Donny Schatz capped off his third win of the young 2009 World of Outlaws season on Thursday in Las Vegas! This win brings him up to 5th on the all time A-feature win list with 91 checkers. Schatz pulled past Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky and had to fight off Sammy Swindell to get the win. Schatz relies on an MSD 12LT Pro Mag! Vegas is the racing capital this week with the Outlaws running followed by the NASCAR series this weekend. Can Kenseth extend his win streak to three? We bet you can get the odds in the stands!
The 25th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona crowned another set of Wally winners. In Top Fuel, Antron Brown kept Brandon Bernstein at bay when Brandon smoked the hides. In Funny Car, Pomona winner Ron Capps kept the stride alive by running a single against Mike Neff when he was not able to stage his funny car. In Pro Stock, Jeg Coughlin took out Kurt Johnson. All the winners were fired by MSD Ignition.
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It may not have ended with a checkered flag waving followed by a series of smokey doughnuts at the finish line, but the 51st Daytona 500 is in the books. Matt Kenseth was crowned champ of the 380-mile, rain shortened race. Kenseth got by Elliot Sadler and held off Kevin Harvick until NASCAR threw up the red flag due to rain. His win brought car owner Jack Roush his first win at the Daytona 500! All of the Roush Racing cars at Daytona use MSD Ignitions to fire their Fords. The next race is Feb. 22nd in Fontana, California - plus the straight line NHRA racers will be duking it out in Phoenix!
The ladder is set for the Daytona 500! Thursday's Gatorade Duels were won by Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch. Gordon beat got the win over a hard charging Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson while Busch was able to hold off Mark Martin and Brian Vickers. Both winning teams rely on MSD Ignition Controls to fire their engines and will be on the second row for the green flag on Sunday!
While racers and fans alike were sulking around the wet pits of Pomona, we were installing a Pontiac Ready-to-Run Distributor in our pal Bill's '71 GTO. The well used 400 had an equally used up HEI in it but the engine was detonating at cruising speeds and idling a little rough. The new distributor helped the detonation and we were even able to add a few more degrees of idle timing which helped clean up the idle and provide much better throttle response. Click here for a picture of Bill's '71 GTO.
C'mon Sunshine - We Want to See Some Racing Mother nature must not have received the memo about the NHRA season kicking off this weekend at Pomona. Friday was a wash as rain continued to hammer down on the west coast. Hopefully racing will resume on Saturday and we'll see some action all day Sunday. Click here for a picture of the situation out there on the west coast.
It's race season! Hard to believe, but the 2009 NHRA season is kicking off this weekend. That means the MSD Racing Support Semi is back on road ready to help racers at the track. MSD's Support semi is a rolling test facility for MSD Ignition. Its is at most every NHRA National Event as well as a number of other events throughout the year. MSD sends a trained factory support tech to each event to help answer our customers questions and concerns or to simply recommend a system for their specific application. Watch for the MSD Support Semi at a race or even near you and stop in to say hi.