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Decisions On Another Year In X275 With Marschan Motorsprts
Well it's that time of year again where the cold weather takes over in the north and racing is put on hold. It's the time of year where indoor car shows and manufacturers expositions like PRI and SEMA bring racers together for glimpses into the future of the latest gizmos and gadgets to take you to the next level. For some, the off season is one of questions and decisions, and others it's full steam ahead looking to try to keep pace with the Joneses.
For us here at Mar-Schan Motorsports LLC, we are in a questioning and decision making mode. Do we continue to try to just qualify at next seasons x275 Drag Radial events with our portly piece of nostalgia or possibly go back to the always popular 8.50 Index class that flourishes here in the Northeast? I know we can run the number in the 8.50 class with less stress on our combination which is appealing, but the exposure isn't as great, but neither is the exposure for a DNQ.
Our last event back in October had our team at Atco Dragway for the last Super Saturday event of the season and the x275 class. What worked at the Yellow Bullet Nationals weeks earlier didn't work here! The air was slightly better but I didn't expect the car to respond with wheel standing anger. I had the same engine and suspension tune up as the YB event but for some reason the Boccella's Performance sponsored Chevy II decided that the track was no match for the Mickey Thompson Drag Radial Pros, and it didn't matter how much the front end of that car weighed, it was heading skyward! A quick short shift brought the front end down softly, but some more suspension tuning was in order. Drag Radials and BMS Racing Engines power-1.... Successful qualifying effort-0! We had one more qualifier and even though this time the front end lift was measured in feet instead of yards, we would have had to run a career best ET to qualify and that was just not in the cards. We decided to make another test hit even though we would not be racing for the glory, but wanted to lay down a decent number and get some more on track exposure for our marketing partners. Once again, in a class that is a designed for tuners, we failed to meet our expectations as it seemed like a crane hooked the front bumper and lifted us skyward at the green light. The pictures were great, don't get me wrong, but we leave 2012 with uncertainty as mentioned above.
There are two things you need to be successful in drag racing if you measure success in trips to the winner's circle, time and resources. This season my allotment of time was greatly diminished due to having to travel almost extensively for work. It's not the same as it was a few years ago in construction where you could work 40 hours a week and sleep in your own bed. I am actually writing this as I begin my fourth week some 1200 miles from my house and family trying to find the resources to take care of them and do some racing in the future. Out of the 11 months gone by in 2012 I have been on the road in hotels, campgrounds, and rental houses for approximately 5 of them putting in upwards of 90+ hour weeks as required by the schedule of the project. That being said, sometimes the resources are there but the time is not, so we do the best we can to promote brand awareness and provide exposure for our sponsors at every opportunity off the track as well. I don't measure my success on wins and losses alone. Every time someone asks me via email, phone call or messaging about a company that we work with or that we endorse and I get a chance to spread the word, it's a successful and winning opportunity. Trophies are nice and shiny to look at and checks are nice to cash don't get me wrong, but relationships don't tarnish if taken care of and can last a lot longer than a few dollars in the pocket, at least mine anyway, and I cherish the friends in the business that I have met and believed in us.
Speaking of relationships, I had the chance to dash away from South Florida for a couple of days to make a surprise visit to my wife and son while she was visiting her family in Kentucky over the week of Thanksgiving.
She had no idea that I was coming up until she saw me walk out of the terminal at the airport in Louisville as she waited supposedly for a relative of her best friend.
I am pretty sure she was shocked and happy at the same time. I had about a day and a half to relax and shoot some targets along the Ohio River with her and her relatives, which has become a 16 year ritual for them. Tell you what; I wouldn't want to make her mad with a gun in her hand!
Now I just need to find out if Lucas Oil makes gun oil in their massive line up of lubricants.
Since I am short on time and long on work hours right now, I think I may end up missing the PRI show this weekend for the first time in 6 years. The only way I will make it there is if they tell me I have the day off on Saturday, and I make the 5 hour trek north on Friday night.
