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10:07 PM

NLR at SEMA Show 2014: Part1... blog#3

SEMA show trip Part 1

What really goes on at SEMA?

All the attendees have different agendas on why we visit SEMA in Las Vegas every year. For many, its to check out all the different products that each manufacturer is showcasing or new products they are about to release. If youre a car enthusiast, SEMA is the best car show you will ever go to. The best of the best are there to show off their cars with the latest and best parts from the automotive aftermarket industry.

So for a race team, what is our agenda at SEMA? Having been in the industry for many years, Noluck Racing has developed many relationships with a lot of companies and work closely with a handful of sponsors every year with our race program, with several going back for over 10yrs. So SEMA is a great way to catch up with our contacts that attend SEMA and see them in person all in one place. Not only have we developed close relationships with our sponsors, they have all become great friends outside racing as well throughout the years. So its nice to be able to hang out with all these people at the industry parties or during dinners throughout the week.

The first day of SEMA, we were able to meet with Torco Oil. Spoke a bit with the guys about our progress the last few months and the big changes we have planned for the 2015 race season. We have been using Torco in our engines for over 8 years successfully. If you havent checked them out, they have a wide selection of products for our engines. For all our engine builds, we use the Torco MPZ Engine Assembly lube and Torco SR-5 engine oil. Were grateful that Torco will continue to support the team in the 2015 race season and we have a special announcement in the weeks to come that will benefit all us racers. So stay tuned for our updates with Torco next season.

If you arent familiar with SEMA, its aisles and aisle of booths in a huge convention center. There are products and cars every 10 feet. Theres so much to look at. Its overwhelming actually if youre coming there for the first time. And with our sponsors booths scattered all over the place, you have to plan out in a map on where to go so you dont miss certain booths you want to see. Next up in the Central Hall, where the big room of racing and performance companies area, is Carrillo Rods. We passed by early in the day before all the crowds got to that area and was able to speak with them.

Carrillo has been our choice of rods for many years. Having seen all the different rods available in the market several years ago, we saw the quality and consistency that Carrillo Rods had. Back in 2005, when we first started using them, we were impressed with the support and the service that you get with Carrillo. Its a one stop rod shop that you can actually send in your rods to get checked and refurbished. Their Pro-H rods with the CARR bolt is what drew us to Carrillo. The strength and reliability of the rods with the proven CARR bolt is well worth the money. We have actually been using the same 2 sets of Pro-H rods since 2007-08, rotating between the two from motor to motor that we build. Every so often we would send them back to get serviced and replace the bushings. They would also check the CARR bolts for stretch and as always, they come out great and no stretch. That piece of mind is priceless when you have invested so much time and dollars into your race car and all you want is a reliable race motor when you get to the track.

We got to chat with friends from Carrillo and while there isn't much to talk about rods since they have been working flawlessly. Haha. It was still great to catch up with the great people there and thank them for their continued support for the past years. You can be sure we will still be using them in the 2015 race season.

Thats it for our half day of Day 1 of our SEMA trip. We have a couple more stories to say in Part 2 so stay tuned.
2:44 AM

Noluck Racing.. at The Chronicles Meet, Year.SIX: blog #2

Blog 11/3/2014

TheChronicles Year.SIX Meet

Sorry, were just a little late on the update of this event since we had to go to SEMA in Las Vegas, just a couple days after the Chronicles Meet. We finally got some time to sit down and update the Noluck Racing blog today and write about a couple events we went to and some progress with the car for the next race event. But first, lets talk about the meet.

Wed like to thank Joey Lee for inviting us to the Chronicles meet and celebrate the sixth year of his gathering at the Eibach Springs facility in Corona, CA. We try to make it out to events like this but many of them are scheduled the same days as some of the racing events we participate in. So it was nice to have a weekend to just take out the car and share it in a different setting than we normally attend.

If youre not familiar with The Chronicles meets, it consists of many of the top builds in the Honda community. It coincides with Joeys The Chronicles blog that thousands of Honda enthusiasts follow worldwide. Joey covers many show events all over the country, writes and showcases different builds he sees throughout the year. This meet usually consists of cars in NorCal, Socal, Nevada and Arizona but some coming from several states away. If you have read Honda Tuning magazine in the past, some of these cars that attend have been featured there and other print as well.

So while most of the cars are built for show purpose, they also utilize many parts that we use in the racing side of the scene. Its impressive to see the attention to detail and the ingenuity of these cars to make them stand out from each other. The level of these builds at The Chronicles Meet is beyond what you normally see at a local car meet. Wire tucks, Milspec wiring, custom fabrication, perfect body and paint, precise wheel and tire combinations are just some of the things youll see from these builds. It was nice to see a lot of stuff we see in the race scene being used in these cars as well.

We setup a Darton Sleeves booth and had the Noluck Racing Civic on display. We had a good amount of people come by and ask about sleeving and we were glad to share a lot about our car and our setup. Its always a pleasure for us to share our experiences and give advice to others trying to build a car or race with us. So feel free to come talk to us if you ever see us at any event.

Theres so many cars to talk about but heres some notable builds that we saw at the meet.

