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By Laura Pitts on June 29, 2017

Despite having to cancel its inaugural June 28 event at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, due to rain, Lane Automotive’s $30,000 No-Prep Triple Crown Series is still turning heads.

The appeal of no prep, of course, lies in its great equalizer—a surface with little to no preparation or treatment that’s about as close as it gets to side-by-side racing on city streets—along with big purses like those offered at the Triple Crown.

According to organizers, full-bodied race cars must have factory quarters and a roof, as well as a factory VIN, and weigh at least 2750 lbs. Drag slicks are allowed, but traction compounds are not, and entry fees are $100 per event.

“No-prep, up until recently, is probably the most...

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By Dan Schechner on June 6, 2017

At circle tracks, drag strips and road courses across the US, season openers are filled with anticipation and excitement. It’s where competitors begin their pursuit of ambitious goals, be they rookie of the year, a division, track or series championship, or simply keeping the car out of the garage.

And why not? The previous year’s kinks have been worked out, equipment has been retooled or refreshed, new strategies are in place, and all that’s left now is the inevitable run to glory.

There are striking similarities here at Performance Racing Industry—although it should be noted that for us there really is no offseason. Each year nonetheless brings with it fresh enthusiasm for our own defining event. And though preparations...

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By Laura Pitts on May 12, 2017

Congratulations to Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont, on its 50th year of operation. The ¼-mile clay track that features weekly racing has been, remarkably, owned or operated by a member of the Elms family since its opening in 1967.

Charles V Elms Sr. was a member of the track’s first-ever operations team and later purchased the track in 1972. In 1990, he passed it down to his son, CV “Butch” Elms III, who owns the track today along with April May Preston.

Elms and Preston recently completed a number of track renovations including a new novelty area, new VIP Suites, a new scoring tower and a newly expanded parking lot to accommodate growing attendance. Weekly Saturday night racing kicked off with the season opener...

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By Laura Pitts on May 4, 2017

Eibach welcomed PRI to its North American production plant in Corona, California, for the company's recent 30th-anniversary-in-the-USA celebration and open house, where we saw firsthand how much goes into creating high-performance suspension springs, components and systems.

The 155,000-square-foot facility houses 130 employees and produces springs, sway bars, shock absorbers and many more of Eibach’s suspension products, which are shipped throughout North America and 81 different countries.

PRI caught up with Eibach’s VP of Operations & Engineering Christian Sebralla at the open house who clued us in on what the next few months look like for Eibach. (We’ll give you a hint: it’s busy.)

“We’re putting a lot of...

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