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NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

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  The Top Fuel final featured Antron Brown against Larry Dixon. Larry Dixon drove around Antron Brown’s .066 to .091 holeshot to win, 3.880 to 3.907. In Funny car, Tim Wilkerson took out John Force in the final in his second win of the season. A day after banking $50,000 for winning his third K&N Horsepower Challenge, Greg Anderson won again Sunday to earn a “Sweep Bonus” of $25,000. Anderson accomplished the double with an easy 6.72 to 6.98 victory over Allen Johnson for his 61st career Pro Stock Wally. Matt Smith took on class champ Hector Arana in the final with Smith coming out on top. Veteran drag racer Pat Musi raced to his first NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory. Pat Musi defeated Brad Personett in the final round. It was Musi’s first victory in NHRA competition since 1981, when the New Jersey driver won a Wally in Pro Stock competition at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Congratulations to all the winners!

SAM awards over $50k to Hot Rodders of Tommorow

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DivisionMapThe School of Automotive Machinists, SAM, awards over $50,000.00 in scholarships to the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Division 4 Competition. 

The School of Automotive Machinists donated $57,000.00 toward scholarships to the high school automotive teams that finished first, second and third at the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Division 4 Competition. Team MSD from Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center placed first by disassembling and reassembling a high performance engine with a time of 60:15. Each member of the first place team received a $5,000.00 scholarship from SAM and will compete in the National Championship at the SEMA Show in November, 2010. Team Royal Purple from Hereford High School in Texas placed second and each member received a $3,000.00 scholarship while Team Comp Cams from Pampa High School in Texas placed third and each member received $2,000.00. 

“SAM is happy to support high school automotive students who are excited about the automotive industry” said Judson Massingill, Founder and Director of Education at SAM. “This competition is about engine building and that’s what we teach our students to do – build engines that make a lot of horsepower and stay together to win races. We hope these students will continue their automotive training and go on to work in the high performance and racing industry” said Judson. Many thanks to Painless Performance Products for hosting such an exciting event, Tim Freeman, Founder of Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, for organizing this automotive competition, Tarrant Community College – South Campus for allowing the competition to use their facility and the judges for volunteering their time and expertise.

The School of Automotive Machinists was founded in 1985 by Linda and Judson Massingill. SAM is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, ACCSC, which recognizes the school for maintaining a standard of excellence at or above the prescribed national standards for quality education and is approved by the Department of Education. The School’s curriculum focuses on the design, theory, machining, building and testing of high performance engines. The students are taught by experienced instructors and are trained on industry standard machines. Today graduates from the School of Automotive Machinists go on to work for race industry leaders like Penske Racing, Warren Johnson Enterprises Inc., Hendrick Motorsports, John Force Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Dart Machinery just to name a few. For more information about SAM and how to start a career in the high performance motorsports industry contact us at 713-683-3817 or visit 

Photography by Scot McCann of Painless Performance
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Team MSD 

Team CompCams 

Team Royal Purple 

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals!

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TV_Nats2 With the third consecutive weekend running back-to-back NHRA racers are heading down the backstretch into the Countdown for the Championship. Tony Schumacher took the victory in Top Fuel over Brandon Bernstein. In Funny Car, John Force takes the win over Tim Wilkerson. In Pro Stock, class leading Mike Edwards takes the win over a red-lighting Rickie Jones. Congratulations to all the racers!

Power Tour Photo Gallery!

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Power Tour Magnets!

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  MSD’s Power Tour magnets have a huge following during the week-long traveling circus of horsepower. If you happened to miss a stop, had car troubles, or just made a rookie mistake of not knowing you need to see us every day, you can download the art and print your own! Each magnet will print at the right size to make things easy.

Also, for long haulers, if you couldn’t get to the MSD stand in Mobile due to traffic or heat, we have a few Day 7 and frames available. Please contact Alex at for your missing pieces.

Thanks for your support and we’ll see you on the road in 2011! 

Click on the city below to download the artwork. Artwork in in PDF format, make sure you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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NHRA SuperNationals!

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 The rain-delayed 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey had some great racing. Larry Dixon took the win over Antron Brown in Top Fuel. In Funny Car, Bob Tasca III takes the win over Del Worsham. Mike Edwards continues to dominate in Pro Stock with an win over Shane Gray. Michael Phillips claimed the Pro Stock motorcycle win over Steve Johnson. Congratulations to all the winners!

Power Tour Weekend Update!

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 After a rainy start the kick-off at the Iowa Speedway was packed…

 The Speedway even opened the circle track and drag strip for those who wanted to run their Tour cars!

Don’t know where Iowa Speedway is? Its in Newton…don’t know Newton? It’s just outside of Des Moines – the state capitol!

 Yes! We have our infamous MSD Long Haul Magnets again this year! Be sure to see us at the booth each day – EARLY!

It’s always good to see friends from year’s past…Bruce and Sandy from Florida are out again – be sure to ask them about their autographed hood!!!

 On Tour you get to see all sorts of cool stuff throughout the route, and all sorts of vehicles!

 Welcome, and don’t worry about the gas prices…

 Oh yeah, plenty of antics on the Main Stage!

Did someone say magnets? Here at the DuQuion stop, we have front row…drive through magnet service!


NHRA Route 66 Nationals!

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  Multiple rain delays plagued the Route 66 Nationals but Larry Dixon and Mike Edwards continued their winning ways. Larry Dixon put a stop to arch rival Tony Schumacher in the final, 3.773 to 3.823. In Funny Car, Matt Hagan ended Robert Hight's three-race win streak. Mike Edwards continued his relentless assault on the Pro Stock class as Jason Line was the last man standing in the final with a close race but not enough to for Edwards 6.594. 20-year old LE Tonglet downed Steve Johnson in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final. Congratulations to all the winners.

MSD on the Power Tour!

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PowetT1 It’s June and that means it’s time for Power Tour! Our truck and trailer is packed up and heading off for the kickoff this Saturday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  Be sure to try to make it out for a day or three or four for an excellent adventure!  Long Haulers and registered Power Tour-ers, be sure to swing by the MSD display at each stop to pick up the daily Power Tour magnets! See you there!

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