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Category Archive: BangShift News

NHRA Suspends Oildown Penalties

Paging Arley Lango! Paging Arley Lango! The NHRA announced today that in an effort to save teams money they have decided to pull the points penalties for oiling down the dragstrip during a National...

Video of the Week: Riverside Stock Cars, 1965

If you’ve ever wondered why California’s former Riverside Raceway is so revered, this video will give you at least the Stock Car portion of the answer (they also raced sports cars, Can...

Unreal! Now the Government Wants to Use Tax $ To Crush Newer SUVs. SEMA is On It

Breaking news from a few minutes ago. Here’s the SEMA release: POLITICIANS WANT TO USE TAX DOLLARS TO CRUSH NEWER MODEL TRUCKS AND SUVS SEMA Warns Lawmakers that Boondoggle Will Cost American...

65 Pontiac Wagon Trip a Success

Nine days ago we told you that I’d be making a trip north to Sacramento to pick up a ’65 Pontiac wagon that our friend Todd at MSD had scored sight-unseen on eBay. I came home from the...

Nitro Funny Car Association Forges Ahead

If you can get past the horrific news regarding the economy that seems to be coming faster and harder each day, there are some gems of goodness showing up in the racing world. The Nitro Funny Car...

The Violation Game: Square-Tube Headers

I must admit that I shot this photo with the full intention of declaring these square-tube headers a full-on violation. Yet I admit to cold feet. On the violation side of the scale is the fact that,...

Hurst Viper Breaks the Bank at B-J

As previously reported, Hurst is going back to the signature-car biz with the Hurst 50th Anniversary Viper. Like Hurst’s anniversary, not Viper’s…but it’s a natural , right?...

Site of the Week: Hemi.com

With all the craptastic talk lately of Chrysler teaming up with (aka selling its soul to) Fiat, we decided that it was time to reaffirm our faith in the brand by harking back to its most glorious...

Book Review: Racing Safely, Living Dangerously

Here’s one of those little books that no one knows about but everyone should read. Racing Safely, Living Dangerously was published back in 2001. It’s the autobiography of Bill Simpson...

Freiburger’s Pic of the Week: VW Bug Motorhome

The reality of a VW Bug motorhome itself is plain bliss, but when you add the homegrown art of the side, this is thing is pure genius. I spotted this Beetle camper during my honeymoon road trip in...

Barnstormin’: Wrecks

In my time as a race track announcer, race director, and general racing facility nuisance, I’ve seen more than my fair share of carnage on the track. Each incident has its own file folder in my...

Upgrades for Lebanon Valley Dragway

Great news for Northeast-area drag racers, Lebanon Valley Dragway is undergoing some nice touchups this off season. The track has been resurfaced and the restrooms are being rebuilt and brought out...

eBay Pick of the Week, Bonus Edition: Dual-Plug Hemi

We couldn’t let this one slip by unnoticed, so today you’re getting a second eBay Pick. Long story short, this is a dual-plug-headed, magnesium-crossram-equipped, original-carb-wearing,...

The Top 11 Reasons I’ll Use to Convince My Wife That I Need Freiburger’s Javelin

With the Red Ball Express adventure looming closer every day, I need to get cracking about breaking the news to my loving (currently) wife that the red, white and blue, former dirt-track racing...