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Eight Great Tips to Prepare Your Lawnmower for Summer

May 16, 2014

Summer's here. Is your lawnmower ready?

Summer’s here. Is your lawnmower ready?

Summertime is all but here. Is your lawnmower ready? E3 Spark Plugs has a few tips to help make sure you’re in the running for that Lawn of the Month plaque.

  1. Replace your fuel: Lawnmower fuel can go bad in just 30 days. So, by the time it sits all winter long, it can turn to muck, causing your mower’s engine to sputter or even prevent it from turning over. Before your first mow of the season, drain the old fuel and fill up with fresh gasoline.
  2. Oil up: Grease and oil left over from the previous season can harden, making your mower’s moving parts not want to move. Loosen things up by applying a light lubricant on spots like the throttle spring and the height adjustment lever.
  3. Clean or replace the air filter: Dirt, debris and oil can clog up your lawnmower’s air filter over the course of a mowing season, blocking oxygen from entering the engine. That’s why mower starts to sputter like it’s having a coughing spell. Clean a washable filter or replace a disposable one before you fire up your mower for the new season.
  4. Check the oil: Like gasoline, your lawnmower’s motor oil can muck up after sitting for months. Change it before your first mow of the season, then check and top it off after every five to eight hours of mowing time to keep from burning out the engine.
  5. Check the battery: Chances are your electric-start lawnmower’s battery could use a fresh charge after a long winter. Check your mower owner’s manual for the best way to go about a recharge or replace it if it’s been a few years.
  6. Check the belt: Before your first seasonal mow, check your lawnmower’s belt for signs of cracking and wear and, if you spot them, replace the belt immediately. Throughout the season, be sure to clean the belt and space below your mower’s deck of grass clippings, leaves or other debris.
  7. Inspect your blades: Dull blades can turn your grass tips brown, weak and prone to disease and pests. Check for worn, dull or bent blades and sharpen or replace them before firing up your mower.
  8. Change the spark plugs: At the beginning of the season, check your lawnmower’s spark plugs for signs of rust, corrosion or fouling and replace them if needed. A new set of E3 lawnmower spark plugs carries a lifetime warranty and will make your mower run cleaner, stronger and more efficiently.

Be sure to visit the E3 Spark Plugs online catalog to find the right spark plugs for your lawnmower and other garden power tools and visit our website to find a nearby retailer stocked with E3 lawn and garden spark plugs.

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Last Chance to Rev the Vote for the newest 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest Winners

Feb 26, 2014

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Hey, racing fans – Have you voted for your favorite finalist in the 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest yet? Better hurry! You ‘ve only got two days left.

Each of the 16 finalists submitted videos illustrating why they feel they should be among the next class of Team E3 Racing winners. Our judges chose the top entries, and we need to you to help us whittle it down to the final champs. You can vote for your favorite once per day – just view and vote for him or her on our Facebook contest page.

Here are the the finalists in no particular order:

  • Tyler Shepard, Wheelie Wizzard
  • Matt Gerald, Gerald Racing Team
  • David Cerer, Lawmen Racing
  • Jeff Fannin, Fannin Motorsports
  • Jason Jiovani, J1N Racing
  • Daniel Alvarez, Hammer Time Racing
  • Dan Bunting, Extreme Powerboat Racing Team
  • Nathan Martin, Nathan Martin Racing
  • Tom Phillips, Phillips Motorsports
  • Jesse Puckett, JP Motorsports
  • Adam Kekich, Kekich Racing
  • Mitchell Black, McKenzie Pulling
  • Drake Brunette, Drake Brunette Racing
  • Logan and Ethan Daugherty, Daugherty Racing
  • Alyssa Hollars, Alyssa Hollars Racing
  • Gavin Harlien, Harlien Racing

At the time of this writing, JP Motorsports was in the lead with some 7,000 votes, but Nathan Martin Racing was running close behind. Competitors who make the final cut will score $1,000 in cash sponsorship and prizes.

You have until 11:59 pm ET this Friday, February 28th to cast your last vote. On March 1st, the eight videos with the most votes will be our Team E3 Racing 2014 Sponsorship Contest Finalists and the E3 Racing Team will select our final four winners!

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Danny Phillips

Apr 23, 2013

Team E3 Racing winner Danny Phillips helped boost lawn mower racing at his hometown's annual Coalton Days homecoming celebration.

Team E3 Racing winner Danny Phillips helped boost lawn mower racing at his hometown’s annual Coalton Days homecoming celebration.

Coalton, West Virginian Danny Phillips has been racing lawn mowers for 15 years and has a mantle full of more than 50 first place trophies to show for it. But those trophies are far less important to Phillips than the message his custom-built racing mowers bear. That’s why Phillips is the newest Team E3 Racing Tier 2 winner.

