Hemi Powered Dodge Demon

When I saw this car at the Pigeon Forge Rod Run this spring, I just couldn’t stop looking at it. Its got a modern Hemi engine dressed to look like the classic 426. Nothing about this car isn’t awesome! It’s a shame Mopar didn’t put one of these cars out from the factory with a Hemi in it!

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Cherokee Rod Run Fall ’13: Top Ten Picks

It’s been a few shows since we’ve done our top ten picks but its something I want to get started again for 2014. So here are our top ten pics from Cruisin’ The Smokies Cherokee Rod Run from last weekend! If you missed the event coverage, CLICK HERE for the recap!

TOP-10

#1. 1959 Impala, possible the prettiest car ever made! Not to mention its a convertible! Super rare!

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#2 This car proves four doors are cool!

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#3 1951 Pontiac! Just enough rust to be cool!

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#4 When is the last time you’ve ever saw one of these??41 42 43 44 45 46 47

#5 I wonder what’s in that jar?

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#6 Spare change for paint?

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#7 Love the big back tire, gotta have traction with the BBF!

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#8 Awesome stance on this truck

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#9 Awesome LS swap!

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#10 A little different, but I’d love to have it!

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Restrictor Plates Are Off: NASCAR International Part Three “NASCAR World Cup”

(This is part three or a three part series)

In part one we took a look at the history of NASCAR and international racing. In part two we took a look at where NASCAR is today with its international programs. Now in the third and final part of this series we will look into the future. Now keep in mind this is some what a fantasy and a “what if” article. Chances of it happening? It would take a lot of stars to align to ever pull it off. But hey, its the off season, what else is there to sit and think about?

NASCAR World Cup

If NASCAR wants to continue to expand its international reach the only way to really maximize that is with a world wide touring series. Because lets face it, at MOST the Sprint Cup Series would only get one international date, probably in Canada or Mexico and there are only so many international trips a Nationwide or Truck team can afford to take. This series would have to be billed as an equal to Nationwide and Trucks, but a step below the Sprint Cup Series. Below I have laid out a race schedule that I think would give an awesome blend of traditional NASCAR along with more international friendly racing. The result would be a greatly diverse series that would sure be a blast to watch. I’ve laid this schedule out based on a 2013 Cup, Truck, and Nationwide schedule to try and make it travel friendly enough so that current stars in the three major divisions could run some of the races as well.

Race 1:

1-28: Autodromo Miguel E. Abed- Puebla, Mexico

1.25 mi oval 400 Mile Race

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The first race in the series would take place in Mexico and a familiar NASCAR style track. A 1.25 mile oval. Scheduled during the NASCAR off season in hope to draw some NASCAR stars who want to take a shot at winning the inaugural World Cup race. This race is 400 miles in length, a little longer than the normal races, but while we have the world watching we might as well give them a show.

Race 2:

3-2: Phoenix International Raceway

1 mi Oval 175 Mile Race

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This would be the first companion weekend along side the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. The race itself would be held as a double header after the Nationwide race and under the lights. Again a great chance for Sprint Cup and Nationwide drivers to run the race and a great time for the United States market to view the race and hopefully get informed and hooked on the series.

Race 3:

3-30: Circuit Paul Armagnac- Nogaro, France

2.26 mi Road Course 113 Mile Race

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Race three takes the serious on its first trip across the Atlantic to Nogaro, France. This is also the first road course of the season. This is a companion event with the Euro Racecar NASCAR touring series. This is also an off weekend for Cups, Trucks, and Nationwide which would allow anyone running for the title(more on that later) to continue racing.

Race 4

4-6:  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez- Mexico City, Mexico

2.77 mi Road Course 125 Mile Race

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Race four takes us to another road course and to the heart of Mexico to Mexico City. This is a companion event with the NASCAR Toyota Series. It is also the day before the Martinsville Cup race which would possibly allow Cup regulars to run the event. Also if NASCAR were to put the Mexico race back on the Nationwide series it would be this weekend. But otherwise its an off weekend for Nationwide.

Race 5

4-10:  Autodromo Potosino- San Louis Potosi, Mexico

1/2 mi Oval 225 Lap Race

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Race five gives us the first true taste of good old fashion NASCAR racing, a short track. But this isn’t Bristol or Martinsville, this is Mexico. This 1/2 mile bull ring plays host to what is sure to be a thriller. This is the series’ first stand alone event and its on a Wednesday night, prime time. Its the same weekend that Cup and Nationwide are in Texas so it will be just a short flight down to participate.

Race 6

5-19: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

2.459 Mile Road Course

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Race 6 is our first trip into Canada. This is a companion event along with the Canadian Tire Series and is a Sunday afternoon race on the Sprint All-Star Weekend which should give Cup drivers plenty of time to make the trip north.

