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  • Toni McCray Creates History in Irwindale

    Toni McCray Makes History at Irwindale

    Crower sponsored women’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series driver Toni McCray made history this weekend at California’s Irwindale Speedway as she became the first female driver to win two races in the same night, sweeping the Lucas Oil Late Model 30-lap features. McCray, who is now in fourth year running full-time, stands second behind leader Ryan Partridge in the NWASS California standings. She is 51st in the national standings.

    Speaking in reference to the possibly of winning a NASCAR championship at the end of the season, this is what McCray had to say:

    “It would be awesome; it would be quite an honor,” said the 37-year-old from Highland Park, California, of the recently announced 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards. “I want a championship really bad. The only way to get it is to win races.

    “That’s our goal and we’re going to work hard for it.”

    “We’re definitely carrying a lot of momentum. Our team has really clicked. Our cars are really good. And we’re consistent.”

    “As a racer, I'm just as good or better than everybody out there. We're going to be tough to beat. We all want to win races, our goal is to win every race that we can.”

  • Congratulations to John Lombardo Jr & Crew

    John Lombardo Win

    Congratulations to John Lombardo Jr. and his crew for their recent victories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 17th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries in Joliet, Illinois.

    During the final for the Top Alcohol Funny Car Allstar, Lombardo had an R-Time of 0.081 and E-Time of 5.663 while reaching a top speed of 256.89. His competitor Dan Pomponio got out the gate first, but Lombardo reeled him in before before the sixty foot mark and then pulled away to take the win.

    In the final of the Top Alcohol Funny Car, Lombardo bested Kris Hool with an R-Time of 0.043, E-Time of 5.590 and top speed of 260.16. Lombardo got out of the gates quickly and never looked back as he took the win with his quickest run of the event. The win in this event coupled with his win in the Allstar event means Lombardo won the bonus money for doubling up.

  • Crower Dragster Making A Qualifying Pass

    Watch the Crower Dragster Make a Qualifying Pass

    Check out the video of our dragster making one of its qualifying passes at Beach Bend Raceway in Bowling Green Kentucky.

    Enjoy the 190+ mph ride...

  • Hot Rod Reunion, Bowling Green Kentucky

     

    We would like to thank everyone from the Hot Rod Reunion Event. Getting to talk too all those that stopped by our booth was great, we made many new friends.

    Thank you all for the warm welcome to Kentucky.

    We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

  • Crower Supporting Corry Weller @ Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

    We are happy to be supporting Corry Weller during the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. We will be out in Utah at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend, June 21-23. Make sure to stop by the Weller Racing pits for Crower decals.

    Good Luck Corry and Team.

  • Crower-Solid American Craftsmanship

    Story and Photos by: Pete Ward

    Crower Machine Shop

    Crower

    You can spend all day wandering through the maze of equipment at Crower’s new 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility located in San Diego, CA.  What you’ll quickly notice are the decades old, manually operated machines elbow to elbow with latest, advanced CNC machines.  If  look even closer, you’ll also notice the age of the equipment operators;

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    for every young person there’s a graying “veteran” who’s very likely been with Crower for upwards of 35 years.  The “hands on” nature of this operation allows Crower to custom design its parts and components for almost every conceivable application.  Kerry Novak, a key player at Crower, strongly praises the high level of employee dedication.   “Our employees take pride in the parts that roll out the door”.  He continues, “There’s a tremendous sense of teamwork, a continuity of effort.”

    Crowerglide Clutch

    Crower

    The hallmark product of this operation continues to  be the “Crowerglide” centrifugal “slipper” clutch,  developed by company founder Bruce Crower in  the mid ‘60s.   Crower’s basic design, ever evolving,  remains the standard of the industry for alcohol  Funny Cars, alcohol dragsters, A/Fuel dragsters,  and Pro Mods.   Tractor pullers also rely upon  Crower for their clutch needs.  The tunability of this  unit continues to be one of its most valuable features. It can easily be adjusted for ever changing track conditions.  Equally important to product quality, once again, is the human element.  Roger Levine, ‘Glide department head and one of the 35 year vets, spends his days with the phone glued to the side of his head.  He works with customers to design the setup for their specific needs. Once the product is in the field, he provides support in the fine art of clutch tuning.

    Novak, with Crower since ’72, cut his teeth in the crankshaft department, and is justifiably proud of the company’s products.

    Crower crankshafts

    Crower

    “Each crank we manufacture is a custom order.  We were the first to adapt Honda rod journals to an aftermarket crankshaft.”   The Honda’s smaller diameter lightens crank weight and produces less bearing speed.  Novak proudly states  “This design alone, produced a six horsepower gain in a NASCAR Cup engine which is unheard of”.   Crower produces both forged and billet cranks.  Each one can vary wildly, from an 85 pound unit for a sportsman racer to a 56 pound Pro Stock model.  No matter the type of racing you compete in, they make a crank for your engine.   And as far as one-off applications are concerned, Novak states “If we can get a block of metal into one of our CNC machines, we’ll build you a crank”.

