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Making History

Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville SC was built in 1940 and is the second oldest racetrack in NASCAR history.  This year history was made again!  Taylor Nesbitt won the 2017 Limited Late Model Championship at this historic track, posting a top 5 finish in every single event on the 14-race schedule.  Martin, the proud dad, continues to say, “Taylor is the first female to win a track championship at Greenville.  Thanks for the awesome carbs! ”  VDL is proud, too, to be a part of the 92’s winning team!

It’s Bristol, Baby!

The three worlds of CRA, SSS, and CARS racing collided at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time ever on Sunday, May 21 – the inaugural running of the Short Track US Nationals!  Raphael Lessard and his RW engine with a VDL carburetor took the pole, and Chandler Smith qualified second with the same combination.  In fact, all top 10 qualifiers ran with VDL – Yeah!  When it was all done, RW Engines with a VDL carburetor were on top again with Bubba Wallace in victory lane.  Congratulations to Rob White of RW Engines in Seymour TN for a job well done.  (He’s the guy in the red shirt with a big smile!)

The Woes of a Fuel Fitting

99.99% of carburetor leaks are from a poorly installed fuel inlet fitting.  May we repeat that?  99.99% of carburetor leaks are from a poorly installed fuel inlet fitting.  As fuel drips from a bad seal between bowl and fitting, it WILL look like the fuel is coming from under the accelerator pump diaphragm or from between the main body and the base plate.  Rest assured, those two gasketed areas are too secure to ever, ever leak in a VDL carburetor.  Let’s look at some things that can go wrong: 1 – Be sure that the gasket is seated well in the register of the inlet opening of the bowl.  If it is cocked up on an edge, you will never get it tight enough and it will leak.  We have found that some of the thicker aluminum gaskets are a tick wide in diameter and may be tricky to position correctly. 2 – The majority of inlet fittings are made with the hex nut on the end closest to the bowl, and you know how difficult it is to get a wrench on that without rounding off the edges.  Perhaps invest in a new fitting designed with the hex nut at [...]