Posts Tagged 2012

Shop Truck: On-board video from the track

After braving dense fog, near-freezing temperatures, fogged windows, and numb extremities, the truck surprised us again Sunday at North Star’s first bracket race of the year. Results from the driver were highly suspect, but the truck continues to amaze, lowering its best time by another .14 as the temperature came up.

The sun poked through the clouds a few times, but for the most part the first half of the day was utterly miserable with temps staying in the 40’s. It did eventually clear off, and as the track and air temp rose the beast came out. A (hoorrible) red light allowed me to run it out the back door, and my jaw dropped as I read 7.54 | 91 on the scoreboard. Luckily it did it again the next pass, otherwise I would have thought it was a fluke.

So, enough talking, let’s go for a ride –
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Super Saturday

Since winter seems to have skipped right over us (though it is 40 degrees today), we decided to make the maiden trip to the track in our new for 2012 configuration: Camaro in the trailer, truck following behind. Pretty uneventful trip, which is precisely what we were looking for.

Got 5 runs in with the car, no surprises other than the fact that mineshaft air conditions had it bit lean.

The truck was much the same, little bit of a stumble off the line due to lack of fuel, but only managed to make two passes after discovering a little leak out of the back of the water pump.

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Parts Plus to back Millican for full 2012 NHRA Top Fuel Season

Fantastic news this week as it’s been made official that Parts Plus will again be riding along on Clay Millican’s 300+ mph NHRA Top Fuel dragster for the full 23-race NHRA season. We enjoyed watching the team last year, and are looking forward to seeing things come together with the full calendar this year. Head over to Aftermarket News for the full announcement.

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As we predicted when the announcement was made last year, Clay did a spectacular job flying the Parts Plus colors, even on a limited schedule. ESPN’s cameras gravitate toward him, and Clay does an excellent job interacting with fans as only he can, both in the pits and online via Twitter and Facebook.

Good luck to Clay and everyone on the MPE Motorsports Parts Plus Top Fuel team, we can’t wait to see the car at The Motorplex in Ennis this fall!

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