Drag Racing Engines Columbus NE

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Bill''s Tire Outlet Inc
(402) 564-6369
3200 6th St
Columbus, NE
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Freeway Muffler and Brakes
(402) 564-2868
3915 23rd Street
Columbus, NE
Services
Mufflers Repair,Radiator Repair

Gene Steffy Ford
(402) 564-0314
1365 24th Avenue
Columbus, NE
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Tune up Repair

Ernst Toyota
(402) 562-8698
2112 23rd Street
Columbus, NE
Services
Clutch Repair,Truck Parts

Ackmans Paintless Dent Repair
(402) 563-2818
4903 35th Street
Columbus, NE
Services
Paintless Dent Repair

Griffiths Livestock Trailer
(402) 564-5508
4411 SE 16th Street
Columbus, NE
Services
Trailer Repair

Harley Davidson
(402) 564-8733
410 23rd Street
Columbus, NE
Services
Motorcycle Fabrication

Dons Appliance Service
(402) 564-9191
2720 13th Street
Columbus, NE
Services
Truck Detailing

West Industrial Storage
(402) 564-3574
2872 54th Avenue
Columbus, NE
Services
Trailer Repair

Schieffer Signs
(402) 564-5081
1516 E 23rd St
Columbus, NE
Services
Auto Body

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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