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K&N News April 29, 2010 - May 6, 2010

Product News

2009 and 2010 Infiniti M35 Replacement Air Filter Delivers a Lifetime Performance</p> The Infiniti M35 is a midsize luxury sedan that slants its focus toward quality and performance. The M35 is fun to drive and delivers a comfortable ride to its passengers. 2009 and 2010 Infiniti M35 models have received more attention with their improved body style and extra passenger space. The M35 is equipped with an advanced suspension system that allows for better cornering and control behind the wheel.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/33-2440-300x138.jpgK&N designed and manufactured a replacement air filter (33-2440 (http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=33-2440))     for 2009 and 2010 Infiniti M35 models with the 3.5 liter V6 engine. The 33-2440 (http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=33-2440) air filter is designed to increase horsepower and acceleration while providing excellent filtration and engine protection.

The 33-2440 (http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=33-2440) was engineered to fit into the factory     airbox just like the OE air filter. This drop-in design makes adding performance to your Infiniti M35 simple     and quick.

Infiniti M35 owners can now enjoy the benefits of using K&N's washable and reusable air filter. Instead of having to purchase a new factory air filter every 15,000-20,000 miles, as recommended, K&N's washable, reusable air filters will last up to 50,000 miles before servicing is necessary.

2008, 2009, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Gains 17 HP with K&N Air Intake System</p> The Subaru Impreza WRX STi is known for its impressive performance, safety and comfort. It offers a wider rear track and an improved brake pedal feel. The new underbody also adds stability at higher speeds. Standard all-wheel drive, turbocharged engine, aluminum suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and aggressively designed sport seats make the Subaru Impreza WRX STi a fun and attractive car to drive.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/dyno-300x192.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/dyno.jpg)K&N has developed an air intake system, part number 69-8005TWR (http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=69-8005TWR) for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi with a 2.5 liter engine. K&N dynamometer testing shows an amazing 17.52 horsepower gain at 5260 rpm.

The 69-8005TWR (http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=69-8005TWR) features an aluminum intake tube with a powder coated wrinkle red finish and     a K&N carbon fiber top cone shaped universal air filter, part number RP-5113 (http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=RP-5113).http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/69-8005TWR-300x220.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/69-8005TWR.jpg)

The K&N washable and reusable air filter is isolated by a heat shield to     help direct fresh outside air to the engine. The filter captures harmful particles,     provides low restriction and also increases filter service life compared to the OEM air filter. It will perform for up to 100,000 miles before service is required depending on driving conditions.

The impressive horsepower gain is also aided by the radius adaptor?s design     as it smoothly takes the 5 inch flange of the air filter and connects it     with the intake tube.

The high-flow technology invented by K&N provides a great balance of airflow and filtration. Designed to be installed (http://www.knfilters.com/instructions/69-8005_inst.pdf) with simple hand tools in 90 minutes or less,     this K&N air intake system is backed by the K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty.

Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search (http://www.knfilters.com/search/appsearch.aspx) then use the K&N dealer search (http://www.knfilters.com/search/dealersearch.aspx) to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

Racing News

Midwest All Star Champion Jerrod Hull is Back on Top of Sprint Invader Association</p> For years the Sikeston, Missouri native Jerrod Hull was top-dog, the winningest driver in the Sprint Invader Association, then for a blink he fell off. But, when the checkered-flag waved at the familiar grounds of Southeast Iowa's 34 Raceway recently for the season opener, Hull was back.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jerrod-hull2-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jerrod-hull2.jpg)"It feels real good to be back at the top with the Sprint Invaders," commented the three-time Midwest All Star Champion. "We don't get to run the series as much as we would really like to because of our scheduling conflicts. My team primarily is from the Burlington, Iowa area, which is the same area the Sprint Invaders typically run their events, so anytime we win, it's like we are winning in front of a hometown crowd. To get to 13 wins with the limited schedule we run with them is a true testament to this team."