“I have dedicated my 2013 team as a tribute to firefighters, first responders and 9/11,” says Philips, noting that one of his mowers has the names of all 343 first responders who lost their lives in the series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area on September 11, 2001.” “No matter where you may travel across the country, you can count on firemen and first responders to be there in times of emergency.”

Phillips’ tribute is a deeply personal one.

“The passion I have for these brave men and women is wrought from my and my wife’s more than 20 years of service with our local fire department,” he explains. “I personally know the sacrifices made to work and volunteer in this field. Some people are not aware of risks involved with this service. Sometimes, we firefighters forget this as our focus is doing the job at hand, blind to the risks. Unfortunately, these brave men and women do not always get the respect they deserve, so I wanted to show my respect and share it with others.”

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Phillips’ mowers are designed in tribute to firefighters and first responders everywhere, but particularly those who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Phillips’ mowers, emblazoned with vivid decals bearing images of firefighters, the World Trade Center’s twin towers and the iconic American bald eagle, garner much attention from fellow racers, fans and the media at races and promotional appearances. That attention is sure to grow as Phillips’ racing aspirations continue. He’s already helped take a local annual lawn mower race to a faster, flashier and more professional level.

It began about 15 years ago when Phillips and other locals competed in race down a main street on stock mowers during Coalton Days, an annual hometown homecoming celebration. Over the years, competitors learned secret, sneaky ways to speed up their machines and up the ante in the friendly competition. When a fellow racer spotted a mower racing competition on TV, he recommended the track be move to a grass field lined with hay bales. This proved safer and lent a more exciting, “true race” feel, Phillips says.

But the real change came when Phillips, who recently was honored as the Coll Rides Online Featured Member of the Week, and wife Sarah stumbled upon a United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) race while traveling in Ohio.

“We were intrigued,” Phillips says. “We booked a room for the night and returned to watch the race the following day. The racers shared a lot of information with us and we were overwhelmed by the friendliness and camaraderie of everyone we met. This lit a fire under me.”

Back home, Phillips began daily research on building new, souped up racing mowers and rallied the local racers who helped mine and share information.

“When we returned to Coalton Days the following summer, the fans, which numbered 600-800, were treated to an awesome show and the race was the talk of the county,” Phillips says. From then on, the crowds turned out in ever increasing numbers, rain or shine, to watch the on-track battle and cheer for their favorites. Phillips aims to continue pushing the limits, improving and promoting the experience for Coalton racers and fans.

From all of us here at E3 Spark Plugs, congratulations and welcome to the team, Danny!

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winners Powered by the Complex

Apr 09, 2013

Known collectively as Powered by the Complex, friends friends Terry Panciera, Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean are the latest Team E3 Racing winners.

Known collectively as Powered by the Complex, friends friends Terry Panciera, Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean are the latest Team E3 Racing winners.

You can bet these guys have the nicest lawns in all of Bristol, Connecticut. That is, if they ever get around to mowing their own yards. Known as Powered by the Complex, friends Terry Panciera, Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean are masters of the riding lawn mower. In fact, the PBTC team is the current New England Lawn Mower Racing Association (NELMRA) points champion. They’re also the latest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner.

Sanctioned by the US Lawn Mower Racing Association, NELMRA is a nonprofit organization that holds lawn mower races in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  Members race at family-friendly events  like fairs, festivals, car and tractor shows and charity fundraisers. Mind you, neither PBTC nor their competitors are laboring under the misapprehension that lawn mower racing will make them millionaires a la their NASCAR counterpoints. But that’s not the point.

“We are a combined effort at having fun, while succeeding at mower racing,” Panciera says. In fact, racers compete for points, trophies and bragging rights rather than purse money. Any money made available to racers typically is shared equally between competitors for gas and other racing expenses.

PBTC credits E3 Spark Plugs for helping them win races land championships.

PBTC credits E3 Spark Plugs for helping them win races land championships.

Over the past season, PBTC raced a total of 17 races in the US Lawn Mower Racing Association and the American Racing Mower Association (ARMA). They fielded three mowers in three separate classes and credit E3 Spark Plugs for helping them land championships in two classes. They also nabbed a Rookie of the Year award, plus second and third points standings in an additional class. For the 2013 season, the team plans to race their existing 1997 MTD and 1985 True Value mowers, adding a 1975 AMF and 1998 True Value, each of which can hit speeds of up to 60 miles per hour depending upon the track and race class they’re running. They’ll compete for the ARMA Northeast Regional National title in three classes.

From all of us here at E3 Spark Plugs, congrats and welcome to Team E3 Racing!

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Still Time to Register for the 2013 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest

Jan 18, 2013

E3_RACING_LOGO_FinalHey racers and racing crew! There’s still time to register for the 2013 class of Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest winners.

