“When I first started late model racing the only thing I had in my race car was a tach, a water temperature gauge, and an oil-pressure gauge. I think the digital dash is really cool. It’s making the inside of our race cars look a lot more like the street car, and I think it’s time. The analog gauges are a thing of the past and it’s right for our race cars to do the same.

Aric Almirola
Driver, No. 43 Smithfield Fusion
Richard Petty Motorsports

“In order to attract the next generation of race fans, we are going to have to make a step in the future and things like the digital dash is a great step towards that.”

Trent Owens
Crew Chief, No. 43 Smithfield Fusion
Richard Petty Motorsports

“It pretty much brings us into modern technology. We all see it more and more in our cars every day with the touch screens, but it does lead us into a direction where we can tailor more for...
By Stan Creekmore

Carl Edwards is ready.

Yes, ready for the start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. More interesting though is the driver from the Columbia Missouri area being ready to accept an invitation to climb into a rocket ship and take a trip in space.

“This is my first time,” stated Edwards when asked if he had ever been to the NASA Kennedy Space Centersite located just 45 miles south of Daytona International Speedway. He also agreed after viewing a movie and the Atlantis, the first and final Shuttle to go up into space, he would gladly love a first time in outer space.

Edwards excellent visit to the Kennedy Space Center started with him flying his Cessna plane to the facility, landing on the 15,000 foot runway used as a backup runway for the Shuttles sent into space from 1985 to 2011.

“It was just amazing to land my little plane on such a long runway,” Edwards said as he explained his...

GLENDORA, Calif. – In 1966, a brand new class of competition emerged in NHRA when hot rodding enthusiasts of the era were trying to squeeze more performance out of their gassers, super stocks and muscle cars. With a larger motor, stretched frame and bigger rear tires, these powerful machines took the drag racing world by storm, except they didn’t look like a factory hot rod.

In fact, these cars looked just a bit “funny.”

But drag racing fans were hooked by the appeal of the category that was officially named Funny Car, and today the category remains one of the most popular to have ever powered down a drag strip.

During the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, NHRA will celebrate 50 years of the Funny Car. The season-long promotion will feature the fan-favorite cars, explain the evolution of the category, remember the greatest rivalries and put the spotlight on the legends who drove the cars in some of the most memorable...