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By Dan Schechner on June 10, 2015

* Vertical Angles: Vertical integration is smart. It’s not foolproof, but when it works it’s a thing of beauty. Simply put, vertical integration is the practice of one company owning all (or most) aspects of its supply chain. So a company that manufactures race cars also owns the companies that produce the parts and the companies that sell the finished product. Same ownership up and down the chain.

One of the early pioneers of this strategy was 19th century steel magnate Andrew Carnegie (worked out pretty well for him). And today it’s practiced to some degree by a number of highly successful firms including Apple, Netflix, and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. It’s also the foundation upon which...

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By Brett Kinsfather on June 1, 2015

Throughout much of my career, working at places like AutoMeter and K&N, I was typically the youngest guy in the room. Then, when I joined Motovicity Distribution about three years ago, I suddenly became one of the older guys.
 
It was to be expected, as Motovicity is a distributor focused on the sport compact and modern muscle markets—markets crawling with the ever appealing 18- to 34-year-old demographic.
 
After reality’s swift kick to the shin, I realized it’s actually pretty cool being the newly minted “older guy.” For one, I’m in a position to mentor—people actually listen to what I have to say! And second, I’ve gained a new perspective on being a first-time enthusiast, something that...

By Dan Schechner on June 2, 2015

Well over 100 Charlotte-area race industry members, as well as those in town for the Coca-Cola 600, got together for a festive evening to network and re-connect over food and drinks at one of the region's premier eateries. Among those in attendance were representatives from Automotive Specialists Racing Engines, Carolina Racing Supply, CV Products, Heintz Performance, Kooks Custom Headers, MAVTV, Motovicity Distribution, NASCAR, Roush Yates, Tiger Rear Ends, XRP and many more, as well as professional drivers and race teams.

One of the evening's highlights was the presentation of an oversized check for more than $52,000 to the Victory Junction children's charity, all of which was raised during the Sunnen Engine Charity...

Whenever I see a particularly hard crash in one of NASCAR's national touring series, I get to thinking about how far safety has come at the top levels of racing. Changes range from the new soft walls and head & neck restraints to improved seat belts and driver seat designs.   
 
In my own late model race car, I like to think I take advantage of all the new safety technology available to me. But when I look around at some of the other teams at my local tracks, I see a huge lack of emphasis on safety. 
 
Why is that? Why does top-level racing have the latest and greatest in safety equipment and the bottom-level guys don’t?  
 
I believe the answer is a...

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