To clarify, Hull runs a typical "Outlaw" style season, meaning he doesn't commit to any one series or track for a full season. In sprint car racing there are a number of different sanctioning bodies, tracks and classes racers can compete in. Hull runs 410 Sprints and 360 Sprints, the Sprint Invader Association covering the latter of the two. Hull is a three-time Champion with the Midwest All Star Series, which is a 410 Sprint Car series.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jerrod-hull1-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jerrod-hull1.jpg)Since the inception of the Sprint Invader Association back in 2002, Hull has competed with them 40 times, but he's never run a full season due to scheduling conflicts. Out of those 40 times Hull has earned 13 victories, 25 top-three finishes, and 33 top-tens. In 2005, while running the same limited schedule, Hull ran in eight events, winning six, and was named Driver of the Year.

Hull is also fast to give credit to members of his Jerrod Hull Motorsports team and his product sponsors. "I am very pleased with the partnership we have with K&N Filters," says Hull.

"A couple of years ago in the offseason, I was looking to make some changes in the approach to how we could get more advertisers excited about partnering with my team. What we came up with is a unique approach that focuses on trying to give back more than we get from the supporter. Whether it is handing out flyers, talking to other car owners about products, or even just wearing logoed apparel, we strive to make sure that when the season is over our supporters come knock on our door to come back with us."

"Currently we are using the K&N Filter Box with all of the supplies it takes to maintain the filters, as well as the K&N Wrench-off Oil Filters. Bottom line is, K&N products provides my team with the competitive advantage we need to make it to victory lane, it is race proven week after week."

"Our current plans for the season are to continue our formula of success," remarks a confident Hull.

"We are looking to make it four Championships in a row with the Midwest All Star Series, as well as hitting some additional Midwest events in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and many other local areas. Up next for us is the first Midwest All Star event of the year, which will be co-sanctioned with the Interstate Racing Association (IRA), at Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin."

Gary Scelzi Motorsports' Dominic and Giovanni Nearly Unstoppable at Lemoore Raceway</p> Around the neighborhood, Dominic and Giovanni Scelzi look just like a couple of regular kids, the kind that tool around on BMX bikes, or rock the streets on skateboards. Put them on a track though, behind the wheel of a racecar, and they've been known to bring tears to grown men's eyes.

Dominic "The Dominator" and Giovanni "Hot Sauce" Scelzi were born to be racecar drivers. It's in their blood and in the air they breathe each day. Their father is four-time NHRA Drag Racing Champion Gary Scelzi, from Fresno, California. Although his exploits and accomplishments in both Top Fuel and Funny Cars are the stuff of legends, he would rather not talk about that just now, preferring rather to keep the spotlight where it currently and rightly belongs ? on his two remarkable sons. Gary is having far too much fun witnessing racing from Dominic and Gios' perspective, as though viewing Disneyland all over again through a child's eyes.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/scelzi12-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/scelzi12.jpg)Dominic is the older brother and drives in the Super 600 Class now. He was told guys in their 20 and 30's are never going to move over when a 12 year-old kid tries to pass them. Yet, it only took Dominic four races to win his first Super 600 race in Lemoore, California earlier this year.

Giovanni, unlike Dominic, never raced go-carts or anything else until he got into a Jr. Sprint car. He won his first race at age six. Gio won't turn nine until November and even though everyone considers him mentally ready to race Restricted 600's, the official age limit is ten.

Last weekend Scelzi Motorsports returned to Lemoore Raceway and Gio was ready to add to his winning streak of five consecutive wins going into the event. In his first heat race he crossed the finish line with more than half a lap lead on the second place car. He won his second heat race as well.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/scelzi11-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/scelzi11.jpg)"The Main event was like no other main we have ever experienced," commented Gio's crew chief Frank Potter after the race. The track had become very rough and turned into a huge challenge for the Jr. Sprints. There were an unusual number of mishaps and cars flipping during the race. Gio got wrapped into one crash while attempting to take the lead. This put him at the back of the pack for the restart. Even with a badly damaged right front wheel, Gio was steadily working his way back to the front when track officials cut the race short to only 11 of the scheduled 20 laps. Giovanni finished fifth and was upset that he didn't have all the laps to work himself back into winning his sixth straight race.

