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Reinvention Project Revealed: Valvoline unveils Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s and Jimmie Johnson’s Classic Truck Creations

Valvoline and Hendrick Motorsports today unveiled two completely reinvented, redesigned classic Chevrolet trucks, the culmination of the brand’s first-of-its kind Reinvention Project campaign.  After several weeks collaborating with the expert mechanics at Hendrick Performance, Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson inspected their finished trucks. The two then went head-to-head in a

Growing a Reputation in the Dirt

For late-model stock car engine builders back in the day, it was a different time and a different place. During the 1960s and up until the late 1970s, there were no professional engine builders where a race-ready motor could be purchased. Just ask Morgan Chandler, an inductee of the National Dirt Late Model (NDLM) Hall

Two of a Kind – Dodge Bros. Celebrate 100 Years

Engine builders John and Horace Dodge started making automobiles in 1914 — 100 years ago. However, the Dodge brothers actually got into the automobile industry in 1900 and actually manufactured engines under contract to Henry Ford in 1900. Eventually, they built all of Ford’s mechanical parts. John and Horace were talented machinists who started at

A Fitting Solution to Lasting Longer

Since 2000, Abradable Powder Coatings have been used in auto production to coat supercharger rotors. These “clearance coatings” can also be used to safely minimize piston clearances, minimize piston rock and slap and promote better ring sealing and increase power. When clearance coatings are used, leak down lasts longer, too. For the last eight years,

NASCAR Racing Advice from MWR Via Twitter

Do you ever watch a NASCAR race and wish you could ask a racing expert a question? Is there something about the sport you’ve always wanted to know? Now’s your chance to get those answers. Throughout race weekends in 2014, Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) will collect questions hash-tagged #AskMWR on its @MWRteam Twitter handle. No.

AVI Announces New ATRA Transmission Guides Now Available

Automotive Video Innovations (AVI) has announced the addition of nearly 50 new repair manuals from the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA). These in-depth technical guides were created by ATRA members, who adhere to a strict standard of honest, professional service. The manuals contain everything from basic transmission characteristics to troubleshooting to rebuilding. The print guides, ranging

Prolong Super Lubricants to Unveil Custom-Designed 1955 Chevy Wagon

Staying true to the earliest days of drag racing, Prolong Super Lubricants will soon unveil a 1955 Chevy 210 four-door Wagon, styled after the classic drag support vehicles, which were fixtures at drag strips across the country in the 1960s. The slick vintage wagon was inspired by Prolong’s staunch support of the classic car, hot

NASCAR Adopts Knockout Qualifying for 2014 Season

So long single-car qualifying. In 2014, NASCAR is ramping up the prerace excitement level with a new knockout Coors Light Pole Award qualifying format for its three national series – a move designed to make qualifying more compelling and more closely like actual on-track competition. “We believe the timing is right for a new qualifying format across our

Assembling the Pieces of Our 392 Magnum Project

Customer sales reps (CSR) who work for your local W.D., or any parts person for that matter, are expected to not only take orders, but are often times called upon to choose the parts a shop will use for a build or repairs. Reps may be asked to help diagnose a problem or failure without

Vintage V8s: Exploring 100 Years of Cadillac Engines

For more than a century, the name Cadillac has been synonymous with performance, style and passion. And in those early years of the Cadillac Automobile Company, it was a former loom mechanic – Henry Martyn Leland – who was credited with forging the technologies that separated Cadillac from the other automobile businesses that were springing

Spectra Premium Automotive Intercoolers

Spectra Premium Industries announces their Intercooler offering for automotive and light-duty trucks. This new category is currently comprised of 17 models.  The current coverage includes popular domestic trucks such as the Ford F-Series, GM C/K trucks, as well as European cars such as Volkswagen Golf/Jetta and Audi. Higher fuel prices and governmental fuel economy regulations

AVI Announces 2015 Sanibel Training Conference

Automotive Video Innovations’s (AVI) annual Sanibel Training Conference has become the annual gathering place for shop owners, techs, trainers and industry leaders who are serious about training, and who also enjoy the camaraderie of industry friends. “The AVI Conference should be in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Ron Bilyeu, a long-time educator, repair