Dodge and Mötley Crüe Give Fans a Chance to Be Bad in Nationwide Promotion

‘Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway’ prizes include a 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger, ultimate Mötley Crüe VIP experience, autographed guitars, concert tickets and more

  • Sweepstakes in conjunction with Dodge brand’s sponsorship of iconic rock band Mötley Crüe’s ‘Final Tour’
  • Enter at and share on social media for additional chances to win prizes

 Muscle car enthusiasts and rock ‘n’ rollers looking for a chance to be bad need to look no further as Dodge and Mötley Crüe launch a nationwide promotion.   The “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway” kicks off this week as part of the partnership between Dodge and the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, as Mötley Crüe embarks on its “Final Tour.” The Dodge brand is the presenting sponsor of the tour, which kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Fans have an opportunity to win a 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger, an ultimate Mötley Crüe VIP experience that includes meeting the band, and other prizes, including autographed guitars, band collector’s items and tickets to the notorious rock band’s “Final Tour” this summer.   “The 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger are the ultimate American muscle cars just as the much anticipated Mötley Crüe ‘Final Tour’ is the ultimate high octane music event of the summer,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The ‘Chance to Be Bad Giveaway’ gives our mutual fans an opportunity to win prize packages that are just as irreverent as our new muscle cars and the band itself.”   The nationwide promotion utilizes the Dodge and Mötley Crüe digital and social media outlets to build excitement and give fans many ways to vie for the large prize pool. Participating Dodge dealers and regional business centers as well as the band are also promoting the giveaway.   Registrants entering at can earn five more chances to win by sharing custom links with their friends across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.  Qualified registrants will also receive an exclusive offer to test drive a new 2014 Dodge vehicle at their local dealer and receive Mötley Crüe concert tickets when they do.   In addition, fans of the Dodge Facebook page will be invited to like and comment during a weekly wall contest to enter to win a package of exclusive Mötley Crüe collector’s items.   The “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway” is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. Sweepstakes concludes July 1, 2014. Complete rules and additional information are available at     Dodge has used the band’s hit single “Kickstart My Heart” in three 30-second commercials for the Charger and Challenger as the energy of the song and band captures the spirit and energy of the brand.  “Uncle,” “Dream Job” and “Engine Note” can be seen on the brand’s YouTube channel.
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Crampton sees a bright future for GEICO/Lucas Oil team

GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton is doing all he can to be the best he can be for his Morgan Lucas Racing team. This week, before heading to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, that included a first-time visit with an eye doctor.

GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton is doing everything possible to succeed this season, including checking his vision and seeing a nutritionist

“I decided it would be a good idea to have them checked,” Crampton said. “It falls in line with all the other stuff that (team owner) Morgan (Lucas) has me working on to try to get better in general. That includes seeing a nutritionist and working out and all that.

“I train hard with PitFit (Training) to work on my physical fitness, and it’s an attempt to be better in any possible way to do the best job.”

Crampton, racing his first season in the GEICO/Top Fuel dragster, said his eyes were 20/20, so his vision will not be an issue when he races in Houston for the first time.

Crampton won his first professional round at the season-opener in Pomona, Calif., but he hasn’t been able to build on that initial success. Recently, the team moved some weight around in the MLR chassis to mimic the balance achieved when Lucas won races a year ago.

“We put 20 pounds of weight right around the driver compartment,” Crampton said. “Putting the weight there is one of the options we have. We have the ability to put it wherever we like, so we put it there with the idea of trying to simulate having Morgan still in the race car.”

Crampton believes sustained success for the team is close at hand because crew chief Aaron Brooks leads a first-class organization.

“I think we can do well in Houston,” Crampton said. “We know we don’t have to do a lot of different things to show the potential of this team. It’s just a matter of time that we start going rounds like we’re supposed to. It should be a big turnaround once things start going our way.

“Winning rounds and hopefully an event victory are in our sights. That’s our biggest goal right now. When Brooks and this team get everything running the way we can, it’s a great race car. We have a competitive car and a competitive team, and it’s just a matter of time until that potential shows.”