Dominic was on a mission going into the race as well. He had a couple mishaps at the last two main events at Lemoore and was determined to rectify that. He won his first heat race with a dramatic lap seven pass on the leader. In the second heat race, working hard to stay away from the roughest parts of the racetrack, Dominic played it smart and did a great job finishing fourth.

With the win and fourth place heat finishes, Dominic started the 30 lap Main Event in second. At the green flag Dominic jumped out into the lead and held it for 16 laps, at times several car lengths in front of the second place car. The leaders got into lapped traffic though and Dominic did a great job working his way through the traffic, swapping places with the pole setter for most of the race.

They continued working through lapped traffic until the yellow flag came out with eight laps to go. On the restart Dominic was in second, ultimately staying with the lead car for a second place finish. "Considering the rough track conditions and the great competition, Dominic did an outstanding job, we are all very proud of him," remarked his proud father.

Mike Cafro's Team MCR Poised for Second Straight WORCS Championship</p> Mike Cafro is a portrait of a "natural," not just because of his vast ATV racing skills and experience, but more acutely because of his smooth approach to life. He's a polished professional team owner/manager, humble, generous and soft-spoken, with members of his team taking as much pleasure in winning for him, as for themselves. He is the eye of a perfect race storm - a racer that's empathetic to other racers - and seasoned enough to get out of the way and allow them to do their thing.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Beau-Baron1s.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Beau-Baron1s.jpg)Last Season the MCR rider with the hugest amount of knack, Beau Baron, brought home the WORCS Championship to the team. This year at the season opener in Surprise, Arizona, Baron and the team picked up right where they left off, with Baron getting the win and Cafro taking his first ever WORCS Pro podium position.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/David-Haagsma1s.jpg In round two, at Primm, Nevada, Baron and Josh Row found their way to the podium again, while team newcomer David Haagsma claimed the win in the Pro-Am Production class and Julie Russell took the Women's A-Class win as well.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Josh-Row1s.jpg Although the WORCS round three dead engine start didn't agree with Baron, he still managed to hold on for a third place podium finish. Also in the Pro ranks was Cafro, whose eighth place finish moved him into seventh in points for the season at that point (he's currently in the top-five).

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Julie-Russell1s.jpg On to Adelanto, California where Baron and Josh Row grabbed top-five finishes at round four of the 2010 WORCS series. David Haagsma topped the Pro-Am podium for the team and Julie Russell continued to steamroll, claiming her fourth straight win of the season in the Women's A-Class.

Yeah, there's a pattern here, the smart bet is that when the final checkered-flag drops on the 2010 WORCS season, members of team MCR will once again be hoisting championship hardware over their heads. And Cafro will still be understated, diverting attention away from himself with remarks like, "It's our sponsors, like K&N, that are a big part of our success. I couldn't imagine a better relationship than the one I have with K&N. Johnny Jump and I hit it off the first time we met."

In 1989, Cafro's older brother called him back in New Jersey, where he was already getting his feet wet racing ATV's. Carmen Cafro had just moved to San Diego and he said to his younger brother, "You've got to come out here. You've got to try desert racing." So that's what Mike did - all smooth and natural like.

(The Cafro brothers where one of the top desert tandems for a period of time. Mike is still SCORE's reigning overall ATV Champion and in 2006 he won his first point-to-point SCORE Baja 1000 to La Paz. Carmen Cafro is a three-time SCORE Season Champion.)

NHRA Pro Stock Racer Mike Edwards Provides Encouragement for Kids of The Capernaum Group</p> Being a professional Drag Racer is more than a full-time job, it is also a way of life for many who compete on the circuit. NHRA Pro Stock competitor, Mike Edwards takes his drag racing career one step further and helps to provide a little better quality of life for those less fortunate and he does it before each and every NHRA National event.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards-300x198.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards.jpg)Through several different programs, Edwards and his team take time to personally visit not only with local urban youth through the team's "Club Night", where the children get a firsthand look at Edward's Penhall/K&N Pontiac GXP along with taking photos, winning prizes and more, but also on occasion with those who are wheelchair bound.

