Drag Racing Engines Columbia TN

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Sears Tire and Auto Center
(931) 380-3728
800 S James Campbell Boulevard
Columbia, TN
Retail Tire

M And M Automotive
102 W 5Th St
Columbia, TN
Columbia Battery Auto Service Center
(931) 381-9434
1207 S Main Street
Columbia, TN
Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair

Browns Body Shop
(931) 381-4915
1505 Nashville Highway
Columbia, TN
Alignment Repair

Wal Mart Supercenter
(931) 388-0355
2200 Brookmeade Drive
Columbia, TN
AC and Heating Repair,Audio and Video Installation,Retail Tire

Midas Muffler & Brake Shops
(931) 381-0631
417 N Garden St
Columbia, TN
Mufflers Repair

Dixie Diesel Service Inc
(931) 381-1647
200 E 16th Street
Columbia, TN
Fuel Injection Repair,Truck Parts

Columbia Car Wash and Lube
(931) 490-0600
105 Nashville Highway
Columbia, TN
Car Detailing,Interior Repair

Turner & Osborne Tire Co
(931) 388-6822
1016 S Main St
Columbia, TN
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

American Redi Built
(931) 388-1255
4166 Demastus Lane
Columbia, TN
Mobile Auto Repair,Trailer Repair

Drag Racing Engines

Brendan Baker

From the early days of drag racing up until the recent past, racers built everything for their cars themselves, from the engines and chassis to the shop equipment. Most racing teams pulled their racecars to the track behind the family station wagon or pickup truck. The personalities who participated in the sport were as colorful as they were resourceful.

Today, drag racing is as much business as it is sport. According to our select panel of experts, drag racing has become a turnkey business, which bodes well for engine builders who wish to reach the staging line of this niche market.

The first dragsters of the early 1950s were lightly modified production-based vehicles with virtually stock engines. By the mid 1970s, after “Big Daddy” Don Garlits lost part of a foot when his transmission exploded, Top Fuel dragsters began to take their current form with the engine in the back and big airfoil rear wings for aerodynamic downforce. Speeds soon climbed to the 270 mph mark, and by the late 1980s the 300 mph barrier had been broken.

Today the speeds are even greater, and drag racing continues to feed the speed culture of America. The sport today is a multi-million dollar industry and hundreds of engine suppliers test their products on the track on Sunday before selling them on Monday.

NASCAR’s billion-dollar industry – oval track stock car racing – may be getting a lot attention these days but drag racing has a dedicated fan base as well, with the largest amount of active participants of any of the motorsports disciplines. According to the Motorsports Industry Association, there are 155,000 active drag racers in the United States alone, and drag racing is gaining in popularity internationally, too. That’s a load of potential engine sales for performance engine builders who may be interested in building these fire-breathing monsters. The top levels of drag racing in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) are full of professional teams with large corporate sponsors and big dollar racing budgets. In most cases, these professional race teams have their own engine programs and often they build engines for some of the smaller teams as well. Top Fuel and Funny Car teams tear down their engines after every run because with 7,000-plus hp, drivers are basically sitting on controlled bombs.

Turnkey Racing
For the professional performance engine builder, the drag racing market offers the greatest potential at the grassroots level – think Sportsman and Bracket racing. These classes are where engine builder’s services are most in demand, according to drag racing experts.

“Ninety percent of what we do is build drag racing engines, and most of them are for Sportsman and Bracket racers,” says Dick Fox of Champion Racing Engines in McCordsville, IN. “We build a lot of big block and small block Chevy engines fo...

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