Tailgate Talk, Ethanol Shines Bright

November 15, 2008 10:51 AM

Ethanol Shines Bright
The sparkle of a 1969 Chevrolet Nova caught the eye of showgoers at the Super Chevy Show in Joliet, Ill., this summer. Likewise, the show's judges loved Glenn Buck's bright tangerine and pearl gem—as well as the car's corn-fed roots.

"Competition was tough, and I didn't think I was going to win anything,” Buck says. But at the end of the weekend the E-85 powered Chevy Nova edged out a win in its respective class. Buck received a plaque that shines like his cherished Nova, as well as a winner's jacket.

During the course of the show, Buck took a few trips down the 1⁄4-mile stretch, running a best time of 12½ seconds at 110 mph. The power of ethanol fuel impressed many at the racetrack when Buck's car pulled the front wheels off the ground. Although ethanol seems to receive a lot of negative response at car shows, Buck's Nova has been a positive influence for the alternative fuel. Many racers at the Joliet show voiced how impressed they were with Buck's car and their interest in converting to ethanol power. 

Buck owns a garage in Mexico, Mo., located in the seat of Audrain County, the biofuel capital of Missouri.

What a Day!
Haste Makes Waste

This grain bin was hastily moved from another farm—and hastily filled with high-moisture corn. In the course of reconstructing the bin, not all of the crossbars were put back in the walk-in door…proving that haste makes waste.


Stat Rack
Thanksgiving dinner
by the numbers:

272 million
Estimated number of turkeys raised in the U.S. in 2007


Pounds of turkey
consumed yearly by the typical American in 2005


Cost per pound of a frozen turkey in December 2006

690 million
Estimated pounds of cranberries produced in 2007

1.6 billion

Pounds of sweet potatoes produced by major production states in 2006

1.8 billion
Bushels of wheat produced in the U.S. in 2006

$101 million
Value of pumpkins
produced from major production states in 2006



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