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Fast Cash for Fast Parts Rebate!

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FCRebatOffer One more week left to take advantage of our Fast Cash for Fast Parts Rebate! Products must be purchased through an Authorized MSD Dealer between May 15, 2008 and August 31, 2008. Rebate form and product receipt must be sent to MSD within 30 days of purchase. Offer good only in the USA and Canada.

NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals

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NHRA Toyo Tires Tony Schumacher defeated Larry Dixon to score his fifth straight victory in Top Fuel. Jack Beckman and Jeg Coughlin each earned their second wins of the season in their respective Funny Car and Pro Stock final-round conquests of Frank Hawley and Dave Connolly. Matt Smith took home the trophy in Pro Stock Motorcycle over Angelle Sampey.

NHRA Update: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

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Lucas OilSchumacher won his 50th career Top Fuel title defeating teammate Cory McClenathan in the final round of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Tony Pedregon claimed his fourth win of the year after Jack Beckman red-lighted in the Funny car final. Kurt Johnson takes the Pro Stock win over Jason Line for the No. 2 spot in the Pro Stock standings. Matt Smith won Pro Stock Motorcycle title on a single run when Angelle Sampey’s Buell could not fire in the final round.

MSD's all new website!

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New MSD Website!It's here! It's up! It's MSD's all new website! And when we say all new, we mean ALL of it. Our web man Ray and the IT team have been thrashing for months to get our site moved from a hodge-podge of different technologies to a lean, mean CMS machine. What's that mean to those of us non-geeks? It means that the MSD site will be much easier to navigate through products and information as well as being able to deliver more of the information you're looking for. Product recommendations, instructions, wiring and support products are going to be easier to manage and find. We'll also be updating the site more often with news from the tracks and shows that we attend.
 
The new site is a work in progress so if you have suggestions or find a quirk on a page, let us know! Thanks for visiting the MSD site and we'll see you at the races!

Vote for MSD Ignition!

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Hot Rod Magazine's 2nd Annual Hot Rod Speed Parts Hall of Fame has compiled a list of 75 products that have played a significant role in shaping the aftermarket. MSD Ignition has made the list with our 6A Ignition Control and encourages you to vote for MSD! Follow through the link to start the survey!

Hot Rod's Drag Week presented by MSD Ignition!

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Hot Rod Drag WeekIt's now time to register online for the 2008 HOT ROD Magazine Drag Week sponsored by MSD Ignition.
If you've got the car and are willing to drive your car over 1,000 miles plus race it at four different drag strips over five days, Drag Week is the event for you. You've been waiting for the opportunity to register online, so here's the link. Click here now to register.

The Next Generation MSD 6AL-2 Ignition Control!

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The next generation MSD 6AL-2 is here! It's digital, smaller, faster and more powerful that its cousin, the MSD 6AL. Learn more after the jump or better yet get one now through our online store! Check out MSDvideos.com for an MSD 6AL-2 install in a classic Nova!

Racepak's AF-1 Single Channel Air Fuel Sensor

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Racepak's AF1Check out Racepak's new Air/Fuel sensor package designed to be used with any of Racepak's Vnet (canbus) series of data loggers. More details after the jump.

Sold on the 7AL-2

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Bud Yancer has been building engines since 1972. He's had his engine dyno since 1982 and has run hundreds of engines ranging from 100 to 1300 horsepower. Bud is known for his innovation and commitment to quality, and he wanted eveyone to know that he is still running the same  MSD 7AL-2 box  that he put on his dyno back in 1982. As Bud says, "When it comes to MSD products, just run it and you don't have to worry". Bud's never had a problem and he knows he never has to wonder if his MSD box will deliver. MSD thanks Bud and his staff at MACH Developemnt in Phoenix for their commitment to quality. Contact them at: www.machdevelopment.com

 

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

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Doug Herbert scored his first Top Fuel win of the season at the 2nd annual Summit Racing NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Tony Pedregon won his third race this year, making it his 39th career win. Greg Anderson was able to take an easy win with a redlighting Larry Morgan in the final. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana won his first career national event.

