Fuel Facts: Buying and Storing Race Fuel

What helps make race fuel easier to find than you’d think? It doesn’t have to come from a gas station. In addition to 55-gallon drums and larger quantities, race fuels are usually also available in 5-gallon pails-and it’s these smaller containers that open up the distribution network, eliminating the pumps and infrastructure usually associated with gasoline.

Finding Fuel:

We just checked Sunoco Race Fuel’s website for the greater Daytona Beach area-our home base-and were rewarded with a long list of retail outlets. The closest to us is Daytona International Speedway-not a surprise, since Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR. Next on the list is our local speed shop, followed by a mix of fuel distributors, motorcycle shops, race tracks, traditional gas stations and other businesses that serve the hobby–an alignment shop, for example, popped up in our results.

Shipping Fuel:

Some companies and retailers will also ship those 5-gallon pails directly to your doorstop, although Fred McConnell, Director of Fuels Marketing & Motorsports at Sunoco, reminds us that the freight bill must be considered when shopping this option. If your local outlet doesn’t stock your preferred blend, McConnell suggests a less expensive alternative: Contact your regional distributor. With enough of a heads-up, they can likely add your fuel to one of their regular stocking orders.

Storing Fuel:

Properly storing that fuel, assuming that it’s not used right away, can lengthen its shelf life. Sunoco offers these handy storage tips: Keep the containers full and tightly sealed while storing the fuel away from daylight and major temperature swings. “Perfectly stored, most race fuels will last more than a year,” their website says. “If you are not sure you can use the fuel up within 2 years, add a quality fuel stabilizer to the fuel as soon as you purchase it.”

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