E3 Spark Plugs is looking for up-and-coming racing competitors and pit crew members who want to rev up their careers. And as long as it has an engine, it doesn’t matter what you race. Our inaugural class of Team E3 Racing members head for the finish line piloting everything from high-dollar speed boats to riding lawn mowers. Crew competitors have been racing team owners, pit crew managers and mechanics.

We want to hear from career hopefuls who understand not just the track side, but the business and promotions side of professional racing, too. If you’re chosen as a Team E3 Racing winner, you’ll get a publicity boost via the E3 Spark Plugs website blog and Facebook fan page. Plus, we’ll send you $500 in cash, 16 E3 Spark Plugs, and official E3 apparel and decals for you, your team and your ride.

But time is running out. To enter, make sure you’re a fan of the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page. Then, click the “Sponsorship Contest” tab, complete the form and click “Submit.” You’ve got until 11:59 p.m. on January 31 to enter (be sure to read all the rules and regs). We’ll announce the winners in February.

Good luck!

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Catching Up with a Few Team E3 Racing Winners

Nov 26, 2012

Check out those awesome shirts! Team E3 Racing winner Dan Bunting and his ExtremePowerboatRacing.com crew recently set the APBA world record for for quarter-mile speed. Check out other recent Team E3 accomplishments and get ready for your chance to win.

As we gear up for the next round, we’re catching up with a few winners from our inaugural Team E3 Racing class.

Team E3 Racing winner Cody Erdmann entered his #52 Ford Mustang in the Track Competition – Dwarf Class at the 50th Anniversary O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and drove away with the Outstanding in Class award. While there, he made a generous donation to the Pinstripe Legends Art Auction, helping to raise more than $54,000 for cancer research at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. On a fast track toward a pro racing career, Cody recently took second place in the Feature Race and the 2012 standings in the Slinger Super Speedway Championship series, winning the Top Qualifier of the Year honor.

A competitive speedboat racer since he was just 16, Stephen Kildahl and his Scott Free racing team recently snagged third place in the Super Boat International Key West World Championships, Superboat VEE Limited class. At 21, he’s the youngest full time driver on the circuit by at least 10 years and balances his time on the boat with his studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Fellow competitive boat racer and Team E3 Racing member Dan Bunting also made waves recently. His ExtremePowerboatRacing.com crew team established the quarter-mile speed world record at the American Power Boat Association (APBA) Records Run in New Martinsville, West Virginia.

Back on land, winner Terry Panciera and his Powered by the Complex lawn mower racing team took the checkered flag in the last race of the season and clinched the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association (NELMRA) points championship. And Team E3 Racing’s littlest winner, Jacob “Camokid” Putman won seven races in a row, including the season finale race at Manassas, Virginia’s Old Dominion Speedway, securing the Kid Kart 3 Class 2012 championship.

Are you an up-and-coming racer? Now is your chance to rev up your career! The Team E3 Racing 2013 Sponsorship Contest kicks off this Saturday, December 1. Enter to win $500 in cash, 16 E3 Spark Plugs, official apparel and decals for you and your team. You must be a fan of the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page to win. Like us now, then check the E3 Spark Plugs blog for contest details on Saturday. We’ll pick 12 lucky winners.

Good luck!

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Look for E3 Spark Plugs at 2012 SEMA Show

Oct 20, 2012

Have you bought your tickets yet? Better hurry! Ticket sales for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas Oct. 30-Nov. 2 are going gangbusters and E3 Spark Plugs will be there.

The trade association formally known as the Specialty Equipment Market Association is made up of dozens of automotive manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, restorers, street-rod builders, re-stylers, clubs, teams, etc. And its annual show is the one that those in the specialty and vintage automotive industries look forward to.

Last year, more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers attended the show, perusing displays featuring upwards of 1,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components and taking in educational seminars and product demonstrations. This year, E3 Spark Plugs will be among them, hosting a booth in the dedicated Power Sports & Utility Vehicles section. We’ll show off our powersport, automotive and lawn and garden spark plugs, along with our new line of premium glow plugs. And we’re looking forward to hobnobbing with a few automotive celebrities including GearZ TV host Stacey David, three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya, six-time women’s Motocross champion Jessica Patterson, Overhaulin‘s Chip Foose and “Master of the Fine Line” Von Hot Rod.

We’re proud to be a member of SEMA, a 46-year-old organization dedicated to assisting companies developing and selling specialty parts and accessories designed to make vehicles faster, safer and more stylish. SEMA also works to protect consumers’ rights by keeping close tabs on state and federal legislators, supporting those who push legislation that supports the industry, and putting up white-knuckle fights against pending laws that would infringe upon our rights. SEMA also stands up for consumers, who sometimes get hassled by car dealers that wrongfully charge for repairs on modified vehicles with the bogus claim that specialty accessories void warranties.