Such was the instance during the NHRA Four-Wide event at Zmax Dragway, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, when Edwards welcomed The Capernaum Group (a division of Young Life) to the track on both the Thursday and Saturday of the race.

While the Young Life program offer activities to all children, The Capernaum Group gives young people with mental and physical disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, while developing fulfilling friendships and to challenging their limits through building self-esteem during club, camp and other exciting activities.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards9-300x198.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards9.jpg)"These special young people and their leader Skeeter Powell, have been friends of Mike's and the team for many years," noted Kim Elliott of Mike Edwards Motorsports. "They look forward to coming to the races, and even more Mike and the team look forward to having them visit. Mike and each member of the team make them feel very special while they are there and try to be a blessing to each one. It always seems though that they are more of a blessing to us and definitely (offer) encouragement. As many of them face physical difficulties, their spirits are always high and they are always wearing a smile."

"They are a really special group of young people," said Edwards of his visits with The Capernaum Group. "You know they are not so much into the car stuff. I think the biggest thing they enjoy is having the one-on-one relationships and spending time with them."

"It's unfortunate that they have the disabilities that they do, but they are such great kids," he pauses. "They are just special young men and woman and they truly have a special place in my heart. That's for sure."

"I really enjoy spending time with all of them," he added. "You think you've had a bad day sometimes, and you just need to stop and look around at some of these young people stuck in that chair for the rest of their lives and then it makes your problems look kinda of small."

For more information on all of the outstanding opportunities that are offered through the Young Life Program, visit www.MikeEdwardsMotorsports.com or stop by the team's pit area at any NHRA National event.

Bob Fuller Finds Super Comp Winner's Circle at AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals</p> With a tremendous closing rate on NHRA National final round appearances, K&N competitor Bob Fuller is not exactly the person you want to see in the other lane, should you be fortunate enough to make it to the final yourself.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bob-fuller1-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bob-fuller1.jpg)Of his NHRA national final rounds appearances, "I've only lost one final and that was last year on a red-light," according to the Rodger, Arkansas resident.

The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, held at Gateway International Raceway, was Fuller's first NHRA National event for the 2010 season. Fuller, who competes in both Super Gas and Super Comp, was on an immediate dash in both entries, until his Super Gas entry broke on the line during third round.

While his day came to an end in one class, the rounds he was putting together in his 638 cubic inch, Chevy-powered Undercover dragster, were ones any racer would love to be able to claim the time slips for. Not only for staying on the winning side, but also the very consistent reaction times. During the seven rounds of Super Comp he averaged .010, helping him put quite a few tough customers on the trailer.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bob-fuller2-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bob-fuller2.jpg)Something Fuller considers being somewhat of a special race day advantage, is his mindset going into each and every round.

"Every round is the last round, that's just the way I look at it," said Fuller. "If you don't get past the round you are about to be in, well that's your last round. So, I don't look ahead. I give everything to this round and treat them all as finals."

With yet another event plagued by weather, many of the sportsman class elimination rounds were held during the nighttime hours, just to catch the schedule up from the earlier delays.

"I love racing at night," commented Fuller. "The track is lit up very well and I've had a lot of experience running this track at night. What some may not realize is that when you would normally roll ten into your delay, at this track you can actually take some out. A lot of people don't know that."

Fuller made it to the Super Comp final round via a single he earned by first defeating Kara Roedel in the quarter-finals, coming out on the good side of a double breakout, 8.889 to Roedel's 8.846.

During Fuller's bye-run, he decided to take the other lane in case he didn't get lane choice in final.

"I told my son Tony, that I'm going to roll ten on top of my delay and see what happens," said Fuller. "It was a seventeen, so that would have been a seven light. That told me we were seeing the tree the same on both sides of the track. So if we got tossed back into that lane in the final, we were going to roll the ten back out."

Fuller got the right lane that he had competed in so much during the weekend's events and in the left lane was fellow K&N racer Tommy Phillips, who had already been to the winner's circle in Super Gas earlier this year at the NHRA event in Houston. Always studying other racers, Fuller felt he knew what to expect during his final with Phillips.

"He was dropping everybody and we kind of figured he was going to do that to us, too," explained Fuller of his final round prep.

