New Year, New Series
It’s a little late, but happy new year to you all! As I mentioned in my other blog, we are going to be getting a whole new Maggie come March of this racing season. We are getting a brand new 426 HEMI built by Mopar late model experts, Arrington Performance. Based on the reliability, strength and power of the last engine they built, we are incredibly excited to race with an ever faster and more powerful engine in the Magnum. We will of course have in it, MAHLE pistons and rings, Clevite Bearings, Manley connecting rods and crankshaft, and of course a Comp cam. Not only are we getting a new engine, but we are upgrading the transmission to a TH400 with a Reid Racing case, Coan internals, a B&M pan and it is being built by our great friends at Westminster Performance Transmission here in southern California. There will be a completely different approach to driving the car now because it will be shifted by a timer that will be consistently the same every time. Not only will it be more consistent, but we will have faster ETs than ever before. We don’t know the exact times yet, but we are confident it will run well into the 9 second range, which is why we are going to visit Rob and his team at RPM Rollbars in Oregon to make the car certified to 8.50. Along with a new driveshaft from Driveshaft Shop, a new torque converter from FTI, and new rear end gears from Strange, this car will be a different beast.
The best part is that we are debuting the car at the MATS race in Vegas this year. Normally we run in the Modern Muscle class, and this year Arrington is the title sponsor. So we are really striving to do well at this initial race to show off how amazing Arrington Performance is in the late model HEMI world. Not only are we racing with a new combination, but we are trying out a new series this year. The NMCA West Series has 4 races in Fontana, California that we intend to compete in for points. This is a series that is getting more and more attention and I am looking forward to being a part of it and trying something new. With some developments in the works that I can’t quite talk about yet, it’s possible we might even run a couple of NHRA Super Street races this year.
There is a ton of fun coming with racing season and I will keep you posted on how it turns out!