    Following the natural order of progression we head to connecting rods. You have a choice of either steel or titanium; 90% of all rods produced at Crower are billet and all American including the forgings.   As with the crankshafts, Novak says,  “Every rod we manufacture is designed and built to customer specs.  Instead of building your engine around what’s available from ‘overseas’ suppliers we design what you need all in house.”   Every rod is matched to horsepower produced and the specific application; from 650 horsepower-12,000 rpm motorcycles to diesel tractor pullers.  Again, it’s about the experience and craftsmanship of those employees turning the wheels and pushing the buttons.

    Bruce Crower started grinding his groundbreaking “Imperial” roller cams 55 years ago with the brainstorming support of Don Garlits.  The “Imperial” featured roller needle bearings on the camshaft and was absolutely revolutionary in concept and design.  Things have not changed at Crower as technology is constantly evolving so is Crower’s performance line of products.  One of the major changes Novak notes is the increase in camshaft diameter…which is now up to a beefy 60mm.  The larger size brings greater strength, necessitated by higher rpm, greater spring pressure and higher horsepower production.   Kerry says, “It is crucial for us to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing demands of engine builders.   No matter if you’re building a high-tech multi-cam, multi-valve 2009 Ford, or a 1957 283 cu. in. Chevy, we will keep you out front.”

    EnduraMax Roller by Crower

    Crower's

    As cam science speeds forward, so goes roller lifter development.  In order to keep pace, Crower has recently debuted its new “EnduraMax” roller lifter, utilizing proprietary materials.  The new design was necessitated by increasingly high spring pressure and increased horsepower production.

    Dave Crower

    Dave

     

    Quite frankly a tour through the facility and Bruce’s personal collection of historical equipment from machinery to race cars really tells the storied history of this American motorsports icon.  Today you can walk through the Crower offices and find Dave Crower, Bruce’s brother and a company chief executive on the phone fielding phone calls from every walk of Crower customer.

    Go a bit further down the hall to Jerry McLaughlin.  If you’ve walked through the pit area of a major drag race over the past 35 years you’ve probably crossed paths with Jerry.  In his spare time, what little there is, he also builds fuel injection systems.  Sharing an office with Jerry is D.J. Hernandez.  He specializes in off-road and Baja as well as being the guy on the other end when you email Crower.  And of course there’s the driving force, Bruce Crower.  His genius and leadership built the company and continue guiding it into the future.   Kerry Novak sums up, pretty succinctly, what Crower is all about: “We’re in the business of making power and winning races.”

  • ANRA Season Opener

    The Crower Crew will be out in full force at the ANRA Season Opener, April 19-21 2013. Come check out our display and pickup some Crower swag @ Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield CA

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  • Antique Drags @ Barona

    The Crower Crew will be out at the 44th Antique Drags at Barona, Sunday April 21st. We're excited to go and see our Crower products being used at the event.

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  • Lucas Oil Junior Dragster Team & Crower Make a Great Combination

    It was a great weekend of racing for young driver Zac Bogner, in the Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. Zac ran a 3.02 second ET on the 300 foot track right out of the trailer on Friday. Later in the final qualifier he ran a 2.97 ET moving his team from 7th to 3rd. The team’s best run prior to the addition of a PSI Supercharger was a 3.17 in 300 feet. Zac also ran his best mile per hour this weekend as he ran a 3.00 @ 109 mph in the first round of competition beating a Larry Minor car that runs in several classes with a seasoned veteran. Look for Zac Bogner back in the super comp car for the upcoming NMCA West race at Pomona May 16-19, 2013

    Zac

    The Junior Dragster is powered by a 355 cubic inch engine, using a CROWER Solid Roller Cam & Lifters.

  • MPS/Thyen Racing Runs The Table At Exoticycle Spring Cup

    Bradenton, FL 04/07/2013 – We have worked hard on our program all winter long adding things like traction control, Lectron EFI throttle bodies, and lots of sensors to monitor all that goes on in a 4 second run.  We had the track all day Thursday for testing and we were planning to run the wheels off of it.  We were greeted by buckets of rain when we arrived in Bradenton, FL for the Exoticycle Spring Cup event.  So, we made the best of it and took in a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game instead of our badly needed test session.  Friday the skies finally cleared in the afternoon and Billy got to sling a leg over it for the first time this season.  The first round of qualifying would be our first lap so we had to guess on our tune up.  We weren’t expecting the 4.18 @ 169 out of our little motor.  To our surprise, that turned out to be good enough for #1 qualifier.
    In the first round we met Rick Perry from Venice, FL, getting back into the sport after a little break.  We got past Rick with a 4.25.  Next round was an earned bye which set up a final round with C.D. Watson from Texas.  Billy left first and never looked back running 4.21 @169 for the win!  We are all ecstatic with the win and the Manufacturers Cup points lead, but won't be resting between races.  We will work for more power before the Manufacturers Cup in Richmond, VA on June 21-23, 2013.

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