Stadium Trucks Ride Again on PowerBlock!

Off-road stadium truck racing is back! Robby Gordon has resurrected something very similar to the old Mickey Thompson Stadium Series, but he’s taking it to another level. Race truck driver Jesse Johnson will join Courtney this weekend to tell you all about Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series. Jesse is the younger brother of five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Racing up to 40 identically prepared 650 horsepower trucks, some of the world’s top racers will compete at 12 of the biggest stadiums in the U.S. These trucks weigh only 3000 lbs., so you’re guaranteed to see fast, furious, door to door racing action. The next event is April 21 in Long Beach, CA, followed by a race at the L.A. Coliseum April 27. Meet Jesse Johnson on PowerBlock April 13 & 14. For more on the series visit StadiumSuperTrucks.com

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“Fast” Jack Beckman visits PowerBlock!

This weekend we welcome 2012 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Jack Beckman to PowerBlock! Jack will join Courtney with his 8000 horse Valvoline/Battery Extender Dodge Charger. His 2012 championship season for Don Schumacher Racing is nothing less than stunning! After changing cars and crew chiefs mid-season, he beat his Funny Car teammate Ron Capps by just 2 points to win the championship.

But Jack’s story is also personal. After winning the 2003 NHRA Super Comp World Championship, he was diagnosed with cancer the following year. Hear his incredible comeback story on PowerBlock March 16 & 17. You can watch Jack race next in Las Vegas April 5th – 7th. For more and the race schedule go to ShoeRacing.com

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PowerBlock brings viewers four new shows this week!

Two-time off-road champion Chad Hord brings his 875 horsepower Nissan Titan to PowerBlock this weekend. It’s a Pro-2 class truck with two-wheel drive and Fox racing Shocks with 18” of travel in the front and rear and rolls on 35” BFG tires and Walker Evans Racing wheels. Chad has 31 career wins, and he’s only the 2nd man to beat a pack of 4WD off road-trucks in a head-to-head match race at Crandon, Wisconsin. Plus, we’ll ask him about racing up Pikes Peak in an all-electric Nissan Leaf. Check it out January 19 & 20. For more go to NissanUSA.com/Nismo/Motorsports and HordRacing.com.

And stay tuned, because we’re giving away Chad’s RC car! If you want to enter, click here: RC Car Giveaway

Also, all four episodes of Xtreme 4×4, HorsePower, Trucks!, and MuscleCar are NEW this week! Join the conversation as we will be tweeting LIVE with the shows this weekend! Follow us @PowerBlockTV with hastag #PowerBlockTV.

 

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8,000 Horsepower Dragster on PowerBlock!

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Courtney welcomes NHRA top fuel dragster racer Clay Millican to PowerBlock this weekend. His Parts Plus machine produces 8,000 horses from a 500 cubic Hemi that makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the Indy 500! Clay is one of the most successful IHRA racers of all time: IHRA All-Time Most Wins for Professional Driver, Six Consecutive World Championships (2001-2006), 51 IHRA National Event Wins, Top Fuel Consecutive Event Wins (10 in 2002), Top Fuel Consecutive Round Wins (30 in 2002), Most Wins in a single season (11 in 2002)

IHRA World Record Holder for Elapse Time and Speed 4.48 @ 328 mph and 2000 IHRA Rookie of the Year. Check it out on The PowerBlock July 7th & 8th and remember we now air 9am ET – 11am ET. For more: ClayMillican.com

Here are some cool stats on dragsters:

• One cylinder of the eight cylinders of a Top Fuel dragster produces more than the entire horsepower output of a NASCAR Sprint Cup engine.

• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster leaves the starting line with a force nearly five times that of gravity, the same force of the space shuttle when it leaves the launching pad at Cape Canaveral.

• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in less than .8-second, almost 11 seconds quicker than it takes a production Porsche 911 Turbo to reach the same speed.

• An NHRA Top Fuel dragster travels the length of more than four football fields in less than four seconds

• It takes just 15/100ths of a second for all 8,000 horsepower of an NHRA Top Fuel dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.

• Under full throttle, a Top Fuel dragster engine consumes 1 gallon of nitromethane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.

• A stock Dodge 426 Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster’s supercharger.

• With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.

• In order to exceed 300 mph in 4 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G’s. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G’s.