If you plan to be at the 2012 SEMA Show, stop by the E3 Spark Plugs  booth for a chat. Meanwhile, take a look at our booth from the 2010 show…

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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Terry Panciera

Sep 06, 2012

Team E3 Racing winner Terry Panciera (far right) and buddies compete in the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association for trophies, bragging rights and fun.

For those who truly love it, racing isn’t just about winning. It’s also about teamwork, camaraderie and simply having a great time. Such is the case for Team E3 Racing winner Terry Panciera of Bristol, Connecticut.

Along with close pals Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean, Panciera founded Powered by the
Complex, a racing team that competes in the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association (NELMRA), sanctioned by the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association.

“We are a combined effort at having fun, while succeeding at mower racing,” Panciera says.

The NELMRA is a nonprofit organization that holds lawn mower races in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  Members race at family-friendly events such as fairs, festivals, car and tractor shows, and charity fundraisers. Unlike their NASCAR counterparts, NELMRA members don’t stand much chance of becoming millionaires via racing. Rather than purse money, they race for points, trophies, bragging rights and good, clean fun. Any money made available to racers is shared equally for gas and help with other racing expenses.

Still, racers can kick up some serious dust. Modified mowers run at speeds of six to 60 miles per hour depending upon track size and race class. Panciera and his buddies race a 1985 Lawn Chief and are in their second competitive season.

E3 Spark Plugs welcomes Panciera to the team!

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E3 Spark Plugs Launches a New Look, Website

Dec 16, 2011

E3 Spark Plugs launches a brand new look!

Hey E3 Spark Plugs fans, check out our new look! E3 Spark Plugs is launching a revamped website and social media sites this week. Our updated look is cleaner, more streamlined and easier to navigate. And you’ll find a few new goodies.

New features include:

  • A tech support section with a chart designed to help you apply the correct torque to your new spark plugs, information on spark plug gapping, tech tips and videos, a cross-reference guide to help you choose the right spark plugs for your automotive, powersports or lawn and garden engines, plus warranty information;
  • A continuously updated video section featuring how-to videos, our commercials and racing highlights;
  • A testimonial section where you can see what people are saying about E3 Spark Plugs and add your own comments;
  • An events calendar listing all upcoming racing and promotional events featuring or sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs.

“We are excited about our the launch of our newly redesigned website and social media pages,” says Steve Joiner, E3 Spark Plugs’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing “E3 is committed to providing in-depth information about our products and promotional activities. These sites will allow our customers and fans to keep up with all the different programs and events that E3 is involved in all over the country.”

Based in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, E3 Spark Plugs developed its patented DiamondFire technology in conjunction with researchers from leading engineering universities. Utilizing a unique, diamond-shaped, edge-to-edge approach, E3 spark plugs are designed to deliver more power, improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and extend the life of your engine.

Our new look will launch this week. Are we missing something you’d like to see? Leave us a comment on our blog or on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook fan page.

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Live in Snow Country? E3 Spark Plugs Says March is Ideal for Springtime Maintenance.

Mar 09, 2011

E3 Spark Plugs offers tips to make sure your motorized toys and tools are ready for springtime.

Come March 17, just a week away, spring will have officially sprung and people everywhere will be happily anticipating some warm-weather fun. Of course, many will be anticipating for a bit longer than others. Those living in the nation’s northernmost states may see another snowstorm or two before the grass greens and the locals don tank tops and flip flops. Either way, E3 Spark Plugs says March is the ideal time for springtime maintenance on all those motorized rides and tools that you’ll be using when the higher temperatures return.

Top priority might be your lawn and garden tools, including lawn mowers, hedge trimmers and chainsaws. If you haven’t already, replace the spark plugs, drain the old oil and gas and fill up anew, replace filters, sharpen or replace dull blades, and repair or replace any broken or worn parts including grips, cables and belts.

Itching to take that ATV out of the garage and hit the trails? Or are you an avid angler looking forward to some time on the water? Now is the time to replace the fluid in the lower gearbox of your boat’s outboard motor and replace the oil and fuel in your ATV. Also pick up new sets of boat spark plugs or powersports / performance spark plugs, including a back up set and a plug wrench to keep in your tackle box or ATV toolbox. Check E3 Spark Plugs’ online catalog to find just the right plugs for your tools and toys.

While you’re at it, it’s also a great time to check your wallet for expired driver’s licenses, fishing and hunting licenses or firearm licenses. Also check your tags and inspection stickers to make sure they’re still valid. Better to spend a few minutes now than to have your day on the water or the trails cut short when you get busted for past-due renewals.

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