Duck Tape Racing on a Roll in North Carolina with K&N Products

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Michael Beard and his Duck Tape 1980 Volare dominated the season finale of the Torco Race Fuels Carolina Coalition Series at Rockingham Dragway. Beard outlasted some of the best drivers to take the Footbrake Class win in North Carolina. It was Beard’s third win in the last four weeks, and his fifth of the season.

Michael Beard wins Torco Race Fuels Carolina Coalition Series Footbrake ClassMichael Beard wins Torco Race Fuels Carolina Coalition Series Footbrake Class
Saturday’s Footbrake Class took eight rounds of competition to complete and the Duck Tape Volare ran dead-on in four of those rounds, twice with a zero. Beard took on IHRA Division 1 Modified Champion Eric Aman for the win. He also competed against the 5.2 second 135 mph Thunderbird champ Robert Benge, Jr.

On Sunday, Beard recorded consecutive reaction times of .012, .010, and .004 before falling in the fourth round with a -.006 red light. However, the Volare ran dead-on two additional times that day.

Duck Tape Racing uses K&N Engineering Products
Duck Tape Racing uses K&N Engineering Products
“The car was just great this weekend,” said Beard. “A lot of guys complimented me the next day on driving the stripe, but to be honest, I didn’t do a lot of finish line driving. I did a lot of dialing the car. You always try to do that on paper, but it does not always work out that way. This time the car ran what I wanted it to run almost every time.”

After a long and sometimes frustrating year for Duck Tape Racing, Beard said he is happy with his Volare. “For a long time I was wondering if the car could win,” he said. “But we tweaked some things and fixed the problems. We still have a few more improvements to make but now there is no doubt that this car is a winner.”

Next for the Duck Tape Volare is the Thanksgiving race at Piedmont Dragway. “I’ve been to every one of them,” Beard said. “Although the competition is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, I’ve been fortunate to do a little better every year.”

Duck Tape Racing uses K&N Engineering Products on its race cars and tow vehicles. “K&N makes great products,” said Beard. “I never have to worry because my K&N Fuel Injection Performance Kit (FIPK) and my K&N Gold Oil Filters are high performance and low maintenance. We gain a lot of power with K&N.”

In 2007 Beard has a full slate of IHRA National and Divisional events planned, along with big-money bracket races and a few more Stock/Super Stock Combo races. “With the way things have been going, I feel like I have a good chance of regaining the World Championship Title next year.”

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