Race 7

7. 6-14: Delaware Speedway- Komoko, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

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Canada’s Finest Short Track plays host to race seven.  A Friday night race on a weekend in which Cup and Nationwide are across the border in Michigan. This is the second night race and second short track race on the schedule.

Race 8

7-4: Daytona International Speedway- Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

3.56 mi Road Course 2 1/2 hour endurance race

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While I really wanted to throw these guys right into the bump draft I didn’t figure that was very realistic since most of these guys have zero experience on a big oval. So why not dust off the old road course. The July sports car race has went away so what better event to have on Thursday afternoon at Daytona? But wait, there is more! This is a little different that what you have saw thus far, this is an endurance race! 2 and 1/2 hours around the Daytona Road Course will decide the winner of this one!

Race 9

Calder Park Raceway(full circuit)- Victoria, Australia

2.620 mi Road Course/Oval Track 262 Miles

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7-21: Thunderdome @ Calder Park Raceway- Victoria, Australia

1.119 mi Oval 300 miles

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This is a big double header weekend. Its an off weekend for Cup & Trucks although there is a Nationwide race. The first event is a full road course race. The second is a 300 mile ride around the Tunderdome oval which played host to the first international NASCAR race.

Race 11

 7-26: Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

2.534 mi Road Course 2 hour endurance race

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Good old Indy. This is the weekend of the Cup race so everyone will be in town. Only this race will have left and right turns in it. Should be a good one and a great chance for those who long to add their name to the Indy winners list.

Race 12

8-14: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Oval-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

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Trip number two to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Only this time the series will run on the 1/2 mile oval. This is the a Wednesday night stand alone race. The same weekend that Cup is in Michigan.

Race 13

10-13: Circuit Le Mans Bugatti- Le Mans, France

2.655 mi Road Course 140 Lap Race

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We’ve been to Daytona, we’ve been to Indy, now we go to Le Mans. No other series in the history of the world gives you a chance to win on the three most famous race tracks in the world all in the same year and same car. This is a combination event with the Euro Racecar NASCAR series. Its the Sunday after the Saturday night Cup race at Charlotte.  While it would be a stretch it is a realistic flight from Charlotte to France in time for the race.  This race uses the shorter Bugatti circuit and is 140 laps.

World Championship Weekend

Race 14:

11-22: Twin Ring Motegi(dirt track)- Motegi, Japan

1/4 mi Dirt Oval 100 Lap Race(25 lap heat races will set a 20 car field for the feature)

Race 15:

11-23 Twin Ring Motegi(Road Course)- Motegi, Japan

2.983 mi Road Course 3 hour Endurance Race

Race 16:

11-24: Twin Ring Motegi(oval)- Motegi, Japan

1.549 mi Oval 300 mile event

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 The world championship weekend. This will be the weekend after Ford Championship Weekend in Homestead so every driver in the world should be free to attend.  Not only will it crown the first ever NASCAR World Cup winner it will test the drivers skill to the limit.  Not only will it be the series first and only stop on the dirt, it will be a tough race to run on the 1/4 mile dirt track at the Twin Ring Motegi.  It will feature two heat races(three if necessary) to set the 20 car field for the feature. The field is limited to 20 cars because anything else on a 1/4 mile is just too much. The second race of the weekend will be a three hour endurance race on Motegi’s tough road course. Followed by a good old, traditional, NASCAR mile and a half race on the oval track.  The hope would be that once this series gains momentum a short exhibition NASCAR Sprint Cup race could be added along with maybe the finale to the Rolex Sports Car Series which is also owned by NASCAR.

Lets look at it one more time, here is the complete 16 race schedule.

1. 1-28: Autodromo Miguel E. Abed- Puebla, Mexico

1.25 mi Oval 400 Mile Race

2. 3-2: Phoenix International Raceway- Phoenix, Arizona, USA

1 mi Oval 175 Mile Race

3. 3-30: Circuit Paul Armagnac- Nogaro, France

2.26 mi Road Course 113 Mile Race

4. 4-6:  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez- Mexico City, Mexico

2.77 mi Road Course 125 Mile Race

5. 4-10:  Autodromo Potosino- San Louis Potosi, Mexico

1/2 mi Oval 225 Lap Race

6. 5-19: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

2.459 Mile Road Course

7. 6-14: Delaware Speedway- Komoko, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

8. 7-4: Daytona International Speedway- Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

3.56 mi Road Course 2 1/2 hour endurance race

9. 7-20: Calder Park Raceway(full circuit)- Victoria, Australia

2.620 mi Road Course/Oval Track 262 Miles

10. 7-21: Thunderdome @ Calder Park Raceway- Victoria, Australia

1.119 mi Oval 300 miles

11. 7-26: Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

2.534 mi Road Course 2 hour endurance race

12. 8-14: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Oval-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