So for those of you that are going and displaying I hope you have a safe and very positive final event in Orlando since everyone will be braving an Indianapolis winter for next years meeting. I also will not have time to formalize much in the way of proposals for 2013 and I realize this may cost me some partners, but I do want to thank the many great companies that have supported us over the years of ups and downs and I will be in touch in one way or another in the future.
Feel free to comment or reply with any tips, thoughts, or advice, I am all ears!
Thanks to our 2012 marketing partners and sponsors:
ATI RACING / LUCAS OIL / COJONES ENERGY / QUICK FUEL / INVISIBLE GLASS / M&M COMPETITION ENGINES / BMS RACING ENGINES / SMITH BROTHERS PUSHRODS / MOROSO / TOTAL SEAL / BOCCELLAS AUTO / JESEL / MICKEY THOMPSON / NGK SPARK PLUGS / CLARK INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY / DJ SAFETY / AEROMOTIVE / FIRECORE 50
Marschan Motorsports At Yellow Bullet Nationals 2012
I skipped the write up about the Super Saturday Swim Meet... I mean Shoot Out at Atco a few weeks back because my wife was right, it was going to rain, and it did. I hated to say that but I did. I should have stayed home and saved for the following week at another track but you have to jump when you have a chance so I did. Trust me you didn't miss anything but we did get a pass in and got some data. Fast forward to this past weekend if you will please.
Man, what a weekend! If you missed the 3rd Annual Yellow Bullet Nationals at Cecil County you missed one of the great outlaw street car races in a long time. Mar-Schan Motorsports was glad to be part of it and want to thank Monte Mikho and the crew at Cecil County for putting it on.
Read The Complete Yellow Bullet Race Review Here, Photos And Video included
Maple Grove Super Chevy Show 2012:
Out Testing The X275 Drag Radial Chevy II At Super Chevy
As a student of the great contributors and successful sponsored racers in magazines like National Dragster who write in weekly with their own experiences on and off the track, and a one time reader of The Power Of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, it has been hard to attempt to craft an update for our sponsors and our website when times are tough. My hat goes off to those racers that can take the pressure, failures, economic and family issues and still be able to look their marketing partners in the face and say 'we are trying to get it done and get out there when it feels like you are letting everyone down'. Itís my job to keep everyone up to speed with the Mar-Schan Motorsports program and I havenít done that this year as well as I should have and for that I apologize. Mr. Kris Zdral from NGK once told me that he would rather hear from us if we lose than us win and not hear from us at all. Great advice!
We spent February through mid-June working 7 days a week sometimes close to home, other times out of town for months. That was the good news. Now we have been laid off for 5 weeks but that did give me time to get the car done in quick order. We made some updates to the motor in the form of some top end induction work on the cylinder heads and adding a pair of Quick Fuel 4150 series carburetors to the top of our M&M Competition Engines tunnel ram. This necessitated a very time consuming stop at the local chassis shop for linkage fabrication, but it came out looking and working great. I also moved all of the fuel and nitrous plumbing around under the hood to make it a more maintenance friendly layout using Aeroquip StarLite hose from Clark Industrial Supply.
The last several weeks off has given us quality family time that was missing earlier in the year with all the work, including a trip to see my wifeís family in Kentucky. This gave me a chance to hit the Bowling Green shop of Quick Fuel Technology and see some of the behind scenes activity at the shop including the custom work and shipping area where there are tons of carbs ready to go out. The shop had real people taking pride in their work and putting out a great product for all out racecars and OEM type applications.
Our induction changes over the winter unfortunately have left us still way heavy for the x275 class, but I figured it was better to have a heavy car with a happy engine instead of a light car and a bunch of broke parts. Hopefully we can keep it all together now and we started this past weekend with some shakedown passes at the Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway. The car looked and sounded real good and we already noticed some changes in our tune up that we will have to make. We had our display table lined up with brochures and products from many of our sponsors and passed on our experiences and how our program has benefitted from the use of these products both in quality and technical support. Saturday was a big spectator day at the SCS Show and I was even asked for an autograph by a young fan on a Hero Card that BMS Racing Engines had made featuring our car on the front. My wife thought that was real neat. We had previously pushed our car into a display space at the North East Custom Car Show back in late March with our almost completed engine and BMS had the cards made for distribution and promotion of their great shop.
