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JB Strassweg Discovers K&N Heavy Duty Air Filter Benefits with a Little Help from Don Gatlin

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Strassweg uses his American Eagle motorhome to tow Don Gatlin's dragster when he's racing the Midwest big-dollar races.
Strassweg uses his American Eagle motorhome to tow Don Gatlin's dragster when he's racing the Midwest big-dollar races.
It's a bit tough to pin down exactly what all JB Strassweg does, he wears a lot of hats and they all appear to suit him well. The Evansville, Indiana resident is a partner at JBM Race Cars, LLC; he's Managing Member at Four S Properties and he's been the President at Basden RV Center for the past 20 years. In his spare time he races Super Pro and Top Dragster, sometimes driving K&N sponsored Don Gatlin's car.
By replacing the paper air filter on his RV with a K&N Heavy Duty Air Filter Strassweg says he not only saves a good deal of money, he’s also found the added benefit of increased performance.
By replacing the paper air filter on his RV with a K&N Heavy Duty Air Filter Strassweg says he not only saves a good deal of money, he’s also found the added benefit of increased performance.


"Don and I have known each other via the DragRaceResults website forums, and he bought a car from me about a year ago with the intent to keep it in the Midwest (Don's current Undercover Dragster). We maintain his (Mullis) car in our shop, keep it in top running shape and load it into our stacker trailer whenever he has the time to race with us," Strassweg explained.

Gatlin, as we established before, has two dragsters, the Undercover Dragster that he keeps on the West Coast and the Mullis in Indiana for races in the Midwest. Typically Gatlin attends the high-dollar races in the Midwest, The Tenn Tuck Series in Bowling Green, The Million Dollar Race, The Spring Fling in Bristol, the beginning of the winter series at SGMP in Adel, and the Jeg's US Open. "Don's gracious enough to let me drive every now and again when he's not here," says Strassweg, "and I try to pad his winnings as best I can."

It was sometime during one of Gatlin's visits with Strassweg that the mention of K&N's Heavy Duty air filter came up. Gatlin installed them on his West Coast vehicles and has experienced plenty of performance perks. Taking Gatlin's advice Strassweg installed one on his American Eagle, after which he claimed it was one of the best things he'd ever done for his coach.

"Some of the tracks we race at are very, very dusty, and the design of my coach is such that the exhaust stirs up the dust and it gets sucked right into the filter intake. I was having to clean and replace the paper air cleaner in my coach twice a year. And they cost a lot more than one K&N filter. The added benefit I didn't expect was the increased performance. My coach actually responds when I push the accelerator pedal down! In addition, the filter minder on my RV hasn't so much as moved since I put the (K&N) filter in. That's very uncommon, as the paper elements I would run would move the filter minder shortly after installation."

"Don was just in Bowling Green at the Tenn Tuck event last week," continues Strassweg. "Our schedules have taken us in different directions this month, so I'll miss him at the Million Dollar Race, but I expect we'll race again at South Georgia Motorsports Park for the Winter Series kick off race in a couple weeks."

Strassweg now uses a K&N air filter and oil filter on his Onan diesel generator as well. "We also run your oil filters on all of our race cars and our customer's cars," he adds. "And everyone loves your products!"

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