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By Dan Schechner on September 8, 2015

* Service Matters: Forty years ago, two brothers from Statesville, North Carolina, decided to build a drag car. Their car proved road-worthy, as one might assume, and the pair subsequently became fixtures on the local drag strip. Their hobby soon morphed into a business, however, when word spread through the pits—and beyond—that Steve and Mike Heintz always had a cache of replacement parts on hand in case of breakage. As racers came calling, the business grew from a garage-based operation into what is today one of the area’s best known speed shops.

Since 1994, Heintz Performance has occupied a spot of prime real estate in the shadow of Charlotte Motor Speedway. And its...

By Jeremy Croiset on September 1, 2015

At last year’s PRI Show, NASA (National Auto Sport Association) announced an exciting and innovative new racing series debuting in 2016. The NASA Prototype (NP) Series features the NP01, an all-new closed-cockpit, prototype-style race car developed by Georgia-based Élan Motorsports.
The announcement drew tremendous interest, and Élan Motorsports quickly filled its initial production run. NASA and Élan expect interest to grow as the first NP01 customers receive and start campaigning their new NP01s, so additional production planning is underway. 
What makes this series unique is that it features a...

By Dan Schechner on August 31, 2015

Local motorsports professionals and those in town for last month’s Knoxville Nationals joined PRI at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, August 14, for our annual Manufacturers Luncheon. Dozens of race industry members enjoyed a festive atmosphere on the second floor of the Hall of Fame facility, where they were treated to a catered BBQ lunch supplied by local favorite The Rib Shack. In attendance were representatives from World Racing Group, EMI, Rod End Supply, Speedway Motors, Pro Shocks, MAVTV, HMS, CHE Precision, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pro Shocks, National Speedway Directory SuperFlow,, Weld Racing Wheels, Xtreme Racing Products, MagTech, and more. As always, we’d like to extend a special thank...

By Louise Ann Noeth on August 26, 2015

Dirt racing and sportsman-level drag racing are relatively free from spec restrictions, whereas road racing, by comparison, can have a crushing burden of rules.
In some sanctions, in fact, brake “specs” not only dictate what specific part may be used, but also might limit where they can be purchased.
Every winning spec bid to a venue should be done to benefit the series participants, as opposed to decisions made on price alone, the prevailing opinion holds. The critical point is that if the spec is wrong it can put all racers at risk, because brakes are safety specific. Racers are urged to speak up if they see a problem with the spec.
Nonetheless, several brake suppliers believe...

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