We are hoping to be able to make it to Super Saturday Shootout at Atco this weekend and then Cecil County Dragway the following for their legendary Street Car Shootout and keep this rolling now. Hopefully work will break soon close to home again and stay steady as well so we could better cope with the ups and downs of the economy and have a more visible presence on the track for our partners. Thanks again to the great companies that support and believe in us because without your help we wouldnít even be able to make it down the track.
Our 2012 Schedule Is Released:
See Where The x275 Drag Radial Nova Will Be this Year
Racing this season in the northeast is going to be a blast again with our X275 Drag Radial Nova. We have quite a few engagements planned for our fans along with our usual bevy of sponsors products available at most races. Our 2012 sponsors have given us the "OOMPH" needed to again regain our standing as one of the most successful cars to run in many different classes. We thank our fans and sponsors who follow us and the Nova at each and every event and hope to see you soon at any one of them.
View Our 2012 X275 Drag Radial Schedule Here
Marschan Motorsports Gets Ink In RPM Magazine
December Issue Features The x275 Drag Radial Nova In The Pages
With the release of the December RPM Magazine, inside the pages of this premium racing publication is the article entitled "Shakedown at E Town" The Northeast Unleashed. This event article is the 9th published exclusively through its entire history from day one.
This year at the 9th Annual, more than eight classes were featured which as with any publication a race this large and an article have limitations as to images and words. Though Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag Radial Nova was not at the top of the field it certainly caught the editors eye as it always does.
The glistening blue flamed body shimmered in the brilliant sun and topping it off with the flames gave the editor "Chris Biro" more than enough fuel to add this into the outstanding article.
RPM Magazine is available in both print format and online but the print version is just too nice with heavy stock glossy oversized paper. They also have revamped their website into one of the best there is. Stop in and see them here at RPM Magazine Dedicated to Extreme Horsepower Worldwide
2011 Mar-Schan Motorsports - Our Year Year in Review
National Media Coverage And Sponsor Thanks
The 2011 season had its ups and downs as many seasons do but we still look back and while our high expectations weren't met we still worked as hard as we could to provide exposure for our marketing partners.
Mar-Schan Motorsports began the season with some repairs to our combination from the end of 2010. Even after the repairs we were met with some mechanical issues right from the outset that necessitated another attempted repair and finally a replacement of our block. The time investment and financial hassles associated with this unexpected problem slowed us up right away and took us out of competition for the heart of the season. With help from ATI Performance Products we were able to rebuild and get back out. We were not satisfied with this past year and will exert the needed energy and dedication to put our best foot forward on the track and off the track for our sponsors and marketing partners.
We did gain national media coverage in 2011 again for our efforts. I wrote and article for Fastest Street Car Magazine's Blog which can be found here:
Fastest Street Car Magazine's Blog
There was also a condensed version that made the print issue of the magazine.
Fastest Street Car Print Version
We also garnered some coverage from the MIR NMCA event in the Fastest Street Car Magazine located here:
MIR NMCA event in the Fastest Street Car Magazine
We were also mentioned in the November 2011 issue of Chevy High Performance Magazine where we were called one of their "favorite cars on the property" which featured two pictures of the car and engine combination and mentioned several of our sponsors.
The car has also been featured in a couple of our partner's catalogs including Quick Fuel Technology, Smith Brothers Push Rods, Moroso and Diamond Pistons.
We appreciate the all our sponsors and the help they have provided and look to continue our growth as a valuable asset to their company and hopefully yours. We are looking for a primary financial sponsor for 2012 that will help us take our program to the next level. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas you may have to make your goals a reality.
