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18 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2019 tacles such as Discovery's Street Outlaws and others," notes Greg Raymond, mar- keting manager for PerTronix Performance Brands. "This has not come without a fair share of controversy. Governing associa- tions including NHRA targeted Street Out- laws as 'a dangerous, illegal activity' back in 2015." Instead, industry insiders such as Chase Smith, sales/tech representative at ididit LLC, prefer the no-prep definition of a run- what-ya-brung-style competition—again in a safe environment. "It's a little more back to the grassroots of drag racing, where the only thing you can control is your car and the parts on it," he explains. Jeff Stacy, vice president of Aeromotive, sees it much the same way. "We view the no-prep scene as any sim- ulated street racing done in a controlled environment. It is important to the market as it is bringing interest to the industry. The challenge and excitement associated with this style of racing is bringing new blood to our sport." Geoffrey M. Gerko, North American sales and technical manager for Mantic Clutch USA, also notes that track prepara- tion—or more accurately, a lack of it—can be an important part of the no-prep scene. "We define it basically as any event where the track is not prepped with VHT or other traction agents," he says. "It puts a little more emphasis on the driver and retains a bit more element of sport." Tom Kundrik, motorsports manager at Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels, speaks of the market's allure. "We define no-prep as another exciting way for racers to showcase their talents of driving and tuning race cars," he says. "It's important to always have something new and exciting to watch. This is why we are always working on new products to keep people interested and keep raising the bar to stay ahead of our competition." And Louis Floquet of Crower Cams notes that non-racers enjoy watching the competitions. "Fans love it and so do we. You can pretty much count on every pass being enter- taining. The drivers have to drive the cars. A 1955 Chevy owned by Jerry Jahnsen featuring 3,500-plus hp is a high-end example of a no-prep racer. Displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show by ProCharger, it landed an Excellence in Automo- tive Design award from Mothers. The ProCharger website says it took Sarmento Race Cars eight months to build. Look for the ProLine-powered machine on the no-prep circuit in 2019. (Photos courtesy No-prep drag racers are looking for quality products that can help them gain an advantage at the track. (Photo courtesy PerTronix Performance Brands) As no-prep continues to gain in popularity, the number of in-demand products only grows. (Photo courtesy PerTronix Perfor- mance Brands) Prepping for the No-Prep Crowd

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