100 – Power and Speed – Travis Ray Drag Week competitor

Mike, Tom, and Tad in studio.

None of us even noticed, but show number 100.  Crazy stuff.  Thanks to the fans for sticking with us.  We may tool on them from time to time, but we really do appreciate all the listeners.  

Project SubiTard is getting close.  Tad has his new engine ready to go from IAG.  The parts, car, and everything is finally set.  He has a few items to get to this finished up, but he will be on the road soon.  It will still look like crap, but it will be a pretty stout street car.

Drag Week has taken over our thoughts and daily conversations.  Trust us, we are not trying to wear this subject out, but there is so much here to talk about.  The best thing about this whole event is the people.  We have had on and met some great car guys from all over the country and this week is no exception.

Travis Ray joins the show to talk about his Drag Week experiences.  This particular guest worked out to be not only a cool story, but educational for Mike and Tom.  Travis is a Corvette C5 owner, and can recount the numerous pitfalls of the Corvette platform.  Travis has competed in the Drag Week event since 2013 and had not had good luck until 2016.  Everything from stub axels to electrical problems kept him from finishing, but 2016 ended all of that.  Travis finished the week and averaged a 9.29 with a true to life street drivable C5 Corvette.  It was a pleasure to drive, and needed nothing but tire changes to complete the week.  Listen to this one, it’s a good story of the road taken to complete Drag Week from another great car guy.

 

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099 – Power and Speed – Phil Data of King Engine Bearings – PJ Nadeau

Mike, Tom, and Tad in studio on a Sunday.

Sunday Sunday Sunday.  All the NJ guys will all know where that comes from.  Sunday recording this week due to travel plans and impending snow storm.

We always try to have tech guys where we can, and we all like learning from the best people in the business.  Tom knows just about everyone, and if he doesn’t he knows someone who does.  There is no shortage of great people who can come on, and this one is for the engine guys out there.

Phillip Data from King Engine Bearings calls in to give some details about bearing types and construction.  We know tons of people who just say, standard crank, give me a set of standard bearings.  90 times out of 100 it will run, is it the right way to do things? No.  Phillip gets into some of the variety of bearings King manufactures, and why what bearings are used for a particular purpose.  If you are trying to go over an engine yourself, you should do two things.  Listen to this show, and give Phillip at King a call.  That small amount of research will protect your investment.  We look forward to having Phil on again, there is lots more to talk about when it comes to bearings.

Continuing with our Drag Week theme, tonights second guest has a unique perspective.  PJ Nadeau is not only a Drag Week competitor, he covers the Drag Week event as a contributor for Hot Rod.  He has seen the competition side through his own eyes and knows just how hard this is to do.  PJ’s articles provide coverage for the guys (like us) who are not running in the top class.  Everyone who does the Drag Week event deserves some recognition and PJ does a fantastic job telling their stories.  Check his articles out on the Drag Week section of Hot Rod.

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097 – Power and Speed – Jason Harding of Katech

Mike, Tom, and Tad in studio.

This has to be said right up front, Mike has a toothache and is in pretty bad shape.  Hopefully he get it fixed up at the creepy dentist tomorrow.

As they say, the show must go on!

A caller by the name of Shawn calls in.  Looking for a valve train tech, and boy that is a subject.  When it comes to valve train it’s all about stability.  People end up building on knowledge over the years, and can’t replace practical experience and testing.  The guys will steer him right over Facebook.

Speaking of testing and knowledge, Jason Harding from Katech joins the guys tonight.

Mike framed this well in the beginning of the show, if you don’t know who Katech is you need to do a little research.  Katech has been around the track just a few times, and by around the track we mean multiple wins in the 24 hours of Dayton, 24 hours of Le Mans, and just about every other form road racing event on the planet.  Yes, Mike is a major fan, and you should be too.  Jason discusses where they are now, and what they can do for the average guy looking for the right stuff.  Think about this for a second, this is a racing outfit that builds the power to run full on for 24 hours!  

We think the best way to say this is, you can’t get more serious than Katech.

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098 – Power and Speed – Scott Clark and Chris Bishir – Drag Week

Mike, Tom, Tad, and in studio Scott Clark.

 

We were all looking forward to this all week.  Drag Week registration opened, and we are in.  Talk about nice timing, Scott Clark ran his tuning school this past weekend at Fonse Performance and was able stop by the studio the night we record.  This whole Drag Week thing has everyone wound up.  Tom says we are winning, Mike wants to win, Scott says good luck with that!  It’s not as easy thing to do, and things that should not break do and just when you don’t need them to.  One aspect of these types of cars that cannot be stressed enough is tuning.  Scott goes over some of the class events, the car they tuned, and the problems they had.  If there is one near you we suggest you go check it out.  He goes over the upcoming events so it’s easy to make the time now.

Speaking of winning, multi time winner of the 8.50 class Chris Bishir of Team 260 (two six oh) calls in to continue our Drag Week discussions.  Chris has done Drag Week more than a few times, and he’s the man to beat.  He has this down, and nothing replaces experience.  Everyone is gunning for him including Jason Doisher who called in from Anything Automotive.  He’s another Drag Week veteran, and even give his prediction on who finishes where.  There is some great discussion here on the whole “game” of Drag Week. 

One thing we want everyone to pay attention to is Chris’s discussion of the events they are promoting.  This type of event is exactly what this sport needs.  Pay attention to the details on this, and if you are close, show up.

Fireman Jeff with the wonky rods stops by as well.  He’s got himself a nice new rotating assembly.  He had a “mishap” and I know he wants this one right for the long haul.  His Chevy SS will be back on the road soon.

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