis swapped his SN95 Mustang over from a Gen 1 Coyote engine to a newer Gen 2 and made a few ...
McDonnough Motivated for MotorCity Muscle Challenge at NMRA/NMCA Event at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
By Mary Lendzion Photos courtesy of Rob McDonnough While Rob McDonnough had been racing a 1957 Chevy, he decided to part with it and purchase a 1967 Camaro in 1972. With his brother, Mike, as his crew chief, he held his own in NHRA Modified Eliminator before parking the car in 1979, and it stayed parked until 2003, when friend and fellow racer Josh Henline talked McDonnough into taking ...
Strange Engineering Debuts New Double-Adjustable Struts for 1982-1992 and 2010-2014 Camaros and 1987-2014 Mustangs
Strange Engineering has debuted new double-adjustable struts for 1982-1992 and 2010-2014 Camaros and 1987-2014 Mustangs. Strange Engineering double externally adjustable coil-over steel struts are designed and valved to satisfy the needs of the most competitive racer. Drag racing can be won or lost by narrow margins, making suspension tuning and consistency critical. Strange double external...
BBK Performance NHRA-Approved Gen-III HEMI Throttle Body
There is no denying that Dodge and MOPAR are growing by leaps and bounds in the drag racing world, and the GEN III HEMI engine platform is the reason why. From the early SRT products to the supercharged Hellcats, Demons, and now Super Stocks, the late-model MOPAR market is hard charging and making waves in the drag racing community. It should come as no surprise, then that one of the biggest after...
Truly Impressive Looking back at 10 of the most outstanding True Street machines in recent memory
Although the heads-up categories typically garner the most glory, True Street is an unsung hero of drag racing where tougher operational environments and a longer duration of racing demand a whole other caliber of performance. Definitely a challenge to be respected, NMRA QA1 True Street and NMCA TorqStorm True Street require street-legal vehicles to survive a 30-mile cruise thats followed up b...
Budget Buster Jeff Smith Steps Up His Stick Shift Setup
A mainstay in the NMRA QA1 True Street and TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout classes with his SN95 Mustang Cobra, Jeff Smith aka the Stick Shift Dude has no shortage of wins already under his belt, but the driver from Florida is already knee-deep in an overhaul process to ensure he earns even more. The Pumpkin as his Competition Orange Cobra is known has certainly earned its keep over the yea...
5th Annual OPEN COMP All-Star Showdown
NMRA and NMCA are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Open Comp All-Star Showdown. A special race between select NMRA and NMCA Open Comp competitors normally held at the Commerce, Georgia event at Atlanta Dragway.With the covid-19 situation and all the subsequent changes this shootout has been rescheduled for the NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals at US-131 Motorsports Park on Aug. 27-30, 2020. NMRA...
PRI's New Ambassador Program Helps Race Tracks Remain Open
Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has launched a new program to help track promoters navigate evolving and often confusing local, state, and federal rules that will allow them to keep their tracks running. Through the Ambassador Program, PRI is actively reaching out to track operators throughout the country to help them reopen and host events. "Race tracks play a vital role within the indus...
Tech Review Modern Racing Solid-State Battery Disconnect
Its looking like the days of the old, mechanical power disconnect are numbered as Modern Racing has developed a better, safer, and more versatile version with its Solid-State Battery Disconnect. The mechanical cable and push/pull lever employed to turn power off and on in race cars all over the world has been a reliable product and a mandated safety feature for many sanctioning bodies. It all...
Summit Motorsports Park to Present Patriot Pass for 2021
While Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio will not be open this year because of the global pandemic, it will be open next year. Plenty of planning is underway, and racers, race fans, supporters and sponsors can expect the park to use its passion and pride to resiliently rebound. The powerful cars, pyrotechnics, the park's patriotism and its pledge to continue to present electrifying...
Moroso Introduces Tri-Lobe Five Stage Dry Sump Pump
Moroso introduces a Tri-Lobe Five Stage Dry Sump Pump with a Brinn/Bert Bellhousing Bracket (part number 22405). The Tri-lobe 1.700 Scavenge sections feature individual timing gears to ensure proper clearance at the highest of rpm. The pump has a 1.200 spur gear pressure section based off Moroso's billet wet sump pump design. The pump weighs almost half of gerotor pumps and takes up to 40% le...
Mishimoto Automotive Launches 2018 and Newer Ford Mustang GT Oil Cooler Kit in the United States
Mishimoto Automotive has launched the 2018 and newer Ford Mustang GT Oil Cooler Kit in the United States. The kit features innovative bar-and-plate oil cooler mounts in the upper grille, allowing more room for supercharger heat exchangers.The mounting bracket also serves as an air diversion panel, directing the maximum amount of ambient air through the oil cooler. Pre-made stainless steel braided...