RC from RCs Garage aka RCG, has been building some of the cleanest and detailed cars lately. His attention to detail and perfection is amazing. While many may recently know him in the show scene, he actually has helped build some of the fastest Honda drag cars in the West Coast. We know him on the racing scene with his build of Jake Blackmans 8sec EK a couple years ago and several other drag cars from AZ. It was nice to see his other cars and his work commended as he was given an award at the end of the meet.

Mikey from Phaze2s Integra was just finished hours before RC finished it in Arizona. It made it just in time to make it and be at the meet before it started.

This Supra stood out with its hot rod style engine bay fabrication. It had a clean turbo setup as well to match the sick engine bay.

Well thats it for a chill relaxing day with some good friends at a car meet. Even though were busy with racing events throughout the year, we will be attending some local car meets as well throughout the year like The Chronicles Meet. Like many of the show car guys, always changing and doing new things to their cars, were excited to come back again to these meets as we have a totally new setup we are preparing to drop in for the 2015 season.
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Noluck Racing blog 1: The first entry

Who reads blogs these anyway? haha.

Well I hope all you will follow our blog as we share all that is happening with the Noluck Racing team throughout the race season. Why start a blog now? There's so much happening behind the scenes with us that were more than just that team that races at the events and that you see at the line or the pits. It takes a lot to prepare for that race day and it couldn't happen without our whole team pitching in and the support of all our sponsors. So we'd like to share all of the after event update and pre-race planning with you.

We all go thru the same humps and hurdles as all our fellow racers do. From having to save up for the next part to scratching our heads on why the car isn't acting the way we think it should be. We hope you enjoy us opening up our world to share with you. Read up on the updates of our race events as well as other news regarding the Noluck
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IDRC Season Finals, Fontana, CA Oct 18-19

So were settling down looking back at the IDRC race in Fontana this past weekend. We knew our car had maxed out on fuel and we were giving it all we can coming into this race. It was only boosting at 38psi and we couldn't push past that. From all the clues and the data, we assumed we were maxing out the injectors and possibly the fuel pumps. Knowing we needed to push more fuel, we assumed the old dual Bosch 044 pumps seemed to be at their peak performance based on what was happening. Its an outdated setup that most in our class have probably moved up from. This whole year, we had been wanting to replace those anyway, so it has been on the back of our mind.

A couple weeks before, we had contacted Weldon to help us out with a new fuel system to get us out of this dilemma. The pump, regulator and filters came in just days before IDRC but we chose not to switch everything over yet. We will just get through the event with what we have and hope we can still compete. But regardless, the team is excited to have Weldon join our list of sponsors that help out our team and were thankful that they chose to help us in getting our car into the next level. We plan to install the new setup in a few weeks.

Race day comes and qualifying day gets us a couple 9.50s at 154mph and were ok with that knowing we are only boosting 38psi. As the day progresses, the following runs seem to drop in boost at top end, hence the low mph all throughout the weekend. We usually trap at about 160 with a mid 9sec pass, but boost seems to drop off on 4th gear all the way down to 30psi after it peaks, resulting in only 152-153mph.

We qualified #2 and thought ok, were at a good spot. We just have to hang on and make it through the rounds. After one of the qualifying passes on Sunday, we checked over the spark plugs and found out that a small piece of the porcelain cracked and fell into the block. Compression check was done and it didn't look too good. Compression was down just a bit but it was still ok so we got it ready to do the last qualifying pass. The run was decent, just like the other passes of the weekend. Same thing happened, another 9.5 with boost dropping off at 4th gear with a 153mph. We checked over that cylinder and unfortunately the compression was down to 50psi. That just shut us down for the day and put us out of the competition.

With nothing else planned for the rest of the day, the crew took everything apart to inspect the damage. There were some pits on the cylinder head chamber and scarring on the block. Nothing else we can do but pull out the motor after the event and drop in another motor we have already put together for the next event.

The rest of the cylinders are still good and the way that Darton Sleeves are installed, we can just replace that one cylinder sleeve and bore and hone to match the existing size. So that's off to the machine shop this coming week to be prepped as our next motor.

To add to all the semi carnage to the motor, we noticed that the intercooler had a nice crack on it. Ahhh. That must have been why the boost wasn't holding at some point. So that is another quick fix we have to work on as well.

So check over your intercooler for cracks and if you have silicone hoses, for rips and tears every so often. Its another important thing to add in overall checklist of the car during the race season.

So after all that has happened, we still had that fuel issue lingering in our minds. A couple days after the event, we sent the injectors to be tested and cleaned. We figured its been awhile and its something all of us should be doing after so many events. So off they went to RC Injectors and after a couple days, we received them back with some unnerving results. The flow on all of them was so off from the 2200cc they are originally rated at. They varied from only flowing 40% to 60% of what they were suppose to be. So lesson learned there and if you haven't had yours checked, make sure you send them to get cleaned. Many of us overlook this task and its something that should be done as part of the car maintenance. We recommend RC Engineering in Torrance, CA to check them over. Now they're fresh and clean and ready to race again.

We hope the fix on the intercooler and the cleaned injectors fixes all the issues we have with the car. We should be able to turn up the boost now and that it holds up top. If it does, then we hope to see some better times than what we've been doing the last few races.

That's it for now for the first entry of the Noluck Racing blog. Keep an eye out for our next update.