13. 10-13: Circuit Le Mans Bugatti- Le Mans, France

2.655 mi Road Course 140 Lap Race

14. 11-22: Twin Ring Motegi(dirt track)- Motegi, Japan

1/4 mi Dirt Oval 100 Lap Race

15. 11-23: Twin Ring Motegi(Road Course)- Motegi, Japan

2.983 mi Road Course 3 hour Endurance Race

16. 11-24: Twin Ring Motegi(oval)- Motegi, Japan

1.549 mi Oval 300 mile event

 

Thoughts Behind Schedule

Now before you go bashing me and leaving a million comments on how unreal this is number one, this is a work of fiction and I understand many things would have to be done and many stars would have to line up to make the above happen. But anyway my thoughts were to try and keep costs down as much as possible when shipping cars and crews around the country. Thus the reasoning for the Australian double header and the triple header in Japan. I didn’t worry too much about the trips to Canada or Mexico. The only trip I thought might have been out of reason was the trip to Le Mans but when I saw the chance to add it to the schedule with another companion event especially on a date that was half-way reasonable for a Cup driver to be there I had to go for it.

I think the schedule gives a really nice mix of tracks. Obviously an international circuit is going to have more road course than anything else simply due to the fact that there are very few ovals to choose from outside of the United States. The schedule has 8 road courses, 4 speedway races, and 4 short tracks, one of which is on dirt.

The Car

Every knows a key to any good racing series is the car. The car for our series will be based on the Nationwide Series car. Its safe, has great looks, and suits our needs just fine. For cost and development purposes the engine will be the same 5.8 push rod V8 the Nationwide series runs with between 650-700 horse power.  However these cars will share the same fuel injection as the Sprint Cup cars. The series needs to have a feeling of technology too it, no Formula One cars, but they still need to be high tech. The on board live telemetry that NASCAR uses during Sprint Cup testing will also be available full time during the race. The idea behind this number one to give the car a more technology based feel again like a Formula One car and two to give teams a good reason to run a couple of R&D cars in the series. The cars will also go away from the traditional four speed transmission and go to a five speed similar to the transmissions used in the Rolex Sports Car series.

Rules

I won’t got into a lot of rules because lets face it, there really isn’t any point since its all made up anyway but there are a few rules I want to put in place to help shape your view of the series.

Two Car Limit: No four car teams here, two cars are the limit, not that anyone would start a four car team anyway, but I just like the feel of the two car limit, again a nod to Formula One.

Series Limit Exept: The World Cup will no effect eligibility for drivers wanting to also run for a Truck, Nationwide, or Cup series title. This rule will expire after five years.

Mulligan: Each team will receive one “mulligan” per year. The mulligan will take away a driver’s worst finish. So in theory if Driver A runs a full season,but Cup Driver B misses on race due to scheduling conflict, they will still be able to contend for a title.

Rain Tires: Rain tires will be used on all road courses as well as short tracks. They will not be used on the speedways for safety reasons.

Tire Choices: Goodyear will be the tire supplier for the series. Two additional choices besides the rain tires, a “hard” and a “soft” tire will be available  during the race.

All other NASCAR rules will apply.

Potential Drivers?

Okay, you’ve got a feel for the tracks, the cars, and the rules. How about the drivers and teams? Here is a basic list of 20 drivers along with their teams I could potentially see driving in the series. Again this is just random brain storming.

 

Germain Racing

#13- Mike Skinner

#60- Max Papis

Robby Gordon Motorsports

#7- Robby Gordon

#77- David Gilliland

Roush Racing

#99- Carl Edwards

#6- Colin Braun

Chip Ganassi Racing

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya 

#41- Scott Pruett

Richard Childress Racing

#31- Kurt Busch

#41- Ron Fellows

Stewart-Haas Racing

#14- Tony Stewart

#10-  Kenny Wallace

GC Motorsports International

#27- Andrew Ranger

#26- Martin Roy

Rusty Wallace Inc.

#66- Steven Wallace

#56- Jorge Goeters 

Turner Motorsports

#30- Migeul Paludo 

#32- Nelson Piquet Jr. 

Again this is just a little brain storming of drivers but you get the point. The series should attract a nice mix of veteran drivers, current Cup drivers, up and coming stars, and some international drivers as well.  It should also serve as a little better training ground for those drivers who are looking to make the jump from open wheel. Giving them time to learn the heavier car and still have a chance to perform well and win races with all the road courses on the schedule.

Now I realize this will probably never happen, but I just thought it was a pretty cool idea and a great way to finish off the three part series on NASCAR and its international ties. I guess only time will tell as to how far out NASCAR does or doesn’t expand their boundaries! Thanks for taking the time to read the column!