NHRA Final Round Results
WinnersClass
Doug Herbert Top Fuel
Tony Pedregon Funny Car
Greg Anderson Pro Stock
Hector Arana Pro Stock Motorcycle

 

GodSpeed Scott Kalitta

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Scott KalittaMSD sends our prayers and wishes to the teammates, family and friends of Scott Kalitta. Scott Kalitta was fatally injured in a high-speed crash during the NHRA Lucas Oil Supernationals in Englishtown, N.J. Scott shared the same passion for drag racing as his legendary father, Connie. He also shared the same desire to win, becoming a two-time series world champion. He left the sport for a period of time, to devote more time to his family, only to be driven to return to the drag strip to regain his championship form.

Power Tour 2008 Wrap up

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magnet1.gifEveryone should be home from the 2008 Hot Rod Power Tour by now and needless to say, it was a great event. We certainly enjoyed our time on the road and meeting most of the tour participants along the way. We know that some of you missed out on our Day 1 magnet, so to fill the gap on your Long Haul frame, we're posting the artwork for you to print and cut out. (It's a pdf so it should work on nearly every computer!) We have a very, very limited number of a handful of the daily magnets and we can try to help you out with the missing pieces. Simply email us here, with your address and passport number, along with which ones you missed, and we'll do our best to get you the right magnet (while supplies last). Thanks, and we'll see you on the road in 2009!

Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals

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Tony Schumacher got a nice points lead in Top Fuel with a win against Rod Fuller at the NHRA Nationals in Chicago, Illinois. Tony Pedregon bounced back and won after having a fire during qualifiying, making it his 38th career win. Kurt Johnson also celebrated his 38th national event win in Pro Stock defeating Jeg Coughlin in the final. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Chris Rivas won his first career national event against Craig Treble.

NHRA Final Round Results
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Tony Schumacher Top Fuel
Tony Pedregon Funny Car
Kurt Johnson Pro Stock
Chris Rivas Pro Stock Motorcycle

 

Power Tour 2008 Update

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pt1.jpgMonday generally delivers the droll fact of life of heading back to the daily grind - that is unless you decided to be a part of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour! Take off for a few days of horsepower and fun with long haulers (if even for a couple days). Today we're heading out of Springfield, Missouri, and setting up at the strip in Topeka, Kansas. Hopefully the track will be dry so people can get out there and test their cars!

Last year in Little Rock it was dark, soup-like gray, with humidity oozing in the air. For 2008, it was just as hot but blue skies were on hand and the fairgrounds were absolutely packed with vintage tin and all sorts of cool hot rod type stuff. Sunday we head off to Missouri - it promises to be a great drive with a parade of power and chrome so if you're in the area, be sure to check it out from the road!

 

Hot Rod Magazine's Power Tour 2008

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 Gas prices, sour weather and humidity just won't keep a Power Tour Long Hauler down! That's right - it's time for the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour! This year MSD will be on hand for the long haul, just like every year since 1995, or maybe '96...it's been a lot of miles. If you're making it out to the tour, be sure to stop by and say Hi and pick up one of our sought after, collectible magnets - but be sure to come every day for each one! We'll also try to to keep you up to date with the sporadic report from the road and how things are going with the 2008 carnival of horsepower! Watch for our team in the big Duramax and our project MSD-V. See you out there!

 

Tech Support at Santa Pod Kick-off!

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 Shouting out to all European Racers – MSD Ignition and Racepak will be on hand at European Drag Racing Championship kick off at Santa Pod, May 23 – 26.

To help serve their international customer base, MSD and Racepak will have factory technicians on deck at the event. The dynamic duo of Joe Pando from MSD and Tim Anderson of Racepak (with over 30 years combined experience) will be based out of the GPR support and product trailer. GPR is a UK-based high performance source and will also have product on hand.