Professional qualifying sessions are scheduled to begin at 4 and 6:30 p.m., Friday, and 12:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday. Pro Stock eliminations start at noon, Sunday. ESPN2 will carry a qualifying package from 5 to 7 p.m. CT, Saturday, and eliminations from 6 to 9 p.m. CT, Saturday. Live timing results can be attained at

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Another Pro Mod trophy on JEGS driver Coughlin’s wish list

Just two races removed from one of the biggest victories in his professional drag racing career, two-time world champion Troy Coughlin is intent on claiming another Wally when the NHRA Pro Mod Series returns to action this weekend at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

Troy Coughlin

Coughlin, the 2012 Pro Mod champ, won his fifth race in the extremely popular class at the season-ending event last October in Las Vegas. The victory was significant because it marked the 100th national event win for the Coughlin family, which now fields cars from a third generation of drag racers, including Coughlin’s own son Troy Jr.

“It was a special win for sure,” the senior Coughlin said of his Las Vegas trophy. “Having my brother Jeg and my son T.J. there to celebrate made it even better. But that was then and this is now, and we have a new season and a new title chase to think about. That’s really what has me excited about Houston — another chance to race.”

Coughlin should be a contender this weekend. In his only NHRA Pro Mod start of 2014 in Florida, he upset Jason Hamstra to set up a huge showdown with former Team JEGS crew chief “Tricky Rickie” Smith. Coughlin and Smith went down to the wire for last year’s championship with Smith coming away with the hardware by a slight margin.

Wishing to avenge last year’s outcome, Coughlin and crew had his twin-turbo Corvette revved up to demoralize Smith in Florida, but the car was a little too aggressive and started lifting the front wheels well off the ground nearly 200 feet into the race. That forced Coughlin to abort the run to avoid the accident, handing the win to Smith.

“It was a fun race up until then,” Coughlin said. “I think Rickie and I bring out the best in each other, and since he’s the reigning champ now, he’s the guy we need to beat to regain the crown.

“After Gainesville we decided to go and race in a PDRA event in Rockingham, N.C., to try and get the car calmed down and a little more stable. We put a ton of runs on the car in testing and qualifying, and we even entered the race to get a few more laps in the books. We didn’t want to upset the guys that race that series full time, so we weren’t trying to win. It was just a matter of getting more full runs in under race conditions.

“Everyone was really pleased with the results, and we feel like that really prepared us for Houston. The PDRA puts on a great show and we had a blast. I think we’ll probably take in a few more of those events this year. For now, the focus is Houston and getting another victory.”

Three Pro Mod qualifying sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, and 2 and 4:30 p.m., Saturday. Eliminations start at 9:45 a.m., Sunday. Live timing results are available at

Troy Coughlin is looking to score his sixth career Pro Mod victory this weekend in Houston.

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The time is now for reigning Pro Stock champion Coughlin

HOUSTON (April 21) — Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s success at Royal Purple Raceway in the Houston suburb of Baytown is well-chronicled, with four Pro Stock victories at the venerable Southeast Texas speedplant. Now the driver of the Dodge Dart is hoping the time is right to ring up No. 5 and get his 2014 title defense fully off the ground.

“We’ve had an extremely fast race car all year,” Coughlin said. “Yet for whatever reason, our timing has just been a little off. We’re qualifying well, setting career-best numbers, even taking the pole at one race, yet come race day we’re falling on the wrong side of races that get decided by just fractions of a second.

“The sport of drag racing, and Pro Stock in particular, can be brutal. Over the course of time, I know we’ve taken the greater share of those close-call races, and I’m sure it will tip back our way real soon. There’s no doubt we’re fully capable of winning every race we enter and Houston will be no exception.”

Currently ninth in the world rankings, Coughlin has advanced out of the first round at four of the first five races of the NHRA season. Unfortunately, he hasn’t made it past Round 2 at any point, dropping head-to-head matchups by agonizingly small margins.

