22.5 Inch Wheels on a Mid 50’s Chevy Truck

I’m not sure that this picture does justice for the ungodly size of the wheels and tires on this truck.  In person, this truck is massive, and disturbingly awesome.  The tire size was claiming 22.5 inch, and I’d agree.  The rear differential must have weighed about 800 pounds, and the brake drums looked big enough to stop a large locomotive.  I’m not sure who’s idea this was, but they deserve a high 5 and a free sandwich or something for pulling it off.  Just gawk at the rear tire for a while and let me know what you think.

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Marcos Ambrose Wins Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips Race At “The Glen”

When the dust settled during the green-white-checkered finish, it was Marcos Ambrose who scored his first Sprint Cup Series win on the Watkins Glen road course.

Ambrose made his move through “the bus stop” passing Brad Keselowski in the blue deuce. Ambrose was in the lead and Keselowski was second when the final caution came out which froze the field.

The accident that brought out the caution was when Boris Said hit the rear quarter panel of David Ragan’s machine sending it into David Reutimann’s car which ping-ponged across the track, flipped over and exploded into a thousand pieces.

Greg Biffle had enough of Boris Said, and expressed his opinion on the track towards Boris, which in turn infuriated Said. After the race Boris stormed over to Greg Biffle looking to settle the score. He was restrained by Biffle’s crew.

When interviewed after the race Greg Biffle said, that this isn’t the first time that Boris hasn’t given any room to the full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers on the track, and he has caused wrecks on the carousel before. He also stated that instead of showing up at his hauler that Boris should have went to see if David Reutimann was okay first.

This made the already angry road course driver even more mad, and Boris stated that if he sees Biffle that he was going to even the score.

Oh yah…. last week Brad Keselowski won with a broken ankle, and this week he came in second driving a road course of all places with a broken ankle and severe pain in his back from the crash he was involved in during testing a week before.

Who says that watching cars go around in circles is boring!

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This Weekend The Boys Will Be Running At The Glen

By the numbers with 4 wins and 9 top 10’s Jeff Gordon looks like a shoe in for Sundays Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips race at Watkins Glen.

However the man that could be the spoiler (if your a Gordon fan), and who you may want to include as one of your fantasy picks is, veteran driver Mark Martin. With 3 wins and 16 top 10’s at the Glen, Mark Martin knows how to get it done at this joint.

If Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets through this week with a decent finish, he has a line up of tracks that he typically runs well at that may keep him in the chase. He has to overcome a stretch of 4-5 bad runs that he’s had over the past two months though.

Will Juan Pablo Montoya finish this week with a strong finish ? We’ll have to wait and see. Kasey Kayne and a few others may be looking for a little payback to cash in on from prior races where feathers were ruffled.

Montoya runs very well on road courses in general, all he has to do is keep his cool in the drivers seat and charge toward the front. If he can manage to do that, I wouldn’t be suprised to see the 42 with the top 10 finish on Sunday.

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Carl Edwards Stays With Roush Fenway Racing

The rest of the drivers and team owners can now take a deep breath and figure out what changes they’ll make (if any) during silly season.

Carl Edwards has signed a multi-year agreement with Roush Fenway Racing beginning in 2012. Team owner Jack Roush said that he was happy to keep Carl Edwards on board. They had a great season last year, and are also having a great season this year.

Edwards negotiated his own contract and took some time before reaching his ultimate decision. Jack Roush said that he has a lot invested into Carl and the 99 race team and is really looking forward to more success with Carl Edwards on board as a driver.

Carl Edwards is also very marketable and a great spokes person for the AFLAC team. The fans always seem to enjoy his signature back flip off of the driver side door, and his new run up the grandstands maneuver to thank the fans for coming to the race.

I think that we’re going to see more of the 99 in victory lane.

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How To Get The Phillips Screw Out Of The Brake Rotor

Eventually, your car will need new brake pads and rotors. Don’t bother trying to escape it, because you can’t.  If you are lucky though, you have a car that doesn’t have the stupid phillips head screws holding the rotors on to the hubs.  I was unfortunately not so lucky recently, but I have destroyed enough of these little screws to eventually figure out a way to get them out.  Guess what else?  I’m going to show you how! (more…)

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Trackside With 1AAuto.com; Pontiac Nationals Norwalk Ohio

If you’re in Norwalk Ohio, swing by the Summit Motorsports Park for the Pontiac Nationals. Watch Mike Green pilot the his 1966 1AAuto.com sponsored GTO to mid 10 second runs down the 1/4 mile.

If you would like to swing by and say hi, our booth is located right in back of the main grandstand;  also located beside the Tin Indian display.

If you need a part for your car, Tony from 1AAuto can assist you, or if you would like to hang out and talk racing feel free to do that too.

Here’s a picture of Mike getting ready to make a pass down the 1320!

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So You Want To Be A Race Car Driver Do You?

Without question, the most fun that I have ever legally had in a vehicle was when I took my 250+ horsepower mini truck to an autocross-like event at my local air force base.  It was put together by a driving school, which I had heard about through a friend of a friend.  The driving instructors were mostly made up of crash Spec Miata racers, who all had decades of real  racing experience behind them.  Needless to say, it made for an extraordinarily thrilling day for everyone in attendance.

Since we were going to be brutally beating driving our own vehicles on the course, we began the day with pre-race vehicle inspections.  The driving instructors needed to make sure that none of us had any planned trips to the nearby hospital.  Once all of the vehicles passed the safety test, we signed a waiver and began learning the basics of autocrossing.  Certain cones meant certain things, and if you ignored the rules, you would likely end up looking like a jerk in one way or another.  Got it.  The walk around the track and basic training eventually wrapped up, and it was finally time to run our cars (ehem… trucks…) with our new driving, racing, and acronym knowledge.

The following several hours were spent pushing our vehicles to the limits, and generally having the times of our lives.  It has now been about 3 or 4 years since that fondly remembered summer day, and I still get overly excited thinking about how much fun it was.  The amount that I learned, and the amount of fun that I had is simply inexplainable to this day.

Fast forward to last week, and I just so happened to come across an extremely cool website.  It takes the place of my “friend of a friend” by helping you find the nearest auto racing schools to where you are.  It’s known as: “Auto-Racing-Schools.FindTheBest.com“, and if you are reading this, you should definitely check it out.  Some of the racing schools listed on the site are far more serious than what I did, but I would bet the knowledge gained is exponentially more serious as well.  The other excellent part of this website is the fact that if you are a driving or racing school, you can add your business to the list and potentially get your name out there to the masses.  Look, we all just want to drive our cars like we stole them, and we want to do it without landing behind bars.  So go tell your family and friends to pool together a birthday present for you, and get yourself into the racing scene!  Even better, bring me along!

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