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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 What follows is previously unpublished content from that interview, conducted by PRI columnist Dave Argabright.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...

By Dan Schechner on February 13, 2017

Widely considered the most decorated—and creative—promoter in the history of NASCAR auto racing, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler has amassed an unparalleled list of career accomplishments. He’s reached legendary status for, among other achievements, bringing night racing to Charlotte Motor Speedway while more than doubling CMS’ seating capacity; taking the company he co-founded, Speedway Motorsports, public as the first racing firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange; and serving as director of racing at Firestone Rubber & Tire Co. at a pivotal point in the company’s history.

Perhaps lesser-known—but no less significant—among his contributions to the sport: In 2003, Wheeler launched the acclaimed Motorsports Management program...

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