Ronnie Hobbs Swaps Pro Mod Mustang from Turbo to ProCharger
Ronnie Hobbs has had his hands on tons of cool cars over the years, including his No Prep Texas Rattlesnake Chevy S10 truck, as well as Rod Saboury's Legendary Pro Street '57 Corvette. He took ownership of his current Pro Mod '17 Mustang GT350 in late '19 knowing the record-setting car was more than a capable contender, but he already had bigger plans for it. Hobbs, who is based out of Te...
NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod Driver Jackie Slone Showcasing New Six-Stage Nitrous System
By Mary Lendzion Photos courtesy of Jackie Slone After soaring to a 3.73 last year, NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod driver Jackie Slone set his sights on capturing 3.60s in his Camaro this year. By the time the winter snow had begun to fall over his shop in Michigan, he was freshening his Pat Musi Racing Engines-built 959 cubic-inch engine, which he backs with an M&M Transm...
UPR Offers 2005-2020 Ford Mustang GT High Performance Hydraulic Clutch Line Upgrade
UPR is offering a 2005-2020 Ford Mustang GT high performance hydraulic clutch line upgrade. The factory hydraulic clutch line is plastic and can be prone to breaking over time as well as flexing, which gives a spongy feeling. The Teflon-lined steel-braided line improves clutch pedal feel and adds  peace of mind as it's stronger than the factory part. This is a direct replacement of the s...
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing returns beginning with two Indianapolis events in July
NHRA Drag Racing will return to the world stage in a major way in mid-July, relaunching its Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and associated programs with events on back-to-back weekends at famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The two events will be run on consecutive weeks, July 11-12 and July 18-19, at the home of the newly-sponsored Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals and serve as the...
Strange Engineering Offers S300M 40-Spline Gun-Drilled Floater Shafts
Evolving its product line to meet the needs of today's racers, Stange Engineering is now offering 300M 40-spline gun-drilled floater shafts for the most demanding of drag race applications. The .875 gun-drilled 300M floater shafts are 21 percent stronger than comparable 4340 shafts. Strange believes in offering the strongest components available to keep racers safe, on the track and off the...
Tommy Franklin Rolls to Pro Nitrous Win at PDRA Opener
Through varying weather conditions and a loaded Pro Nitrous field, Pat Musi Racing Engines customer Tommy Franklin was consistently good in all areas, rolling to the victory on Sunday as the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) kicked off its 2020 season with the East Coast Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC. From qualifying second in his Jungle Rat '69 Camaro to put...
Insight CTS-3 Digital Gauge Monitor by Edge Products is Now Available
The Insight CTS-3 Digital Gauge Monitor by Edge Products is now available. Used by daily drivers and enthusiasts everywhere, it is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art, multi-gauge touch-screen display on the market. It features a full-color 5 capacitive touch screen, fast processor to monitor parameters, advanced parameters, WiFi updating, customizable gauge screen, data logging with export ...
Uncover Vehicle Potential with SCT Livewire Vision Performance Monitor
The SCT Livewire Vision Performance Monitor is here and now users can uncover what their vehicles can really do. View real time data on customizable gauges. Review vehicle's data and performance tests with SCT's free software, Livelink. Extend the possibilities with additional inputs for analog sensors and backup camera, using the EGT Sensor kit (part number 9817). It's all right there with th...
MAHLE Motorsport Announces Return to Racing Rebate
Content courtesy of MAHLE Motorsport Racers are revving to go racing with pent-up adrenaline caused by stay-at-home and safer-at-home COVID 19 pandemic orders nationwide. In response, MAHLE Motorsport is ready to help racers make the most of their downtime to build their best possible engine with the MAHLE Motorsport Return to Racing rebate. Effective May 15, 2020 through July 15, 2020, MAH...
Big, Bad, and Billet TRE Racing Engines Created An All-Billet Small-Block Monster
  By Steve Turner Photography courtesy of TRE Racing Engines They say everything is bigger in the Lone Star state, and when it comes to small-block drag racing engines that is accurate. TRE Racing Engines of Cleveland, Texas, took its experience building mega-cube engines and translated it into the small-block world, where the envelope is pushed by small-block niche racing classe...
New Location Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Moves to St. Louis!
  Due to the COVID-19 crisis and based on the Illinois regional plan, it is unlikely the Chicago-area will reopen for a spectator event in a reasonable amount of time. The Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by HPJ Performance has been moved to World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis (Madison, IL) the weekend of July 30 - August 2, 2020. ...
