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Performance & Hotrod Business May '14

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PERFORMANCE S pring is different things to different people. For circle trackers, it's time to move that race car from its winter home to its summer home—the track. That means plenty of cars have been rebuilt, refitted and reworked for a new season of action. For speed shops, engine builders and chassis makers, it means keeping up with new products, trends and working to be more effective for customers. We asked our sources about those timely sub- jects and also how to tap into the fast-paced circle track market. New Goodies At the start of the circle track season, manufac- turers revel in rolling out their latest go-fast goodies. "We have a number of hot new products for this season," says Marshall Fegers, circle track product manager for QA1. "We have our new 27 Series stock mount, monotube shock. This shock is available in all popular stock mount configurations and fea- tures an electro-less nickel-plated body for corrosion resistance and increased lubricity. "We're also excited to release our car- bon fiber line of driveshafts this spring," he adds. "We are doing complete in-house filament-wound driveshafts designed ini- tially for the dirt late-model market. This means that instead of buying bulk carbon tubing, we can hand-select the fibers and resins to achieve our performance goals. It also allows us the freedom to change the pitch and layer the carbon with specific needs in mind." Rod End Supply also has a new offer- ing, says Bob Douglas, president. "Our XM series has an injection- molded red NylaFiber race that does not require lubrication or cleaning," he says. "It doesn't get loose like metal-to-metal or the Teflon-lined rod ends." Chris Douglas, vice president of mar- keting at COMP Performance Group, notes that the latest hot product often depends on the series you're talking about, be it asphalt or dirt. 20 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 Race Ready It's full speed ahead in the circle track market. By John Carollo Suspension upgrades can lead to real gains on the track. (Photo courtesy QA1) PHBMAY.indd 20 4/2/14 11:11 AM

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