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Nashville Superspeedway August 2021

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At Nashville Superspeedway, the transition from the NASCAR banking to the infield is an event. Upsetting not only the car but the driver in the process. The only way to go fast here is to know your car, know your limit and be willing to push both past your comfort zone.

Barber Motorsports Park July 2021

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NASA events tend to have some sort of quirky title and/or theme and in the 2021 season, the irony knows no bounds. First there’s the season opener called ‘Summer in February’ where rain and frigid temps are almost a rite of passage at this point. And that’s without the occasional snow or ice. Unsurprisingly, ‘Winter in July’ at Barber Motorsports Park was not...

Autocross is Still Fun!

Lotus Elise and Caterham 7

I used to autocross a lot until I started wheel to wheel racing. Autocross is more available, cheaper and much less demanding on resources. It may not be as exhilarating as racing but it is a great way to learn and practice car control, hang out with gearheads and in my case, test the Lotus.

Road Atlanta June 2021

8 944 Spec racecars lined up at the Road Atlanta Paddock

Road Atlanta always contains teachable moments for me and this year is no exception. Even if some of the lessons may be self inflicted.

NOLA Motorsports 2021

It’s that time of year again to play in the summer heat of New Orleans. Every year tells a different story making this event one of the highlights of the Mid South calendar.

Sim Racing in VR Part 3 (Pimax 8k Plus)

This headset has me excited. After upgrading my rig to the Pimax 8k Plus I can confidently say VR sim racing has arrived. That’s a bold statement I’ve waited several hardware generations to say by the way.

Spec’ish MX-5: Primer Part 2

This will be a less than subtle change for the 08 NC MX-5 build I’ve been sitting on to close for a year now. In fact, this car will no longer run in the spec MX-5 series as initially planned.

New Track: WWTR May 2021

World Wide Technology Raceway or WWTR is located just outside St Louis on the Illinois side of the Mississippi river. Previously known as Gateway due to it’s proximity to the St. Louis arch. The main track is a NASCAR oval with an infield road course section. World Wide Technology Raceway from Google Earth This was a new track for me and my fist time running a roval. A nice blend of the...

Catching Things Up: Race Season 2021

It’s the end of April, I’m 2 events and 6 races into the 2021 season and I’ve been MIA since the end of 2020. A new business opportunity presented itself early 2021 and pretty much consumed my life. It’s one of those high risk high reward moments with potential to fulfill every gearheads dream, to play racecars all day. I’m not quit there yet but I am at a point...

SEMA 360 Showcase: Best of the Rest

The DYME PSI Rattlesnake got my vote for top product at the 2020 SEMA 360 show but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a slew of products worth noting. Rather for innovation, need or novelty, the following products caught my eye and deserve more attention and perhaps your business. eFlexPro by eFlexFuel Technology eFlexFuel Technology sells turnkey solutions to add flex fuel capabilities...

Hunka Hunka Burnin Rubber @ MIR 2020

cover photo for hunka hunka burnin rubber story nov 2020

Racing in town is always a welcome break from the ‘go go go’ usually associated with travel events. Sleeping in my own bed, eating my own food and generally taking a slower pace throughout the weekend is a nice respite; although a lot of credit goes to the crew that runs the NASA Midsouth region as well.

SEMA 360 Showcase: DYME PSI Rattlesnake

I combed through the product section at specifically looking for new or generally unknown products that would be of particular interest to the racing community and custom builders. One such item that immediately caught my eye was the Rattlesnake by DYME PSI.

About the Author:

Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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