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By Dan Schechner on April 12, 2017

In late March, scores of enthusiastic racers took to the grounds of Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois, for an early-season test of speed and endurance. Some had prepared all winter for the event; and some brought family and friends to lend support.

But this particular race was like no other in the 70-year history of the high-banked quarter-mile oval known as “Mid-America’s Finest Racetrack.” For one, prizes were awarded not to the top finishers, but for those with fun and/or creative costumes. Nor was the race subject to rain-out—the show would go on, weather be damned!

In fact, the rules were quite simple: Competitors in the Shamrock Beer Run 5K would drink 3 oz. of beer...

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By Dan Schechner on March 27, 2017

Making its debut at the 10th annual Race & Performance Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois, in late February, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge presented by Racequip proves that age is just a number when it comes to cultivating a passion for motorsports.

The competition itself is an offshoot of the popular HROT Engine Challenge that pits top teams of high schoolers from across the country against one another in a months-long series of contests to determine who can disassemble and reassemble a small-block Chevy in the fastest time. In the Junior version, teams of two—one of whom must be between 5 and 18 years old—tear down and re-build a complete...

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By Dan Schechner on March 6, 2017

* Taking Ownership: Congratulations are in order for Drake and Kimberly Nelson, who recently took over full operation and ownership of Oregon’s Coos Bay Speedway. The couple in late January announced the deal with longtime owner/promoter Chuck Prather, who had rebuilt the multi-track facility over the past decade.

In fact, the Nelsons are no strangers to the role, having been involved in race promotion since the early 2000s. What’s more, Drake’s father and grandfather promoted Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho, in the 1970s and ’80s; Drake’s brother runs the track today. And Drake himself has been associated with Chaparral Speedway in Eagle, Idaho, and Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon. He spent five...

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By Dave Argabright on March 2, 2017

Editor’s Note: PRI recently sat down with David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, to discuss several topics for our March 2017 Industry Insights column. What follows is previously unpublished content from that interview, conducted by PRI columnist Dave Argabright. For the complete Industry Insights column in PRI Magazine’s March 2017 issue, please click here  

PRI: The concept of an Asian automotive company in NASCAR was the subject of considerable discussion [two decades ago]. Were there cultural elements to overcome? And do you sense that the culture has changed in 2017?

Wilson...

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