If you’ve ever wanted to ask about a certain MSD components or application for Racepak, “The Main Event” at Santa Pod is the place to be. To get your product questions ready, check out www.msdpromag.com or www.racepak.com.

 

O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

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Tony Schumacher defeats Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel final while Melanie Troxel scored her first Funny Car career win over Mike Neff. Dave Connolly defeated Greg Stanfield on a final-round holeshot in Pro Stock.

NHRA Final Round Results
WinnersClass
Tony Schumacher Top Fuel
Melanie Troxel Funny Car
Dave Connolly Pro Stock

 

MSD Ignition 4th Annual Employee Car Show(2)

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Car Show 2008

The 2008 MSD Employee Car Show and Picnic was a hoot to say the least. Well over a hundred cars showed up from the local area to kick back with the MSD crew, take tours and have a good time. All of the MSD gang got to vote for their favorite vehicles and it was the '55 Chevy of Ralph Gonzalez that took the win followed by Ray Grace Vasquez's '71 Chevy Pickup and Jose Guadian's Viper in third. Thanks to everyone for coming out, we'll see you next year! Go to our forums to comment on these cool rides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSD Ignition 4th Annual Employee Car Show

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MSD 4th Annual Car Show 
MSD is holding it's 4th annual Employee Picnic and Car Show in the parking lot of its headquarters here in El Paso May 9th. Everyone is invited to bring their hot rods out to show off and enter for the employee's pick award. There will be music, fun and games including racing from Raceparty.net. Show starts Friday May 9th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at MSD headquarters, 1490 Henry Brennan Dr., El Paso, Texas.

 

NHRA Update!

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"Hot Rod" Fuller earned the Top Fuel Wally in a great side-by-side race with Tony Schumacher. Tim Wilkerson wins to a losing Mike Neff in Funny car while Kurt Johnson edges out Dave Connolly in Pro Stock. MSD fired all these guys to Wallys!

NHRA Final Round Results
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"Hot Rod" Fuller Top Fuel
Tim Wilkerson Funny Car
Kurt Johnson Pro Stock

 

SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals

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The results are in from the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. Cory McClenathan defeats recent Houston winner Antron Brown with a 4.65 to 4.70 in the final. In the Funny Car division, Tim Wilkerson defeats Ashley Force with a 4.96 to her losing 4.99. And in the Pro Stock division, Jason Line takes his first win of the season over Greg Stanfield. Congratulations to all the winners.

Final Round Results
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Cory McClenathan Top Fuel
Tim Wilkerson Funny Car
Jason Line Pro Stock

ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals

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 Tony Schumacher, Tony Pedregon, and Jeg Coughlin all victorious at the 39th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Tony Schumacher collects his 43rd victory in Top Fuel, and is now 9 short of all-time class winner Joe Amato with a 4.60 to 4.66 decision over Bernstein. In the Funny Car class, Pedregon Q Horsepower Impala came up on top to defeat Gary Densham in an extremely close match as Pedregon ran a 4.921, 315.21 to Densham's 4.924 309.13. And in the Pro Stock class, Jeg Coughlin runs a 6.652, 208.07 to 6.656, 209.10 over Jason Line. Congratulations to all the winners.

Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals

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The results are in from the 24th annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird Int'l Raceway. With a 4.53 at 327, Larry Dixon was able to win Top Fuel against Dave Grubnic. In the Funny Car division, Jack Beckman was able to take the win running a 4.868 at 320. And in the Pro Stock division, V. Gaines was able to take home his first Pro Stock victory in seven years. Congratulations to all the winners.

 

Final Round Results
Winners Class
Larry Dixon Top Fuel
Jack Beckman Funny Car
V. Gaines Pro Stock
Jimmy DeFrank Super Stock
Toby Lang Stock
Steve Williams Super Comp.
Brad Pierce Super Gas
Ryan Smith Super Street
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