Houston should be a great place to finally advance to the later rounds. Coughlin scored his first professional-level win here in 1997 and later won the Pro Stock trophy again in 1998, 2000, and 2010. He also reached the final round in 2009 and was No. 1 qualifier at Royal Purple Raceway in 2007 and 2013.

“Throw in the win we had here in Super Stock in 1994, in what I believe was just my second race in that car, and it’s obvious this track has been very kind to us,” Coughlin said. “I’d love to rekindle our professional romance this weekend.

“We’re not really panicking or trying anything different. We’re not doing anything differently than when we won it all last year. As I mentioned, races decided by a few thousandths of second are just as close as they sound. We know what we’re doing and we’ll be just fine. I’m ready to race in Houston and move forward.”

Professional qualifying sessions are scheduled to begin at 4 and 6:30 p.m., Friday, and 12:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday. Pro Stock eliminations start at noon, Sunday. ESPN2 will carry a qualifying package from 5 to 7 p.m. CT, Saturday, and eliminations from 6 to 9 p.m. CT, Saturday. Live timing results can be attained at Dodge Dart driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. is hoping to score the fifth Houston victory of his career this weekend.
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GM’s Driving Simulator Puts Super Cruise to the Test

Upgraded R&D facility used to study driver behavior in automated driving situations

DETROIT – Lightning-fast refreshing of visuals inside General Motors’ Research Driving Simulator are helping advanced technology developers study how drivers interact with Super Cruise, the semi-automated driving system that could be in Cadillac models later this decade.

The upgrades to the simulator provide realistic road feel and responsiveness to driver actions, reducing the feeling of disorientation associated with driving simulators, particularly during low-speed maneuvers.

A 360-degree high-definition projection screen integrated with a 2-terabyte-per-second image generator allows visuals to dynamically respond to steering and pedal force inputs within 70 milliseconds.

These enhancements let Super Cruise developers measure driver control interactions, eye-glance behavior, and evaluate driver approaches before full system vehicles are available.

“Simulator testing helps our vehicle teams understand the consequences of design decisions quickly and early in the development cycle when it is cost effective to do so,” said John Capp, director of GM Electrical, Controls and Active Safety Research. “Ultimately, the work done here enables the rapid development of sophisticated systems like Super Cruise and leads to improved driving experiences for our customers.”

The system can load vehicle concept designs and integrate new prototype controls in the test vehicle with minimum programming or preparation. Suppliers also can load their models to test some vehicle control subsystems before building them.

Advanced driver assistance and safety features will play an increasingly important role in keeping drivers alert during semi-automated driving, Capp said. The system is designed to ease the driver’s workload on freeways only, in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips, but driver attention is still required.

Traffic crash data seems to suggest a need for automated driving systems. According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, human error causes more than 90 percent of all crashes, a figure that could be lowered with widespread use of automated driving systems.

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Formula 5000 Series Talk at IMRRC May 10; Series Driver Sam Posey Honored Guest

logo - Copy 2WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (April 21, 2014) – “No one outside the racing world seemed to know F5000 existed,” Sam Posey reminisced in Road & Track magazine a few years ago.

The 1968 Le Grand Mk7 owned by Rick Dresang and Bob Mayer is on display at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The car will be the centerpiece of a May 10 talk, at which Sam Posey will be the honored guest. Posey drove the car in 1968.

