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By Dan Schechner on February 5, 2016

* CSI: IUPUI: A new study out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) exploring the use of illicit chemicals on racing tires has revealed a potential game-changer in the pursuit of fair play.

The report, released last month by the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program at IUPUI, examined the use of tire-softening compounds—many of them readily available—that are typically applied days ahead of time in order to avoid detection during race-day tech inspection. It determined that 10 out of 70 (nearly 15 percent) tires on midget cars that finished among the top three in USAC-sanctioned races over a one-year period had been treated with some type of...

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By Louise Ann Noeth on February 1, 2016

With a guy like H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, there is no such thing as dull and boring. So when we asked a panel of top race track promoters and insiders for the person they admired, we should have expected Wheeler to upend the cart. He did. Rather than providing a name, Wheeler offered up an entire “all-star promoter team,” complete with reasons why he admired each one and what they taught him. And, it should be no surprise that Wheeler’s own name showed up on another’s list. Take a look at the men that matter to the ones who spin the turnstiles and fill the pits weekly at dirt tracks nationwide.

Humpy’s All-Stars

(In alphabetical order, but Wheeler’s own words)
JC...

By John Kilroy on January 26, 2016

The first quarter of the year is an excellent time in the annual racing industry calendar to take stock of various aspects of the business, and look for areas to improve the bottom line. I'd like to use this space to share some thoughts on key issues to review.

The first issues are sales and promotion. It's been mentioned before in this column that too many racing businesses rely on their knowledge of speed, and results on the race track, as the big generator of new customers and revenue. We agree that the success of a small racing business begins here, but we've always argued that one of the fastest ways to increase revenue without padding overhead is to simply be better at selling. Look for ways to raise the average value of...

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By Dan Schechner on December 29, 2015

* Powerful Parts Of PRI 2015: Attempting to encapsulate the 2015 PRI Trade Show in a single column is like trying to squeeze a NASCAR pit crew into the back seat of a smart car. It’s not happening. And besides, PRI Magazine will provide a thorough wrap-up article in our February 2016 edition anyway. So this editor is off the hook, at least for now. But I did get to thinking about a phrase that’s often used to describe the Show: “It’s like no place else on Earth.” And beyond the product launches, the networking, and all the business taking place throughout the week, there were a handful of moments that really helped bring this colossal event into focus.

One occurred during the...

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