"Just about the time we pull around and the excitement is getting pretty hot and we are about to run the final and it starts to drizzle again," he continued. "So we all huddling under the tunnel, no sooner do I get out of the car, everything was ready to go again. So I get back in the car and by that time the adrenaline had changed a little. I decided to roll four more in and four more thou showed up on the tree. I was just really seeing the tree the same all weekend." And seeing in this case, is winning.

Fuller doubled Phillips on the starting line and by running his car honest, easily took the stripe by about eight feet when Phillips decided to dump too soon.

The Super Comp victory gave Fuller his fourth NHRA National Event win and started off his National Event season on the right foot, right out of the gate.

"I couldn't do it without all the great companies that I have worked with for all these years, K&N being one of them," noted Fuller. "K&N oil filters and K&N air filters can be found on my cars and what I don't think a lot of people realize are all of the reasons that K&N air filters work so well. One, being that I feel the air filter actually cools the air going into the engine because of the metal in the filter. I just know it cools the air down by a few degrees, plus not to mention all the protection their filters give."

Edwards Eeks in to Reclaim Top Spot in NHRA Pro Stock Qualifying at St. Louis</p> In a sport that is dominated by wins and losses that are determined by mere thousandths of seconds, K&N Pro Stock competitor Mike Edwards has certainly set the mark for other teams in the class to strive for over the last year.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards10-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards10.jpg)With only one blemish in an otherwise perfect number one qualifying record that stretches all the way back into the middle of last season, Edwards' Penhall/K&N Pontiac GXP continued to look as if it would stay almost unstoppable for the near future coming as the teams rolled into the most recent stop on the 2010 NHRA tour at Gateway International Raceway, just outside St. Louis, Missouri.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards11-300x211.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mike-edwards11.jpg)An event that, according to the forecast looked as if it could have shortened qualifying sessions, had teams tightening their belts during each session treating them all as they could be their last for the race.

Qualifying for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals started off with Edwards in his familiar top spot, posting a 6.644, almost a full two-hundredths of a second on the closest team in the field.

That run would be the only hit Edwards and his team would get to make on Friday. During the second session of Pro Stock qualifying, the skies opened and all activities for the remainder of the day were cancelled and teams that did not get to make their scheduled run were not allowed the time to make them up.

When the classes got back on the track Saturday, Edwards was bumped from the number one spot by Rodger Brogdon, a fairly new comer to the class, when Rodger laid down an identical 6.644 ET and a 208.01 MPH, which because of the higher MPH, trumped Edwards' first session effort.

After not making it through the quarter-mile under power during the third session, Edwards struck back during the final qualifying shot to deny Brogdon his first number one for a little while longer, just edging him out by a mere four-thousandths of a second, by posting a 6.640.

Qualifying position is extremely important to every team in all NHRA professional categories. Not only for placement on the ladder for race day and the extra championship points that are available for the top three, but for the Pro Stock category there is an extra incentive to come out on top, The K&N Horsepower Challenge.

As the largest single payday in all of NHRA Pro Stock competition, teams work diligently from June to June to garner every qualifying point they can to achieve one of the eight spots in the elite race-within-a-race, held during the NHRA National Event at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Edwards securely holds down the number one seed as well as several other drivers to their spots. The top seven points earning drivers with the eighth selected by fan vote, will square off for the $50,000 payday June 24-27.

The Challenge is not just for the racers, but again in 2010 K&N has the added bonus for eight special fans by continuing the K&N Horsepower Challenge Sweepstakes. There is still time to enter for your chance to win and vote for your favorite NHRA Pro Stock competitor.

