The reigning NHRA world champs all collected wins at the 22nd annual NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka. Tony Schumacher won on a holeshot against teammate Cory McClenathan. In Funny Car, Robert Hight defeated Jeff Arend for his 16th career win. In Pro Stock Mike Edwards got the holeshot win against Allen Johnson. Congratulations to all the winners.
Larry Dixon takes his 52nd career win over a red lighting Brandon Bernstein in the NHRA Top Fuel final. Robert Hight earned his second straight Funny Car Wally by defeating teamate Ashley Force Hood in the final. Jeg Coughlin takes the holeshot win over Alan Johnson in Pro Stock. Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle defeats the reigning world champ Hector Arana in the final! Congratulations to all the winners!
Team MSD – Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Ctr. Wins Division 4 “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge” Championship Fort Worth, TX. Painless Performance, a leader in automotive wiring and
electrical products for over twenty years held their first “Hot Rodders
of Tomorrow Engine Challenge” Division 4 Championship Saturday May 8,
2010 at the Tarrant County College in Fort Worth TX. Team MSD – Eastern
Oklahoma County Tech Ctr. from Choctaw OK. took first place with a
time of 60 minutes and 15 seconds.A total of 8 High
School Auto Tech teams participated. The teams are made up of invited
auto technology classes from local high schools. Each team consists of
five students and the instructor/coach. The individual schools set
standards and guidelines for involvement. Grades, attendance and skill
are all part of the making of a team. Through this event these students
get an opportunity to showcase their talents and knowledge gained during
classroom sessions and workshops. It provides opportunities for
students to develop and build teamwork, demonstrate their skills,
enthusiasm, and ingenuity, build their confidence and commitment to
excellence. READ MORE>>
In an unexpected move, Kim Klevenhagen, the Director of Development from the School of Automotive Machinists, one of the most respected names in motorsports education, offered scholarships to the top 3 teams at this event. Giving the 1st Place team - $5000.00 to each team member (5 students), the 2nd Place team - $3000.00 to each team member (6 students) and the 3rd Place team - $2000.00 to each team member (7 students). A total of $57,000 offered in scholarship money.
Team MSD - Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Ctr. from Choctaw OK. will be representing division 4 at the National Championship dubbed “Showdown at SEMA” (Specialty Equipment Market Association) at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November. There, they will be competing against Division 2 winner - Team ARP – East Ridge High School from Chattanooga, TN., Division 3 winner – Team PRW – Fremd High School from Palatine, IL., Division 7 winner - Team Edelbrock - North Orange County ROP, Anaheim, CA. and the winner from Division 8 (Lane Automotive Car Show May, 29, 2010) championship plus a wildcard team, the best second place team nationwide. The current wildcard is from division 7 Team Autometer – Loara High School from Anaheim CA.
The event itself resembles the tear down between rounds at a drag race. The engines are identically prepared small block Chevys complete with all the goodies. Students must properly disassemble the engine using only hand tools, utilizing proper detorque and disassembly procedure. The air cleaner, carb, distributor, plug wires, spark plugs, manifold, headers, heads, lifters, rocker arms, push rods, timing chain and cover. Then the oil filter, oil pan, oil pump, plus all eight pistons are then removed. The cam and crank remain in the block. The team then returns behind their bench and wait for the judges to call them back, teams then begin working to reassemble once again with correct assembly procedure and torque specs, all while being viewed by judges and spectators. Time added penalties for dropped components, improper disassembly, assembly, sportsmanship, etc. will be added to ensure correct assembly. All procedure penalties are in the rule book provided to the schools at the start of the school year. The engines when reassembled would fire up and run if gas, water, and oil were added. The team with the fastest time including penalty minutes wins.
The staff of The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is 100% volunteer and cannot be thanked enough for the thousands of hours they donate to this great event every year.
DIVISION 4 HOT RODDERS OF TOMORROW ENGINE CHALLENGE RESULTS:
1st Place – Team MSD - Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Ctr. - Choctaw, OK - 60:15
2nd Place – Team Royal Purple – Hereford High School - Hereford, TX - 76:48
3rd Place – Team Comp Cams – Pampa High School - Pampa, TX - 113:07
4th Place – Team Auto Meter – Magnolia West High School - Magnolia, TX - 123:05
5th Place – Team Be Cool – Ennis High School - Ennis, TX - 123:14
6th Place – Team Edelbrock – Birdville Tech Center #1 - North Richland Hills, TX - 125:24
7th Place – Team Moroso – Birdville Tech Center #2 - North Richland Hills, TX - 145:36
8th Place – Team Hedman Hedders – Canyon High School - Canyon, TX - 146:25
Started at the inaugural Race & Performance Expo in 2008 under the supervision of Tim Freeman, The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge has quickly grown into a nationwide engine challenge with more Schools and Sponsors supporting this exciting event. For further information visit: www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com.
Appreciation Day and Car Show was one of the the best ones yet. We had over 80 cars
entered in the car show, from lamborghini's to alcohol blown dragsters and everything
in between. Thanks to all who participated and helped out with the
festivities. We should have some pictures highlighting the days event
MSD Ignition will be closed at 11:30 AM (MST) on Friday, May 7, 2010 for our sixth annual company car show. If you happen to be in El Paso, please cruise over and enjoy the fun! We will be back in the offices and in action on Monday the 10th. Please leave a message or email and we’ll get back to you next week. Enjoy the weekend!
Click here for directions to MSD Ignition .
For those of you in the southwest region, only one week left to get your hot rod ready for MSD's 6th Annual Employee Appreciation Show and Picnic! Click the link to the right to get more information.
The Top Fuel final featured a pair of second-generation drivers in Tony Schumacher and Doug Kalitta. Tony pulled off the win with a 3.84 to a losing 4.04 for Doug Kalitta who reached his fourth final round this season. In Funny car, Robert Hight got win light over Jack Beckman. In Pro Stock, Warren Johnson had some very good luck as most of his opponents made mistakes and took him all the way to the final for the win against Jeg Coughlin which broke a rocker arm just off the line. In Pro Stock Motorcycle Michael Phillips took the win against LE Tonglet. Congratulations to all the winners!