Mansfield gets closer to realizing NHRA Pro Stock ambitions

Written by Moore Good Ink,   September 23, 2008 Robbie Mansfield is leaving his longtime IHRA Pro Stock sponsor Dingman Racing in an attempt to pursue his NHRA aspirations with Wilson Manifolds.  Wilson partners Keith Wilson and Scott Revell are pushing hard to put Mansfield behind the wheel of a third KB Racing Pro Stock machine for the 2009 season.  Mansfield has already demonstrated his abilities with two impressive appearances at the Indy Nationals and again during the Southern Nationals at Concord, NC. This move allows Dingman Racing to replace Mansfield immediately with a new driver, and to take advantage of early testing for the 2009 IHRA Pro Stock season.  Dingman Racing will announce their new driver soon. Wilson Manifolds’ livery will continue to adorn the Dingman Racing transporter and Wilson employee Justin Elkes will continue his co-crew chief duties for the Dingman team at the forthcoming final race at Rockingham. Wilson, who has enjoyed close relations with Dingman during the past five years on the IHRA circuit, will continue their development work on the team’s 824 IHRA race...

Pinks All Out, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma: NPF nitrous Camaro impresses

From: Brisson, Jason N TSgt USAF AMC 60 OSS/OSK [mailto:Jason.Brisson@travis.af.mil] Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 4:44 PM To: jelkes@wilsonmanifolds.com Subject: Thanks Justin and NPF!!!!! Hey Justin, I just got back recently from doing Pinks All Out at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California and we recently had installed the 2 stage dry plate that you custom did for my setup. We had very little time to test the setup on radials prior to Pinks and had very inconsistent performance due to the radials/shock combo that we were running. So for Pinks All Out we decided to swap to double adjustable shocks and a true 10.5 ET Drag. The results were repeatable and amazing. Your plate’s quality is second to none. We spent the whole weekend showing off the car to EVERYONE that wanted to know how we got a streetcar to perform jaw dropping wheel-stands and run 9’s each and every pass. On the smallest jets in the kit (150hp) and only activating 1 stage the car ripped off numerous 9.80’s all weekend. The runs were super consistent 9.82/9.86/9.89 and the entire nitrous system never missed a beat. I ran a huge nitrous pro flow decal on the back window to let everyone know the kit that powers this car. Again Justin I appreciate the help and quick setup of my custom plate. Please share the pics from Pinks All Out with the rest of your team with my sincere thanks to everyone down there that builds the finest nitrous products available today. Pictures are worth a thousand words so please enjoy these. A million thanks to you and Nitrous...

New colors, new sponsorship, new partnership, new race track

Written by Moore Good Ink Under the colors of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Hillary Will, driving KB Racing’s Top Fuel dragster, will give the car its inaugural appearance at this weekend’s NHRA event at Charlotte, NC. Wilson Manifolds’ associate Scott Revell wanted the North American motor sport world to learn about their new partner in the Middle East. “The Royal Family of Bahrain has been highly supportive of our operations,” said Revell. Wilson and Revell are building a state-of-the-art $200-million dollar auto parts manufacturing facility in Bahrain. This news comes as the drag racing world prepares to experience the magnificent new zMax Dragway facility at Concord, NC, the venue of this year’s NHRA Carolina Nationals. Ken Black commented, “Hillary’s racecar not only promotes the Kingdom of Bahrain to our American audience, its involvement in the motor sport manufacturing plant with Wilson and Revell but also highlights the close ties between the USA and Bahrain—America’s vital friend in the Middle East.” Bahrain, an Island in the Persian Gulf is now recognized as the foremost financial hub of the Middle East and the home of F1 and drag racing in the...

Third KB Racing Pro Stocker returns to battle at Charlotte inaugural

On Friday, an agreement between KB Racing and Wilson Manifolds was reached, confirming Rob Mansfield as driver of the third KB/Summit Racing Pro Stocker at the forthcoming NHRA Charlotte inaugural.  The car will be prepared in the same Wilson/Summit Racing livery presented during its recent debut at the 54th NHRA US Indy Nationals. At Indianapolis, Wilson’s full-time manifold staff distinguished themselves by pitting their collective drag racing skills against the best of NHRA’s Pro Stock’s seasoned veterans.  They came within .003 (three thousandth of a second) of qualifying. Relations between NHRA and NASCAR have rarely been closer than those of this coming weekend. NASCAR fans still regard 39 year old Jason Line, the 2006 NHRA Pro Stock champion, as one of their own.  Before joining with Greg Anderson in 2003, Line had served NASCAR for five years in Charlotte, bringing Winston Cup Championship victories to Bobby Labonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002) while engaged with the Joe Gibbs Racing Team. Keith Wilson’s induction reputation was formed in NASCAR racing. His influence on the NASCAR scene, notably his pioneering advances in both restrictor-plate and open manifold designs has been at the forefront since 1985.  Wilson’s friendship with Line was formed when the two were engaged in developing NASCAR intake systems for Joe Gibbs Racing in the late nineties. The Wilson team will continue to work closely with KB Racing, exploring opportunities for a full NHRA Pro Stock program in...