On May 10, Posey, who would drive to second place in the Formula 5000 series in 1971 and 1972, will be the honored guest as the International Motor Racing Research Center hosts a talk about the series that was lauded by some and overlooked by many.
The free talk will be at 1 p.m. All are welcome.
The 1968 Le Grand Mk7 that Posey drove in Formula 5000 in 1968 will be the centerpiece of the talk. The car has been on display at the Racing Research Center since December.
“Although it was one of Posey’s least favorite race cars, the Le Grand was an early and important step in the development of Formula 5000 race cars,” Center President J.C. Argetsinger said. “The reunion between Sam and the Le Grand is certain to be a memorable experience for all.”
Car co-owner Bob Mayer and Jacques Dresang, son of co-owner Rick Dresang, will speak about the car’s place in history and the story of the car’s restoration. The three men collect, restore and race vintage cars.
James Stengel, who is researching the Formula 5000 series, also will speak. Stengel drives Formula 5000 car in vintage races and is on the board of the Formula 5000 Drivers’ Association, which runs the current Formula 5000 Revival Series.
In his March 2010 Road & Track piece, Posey wrote about the series: “Although I never won the championship, some of the achievements I’m most proud of as a driver came in F5000. The cars were fast, challenging and evenly matched because so many teams could afford the components you needed to win. The racing was terrific, and the opposition included some of the top drivers of the period. But the series did little to burnish my reputation. No one outside the racing world seemed to know F5000 existed.”
The Center’s May events are part of the ongoing Center Conversations series. Upcoming speakers are vintage car event organizer Murray Smith on June 21; Cary Agajanian, son of legendary racing team owner and race organizer J.C. Agajanian in July; Steve Zautke on the Milwaukee Mile in October; and in November Michael Martin on the United States Road Racing Championship race series of the 1960s.
Details will be announced as they are finalized.
The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.
For more information about the Center’s work and its programs, or call (607) 535-9044.
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BAYTOWN, Texas — It’s taken just five races during the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for Steve Torrence to realize his season is not like last year and for the Top Fuel standout, that’s a good thing.

Gone are the immense troubles that plagued his team a year ago and back is the championship vibe the team displayed for much of the 2012 season. Torrence advanced to the semifinals in the first four races of the 2014 season, a far cry from a year ago when the Longview, Texas native only advanced past the second round twice in 23 races.

The next item on Torrence’s 2014 to-do list is a victory and he will get that chance in his 8,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster this weekend at the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway.

“I really do think we’re taking momentum into this race,” Torrence said. “We struggled in Charlotte, but I feel confident we left all our problems there and we’re back to racing like we have been. Last year was a struggle for us and we never seemed to pinpoint the problem. I think we’re back in the direction we want to go this season.”

Bob Vandergriff (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event at one of the circuit’s quickest and fastest tracks. The event, the sixth of 24 during the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, will once again be televised on ESPN2.

This race, along with the AAA Texas Fall Nationals in Dallas, provide a homecoming for Torrence, who is still looking for his first Texas win in Top Fuel. He’s also well aware of the extra obligations racing in front of a large group of family and friends includes.

“The pressure never goes away,” Torrence said. “Really, it gets bigger and everyone wants to see you do better. Home races are a lot of fun, but you have to learn to compartmentalize it. You can entertain and hang out with your friends and family, and that’s part of it, but during the race I’m there to compete and do my job.

Torrence has done that job well to open up his 2014 campaign. Despite a first-round loss at the most recent event in Charlotte, Torrence has been a mark of consistent, advancing to four straight semifinals to start the year and he currently sits third in points.

A season ago, Torrence and his team could never quite pinpoint the problem. Minus a win in Bristol and a final round appearance at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Torrence recorded just eight more round wins in 22 races, a feat he’s already accomplished in five events this season.

Torrence credited his team and crew chief Richard Hogan, as well as an aggressive and confident mindset that has him racing to win instead of not to lose.

“With the way the car is running, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” Torrence said. “We’re real happy the confidence on this team is high. We’ve got each other’s back and that’s what it takes. We’ve got a better handle on the car, I’m more confident as a driver and the car is responding to what we want it to do. That’s a great feeling.”

Torrence hopes that momentum is apparent in Houston at Royal Purple Raceway, but the challenges will be steep against a star-studded Top Fuel field. Leading the way is points leader Doug Kalitta, who has one win and three final round appearances in 2014.

Other marquee contenders include Tony Schumacher, who has two wins in Houston, reigning champ Langdon, 2012 world champ and 2008 Houston event winner Antron Brown, who has two wins this season including the most recent event in Charlotte, Spencer Massey, 2014 rookie Richie Crampton and Winternationals winner Khalid alBalooshi.

“Houston has always had good numbers and the track is good, but you never know what you’re going to get with the weather,” Torrence said. “You really have no idea what you’re going to get. We’ll take the info we have from last year and use it, but these Texas tracks can really throw you a curveball.”