“Restrictor Plates Are Off” is simply a weekly opinion column shared each week with the viewers of JDSMotorsports.com, a word press blog. We are not a professional media outlet nor do we pretend to be one. Just a NASCAR fan who enjoys sharing opinions with our readers. This article is written by Jeff Southard. For questions or comments pleas either respond through the website or email jeff@jdsmotorsports.com

 

Saturday Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: Cars To Watch Part Duece

If you missed part one CLICK HERE

Again, like part one, just gonna post the picture and the link, less filler, more thriller!

TOP-10

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That’s all for Saturday! Sunday’s cars to watch will be posted in the morning!

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Thursday’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Top 10 Cars To Watch

Thursday at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013! Here’s what we’ve got our eye on today! Be sure to tune into Speed for all the action!

TOP-10

1958 Pontiac Bonneville
Lot Number 753

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I’ve always loved the unique styling of the 50’s Pontiac’s, Buick’s, and Oldsmobile’s. From the door up you think 58 Chevy, but at second glance you know its something a little more special.

1959 Ford F100 “Shelby Farms” Truck
Lot Number 639

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Usually when you here the word Shelby at Barrett-Jackson dollar signs quickly follow. But this might be a rare chance to buy a Shelby at Barrett-Jackson without getting into the 50k plus range. Very interested to see where this truck goes money wise. Big money or not, its one cool looking truck!

1939 Pontiac Sedan Patrol Car
Lot Number 850

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Old Highway Patrol cars are cool, especially one this old!

1973 Plymouth ‘Cuda
Lot Number 824

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E-body Mopar’s have a special place in my heart. This 73 is an awesome example of one, this thing is built to drive. Being a 73 you could have a lot of fun in it and not worry about messing up the value of the more collectible 70-71 cars.

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 KR
Lot Number 754

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I’m curious to see what kind of money this car brings it respect to Mr. Shelby no longer being with us, but with this car being a later Shelby offering as apposed to some of the earlier Shelby’s.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette
Lot Number 776

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This would be an awesome car to have. C3 styling, C5 power. Restomod’s are hot especially in the Vette world. But I’m curious how this being one of the less popular years in a ’73 does going across the block.

1932 Ford Model A Truck
Lot Number 758

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I am in love with this truck. Classic look, but with some classic hot rodding touches. A 406 Buick Nailhead with blower, this thing is just too cool.

1956 GMC Suburban Pick Up
Lot Number 756

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We talked about this brother to this truck, the Cameo earlier in the week but now we are gonna talk about the rare one of the two siblings, the GMC Suburban Pick Up. 1 of 250 built in 1956. This one is sure to bring a nice price tag.

1964 Chevrolet Biscayne
Lot Number 755

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She’s real fine my 409! Radio delete, 4:11 posi, 4-speed, this one was ordered to run!

1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cale Yarborough NASCAR Race Car
Lot Number 707

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Cale Yarborough, Banjo Matthews, Junior Johnson, this is every NASCAR collectors dream! This car has a lot of neat history behind it, its is a museum piece for sure!

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Stay tuned, we will have more cars to watch tomorrow morning!

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: The Salon Cars

Coming up next week our pages will be flooded with Barrett-Jackson coverage. But until then, here is a little sample of some of the “Salon” cars. The best of the best, the high dollar stuff!

To see all the Salon Cars CLICK HERE, choose Saturday, and then go to lot numbers 5000 and up. All Salon cars are in the 5000’s.

You will quickly realize in the next few days that “resto-mods” are hot at Barrett-Jackson, especially in Corvettes. There will be a lot of nice resto-mods rolling across the block but lot number 5015 is probably the nicest of them all.

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To me the 68/69 Corvette race cars are one of the best looking race cars to ever take the green flag. Not only is lot number 5041 one of the best looking ever, its also the most successful Corvette race car ever.

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Batman!! Who wouldn’t want to own this car? Lot 5037 is the original Batman car.

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Its been one year ago today that we lost Carroll Shelby. Lot number 5022 is one of if not his most famous and collectible creations. The Green Hornet.

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Some cars are cars, some cars are works of art. Lot 5035 is a work of art. This 1955 Hudson Italia is a breath taking piece of automobile art.

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The second L88 to make our list is the last, the last production L88 General Motors ever made. Lot number 5042 is the last of 216 L-88 cars produced between 1967-1969.

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The 67 Corvette “Stinger” hood is an icon all in its own, I get excited wherever I see one, especially when its on a camaro because that means a name like Yenko, or Motion, or in the case of lot number 5047 Harrell are sure to follow.

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Concept cars always bring big money at Barrett-Jackson, I’d imagine lot number 5034 will be no different. This should be one of the top sellers of the whole event. A 1956 Chrysler Diablo.

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That’s all for now! But stay tuned, this is just scratching the surface! We will have cars to watch picked out for each day Tuesday-Sunday. As well as recaps and more! Be sure and follow us on twitter @jdsmotorsports for live commentary during the Barrett-Jackson broadcasts on Speed!