Moroso Highlights Aluminum Dry Sump
  Moroso is highlighting its Aluminum Dry Sump, which fits Donovan-style blocks with 10" and 10-3 8" wide pan rails and 2-piece rear main seal. Engine application: Donovan 700, DRC2, Donovan-style blocks with 10" and 10-3/8" wide pan rails and 2-piece rear main seal Fully fabricated, aluminum Removable bottom with o-ring billet flange (4) -12AN female billet aluminum pick...
POSTPONED NMRA/NMCA Power Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway
ProMedia Events & Publishing is POSTPONING the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway May 28-31 due to COVID-19 pandemic and current regulations. We are postponing the event and we are working with Chris Blair and his staff on a variety of options to make this event happen. It is no surprise what is going on in ...
Where It All Started Optic Armor
Many teenagers dream of opening a business with friends, but few ever actually succeed in doing so. The folks at Optic Armor, however, did exactly that“and have become the leading manufacturer of polycarbonate, scratch-resistant windows. Jeff , Jim , and I all grew up together. We are gearheads and hot rodders, explained Aaron Faulconer, Sales Manager at Optic Armor. The idea for Percys...
MAHLE Motorsport Introduces Forged PowerPak Piston Kit for LT-Based Direct Injected EcoTec3 5.3L Engine
The GM 5.3L L83/LT/EcoTec3 PowerPak Piston Kit is MAHLE Motorsport's latest addition to a growing line of drop-in pistons for direct-injected LT-based engines, including the EcoTec3 V8, filling a need for a forged replacement piston as a drop-in, ready-to-run assembly that requires no rebalancing or compression ratio change. The pistons are dual-coated with phosphate and MAHLE's GRAFAL skir...
Moroso Introduces New Oil Pans to Market
Moroso has debuted the GM LT Drag Race 7-1/2" deep, Aluminum oil pan (part number 21154) for 2016 and newer Camaros and 2016 and newer COPO Camaros. Due to the OEM. GM LT oil pans having the oil pump pickup built into the oil pan, the Moroso LT oil pan has a thick billet aluminum O-ringed rail that incorporates a removable pickup and billet aluminum front sump. The oil pan features a trap doo...
Powerhouse Releases Easy-to-Use Retainer Degree Gauge Tool
Powerhouse, an online store for engine-builders and automotive machinists which provides tools and measuring instruments that offer precision and durability, has released its Retainer Degree Gauge Tool. Users can quickly and easily identify the valve retainer degree to avoid mismatching parts that could lead to valve failure. With the Powerhouse Retainer Degree Gauge Tool, there's no mor...
AEM EV Has Launched Website
AEM EV has launched www.aemev.com, a website which provides information on the company's control solutions for performance EV street conversions and motorsports vehicles, including its programmable Vehicle Control Units (VCUs), Power Distribution Units, CAN-based Keypads, CAN-based Digital Dash Displays, CAN expansion modules and more. Still in the early release phase for EV products, the com...
NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod Driver Rob Cox Set on Seeing 3.60s in Bickel-Built Camaro
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMCA and courtesy of Rob Cox In his 1999 Firebird and his 1963 Nova, Rob Cox has been consistently competitive in Limited Drag Radial at Milan Dragway in Michigan for the past several years. He has wheeled to wins, and a record-setting 4.23, in his Firebird, but ready for another hot rod to run in another category, he a few years ago purchased a 2007 GTO-bodie...
Holley's Mid-Mount Accessory Drives Now Available for Small-Block Chevrolet and Big-Block Chevrolet Engines
Holley's Mid-Mount accessory drives are now available for small-block Chevrolet and big-block Chevrolet engines, and the revolutionary system requires no brackets. As Holley's first accessory system for small block Chevrolet and big block Chevrolet engines, the Mid-Mount complete accessory system has all accessories pulled in tighter than other accessory drives. At the heart of the system...
Flex-A-Lite Offers Compact Adjustable Electric Fan Controller
Flex-A-Lite's Compact Adjustable Electric Fan Controller with Relay Kit provides more customer benefits and higher quality than competitively-priced alternatives. Adjusting the fan activation temperature between approximately 160- and 220-degrees Fahrenheit is simple with a small, flat-blade screwdriver. The Compact Adjustable Electric Fan Controller includes optional connections to activat...
Rob Orofiamma Makes Strong NMCA ARP Nitrous Pro Street Debut
By Mary Lendzion With all of its nitrous purges and neck and neck racing, NMCA ARP Nitrous Pro Street is as commanding as it is competitive, and as intense as it is impressive. Among the drivers diving into the class for the first time at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines in March at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida was Rob Orofiamma of Bolt...
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