Thundersport GB Racer Lee Hardy Moves to Streetfighter A Championship on Aprilia Tuono 1000cc</p> http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/lee-hardy1-300x211.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/lee-hardy1.jpg)"I have always had a big love for motorbikes from a very young age and I have always followed all types of motorcycle racing," says Lee Hardy, 33 year old championship motorcycle racer from RAF Marham, UK. "The sensation you get from riding bikes is unbelievable! It is such an adrenaline rush when you are racing." Hardy started participating in local motorcycle track days in 2004. He then competed in the Honda Hornet Cup for the first time in 2007."I finished in the top fifteen of the championship," says Hardy. During that first year of racing, Hardy had seven top 10 finishes and was awarded Rider of the Meeting twice, as well as Novice of the Meeting. In 2008, he competed in the Honda Hornet Cup again, finishing the season in second place with two race wins and eight podiums throughout the season. "After that, I moved up in class and raced with Thundersport GB in the Streetfighter B Championship, where I finished in fifth place with regular top five finishes but unfortunately, never stepped onto the podium," says Hardy.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/lee-hardy2-300x211.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/lee-hardy2.jpg)This year, Hardy is still with Thundersport GB but has progressed to the Streetfighter A Championship onboard an Aprilia Tuono 1000cc. bike. "I am currently third in the championship and my best places this year are a third and second place finish," says Hardy. "I am looking forward to more wins this year as I am gaining more and more experience."

Hardy's title sponsor is the Royal Air Force Reserves, and he will be kept busy promoting their recruiting campaign throughout 2010. "I will be attending many air shows and events throughout the year where I will be promoting all my sponsors and suppliers, including K&N. I choose K&N filters because I want the best in performance and reliability for my race bike," says Hardy. "I have found significant gains in power and performance when my race bike was set up on the dyno. I am proud to use K&N products and recommend them for any racer looking for serious results."

Bud Kaeding Three-time USAC K&N Silver Crown Series Champion Wins at Ocean Speedway</p> Brandon "Bud" Kaeding lives in Campbell, California, he likes Mountain Dew and his mother's chicken pot pie best, and like one of his favorite characters, Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) in the movie Viva La Vegas - he is a racecar driver by occupation. Sprint Cars to be accurate.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bud-kaeding1-300x240.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bud-kaeding1.jpg)Last season Kaeding made eight Ocean Sprint Car Series starts and tallied seven top-five finishes, with five of those being podiums, yet he never once made it to victory lane. Granted it was his first year in the number 19 car, co-owned by Brian Matherly and Mike Sala. But, there's no danger of that happening this year, in the 2010 season opener at Ocean Speedway, a quarter-mile dirt track located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California - Kaeding claimed his first 360 Sprint Car win at the track in over a year.

"We put this deal together last year with Brian and Mike and we were fast every night last year, but were never able to win, so I couldn't be happier to get it done for them on opening night," said Kaeding.

When the numbers were drawn for the main event it put Kaeding, the three-time and defending USAC K&N Silver Crown Series champion on the front row. And when the green flag came out in the feature Kaeding took the lead into turn one. After some early back-and-forth squabbling in the early laps, Kaeding found his bite and was able to maintain the top-spot. The 30-year-old Kaeding continued to run mistake free on the open track as the laps wound down, scoring his sixth career Ocean Speedway victory overall.

"The biggest thing we have this year is that our team really seems to be coming together," remarked Kaeding. "They are all working hard and have one thing in mind and that is trying our hardest to win."

"I'd like to thank K&N for their product support," continued Kaeding. "Our relationship with K&N is great, we have had a long going relationship and I feel that they clearly make the best filters on the market. We use the Sprint Air Box and the HP4 oil filters. Our engine builders couldn't be happier with the product."

As for any other definitive plans for the rest of the season, Kaeding says they don't really have any yet. They want to remain focused on one race at a time. "We are trying to take a bigger step in the sport, and move on to the next level of racing, so we will see what that is," concludes Kaeding.

NHRA Pro Stock Victory for Warren Johnson at Gateway International Raceway</p> http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/warren-johnson2-199x300.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/warren-johnson2.jpg)One of the most prolific Pro Stock drivers and innovators in all of NHRA history, K&N's Warren Johnson had been pining for a much needed win after several years absence from the event championship podium.

Although never to be taken lightly, Johnson, "The Professor", has had more than his team's fair share of disappointments over the last several seasons from not qualifying to bowing out in early rounds.

Like many other teams, Johnson spends countless hours on R&D and testing and one could not help to think that with not achieving the payoff from all the efforts, it could become quite discouraging after a certain amount of time.

