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By Doug Stokes on May 15, 2014

First of all, thanks very much to our friends at PRI for offering this opportunity to talk a bit about the open wheel events set for the end of November out here on the lower part of the left coast.

We’re very excited to be the Los Angeles stop in a trio of action-packed winged sprint car events set for an ultra-fast, three-day weekend November 21 through 23, when the King of the Wing series invades California.

You’re right if you guessed that this event will be yet another “first” for Irwindale Speedway. If it has wheels and races, most likely it’s traversed “LA’s Half-Mile Superspeedway” at one time or another since we opened in March of 1999.

Over the years we’ve presented just about everything on wheels, from...

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By John Kilroy on May 9, 2014

PRI announced two weeks ago that to make more booth space available for race parts manufacturers in the main Exhibit Halls, trailer companies will not have space available inside the Indiana Convention Center for the display of trailers.

To follow up, I thought I'd make a note on this blog on our thought process: We wanted to give more core exhibitors--racing and performance parts manufacturers--the opportunity for space inside the main Exhibit Halls, allowing many to move from spots in exhibit room and corridor locations last year. The goal is to retain these companies as exhibitors, and continue to provide the widest array possible of displays of hardcore racing products for attending buyers. We are also implementing new...

By Dan Schechner on April 25, 2014

* Reher-Morrison Returns: A true highlight of each year’s Performance Racing Industry Trade Show is the Engine Charity Sweepstakes, organized by Sunnen Products Co. and PRI, in which a race engine is raffled off to raise funds for the Victory Junction camp. Created in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son, Adam, Victory Junction is a year-round camp in Randleman, North Carolina, for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. They do some incredible things there at the 84-acre facility, as well as through their outreach programs, where they partner with nearby hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses to bring camp-style programming to children and families throughout...

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By John Kilroy on April 18, 2014

It was not long after I started at PRI that an interview suddenly veered down a different path, and the racing businessperson on the other end of the phone line said with some urgency that we should publish an article soon about a very important issue: the rising expense of racing. His concern was that the racing industry was pricing itself out of business. I shared this suggestion with the publisher, who said we might just want to wait for a while to do the article. That was 24 years ago. Yet, I can still have virtually the same conversation about the rising price of racing today.

The number of racers grew significantly during my time here at PRI, and it didn’t have anything to do with racing becoming more affordable. Much of it...

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