The 16-time Funny Car world champ, John Force, has seven wins in Houston, the most for any driver in a pro category. Force will be looking to end a 12-year drought at the facility, while defending race winner Pedregon has three wins at the facility and could get his 2014 season going with a victory. Other favorites include points leader Robert Hight, who won in 2005 and has two wins in four final round appearances in 2014, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon, Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, Tim Wilkerson and Tommy Johnson Jr.

In Pro Stock, defending event winner Line won the season-opening race in Pomona but is currently trying to track down points leader and Houston native Erica Enders-Stevens. Reigning champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. has four wins at Royal Purple Raceway while teammate Allen Johnson is expected to be among the title challengers in Houston along with the likes of two-time event winner Vincent Nobile, Chris McGaha, Dave Connolly, Shane Gray, Jimmy Alund, who picked up his first career victory in Charlotte, and V Gaines.

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will make its second stop of the 2014 season at Royal Purple Raceway. Mike Castellana stormed to victory at the season-opener in Gainesville, defeating defending champion Rickie Smith in the final round. Defending event winner Clint Satterfield and 2012 champ Troy Coughlin will also be among those gunning for victory in the thrilling 250 mph doorslammer category.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

Mello Yello Series qualifying begins Friday, April 25, with sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, April 26, at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 28. Pro Mod qualifying is set for Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, log on to or call Royal Purple Raceway at (281) 383-RACE (7223). Tickets for children 13 and younger are free in reserved sections on spectator side with paid adult tickets. For more information about NHRA, log on to

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VOXX Electronics Launches New Time Saving Weblink Mobile FlashLogic Programmer

Use an iPod, iPad or iPhone to “Flash” your FlashLogic interface modules and

 Data Start systems. No Need to be tied to the install bench or computer
HAUPPAUGE, NY – APRIL 16, 2014 – VOXX Electronics Corp (VEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ:VOXX) today announced its newest addition to the FlashLogic program, the FlashLogic Weblink Mobile programmer (FLWLMAP1) for iPod, iPad and iPhone programming.  This Weblink Mobile cable accessory gives installers the ability to “flash” your FlashLogic interface modules and Data Start systems with an iPod, iPad, or iPhone without needing to be tied to the install bench or computer, saving valuable installation time. Weblink Mobile is compatible with all FlashLogic Data Start systems, the FLCAN, FLTB1 and FLDL1 produced after September 2013.
For more information about Weblink Mobile please visit:
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Under the Pentastar

The top stories from Chrysler Group LLC for the week of April 18, 2014, include New York Auto Show vehicle introductions of the Jeep Renegade, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger; SRT Viper Anodized Carbon Special Edition; Alfa Romeo 4C debut and the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.

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Road Course – Auto Cross – Speed Stop Squared – Car Show

MAY 31 – JUNE 1, 2014
For fans of high-speed muscle car fun, The Heidts Performance Car Challenge (HPCC) has become one of the most anxiously anticipated performance “street car” competitions of the racing season. Like last year’s event at the spectacular Autobahn Motorsports Country Club in Joliet, Ill. (just outside of Chicago), it will again be staged under the direction of the American Street Car Series Staff.

Last year’s event drew nearly 100 of the best-engineered street legal performance cars driven by the top racers and amateurs in the country. This years racing event looks to be even more fun and competitive as HPCC is locked in for the weekend after the Memorial Day Holiday, beginning May 31 and ending June 1, 2014.

Coverage of the event will be documented by some of the top editors and staff personnel from major US magazines who will witness the four main events: Road Course, Nitto Auto Cross, Wilwood Speed Stop Squared and the impressive Car Show. The event will also feature the return of the highly popular Jet Hot Auto Cross School and be documented by our professional video team which will be posted on the Heidts’ all new website shortly after the conclusion of the event. Capping it all off is the Saturday Night Forgeline Party at the HPCC host hotel; fun for everyone!

So don’t miss out and register early for this competition by going to or calling (800) 841-8188

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