During the most recent NHRA event held at Gateway International Raceway, just outside St. Louis, Johnson's K&N clad 2009 Pontiac GXP didn't seem all that happy during the first few sessions of qualifying.

"It was a case that we shook the tires pretty violently on the first run. We just missed reading the track and the air conditions," explained Johnson. "The humidity was so high that these naturally aspirated engines just won't make any power when you have that much water in the air."

"It's like driving through a swamp," he added.

As Johnson made his way through the qualifying sessions, the Sugar Hill, Georgia resident managed to make a little more headway each and every pass down the track.

"We just slowly kept tuning it up and it went a sixty-eight during the final session," continued Johnson. "We were getting a handle on it. It took us a little longer than we wanted it to."

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/warren-johnson1-300x199.jpg (http://www.fordtruckclub.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/warren-johnson1.jpg)Johnson's 6.684 effort would not necessarily get him exactly where he wanted to be on the ladder for race day, but a twelfth position was much better than that of just two event prior when Johnson missed making the field.

The Professor's first round match up for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals would pit him against number five qualifier, Ron Krisher, with Johnson prevailing on holeshot win.

"You know it wasn't really a case of a holeshot," chuckles Johnson. "It was just that Ronnie was inordinately late. But I won, that's all that matters and it just kind of opened the door for the rest of the flood."

The "flood" Johnson is referring to proves exactly why you can't run races on paper and have to let the chips fall where they may as the track.

Second round Johnson paired up against Alan Johnson, who doesn't seem to have the best history competing at the St. Louis facility.

"Alan went out and shook the tires violently against me and they've had a track history of that when the get aggressive of having to almost abort a lot of runs because of tire shake," said Johnson.

"That track was a little (pauses) different," he continued. "It was hard to get a real good read on it, if you noticed the fuel cars performances were real erratic. Basically every category out there was not running what the weather conditions said we should run. We all should have been running high fifty's and real low sixty's consistently, but it just wasn't there. With theses Pro Stock cars, we live on the edge of the razorblade all the time. It's not like the fuel cars where we can basically bring their horsepower with them, where were have a fixed amount of power that we have to try to maximize that on every run."

"When you are that close to the edge, sometimes you just step over and we've all done it," he added.

While numbers were down for the most part for the entire Pro Stock class, Warren's were consistent, and consistently getting him from A to B under full power.

"I learned that lesion a long time ago," he explained. "I would rather give up a hundredth or two for consistency. If you have a very consistent car, people worry about that more than a car that is real fast on one or two runs. A lot of times that plays into your hand and apparently that happened this weekend."

Johnson moved on to the semi-finals to meet up with fellow K&N competitor and event poll-sitter Mike Edwards, who had about six hundredths of a second on him during the previous round.

Johnson would get an almost stunning single into the final, his first in almost two seasons, when Edwards GXP could not be fired, even after crew chief Terry Adams frantically worked on what looked like the carburetors for several moments before giving the signal they wouldn't be making the call.

The Pro Stock final would be another single for Johnson, when Jeg Coughlin's car failed to barely make it past the beams after launching.

"The Professor" sailed to the winner's circle for the first time since the 2006 Phoenix event, both ending a long dry spell and putting a huge grin on the multi-time NHRA World Champion's face.

"I've always looked at it as "a win is a win is a win", there's no such thing as a bad win or a good loss," he said.

"It's been a while and you start questioning your methods," he said of the length of time since the last win. "Not your equipment or the personnel that you have working with you or anything like that, just your methods when it's been that long between wins."

"It just shores it up that we are going in the right direction and we are not there yet. We've got about three or four hundredths performance that we have to pick up, on a constant basis. Once, we do that we'll be in fine shape."

Johnson and his K&N Engineering team get a weekend off to not only enjoy the win, but also to get back to work at their shop just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, also the location for the next NHRA event.

"I have to thank K&N for sticking with us for the rather tenuous time over the last few seasons," noted Johnson. "It's companies like K&N that really make all of this worth while, this win is more for them than it is for us."

The next event on the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle tour is the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 14-16 at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.