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By Dan Schechner on September 19, 2013

Upping The Ante: One positive trend we’ve observed of late is a number of big events raising their purses to all-time-high levels. Of note, last month’s famed World 100 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, saw a record $283,910 on the line for an expanded racing menu covering three full nights (September 5–7) of competition.

A few weeks later, the 38th Annual Red Clay Classic at ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin, offered total prize monies in excess of $80,000 for its two-night season finale, drawing some 200 WISSOTA-sanctioned Late Models, modifieds, super stocks and Midwest modifieds from the Upper Midwest and south-central...

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By John Kilroy on September 12, 2013

For 25 years, the PRI Trade Show has offered a host of memorable personal experiences, from terrific conversations with industry friends, fun events like the Grand Opening Breakfast, insightful business management seminars and more fun out on the town as racers took over the city.

However, if you boil it down to numbers, the main objective for attending buyers is pretty much one thing: new racing products. It’s the never-ending search for hot new parts engineered to push the envelope of speed, according to the first-ever survey of buyers and exhibitors at the PRI Trade Show, conducted last year under the direction of Gavin Knapp, senior market research manager for SEMA.

We very much appreciate Gavin’s work as the numbers...

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By Dan Schechner on September 5, 2013

ROSS Racing Pistons designs and manufactures high-end aluminum pistons. The company handles 40 to 50 orders each week, and nearly every job is custom. The company also fabricates approximately 1000 pistons in a week, using a process that involves four to five different machining operations performed on high-end computer numerical control (CNC) equipment.

With CNC programming being a critical step in the production process, ROSS’ programmers must work quickly and their programs must be right the first time to avoid delays caused by rework and reprogramming. In the past, using a traditional programming process, the task required about 200 hours per week.

Using macros created with DP Technology’s ESPRIT CAM software, that...

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By John Kilroy on August 15, 2013

Just returned at press time from the Knoxville Nationals, and we have to remark on Donnie Schatz’ incredible string of winged sprint car victories here. He’s won seven out of the last eight Knoxville Nationals, storming to the front from a 21st starting position this year to take the win for team owner Tony Stewart. Wow. Congratulations on a great race, and an extraordinary run.

We also wish to thank all the racing industry folks who made it over to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF) at Knoxville Raceway for a lunch organized by PRI and the NSCHoF. It was great catching up, and sharing the good news that the big return of the PRI Trade Show to Indianapolis is going very well. We received many generous comments of...

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