I want to thank the following companies, in no particular order, for their support this past season:
ATI RACING / INVISIBLE GLASS / M&M COMPETITION ENGINES / BMS RACING ENGINES / SMITH BROTHERS PUSHRODS / MOROSO / TOTAL SEAL / BOCCELLAS AUTO / JESEL / MICKEY THOMPSON / NGK SPARK PLUGS / PWD LUBRICANTS / VP / CLARK INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY / DJ SAFETY / MILLER WELDERS
Marschan Motorsports X275 Drag Radial Nova Back on Track!
Cecil County, Shakedown At E Town Now MIR Coming Up.
We are hoping that we have turned the corner and removed the thorn in our side that has caused us problems since last season. Mar-Schan Motorsports has been to two races in October, the Cecil County Street Car Shootout and the 9th Annual Shakedown At E-town, since we put the new bullet in the car. Unfortunately we were also a victim of the economy at the same time and got laid off due to a change in contractors where I was employed. Hence, the delay in keeping everyone up to date, as we reach out to our contacts in the industry and look for a new place of employment, but we have a motor!
I want to thank ATI Performance Products for working with us and Dart to procure the new block to get us up and running as well as M&M Competition Engines for donating the machine work and Josh at BMS Racing Engines here in Pa for staying late and letting me steal room in the shop to weed through all the issues when building a new motor. It's never a "bolt together" as I always think it will be.
Back to the track: We got the motor fired up the night before the Cecil County race as usual and shook out a few cobwebs with the car and tried to remember how to drive and tune for track conditions and neither worked out so well and we were a disappointing DNQ. I was hoping for some test runs after that but the constant mist in the air put a damper on the program and it was postponed.
The following week our team attended the Shakedown At E-town in Englishtown, New Jersey. We had the typical Mar-Schan Motorsports luck just getting to the track, let see, fuel leak in the motor home fuel tank, blown radiator hose, and broken cylinder head exhaust flange. Yes, the head actually broke along the New Jersey Turnpike. What a noisy ride that turned into! I guess 52,000 miles can be a lot on a Ford, go figure. It didn't matter we would deal with that after the race. There were 29 cars in the x275 class at The Shakedown and we qualified I believe around number 18 with our first pass being our best. We started to add some power to our baseline tune up but the weather got worse each time and negated our efforts. The track took a turn for the worse when the sun came out Sunday afternoon, and after a last minute change on the starting line, we still spun the tires. We did however, set up a table at our trailer and put out brochures and decals from Moroso, Quick Fuel, Stoner Solutions, ATI, Mickey Thompson and Jesel and answered a bunch of questions about the products and our program so that part of the weekend was a big success! I want to thank Boccella's Performance for helping us with expenses for the weekend as well as a place to store and repair my motorhome once we got home. Thanks Mike!
The good news was that we drove the car out of the trailer and into the garage after each day, which is always good!
Our next event once we get the new head for the motor home will be the U.S. Army World Cup Finals at MIR. Here is a link to the event as well as a promotional video,
The place is PACKED to say the least plus its a quarter mile event! We hope to make a good showing and catch some people's attention to our program and our sponsor's products. If you would like to have a bigger share or have your logo more prominently displayed on the car for this event just let me know. Our future plans beyond this event include a trip once again to Orlando and the PRI show in December to personally thank our friends and partners and check out the latest products in the business.
Hope to see you there!
Now enjoy our photos from the Shakedown At E Town 2011 by goDragRacing.org
NMCA ATI Performance Products X275 In Fastest Street Car Magazine
Marschan Motorsports Featured In MIR Coverage
The NMCA headed south towards MIR on the middle leg of their series featuring the X275 Drag Radial Class where-as Marc Schankweiler followed into the class and qualified well only to lose in the first round agianst some of the stiff competition nowadays in this growing venue.
The little Nova with a nitroused small block couldn't hold off the charge of Mike Fratena. Marschan Motorsports is now awaiting delivery of a new iron block to help dismiss the problems of the earlier aluminum block setup but will still rely on the same heads and intake for the coming year.
Read The Complete Story At FSC Magazine Online HERE
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