“I’ve been dreaming my whole life of winning the Winternationals, and it finally came true,” Gilley said after winning his fourth career Wally. “[In a heads-up], you just let everything hang out on these things. You put the lightweight oil in there, you ice it down, you compensate for your reaction time because you know the car is going to leave harder. You just keep your foot on the floor and hope you’re the first one to the finish line. It was a great day.”
On the exhaust system side, run a 3-in. system only if you have a single pipe from the catalytic converter back. If you have dual pipes from the converter, we recommend using a 2½-in. pipe.
The NHRA kicked off its 2018 season with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals two weeks ago. We gave you a recap of the top NHRA class winners here, but here’s a rundown of the Sportsman class winners. As the son of legendary NHRA announcer Dave McClelland, Kevin McClelland is no newbie to drag racing. In fact, his Super Gas victory at the Winternationals earned him his fifth national-event Wally. “This is really special,” McClelland said. “I won this race 21 years ago at my very first national event, and it’s been an awesome run.”
It tells your engine control unit (ECU), or simply “computer” how much air is entering the engine. The ECU uses that data to adjust the amount of fuel to deliver to ensure an optimal air/fuel ratio. Unfortunately, since they’re precision electronic devices, mass airflow sensors also have a reputation for being fragile.
“Words cannot describe this,” Will said, after defeating veteran racer Kyle Seipel in the final, 6.043 (6.01 dial) at 234.13 to 6.862 (6.81), 197.74. “I’m totally excited, and there are so many people to thank for helping me get to this point. I have to thank the fans for showing up. It makes it even more special.”
Unless your pet is a kangaroo, they might struggle to get into a vehicle with a high deck height, like many trucks and SUVs. That’s where pet ramps come in handy. They’re available in a wide range of sizes and most fold compactly and can be stowed away, so you can bring the ramp with you.
“This is awesome,” the younger Torres said, hoisting the trophy. “Me, my brother, my dad, we’re all so competitive. I knew it was going to be tough, and it could have gone either way [in the final], but we’re always on each other’s team. We have a little rivalry, but we always want each other to do good.” Top Dragster #1 qualifier Steve Will had been to the winner’s circle before in support of daughter and Top Fuel driver Hillary Will Hines, but this was dad’s first victory of his own at a national event.
The LSA came equipped with rectangle port (LS3-style) cylinder heads. However, the supercharged heads were Rotocast for added strength. The engines also use the same 4.065 in. bore block. In fact, the engine block casting number is the same as the LS3.